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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."

By Mark Finkelstein | August 10, 2011 | 8:02 PM EDT

It's going to be a long, hot campaign . . . Yesterday, Politico reported that the Obama strategy is to "destroy" or "kill" his perceived chief 2012 rival, Mitt Romney.  The Obamaoids are no doubt counting on close collaboration with their friends in the MSM.

Today we were treated to the kind of shameless smear that the left surely has in store.  On his MSNBC show this evening, Chris Matthews flatly stated that Rush Limbaugh . . . wants to end the integration of the public schools and armed forces. View video after the jump.

By Ken Shepherd | August 10, 2011 | 6:40 PM EDT

Five years ago Post fashion writer Robin Givhan scoffed at the notion of modest swimwear in a July 14, 2006 column "Ultimate Coverup."

Fast forward to today and the Post's Alison Lake gave Style section readers a gushy look at how "Muslim women shop for ways to bare little."

"Web sites offer modest fashions suitable for summer and pool wear," noted the subheader to Lake's story.

By Jack Coleman | August 10, 2011 | 6:29 PM EDT

Probably not the "defining moment" MSNBC had in mind last night.

The Rev. Al Sharpton, invariably the glibbest pundit in the green room, hit a bumpy patch last night and veered into incoherence. (video after page break)

By Scott Whitlock | August 10, 2011 | 6:12 PM EDT

Is the "thrill" gone? Chris Matthews' despair over the faltering presidency of Barack Obama increased on Wednesday as the Hardball anchor compared the Democrat to George W. Bush. 

An angry Matthews brought up Obama's June 13 comment that, regarding the stimulus, "shovel-ready was not as shovel-ready as we expected." The MSNBC anchor railed, "That reminded me of Dubya, who was out to lunch on the war in Iraq, saying he couldn't find the WMD and thinking that's funny."

[See video below. MP3 audio here.]

By Kyle Drennen | August 10, 2011 | 6:06 PM EDT

On Tuesday's NBC Nightly News, correspondent Martin Fletcher borrowed a line from Karl Marx as he explained the cause of violent riots in London: "It's a collision between two worlds here, the haves and the have-nots."

Fletcher played up the class warfare angle as he noted how in a wealthy part of the British capital, "This building, 106 New Bond Street, has just been sold for $42 million cash. And what's more, there were 22 cash bidders on the property." He then pointed out: "On an average wage, to buy a house it would take a Londoner 31 years."

Anchor Brian Williams introduced Fletcher's report by proclaiming: "...more on the anger and hopelessness that's fueling a kind of tale of two cities."

By Alex Fitzsimmons | August 10, 2011 | 5:54 PM EDT

As rioters in England set buildings aflame, hurl stones into local shops, and rip flat screen TVs off of store walls, Reuters editor-at-large Chrystia Freeland viewed Prime Minister David Cameron's fiscal policies as the "really radical" culprit.

"I think that this is the result of – directly the result of – the really radical austerity program that the Cameron government is imposing," accused Freeland on the August 10 edition of MSNBC's "Dylan Ratigan Show."

By Matt Hadro | August 10, 2011 | 5:37 PM EDT

Even liberal comedian John Stewart thought Newsweek went too far with its Michele Bachmann cover page, but CNN analyst Roland Martin sees no story here. Martin is blunt with "angry conservatives, and delusional feminists" in his latest op-ed telling them to "get real."

"To the angry conservatives, and delusional feminists, give it a rest. There is nothing sexist about the photo, nor does it reveal a flaming liberal bias," Martin writes of a Newsweek cover showing a wide-eyed Bachmann above the title "Queen of Rage."

By Kyle Drennen | August 10, 2011 | 5:08 PM EDT

At the top of Wednesday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer declared: "President Obama faces new criticism from members of his own party, is he doing enough to manage the [economic] crisis?...Should he, for example, demand that Congress cut short its summer vacation to address the situation?" In the segment that followed, the headline on screen read: "Dems Urge Obama to Get Tough With GOP & Congress."

Chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd explained that "there are a lot of Democrats out there that believe this is a leadership test for President Obama....And many Democrats are increasingly upset about the way the President negotiates with Republicans." A sound bite was included from left-wing Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank fretting: "The Democratic base is as furious as they've been at any point in the last 16 years....they can't challenge Barack Obama because that would hand the presidency to the Republicans."

By Ken Shepherd | August 10, 2011 | 4:45 PM EDT

Washington Post staffer Juliet Eilperin portrayed proposed new federal regulations on heavy-duty trucks and buses as having hearty agreement by both environmentalists and trucking industry lobbyists.

Unfortunately Eilperin left out the dissenting remarks of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), which blasted the rule change as harmful to the small-business truckers it represents.

From an August 9 OOIDA press release:

By Mike Bates | August 10, 2011 | 4:42 PM EDT

Today CNN's Politics Web site carries the story "Republicans name fiscal conservatives to debt committee," written by Deirdre Walsh and Tom Cohen.  The piece begins:

"Republican leaders on Wednesday named fiscal conservatives for their six picks for a new congressional "super" committee charged with crafting a plan to cut the country's deficit."

OK, the GOP's selections would be seen by most as fiscally conservative.  Senator Jon Kyle (R-AZ), for example, has received an A in the most recent rankings of the National Taxpayers Union and a 97 percent rating for 2009 from Citizens Against Government Waste, as reported by Project Vote Smart.