08.29.10

August 29: 7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk

Glenn Beck hedges on calling Obama “racist,” Brad Pitt slams BP for stealing his slogan, and Bob Schieffer talks stem-cell research. That and more in our roundup.

Glenn Beck Apologizes for Calling Obama “Racist”

Glenn Beck followed up Saturday’s controversial rally with an appearance on Fox News Sunday. There, the conservative talk-show host addressed his comments from July 2009, when he said that President Obama has a “deep-seated hatred for white people.” Beck told Chris Wallace that he regrets his earlier remarks, and that, in fact, Obama’s “viewpoints come from liberation theology… and I miscast it as racism.”

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Brad Pitt: BP Stole My Slogan

Injecting some Hollywood star power into the Sunday morning lineup, in an interview on Meet the Press, actor Brad Pitt discussed his love for New Orleans—and his scorn for BP, whom he accused of stealing his slogan, “Make It Right.” The phrase doubles as the name of his philanthropy project in the devastated city.

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Bob Schieffer on Stem-Cell Research

On Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer spoke eloquently about the necessity of stem-cell research in broad terms, comparing the refusal to allow it to turning away from Galileo’s telescope.

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Wallace to Beck: What’s With All the Crying?

When he’s not talking like a Muppet or doodling on his chalkboard, Glenn Beck can often be found sobbing on air. On Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace finally asked him the question we’ve been wondering since his show debuted: What’s with all the crying? Apparently, after he stopped drinking and living the wild life, he “got all mushy inside.” No worries, though, he finds his crying every bit as annoying as we do!

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Arne Duncan’s Call to Arms

On This Week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan lamented the sorry state of American education, citing alarming dropout rates that he called “morally unacceptable.” He also argued that the road to economic recovery was contingent upon a radical change in American education.

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Mayor Landrieu Speaks Out Five Years After Katrina

On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu went on Meet the Press to reiterate his love for the city and his firm belief that the disaster in New Orleans was “manmade.”

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Did People Magazine Coddle Elin Nordegren?

On Reliable Sources, host Howie Kurtz talked to pop-culture commentator Lola Ogunnaike about People’s recent cover story on Tiger Woods’ ex-wife, Elin Nordegren. Specifically, Howie wondered whether People made too many concessions, including allowing Elin to write out her answers to the reporter’s questions, in order to secure the exclusive story. “It doesn’t bother me at all because I think that People would bend over backward to get this interview,” Ogunnaike says. “So I can’t imagine why People wouldn’t follow her ground rules.”

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