W&W Morning Run: Cain, Comedy and Controversy

Bill Maher, sent via Twitter last night: “Republicans giving me SO much material for my stand-up date this Saturday at the Gibson in LA- sex(Cain), drugs(Perry) – waiting 4 rocknroll.”

While late night comics pounce on the travails of the GOP field, one frequent butt of their jokes is firing back. In a web video, Donald Trump called Jon Stewart’s schtick on Monday — in which he suggested that the allegations of sexual harassment against Herman Cain make many of the candidate’s past statements “sound dirty” — a “very, very racist rant.”

“How come Jon Stewart gets away with a very very racist rant against Herman Cain?” he wondered. “…It’s not what he said but the way he said it. The tone of his voice, the inflection. Unbelievable! Anybody else, deep deep trouble.” (Huffington Post).

Temptation Situation: “The Colbert Report” may have had a ready made satirical response to Trump’s use of the “R’ word. After dressing up as Che Guevara to confront Occupy Wall Street protesters, Stephen Colbert is accusing them of racism for claiming that corporations weren’t people. (Mediaite)

Paley Honor: Jeff Skoll, founder of Participant Media, will be honored by the Paley Center for Media at its Los Angeles gala on Dec. 13. “Jeff Skoll founded Participant Media with the belief that a story well told has the power to inspire and compel social change,” said Paley Center CEO Pat Mitchell.

Pleased: NBC says that it is satisfied with the initial ratings for “Rock Center,” which came in third in its time slot.

Verdict: William Cellini was convicted of trying to extort $1.5 million from “Billion Dollar Baby” producer Thomas Rosenberg for the campaign of Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Cellini was known in Illinois political circles as the “King of Clout.” (Washington Post)

Today in PSA: Valerie Plame and the actress who played her in “Fair Game,” Naomi Watts, have created a video for Global Zero asking leaders to cut spending on nuclear weapons rather than education and other programs. They also call on viewers to sign the org’s petition at Cutnukes.org.

Update: A few other items this morning: David Chalian, political editor of the PBS NewsHour, is joining Yahoo! News as its Washington bureau chief. He’ll be responsible for directing Yahoo!’s political coverage and positioning Yahoo! News as a “must-read brand both inside and outside the Beltway.

Chad Boettcher is joining Participant Media as head of its social action division. He’ll be responsible for leading the creation, development and execution of campaigns for all Participant content.

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