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9/24: Greed Is Good, Dumb Questions Aren't

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7 p.m.


• I said this at the other place, but it bears repeating.


David Letterman tells audience that McCain called him today to tell him he had to rush back to DC to deal with the economy.


Then in the middle of the taping Dave got word that McCain was, in fact just down the street being interviewed by Katie Couric. Dave even cut over to the live video of the interview, and said, "Hey Senator, can I give you a ride home?"


Earlier in the show, Dave kept saying, "You don't suspend your campaign. This doesn't smell right. This isn't the way a tested hero behaves." And he joked: "I think someone's putting something in his metamucil."


"He can't run the campaign because the economy is cratering? Fine, put in your second string quarterback, Sara Palin. Where is she?"


"What are you going to do if you're elected and things get tough? Suspend being president? We've got a guy like that now!"




This return-to-Washington-gimmick doesn't give me tingly feelings about McCain FIGHTING FOR ME, but Letterman's logic doesn't make any sense. (If "things get tough" wouldn't the "suspension" be leaving Washington and blaming everyone else for the country's woes?) And of course McCain's opponent is a guy known more for voting "present" than actually doing anything of substance. (Then again, I'd rather have Osama do nothing than try to get his agenda pushed...)


• OMG more liberal bias: RePuBliCaNz r DuM.


NEW YORK (AP) - NBC News reporter Luke Russert said he made a "dumb" misstatement on the "Today" show Wednesday when he suggested that smart people supported Barack Obama for president.


Almost immediately, Russert took a hazing in the Web world. Wrote Tim Graham of the conservative Media Research Center on the NewsBusters blog: "Out of the mouths of young, untrained reporters come the unspoken beliefs of the liberal media."


Russert, son of the late "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert, is covering youth issues for NBC News. He filed a report for "Today" about campaign activity at the University of Virginia, and talked about it live afterward with Matt Lauer.


Russert, 23, said about the university: "The smartest kids in the state go there so it is leaning a little bit toward Obama."


Oops. Now he's either implied that students at other colleges in Virginia aren't as smart as those at the University of Virginia or that you have to be dumb not to support Obama. Or both.


He said in a blog later Wednesday that he misspoke and "made what is without a doubt, quite simply a dumb comment."


"I meant to say that many of the kids who go to UVA are from affluent, highly educated households who are leaning (toward) Obama and hence their kids lean Obama," he said. "Plenty of smart college kids will vote for John McCain from UVA and plenty of smart kids go to Virginia Tech or George Mason and they, too, could end up being big Obama voters.


"Today was one of my first lessons in the perils of live television," he said. "Lesson learned."


Son, just because you go to college doesn't mean you're smart. To further prove my point -- I'm a college grad.


• Speaking of "dumb" and "reporters," let's ask an ACTOR who played a WALL STREET MEANIE his opinion of the REAL-LIFE financial zaniness.


UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Michael Douglas had to field questions Wednesday about the financial turmoil shaking world markets from reporters recalling his role in the 1987 film "Wall Street..."


Makes perfect sense to me. Like Douglas would know anything about currency speculation or other fancy words that I just put next to each other. Say, what was he doing at the United Nations anyway?


...The actor sought to focus on the subject of Wednesday's news conference—urging the United States and eight other holdout nations to ratify a nuclear test ban treaty.


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Speaking of "dumb" and "reporters," let's ask an ACTOR who played a WALL STREET MEANIE his opinion of the REAL-LIFE financial zaniness.


I just knew this was going to be about Douglas as soon as you said wall street meanie. Man was that movie dull. If I hadn't had to watch it for a class I would never have made it to the end. And shouldn't his answer have been that "greed is good." ?

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The crying-while-leaving-the-office part wasn't that bad. A bit long, but whatever. I just didn't like how everything got wrapped up in the end (yes, the central park scene was hella gay). Gecko should have gotten away.


And I actually like M. Sheen's union character, too.

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