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  • Early Show contributor to her father, Sen. Scott Brown: "Would you run for president?"

    Blog ››› ››› KARL FRISCH

    Ayla Brown, a contributor for CBS' Early Show, had a hard-hitting Father's Day inspired interview with her dad, Massachusetts GOP Senator Scott Brown this week:

    For anyone wondering why CBS hired Brown back in April as a contributor, the interview doesn't provide a clue as to her journalistic bona fides but don't forget, she did come in somewhere between thirteenth and sixteenth place on American Idol back in 2006.

    She begins the piece saying Sen. Brown is "just the guy who taught me to play basketball and love motorcycles" and the questions following the set-up are just as sappy:

    When did you start thinking of me as an adult?

    You taught me everything I know about basketball, but did you ever think that one day I could beat you pretty handily?

    Are you scared or worried that I won't find someone, is that why you said I was available?

    How has life changed after winning the election in terms of being a dad?

    If Mom, Arianna, and I all supported you in this decision, would you run for President?

    Ridiculously, Early Show co-host Harry Smith, who described the interview as "quite a story," told Brown that she asked her father "the tough question."

    The "tough question" must have been cut from the interview because the ones listed above are quite literally all of the questions aired during the interview.

    Oh, if only every Senator had a reality show cast-off child working as a contributor for one of the network morning shows -- they could fill every Father's Day and Mother's Day with such fine, quality programming.


    Happy Father's Day dad.

  • Obama calls "vitriol" of Beck and Limbaugh "troublesome"

    Blog ››› ››› KARL FRISCH

    During an exclusive interview with CBS Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith, President Obama was asked about the "level of enmity" on talk radio. He responded saying that the "vitriol" coming from the likes of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh is "troublesome."

    Smith: I've been out and about, listening to talk radio. The kindest of terms you're sometimes referred to out in America is a 'socialist'. The worst of which I've heard is called a 'Nazi'. Are you aware of the level of enmity that crosses the airwaves and that people have made part of their daily conversation about you?

    President Obama: Well, I mean, I think that when you listen to Rush Limbaugh or Glenn Beck, it's pretty apparent, and it's troublesome. But, keep in mind that there have been periods in American history where this kind of vitriol comes out. It happens often when you've got an economy that is making people more anxious, and people are feeling as if there is a lot of change that needs to take place. But that's not the vast majority of Americans. I think the vast majority of Americans know that we're trying hard, that I want what's best for the country.

  • Media let Gingrich take money from insurers, slam policies they oppose


    Several media figures and outlets have provided Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich a forum to discuss his opposition to the inclusion of a public option and increased insurance regulations in health care reform legislation. But those media have not noted that that his Center for Health Transformation -- a for-profit entity that Gingrich founded and reportedly profits from -- receives annual membership fees from several major health insurance companies, which have a financial interest in preventing the implementation of those policies.

  • CBS' Smith failed to challenge claim by McCain's campaign manager -- a former lobbyist -- that McCain "is probably most feared by every lobbyist"

    ››› ››› ERIC HANANOKI

    While discussing a New York Times article about Sen. John McCain's relationship with a telecommunications lobbyist, CBS Early Show host Harry Smith did not challenge McCain campaign manager Rick Davis when Davis asserted that McCain "is probably most feared by every lobbyist in this town of Washington"; he did not note that Davis is a registered lobbyist who, the Times reported, "represented companies" before McCain's committee.