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By Noel Sheppard | October 6, 2011 | 8:20 AM EDT

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman made a bold prediction on CNN's Erin Burnett Outfront Wednesday.

"We've seen in elections past, how one does in New Hampshire, and we're going to win New Hampshire, that always then predicts the future outcome of the race" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | October 6, 2011 | 6:44 AM EDT

David Barrington, MSNBC’s vice president for advertising sales, is bullish about his network’s financial picture, telling Broadcasting & Cable magazine that MSNBC’s revenue for advanced “upfront” ad revenue was up fifty percent. But the way the MSNBC VP characterized the election stood out.

“To grow revenue by 50% will give you an indication as to the recognition among clients, planners and buyers that this is going to be the second most historic election in our country’s history,” Barrington says. “There are a lot of interesting debates to be had, and this is the content you want to be around.” Is it "most historic" because it will the first re-election of a black president? Or the first defeat of a black president? It sounds like MSNBC is hyping (A).

By Noel Sheppard | October 5, 2011 | 11:55 PM EDT

A number of Democratic members of Congress came out Wednesday throwing their support behind the protest known as Occupy Wall Street.

Fox News's Neil Cavuto interviewed one of them on Your World marvelously asking Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Oh.), "So why didn’t you celebrate when Tea Partiers were running around the country and protesting all the spending and protesting the budget and the debt getting out of control? I don’t remember you glomming on to that one" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | October 5, 2011 | 10:30 PM EDT

This afternoon, Jack Coleman at NewsBusters noted how MSNBC's Rachel Maddow took a shot at GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain for supposedly "taking a month off the campaign trail -- taking a month off -- to go on a book tour."

The original source for this "claim" is a very poorly written and quite deceptively headlined October 3 item at the Christian Science Monitor by David Grant. The trouble is, Grant badly distorted an item at MSNBC's First Read blog which, while quite critical of Cain, said nothing about "suspending" or "taking a month off" from the campaign (internal links are in original; paragraph breaks added by me):

By Noel Sheppard | October 5, 2011 | 9:42 PM EDT

Six weeks into his new job as an MSNBC host, Al Sharpton has made it crystal clear he despises members of the GOP.

So far he has begun one third of his shows hatefully saying, "Hey, Republicans" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Jack Coleman | October 5, 2011 | 8:37 PM EDT

And if you laughed at those remarks, you're a criminal too. Or at the very least, a thought criminal. Yes, you.

Liberal radio host Thom Hartmann is peeved that media outlets such as Fox News and CNN are covering the so-called Occupy Wall Street movement and allegedly interviewing only the most "politically unsophisticated" protesters, after searching all of nanoseconds to find them. (audio after page break)

By Tim Graham | October 5, 2011 | 8:30 PM EDT

Openly gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts appeared as a presenter Tuesday night in New York City  at the 2011 Amplifier Awards of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). That's the group that wants all "anti-gay" voices censored from newscasts, an agenda Roberts obviously doesn't mind endorsing.

Broadway World reports Roberts presented Allstate with the Corporate Responsibility award for its long-standing public commitment to the LGBT community. Allstate Marketing Director Georgina Flores accepted the award and said that it was "...for all the LGBT Allstate Agents and their LGBT customers."

By Clay Waters | October 5, 2011 | 8:09 PM EDT

New York Times White House reporters Jackie Calmes and Jennifer Steinhauer were with Obama on the money-raising trail in Texas and did their usual spin job for the partisan, combative president in Wednesday’s “Obama Pitches Jobs Bill And Appeals to Donors.”

President Obama on Tuesday combined fund-raising and campaigning for his jobs bill in the home state of the Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry and the Congressional district of a House Republican leader, and he did not shy away from telling donors that they and Texas’ oil companies should pay more taxes for the nation’s good.

By Ken Shepherd | October 5, 2011 | 6:47 PM EDT

From time to time, MSNBC hosts like to do their part to further the meme that Republicans are out to disenfranchise Democratic-leaning constituencies such as blacks and the elderly by using voter ID laws as a back-door way to discourage voting by those groups.

Today Hardball fill-in host Michael Smerconish picked up the baton, interviewing Michael Waldman of the liberal Brennan Center for Justice about his group's claim that its new "comprehensive study" finds five million Americans will be effectively disenfranchised in 2012 thanks to new voter ID laws in numerous states.

For his part, Smerconish did play a bit of devil's advocate:

By Matt Hadro | October 5, 2011 | 6:34 PM EDT

During the 1 p.m. hour of Tuesday's Newsroom, CNN's Randi Kaye touted the potential for the "Occupy Wall Street" protests around the country to morph into a "left wing Tea Party." Kaye reported that the group is "gaining momentum" and hosted one of the protestors for a soft interview.

"The scene from Wall Street as the numbers multiply and the message gets louder, it seems the 'Occupy Wall Street' protesters have the potential to grow into a political party, sort of a left wing Tea Party," Kaye hyped.

By Matthew Balan | October 5, 2011 | 5:01 PM EDT

Mark Hemingway of The Weekly Standard reported on Wednesday afternoon that he had attempted to interview CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson about her dogged coverage of the ongoing "Fast and Furious" controversy, but was told that she was "unavailable." Attkisson has been the sole journalist on the Big Three networks regularly covering the story, particular during the past several weeks.

Hemingway described in his blog entry that he called CBS News to interview the correspondent, but was "told by CBS News senior vice president of communications Sonya McNair that Attkisson would be unavailable for interviews all week. When I asked why Attkisson would be unavailable, McNair would not say." On Tuesday, the reporter revealed on Laura Ingraham's radio show that Obama administration officials had "screamed and cussed" at her over her coverage of the story.

By Kyle Drennen | October 5, 2011 | 4:41 PM EDT

Touting Sesame Street's newest muppet character, a young girl living in poverty, MSNBC host Martin Bashir on Wednesday slammed Republican efforts to curb spending and urged: "...perhaps they do well to change the channel just for a moment from Fox News to PBS.... on Sesame Street they will see the sad face of a hungry doll whose family doesn't have enough money to buy food." [Audio available here]

Bashir began his rant by announcing: "One in four children under the age of 6 now lives in poverty.....And it's gotten so bad, that even Sesame Street can no longer ignore it." Despite Barack Obama being in the White House, Bashir attacked the GOP for that statistic: "...as Republicans in Congress push to slash subsidies for home heating oil and work with all their might to cut off unemployment benefits..." [View video after the jump]

By Clay Waters | October 5, 2011 | 2:42 PM EDT

Campbell Robertson cranked the melodrama up to eleven in his New York Times story on Tuesday on the upholding by a federal judge of a tough new immigration law in Alabama: “After Ruling, Hispanics Flee an Alabama Town – Fears Rise Over a Tough Law on Immigrants.” Robertson talked of “the vanishing” and dabbled in a little Creative Writing 101: “In certain neighborhoods the streets are uncommonly quiet, like the aftermath of some sort of rapture.”

Illegal immigration is prehaps the issue most likely to trigger the paper’s liberal bias, and Robertson doesn’t disappoint. In his dramatic telling, the flight from the town of Albertville, Ala., was like something out of a science fiction movie:

By Matt Hadro | October 5, 2011 | 2:38 PM EDT

The Washington Post and ABC News may have co-sponsored the same poll, but they spun the results differently on Wednesday morning. The Post, in its story "Opposition to Obama Grows – Strongly," focused on the President's low job approval, reporting that 40 percent of Americans "strongly disapprove" of the job Obama has done.

Meanwhile, ABC's Good Morning America touted the President's "15 point lead" over Republicans in public opinion of his job-creating record.

By Jack Coleman | October 5, 2011 | 2:33 PM EDT

I've never met Herman Cain, but he comes across as epitomizing confidence and competence -- such that he can probably campaign and chew gum at the same time.

Not only that, Cain undoubtedly possesses the ability to campaign and go on a book tour simultaneously, though MSNBC's Rachel Maddow doubts such a thing is possible, at least for Cain. (video after page break)