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By Tom Blumer | October 18, 2014 | 11:04 PM EDT

On October 8, Andrew Taylor at the Associated Press wrote that "(President Barack) Obama inherited a trillion-dollar-plus deficit after the 2008 financial crisis." In a NewsBusters post later that day, I pegged Obama's true inheritance at roughly $245 billion as of when he was first sworn into office, and at about $600 billion if projected over the full fiscal year. The actual deficit for fiscal 2009 came in at just over $1.4 trillion due to deficit-increasing actions by Obama and the Democrat-dominated Congress.

I guess we're supposed to forget about Taylor's egregious falsehood, because AP's national site has since replaced his story, perhaps more than one time. That's not happening.

By P.J. Gladnick | October 18, 2014 | 10:02 PM EDT

No matter what happens with the weather this winter, Salon will have an excuse ready to explain away any temperature condition as due to global warming. Too warm? Obviously global warming. Too cold? Also a result of global warming due to the polar vortex used to explain away the unusally cold temperatures of this past winter
 

By Tim Graham | October 18, 2014 | 9:44 PM EDT

The Washington Post's Style section occasionally publishes the online Q&As with its TV critic Hank Stuever...even when they get testy.

On Friday, someone lauding the "excellent" work of John Oliver on HBO mocking the Miss America pageant. Stuever's apparently heard this line too much among liberals, and insisted that Oliver (and Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert) get praise for "reporting" things that they could easily find in a newspaper or even an old Spy magazine (which stopped publishing in 1998, the Year of Lewinsky):

By Laura Flint | October 18, 2014 | 5:03 PM EDT

All of the liberal media seem to be pushing the same agenda: overhype the “Fangate” controversy to their political advantage.  On the October 16 episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart spent the first nine minutes of his half hour long Comedy Central time slot praising Governor Rick Scott for being the “pony” in the “horse s***” world” his very own President created. He called him "the hairless serpentine incumbent," and put his head on a snake.

By Tim Graham | October 18, 2014 | 2:31 PM EDT

Despite the Old Media's distaste for social media, NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd tried a hangout on Facebook on Friday afternoon, and found most of the harassment came from people who called him things like a "reich wing sympathizer." Todd called using that word "disgusting."

A conservative then asked, "How does it feel after years of cooperating with [the DNC], you get on one democrat and the liberal internet morons jump all over you? I find it funny." Todd replied, "i see what you did there...I am stubbornly neutral. Stop trying to put everyone into one of two columns."

By Tim Graham | October 18, 2014 | 12:55 PM EDT

The secular progressives deeply love Jon Stewart. The proof came again in last Sunday's New York Times Book Review, in which best-selling novelist Jodi Picoult was asked "What’s the one book you wish someone else would write?"

She picked Stewart to write a book on how America is unfortunately tangled in "archaic" religious ideologies that prevent the nirvana that is liberalism:

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | October 18, 2014 | 9:08 AM EDT

While the cultural commissars keep throwing praise and awards at raunchy shows on trendy Internet streaming channels, CBS has a series of highly-rated traditional police or military shows that get no attention or respect. “NCIS” keeps spinning off shows – this year in New Orleans – and “Blue Bloods” is a consistent Top 20 performer despite airing on Friday night. You won’t see its star Tom Selleck at Emmy awards time.

“Blue Bloods” deals with an Irish-Catholic family of cops, headed by New York police commissioner Frank Reagan, played by Selleck. But CBS just had to insist the Catholics are hopelessly "behind the times" in viewing homosexuality as a sin.

By Clay Waters | October 18, 2014 | 8:20 AM EDT

New York Times reporter Trip Gabriel discovered What's the Matter With Kansas? and his name is Kris Kobach, Kansas's worryingly activist and conservative secretary of state: "He Pushed Kansas to the Right. Now Kansas Is Pushing Back." Kobach is locked in a tough re-election race, and the Times smells blood in the water.

By Mark Finkelstein | October 18, 2014 | 8:07 AM EDT

It's clear that the liberal media will latch on to any argument, even the most patently nonsensical, to oppose a travel ban on people from Ebola-affected countries. Take today's Good Morning America where co-anchors Paula Faris and Dan Harris accused Americans of "hysteria" over Ebola and concoted an anti-travel ban argument flying right into the face of the facts.  

Speaking of flying, the oblivious duo asserted that a flight ban makes no sense since Ebola can only be passed via contact with bodily fluids. But surely Faris and Harris know that Thomas Eric Duncan had no such symptoms when he boarded a plane to the US, where he proceeded to infect at least two people before dying.  Thus the only way to ensure that infected people don't get into the US is to impose a general travel ban: hello?

By Jeffrey Lord | October 18, 2014 | 8:05 AM EDT

The Taranto Principle strikes again.

Dr. Tom Frieden, the Director of the Center for Disease Control, has just slammed headlong into the Taranto Principle. No wonder this smart, talented doctor is wandering around staggered at repeated calls to resign, calls coming from everyone from Fox’s Bill O’Reilly to members of Congress and a growing crowd beyond.

By Tom Blumer | October 17, 2014 | 11:22 PM EDT

In an all too typical unskeptical report, Jim Kuhnhenn at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, allowed President Barack Obama to claim, in Kuhnhenn's words, that "health and security experts continue to tell him that the screening measures already in place for travelers are more effective" than "restricting travel to the U.S. from the three Ebola-stricken West African nations."

I'm sure that readers would just love to know who these "health and security experts" are, especially given the fact that the AP itself reported Thursday that nations in Africa which have successfully kept the virus at bay have cited "border closings" as a critical element of their strategy.

By Tom Johnson | October 17, 2014 | 9:17 PM EDT

Paul Waldman claims that the GOP likes to whip up fear, and that “you couldn't come up with a better vehicle for creating that fear than a deadly disease coming from countries full of dark-skinned foreigners.”

By Jack Coleman | October 17, 2014 | 8:52 PM EDT

How refreshing to hear something resembling candor in the Obama administration's public pronouncements on the threat from Ebola.

Problem is, the implications of what is being said with this newfound candor are ominous to say the least, a flabbergasted Rush Limbaugh outlined for his radio listeners yesterday.

By Tim Graham | October 17, 2014 | 8:29 PM EDT

All of the networks have been eager participants in holding the Catholic Church accountable for sexual abuse allegations, even dated allegations from 50 years ago. But much of the national media has chosen to ignore a powerful Washington rabbi – who has served Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and former Senator Joe Lieberman –  being investigated for secretly recording women changing their clothes through a hidden camera in a clock radio.

The Washington Post reported Friday that the investigation is deepening. But there's a complete network blackout, despite the appeal this story would have in news programs pitched to a female audience.

By NB Staff | October 17, 2014 | 6:13 PM EDT

"Colorado Democratic Senator Mark Udall has voted with President Obama 99 percent of the time. In return, Obama has agreed NOT to campaign for Udall this fall." -- Jodi Miller.