<p>If Democrats get a spanking at the polls today, it's not because American voters are trending conservative or are frustrated with the direction liberal Democrats are leading the country, but because the electorate's disdain for the former Bush administration has abated.</p><p>That according to liberal PBS "To the Contrary" host and U.S. News contributing editor Bonnie Erbe.</p><p>From her <a href="http://www.usnews.com/blogs/erbe/2009/11/02/waning-anti-bush-sentiment-f... target="_blank">November 2 blog post</a> (emphasis mine):</p><blockquote>
Ken Shepherd lives in New Carrollton, Md., with his wife, Laura, and children Mercy and Abraham. Ken graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland in 2001 with a Bachelors of Arts in Government & Politics and a citation in Public Leadership.
Ken has worked full-time for the Media Research Center since May 2001 and prior to that was an MRC New Analysis Division intern from October 1998 to May 2001.
In his spare time, Ken enjoys karaoke, tennis, reading, and discussing theology or politics.
<div style="float: right"><embed src="http://cnettv.cnet.com/av/video/cbsnews/atlantis2/player-dest.swf" flashvars="linkUrl=http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5464653n&releaseURL=http://cn... allowfullscreen="true" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" width="212" height="162"></embed><br /></div>Perhaps hopped up on the nutritious goodness of <a href="http://www2.kelloggs.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?product=579" target="_blank">Mueslix</a>, CBS "Evening News" anchor Katie Couric took to her <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/11/02/couricandco/entry5495342.shtml?t... target="_blank">Notebook vlog on Friday</a> to nag parents about the need to keep their kids away from the siren song of sugary cereals (transcript hers):<blockquote><p>Froot Loops, Cookie Crisp, Reese's Puffs - I almost got a cavity just reading that. Yet, they're the kinds of sugary cereals children beg for at the grocery store. <br /><br />The boxes and T-V ads usually have a colorful cartoon character on them. But, one group of researchers is not amused. <br />
"Couple mix Christian and pagan rituals" the teaser headline called out to me at the bottom of the page A1 of the November 2 edition of the Washington Post. Promising a look at a couple "celebrat[ing] the rites of marriage in a most unorthodox fashion," I turned to the Style section front page to read more.
But what followed in Ellen McCarthy's "For heathens' sake" only confirmed when it comes to religion, particularly orthodox Christianity, the media just don't get it.
McCarthy's feature made abundantly clear to any orthodox Christian reader than the cermony she witnessed was 100 percent pagan. The only tenuous claim to Christian influence in the ceremony presided over by a "black-robed high priest and priestess" was the use of the "Christian" ritual of the "unity candle" and the fact that the bride, raised Catholic, has not "formally dedicated herself to the [pagan] religion but now refers to herself as a Catholic witch."
Although he spent 14 paragraphs fleshing out all the ways that lightning-fast (25 mph) $19,000 retail-priced Wheego Whip LSV is "a tough sell" to readers in the nation's capital region, Washington Post auto columnist Warren Brown concluded his November 1 review by hailing the electric car as a ride "meant for visionaries."
That's right, although the Wheego is a puny two-seater that gets an average 40 miles per full charge, and its range could be "negatively affected by" things like uphill driving, listening to the radio, and cold weather, the Wheego is really important as a multi-thousand dollar way of telling the world you're forward-thinking:
<p>No bias, just a Joe Biden moment. </p><p><span class="description"><span id="ctl00_placeholderMain_lblSubtitle">FNC's Geraldo Rivera inadvertently called Barack Obama "President Osama bin Laden" on the October 30 "Fox & Friends" program.</span></span> </p><p>The video's embedded below the page break. Enjoy (h/t NB commenter Blonde):</p><p> </p><p> </p>
<p><img src="http://blog.beliefnet.com/foundingfaith/imgs/stevewaldman.jpg" align="right" border="0" height="171" hspace="3" vspace="3" width="125" />Steve Waldman, the "founding soul of Beliefnet" and a former Newsweek reporter and US News & World Report editor is now spinning through the revolving door into the Obama FCC, reports <a href="http://content.usatoday.com/communities/Religion/post/2009/10/beliefnet-... target="_blank">Cathy Lynn Grossman of USA Today</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Steven Waldman, founder, editor and leading political blogger of Beliefnet.com, the nation's top Internet spirituality site, is leaving for a post in the Obama administration.</p><p>He's posted a farewell letter on his blog calling this "the most difficult (and surreal) post I've had to write" as he departs to become senior adviser to new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski.</p></blockquote><p>Grossman's brief October 28 Faith & Reason blog post failed to mention Waldman's stint in the Clinton administration, but then again Waldman's <a href="http://www.beliefnet.com/News/Blog-Story-Pages/About-Steven-Waldman.aspx" target="_blank">Beliefnet blogger bio page </a>also leaves out his work <a href="http://www.dlc.org/ndol_ci.cfm?contentid=1448&kaid=115&subid=145" target="_blank">as senior advisor to the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service</a> -- the bureaucracy that runs AmeriCorps -- during the Clinton administration.</p>
<p><img src="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/04/2009-04-19-PBS-TTC-... align="right" border="0" height="180" hspace="3" vspace="3" width="240" />Barack Obama is just as much a woman-hater as the late conservative North Carolina Senator Jesse Helms in the wild eyes of radical abortion-mongering feminist and <a href="http://www.pbs.org/ttc/" ta
<p>In an <a href="http://blog.newsweek.com/blogs/thegaggle/archive/2009/10/20/why-ny-23-is... target="_blank">October 20 The Gaggle blog post</a>, Newsweek's David A. Graham sought to explain to readers why the New York 23rd Congressional District special election on November 3 "is more important than" the New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial races.</p><p>Graham portrayed the race -- pitting liberal Republican Dede Scozzafava against Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman and Democratic candidate Bill Owens -- as a bellwether fight for the soul of the Republican Party. Graham noted Scozzafava's socially liberal stances, implying that conservative ire over her nomination tothe GOP ticket in the special election was based solely on the ire of social conservatives. </p><p>Yet nowhere in his blog post did Graham explain that economic conservatives and libertarian-leaning Republicans worry Scozzafava is truly a Republican-in-name-only (RINO) on economic matters as well, given her ties to ACORN.</p><p>As Human Events reporter John Gizzi <a href="http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=33619" target="_blank">noted a month ago</a> (emphasis mine):</p><blockquote>
<p>The Obama ascendency, the president's acolytes have been keen on telling us, is the dawn of a new <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/06/AR200801... target="_blank">post-partisan era</a>. But a development that undercuts that fiction -- the Obama Justice Department's recent move to scuttle non-partisan local elections in Kinston, North Carolina, on the basis of racial and partisan considerations -- has escaped the interest of the mainstream media.</p><p>Both the <a href="http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/oct/20/justice-dept-blocks-ncs-... target="_blank">Washington Times</a> (in a Tuesday front-pager) and NewsBusters sister site <a href="http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/55818" target="_blank">CNSNews.com</a> have reported the story, but a Nexis search today yielded no stories from print outlets such as the Washington Post, New York Times, USA Today, or Los Angeles Times. Broadcast news programs on ABC, CBS, and NBC have also failed to touch the story. Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends" briefly discussed the story shortly before 7:00 a.m. EDT on the October 21 edition with Wall Street Journal columnist John Fund.</p><p>A search for news stories about the controversy <a href="http://news.google.com/news/story?cf=all&ned=us&hl=en&ncl=do... target="_blank">on Google News</a> this morning yielded only 14 hits, most of them from conservative organizations or blogs. </p><p>Below is an excerpt from CNSNews.com reporter Adam Brickley's October 21 story:</p>
<div style="float: right"><object width="240" height="194"><param name="movie" value="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=GdSUaGaGSU&c1=0x8CA2B9&... name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=GdSUaGaGSU&c1=0x8CA2B9&... allowfullscreen="true" width="240" height="194"></embed></object></div>MSNBC entertainment editor Courtney Hazlett spent all of two minutes on "Morning Meeting" with Dylan Ratigan and still managed to get her facts wrong.<p>Noting former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin's scheduled November 16 appearance on "Oprah," Hazlett told viewers that the former Alaska governor "famously said no to appearing on Oprah" during the 2008 presidential campaign, because Palin knew "you get more publicity rejecting Oprah than possibly going on."</p><p>The only trouble is, as <a href="/blogs/noel-sheppard/2009/10/20/people-mag-falsely-claims-palin-refused-appear-oprah-last-year" target="_blank">my colleague Noel Sheppard noted earlier today</a>, that is patently false. It was, in fact, Obama-endorsing <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=5736716&page=1" target="_blank">Oprah Winfrey who refused to book Palin</a> on her program during the campaign season, although she expressed an interest in having her on after the election. </p><p>What's more, while Hazlett seems to portray Oprah as doing Palin a favor, <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/20/AR200910... target="_blank">Washington Post TV columnist Lisa de Moraes</a> today noted that the scheduling move may serve Oprah's best interest by reaching out to disaffected conservative women who used to be fans of her program:</p><blockquote>
<p>MSNBC's David Shuster declared yesterday's fake Chamber of Commerce presser at the National Press Club the "Best prank of [the] week" on <a href="http://twitter.com/DavidShuster/status/5027772978" target="_blank">his Twitter page</a> shortly before 5:30 p.m. EDT today. He added a link taking readers to the left-leaning blog <a href="http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/10/video-real-chamber-spox... target="_blank">Talking Points Memo</a>.</p><p>A group of liberal environmentalist activists punked some journalists by throwing a press conference claiming to represent the Chamber of Commerce. In the fake presser, the pranksters claimed that the Chamber was reversing its opposition to so-called cap-and-trade legislation.</p><p>In a follow-up Tweet,<a href="http://twitter.com/DavidShuster/status/5027823977" target="_blank"> Shuster added:</a></p><blockquote>
<div style="float: right"><object width="240" height="194"><param name="movie" value="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=GdSU6UqGnz&sm=1"></para... name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=GdSU6UqGnz&sm=1" allowfullscreen="true" width="240" height="194"></embed></object></div>Just minutes after her colleague David Shuster offered a tepid non-apology for the network running a fake Rush Limbaugh quote, MSNBC's Tamron Hall took Meghan McCain to task for posting a saucy picture of herself on Twitter and also for issuing to followers a non-apology apology for those offended by her doing so.<br /><p>As my colleague Kyle Drennen noted earlier, at 3:40 p.m. EDT today, <a href="/blogs/kyle-drennen/2009/10/16/msnbc-admits-unable-verify-false-limbaugh-quote-no-retraction-or-apolo" target="_blank">Shuster issued a non-apology "clarification"</a> of sorts about his network's peddling of an unverified Rush Limbaugh quote:</p><blockquote><p>MSNBC attributed that quote to a football player who was opposed to Limbaugh’s NFL bid. However, we have been unable to verify that quote independently. So, just to clarify. </p></blockquote><p>Oblivious perhaps to the hypocrisy she was about to engage in, a mere fifteen minutes later colleague Tamron Hall, in her "Crossing the Line" segment, lectured Daily Beast columnist Meghan McCain for posting, and then issuing a non-apology apology for posting, a sultry picture of herself via Twitter (emphasis mine; MP3 audio <a href="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/10/2009-10-16-MSNBC-Ha... target="_blank">available here</a>):</p><blockquote>
<div style="float: right"><object width="240" height="194"><param name="movie" value="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=GdSU6USU8z&c1=0x314A8C&... name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=GdSU6USU8z&c1=0x314A8C&... allowfullscreen="true" width="240" height="194"></embed></object></div>MSNBC, the self-proclaimed "place for politics" is well-known for its pro-Obama boosterism, from Chris Matthews's "tingles" to on-air talent Ed Schultz's persistent bully pulpit-pounding for the so-called "public option." <p>But it's not just the on-camera talent that has all the fun cheerleading liberal policies. It seems a promotional ad narrator for MSNBC also does voiceover work for a pro-ObamaCare group, <a href="http://healthcareforamericanow.org/site/content/about_us/" target="_blank">Health Care for America Now</a> (HCAN). </p><p>I noticed the HCAN ad at 11:20 a.m. EDT today and worked up a mashup featuring excerpts of the HCAN ad and a promo for tonight's MSNBC programming. </p><p>Listen for yourself by clicking the play button on the embed at right. </p>
<p>Concerned about how President Obama's "critics will dog him all the way to Oslo," former NBC "Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw took to the <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/14/AR200910... target="_blank">op-ed page of the October 15 Washington Post</a> to offer his recipe for "lift[ing] this discussion out of the partisan soup that is now the main course on our national agenda, whatever the issue."</p><p>Chef Brokaw then served up what is a proverbial bipartisan casserole comprised of some apolitical figures as well as a smattering of Democratic and Republican statesmen from the past quarter century:</p><blockquote>
<p>"How can the NFL overlook the a sleazy pop diva's questionable background while holding Limbaugh accountable for comments he's never made," wondered Brian Maloney in <a href="http://radioequalizer.blogspot.com/2009/10/pop-stars-nfl-bid-underscores... target="_blank">a Radio Equalizer blog post</a> yesterday.</p><p>While the NFL is presenting itself as merely gun-shy of the controversy Rush Limbaugh would bring to the ownership table, it hardly seems worried about the controversy that a saucy pop star's ownership bid would bring.</p><p>Maloney explains, pointing out a double standard between the NFL commissioner scrabbling to denounce Limbaugh while practically encouraging a bid from pop artist Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, an avid Obama supporter:</p>
<p>Basing his October 14 column on an anti-evangelical Christian screed by <a href="http://blogs.usatoday.com/oped/2009/10/column-and-id-like-to-thank-god-a... target="_blank">another opinion columnist</a>, Sam Cook of the Fort Myers [Fla.] News-Press <a href="http://www.news-press.com/article/20091014/COLUMNISTS02/910140380/1018/c... target="_blank">tackled Florida Gators quarterback Tim Tebow</a> for his both his religious convictions and his commitment to being open about his faith (h/t NB commenter and Florida alumna Blonde).</p><blockquote><p>It's hard to find fault with such an exemplary young man, but I have.</p><p>In a Monday story in USA Today, religion writer Tom Krattenmaker reported these findings:</p><p>"Tebow does his missionary trips to the Philippines under the auspices of his father Bob Tebow's Evangelistic Association. The Tebow organization espouses a far-right theology. Its bottom line: Only those who assent to its version of Christianity will avoid eternal punishment. The ministry boldly declares, 'We reject the modern ecumenical movement.'"</p></blockquote><blockquote>If Tebow is selling that, this Lutheran isn't buying.</blockquote>
<p>To the Washington Post editorial board, restrictive campaign finance measures are perfectly valid, constitutional exercises in protecting the public, but heaven forbid a state lawmaker would want to prevent the taxpayer-subsidized screening of porn on public college campuses. </p><p>In <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/10/11/AR200910... target="_blank">"Rated XXX,"</a> the Post's editorial board today declared obscene a mild measure aimed at preventing -- but not banning -- porn on campus.</p><p>You may recall that earlier this year, a student committee that selects films for screening at the University of Maryland's Hoff Theater picked a XXX skin flick as part of its repertoire. Following <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/02/AR200904... target="_blank">scrutiny by legislators</a>, University of Maryland administrators forbade the ticketed screening of the entire film, although a student group was <a href="http://www.diamondbackonline.com/2.2795/pirates-ii-students-revenge-1.27... target="_blank">permitted to screen a small portion</a> of the film as part of a panel discussion on obscenity and free speech.</p>
<div style="float: right"><object width="240" height="194"><param name="movie" value="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=GdSUnzSU8z&sm=1"></para... name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><embed src="http://www.eyeblast.tv/public/eyeblast.swf?v=GdSUnzSU8z&sm=1" allowfullscreen="true" width="240" height="194"></embed></object></div>No wonder why Chris Matthews is always positively tingly over Obama. It's just a neverending <a href="http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_072707/content/01125107.gues... target="_blank">Gorbasm</a> with a different leftist object of lust.<br /><p>Today on "Hardball," Matthews favorably compared the president to former Soviet dictator and Nobel Peace Prize recipient <a href="http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/1990/" target="_blank">Mikhail Gorbachev</a> (MP3 audio <a href="http://media.eyeblast.org/newsbusters/static/2009/10/2009-10-09-MSNBC-HB... target="_blank">available here</a>):</p><blockquote><p>CHRIS MATTHEWS, host: When Gorbachev became chairman of the [Communist] Party and ran, took over Russia [sic], a lot of us in this country said, this guy, by his very fact of coming to office has so changed Soviet history, Communist history. I love the guy. Because he came in there and knocked off that whole history of Andropov and Stalin and all those bums. He comes in there as an open door.</p><p>MATTHEWS: Isn't the statement's he's [Obama has] made about torture, his opposition to the Iraq War, his statements of approval of the rest of the world, after Bush's chauvinism and cheap shots about French fries. After eight years of that nonsense, doesn't the world have a right to say, "Thank God, America is back to being America again"?</p>
<p>The Associated Press took to the streets of Washington, D.C. and Chicago this morning for reaction from everyday citizens about President Obama's Nobel Prize win. All but one of the featured interviewees expressed at least some skepticism about the president's worthiness to receive the award. And no, it seems none of these men (and woman) on the street are rabid right-wingers. </p><p>The video has received front-page treatment on Google News, headlined, <span class="yesscript"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YnDXESGdH8&feature=player_embedded" target="_blank"><span class="js-link toggle more-zippy-toggle goog-zippy-expanded">"Video: Public Seems Skeptical of Obama's Nobel Win</span></a><span class="source"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YnDXESGdH8&feature=player_embedded" target="_blank">."</a> </span></span></p><p><span class="yesscript"><span class="source">You can see the embedded YouTube video below the page break:</span></span></p>
<p>In its never-ending quest<a href="/blogs/scott-whitlock/2009/09/09/wapo-expands-quest-torpedo-mcdonnell-12-hit-pieces-11-days" target="_blank"> to "macaca" Republican Virginia gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell</a>, the Washington Post has ably illustrated it is far from being a "post-partisan" purveyor of news.</p><p>Today in the paper's <a href="http://voices.washingtonpost.com/postpartisan/2009/10/sheila_johnsons_ma... target="_blank">"Post Partisan" blog</a>, staffer Lee Hockstader displayed once again the paper's determination to help down-in-the-polls liberal Democrat Creigh Deeds limp across the finish line. </p><p>Never mind that the offender in question has already apologized for mocking the Democratic state senator -- who, by the way, <a href="http://campaignspot.nationalreview.com/post/?q=MzQ5NTk0MjUzM2YwMTYzZTM5N... target="_blank">does NOT have a medically diagnosed speech impediment</a> or disability -- and the alleged "macaca" moment was made not by candidate McDonnell about a Deeds staffer -- which would be truly analogous to the original 2006 George Allen episode -- but by an African-American Democratic businesswoman who supported Obama and current Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine (D), but crossed the aisle this to back the Republican McDonnell due to his economic policies. </p><p>What's more, it's hardly earth-shattering news that people at political fundraisers often crack harsh jokes about the politician(s) they are hoping to defeat on Election Day, yet to Hockstader, Johnson's mocking of Creigh Deeds's less-than-artful oratory deserved a 6-paragraph-long entry about how Johnson is like those mean b****es you knew in high school: </p><blockquote>