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By Andrew Herzog | August 11, 2011 | 3:18 PM EDT

A group calling itself the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) says that when First Lady Michelle Obama created her anti-obesity "Let’s Move!" initiative, she unfairly singled out fat kids, turning them into targets.

Speaking at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Monday, NAAFA public relations director Peggy Howell said the First Lady “essentially gave permission to everyone to condemn the children with higher body weights.”

By Erin R. Brown | August 11, 2011 | 1:54 PM EDT

Michele Bachmann has been all over the news lately because this week's Newsweek magazine cover features a sexist and unflattering photograph of the presidential candidate, sparking outrage and questions about bias against conservative women. But on last night's broadcast of The Joy Behar show on HLN, her guests took the attacks on Bachmann to a whole new level.

After a three-minute segment about the Newsweek controversy, in which all three guests mocked the Tea Party favorite and three term House member, Behar then focused the discussion on rapper Kanye West's recent comments comparing himself to Hitler.

By Alex Fitzsimmons | August 11, 2011 | 1:19 PM EDT

Jay Carney, meet Jay Carney.

In 2001, the then-Time magazine reporter wrote a snarky piece criticizing President George W. Bush's month-long vacation that was billed as a "Home to the Heartland" tour. But almost exactly 10 years later Carney, now the Obama White House's press secretary, is defending President Barack Obama's Midwest job-creation tour and vacation at Martha's Vineyard.

"I don't think Americans out there would begrudge that notion that the President would spend some time with his family," claimed Carney at a recent press briefing.

By Tom Blumer | August 11, 2011 | 12:58 PM EDT

About the only "good" thing you can say about the Associated Press's coverage of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania judge Mark Ciavarella is that they have been consistent. That is, the wire service, led by reporter Michael Rubinkam, up to and including today, has consistently and disgracefully failed to tag the infamous "Kids for Cash" jurist and his judicial colleague in crime Michael Conahan as a Democrat.

The consistent failure is all the more unforgivable because, as shown here, one the earliest AP reports on the topic clearly stated that "Both are Democrats." Shortly thereafter, the sentence disappeared. Since then, to my knowledge (shown here and here), in the 2-1/2 years since the story first broke, no AP report on what the it has described as "one of the most shocking cases of courtroom graft on record" has tagged either judge as a Democrat.

By Mike Bates | August 11, 2011 | 12:44 PM EDT

Tonight in Iowa,  Republican presidential candidates will debate before a national audience.  But, at least on page 14 of today's Chicago Tribune, a much bigger story concerns a little known homosexual activist, not in this evening's debate, who also seeks the GOP nomination.  He admits to a childhood crush on Chuck Connors of TV's "The Rifleman," and stands about as much a chance of winning the GOP nod as the late Mr. Connors does.

The story, "Debate is gay candidate's primary aim," runs 25 paragraphs and approximately 1,200 words.  Excerpted from an even longer article on the Chicago Tribune's Web site, it centers on an understandably  less than optimistic candidate:

By Noel Sheppard | August 11, 2011 | 12:23 PM EDT

For some reason, in the middle of a lengthy "Morning Joe" segment dealing with President Obama's obvious failures as a leader, host Joe Scarborough on Thursday felt the need to bring up conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Kyle Drennen | August 11, 2011 | 12:20 PM EDT

During a panel discussion about the Michele Bachmann Newsweek cover, left-wing advertising executive Donny Deutsch acknowledged that "It is politically biased," but didn't see any problem with that: "Who says the media's not biased?...Why can't they make a statement? Obviously that was a real picture...It's not a flattering article....why can't you write an unflattering biased article?"  

The discussion actually began with Dr. Nancy Snyderman, someone just as liberal as Deutsch, denouncing the Newsweek cover: "Sexist, ridiculous, not fair. The inside copy, the word 'rage' is never used....She is charismatic and engaging and this made her look cruel and mean." Snyderman even preemptively declared: "And Donny Deutsch can say whatever he wants, but he's wrong."

By NB Staff | August 11, 2011 | 10:43 AM EDT

"I don't know what's worse," Tina Brown's selection of the wild-eyed Michele Bachmann cover photo for Newsweek or her "bold-faced lie" defending the choice, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell told Fox News's Sean Hannity on his program last night.

"There's not a person in the face of this Earth that looks at that picture and says, 'she looks more presidential,' which is what Tina Brown" insisted on the August 10 edition of MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

 

By Noel Sheppard | August 11, 2011 | 10:41 AM EDT

Dennis Miller on Wednesday weighed in on Newsweek's disgraceful cover of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

Speaking with Fox News's Bill O'Reilly, America's favorite conservative comedian said, "Tina Brown is a mean girl" and "Michele Bachmann should not trust the mean girls on the Left" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | August 11, 2011 | 9:55 AM EDT

Just days before the Iowa Straw Poll, Republican presidential candidates face off tonight to debate at the Iowa State Fair. Absent from the debate are two rumored candidates, Gov. Rick Perry and Sarah Palin.

Included is the still wide field of GOP contenders, Mitt Romney, Rep. Michele Bachmann, Rep. Ron Paul, Herman Cain, Tim Pawlenty, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, and Jon Huntsman. Will you be watching tonight?

By Tim Graham | August 11, 2011 | 8:48 AM EDT

Liberals like to describe themselves as the most compassionate ones, the ones that believe like Hubert Humphrey did that the moral test of a society is how it treats its vulnerable citizens in the dawn and the twilight of life. That's not the party line at the Daily Kos.

Jon Stafford bluntly wrote on Wednesday night that "I often describe myself as 'Not Pro-Choice, Pro-Abortion.  There are too many goddam people already.' And while this is meant to be facetious, nevertheless there is a seed of truth in it, because I believe that the world is wildly overpopulated and that we must take steps as a society to reduce it.  This will undoubtedly be met with accusations of callousness, but we could really use is a global superplague.  The Black Death may have been horrible, but without it there would never have been a Renaissance."

By Tim Graham | August 11, 2011 | 8:20 AM EDT

On Wednesday, the front page of The Washington Post’s Metro section reported that a record 4,121 people turned out for a job fair held by D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. One might think this reflects badly on black Democrats in power, from Norton to Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray to President Obama. But the Post headline was “Hope has its day at annual job fair.” The Post still has the audacity of hope – or at least the audacity of pro-Obama bias.

Reporter Sarah Khan never even bothered to mention the District’s unemployment rate, pegged at a seasonally adjusted 10.4 percent in June, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Attendance was up by more than 1,000 from last year, and Norton was cast as the Feel Your Pain politician. “It’s breaking records, and it’s breaking my heart,” the Post quoted her as saying.

By Tim Graham | August 11, 2011 | 7:26 AM EDT

While Newsweek mocks Michele Bachmann as a crazy "Queen of  Rage" on this week’s cover, and Lois Romano in the cover story suggests she’s too submissive a wife, there’s also an article in the very same issue that champions 77-year-old radical feminist Gloria Steinem. She's apparently the Queen of Cool.

Writer Nancy Hass insists that Bachmann and Sarah Palin “wouldn't be riling up the Tea Party faithful had Steinem not paved their way out of the kitchen,” and yet Steinem “sees them as inevitable, as was (ERA opponent) Phyllis Schlafly at an earlier time.” Steinem proclaimed:  "You know what you're saying is important when the power structure brings in people who look like you and think like them."

 

By Tom Blumer | August 11, 2011 | 12:04 AM EDT

Wednesday evening, the Associated Press's Sam Hananel, with predictable help from Scott Bauer, tried to do a Bing Crosby imitation ("Unions look for silver lining in Wisconsin recalls") in an attempt to "Accentuate the Positive" in reporting on the results of yesterday's attempts to defeat six Republican Badger State Senators in recall elections.

Democrats, leftists, and public-sector unions needed to win three of the six races to tentatively and perhaps only temporarily regain a State Senate majority. They only got two, putting the GOP's temporary majority at 17-16. Temporary? Oh, Hananel "somehow" forgot to tell readers that two electoral attempts to replace Democratic State Senators are taking place next week, and that their retention of those positions is by no means assured.

By Tim Graham | August 10, 2011 | 9:10 PM EDT

Wednesday's Times contained an interview with actor Alec Baldwin about his political ambitions, and naturally, reporter Sarah Maslin Nir -- whose regular job is a night-life "Nocturnalist" blogger -- as too star-struck to suggest Baldwin's one of those ultraliberal actor/political dilettantes who primps about running for Mayor. She never described him as a liberal at all.

Baldwin was clearly happy with the profile, since he Twitter-smooched her after it was published: "Ah, there's nothing like a young reporter yearning for truth". She tweeted back, "thanks! Nothing like a newsmaker being frank with the press. Much appreciated."