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By Noel Sheppard | January 9, 2012 | 9:00 AM EST

Former General Electric CEO Jack Welch on Monday said, "In my lifetime, Mitt Romney is the most qualified leader I've ever seen run for the Presidency of the United States."

Appearing on CNBC's Squawk Box, Welch included John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama in this analysis (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Brent Baker | January 9, 2012 | 8:49 AM EST

Sad news came Sunday (January 8) that Tony Blankley, the long-time leading conservative thinker, author and columnist, who served House Speaker Newt Gingrich and later ran the editorial pages for the Washington Times, passed away at age 63.

Back on Thursday, March 27, 2003 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, Blankley pitched in at the last-minute to help us when a planned speaker (Rush Limbaugh) was unable to attend. At the MRC’s “DisHonors Awards: Roasting the Most Outrageously Biased Liberal Reporters of 2002,” Blankley enthusiastically bound on stage to accept in jest the “I Hate You Conservatives Award” on behalf of Bill Moyers.

By Noel Sheppard | January 9, 2012 | 8:00 AM EST

There's been a lot of chatter about this in the old and new media, but on Monday, the former executive editor of the New York Times called for Hillary Clinton to be Barack Obama's vice presidential running mate.

In Bill Keller's view, "it does more to guarantee Obama’s re-election than anything else the Democrats can do":

By Tim Graham | January 9, 2012 | 6:56 AM EST

The cold weather may have really cut into the crowds "occupying" two public spaces in the nation's capital, but The Washington Post doesn't care about crowd size. It's still publicizing some sort of protest juggernaut, like a ski resort manufactures snow when none has fallen. The Post's Sunday front page was dominated by the headline "LOVE AMID THE TENTS." The biggest "news" of the day was casual sex, hippie-style.

Post reporter Annie Gowen proclaimed that "As the Occupy movement enters its fourth month locally, it has spawned two full-service camps, more than 100 arrests and an ongoing constitutional debate over the right to free speech on federal land. But a combustible combination of youthful energy, enthusiasm for shared ideals and tight living quarters has given rise to something else: Romance. Lots and lots of romance." The bolded part was italicized and sprawled above a four-column picture taken inside a tent looking out.

By Brad Wilmouth | January 9, 2012 | 2:52 AM EST

On Friday's CBS Evening News, anchor Scott Pelley tagged Rick Santorum as the "very conservative Pennsylvania Senator" as he introduced a full report on the GOP presidential candidate's views on gay rights, abortion, and contraception, with correspondent Dean Reynolds warning that the GOP candidate's views on social issues that helped him in Iowa "have energized his opponents here in New Hampshire."

After noting a recent poll shows Santorum "coming on strong" in the Granite State since his near win in the Iowa caucuses, Pelley, applied the "very conservative" label to the Pennsylvania Republican:

By Tom Blumer | January 8, 2012 | 10:41 PM EST

A frequent BizzyBlog commenter tweeted about an online article he saw at entitled "Doctors going broke" about how many doctors are struggling in the current economy. His tweet: "Welcome to Obamacare."

A frequent BizzyBlog commenter tweeted about am online article he saw at entitled "Doctors going broke" about how many doctors are struggling in the current economy. His tweet: "Welcome to Obamacare."

What's interesting is that my tweeting commenter is right that Obamacare is definitely already influencing the viability of medical practices. But Ms. Parija Kavilanz's Friday report acts as if the mind-numbingly lengthy legislation and the torrent of regulations which appear destined to end up being huge multiples of that outrageous length don't exist, and actually blames many docs for their predicaments:

By Brad Wilmouth | January 8, 2012 | 9:12 PM EST

On Thursday's The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, citing a recent article by conservative columnist George Will in which he asserted that Republicans "crave fun" in their presidential campaigns, host Stephen Colbert found amusement in GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum's concerns about partial-birth abortion as the Comedy Central host joked about playing a drinking game based on the former Senator's attention to the egregious abortion procedure.

After reading from Will's article, Colbert declared:

By Noel Sheppard | January 8, 2012 | 8:31 PM EST

Denver Broncos quarterback did it again Sunday defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime for his first playoff win.

After the victory, all five panelists on the CBS Postgame Show Tebowed (video follows with commentary):

By Tom Johnson | January 8, 2012 | 6:07 PM EST

For months, the Daily Kos gang has trashed the successive not-Romneys in the GOP presidential field, and this past week, post-Iowa, it was Rick Santorum's turn. Unsurprisingly, Santorum's traditionalist-Catholic view of sexual morality raised the hackles of many Kossacks (see the first item for an especially egregious example).

As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.


By Brent Baker | January 8, 2012 | 5:02 PM EST

In pointing out how Barack Obama only won in 2008 by a slim margin, so this year’s Republican nominee doesn’t have to win over all that many Americans, ABC’s Jake Tapper on Sunday morning listed the media amongst the factors “going” for Obama four years ago: “You had the media, perhaps, tilting on the scales a little bit.”

That’s an understatement, but a noteworthy realization when it comes from the chief White House correspondent for a major network.

By NB Staff | January 8, 2012 | 4:35 PM EST

It is with great sadness that we must report the loss of our dear friend Tony Blankley. Tony passed away Saturday after a long battle with stomach cancer.

Tony was a longtime friend of our parent organization the Media Research Center, serving as one of MRC's DisHonors Awards judges in the past few years. Tony's syndicated column was also published on NewsBusters.

By Clay Waters | January 8, 2012 | 11:34 AM EST

New York Times Editorial Page Editor Andrew Rosenthal, perhaps prodded by criticism from Bernard Goldberg on The O’Reilly Factor Thursday night, posted an update Friday afternoon to his Tuesday blog post offensively accusing House Speaker John Boehner of racism for asking Obama to delay for one night an address to Congress last September.

Unrepentant, Rosenthal berated some of his critics for being “overtly racist themselves, including bigoted references to my last name.”

Rosenthal's only regret, apparently, was that he did not mention “that racially tinged and outright racist attacks did not begin with the election of Mr. Obama,” and brought up an old favorite he had previously written about, the Willie Horton ad used in the 1988 presidential campaign against Democratic nominee Michael Dukakis. (Never mind that it was Al Gore who brought up the ad in the first place.)

By Tom Blumer | January 8, 2012 | 10:46 AM EST

Even with recent "improvements" which are still weak when compared to other post-World War II recoveries and which, as shown yesterday (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), are less substantive than December's two major reported numbers (unemployment rate of 8.5% and seasonally adjusted job additions of 200,000) would indicate, it seems fairly likely that the nation's unemployment rate will be higher than it has been on the eve of any presidential election since World War II.

Thus, Paul Wiseman of the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, felt it necessary to show that what matters isn't the unemployment rate, but instead the rate's trend. In the process, he mischaracterized the state of the economy under Ronald Reagan in 1983 and 1984, ignoring the roaring economic growth which occurred during those two years, and gave only one sentence to a statistic -- number of jobs added or lost -- which has become as important as the jobless rate, if not moreso, in the intervening 28 years:

By Brad Wilmouth | January 8, 2012 | 9:12 AM EST

During Saturday's Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire, hosted by ABC, co-moderator George Stephanopoulos bizarrely pressed candidate Mitt Romney on whether the former Massachusetts governor believes the U.S. Supreme Court should overturn a 1965 ruling that a constitutional right to privacy bars states from banning contraception. (Video below)


By Tim Graham | January 8, 2012 | 9:09 AM EST

The latest liberal tendency -- to try and cast Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum as racists, or cynical race-baiters to a party stuffed full of racists -- is an absolute natural for "Reverend" Al Sharpton on MSNBC. On the Sharpton show "Politics Nation" on Friday night, former CNN reporter Bob Franken shoved both candidates into the mud for their talk of blacks and government dependency: "I think this is very intentional. I think it is part of a hateful campaign that is being very methodically run in the hope it`s going to appeal to voters who would love to see us return to the good old days of Jim Crow."

Jim Crow? Any liberal journalist who claims that the Republican Party is chock full of people who dream of segregated lunch counters and bathrooms is either (a) delusional or (b) engaged in cynical race-baiting to keep minorities voting Democrat. But Sharpton thought it was the Republicans who had all the ugly rhetoric (and wouldn't he be the expert on that):