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By Scott Whitlock | August 27, 2011 | 5:48 PM EDT

On Friday's Dylan Ratigan Show, MSNBC contributor Touré, who is also a 9/11 truther, wondered if Hurricane Irene is an example of global warming. He speculated, "When you talk about an unusual weather event happening in New York and this sort of thing, is this really evidence of global warming to see this sort of a massive storm happening here?"

Touré is routinely featured on MSNBC, despite his tendency to tweet in support of 9/11 conspiracy theories. See below for examples:

By Tim Graham | August 27, 2011 | 4:04 PM EDT

On Tuesday, NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos reached back to a July 26 story on the horrific shootings in Norway. Correspondent Sylvia Poggioli suggested the shooter, Anders Breivik “once belonged to the ultra-right Progress Party.” Schumacher-Matos lamented the “ultra-right” label, and asked Poggioli to explain herself. He called it "ultra-wrong."

It quickly became clear that Poggioli saw "ultra" extremism in the party's opposition to Islam and immigration. The ombudsman posting including just a few paragraphs of what Poggioli wrote in her own defense. But at the bottom of the page, he posted the whole reply, and her affinity for left-wing rags like the Nation and "far right" labels became really obvious:

By Ken Shepherd | August 27, 2011 | 2:30 PM EDT

While I'm sure religiously conservative African-Americans would vehemently disagree, the editors of the Washington Post's On Faith page seem to think that the struggle to desegregate the American church in the 1960s and the battle to have openly gay clergy in the pulpit are similar and equally predicated on a notion of fidelity to the teachings of Christ.

The day before the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial was originally scheduled to be dedicated, the On Faith page of Saturday's Washington Post published an obituary of a Methodist minister written by a liberal clergyman who equated a push for gay clergy as akin to struggles within Methodist churches to tear down the walls of segregation that used to keep black preachers out of the pulpits of predominantly white Methodist churches.

By Matt Hadro | August 27, 2011 | 2:30 PM EDT

Liberal comedienne Sara Benincasa ridiculed conservatives Wednesday for criticizing President Obama's vacation to Martha's Vineyard. Benincasa joked to guest host Don Lemon on the Joy Behar Show that "right-wing conservative white Republicans will only accept one black man on the golf course in the world ever."

Probably referring to Wednesday's earthquake, Benincasa added that the Republicans "think that was God telling him [Obama] to get off the course."

By Brent Baker | August 27, 2011 | 1:15 PM EDT

Taking advantage of the east coast hurricane displacing all political news this weekend, a chance for me to catch up with something from July 4 when, as part of the Ronald Reagan Centennial celebrations, a ten-foot tall bronze statue of Reagan was unveiled in London.

Only CBS’s Early Show aired a full story on the event, and video of that is below, in which reporter Elizabeth Palmer concluded that in Britain he’ll be remembered “for a rare combination of skill, luck and courage that gave him a giant’s role in modern history.”

By Noel Sheppard | August 27, 2011 | 12:56 PM EDT

ESPN has come down on one of its golf analysts for publicly criticizing President Obama.

It all began Thursday when former golf great Paul Azinger tweeted the following:

By Noel Sheppard | August 27, 2011 | 12:03 PM EDT

Just when you thought the America-hating in this nation couldn't go much further, a college campus decides to ban the national anthem at sporting events.

The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday:

By Noel Sheppard | August 27, 2011 | 11:42 AM EDT

In the view of the perilously liberal syndicated columnist Mark Shields, nothing good ever comes from corporate America.

On PBS's "Inside Washington" Friday, Shields told his fellow panelists, "If one waited for all the great social improvements of this country to come from CEOs, we would still have child labor at 8 cents an hour working at mills and looms and lathes" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Matthew Balan | August 27, 2011 | 10:42 AM EDT

On Friday's Early Show, CBS somehow thought it was appropriate to bring on former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to offer "lessons learned from other hurricanes," as Hurricane Irene bore down on the East Coast. Anchor Chris Wragge not only failed to ask Nagin about his failures in leadership in the lead-up to Hurricane Katrina, but also twice labeled his guest an "expert in the field" [audio clips available here].

After making his first reference to the former mayor as an "expert," Wragge first asked the Democrat, "What comes to mind for you when you hear about a hurricane this size bearing down on the East Coast, a region- especially up here in the Northeast, it's not always used to this kind of weather conditions?" In reply, the politician took the time to not only promote his new book, but also tried to rehabilitate his damaged image:

[Video clips from the segment available after the jump]

By NB Staff | August 27, 2011 | 10:09 AM EDT

For general discussion and debate about politics, the economy, Irene, sports, and anything else that tickles your fancy.

By Tim Graham | August 27, 2011 | 8:53 AM EDT

If conservatives believe that reducing the burden of government creates economic growth, lefties at the Daily Kos have to believe the opposite: cutting government is an economic disaster. Take the Thursday  blog post by Vyan titled "Cutting our way toward 3rd World status." The target is the Heritage Foundation, which apparently wants America to be a "third world nation with no middle class," like Somalia, because of the "(Koch Funded) Heritage Idea that the U.S. should change it's constitution to require it to only spend a maximum of 18% of it's GDP and require a Super-Majority Vote to increase that spending limit." (Notice the double error on "its.")

Vyan touts how liberal radio host Thom Hartmann apparently schooled "one supporter of the Heritage Plan, and points out that the only counties with Government Spending as low as what Heritage claims we should shoot for - are Third World Nations gripped in crushing poverty." This is where Heritage is described as wanting the worst for the United States:

By Brent Bozell | August 27, 2011 | 8:00 AM EDT

The ratings-hungry producers/exploiters of "reality" TV are in an ongoing search for “edgy” people who are combustibly watchable and whose lust for fame overrides any sense of moral judgment. Then they act shocked when their “characters” self-destruct.

The latest Exhibit A: the suicide by hanging of Russell Armstrong, the husband of one of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” His death came just weeks before Bravo planned to begin airing its second season, in which he would be ridiculed before millions. Sadly, this isn't the first time.

 

By Noel Sheppard | August 27, 2011 | 8:00 AM EDT

The employees of the company that is a part-owner of NBC and MSNBC are the biggest donors to President Obama's reelection campaign.

Chris Moody of Yahoo News reported Friday:

By Tim Graham | August 27, 2011 | 7:40 AM EDT

The Washington Post knows how to signal which side in the abortion debate they favor. In both Friday's and Saturday's Metro sections, they describe the two sides in a tilted way as they cover new clinic regulations in Virginia, which insist abortion clinics be just like ambulatory surgical centers, since many abortions are still surgical.

One side is "conservative" and "antiabortion." The other side is not labeled liberal, but they are "reproductive-health activists," and the Guttmacher Institute, which was founded as a division of  Planned Parenthood and is named after Alan Guttmacher, a past Planned Parenthood president and "Old Testament prophet", is described as a "nonprofit reproductive health research center that gathers the most comprehensive data on abortion in the United States." In other words, bow to their comprehensive, nonpartisan authority.

By Tim Graham | August 27, 2011 | 6:50 AM EDT

Naturally, most liberal Democrats are stifling their disappointment with President Obama in order to preserve any electability he still holds. That's not true of Rev. Jesse Jackson, who absolutely denounced Barack Obama's America on Friday on radical (yet taxpayer-supported) Pacifica Radio. This is a little ironic, since Pacifica griped a bit to Jackson in 2008 that he was being sidelined by Obama to preserve his electability.

The show "Democracy Now" offered a segment Friday on the new monument in Washington to Martin Luther King, which offered the opportunity for leftists to decry how King's dreams of the late Sixties for socialist revolution and an end to all American war-making were now being ignored: