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Documentary explores what made trash-talk pioneer Morton Downey Jr. tick

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Morton Downey Jr. (right) was a trash talk pioneer.

“vocateur,” the engaging new documentary about the onetime talk-show king Morton Downey Jr., begins with an excerpt from a “Nightline” interview Ted Koppel did with Downey in the late 1980s.

“Just one last question,” Koppel says to the then-highly controversial Downey. “How much further can it go?”

The clip ends, ominously, before Downey’s reply. But, no matter. Almost anyone who lived through that era knows how drastically the medium changed after Downey’s meteoric rise and fall; a two-year run that altered the tenor of TV talk forever and, in the process, gave Americans a skewed view of North Jersey (the show which aired locally on Channel 9, was taped at 9 Broadcast Plaza in Secaucus) that persists to this day.

For those who weren’t along for the ride, the documentary which opens on Friday with a simultaneous release on iTunes and On Demand provides some knowing tour guides. Among them is the former daytime star Sally Jessy Raphael, who describes the Downey show as both a descendent of the 1960’s “Joe Pyne Show” and a forerunner of “today’s reality television. That prurient excitement of not-nice people saying not-nice things.”

The film’s other talking heads will be familiar to fans of radio and television chat. Among them: Richard Bey, Curtis Sliwa, Gloria Allred, Joey Reynolds, Pat Buchanan and Alan Dershowitz.

The comedian Chris Elliott, who once did a comic Downey impression – warts and all – on David Letterman’s NBC talk show, admits being mesmerized by Downey’s onscreen antics; while Dershowitz struggles to explain why he agreed to appear on the show at all.

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Controversial ex-Harvard prof may face smooth sailing to UN post

President Obamas choice of for the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, former Harvard Professor Samantha Power, stirred conservative ire in the past with her call for an American “mea culpa” policy and armed intervention in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, but appears unlikely to face signficant obstacles in the Senate confirmation process.

Power, author of the 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, A Problem from Hell: America in the Age of Genocide, would replace Susan Rice who moves to become Obamas new national security advisor. Rice’s name was floated for Secretary of State but withdrawn in the face of harsh criticism over her role in the Benghazi crisis. Rice’s appointment as national security advisor has drawn howls of protest from conservatives but does not require Senate approval.

Ironically, Power was among the fiercest critics of Clinton officials, including Rice, who kept the U.S. out of Rwanda, famously having to leave the Obama campaign in 2008 after refering to Hillary Clinton as a “monster.” But both women worked closely with Obama on foreign policy within the White House.

She has angered conservatives in the past with a call for American apologies in 2003 — “a historical reckoning with crimes committed, sponsored, or permitted by the United States .. a doctrine of mea culpa” — and suggestions of a forceful intervention to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

According to Foreignpolicy.com, Keith Urbahn, a former chief of staff to former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, tweeted, “it might be helpful to have someone rep’ing America at UN who doesn’t think we are the source of world’s ills.” But the site noted that Power gets a favorable nod from key neo-cons and Israel supporters.

Former Sen. Joe Lieberman told Foreign Policy’s The Cable: “Generally speaking from her writings, Samantha is probably more personally interventionist as a matter of American foreign policy based on human rights than this administration has been,” he said. “I’m very encouraged by the president’s appointment.”

“I think she made a mistake about Israel. She told me she regrets making that statement,” pro-Israel advocate Alan Dershowitz told The Cable. “I’ve known Samantha for many many years and have been to many gatherings where Israel has been discussed off the record and have never heard her express any views that could be characterized as anti-Israel.”

But Victor Davis Hanson, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University, said in appointing Power and Rice, Obama was being intentionally provocative, challenging conservatives amid the ongoing IRS, press-monitoring and Benghazi scandals.

Its a political appointment designed to be provocative to the opposition and divert attention in the news cycle from his problems with the scandals, he said.

Hanson said Power’s criticism of George W. Bush as well as Bill Clinton for not more aggressively intervening around the world to defend human rights collided with the reality that, as part of the Obama administration, she has been unsuccessful in convincing the president to take action in Syria and was part of the team that saw the death of Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, in an attack in Benghazi, Libya.

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Documentary explores what made trash-talk pioneer Morton Downey Jr. tick

FILE PHOTO Morton Downey Jr. (right) was a trash talk pioneer. “vocateur,” the engaging new documentary about the onetime talk-show king Morton Downey Jr., begins with an excerpt from a “Nightline” interview Ted Koppel did with Downey in the late 1980s.

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Controversial ex-Harvard prof may face smooth sailing to UN post

President Obamas choice of for the next U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, former Harvard Professor Samantha Power, stirred conservative ire in the past with her call for an American “mea culpa” policy and armed intervention in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, but appears unlikely to face signficant obstacles in the Senate confirmation process

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