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By Tom Blumer | September 24, 2014 | 9:43 PM EDT

The Politico's Josh Gerstein wants readers not to have a problem with President Barack Obama singing the praises of American exceptionalism when in front of U.S. audiences but deep-sixing it when speaking at the United Nations. Though Obama has almost always avoided actually using the E-word, he has recenlly taken to speaking of this nation's "unique" abilities and capabilities, and for some time has described the U.S. as "the one indispensable nation."

But Gerstein, in his column today, indicated that it's okay that "Obama watered down his noble-America rhetoric" at the U.N. today. Oh, and in the Politico reporter's fantasy world, Obama's back-and-forth foreign policy postures — it's hardly accurate to call them genuine "positions" — are really no different than what we saw under George W. Bush. Excerpts follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

By Ken Shepherd | September 24, 2014 | 9:15 PM EDT

MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews periodically goes on a tear about his disdain for the term "homeland" to refer to the United States of America. On his September 24 program, Chris Matthews groused it was "ominous" language. But it seems his colleague Al Sharpton never got the memo as he used it just prior to the lead-in to tonight's Hardball. What's more, it seems Matthews himself sometimes uses the term "homeland" in a matter-of-fact, uncritical manner.

By Curtis Houck | September 24, 2014 | 8:59 PM EDT

During his speech to the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly on Wednesday, President Barack Obama made a striking, unusual and ridiculous comparison between the reign of terror taking place in the Middle East at the hands of the brutal Islamic terrorist group ISIS and the unrest that took place in Ferguson, Missouri last month after the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

As far as the any of the major broadcast networks bringing up this absurd comparison on their evening newcasts, neither ABC, CBS, or NBC gave that portion of the President’s speech any attention or allowed it to see the light of day.

By Randy Hall | September 24, 2014 | 7:15 PM EDT

Remember the good old days of 2008, when then-presidential candidate Barack Obama promised his administration would be “the most transparent in history”? Apparently, the Democratic occupant of the White House and his press staff don't, which has led to reporters accusing them of disrupting the balance between government transparency and freedom of the press.

In an article written by Paul Farhi on Tuesday in the Washington Post, he stated: “White House press-pool reports are supposed to be the news media’s eyes and ears on the president, an independent chronicle of his public activities.” However, sometimes the administration “plays an unseen role in shaping the story” by steering coverage in “a more favorable direction.”

By Scott Whitlock | September 24, 2014 | 6:00 PM EDT

In case you didn't know, there's a "conservative" school board in Colorado that is facing protests. In just 17 paragraphs, New York Times reporter Jack Healy worried about "conservatives" five times. The writer explained that "A new conservative school board majority here in the Denver suburbs recently proposed a curriculum-review committee to promote patriotism, respect for authority and free enterprise..." 

By Matthew Balan | September 24, 2014 | 5:37 PM EDT

The Washington Post on Wednesday revealed a U.S. Forest Service plan that would "fine photographers who shoot on federal wild lands without a permit." Reporter Hunter Schwarz noted how "critics have characterized the rules as too vague and say it infringes on the First Amendment's free speech clause," and quoted from a U.S. senator who raised his concerns about the "troubling questions about inappropriate government limits on activity clearly protected by the First Amendment."

By Matthew Johnson and Julia A. Seymour | September 24, 2014 | 5:18 PM EDT

Author and columnist Naomi Klein is still having trouble getting her facts straight. This time, in an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” she tried to argue China is not a communist country, even though it is run by the Communist Party of China.

In that Sept. 24 interview, Klein was promoting her new book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate.” She claimed that “we have an economic system that has essentially waged war” on the planet.

By Scott Whitlock | September 24, 2014 | 5:07 PM EDT

Rosie O'Donnell, a 9/11 truther and general conspiracy theorist, on Wednesday delved into Barack Obama's air strikes against Syria. The View co-host insisted that there is a "financial agenda" in the United States's actions, lecturing her co-hosts: "I can't get out of my head the fact that Syria has a lot of oil. A lot of oil. Not a lot of oil in Rwanda or the Congo. Atrocities there all the time."  

By Ken Shepherd | September 24, 2014 | 5:01 PM EDT

Most folks in the liberal media are perfectly happy with Hillary Clinton winding up as the 2016 Democratic nominee, although they worry that she needs a healthy primary challenge to sharpen her up for a competitive presidential contest. That brings us to the Daily Beast's Eleanor Clift, who hyped former one-term U.S. Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.) as just the ticket.

By Tim Graham | September 24, 2014 | 4:59 PM EDT

Few people are as beloved by the liberal media as HBO “Girls” creator Lena Dunham, the overpraised Ronan Farrow of feminism. Wednesday’s Arts section of The New York Times began with a gushing book review by Michiko Kakutani.

The headline was “Hannah’s Self-Aware Alter Ego.” The first line was “Smart, funny women writers love to dispense advice.”

By Kyle Drennen | September 24, 2014 | 4:33 PM EDT

Running defense for Barack Obama on Wednesday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer touted "some of the President's defenders" pushing back against a video of the commander-in-chief sloppily saluting Marines while holding a coffee cup by "circulating this photo of George W. Bush during his presidency...saluting service members while holding his dog, Barney." [Listen to the audio]

Lauer noted that despite Obama gaffe going viral on social media and "sarcastically being called the 'latte salute,'" it "didn't take long for that photo [of Bush] to come out as well."

By Jack Coleman | September 24, 2014 | 4:20 PM EDT

Even though she's long gone from the Internal Revenue Service, former director Lois Lerner is still targeting conservatives. More specifically, it's callers to Mark Levin's radio show, and by extension Levin himself, who Lerner and her husband are besmirching.

Mrs. Lerner pleaded the Fifth when testifying before Congress about abusive IRS tactics during the Obama regime in singling out and thwarting conservative non-profits, but she found a more receptive audience during an interview with Politico in which Levin's radio program was mentioned.

By Brent Bozell | September 24, 2014 | 3:10 PM EDT

It’s time to expose the "Stop Rush" campaign for what it is: yet another shameless attack on the First Amendment by left-wing enemies of free speech. Their scheme is nothing more than a pathetic Potemkin village of lies and social media fraud perpetrated by a small handful of hacks trying to intimidate small business owners who advertise on conservative radio.

By Geoffrey Dickens | September 24, 2014 | 1:10 PM EDT

Jimmy Fallon, who famously invited on Barack Obama to slow jam the news and danced with Michelle Obama, took a couple of swings at the president in his monologue on Monday night. Could Fallon be an indicator that even liberal celebrities are getting tired of Obama?

By Tim Graham | September 24, 2014 | 1:08 PM EDT

The Rush Limbaugh Show is going on the attack against leftist “Stop Rush” agitators trying to ruin his program among advertisers.

In particular, they’re challenging the idea that this is a “grassroots” movement of ordinary American consumers targeting advertisers. They say there are no average customers here, just a “small number of hardcore political activists" on the Left.