WATCH: Barney Frank takes ownership of ‘the radical homosexual agenda’

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Rep. Barney Frank had a number of one-liners in TV appearances last weekend following the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

He said he wondered what would have happened if he or another elected official had suggested exempting gays and lesbians from service.

”We have this important idea,” Frank said on Hardball on MSNBC. “Let’s exempt gay and lesbian people from having to defend the country. You talk about people complaining about special rights.”

“Showering with homosexuals?” he said in an interview with CNS, a conservative media watchdog. “What do you think happens in gyms all over America? What do you think happens in the House of Representatives? Of course people shower with homosexuals. What a silly issue!”

“Remember, under ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ by the way, the policy was that you would be showering with homosexuals, you just weren’t supposed to know which was which,” he said.

Speaking after the repeal, Frank said in a press conference that there is a “radical homosexual agenda” — to be protected against violent crimes driven by bigotry, to be able to get married, to be able to get a job and to be able to fight for our country.

And he put those worried about it on notice: “Two down. Two to go.”

But in a more serious assessment on Hardball, he said, “Giving gay and lesbian people the chance to show, in the most challenging thing you can do in America, that we really are just like everybody else, except for our choices about what we do in intimate moments, will do more to help us destroy the myth.”

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MSNBC On Chelsea’s Gay Santas

MSNBC follows-up on the NYT’s Christmas Eve story.

Joe. My. God.

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Watch: Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins Spews ‘DADT’ Nonsense on MSNBC

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Hate group leader Tony Perkins (of the Family Research Council) and Sgt. Brian Fricke of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, appeared on MSNBC today to discuss 'DADT' repeal and the Pentagon report.

Perkins does his best to discredit the opinions of Mullen and Gates, and cites the FRC's own "scientific survey" (The survey of a designated hate group) that 30% of the Armed Forces are ready to leave if gays are allowed to serve openly.

Why are MSNBC and CNN 

Also, last night on AC360 Richard Socarides faced off against

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP



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Olbermann To Return To MSNBC This Tuesday

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Soon after after Keith Olbermann tweeted that he's alive and well, MSNBC announced late today that he will be back on the air in just a couple of days. The cable news network's president, Phil Griffin, feels as if the Countdown host has been punished enough:

"After several days of deliberation and discussion, I have determined that suspending Keith through and including Monday night's program is an appropriate punishment for his violation of our policy. We look forward to having him back on the air Tuesday night."

Do we have Rachel Maddow to thank for this?


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About MSNBC

Well…THAT could have gone better. The host apologized to me twice, but they just spent too much time on that Titanic segment so we got what, two minutes? (She was very sweet to me, I should say.) But I had SO much more to say. Rats.

RELATED: That Log Cabin guy is quite the tool, eh?

Joe. My. God.

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Margaret and Bristol: Will they face off on DWTS?

Margaret Cho, left, and Bristol Palin

I am not a “Dancing With the Stars” fan. I never really even know who is on the show, much less care who wins. But I may have to change that when the new season starts.

According to Kristin Dos Santos at MSNBC.MSN.com, Bristol Palin — daughter of moose killer and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and baby mama to Levi Johnston — and Margaret “Practically A Gay Man” Cho are both going to be DWTS competitors this time around.

Now, I have no idea whether either one of them can dance. They may well have four left feet between them, and it might be the only beats either of them can hit are the ones they accidentally bump into while stumbling around the dance floor. Or they may both absolutely excellent dancers. Truth is, I don’t care about the dancing.

What I am sure of is that if it ever comes down to a battle of wits, Margaret Cho will be the hands-down winner. And that is the one battle I would love to see!

Oh, and Jennifer Grey of “Dirty Dancing” fame, will be competing, along with basketball player Rick Fox, singer Michael Bolton, Audrina Patridge of “The Hills,” The Situation of “Jersey Shore,” David “The Hoff” Hasselhoff, singer Brandy and Florence “Carol Brady” Henderson.

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MSNBC rejects anti-Target ad from liberal group

Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. — MSNBC rejected a TV ad calling for a boycott of Target Corp. after the retail giant made a political donation in Minnesota, continuing the controversy over corporate involvement in elections.

MSNBC spokeswoman Alana Russo said Thursday, Aug. 19 that the commercial submitted by the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org violates its advertising policy by attacking an individual business directly. The ad features Target’s bullseye logo and accuses the chain of trying to buy elections.

MoveOn executive director Justin Ruben said the rejection was “the height of hypocrisy” and accused MSNBC and its corporate parent, General Electric Co., of trying to protect Target from consumer anger.

MoveOn spokeswoman Ilyse Hogue said the ad began running Thursday on ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates in the Twin Cities. The affiliates, KSTP, WCCO and KARE, confirmed that the ad was airing.

MoveOn originally planned to spend $35,000 on the ad, including national air time on MSNBC. Hogue said the group hasn’t decided what to do with the money it planned to spend on the MSNBC slots.

Minneapolis-based Target triggered a national backlash by giving $150,000 last month to a business-oriented political fund supporting conservative Minnesota GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, who opposes gay marriage and other rights for same-sex couples.

Gay rights groups and liberals have protested at Target’s stores and headquarters. The flap showed the risks for businesses that take advantage of new freedom to spend company money directly on political campaigns after a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.

—  John Wright

Liberal group buys TV ad decrying Target donation

Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A new TV ad from the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org goes after Target Corp. for making a political campaign donation in Minnesota.

A spokeswoman said Tuesday, Aug. 17 that the group will spend $35,000 to air the ad for a week on three networks in Minnesota and on the MSNBC cable channel nationally.

The ad urges consumers to boycott the retail chain for getting involved in elections.

Minneapolis-based Target has faced a backlash from gay rights groups and liberals after giving $150,000 to a business-oriented political fund supporting Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer in Minnesota.

The company has apologized for the donation and promised to carefully review future political giving.

The ad is below.

—  John Wright

Rachel Maddow on Prop 8 ruling and witnesses’ ties to George ‘Rentboy’ Rekers

Rachel Maddow was obviously overjoyed by Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling, issued Wednesday, saying that California’s Prop 8 violates the U.S. Constitution.

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Instant Tea on 'Morning Joe'

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I got an e-mail Wednesday afternoon from someone at MSNBC saying they planned to use a quotation from an Instant Tea post on The Dylan Ratigan Show,” which to be honest I’d never even heard of.  This MSNBC person asked me to send over a Dallas Voice logo and a headshot, which I did, and he later confirmed that they’d used the quote, but I can’t find the video anywhere online. (We don’t get the cable at the IT Brewery, so we couldn’t watch it live.) Anyhow, someone later alerted me to the fact that this same quote had also been on MSNBC earlier, on “Morning Joe” with Joe Scarborough. I did manage to find this clip and have posted it above. How funny! Instant Tea on “Morning Joe”! At this point I suppose you’d like me to tell you what the quote is, but nah, I’m gonna make you watch.

—  John Wright