Michael Phelps

Summer brought us the Olympics in Beijing, where commentators hacked through weeks of life in a non- <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORGOV000048" title="U.S. Environmental Protection Agency" href="/topic/environmental-issues/u.s.-environmental-protection-agency-ORGOV000048.topic">EPA</a> world, <a href="http://topics.latimes.com/sports/michael-phelps">Michael Phelps </a>seemed to win every medal but the javelin throw and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB002940" title="Matt Lauer" href="/topic/arts-culture/mass-media/news-media/matt-lauer-PECLB002940.topic">Matt Lauer</a> simply refused to wear socks.<br>
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The presidential primaries and conventions brought new meaning to the term "partisan politics." MSNBC "liberated" Chris Matthews and <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PECLB0004355" title="Keith Olbermann" href="/topic/entertainment/television/keith-olbermann-PECLB0004355.topic">Keith Olbermann</a> to wage a war of political blather with Bill O'Reilly and the conservatives at Fox News. Viewers lost, 2-0.<br>
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Still, there were bright spots amid the chaos, and it's worth making a list just to remind ourselves of them.
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Summer brought us the Olympics in Beijing, where commentators hacked through weeks of life in a non- EPA world, Michael Phelps seemed to win every medal but the javelin throw and Matt Lauer simply refused to wear socks.

The presidential primaries and conventions brought new meaning to the term "partisan politics." MSNBC "liberated" Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann to wage a war of political blather with Bill O'Reilly and the conservatives at Fox News. Viewers lost, 2-0.

Still, there were bright spots amid the chaos, and it's worth making a list just to remind ourselves of them.

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