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MSNBC, Fox News: Cheerios and women's wages bring partisan silliness to news networks

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When cable news channels don't have enough real news, they often get both partisan and silly. That may explain how MSNBC offended the entire Republican party with a Cheerios comment. It also gives a reason for a Fox News host to declare that "women get paid exactly what they're worth," even if that's less than men.


The MSNBC vs. Republican semi-scandal began after someone at the news network tweeted about the new Cheerios commercial for the Super Bowl. Following up on an earlier ad that had generated some surprisingly racist responses (the commercial features a biracial family), the new installment brings in talk of babies and puppies.

This shouldn't inspire anger, but it did anyway.

A now-deleted tweet (posted on Deadline) from the MSNBC account read: "Maybe the rightwing will hate it, but everyone else will go awww: the adorable new #Cheerios ad w/ biracial family."

While people with
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Mediaite’s Joe Concha: Obamacare Marks End of Obama Presidency Because It’s His ‘Legacy on the Line’

Mediaite's Joe Concha made a rather bold statement on CNN's OutFront Thursday night, that the Obamacare rollout debacle marks the beginning of the end for the Obama presidency. He elaborated on Fox's America's Newsroom on Friday, telling Martha MacCallum, saying that for what could be the single biggest legislative achievement of President Obama's term in office to end up so badly is a huge problem for his legacy.
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Fox News Anchors Casually Misinform Viewers About New York Soda Ban

Mayor Mike Bloomberg's (R-ny) ban on large, sugary beverage takes effect on Tuesday, and makes it illegal for a food service establishment in New York City to sell sugary beverages in containers larger than 16 ounces in volume. On Fox News' America's Newsroom Monday morning, co-anchor Martha MacCallum expressed shock that city inspectors would use measuring cups to enforce the ban, and decried her inability to buy a "bucket of soda." The problem is, MacCallum's soda of choice will still be legal tomorrow, even in buckets.
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‘That Is Completely False’: Kirsten Powers And Conservative Guest Battle On Fox Over Obama’s Budget Plans

During an America's Newsroom political panel on Fox today, liberal contributor Kirsten Powers and her conservative colleague Tony Sayegh got into a pretty tense argument over President Obama's fiscal reforms and whether he can bring together both parties for a new plan. Towards the end of the discussion, Sayegh suggested that Obama has yet to fully endorse a reform plan to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff," which elicited a loud sigh from Powers, who clearly objected to such a characterization.
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Fox Panel Gets Tense And Personal Over Whether Gun Advocates Actually ‘Care About Helping People’

This morning on Fox News, the America's Newsroom political panel got a bit intense and personal while debating the merits of NRA CEO Wayne Lapierre's Thursday afternoon response to the president's State of the Union address. The debate between conservative writer Mary Katharine Ham and liberal contributor Juan Williams took a turn for the worse when Ham felt personally attacked.
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Tucker Carlson And Alan Colmes Take On Whether Karl Rove’s New Pac Is ‘Anti-Tea Party’

This morning on America's Newsroom, Fox contributors Alan Colmes and Tucker Carlson went head-to-head over the implications of Karl Rove's new Pac aimed at weeding out weaker Gop candidates, a move which many grassroots conservatives have interpreted as being "anti-Tea Party." Carlson argued that it shouldn't be about promoting the "most conservative" candidate that can win, but rather about supporting the candidate who can actually be "articulate" and not come off as endorsing rape when attacking abortion.
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Fox News' Bill Hemmer rings out 2012 in Times Square

Fox News Channel anchor Bill Hemmer ("America's Newsroom"), who headlined much of the network's coverage of the Newtown, Conn., shootings, is looking ahead to his next big assignment -- co-anchoring New Year's Eve coverage from New York City's Times Square.

"Listen -- we're looking forward to another good year," Hemmer tells Zap2it, a sinus infection making his voice sound ragged. "We've had a lot of big stories and a lot of challenges in 2012, as you well know. As a country, here's to hoping for a much better 2013."

What with the Newtown tragedy, the looming fiscal cliff, political bickering, violence breaking out around the country and the world, and the general anemic state of the economy, it's not the most trouble-free of holiday seasons.

But, says Hemmer, that won't dampen the enthusiasm of those who brave hours in the cold to watch the sparkling ball drop in Manhattan.

"Times Square
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Fox News' Bill Hemmer on covering Newtown school shooting: 'It was brutal'

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The first tweet on Friday, Dec. 14, from Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer's @BillHemmer account read, "47 and sunny in New York, NY today. Its mid-December. Maybe the Maya are onto something."

But the next one from the co-anchor of Fnc's "America's Newsroom" read: "Update from the AP -- The superintendent's secretary says reports of a shooting are not confirmed."

After that: "Breaking: elementary school has been evacuated, situation is unclear regarding shooting. Updates on @AmericaNewsroom as we get them."

A couple of tweets later: "The story out of Newtown, Ct only gets worse. Prayers for the families. Sad day in America."

On Sunday, Dec. 16, as the nation absorbed the full impact of the mass slaying at Sandy Hook Elementary School, which claimed the lives of 20 first-graders and six school employees (the perpetrator, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, also killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, and finally himself) Hemmer tweeted this picture taken on Saturday:

"As reporters,
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BFFs? Fox News Plays Wrong Clip, Making Mitt Romney’s ‘Best Friend’ Barack Obama

On Monday morning's America's Newsroom, host Bill Hemmer was speaking on Mitt Romney's viability as a candidate. Hemmer mentioned that Romney was interviewed by Chris Wallace on Sunday, and, in the course of the discussion, Hemmer noted that, "at the end of that interview, Chris gave Romney the opportunity to talk about his personal life, which is frankly something we don't hear an awful lot about. Here is Romney on his relationship with his best friend..."
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Jon Huntsman Won’t Kiss Donald Trump’s Ring, Or ‘Any Other Part Of His Anatomy’

Donald Trump is the media gift that keeps on giving, but on Fox News' America's Newsroom this morning, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman gift-wrapped an unfortunate visual, telling anchor Martha McCallum that he's "not going to kiss his (Trump's) ring, and I'm not going to kiss any other part of his anatomy." Huntsman was responding to the claim that The Donald ducked Huntsman's request for an audience, and while he earned a "Good line!" from Bill Hemmer, Mr. Huntsman didn't deny making that call.
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Fox’s Megyn Kelly Brings On ‘Special Witness’ Bill Hemmer To Discuss News Anchor Sexting Case

On America Live this afternoon, host Megyn Kelly brought on "special witness" Bill Hemmer - co-anchor of America's Newsroom - to discuss the lawsuit former Kyw anchor Alycia Lane recently filed against CBS and her former co-anchor for having "discredited" her. "Because," as Kelly humorously pointed out, "when you think about inappropriate behavior at the anchor desk, you think Bill Hemmer."
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