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October 13, 2011, 7:31 PM EDT

Do as I say, not as I do, dahling.

Atlantic Wire blogger Alexander Abad-Santos finds Arianna Huffington's criticism of "our media culture" a bit hard to take, seeing how Huffington is a major culprit in perpetuating it.

October 11, 2011, 5:38 PM EDT

The inevitable question about radio blowhard and MSNBC action hero Ed Schultz -- is he dense or dishonest? That he's both is also a distinct possibility.

Schultz piously fulminated against Republican congressman Peter King of New York on his radio show yesterday for suggesting that public policy enacted in response to mob demands from the streets, as occurred during the '60s that liberals still consider so groovy, man, isn't such a great idea (audio clips after page break) --

October 8, 2011, 5:26 PM EDT

The Occupy Wall Street crowd squatting in lower Manhattan and elsewhere while the rest of us are working has a not-at-all surprising ally: Arianna Huffington.

The limo liberal epitomized, Huffington is embroiled in a lawsuit with former bloggers who alleged she stiffed them on decent compensation for content at her site.

October 6, 2011, 4:27 PM EDT

Rachel Maddow is reluctantly ready for her close-up. Really.

That's the impression left by this gushy profile of Maddow in the most recent issue of the Hollywood Reporter. First flag that goes up: the title of the story on the magazine cover -- "The Wonk Who Won Primetime."

October 5, 2011, 8:37 PM EDT

And if you laughed at those remarks, you're a criminal too. Or at the very least, a thought criminal. Yes, you.

Liberal radio host Thom Hartmann is peeved that media outlets such as Fox News and CNN are covering the so-called Occupy Wall Street movement and allegedly interviewing only the most "politically unsophisticated" protesters, after searching all of nanoseconds to find them. (audio after page break)

October 5, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

I've never met Herman Cain, but he comes across as epitomizing confidence and competence -- such that he can probably campaign and chew gum at the same time.

Not only that, Cain undoubtedly possesses the ability to campaign and go on a book tour simultaneously, though MSNBC's Rachel Maddow doubts such a thing is possible, at least for Cain. (video after page break)

October 4, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

Simple rule of thumb for Rachel Maddow -- the more emphatic she is, the more likely she is to be wrong.

Latest example -- Maddow's strenuous, Elizabeth Warrenesque arm-waving claim that a proposed amendment to the Mississippi constitution to define life starting at conception would outlaw the Pill. (video after page break)

September 28, 2011, 7:39 PM EDT

Bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra made a fleeting appearance on the Rachel Maddow show Monday night, just long enough for Maddow to assure her viewers that this too can be seen as Bush's fault.

Maddow did her best to put a shine on the situation, suggesting the Bush administration was at much at fault for considering Solyndra's application for a $535 million federal loan as the Obama administration was -- for approving it. (video after page break) --

September 27, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

Rachel Maddow should never be put in charge of crowd control. Not until she learns to count.

Maddow is clearly flummoxed by what actually constitutes a crowd, as can be seen in her commentary on audiences at Republican presidential debates. (video after page break)

September 24, 2011, 7:24 PM EDT

Forget the birther theory that Obama was born in Kenya. Chris Hayes wants you to believe the president was born on Krypton.

How else to explain his over-the-top gushing for Dear Leader during an appearance on MSNBC colleague Rachel Maddow's show on Thursday (video after page break) --

September 21, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

Rachel Maddow neglected to do her homework before her "exclusive" interview with Jimmy Carter last week -- "exclusive" in the sense that no one else was talking to Carter at the time.

Maddow asked the former president about the ransacking of the Israeli embassy in Egypt, followed by Carter making a jaw-dropper of a claim about Israel's alleged refusal to relinquish land as stipulated in its 1979 treaty with Egypt (video after page break) --

September 15, 2011, 8:53 PM EDT

The strangest thing happened last night on MSNBC -- its self-proclaimed civics geek Rachel Maddow ignored the results not one but two special elections the day before to fill vacancies in the House.

I know, I know, hard to believe. I mean, every time Maddow does report on elections results -- such as when Democrats win -- she'll segue into her reporting by mock drumming to NBC's bombastic election night music in the background. The woman eats and breathes elections. Can there be much doubt that Maddow camped outside her polling place the night before she first cast a vote to avoid lines in the morning? (video after page break)

September 15, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

Ah, this would explain the blood on his hands.

Rachel Maddow continues her yeoman's work as propagandist for Democrats, dishonestly attributing power over sentencing in Texas murder cases to Gov. Rick Perry instead of with juries where it actually resides. (video after page break)

September 12, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

Nice to see Rachel Maddow come around on this.

Maddow has pontificated lately that tax cuts during wartime are not only ineffective but immoral -- which makes her inexplicable change of heart all the more puzzling. (video after page break)

September 9, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

Those crickets you hear? Her fellow left-wingers responding to Rachel Maddow referring to then-President Elect Obama as a "boy king" on her MSNBC show last night.

Yes, hard to believe. Even in an era when the president of the United States is a man of color, as is our attorney general, as is the governor of Massachusetts where Maddow lives, Obama must be subjected to such vile disrespect -- a black man at the pinnacle of achievement described as a mere "boy," albeit of the monarchical variety. (video clip after page break)

September 8, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

It's official -- I'm an Ed Schultz fan.

OK, well, "fan" isn't exactly the right word. Let's just say I'd be crushed if MSNBC canceled "The Ed Show." After all, nowhere else on cable does one find such a consistent stream of idiocy that never fails to amuse. Not even from Schultz's colleague Al Sharpton, though the man is certainly a contender. (video after page break)

September 1, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

How sad when left-wingers turn on one another.

Twice on his radio show this week, Ed Schultz's kneejerk bellicosity surfaced as he vented about Sen. Al Franken, fellow liberal and former Air America Radio host, opposing AT&T's attempt to buy T-Mobile. (audio clips after page break)

August 30, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

No politician wants to be "Katrina-ed," observed NBC reporter Jamie Gangel on this past Sunday's "Meet the Press." Such reluctance doesn't extend to politics as practiced by the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Sharpton told listeners of his radio show on Friday how he was chagrined that city officials in Washington, D.C., pulled the permits for a "March on Washington" to coincide with the dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. (audio after page break)

August 26, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

Just when you thought Rachel Maddow could not get more cloyingly annoying, she outdoes herself again.

There she was on her MSNBC show last night, talking about about how she must interview Dick Cheney about his memoirs, seeing how he'll be appearing on "Dateline NBC," "Today" and "Morning Joe" (video after page break) --

August 25, 2011, 6:58 PM EDT

... And no, it isn't "Flamethrower," though that was my first guess.

Radio talker and MSNBC cable host Ed Schultz told his radio listeners Tuesday that President Obama has a nickname for him, or at least one that Obama is willing to disclose to Schultz.