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By Kyle Drennen | June 14, 2011 | 1:31 PM EDT

In an interview with President Obama on Tuesday's NBC Today, co-host Ann Curry fretted over Republican calls for spending cuts before raising the nation's debt limit: "Do you think they're bluffing, given how financially disastrous it would be for the United States not to have the debt ceiling raised? And are you willing to make deep spending cuts?"

Obama laughably claimed: "Well, keep in mind, we've already made deep spending cuts. I mean, I've proposed a freeze on federal spending, during the last threatened government shutdown we made some really tough cuts..." He then used the opportunity to bash the GOP:

By Clay Waters | June 14, 2011 | 1:22 PM EDT

New York Times business columnist Joe Nocera, now a regular on the paper’s op-ed page, equated congressional oversight with Anthony Weiner’s sexual peccadillos in Saturday’s “Blocking  Elizabeth Warren.”  Warren, a Harvard law professor, bankruptcy “expert,” and liberal crusader, is special advisor to the White House and a favorite among liberals and the Times for pushing the creation of a federal agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

It’s official: Elizabeth Warren will return to the torture chamber known as the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on July 14. Earlier this week, Darrell Issa, the California Republican who is chairman of the committee, tweeted the news. Apparently, Democrats aren’t the only ones who use Twitter to harass women.

By Jack Coleman | June 14, 2011 | 1:14 PM EDT

Tracy Morgan isn't responsible for what he says, not when he's in Nashville -- Republicans in the Tennessee legislature are, according to comedienne Wanda Sykes.

The "30 Rock" actor has generated considerable unease among fellow liberals in recent days, while also mercifully diverting attention from the aptly-named Weiner scandal, after it was reported that Morgan cut loose with a decidedly un-PC standup routine on June 3 in Nashville.

As initially reported by a blogger named Kevin Rogers on his Facebook page, Morgan said that "if his son was gay he better come home and talk to him like a man and not [he mimicked a gay, high pitched voice] or he would pull out a knife and stab that little N (one word I refuse to use) to death."

Morgan also said, according to Rogers, "that there is no way a woman could love and have sexual desire for another woman, that's just a woman pretending because she hates a f***ing man. ... that the gays needed to quit being p***ies and not be whining about something as insignificant as bullying ... that bullied kids should just bust some ass and beat those other little f***ers, not whine about it. ... how women should be home cooking him a f***ing meal and not becoming CEOs or him talking about f***ing the moms of retards."

By Scott Whitlock | June 14, 2011 | 1:00 PM EDT

The morning shows on Tuesday used loaded terms to describe Monday's Republican presidential debate. According to Good Morning America's John Berman, it was a "two-hour race to out-bash the President." On the Today show, Chuck Todd sniffed that "much of the affair was an anti-Obama sound bite contest."

CBS's Early Show proved to be more mild. Co-host Erica Hill recounted, "Attacking Obama. The top Republican candidates for President face off in their first debate, but instead of going after each other, they took dead aim at the President."

By Brad Wilmouth | June 14, 2011 | 12:02 PM EDT

On Saturday's CBS Evening News, correspondent Cynthia Bowers filed a report documenting the success of a charter school in Chicago which has managed to substantially increase the graduation rate and college attendance rate of its African-American male student population as compared to other schools in the city. Anchor Russ Mitchell teased the report: "In a city where most African-American males don't make it through high school, every member of this graduating class is going on to college."

He later introduced the report: "When it comes to African-American high school graduation rates, Chicago's Urban Prep is a shining standout, boasting a rate of almost 70 percent. And that's only the beginning of its success story as we hear from Cynthia Bowers."

By Brad Wilmouth | June 14, 2011 | 11:16 AM EDT

NBC's Saturday Today show ran a piece recounting recent car safety tests which find that large vehicles like SUVs are among the safest vehicles to drive. The same vehicles that used to receive much negative attention from the media because of rollover accidents and lower fuel efficiency seem to have seen improvements in the likelihood of rollovers. NBC correspondent Tom Costello on Saturday gave a positive review of SUVs and other large vehicles. Anchor Amy Robach introduced the report citing "surprising findings" of safety tests.

Costello soon informed viewers: "The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports today the overall safest vehicles on the road are minivans, with 25 deaths per million registered vehicles. SUVs are close behind with 28 deaths per million vehicles. And that's a surprise since just a few years ago, SUVs were prone to rollovers and considered dangerous."

By Tom Blumer | June 14, 2011 | 10:58 AM EDT

Many people, including yours truly, believe that one of the primary reasons for the Politico's existence is to carry negative stories about Democrats and leftists which the rest of the establishment press then mostly chooses to ignore ("Why should we cover that? It's at the Politico already").

President Obama's more than half-empty campaign fundraising stop in Miami Monday is a case in point. As far as I can tell, only the Politico's Carrie Budoff Brown ("Empty seats: Obama fundraiser underwhelms") and Mary Bruce at ABC's Political Punch blog, whose item was also referenced at ABC's The Note, covered the politically embarrassing situation.

By Catherine Maggio | June 14, 2011 | 10:46 AM EDT

Reese Witherspoon thinks Hollywood has changed, and not for the better.

At the MTV Movie Awards June 5 Witherspoon won the "Generation Award", and in her speech she commented on the changes over her time in Hollywood: "I just want to say to all the girls out there, I know it's cool to be bad. I get it ... but it's also possible to make it in Hollywood without a reality show. When I came up in this business, if you made a sex tape, you were embarrassed, you hid it under your bed ... and, like, if you took naked pictures of yourself on your cell phone, you hide your face, people!"

By Ken Shepherd | June 14, 2011 | 10:21 AM EDT

Perhaps peeved that her weekend was wasted on the nothing-burger that was the release of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's official e-mail correspondence, Time magazine's Katy Steinmetz yesterday directed her ire at current Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell (R) for dumping the e-mails on reporters in cumbersome printed form rather than in electronic files:


By Noel Sheppard | June 14, 2011 | 10:07 AM EDT

UPDATE AT END OF POST: Headline changed to "Goofy."

The next time one of your liberal friends tells you there isn't any bias in the media, show him or her the following headline published Tuesday by CNN Money's senior writer Jeanne Sahadi.

"Wingnut Debt Ceiling Demands" was actually placed directly above a picture of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, and Florida senator Marco Rubio:

By Clay Waters | June 14, 2011 | 9:23 AM EDT

Not with a bang but with a whimper. Reporting from Juneau, Alaska, New York Times reporters Jim Rutenberg and William Yardley wrapped up Sunday the less-than-earthshaking findings from the media’s bizarre full-court press to see three-year-old emails from Sarah Palin’s time as Alaska governor -- “Palin’s E-Mails Undercut Simplistic Views of Her, Both Positive and Negative.”

In the three years since Sarah Palin stormed the national political stage, her brief tenure as governor of Alaska has often been reduced to caricature. Critics cast her as petty, preoccupied and disengaged. Supporters say she was a maverick reformer, a salt-of-the-earth true believer who bucked the establishment elite.

The Times’s own coverage of Palin certainly fits the “critics” part of the bill, and the paper's decision to "crowd-source" the Palin email dump with help from its liberal readership suggests it was eager to uncover controversy. It didn't quite turn out that way, forcing reporters to write around the absence of bombshells.

By NB Staff | June 14, 2011 | 9:14 AM EDT

Last night was the second GOP debate, this time hosted by CNN and including candidates Mitt Romney, Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain, and Ron Paul.

From Bachmann officially announcing her intentions to run for president, to Romney asking why Obama never called him to discuss the pitfalls of a healthcare mandate, the debate covered a broad range of issues yesterday.

Check out a video and analysis of the debate after the break, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

By Tim Graham | June 14, 2011 | 9:06 AM EDT

Today's media bias question: Can you call someone "anti-war" or a "peace protester" if they're suspected of providing material support to violent groups like Hezbollah or the FARC guerrillas in Colombia? Apparently they do at The Washington Post. The top story in Tuesday's Post carries the anodyne headline "Activists cry foul over FBI probe." That should be "Radical-left activists cry foul." The subhead was "Peace protesters, labor organizers are apparent targets." The FBI's anti-terror probes (involving U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald of Plamegate fame)  are apparently infuriating Obama labor-union agitators in the Midwest.

You have to read down to paragraph 23 in Peter Wallsten's article to get the real point:

By Mark Finkelstein | June 14, 2011 | 8:03 AM EDT

People know that the MSM despises Sarah Palin.  Still, it was shocking to hear the beans so blithely spilled . . .

Jim Vandehei of Politico, on Morning Joe today:

"If you talk to any single reporter at any media organization that we're aware of, I don't think that anyone thinks she can be president or should be president."

View video after the jump.

By Brent Baker | June 14, 2011 | 1:51 AM EDT

Previewing Tuesday’s Early Show town hall meeting with Republicans on the economy, CBS’s Bob Schieffer, who pushes his Face the Nation guests to agree taxes must be raised, hailed a Republican, Senator Tom Coburn, for expressing a willingness to include a tax increase in deficit negotiations.

After dismissing the Republicans CBS assembled -- Monday afternoon at the Newseum -- for how they “pretty much stuck to the Republican line: Low taxes and cutting the deficit will eventually lead to economic growth,” Schieffer championed: “But it was Coburn who may have won the prize for candor.” Viewers then heard Coburn declaring: “I’ll stand up as a conservative Republican, one of the biggest deficit hawks in Congress, and say ‘I'll negotiate on taxes’ -- because our country’s in trouble.”