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By Scott Whitlock | March 27, 2012 | 12:24 PM EDT

The journalists at Good Morning America on Tuesday appeared shocked that a "sour" Rick Santorum dared to aggressively oppose a New York Times reporter, hyperventilating that the Republican presidential candidate has gone to "war against the media."

Former Democratic operative turned journalist George Stephanopoulos insisted that the "wear and tear of a long, tough campaign" is beginning to show on Santorum. He piled on, "His Cinderella story has gone a bit sour." Reporter Berman, who often can't refuse using over-the-top language for his stories, began, "Well, cover your ears and hide the children. Dirty words have hit the presidential race." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

By Kyle Drennen | March 27, 2012 | 12:00 PM EDT

Appearing on Tuesday's NBC Today, left-wing MSNBC host Rachel Maddow spun the Supreme Court ruling on ObamaCare as being a judgment of how partisan the high court has become: "...this may as much be a referendum on the Supreme Court and whether or not the Roberts court is so conservatively politicized that it will make a decision to hurt the President, rather than sticking closely to precedent here."

Maddow touted a recent Bloomberg poll, "that 75% of people think that the Supreme Court will decide based on their political beliefs, not on the law." She conveniently left out the results of the latest CBS News/New York Times poll that showed only 36% of Americans approve of ObamaCare, while 47% disapprove.  A recent Rasmussen poll showed 56% favoring repeal of the law.

By Ken Shepherd | March 27, 2012 | 11:51 AM EDT

It was as predictable as the sun rising in the east, but today the Washington Post defended as constitutional ObamaCare's individual mandate. The mandate is defended by the administration as being legitimate under the Constitution's commerce clause, a defense the Post editorial board agreed with while conceding that the arguments against the mandate are "serious."

To justify the individual mandate via the commerce clause would fundamentally obliterate any limit on the federal power to regulate, but that doesn't seem to bother the Post in light of the government's "compelling goals of universal coverage and lower costs." But believe it or not, in the past the Post has hailed Court cases that drew limits on the commerce clause, even and especially when the political goals of the legislation invalidated was laudable. Indeed, after the 1995 case U.S. v. Lopez, which struck down a federal penalty on carrying guns near public schools, the Post cautioned Congress that "in the future, [it] will have to demonstrate some modesty in assessing the elasticity of federal power."

By Matthew Sheffield | March 27, 2012 | 11:45 AM EDT

Here's a joke for you this Tuesday morning. Did you know that hyperpartisan Democrat Chris Matthews sees himself as a "centrist?" In an aside during a conversation with MSNBC contributor Joan Walsh, the leg-thrilling pundit emphatically claimed the moderate label for himself, stating that he could understand President Obama being criticized by both liberals and conservatives on the Keystone Pipeline.

"Take it from a centrist. I know what it's like," Matthews proclaimed. Video, transcript and commentary below the break.

By Dan Gainor | March 27, 2012 | 11:07 AM EDT

Some journalists aren’t content with covering the news; they have to make it, too. That’s been ABC’s strategy as the network has led the charge against USDA-approved beef. That agenda has put at least 600 jobs in jeopardy as the targeted company suspended operations in three separate plants.

ABC’s Jim Avila has been out in front of the issue, repeatedly calling the beef “pink slime,” a term a former USDA employee coined. In all, ABC used the term “pink slime” 52 times in just a two-week span.

By NB Staff | March 27, 2012 | 10:37 AM EDT

Today's starter topic: With his chances of winning the GOP nomination decreasing as time goes by, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum said in an interview that he would accept an offer to be the Republican vice presidential candidate if he were offered it by likely presidential nominee Mitt Romney:

By Clay Waters | March 27, 2012 | 8:58 AM EDT

Saturday's front-page New York Times story by Susan Saulny focused on the Santorum campaign in Louisiana before Santorum's easy win in the Republican primary there: "On the Right, Santorum Has Women's Vote."

Saulny emphasized the religious angle of Santorum's appeal. The condescending story provided slight corrective to the paper's misleading previous coverage assuming Santorum lacked support from women, but maintained the unsubstantiated idea, embraced by the Times, that moderate Republican women are turned off by appeals to social conservatism.

By Noel Sheppard | March 27, 2012 | 8:41 AM EDT

When you think of MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, do you consider her one of the smartest people in all of journalism today?

David Letterman does, and actually said so as he introduced her on Monday's CBS Late Show (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | March 27, 2012 | 8:05 AM EDT

Variety reports a new movie will cast Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan. This is not a joke. It may be casting with an "impish sense of provocation." As actor Adam Baldwin tweeted, "What could go wrong?"

Fonda will appear as Nancy in a "handful of scenes," and leftist actor John Cusack may play Richard Nixon. Is this a real project? Apparently so. It's a film called "The Butler," based on a 2008 Washington Post report by Wil Haygood on Eugene Allen, the White House butler whose career started with Harry Truman in 1952 and ended in 1986 with Ronald Reagan. The article was titled "A Butler Well Served by This Election," and poignantly noted that Allen's wife died a day before Obama was elected.

By Paul Wilson | March 27, 2012 | 7:42 AM EDT

Wherever devout Christian quarterback Tim Tebow goes, he is dogged by the hatred of those who cannot stand him or his faith. Tebow was traded from the Denver Broncos to the New York Jets amid much media fanfare, and some sportswriters naturally used the occasion to engage in personal attacks on Tebow, his religion, and his fans.

MSNBC invited Nation sports editor Dave Zirin to give his opinion on Tebow’s move to New York. Zirin bizarrely argued that “there are a lot of LGBT people that live in New York City who are also football fans”and that “the new, possibly, starting quarterback for the New York Jets wants them to move backwards 30 or 40 years.”(The Denver Broncos refused to participate in anti-heterosexual Dan Savage’s “It Gets Better Project” when Tebow was still on the Broncos, drawing the ire of the gay community and the left-wing media.)

By Noel Sheppard | March 27, 2012 | 7:33 AM EDT

Comedy Central's Daily Show took the news of Dick Cheney's heart transplant as another opportunity to attack the former Vice President.

On Monday, whoever is responsible for the show's Twitter account posted a series of supposedly comical messages about the recovering patient including "Please warn your children not to accept candy from or get into a car with #CheneysOldHeart":

By Tim Graham | March 27, 2012 | 6:50 AM EDT

As the media coverage of Trayvon Martin's death turns more political, with President Obama calling for national "soul-searching" and Newt Gingrich and others on the right calling his remarks "disgraceful," the politicizers at the Daily Kos are upset their preferred Racist America narrative is being questioned.

Jesse "Ministry of Truth" LaGreca is once again coming unglued with hatred: "The hoodie didn't cause Trayvon's death, the paranoid a**hole with a gun and a prejudiced fixation on black people did, but then paranoid a**holes with guns who think black people are trying to take their stuff make up the majority of the GOP base," so they fixate on Obama. He indicted conservatives from a New York Daily News article by Aliyah Shahid, and slammed them for wanting more facts:

By Tom Blumer | March 27, 2012 | 1:07 AM EDT

That the Associated Press gives stories about corrupt and scandalous politicians disparate treatment depending on their party affiliation is not exactly breaking news. But it's ordinarily difficult to point to situations involving fairly similar sets of facts occurring at roughly the same time which make the disparity between the wire service's treatment of Republicans and Democrats so obvious.

A largely analogous pair of stories out of Pennsylvania during the past two weeks involves Republican State Senator Jane Orie and former Democratic State Senate leader Robert Mellow. If anything, Mellow's guilty plea to "conspiracy to commit mail fraud and to filing a false income tax return" should be more worthy of national-story treatment by AP because of his former leadership position. But in fact, it appears that the opposite has happened. The story about Orie's conviction is on the national wire, complete with "GOP" in the headline. Mellow's guilty plea is a local story which I did not find at the AP's national site in a search on his name, with no Dem ID in the headline (both have their parties ID'd early in their related stories). Here are the first four paragraphs from Monday night's national story on Orie by Joe Mandak and Kevin Begos:

By Tim Graham | March 26, 2012 | 10:55 PM EDT

Wanda Sykes is still whacking away at Republicans -- even if it's not quite wishing Rush Limbaugh's kidneys would fail. In an interview with Nikki Schwab of  the Washington Examiner, she said Republicans should pack it in, Obama is going to win hands down, forget about it.

"I tell people who are just like normal Republicans that I feel sorry for them, I want to give them a hug and a lollipop," she said. "They should just wait this one out, just write this one off ... they're not going to make it to the playoffs ... it's just the worse candidates." She knocked Mitt Romney and that backwards South:

By Noel Sheppard | March 26, 2012 | 10:52 PM EDT

CNN's Erin Burnett on Monday made a stunning observation about President Obama's open mic gaffe with Russia's Dmitry Medvedev.

Without specifically mentioning fellow CNNer Kyra Phillips by name, Burnett hysterically said, "I guess it's better than being in the bathroom with your open microphone" (video follows with transcript and commentary):