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03.08.09

7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk

A GOP backlash against Rush Limbaugh, TMZ’s Harvey Levin teaches The New York Times about journalism—and Newt for president in 2012? Watch the best moments from Sunday’s talk shows.

Newt Leads the Limbaugh Retreat

“You’re irrational if you don’t want the new president to succeed,” Newt Gingrich said on Meet the Press, referring to a certain radio talk show host.

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Harvey Levin—yes, Harvey Levin—Gives the NYT a Journalism Lesson

Is it really so awful that the New York Times hasn’t displaced coverage of economic collapse, turmoil in the Middle East and Washington politics for the Rihanna and Chris? TMZ’s Harvey Levin seems to think so.

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McCain Embarrasses Daughter, Embarrassed By Daughter

Like most fathers, John McCain has trouble believing his own daughter might find him embarrassing, even when she writes a column talking about how he’s made her social life decidedly more awkward.

Newt for President in 2012?

In a sign of either Newt Gingrich’s enduring popularity or the complete disarray of the Republican party, Pat Buchanan of The McLaughlin Group argues the former Speaker of the House is one of the GOP’s frontrunners for 2012.

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Richard Shelby: Bury the Banks

The Republican senator from Alabama, appearing on This Week with George Stephanopoulos, pushes hard for his solution for struggling banks large (read: Citigroup) and small… let them die.

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Brit Hume and The ‘Obama Bear Market’

Republicans’ objection to Obama’s economic recovery strategy—or, in their view, the lack thereof—was best expressed by Brit Hume on FOX News Sunday, who describes the stimulus bill as “reckless.”

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Connie Chung on the Art of Reporting

What Chung implies in this clip says as much about network TV news as it does about what things would be like without newspaper reporters. “Television networks do the quick and easy thing,” Chung says of presenting stories like the murder of Chandra Levy. “Local news,” she goes on to say, should do the actual investigative work, i.e. reporting. But what happens when there’s no one left doing the reporting?

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