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By Noel Sheppard | August 9, 2011 | 11:27 AM EDT

Joe Scarborough on Tuesday told his "Morning Joe" co-host an inconvenient truth that she and most of her colleagues in the media just can't handle.

"A president that cannot control 45 backbenchers in the opposing Party in the House of Representatives is too weak to be President of the United States. It is that simple" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Matthew Sheffield | August 9, 2011 | 10:40 AM EDT

Today marks the sixth birthday of NewsBusters. We've worked to uncover major scandals like ClimateGate, continually highlighted the liberal nonsense to come from the mouths of Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz, and Keith Olbermann, and have always enjoyed sharing the community with you for the past six years.

By Noel Sheppard | August 9, 2011 | 9:22 AM EDT

Obama advisers, Democrat senators, and terminally stupid ideologues that for days have blamed Standard and Poor's downgrade of America's debt on the Tea Party are sadly mistaken.

Next to the President of the United States and his Party, those really responsible are members of the media.

By Jack Coleman | August 9, 2011 | 8:54 AM EDT

There's something to be said for candor, even -- make that, especially -- from a goo-goo leftist.

None of this disingenuous denial that Vice President Joe Biden maligned Republicans as terrorists, or the weaselly pseudo-defense that Biden didn't actually say this, he merely agreed after a House Democrat did. (audio clip after page break)

By Tim Graham | August 9, 2011 | 8:09 AM EDT

On Sunday morning, CNN featured Islam in its “Faces of Faith” segment in the 8 am hour. The guest who came on to describe Ramadan and how too many American Muslims don’t feel they are respected was...Maria Ebrahimji, CNN’s own Director of Network Booking. Apparently, Ebrahimji, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, has embraced her role as a Muslim advocate inside CNN:

By Tim Graham | August 9, 2011 | 7:02 AM EDT

A few weeks ago, New York Times media columnist David Carr was mocking the Rupert Murdoch media empire on The Colbert Report as a “40 billion dollar big blob of media.” He kept up the anti-Fox News line in his Monday column titled “News Corp.’s Soft Power In the U.S.” Carr began by arguing many saw “in horror or amusement” that “the News Corporation regarded Britain’s legal and political institutions as its own private club. That could never happen in the United States, right?”

Carr was implying heavily that it already has, insinuating that Rupert Murdoch has been soft-power-kissed by even the Clinton Justice Department, as in a 1997 acquisition of Heritage Media, a competitor in the in-store advertising business with Murdoch’s News America Marketing. The man in charge of antitrust enforcement then was Joel Klein, now a Murdoch adviser.

By Noel Sheppard | August 9, 2011 | 12:42 AM EDT

Obama advisers, Democrat senators, and terminally stupid ideologues that have been for almost two days blaming Standard and Poor's downgrade of America's debt on the Tea Party have all been ignoring a very inconvenient truth.

According to MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell, "Last week's vote for a debt ceiling increase was the most bipartisan vote to increase the debt ceiling we have seen in a very, very long time" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | August 8, 2011 | 10:37 PM EDT

A few days ago, Ken Shepherd recounted how New York Times reporter Damien Cave expressed grave concern that “class consciousness” might be on the rise in Cuban housing. In Monday’s paper, Cave was more sanguine about the Castro dictatorship finally letting up on its censorship of the Beatles. Cave found it curious that these revolutionary lefties had failed for so long to find cultural kindred spirits in Lennon and McCartney.

Though today the bonds between counterculture rock and leftist politics are well established, back then, Cuban authorities - at least some of them - saw anything in English as American and practically treasonous. The Beatles, along with long hair, bell-bottom jeans and homosexuality, were all seen as cause for alarm or arrest at a time when green fatigues were a statement of great importance.

By Brent Baker | August 8, 2011 | 8:03 PM EDT

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, who the week before last cited “the debt ceiling, which rational people agree needs to be raised,” on Monday evening again seemed to take a shot at Tea Party members of Congress as he urged President Barack Obama to fulfill a “leadership moment” in order “to force Congress into a sudden breakout of sanity.”

By Matt Hadro | August 8, 2011 | 7:45 PM EDT

With such esteemed liberal intellectual heavyweights like comedian Bill Maher and Al Gore calling for the liberal grassroots to stand up and make their voices heard, CNN's Carol Costello floated the idea of a liberal version of the Tea Party on Monday.

"Does America need a liberal Tea Party?" Costello asked during the 11 a.m. EDT hour of CNN's Newsroom. Costello was not completely enthusiastic over the idea – she worried that it could "lead to more hyper-partisanship," as if the Tea Party was already doing enough of that.

By Noel Sheppard | August 8, 2011 | 7:09 PM EDT

For over 24 hours, Obama advisers, Democrat senators, and terminally stupid ideologues in the media have been blaming Standard and Poor's downgrade of America's debt on the Tea Party.

On Monday, one of the only sane voices in the mainstream media stood up and said, "If it wasn't for the Tea Party, they would have passed the debt ceiling thumbs up, we would have been rated BBB" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Ken Shepherd | August 8, 2011 | 6:29 PM EDT

To Michael Tomasky, Barack Obama's problem is not lack of leadership or a rigid fixation to liberal ideology.

No, it's just that the president is too darn decent a guy, a veritable Mr. Smith who's gone to Washington, but perhaps in this case without the Capraesque happy ending:

By Matt Hadro | August 8, 2011 | 5:59 PM EDT

CNN's Fareed Zakaria made it quite clear last summer that he supported the construction of the Ground Zero mosque. He was much more neutral in an interview with the mosque's developer Sunday, but was content to let his guest tell his side of the story without any scrutiny from the CNN host.

Although the once-proposed mosque is no longer making headlines, Zakaria decided anyway to feature the mosque's developer Sharif El-Gamal for a soft interview one year after the controversy ignited. El-Gamal received fawning coverage by CBS and NBC last summer for his work.

By Scott Whitlock | August 8, 2011 | 5:56 PM EDT

A clearly worried Chris Matthews on Monday fretted that a 'coy' Barack Obama is being "too cute by half" in his handling of the economy. Matthews lamented the fact that in his press conference, the President didn't exclaim, "Tax the freakin' rich!"

Talking to former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Matthews proclaimed what Obama should have said. After agreeing to "some" cuts, the Hardball host wished the Commander in Chief had announced to Congress: "Now, I want you to do your part and tax the freakin' rich! Now, are you going to do it or not?' He didn't go that far. I think he was being coy, cute, too clever by half..."

[See video below. MP3 audio here.]

 

By Alex Fitzsimmons | August 8, 2011 | 5:34 PM EDT

Dylan Ratigan joined Andrea Mitchell Monday on the list of MSNBC anchors who appear to be losing faith in President Barack Obama's leadership.

Discussing the type of president required to lead the country in times of crisis, Ratigan remarked, "Wouldn't anybody who wrote a memoir before the age of 50 be rather screwed up anyway?"