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By Ken Shepherd | October 24, 2011 | 12:35 PM EDT

"Libya’s top leader declared the country officially 'liberated' Sunday from the four-decade rule of Moammar Gaddafi, pledging to replace his dictatorship with a more democratic but also a more strictly Islamic system," Washington Post staff writer Mary Beth Sheridan noted in the lead paragraph of her October 24 front-page article, "Libya declares liberation days after Gaddafi death."

"Interim leader's speech hints at greater role for Islam in public life," the article's subheadline added. An online headline took a rosy view of the Islamic state, noting that "Libya declares liberation with an Islamic tone."

Sheridan noted two possible significant policy changes that transitional leaders are examining: banning interest on housing loans and loosening the existing restrictions on Libyan men taking more than one wife.

By Mark Finkelstein | October 24, 2011 | 12:28 PM EDT

A notable moment on Morning Joe today, as Joe Scarborough called out Mika Brzezinski on her double standard when it comes to criticizing politicians for their over-the-top remarks.

Setting Scarborough off was Brzezinski's defense of Joe Biden's allegation that crime, including rape, would increase if Republicans don't vote for President Obama's latest tax-raising stimulus plan.  Joe claimed Mika would surely condemn a Republican, such as Michelle Bachmann, employing similar fear-mongering tactics.  Video after the jump.

By Tim Graham | October 24, 2011 | 11:57 AM EDT

NPR's Michele Norris, an anchor on the evening newscast All Things Considered, will temporarily step down as anchor while her husband Broderick Johnson accepts a senior position with the Obama re-election campaign. She will keep reporting what NPR calls "signature pieces" for the show (but not on politics), and plans to return as co-anchor after the 2012 elections.

Norris recused herself without an announcement in 2004 when Johnson aided Kerry's congressional outreach, but not in 2008 when he was unpaid adviser to Obama’s campaign. In a message sent on Monday morning to NPR staff, Norris said:

By Kyle Drennen | October 24, 2011 | 11:45 AM EDT

At the top of Monday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer touted a new plan to address the housing crisis: "After a series of foreign policy victories, President Obama is hitting the road to sell his plan to help turn around the struggling economy and today the focus is on the housing market." Lauer later wondered to chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd if the plan would, "help politically?"

Todd declared: "Well, it could....emphasize the fact that they can't get anything done through Congress, right? That Republicans won't do anything....Mitt Romney said of the housing crisis, 'You know what? We're not allowing foreclosures to happen fast enough.' So this is a two-fer, as far as the White House is concerned. They feel like they can talk about housing but also make the Republicans look like they're out of touch on that."

By Noel Sheppard | October 24, 2011 | 10:34 AM EDT

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough continued his almost relentless attacks on Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain Monday this time also throwing an unnecessary barb at former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

When the "Morning Joe" discussion turned to what the Cain campaign is doing in Iowa to prepare for the upcoming caucuses, the supposedly conservative co-host said to Time magazine's Mark Halperin, "You may want to tell him next time you see him to read Foreign Affairs and the New York Times" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Mark Finkelstein | October 24, 2011 | 10:01 AM EDT

If Herman Cain has been harshly criticized for his 9-9-9 plan, which includes a 9% national sales tax, should we expect Robert Frank to come under fire? After all, on Morning Joe today, the Cornell University professor proposed a progressive consumption tax that could go to . . . 100% on the rich.

Frank's notion is that the very high rates would discourage the rich from building "mansions" [a term he used multiple times during his appearance].  And the taxes thus collected could go for things he thinks we need. For example, Frank incredibly claimed that in the US, "we don't invest in education,"  ignoring that we spend more per pupil than any country in the world other than Switzerland. Video after the jump.

By Noel Sheppard | October 24, 2011 | 9:42 AM EDT

As NewsBusters previously reported, a number of Obama-loving media members were enthralled with Vice President Joe Biden's claim that failure to enact the President's jobs bill would cause a rise in murder and rape throughout the nation.

Of potentially more immediate consequence, the New York Post reported Saturday that as a direct result of police forces being diverted to monitor Occupy Wall Street protests, shootings in the city have dramatically risen in the past month:

By NB Staff | October 24, 2011 | 9:26 AM EDT

This time four years ago, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana was elected as the first Indian-American governor, instantly becoming a rising star among Republicans. This Saturday, in yet another conservative victory, Jindal was reelected in a landslide win, garnering 66% of the vote among nine other candidates and winning every parish in Louisiana.

What do you think was most instrumental in Jindal's reelection? Do you think he will run for president after his second terms as Louisiana governor? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

By Tim Graham | October 24, 2011 | 8:55 AM EDT

On Friday's edition of the talk show Tell Me More on NPR, host Michel Martin invited former Obama aide Corey Ealons to toot a horn for Obama on the death of Moammar Qadhafi. Martin wanted Obama to be described by non-insulting terms, asking Ealon: "Is that the Obama doctrine? The notion of --  I don't want to say 'leading from behind' because I don't think that's accurate...But leading from the middle. Or what would you say? It's rather than, you know, sort of the leader of the charge or the orchestrator in charge."

Ealons had just uncorked several paragraphs of Obama trash talk about how much more effective Obama was in Libya than George W. Bush was in Iraq, which clearly avoids what may come next:

By Paul Wilson | October 24, 2011 | 8:43 AM EDT

Halloween is traditionally a night of witches, ghosts, and monsters. But for environmentalists and their media allies, an even bigger scare is coming this Halloween: the birth of Earth's 7 billionth resident.

On Oct. 31, 2011, world population will reach 7 billion, according to the United Nations. For many people, this milestone is a cause for celebration and a human triumph. But for environmentalists on the radical left, the ever-growing legion of consuming humans is a harbinger of impending doom. The Washington Post cautioned that "ecological distortions are becoming more pronounced and widespread." Already the media are warning that population could more than double by 2100, according to a new UN report.

By Tim Graham | October 24, 2011 | 7:03 AM EDT

The D.C. gay magazine Metro Weekly reports outrage among gay leftists that a "moderate" Republican candidate for the state Senate would address a gay-activist audience in Arlington, Virginia and unleash the "bizarre" thought that they were sinners.

Senate candidate Timothy McGhee, who is running for an open seat against state Rep. Adam Ebbin, the only openly gay state legislator in Virginia, spoke to the Arlington Gay and Lesbian Alliance, but didn't give them all the political correctness they expected to hear:

By Tim Graham | October 24, 2011 | 6:33 AM EDT

The Baltimore Sun has clearly become the hometown cheering section for Lisa Simeone, the NPR host with the fierce radical moonlighting for "Occupy DC." TV critic David Zurawik felt NPR was right to insist the activism was a violation of its ethics code, but insisted "Simeone's integrity is admirable, and some of the folks on the right who try to mock those involved in the Occupy movement should only have such high standards as they slavishly take their marching orders from a certain cable TV channel chairman."

This seems to ignore that liberals aren't watching the government turn a half-billion taxpayer dollars over to Rupert Murdoch every year. Zurawik added: "Whether you agree with her or not, you have admire the way this 54-year-old Baltimore resident has stood her activist ground." Actually, no, you don't. 

By Noel Sheppard | October 24, 2011 | 1:24 AM EDT

On October 2, NewsBusters reported the arrest of a New York Times freelancer at the Occupy Wall Street rally that shut down the Brooklyn Bridge.

Big Government's Lee Stranahan on Sunday uncovered a video of Natasha Lennard speaking at an OWS strategy meeting on October 14 (video follows with transcript and commentary, vulgarity warning, relevant section at 1:30):

By Noel Sheppard | October 23, 2011 | 11:32 PM EDT

There really is no limit to the hypocrisy of Bill Maher.

Despite having gotten fired by ABC shortly after the 9/11 attacks for calling America cowards due to our use of long-range cruise missiles, the host of HBO's Real Time on Friday raved about President Obama's deployment of unmanned predator drones to kill people from thousands of miles away (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | October 23, 2011 | 10:17 PM EDT

At the Associated Press today, National Writer Jesse Washington attempted to dissect the relative dearth of college degrees earned by African-Americans in "STEM" (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).

Not that anything he reported was particularly wrong, but in my view he missed the largest contributor to the problem, one that apparently can't be mentioned in polite press company. He used one word -- "uneducated" -- that started to get close but backed away. The five-word phrase he failed to mention, which could usefully carry the acronym "LUPUS":