“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” the policy barring gay people from serving openly in the military, should be history on Sept. 20. That’s when President Obama’s repeal of the law is scheduled to go into effect — and when a documentary on the controversial policy, The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, premieres on HBO. The film, by directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (The Eyes of Tammy Faye), tracks the 17 years it took to overturn the policy — starting with President Clinton’s signature signing into law in 1993 and ending with Obama’s repeal in Dec. 2010. Along the way, it tells the history of gay people in the military as well as the stories of some of the estimated 60,000 gay and lesbian Americans currently on active duty. HBO will air a sneak preview of the doc from midnight to 1:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 19, and then will premiere the film at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. You can watch an exclusive clip of it below: READ FULL STORY
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In an exclusive first look from National Geographic Channel’s George W. Bush: The 9/11 Interview, the former president recalls his first visit to New York City after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. “I remember the West Side Highway was lined with our fellow citizens,” Bush says with a warm smile. “It was a real sign of solidarity. As [then New York mayor] Rudy [Giuliani] pointed out, it’s a unique moment. ‘Most of them didn’t vote for you,’ is what he told me.” Check out the full clip below: READ FULL STORY
Move over Donald Trump.
Former sitcom star Roseanne Barr says she’s running for president. Barr made the announcement during the taping of Thursday’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
“I am running for President of the United States,” Barr said to cheers (preview video below).
According to a Tonight Show insider, Barr then claimed, “I’m totally serious,” and explained, “‘Cause I want to be part of the debates, because I want to represent the tax payer. In fact, I’m choosing the tax payers as my vice president.” READ FULL STORY
MSNBC took immediate action today by suspending senior political analyst Mark Halperin after he used a vulgarity to describe President Obama during today’s Morning Joe. Halperin was addressing President Obama’s Wednesday press briefing with host Joe Scarborough when he asked, “Are we on the seven-second delay?” Assuming that he could speak freely, he then said, “I thought he was a d–k yesterday.” Watch it below. READ FULL STORY
Keith Olbermann responded to complaints that his 63-minute show on Current TV was forcing viewers to choose between his show and that of his protege, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. Olbermann’s new program doesn’t go head-to-head with Maddow’s program, but its final three minutes overlap with the first three of Maddow’s at 9 p.m. Three days after essentially saying, “Too bad, it’s a competition,” Olbermann reversed course. “At @current we’ll soon have a 9 PM companion commentary show to mine,” tweeted Olbermann. “But in the interim there is no reason for me to be overlapping with my friend Rachel, nor to ignore the wishes of those who’ve been so loyal to both of us for so long. We’ve heard you: as of tomorrow night Countdown finishes at 9. Bonus stuff will instead go to Countdown Online. Thanks for upsiding my head on this :)”
Tracy Morgan, who’s spent the last week apologizing for a homophobic rant that culminated in him saying that he’d stab his own son if he acted gay, returned to the scene of the crime, so to speak, to apologize to the Nashville audience that attended his notorious performance. Morgan met with offended audience members at the Nashville Convention Center this morning, and later told reporters, “I just wanted to take this opportunity to help and not hurt,” according to the Associated Press. Video after the jump. READ FULL STORY
It’s one thing for the political opposition to call for your resignation after a sex scandal, but Anthony Weiner, the married New York congressman who tweeted racy pictures of himself to various women on the web, is running out of friends. Several powerful Democrats previously called for Weiner to step down, and on Today this morning, the President himself told Ann Curry that “If it was me, I would resign.”
President Obama was there to discuss the sluggish economy, but to no one’s surprise, Curry led with the Weiner scandal. Obama seemed prepared and well aware that his verdict might well doom the congressman, who intends to return to his duties after seeking rehabilitation help. “When you get to the point where, because of various personal distractions, you can’t serve as effectively as you need to, at the time when people are worrying about jobs, and their mortgages, and paying the bills — then you should probably step back,’’ Obama said. Take a look at the interview. READ FULL STORY
First Lady Michelle Obama will appear on an upcoming episode of Nickelodeon’s iCarly to promote Joining Forces, an initiative aimed at increasing awareness and support for military families, according to the Associated Press. In the episode, which will likely air in January, Obama gets involved after two of Carly’s friends break some rules so that she can have have a web chat with her dad, who’s in the military serving overseas. “The First Lady discovers it and comes to have a chat with them in the most positive way possible,” network president Cyma Zarghami said Wednesday.
It turns out the only thing KO’d after Ed Schultz hurled fighting words at Laura Ingraham last week was his own show.
MSNBC has decided to take radio and TV host Schultz off the air until June 6, following his comments last week in which he referred to the conservative host as a “right-wing slut,” according to reports. Schultz’s remark, made during his nationally syndicated radio show on Tuesday, reportedly stems from Ingraham’s criticism of President Barack Obama’s trip to Ireland while the Midwest was being devastated by tornadoes.
Schultz apologized on The Ed Show, his hour-long weeknight program on MSNBC, yesterday for the comment, saying that he had used “vile and inappropriate language,” the Washington Post reports.
Forget The Kennedys — ABC News has the real deal: Jacqueline Kennedy talking about her life with husband President John F. Kennedy. The network announced on Wednesday that the First Lady’s conversations with historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr., which have been sealed up until now, will be featured in a series of television and radio programs, including a one-hour 20/20 special anchored by Diane Sawyer in September. There will be high interest in these eight-and-a-half hours of interviews, which were recorded in the spring of 1964, less than a year after President Kennedy was assassinated; the fashionable First Lady, who passed away in 1994, never really talked publicly about her time with her husband in the White House, save for a 1963 interview with Look magazine following his death. The audio tapes cover her days campaigning for him to their final days in the White House. A book titled Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy, will be released in tandem with the Sawyer-hosted special; the foreword is being written by daughter Caroline Kennedy, who was bequeathed the tapes with instructions for their release. “It is a great privilege to be able to share these recollections with the millions of people who admire my parents,” she said in a statement. “My mother took very seriously the obligation to preserve and document the history of my father’s administration — and these interviews are the result. I am honored to play a small part in that effort by bringing them forward in connection with the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy administration.”
The wait is over, Apprentice fans: The Donald has revealed what his plans are for the 2012 presidential election.
He won’t be one of the candidates!
“This will be the 12th season,” Donald Trump told advertisers at NBC’s presentation Monday. “I love Celebrity Apprentice. We’ve raised tens of millions. I’ve decided we are going to continue on with the Celebrity Apprentice. I will not be running for president.”
NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt told reporters on Sunday that he would replace Trump should he seek office. “It’s the right and privilege of anyone to run for the highest office of the land,” Greenblatt said. “Nothing would make me happier than for someone to reach that. READ FULL STORY
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