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By Noel Sheppard | June 5, 2011 | 4:58 PM EDT

Newsweek's Eleanor Clift said on PBS's "McLaughlin Group" Friday that the press really aren't interested in Mitt Romney being a Mormon.

This amazingly transpired roughly 24 hours before her magazine revealed a June 13-20 cover story about Romney entitled "The Mormon Moment: How the Outsider Faith Creates Winners" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Johnson | June 5, 2011 | 4:57 PM EDT

A year ago, Paul Ryan was an obscure minority House member from northern flyover country. Today, he's the GOP's point man on budget issues and, as such, is frequently flayed by the Daily Kos gang (see first two items). This past week, Kossacks also went on (and on) about what Republicans allegedly have in common with eugenicists and, yes, Hitler. 

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


By Noel Sheppard | June 5, 2011 | 3:23 PM EDT

As no clear frontrunner emerges in the Republican presidential nomination race, the liberal media are in a full-scale panic over the thought that the former governor of Alaska might eventually enter and challenge their beloved president in November 2012.

On Sunday, "Face the Nation's" Bob Schieffer asked Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour with some incredulity, "Could you ever envision yourself supporting a ticket that had Sarah Palin at the top?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | June 5, 2011 | 2:53 PM EDT

Now that suicide-assisting Dr. Jack Kevorkian has passed away, it might be worth revisiting the CBS 60 MInutes segment in 1998 that actually led to him going to prison for eight years. The victim was named Tom Youk, and a tape of his death by lethal injection was shown for right-to-die advocacy -- and perhaps more than a little bit for ratings. At the time, MRC president Brent Bozell wrote a column titled "CBS's Sleazy Kevorkian Stunt." It's re-posted below:

By Noel Sheppard | June 5, 2011 | 1:42 PM EDT

Old and new media clashed on CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday.

After CBS News Congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes blamed Andrew Breitbart for her network's slow response to the ongoing Weinergate scandal, Gawker staff writer Maureen O'Connor said, "I think even if that's the case, it was very quickly that you could have looked into this story and verified it for yourself" (video follows with trancript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | June 5, 2011 | 11:23 AM EDT

Is it appropriate to be focusing on a presidential candidate's religion in 2011?

Newsweek certainly thinks it is, and created a cover for its June 13-20 issue prominently highlighting Mitt Romney being a Mormon in a fashion that is guaranteed to raise a few eyebrows:

By NB Staff | June 5, 2011 | 9:39 AM EDT

For general discussion and debate about politics, the economy, sports, and whatever else tickles your fancy.

By Noel Sheppard | June 5, 2011 | 9:31 AM EDT

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman demonstrated perfectly Friday evening the double-talk required from America's left to convince the public Medicare is fine despite recent warnings by its Trustees that it will go bankrupt in thirteen years without major changes.

In his blog posting at the Times website, the Nobel laureate insisted the senior health insurance program "is sustainable in its current form" - as long as changes are made to what it covers, that is:

By Tim Graham | June 5, 2011 | 7:31 AM EDT

Reporters offered two stunning takes on the Saran Palin bus tour. The surprising one came from CNN producer Peter Hamby. He noted that despite her hide-and-seek with the media, “once reporters tracked her down, Palin was eager to engage. At stop after stop after stop, she answered questions on everything from energy subsidies to the debt ceiling to her favorite brand of designer jeans.”

The strongly negative one was this sneering piece from Politico: “Sarah Palin’s tour a rolling menace.” (This was nasty enough to be spotlighted on MSNBC’s Last Word on Friday night.) Reporter Kasie Hunt breathlessly painted a picture of “harrowing” danger in traffic:

By Tim Graham | June 5, 2011 | 6:29 AM EDT

An old reliable libertarian maxim was “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch,” which stood in stark contrast to socialists always boasting of “free” health care or day care or other public benefits. On the PBS NewsHour Friday night, that maxim was turned upside down.

By Tim Graham | June 4, 2011 | 10:08 PM EDT

New Democratic National Committee boss Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is not acting like a feminist in the Weinergate scandal. In TV interviews, she’s been shutting the anchors down with no-comments ("it's a personal matter"). But what if Weiner did what’s alleged? Wouldn’t a liberal feminist suggest that’s objectionable and not just  a “private matter”?

Take Wasserman-Schultz at the end of an interview on CBS’s Early Show on Friday morning:

By Tom Blumer | June 4, 2011 | 8:45 PM EDT

Congrats to NB's Tim Graham for writing up a post ("Are Time and Mark Halperin Racist? Herman Cain Omitted Twice in GOP Oddsmaking") linked by Matt Drudge (headlined "Time Magazine Ignores Black Candidate in Race") pointing to an egregious and arguably deliberate omission of Herman Cain's name in Mark Halperin's coverage of the race for the GOP presidential nomination at Time Magazine. Tim noted that Halperin has handicapped the race twice (May 23 and June 6), but has left Cain out each time.

Tim pointed out that Cain's omission is hard to forgive, given that Cain, whose background includes extensive business turnaround experience, a stint as Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve in Kansas City, and a number of years as President of the National Restaurant Association, as well as more current involvements with talk radio and Tea Party activism, "participated in the first presidential debate on May 5 to high praise and formally announced on May 21."

There are two additional items which especially make Halperin's second exclusion of Cain appear virtually smoking-gun deliberate:

By Noel Sheppard | June 4, 2011 | 6:41 PM EDT

Fox News's Greta Van Susteren on Saturday took issue with New York Times columnist Charles Blow's recent piece "False Choice."

In it, the perilously liberal commentator criticized Republicans for wanting to solve the nation's economic woes with a mixture of tax and spending cuts:

By Noel Sheppard | June 4, 2011 | 5:15 PM EDT

The gang at "Fox News Watch" had some very interesting things to say about how media members who absolutely despise former Alaska governor Sarah Palin just can't get enough of her "One Nation" bus tour.

The best line came from liberal commentator Kirsten Powers who said of the former vice presidential candidatee, "It’s actually kind of refreshing to see somebody who just says screw you to these people who treat her like garbage" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Matthew Balan | June 4, 2011 | 2:04 PM EDT

CBS's Erica Hill hounded newly-announced Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday's Early Show about his 2008 proposal to allow the Big Three auto companies to go into bankruptcy proceedings instead of bailing them out: "Based on what we've seen in the auto industry, weren't you wrong in this case?" By contrast, her co-anchor, Chris Wragge, went easier on DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Hill interviewed Romney just after the top of the 8 am Eastern hour. After an initial question about his 2008 Republican primary loss to Senator John McCain, the CBS anchor raised the former Massachusetts governor's two-plus-year-old proposal and, like her colleague Dean Reynolds did earlier in the broadcast, touted the apparent success of the Obama administration's bailout of Detroit: