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By Noel Sheppard | October 30, 2011 | 8:49 PM EDT

CRITICAL UPDATE AT END OF POST

As NewsBusters reported Sunday, a new ClimateGate scandal has erupted involving a University of California at Berkeley professor accused of trying to mislead the public by hiding that his research determined global warming has stopped.

Some on the Left heralded the now questionable study including Nobel laureate Al Gore whose excitement was published at the Huffington Post Wednesday:

By Tom Johnson | October 30, 2011 | 7:33 PM EDT

The left's standard ad hominem allegations against conservatives are that they're dumb, crazy,  corrupt, or a combination thereof. The DKos gang resorted to all of them this week. Moreover, in not-especially-surprising news, Rosie O'Donnell reaches out to a Kossack.

As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

By Noel Sheppard | October 30, 2011 | 6:20 PM EDT

White House senior adviser David Plouffe said on Sunday's Meet the Press that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney "has no core" and would say "the sky was green and the grass was blue to win an election."

After Republican strategist Mike Murphy took exception with these comments during the program's roundtable segment, former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw came to Plouffe's defense (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Brent Baker | October 30, 2011 | 4:09 PM EDT

CBS’s Bob Schieffer unintentionally played the foil to Herman Cain on Sunday’s Face the Nation as Schieffer expressed his politically-correct displeasure with Cain’s “downright bizarre” Web video which briefly shows Cain’s chief of staff smoking, was flummoxed by Cain’s sense of humor (“You also said at one point that you might want to back that fence up with a moat and fill it with alligators. Was that a joke too?”) and was baffled by Cain’s accurate claim Planned Parenthood was spurred by the eugenics movement’s desire to reduce the black population.
 
On the ad, Schieffer decried how “it sends a signal that it’s cool to smoke” before he scolded Cain: “Well, let me just tell you, it’s not funny to me....I don't think it serves the country well, and this is an editorial opinion here, to be showing someone smoking a cigarette.” (video below)

By Noel Sheppard | October 30, 2011 | 3:51 PM EDT

America's richest man isn't going to make President Obama, the folks in the Occupy Wall Street movement, or their respective supporters in the media happy.

Appearing on ABC's This Week Sunday, Bill Gates laughed when asked about the Buffett Rule saying, "You can't raise the taxes we need just by going after that one percent...to really deal with the deficit gap we're talking about, that alone just numerically is not going to be enough" (video follows with transcript):

By Noel Sheppard | October 30, 2011 | 2:47 PM EDT

There are times when I'm sickened by what I see so-called journalists do on television.

Sunday was one of those times when Politico's Roger Simon, appearing on CNN's Reliable Sources, said being "a little bit racist perhaps, gives you good bona fides in a Republican primary. It shows them you're on the same side as they are" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | October 30, 2011 | 1:06 PM EDT

Brian Maloney at the Radio Equalizer identified the dirty mind Politico writer Glenn Thrush brought to talk radio (although if it's liberal talk radio, it's probably not safe for young audiences anyway). On the October 27 edition of the Bill Press show, Press and Thrush were discussing the very buzzworthy Herman Cain ad that concludes with Cain chief of staff Mark Block blowing cigarette smoke at the end.

Many media people wondered if this would send a bad pro-smoking message to America's youth. To Thrush, that seemed like a celebratory smoke after sex:

By Noel Sheppard | October 30, 2011 | 12:38 PM EDT

Millions of Americans are out of work, some of them for several years.

Yet the Washington Post's Bob Woodward said on the Chris Matthews Show this weekend that Barack Obama's top priority is getting reelected (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | October 30, 2011 | 10:51 AM EDT

After his much-publicized interview with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad last week, CNN's Fareed Zakaria thinks America has to change its attitude towards one of its biggest enemies.

On Fareed Zakaria GPS Sunday, the host began the show declaring "Obama's Iran policy looks a lot like George W. Bush's - pressure and more pressure," and that "Obama should return to his original approach and test the Iranians to see if there is any room for dialogue and agreement" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | October 30, 2011 | 9:02 AM EDT

CRITICAL UPDATE AT END OF POST

A week ago (at BizzyBlog; at NewsBusters), I noted how Charleston Daily Mail blogger Don Surber quickly determined through all of a few minutes of Internet research that Berkeley professor Robert Muller, who convinced Washington Post Plumline blogger Brad Plumer that he was a "climate skeptic," has been a believer in human-caused global warming since the early 1980s.

Muller's pretense to have held beliefs differing from his true past may be the least of his problems. A story breaking in the UK contends that results obtained by the prof's BEST (Berkeley Earth Surface Temperatures) project team, instead of "settling the debate" in favor of warmists, showed that global warming "has stopped." If so, this is potentially as explosive as the "hide the decline" conspiracy uncovered almost two years ago when the Climategate emails surfaced.

By Brent Baker | October 30, 2011 | 12:15 AM EDT

From the end of this weekend’s Fox News Watch show, a comedy video created by the Jest.com humor site I saw the Romenesko page posted on Wednesday titled “Where Occupy Wall Street Headlines Come From.” FNC host Jon Scott asked: “Did you ever wonder how different news operations come up with the headlines for big stories? Well, the creative people at Jest.com give us their take on the process.”

The clip imagines how the editors at the New York Times, New York Post, Fox News Channel, Huffington Post, Time, New Yorker and the Highlights kids magazine would formulate a headline for the Occupy Wall Street protests. I think it nails the New York Times and Huffington Post.

By Tom Blumer | October 29, 2011 | 11:10 PM EDT

Jonathan Alter, who spent 28 years at Newsweek, has been a columnist at Bloomberg News since early this year. Just this year, the reliably and insufferably liberal Alter, among many other things, called the Republican House's passage of Paul Ryan's budget plan in April an attempt "to throw Granny in the snow," and coldly calculated that in the wake of her shooting, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was more valuable to Barack Obama's reelection efforts alive than dead.

In early January, Alter, appearing on an MSNBC program, took great offense at Rep. Darrell Issa's suggestion that the Obama White House is "one of the most corrupt administrations ever," claiming that "there is zero evidence" of it. The Washington Examiner's Tim Carney proceeded to identify seven such examples. Alter must have been saying "la-la I can't hear you" during Carney's chronicle, as his October 27 column was an exercise in sheer fantasy from beginning to end (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Jack Coleman | October 29, 2011 | 9:37 PM EDT

Perhaps you've seen it, the video of former Marine Corps sergeant Shamar Thomas accusing New York City police of brutality against Occupy Wall Street protesters.

Since the footage was posted Oct. 16 on YouTube, left-wing media have embraced Thomas as their one of their own, showering him with attention while avoiding potentially awkward questions about his background, such as Thomas's claim that his mother fought in Iraq and his father was deployed to Afghanistan. (video and audio clips after page break)

By Tim Graham | October 29, 2011 | 8:26 PM EDT

On Friday morning's Early Show, CBS news anchor Terrell Brown reported: "President Obama had dinner at a Virginia restaurant last night with four donors to his reelection campaign, but not the wealthy contributors usually seen at fundraisers. They won a 'Dinner with Barack' contest -- two retirees, a postal worker, and a small business owner."

They won dinner with Obama, a round-trip plane ticket, and a night in a hotel. This DNC fundraising schtick might draw small donors, but the final four were a natural Democratic audience. As one wag at MRC joked in our e-mail:

By Noel Sheppard | October 29, 2011 | 3:11 PM EDT

For decades, parents have worried about dangerous substances being put into what their children receive while Trick or Treating.

On Friday evening, HBO's Bill Maher actually called for people to "put drugs in the Halloween candy" (video follows with transcript and commentary):