Category: Politics

Late Night: Mitt Romney loosens up (a little) on 'Tonight Show'


On Tuesday, Mitt Romney made his 2012 debut on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno." With the exception of the top 10 list he delivered on "Late Show With David Letterman" in December, the Republican frontrunner has mostly avoided the late-night circuit during this campaign cycle. 

For Romney, the appearance was an opportunity to counter the media caricature of him as a stiff, humorless automaton. And while it seems unlikely the candidate will be headlining at the Laugh Factory any time soon, he did show some signs of life. 

The most vibrant part of the interview came when Leno brought up the subject of Romney's theoretical vice-presidential pick. The host offered up names of contenders, and asked Romney for a one-word description. He summarized New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as "indomitable," then scored a some laughs when he promised, "I'll try for smaller words next time." 

He struggled more with the next name, Marco Rubio, initially describing him as "The American dream." Leno reminded Romney that he was limited to a one-word answer. Romney tried again, dropping the definite article, but was still over the word limit. Leno let it slide.

After offering up his assessments of "creative" Paul Ryan and "energetic" Nikki Haley, Romney was faced with the trickier task of summing up Donald Trump. While there are many words that come to mind at the mention of his name -– comb-over, long-form birth certificate, tan –- Romney's description was slightly more cryptic: "Huge." It makes you wonder what word he chose to leave out -– ego? intellect? donor? The world may never know.  

Last but not least, Leno asked for Romney's description of his chief rival Rick Santorum, who's currently embroiled in a minor controversy after cursing out a New York Times reporter. "Press secretary," Romney quipped.

He's here all week, folks!


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-- Meredith Blake

Julian Assange's new talk show will air on Russian TV


Julian Assange, the founder of the controversial WikiLeaks website, announced on Sunday that he was moving even further into the spotlight as host of a TV talk show. "The World Tomorrow" will feature conversations with "key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries from around the world," he said.

With Assange aspiring to be a mix of Oprah Winfrey and Harvey Levin (with lots more state secrets), the only question seemed to be, what channel would air such a talk show?

The answer: Russian TV. The English-language channel RT, founded by the Kremlin in 2005, will be carrying the new show starting in March.

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In the original news release, sent out before the deal with RT was announced, Assange said the series would be 10 half-hour interviews airing weekly.

"Through this series I will explore the possibilities for our future in conversations with those who are shaping it. Are we heading towards utopia, or dystopia and how we can set our paths?" Assange said.

RT is broadcast around the world and is available to 430 million people. It also broadcasts in Spanish and Arabic. Unsurprisingly, it frequently takes a critical stance toward U.S. policy.

There's no word yet on what kind of guests Assange has lined up, but he won't have to travel far to produce it. The show will be shot at the location of Assange's house arrest in England, where he's fighting extradition to Sweden on allegations of rape and molestation.


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-- Patrick Day

Photo: Julian Assange. Credit: Kirsty Wigglesworth / Associated Press

Michele Bachmann receives apology from NBC over Jimmy Fallon gag

MichelebachmanStoryMichele Bachmann’s appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s “Late Night” caused quite a kerfuffle Wednesday and now the GOP presidential candidate has received an apology from NBC.

What was all the commotion about? Fallon’s house band, the Roots, played a snippet from Fishbone’s 1985 song “Lyin’ Ass Bitch” as Bachmann took the stage. She didn’t catch on at first, but after the episode aired and Bachmann found out about the diss, she wanted an apology.

Now, Bachmann spokeswoman Alice Stewart says NBC’s vice president for late night programming, Doug Vaughan, has offered a written apology.  The letter called the incident "not only unfortunate but also unacceptable" and assured that the Roots had been "severely reprimanded."

Fallon says he knew nothing of the band’s plans and spoke to the Minnesota congresswoman after tweeting a public apology. 

"He was extremely nice and friendly and offered his apology, and she accepted it," Stewart told the Associated Press.

Bachmann spent much of Wednesday lashing out at NBC on various media outlets while plugging her new autobiography.

"This is clearly a form of bias on the part of the Hollywood entertainment elite," Bachmann said on the Fox News Channel. She added, "This wouldn't be tolerated if this was Michelle Obama. It shouldn't be tolerated if it's a conservative woman either."

Glenn Beck also offered his two cents on his daily radio show, calling Fallon and friends "two-faced liars." "These people in the mainstream media don't give a flying crap about anything decent," he told viewers.

Meanwhile, Roots bandleader Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson says it was a "tongue-in-cheek and spur-of-the-moment decision."


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— Emily Christianson

Photo: Rep. Michelle Bachmann and Jimmy Fallon on "Late Night." Credit: Lloyd Bishop / NBC.

The Associated Press contributed to the report.

Osama bin Laden's death galvanizes Sunday night


Osama bin Laden's death galvanizes Sunday night

For the first, and possibly last, time in history, Sunday night owned television. The medium that captured, in horrifying and world-changing detail, the fall of the World Trade Center during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks also brought the news, almost 10 years later, that the mastermind of those attacks, Osama bin Laden, was dead, killed by U.S. troops in Pakistan.

Photos: Crowds celebrate Osama bin Laden's death

As networks learned that President Obama would be making an official statement to that effect, originally scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Pacific time, regular programming was suspended as anchors and reporters spoke, at times with great emotion, of the surprising and momentous news -- in a particularly poignant note, CBS' Lara Logan returned to work for the first time since being sexually assaulted by a mob during the protests in Egypt.

The president began speaking by 8:35, announcing with no preamble that “I can report to the American people and to the world that the United States has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda and a terrorist who’s responsible for the murder of thousands of innocent men, women and children.”

He then went on to conjure the images of 9/11, reminding Americans of the unity they felt even in their sorrow and the resolve that has stayed firm even as that unity “frayed.” It was a deceptively simple speech, offering a brief chronology of the events while quietly but firmly sending out a carefully constructed symphony of messages: that although the government of Pakistan aided our efforts, this was an American mission and one that had been planned for months; that the capture or death of Bin Laden had been a top priority of Obama’s presidency; that it did not signal the end of the war on terror or an excuse for reprisals of any sort at home. In making this point, Obama reached not just across the aisle but also back in time to include former President George W. Bush in the achievement.

“I must also reaffirm that the United States is not –- and never will be -– at war with Islam,” Obama said. “I’ve made clear, just as President Bush did shortly after 9/11, that our war is not against Islam.”

For the next hour, networks remained locked on news, as hastily gathered analysts parsed the president’s words but mostly reiterated the historical importance of the day -- “I think you have to reach back to the fall of the Berlin Wall for something of this magnitude,” said David Gergen -- with a collective air of almost dumbfounded excitement, which only grew as celebrating crowds gathered in front of the White House and at Ground Zero.

Yes, many anchors reminded us, Bin Laden’s death may spark increased activity among al Qaeda.  And no, we don’t have all the details of the attack and its additional casualties. But after weeks of British wedding thumbsuckers, after the devastating death toll in the tornado-plagued South and the utter absurdity of the birth certificate controversy, after the chronically dispiriting grind of three wars and a still-faltering economy, here was a story, a big and shining story, rising unexpectedly on a Sunday night, giving the president of the United States ground to say things like “We will be relentless in defense of our citizens” and “America can do whatever we set our minds to…not just because of wealth and power but because of who we are.”

Monday morning hasn’t looked so good in long time.

-- Mary McNamara


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Photo: U.S. Marines of Regiment Combat Team 1 (RCT 1) watch TV as President Barack Obama announces the death of Osama bin Laden at Camp Dwyer in Helman Province on May 2. Credit: Bay Ismoyo / AFP/Getty Images

Punch, meet Judy: Bill O'Reilly visits 'The View' [video]


If you wanted to know what's wrong with American politics, all you had to do was watch “The View” on Thursday, when co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar walked off the set after Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly announced that “Muslims killed us on 9/11.”  In the wake of their departure, co-host Barbara Walters, who is becoming more schoolmarmish with every passing year, admonished her colleagues, telling the audience, “You have just seen what should never happen,” and adding that “we” should be able to sit down and talk calmly about politics even if we disagree.

Girlfriend, please.

There are only two reasons to invite Bill O’Reilly on the show, or anywhere on television, for that matter: to rouse the right or provoke the left. O’Reilly has built a very successful career on his patent refusal to have a conversation. He doesn’t speak; depending on your political persuasion, he either rants or declaims. He rarely lets anyone, including those with whom he is in complete agreement, finish a sentence, much less an argument. As a television performer he is an archetype — the unapologetic hectoring provocateur: a role in which the ladies of "The View,"  Behar, Goldberg and Elisabeth Hasselbeck in particular, also occasionally dabble.

O’Reilly outguns them in terms of seniority, volume and inability to acknowledge, much less concede, the possibility of contradiction or complexity, but there were five of them and one of him, so it evened out as the conversation heated up.

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Will Los Angeles get its own version of Jon Stewart's rally?

La-rally For Amy Lee and her friend Ashley Wright, the decision to organize the Los Angeles-based Rally to Restore Sanity was an easy one. All it took was the urging of Jon Stewart … and tight finances.

“We were having dinner together a few weeks ago, and we were talking about how we really wanted to go to the D.C. rally,” said Lee, 38, who works in production and H.R. “But that’s quite a trip. We couldn’t afford to travel all that way.”

Two weeks and a Facebook page later (with 3,100 followers to-date), they are well on their way to organizing a satellite rally.  

“What I thought would be a small get-together with some of my friends has morphed into this big thing,” Lee said. “It’s pretty amazing.”

And they’re not the only ones looking to restore some sanity. There are shadow rallies planned in 47 states and six countries for Oct. 30, according to, to coincide with the upcoming dueling rallies in Washington, D.C.

But before sanity can be reached, there’s been a little madness for the L.A. organizers. A permit for Pershing Square, the venue they had hoped to be the location of their organized chaos, was denied by the city earlier this week.  It conflicted with preparations for the location's winter festivities, according to a Parks and Recreation spokesperson.

“When we originally met with folks at Pershing Square a couple of weeks ago, they didn’t think there would be a problem getting a permit,” Lee said. “They actually issued us a permit number and an invoice. But when I went to pay the deposit, things changed. They’re gearing up for the holiday season. 

“The biggest challenge has been finding a place where we can all gather,” she added. 

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Jon Stewart fans embrace his 'Rally to Restore Sanity' to send a serious political message [updated]

Jon Stewart insists that he's not looking to get into politics. But plenty of his fans appear eager to join him in a political movement, if the response to his "Rally to Restore Sanity" is any indication. By Thursday morning, more than 138,000 people had indicated on the event's Facebook page that they planned to join "The Daily Show" host Oct. 30 on the National Mall. Those who can't make it are organizing satellite events in cities around the country.

As a Times story on Thursday details, many attendees view the gathering as an opportunity to shape the political discourse. "We want to send a message to Washington that there are a lot of us out here that want you to get something done and stop pandering to the fringe," said Lorrie Sparrow, 45, a business analyst who plans to drive all night from Xenia, Ohio, to attend the event with two friends and her 8-year-old son.

[Updated at 9:35 a.m.: Los Angeles residents are now seeking to create their own "Rally to Restore Sanity" satellite event for Oct. 30. Volunteers are working to secure a permits and a website has been set up to solicit donations.]

-- Matea Gold

TV review: Christiane Amanpour debuts as the anchor of ABC's 'This Week'

Sunday morning, Christiane Amanpour spent her first hour as the host of ABC's "This Week," taking over from George Stephanopoulos, who has decamped to "Good Morning, America." Her guests were House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Defense Secretary Robert Gates; both interviews were bannered as "exclusive" throughout, just in case you thought they might be popping over to "Meet the Press" or "Face the Nation" as soon as Amanpour was done with them.

There are those who watch the news business as closely as a sport, but even to many who don't, Amanpour, who began her career at CNN in 1983 as a coffee-fetching assistant, is a familiar figure. Certainly our most famous foreign correspondent, to use the appropriately romantic term, she personifies the coverage of the Gulf and Bosnian wars; she has appeared on "The Gilmore Girls" and "Iron Man 2" but seems almost to be a creature of fiction herself, beautiful and exotic, globe-trotting and fearless, an old-fashioned reporter-hero but also a model for something new.

Having spent seven recent months as the eponymous host of a nightly CNN interview show, Amanpour is not completely new to this format. Still, it's difficult to predict how she'll fare in the world of broadcast-network news and the clubby and insular world of the Sunday morning shows, focused so tightly on Washington insiders, when her hallmark is a free-ranging internationalism.

The job of the Sunday morning anchor is more to generate news than to report it — to pull marketable sound bites from the lips of political bigwigs. The trouble is that political bigwigs can be loath to speak candidly — which is not to say they won't speak outrageously, to some calculated and therefore predictable end — and in her debut hour Amanpour did not exactly break down the walls. Pelosi was noncommittal apart from the usual talking points and platitudes; Gates was quotable on Afghanistan but basically clarified already stated policy.

Still, within this context, there is something fresh about her. She's a star, but naturally or tactically, not an insider. She lacks the familiarity that characterizes many of her colleagues, who whatever their differences project a chummy attitude of being in the same game — whether the game of politics or the game of maintaining a career talking about them. Her hallmark is rather an almost inelegant, even partisan urgency, with a tendency to personalize politics — that is, to make it about people — born possibly from all the years she has spent in distressed places under fire. "Is America going to abandon the women of Afghanistan, the people of Afghanistan?" she asked Pelosi.

She speaks loudly and intently, as if she has not lost the habit of yelling over heavy artillery and wants to get her questions out before the bombs get too close. This can make her sound pushy at times, and she will sometimes insist on a point long after it's clear that her interlocutor will not respond in any meaningful way. But one would say it's because she cares.

-- Robert Lloyd (


Christiane Amanpour, new in town

Media goes into overdrive for Chelsea Clinton's wedding

Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton’s wedding on Saturday has taken on the trappings of a royal affair — at least when it comes to the media glare. CBS News announced Thursday that the weekend edition of “The Early Show” will broadcast a live special called “A Chelsea Morning” to kick off the wedding festivities Saturday.

Anchor Erica Hill will be live on location in Rhinebeck, N.Y., where Clinton is set to marry Marc Mezvinsky. The newscast will feature a piece examining the interest in presidential children with commentary from historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. A news release from CBS said the special will also offer an intimate look at how Clinton “developed from a pre-teen to the self-assured young woman who campaigned alongside her mother in 2008.”  Jim Langan, executive editor of the Hudson Valley News, will weigh in on how the affair has impacted the town.

Despite the Clintons’ efforts to keep the wedding under wraps, Rhinebeck promises to be besieged with reporters Saturday trying to lap up details. For weeks, the New York tabloids have been filled with tidbits — some purely speculative — about the event. The Daily News guessed the final tab will run $3 million for what it has dubbed “the wedding of the millennium.” On Thursday it ran photos of the wedding site, snapped from the air, with a map detailing where the festivities will take place. Even the fashion press has gotten into the action, with Women's Wear Daily splashing on its cover a photo of Clinton hidden underneath a floppy sunhat on her way to visit designer Vera Wang.

The frenzy is a marked contrast to the more restrained coverage of Jenna Bush's 2008 wedding, held in Crawford while her father was still president.

On Thursday, the Internet buzzed with the news that President Obama was not one of the reported 500 guests invited to the nuptials, as previously reported. But he tried to quell any frisson, telling the hosts of “The View:” “You don’t want two presidents at a wedding.”

-- Matea Gold

Photo: The front page of the Hudson Valley News in Rhinebeck, N.Y., where Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky are to be married July 31. Credit: Stan Honda/AFP/Getty Images.

Obama on 'The View': Shirley Sherrod, Snooki and the Chelsea Clinton wedding


President Obama had been sitting on “The View’s” custard-colored couch for only a few moments when Barbara Walters asked the question front-of-mind for many people.

“You know, you’ve gone through a little bit of a beating the last month,” she said. “Do you really think that being on a show with a bunch of women, five women who never shut up, is going to be calming?”

“Look, I was trying to find a show that Michelle actually watched, and so I thought this is it, right here,” the president responded with a laugh. “All those news shows, she’s like, ‘Eh, let me get the clicker.’”

Obama’s taped appearance on “The View” on Thursday was the first on a daytime talk show by a sitting president, underscoring the growing political clout of the ABC gabfest and its kin. Veteran politicos such as Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell may cringe at the notion, but elected officials are increasingly turning to entertainment talk shows to display their lighter sides and soothe the sharpness of the daily political thrusts.

“The View” has become one of the main forums for such visits, scoring an interview with Vice President Joe Biden in April. Obama had appeared on the show twice before being elected.

On Thursday, the show’s five hosts quizzed him about a range of weighty policy issues, including the economy and the war in Afghanistan. They also pressed the president about race relations and the recent episode regarding Shirley Sherrod, the U.S. Department of Agriculture official who was fired after a conservative website took a speech she gave about race out of context.

“What I do think happened in that situation is that a 24/7 media cycle that is always looking for controversy and oftentimes doesn’t get to the facts first generated a phony controversy,” Obama said. “A lot of people overreacted, including people in my administration. And part of the lesson that I want everyone to draw is, let’s not assume the worst of other people but let’s assume the best. Let’s make sure we get the fact straight before we act.” 

On a lighter note, the president appeared somewhat fluent on popular culture, saying he knew that Lindsay Lohan was in jail but confessed that he didn’t know who “Jersey Shore’s” Snooki was. (He perhaps had forgotten joking about the MTV reality star and her castmates at the White House Correspondents Dinner in May.) He dodged a question about whether Mel Gibson needed anger management, saying he hadn’t seen a Gibson movie in a while.

Obama also said he had not been invited to Chelsea Clinton’s wedding, which was fine by him: “You don’t want two presidents at a wedding.”

“I was not invited because I think Hillary and Bill properly want to keep this as a thing for Chelsea and her soon-to-be husband,” he added. “And I’m letting you guys know now, y’all probably will not be invited to Malia’s wedding or Sasha’s wedding.”

“Have boys entered the picture yet for your girls?” Walters asked.

“Thankfully, no!” was the quick response.

— Matea Gold


Bill O'Reilly apologizes to Shirley Sherrod for 'not doing my homework'

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly offered a rare mea culpa Wednesday, apologizing for airing a controversial tape of a speech given by a black U.S. Dept. of Agriculture official that was edited to make it appear she was racist.

Shirley Sherrod was forced to resign Monday after conservative activist Andrew Breitbart posted a video clip of Sherrod’s speech at an NAACP dinner on his website in which she appeared to say that she had once discriminated against a white farmer. The edited clip did not include the portion of the speech in which Sherrod said the episode had taught her the importance of overcoming personal prejudices.

The video sparked a conflagration in the blogosphere and cable news that at first outraced the facts. O’Reilly was the first on cable to air the video, calling for Sherrod’s resignation Monday night. (By the time his taped show aired, she in fact had already resigned, a fact Fox News noted on the screen.)

On Wednesday, he said he should have gotten the full story first. “I owe Ms. Sherrod an apology for not doing my homework, for not putting her remarks into the proper context,” he said on "The O'Reilly Factor," adding that his own words had been taken out of context by critics in the past. “I well understand the need for honest reporting.”

The rapid-fire denunciation of Sherrod, followed by hasty backtracking by her critics, underscored how quickly controversies can mushroom and then disintegrate in the current media age. Her resignation made headlines on cable news Monday night, getting covered extensively by Fox News’ prime-time commentators and reported on CNN before the context of her remarks was clear.

On Wednesday, the White House apologized to Sherrod, and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack offered her a new position with the agency.

Both Sherrod and the NAACP – which first condemned her remarks, then reversed itself -- put the blame in part on Fox News for hyping the story, a charged the cable news channel rejected.

Michael Clemente, senior vice president of news editorial, said the network’s news programs reported the story with caution. “When I heard about this Monday morning and saw it on Breitbart’s website, I said, ‘OK, could be a story, let’s check it out,’ ” Clemente said. “We did the normal fact-finding we would do on any story.”

At an afternoon editorial meeting Monday, Clemente urged the staff to first get the facts and obtain comment from Sherrod before going on air, according to internal notes from the meeting that were provided to The Times. “Let’s make sure we do this right,” he said.

Sherrod ended up resigning Monday afternoon, hours before O’Reilly broke the story on his show. The first reported piece on Fox News, by correspondent James Rosen, aired on Tuesday morning, and included a second video clip that added context to Sherrod’s comments.

But Fox’s commentators showed less restraint. O’Reilly continued to condemn Sherrod’s comments on his show Tuesday night, saying she made a mistake, even after it had emerged that her words had been misrepresented.

On Wednesday, the host said that he “did not analyze the entire transcript, and that was not fair.” Still, O’Reilly called her a "longtime liberal activist" and said the language Sherrod used suggested that she “very well may see things through a racial prism." He said she belonged in the private sector, not working for the government.

-- Matea Gold

'Today' show decision to open wedding contest to gay couples spurs heated debate

Today show wedding pic
NBC's decision to allow gay couples to enter the "Today" show's annual wedding contest triggered a passionate online debate Friday, opening a new front in the fiercely waged battle over same-sex marriage.

The move came the same day as a federal judge in Boston ruled part of the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, ratcheting up the legal fight over the rights of gays to marry. Activists on both sides are also keenly anticipating a court ruling on the legality of California's ban on gay marriage.

The popular "Today" wedding contest, now in its 11th year, is an unexpected forum for a debate over social change. The segment invites viewers to act as wedding planners, voting on the couple who will get to marry at Rockefeller Plaza, what they will wear and where they will honeymoon. The theme of this year's wedding, which is scheduled to be held Oct. 6, is "modern love."

"Today" announced its decision Wednesday night after executive producer Jim Bell met with representatives of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which had complained that the contest application provided only an option for "bride" and "groom."

NBC said the contest had been limited to heterosexual couples because the weddings take place in New York state, which does not issue wedding licenses to gay couples. But after GLAAD leaders noted that New York recognizes the wedding licenses of gay couples legally obtained in other states, producers decided to change the rules.

"Our intent was not to be discriminatory or exclusive," the show said in a statement posted on the "Today" website Wednesday night. " 'Today' is a longtime supporter of the LGBT community, and GLAAD considers us an ally. We are committed to keeping those relationships strong and positive. We have opened up the application process to same-sex couples, and will extend the deadline to Monday, July 12. Moving forward, we ensure that our future wedding contests will be inclusive of all couples."

GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios heralded the move, saying the group was "thrilled" that the program "now recognizes what most fair-minded Americans have already concluded -- a wedding celebrates love and commitment, whether the spouses are straight or gay."

"Today's" decision lit up online forums, where posters engaged in emotional exchanges.

"Thank you to 'Today' and GLAAD for not being bold and unafraid -- leading the way in realizing that fairness, love, modernity deserve to exist and be expressed in ways that are sometimes even in spite of laws that say otherwise," one poster wrote on the show's website.

"I am totally disappointed in the 'Today' show," responded another. "The Bible clearly states what is marriage and it also states the abomination of this kind of acts between men and men and women with women. God is not pleased and neither am I. What about my rights!!!"

"Thank you," countered another writer, who said he was a longtime viewer. "My son is gay and I want him to grow up in a world where he knows that he is welcomed not excluded."

Nearly 800 comments were posted on the show’s Facebook page by Friday morning, with some warning that the show would lose viewers and others tussling over the interpretation of Biblical verses addressing homosexuality.

The raw responses suggested that the top-rated morning show will continue to field strong reactions to its decision, particularly if a gay couple is selected to be part of the group of finalists that competes on-air for the prize.

"NBC has lost my viewing and support," read one comment on the show's website. "Stick to what's legal and not what SOME few want. So I'm guessing one of the four finalist will definetly be of this group to make everyone happy??!! Majority won't be happy. We weren't made to be in a same sex relationship. Liberal media working here!"

One poster, "Bill the banker," who claimed to watch the show every morning before work, said the change could make for a livelier competition: "Equality may have paved the way for one fun and interesting wedding contest this year!”

-- Matea Gold


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Photo: Last year's winners, Leigh Daniel and Nick Cordes, are congratulated by Al Roker, Meredith Vieira, Matt Lauer and Ann Curry. Credit: NBC


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