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By Noel Sheppard | March 4, 2012 | 1:47 PM EST

In today's "Don't Bring a Knife to a Gunfight" segment, ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Sunday once again failed miserably in a battle of wits with Newt Gingrich.

After the This Week host claimed past experience has shown long primary battles "[mean] that party loses in the general election," the former Speaker of the House marvelously responded, "George, I'll be glad to swap history credentials with you" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | March 4, 2012 | 1:24 PM EST

On its "MSN Now" page dedicated to what is "trending," MSN swatted at a CNN interview with the headline "Kirk Cameron provokes with anti-gay comments." The unnamed writer began with a sneer: "Kirk Cameron alarmed GLAAD and all 12 of his fans after making statements on CNN against not just gay marriage but the existence of homosexuality. "I think it's unnatural, I think it's detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization," he said. When asked what he would say if one of his own children was gay, he answered, "Just because you feel one way doesn't mean we should act on everything that we feel."

MSN didn't even spell out the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Debate (or Defamation, if you want to be formal about it.) Their headline was "Tell Kirk Cameron It's Time to Finally Grow Up". It came with a graphic decrying how Cameron went from "Teen Idol" to "Anti-Gay Extremist."

By Noel Sheppard | March 4, 2012 | 12:45 PM EST

With all that ails the nation, Meet the Press host David Gregory actually began his interview with Newt Gingrich by asking him about contraceptives and Rush Limbaugh.

Showing obvious disgust for the topic, the Republican presidential candidate marvelously responded, "You know, David, I am astonished at the desperation of the elite media to avoid rising gas prices, to avoid the President's apology to religious fanatics in Afghanistan, to avoid a trillion dollar deficit, to avoid the longest period of unemployment since the Great Depression, and to suddenly decide that Rush Limbaugh is the great national crisis of this week" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | March 4, 2012 | 11:31 AM EST

NewsBusters readers likely know Kirsten Powers as one of the many intelligent, reasonable, liberal contributors to Fox News.

On Sunday, Powers published a piece at the Daily Beast entitled "Rush Limbaugh Isn’t the Only Media Misogynist" that is guaranteed to be applauded by the Right and heavily ridiculed by her colleagues on the left:

By Noel Sheppard | March 4, 2012 | 10:16 AM EST

As NewsBusters reported, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh issued an apology to Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke Saturday.

Rather then congratulate Limbaugh for doing what it believed was the right thing to do, the liberal Huffington Post ridiculed him with a front page headline "RUSH CAVES: 'I Sincerely Apologize To Ms. Fluke'" (photo courtesy Getty):

By Tim Graham | March 4, 2012 | 8:04 AM EST

President Obama granted a sports-themed interview to Bill Simmons, hailed as "ESPN's most popular sports writer," and even though the talk of politics was rare, there were several noticeable exchanges that can lead to political or media analysis. Here are five points.

1. Obama is constantly telling interviewers he has five more years in office. Obama told Simmons it's very likely he'll welcome a world-champion Chicago Bulls team to the White House, because hey, he has five years left:

By NB Staff | March 4, 2012 | 6:57 AM EST

Before your weekend pigout, you might want to discuss how Europe may be taking the food puritanism to new heights (or depths). Daniel Mitchell reports that the London School of Economics is now addressing the societal need to curb pictures of skinny models in women's magazines.

By Mike Bates | March 4, 2012 | 1:21 AM EST

Saturday morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) appeared alongside Rev. Jesse Jackson on his weekly Rainbow PUSH program, prior to her endorsement of Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) in this month's Democratic primary.  The Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, WLS AM, and the local affiliates of NBC and ABC all covered the the event.

Moments after saying it's "a badge of honor" for President Barack Obama to be known as the food stamp president, Pelosi made an incredible assertion (video here):   

By Tim Graham | March 3, 2012 | 11:10 PM EST

Washington Post religion columnist Lisa Miller has one child, and she seems quite smug about it. She thanks God “I live in a time and place where I can get up every morning and go to work, and with the money I earn help feed and educate my child.” But in her Saturday column, the slams the Republican candidates for their “smug fecundity,” that they turned their women into retrograde doormats who make babies.

“There’s nothing wrong with big families, of course,” she says fruitlessly before saying there actually is. “But the smug fecundity of the Republican field this primary season has me worried. Their family photos, with members of their respective broods spilling out to the margins, seem to convey a subliminal message that goes far beyond a father’s pride in being able to field his own basketball team. What the Republican front-runners seem to be saying is this: We are like the biblical patriarchs. As conservative religious believers, we take seriously the biblical injunction to be fruitful and multiply.”

By Brent Baker | March 3, 2012 | 9:39 PM EST

A week from tonight (Saturday, March 11) HBO will debut Game Change, which promos
strongly suggest will present a disparaging portrait of Sarah Palin, but Thursday night on the Tonight Show, during a segment with actress Julianne Moore who plays Palin, Jay Leno contended the movie “humanizes” Palin and is not “some kind of slash and burn job.”

“Whether a Republican or a Democrat,” Leno urged, “don’t watch it for the politics. It’s just a human piece. I think it kind of humanizes Sarah Palin. I thought it was really, really good.” He soon added: “I highly recommend it. If you’re an ardent Republican and you think this is some kind of slash and burn job, it’s not. It’s really what a campaign does to a person.”

By NB Staff | March 3, 2012 | 5:57 PM EST

In a statement released today on his eponymous website, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh apologized for his choice of words in a monologue about Georgetown Law student and political activist Sandra Fluke, who "testified" at a faux hearing conducted by congressional Democrats regarding the ObamaCare contraception mandate. Limbaugh also reiterated his concern over the contraceptive mandate and the larger erosion of  personal responsibility and accountability through federal mandates that social costs for personal expenses onto taxpayers or employers.

You can read the full statement here or below the page break:

By Noel Sheppard | March 3, 2012 | 5:48 PM EST

The Rush Limbaugh-Sandra Fluke birth control controversy took a disgraceful turn Friday when CNN's Piers Morgan and magician Penn Jillette discussed watching the conservative talker have sex.

The host of Piers Morgan Tonight also said, "I would love to know who Rush Limbaugh has had sex with over the years, how many times he has sex (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | March 3, 2012 | 4:07 PM EST

Fox News Watch did an absolutely touching tribute to conservative publisher Andrew Breitbart Saturday.

After a video of his accomplishments was aired, the screen marvelously cut back to host Jon Scott and his panelists all sitting in silence:

By Noel Sheppard | March 3, 2012 | 3:34 PM EST

As NewsBusters has been reporting, the liberal media have been less than gracious following the surpising death of conservative publisher Andrew Breitbart.

On Fox News's Hannity Friday, conservative author Ann Coulter said it best. "Even in death he shows liberals in their true colors" (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | March 3, 2012 | 1:27 PM EST

Bill Maher unsurprisingly took some vicious cheap shots at Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on HBO's Real Time Friday.

In his final New Rule segment, Maher said, "If Rick Santorum is your youth minister, you’d ask your parents to switch you to the one who just molests" (video follows with transcript and commentary):