“Impeach These Bastards”: Sean Penn accepted the Christopher Reeve First Amendment Award from the Creative Coalition on Monday night with a fiery speech that questioned why the Democrats have taken impeachment of President Bush “off the table.” In the text of his speech posted on Huffington Post, Penn said: “If we attempt to impeach for lying about a blowjob, yet accept these almost certain abuses without challenge, we become a cum-stain on the flag we wave. You know, I was listening to Frank Rich this morning, speaking on a book tour. He said he thought impeachment proceedings would amount to a “decadent” sidetrack, while our soldiers were still being killed. I admire Frank Rich. And of course he would be right if impeachment is all we do. But we’re Americans. We can do two things at the same time. Yes, let’s move forward and swiftly get out of this war in Iraq AND impeach these bastards.”
No vote: FCC commissioner Robert McDowell says that he won’t vote on the AT&T/Bell South merger after all, leaving the commissioners in a 2-2 stalemate. Becuase he had a conflict, McDowell had recused himself from voting. But in what critics called a Republican attempt to let the merger sail through, the FCC’s general counsel had studied the situation and said that McDowell should be allowed to vote. Nevertheless, McDowell called it “an ethical coin toss frozen in mid-air.” Democratic commissioners would like to see more conditions placed on the merger.
Perenchio In: Univision chairman A. Jerrold Perenchio, routinely one of the country’s most prolific donors, is the national finance co-chair of John McCain’s exploratory committee.
Fox “Mattered”: He didn’t make Person of the Year, but Michael J. Fox was among Time magazine’s “People Who Mattered” in 2006. With his support of candidates who in turn supported stem cell research, “the fact of 2006 is that he helped swing the Senate to the Democrats, which means that the chances of expanded stem cell funding passing again and surviving another presidential veto have substantially increased.”
Damon and DeNiro on “Hardball”: Promoting “The Good Shepherd,” director Robert DeNiro and star Matt Damon offer some insightful political commentary. Tonight DeNiro is interviewed by Variety’s Peter Bart after a screening at the ArcLight.
Smithsonian restrictions: The Government Accountability Office says two filmmakers were refused access to the Smithsonian’s collections since the institution signed a 30-year semi-exclusive contract with Showtime. But they said it was “too early” to tell the long-term impact of the contract.
File-Sharing Truce: The Recording Industry Assn. of America is staunchly opposed to file-sharing, but that didn’t stop them from featuring Barenaked Ladies at their D.C. holiday party. The Canadian group is “at the forefront of sharing permissiveness,” says the Washington Examiner.
New Zucker ad: David Zucker, the “Airplane” and “Scary Movie” director who did spots for the RNC in 2006 and 2004, has a new one out mocking the Iraq Study Group and comparing James Baker to Neville Chamberlain.