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Hank Green Says It’s Not OK for the Mainstream Media to Snipe at YouTube Stars

Bethany Mota's post-interview selfie
Bethany Mota’s post-interview selfie

If you missed it in the post-game coverage of the recent State of the Union speech, Pres. Obama broke new ground beyond perfecting presidential ad libs. He also agreed to one-on-one interviews with three YouTube stars, and one of them, Hank Green, isn’t happy with the way the “legacy” press corps treated the endeavor. Green’s article, posted on Medium, is titled “Holy Shit, I Interviewed the President.” It might have been better named, “Holy Shit, the Mainstream Media is Killing Democracy.”

Green: How does a democracy function with no credible system for informing its citizens?

CNN intro’d and outro’d every segment with Glozell [Green] in a bathtub full of cereal, as did ABC’s morning show…Even new media companies like Vice were dismissive:

“Think of it as a teeny-bopper AMA…The interviewers will be GloZell Green, who’s perhaps best known for sitting in a tub full of cereal; a 19-year-old who gives beauty advice named Bethany Mota; and Hank Green, a notorious YouTube ranter whose brother wrote The Fault in Our Stars.”

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Even Their Fans are Tired of the New England Patriots Playing in the Super Bowl

$2,879

The average price of a 2015 Super Bowl ticket, which is 20 percent cheaper than last year. The decrease is blamed on the New England Patriots, whose fans have watched their team in the big game six out of the past 14 years, and who might not want to shell out yet again for what no longer seems like a rare opportunity.

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Obama Hijacks the Show but Colbert Report Pulls No Punches

If you missed it, watch the revamped segment Colbert calls, “The Word,” but which Obama called, “The Decree.” The president out-deadpans the deadpanner himself.

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Sarah Palin TV as Relevant as She Is to Viewers

36,000

Number of visitors to the Sarah Palin Channel in September, as measured by Quantcast, reports Lloyd Grove. By contrast, The Blaze’s web traffic exceeded 1.5 million unique visitors in September.

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Fox News Also Won the Midterms

6,607,000

Number of total viewers of Fox News Channel in the 10 pm hour Tuesday night, exceeding both CNN’s 1,936,000 and MSNBC’s 1,594,000 average total viewers combined by more than 3 million. FNC also beat out CBS, NBC and ABC in total viewers during that hour, with the highest of the three – CBS – garnering 5,408,000 average total viewers, reports FishBowl DC.

Verbatim

Paul Ryan Can’t Differentiate Fact from Fiction

I watched the first couple of episodes until he cheated on his wife with that reporter. It turned my stomach so much that I just couldn’t watch it anymore. His behavior was so reprehensible, and it hit too close to home because he was a House member, that it just bothered me too much. And what I thought is, it makes us all look like we’re like that.

— Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), to Parade, on why he doesn’t watch “House of Cards” anymore.

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On FOX, The Truth is Faster

47

Number of minutes FOX News used to point out that the recent CBS 60 Minutes piece, which was later found to have falsely portrayed events in Benghazi, backed up the Republican portrayal of the incident. That was three times the length of the original 60 Minutes report. Amount of time FOX spent on the subsequent correction: 26 seconds.

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This Could Be the ‘Willie Horton’ Ad of This Campaign

Just when you thought the Tea Party had shriveled up and died, their super PAC comes out with this piece of vileness that panders to the whitest part of the GOP base.

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Jimmy Fallon’s “Romney and Bain”

I almost like this one better than the original — especially the part about 2016!

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Oh Yeah, THIS Will Help Republicans Among Women

OReillyHair

O’Reilly posted a video someone made of Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (Fla.) talking about her curly hair and then commenting on a recent news story with a new, straight hairstyle.

Hey Debbie: Love the new look. You go, girl.

Hey Bill: Srsly? Moron.