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By Mark Finkelstein | October 22, 2014 | 8:31 AM EDT

Add Debbie Wasserman Schultz to the list of Dem politicians running away from Barack Obama.  Kind of ironic, no, given that DWS is Chair of the Dem party and President Obama is its standard bearer? On today's Morning Joe, repeatedly pressed by Joe Scarborough as to whether voting for Dem candidates means a continuation of President Obama's policies, Wasserman Schultz refused to answer.  Instead, the DNC Chair trotted out shop-worn lines about Obama not being on the ballot, Dems "having your back,"  etc.   

After she departed, Scarborough got in a goodbye shot: "It's ridiculous. People that voted with the president 95, 96, 97, 98% of the time can't say his name."

By Tom Blumer | October 21, 2014 | 11:40 PM EDT

The Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, appears determined that there not be any more reported embarrassments of Democrats who refuse to directly that they support President Barack Obama.

One such embarrassing moment occurred in tonight's debate in New Hampshire between Republican Scott Brown and incumbent Democrats Jean Shaheen, who has reportedly voted as Obama would prefer 99 percent of the time. In her coverage, AP reporter Holly Ramer acted as if the following exchange between a debate moderater and Shaheen — and the audience laughter which accompanied it — never happened:

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | October 21, 2014 | 10:36 PM EDT

Knowing the way our political press works, it’s easy to predict that Barack Obama’s presidency is just about over. Journalists will soon treat him as the lamest of lame ducks, and suggest nothing consequential will happen in the last two years of his presidency. Instead, they’ll obsess over who will come next.

So the timing is perfect for Rolling Stone magazine to reassert itself as Obama’s most shameless house organ. They’ve published a 4,000-word tribute by liberal New York Times columnist Paul Krugman insisting that “Obama has emerged as one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history.”

By Curtis Houck | October 21, 2014 | 10:17 PM EDT

On Tuesday, ABC and NBC made no mention of the upcoming midterm elections, which were two weeks away from Tuesday and include numerous Senate races that will decide whether Republicans or Democrats control the U.S. Senate.

ABC’s Good Morning AmericaABC World News Tonight with David Muir, NBC’s Today, and NBC Nightly News made no mention of the midterm elections in their evening newscasts while the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley ran not one but two segments on the topic during its Tuesday night broadcast. 

By Tom Blumer | October 21, 2014 | 9:53 PM EDT

On Friday in a Facebook hangout, in a statement noted Saturday afternoon by Tim Graham at NewsBusters, MSNBC's Chuck Todd described himself as "stubbornly neutral." Sunday, Mr. "Stubbornly Neutral" attacked the NRA on "Meet the Press" for having the nerve to oppose President Obama's Surgeon General nominee, a man who is obsessed with gun control.

By Ken Shepherd | October 21, 2014 | 9:28 PM EDT

The October 21 edition of MSNBC's Hardball conveniently failed to pick up on a damning scoop published Tuesday by the Washington Free Beacon regarding Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor (Arkansas) and a college thesis he wrote in the mid-1980s slamming the federal government's role in desegregating the South. Instead, Matthews and his liberal guests spent the lion's share of the program blasting the GOP as racist for pursuing voter ID laws, with guest panelist Michelle Bernard going so far as to charge they were an effort at keeping blacks a "permanent underclass" in America.

By NB Staff | October 21, 2014 | 6:35 PM EDT

"MSNBC had record-low ratings last quarter.  But the network remains dedicated to objective journalism, according to its program director, Barack Obama."  -- Jodi Miller

By Tim Graham | October 21, 2014 | 5:32 PM EDT

Political reporter Aaron Blake at The Washington Post puts an aggressive spin on the latest numbers from the Pew Research Center on the media consumed by conservatives and liberals. It’s stilted to suggest conservatives get all their “news” from talk-radio hosts, while liberals prefer “mainstream tastes” like NPR and the Big Three networks.

Blake claimed Pew found “when you compare the left to the right, it's clear which side is more interested in consuming news from sources with which it agrees politically.” The flaw here is thinking that liberals aren’t consuming liberal news at ABC, CBS, NBC, and NPR.

By Scott Whitlock | October 21, 2014 | 5:05 PM EDT

Here's something you don't see everyday: The notoriously liberal Rosie O'Donnell on Tuesday recounted a time in 2002 where she snubbed Bill Clinton. The View co-host, angry over how the ex-president treated Monica Lewinsky, added that she thought the Democrat should have been prosecuted for his actions. After stating that she "loves" Lewinsky, O'Donnell recounted being at an event: "The Secret Service came over and said 'President Clinton would like to speak to you' and I said "I really can't right at the moment."

By Matthew Balan | October 21, 2014 | 5:05 PM EDT

John Avlon, who has modeled himself as a "no labels" moderate, acted as a liberal on Tuesday's New Day on CNN, as he gave his take on Monica Lewinsky's recent "cyberbullying" speech. Avlon praised the "so thoughtful and funny speech, and contended that "it reminds us 16 years after that constitutional crisis – that celebrity-driven scandal – the human collateral damage in that political witch hunt."

By Ken Shepherd | October 21, 2014 | 4:20 PM EDT

On Monday, Maryland conservative political blogger Jeff Quinton explained how The Washington Post ignored crowds streaming out of the October 19 Democratic campaign rally for Anthony Brown featuring President Barack Obama. On Tuesday, Post columnist Dana Milbank admitted that the crowds did thin out well before the event was concluded, but he made sure to put the best possible spin on the matter.

By Tom Blumer | October 21, 2014 | 4:02 PM EDT

Elizabeth Williamson's coverage at the Wall Street Journal of the latest WSJ/NBC News poll has a very strange omission.

It contains a graph showing "right track/wrong track" polling percentages heading each midterm election going back to 1990. But Williamson, while addressing why the American people feel as they do right now in larger historical context, never commented on the graph's specific message, which is about as damning as it can get:

By Tim Graham | October 21, 2014 | 3:35 PM EDT

In the ultimate in Occupy Wall Street hypocrisy, the hardcore lefties at The Nation magazine are hosting a fundraising Caribbean cruise again in December, and using The New York Times to do it. A promotional e-mail carries the quote “The love boat for policy wonks – The New York Times.” That’s a headline...from 2008.

We had to snort a little that this “love boat” will be talking about taking all the shame out of the more extreme forms of birth control: “Katha Pollitt reframing the national discussion around abortion.” It also features the “lead food columnist” of The New York Times, Mark Bittman.

By Tom Johnson | October 21, 2014 | 2:23 PM EDT

Paul Waldman argues that low turnout in midterms “is particularly critical to [Republicans] maintaining what power they have,” but if voting were required, that GOP advantage would disappear.

By Tom Blumer | October 21, 2014 | 1:24 PM EDT

Josh Lederman's report this morning at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, treats President Barack Obama's return to Chicago as a trip down memory lane: "Obama got glimpses of a simpler time when his life was for the most part, normal: the unpaid bills on his desk, the volunteers who pitched in on his first Senate campaign, the day he marched in seven Fourth of July parades."

The reference to "unpaid bills" is from the President's remarks at a DNC event at a private home in Chicago. But the speech transcript now posted at the White House web site has scrubbed the related passage, as Daniel Halper at the Weekly Standard noted early this morning. There may have been an additional development since that post appeared.