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Thursday's Sketchiest moments

Updated 10:19 p.m.
Cable news engaged in some unexpected color commentary on Wednesday.

First came CNN, which ran a touching story of a 103-year-old African American, Gladys Flamer, who still drives. "Miss Flamer, this shout-out's for you," anchor Kyra Phillips said, before playing Coolio's "Fantastic Voyage" - specifically the line about the "punk-ass n-----s set trippin'. "

Phillips, as embarrassed as she's been since she went to the ladies room with her microphone on and accidentally broadcast complaints about her sister-in-law, returned later to apologize for the "terrible mistake" with the music.

The folks at Fox News had a good laugh about that - at least until prime time, when Bill O'Reilly hosted Marc Lamont Hill, a professor at Columbia. They were talking about the U.S.-Mexican border when O'Reilly proposed to Hill, who is African American, "Say you're a cocaine dealer - and you kind of look like one a little bit."

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Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid just might be the luckiest man alive. First one of his prospective Republican opponents in Nevada, Sue Lowden, floated the health-care proposal of bartering chickens for checkups. Now the local media has dug up a 2006 quotation from another would-be Republican opponent, Sharron Angle, arguing for Prohibition. She said she feels "the same about legalizing alcohol" as marijuana. "I'm just not a real opponent of legalizing any drug." Angle has ended her temperance movement of one -- a wise move in a state dependent on drunk tourists.

Angle might have better luck moving to Kentucky. There, state lawmakers have just voted down a bill that would have allowed Kentucky's bourbon distillers to set up sampling booths at conventions and special events. The booze bill was sponsored by - we kid you not - state Rep. Linda Belcher.

Also lucky in his choice of opponents: John McCain, being challenged in the Arizona Republican Senate primary by J.D. Hayworth.

Hayworth, who recently voiced his view that the United States didn't declare war on Nazi Germany, is sore that McCain reminded everybody Hayworth was judged one of the dumbest members of Congress. So he fired off a press release titled "SHAMEFUL McCAIL (sic) WEB BLASTED BY HAYWORTH CAMPAIGN." Seems history isn't the only subject that gave Hayworth trouble.

Some consolation to Hayworth: The folks at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee flunked poli sci. They posted on their Web site a story about Vice President Biden making fun of Connecticut Senate candidate Richard Blumenthal's Vietnam troubles. Apparently the DSCC folks then realized Blumenthal was one of their guys and took the story down.

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Alec Baldwin doesn't know Jack about politics. He announced that he won't be running for governor of New York, for the principled reason that "I have two years remaining on a contract with NBC-Universal." Bad move. If Baldwin had threatened to run, the White House might have offered him the chairmanship of the National Endowment for the Arts to keep him from challenging Andrew Cuomo.
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Still on the topic of dangling job offers, David Axelrod insists there is "no evidence" to support Joe Sestak's allegation that he was offered a prominent administration job if he wouldn't challenge Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter. So now the White House is calling the Democratic nominee in the Keystone State a liar. Is that better?
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Here's a thoughtful new entry into the debate over the "don't ask don't tell" policy. Conservative activist Bryan Fisher of the American Family Association said in a radio broadcast that we can't have gays in the military because. ... Hitler did. "Hitler discovered that he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough to carry out his orders, but that homosexual solders basically had no limits," Fisher explained.

That's about as sensible as saying that Greece will be attacked by millions of frogs because its government debt is too high. Except that Greece actually was attacked by millions of frogs, shutting down a major highway for two hours. Authorities said the amphibians were looking for food. But they cannot rule out the possibility of a biblical plague.

Staff writers Matt DeLong and Felicia Sonmez contributed to this report.

By Dana Milbank  | May 26, 2010; 9:45 PM ET
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Comments

don't you mean proponent?

Posted by: Truthteller12 | May 26, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Everyone's a little bit O'Reilly.

Posted by: mattintx | May 27, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

The reason why Fox News is the number one rated show in North America is simple....they report the TRUTH!

The same cannot be said for the lamestream Liberal Media (CNN, MBC, ABC ect...)They're almost as bad as Canada when is comes to organized propoganda!

Posted by: Winston13 | May 27, 2010 10:24 AM | Report abuse

Your constant left-wing political agenda is loud and clear. You blatantly misrepresented the segment with O'Reilly and Hill. It doesn't matter that it was a quip between two friendly adversaries. How many of your left-wing crazies will even bother to watch the clip. They will take you at your less than honest word.

Posted by: bethg1841 | May 27, 2010 10:40 AM | Report abuse

13SmithW, Big Brother is watching you.

Posted by: bokonon13 | May 27, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

These clips weren't as terrible as one may initially think.

The CNN clip? I believe they were attempting to play the refrain of the Coolio song - it would have made more sense when paired with the story. An easy mistake to make, apologies required - and given. You think that 104 year old woman gives a damn what anyone thinks? HA!

The O'Reilly quip is also overblown. He was joking, as was his guest in retort. I think the more important line from the clip is O'Reilly's last line. When speaking of using an "intimidating force" he slipped up by explaining exactly why lining the border with the national guard won't work. "You're not likely to do that [cross the border on foot], You're going to find another way to do it."

Exactly Bill. These people will do anything to get in, including going around your 10,000 national guard troops. A simple display of brute force won't solve the problem. If it were that easy, we would have won already. A gang of guns isn't a one-pill cure for our immigration ailments.

Posted by: trident420 | May 27, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Uh, bethg and Winston13, do you guys always have to sound so demented? Nothing you write ever makes any sense and while normally I find your idiocy marginally amusing, sometimes when I'm hard at work and tune in for some sober discussion and find your "contributions", it, well, makes me feel kind of sick to my stomach. I'm not saying stop posting altogether; just stop most of the time. What you write is just pathetic - and usually misspelled.

Posted by: chert | May 27, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

Uh, bethg and Winston13, do you guys always have to sound so demented? What you write is just pathetic - and usually misspelled.

Posted by: chert | May 27, 2010 11:24 AM
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They're Tea Party activists, don'tcha know?

They can't spell TEA if you spot them the T and the E.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/galleries/teabonics_the_flawed_language_of_protest/teabonics_the_flawed_language_of_protest.html

Posted by: bs2004 | May 27, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

The reason why Fox News is the number one rated show in North America.

Exactly it's a show not news.

Posted by: larsonlk | May 27, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

chert, do you have to sound so arrogant and closed-minded? I am so sorry that my posts make you sick to your stomach. But, isn't America great! Even someone like you can express your opinions no matter how off the subject or insulting it may be. How was my spelling?

Posted by: bethg1841 | May 27, 2010 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Hey Winston13
Keep ticking off Canada and they may come down and kick some butt - yours first.

Posted by: pjohn2 | May 27, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

neither of the clips are any big deal. and Milbank wasn't making a big deal about either. the column might has well have been titled, goofy recent moments in the news.

as for Fisher and his Hitler used gays remark - since we don't have a Hitler running the armed forces who would ask the gay soldiers to do things we wouldn't want them to do, having relentlessly savage and brutal folks joining the armed forces sounds like a great idea, doesn't it? And I don't recall anything about straight German soldiers being afraid to serve with the vicious gays, but maybe I missed that.

Posted by: JoeT1 | May 27, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

I am no defender of O'Reilly's, but I do believe that it was just his (as-always) lame attempt at humor to build rapport with his guest. His guest took no offense, and shot back that Bill looks like a cocaine user - even stevens, right?

Posted by: motogp46 | May 27, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Conservative activist Bryan Fisher of the American Family Association said in a radio broadcast that we can't have gays in the military because. ... Hitler did. "Hitler discovered that he could not get straight soldiers to be savage and brutal and vicious enough to carry out his orders, but that homosexual solders basically had no limits," Fisher explained.
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*faceplam, seriously, why does this country have so many stupid, stupid people?

This statement is so mind-numbingly stupid that it isn't deserving of a retort - certain people on the right seem to have it as a mission in life to twist the history of the Third Reich so as to give it the characteristics of it's opponents - and why? - just so they can say "you support [blank]? well so did the Nazis, therefore it's bad" - I can't tell you what a stupid, childish attempt this is to try to discredit your opponents withtout actually touching upon the substance of their positions.

This is just a rhetorical device to fool stupid people into thinking the way you want them to think.

The reason why I say this country has too many stupid people is because if there weren't so many stupid people out there, idiots like this guy wouldn't have an audience and would have been shut down long, long ago.

What's next? "Hey, did you hear the Nazis supported illegal immigration?" Give me a break!

Posted by: cjpotter19 | May 27, 2010 3:28 PM | Report abuse

DANA, if you think that there is hope for most LEFT WING politicians winning legally this November, you are engaging in wishfull thinking.

"WE THE PEOPLE" REMEMBER PELOSI AND THE DEMOCRAT CONGRESS WHEN THEY, IN THEIR ARROGANCE, SHOVED THEIR HEALTH CARE SCHEME DOWN OUR THROATS, AND WE DON'T LIKE IT. THEREFORE WE WILL SPEAK OUT WHERE IT MATTERS, AT THE POLLS, THIS ELECTION DAY, AND WE WILL NOT KEEP QUIET.

WE WILL BOTH VOTE AND ORGANIZE, AND WE WILL PREVAIL! WE'LL REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER!

Posted by: barrysal | May 27, 2010 3:37 PM | Report abuse

if you don't leave canada out of this we will repatriate all our actors and comedians and then what will you do?

Posted by: montrealcaldwell | May 27, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

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