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By Matt Hadro | August 10, 2011 | 1:15 PM EDT

While Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was calling for troop withdrawal in Iraq and Afghanistan, and for that military spending to go to deficit reduction, CNN's Piers Morgan would not press him about U.S. military action in Libya – a decision authorized by Democrat President Obama.

Frank has been a champion of cutting the defense budget and continued his screed Tuesday night, calling for a $200 billion-a-year cut on military spending. He even criticized Obama's decision to leave troops in Iraq. However, he was not asked about Libya, and did not comment on it.

By Noel Sheppard | August 10, 2011 | 12:54 PM EDT

Banking analyst Meredith Whitney made a big mistake on CNBC Wednesday calling Tea Party members "freaked out white men who are unemployed" when Rick Santelli was about to come on the program.

Not surprisingly, Santelli after his pre-market interview with Steve Liesman went right after Whitney's foolish comments even making it personal (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Erin R. Brown | August 10, 2011 | 12:35 PM EDT

Liberal bias is rampant among the media, but there is no more tangible example of it than in how the media treat Conservative women. The most recent cover of Newsweek features a very wide-eyed Michele Bachmann, looking surprised and unattractive. Perhaps more disturbing is the caption Newsweek placed below the presidential candidate's photo: "Queen of Rage."

Bachmann, an attractive 55 year-old mother of five, is a three term member of the House of Representatives, constitutional conservative and prominent voice of the Tea Party movement. But if you get your information from liberals or the mainstream media, you might know her as 'crazy,' a "zombie" a"phony-ass broad" and a "skank."

By Scott Whitlock | August 10, 2011 | 12:06 PM EDT

ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday ignored the $14 million failure of labor and liberal groups to win back the state senate in Wisconsin through a recall vote. Both CBS's Early Show and NBC's Today covered the effort to retaliate against that state's legislation stripping collective bargaining rights for public workers.

Early Show's Elaine Quijano covered the story in a full report (though not until the 8am hour). The Today show, a four hour program, mentioned it only once. Quijano explained that four of the six GOP senators held on and added, "For Wisconsin Democrats, Tuesday's vote was supposed to be a chance at revenge." However, these same networks, back in February, found time to feature signs comparing Scott Walker to Hitler and other dictators.

By Alex Fitzsimmons | August 10, 2011 | 12:05 PM EDT

Newsweek editor Tina Brown defended her magazine's controversial cover portraying Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) as the "Queen of Rage" on the August 10 edition of MSNBC's "Morning Joe," offering no apology since the three-term congresswoman could become America's first "crazy" president.

"Some people look at this picture and think, you know, Michele Bachmann looks crazy," remarked Brown. "Some people look at it and think it's the next President of the United States. The fact that these two things are no longer mutually exclusive is what, I think, makes it pretty compelling."

By Iris Somberg | August 10, 2011 | 11:42 AM EDT

Coverage of the debt battle and ratings downgrade by Soros-funded media outlets followed the standard liberal line. Conservatives are blamed for blocking tax hikes, the ratings agency itself is called unreliable, and increased financial regulations are called for.

Forget the House proposal of Cut Cap and Balance. Further spending cuts aren't even given the time of day among top Soros-funded news sites, unless they are being criticized. Increased taxes are the only option in their world.

By NB Staff | August 10, 2011 | 11:26 AM EDT

Update: Republicans have named their members of the so-called super committee. On the House side: Reps. Jeb Hensarling (Texas), Dave Camp (Mich.), and Fred Upton (Mich.). On the Senate side: Sens. Jon Kyl (Arizona), Pat Toomey (Pa.) and Rob Portman (Ohio).

Sen. Harry Reid has made his selection of Democratic senators to serve on the Super Committee, a bicameral and bipartisan committee designed as part of the debt deal to eliminate at least $1.2 trillion in debt over the next ten years. Reid chose three senior Democrats, Sen. Patty Murray, who also heads the DSCC, Sen. Max Baucus, finance chairman, and Sen. John Kerry, foreign relations chairman, and Sen. Mitch McConnell is expected to make his selection of three Republican senators in the next 24 hours. Who do you think he should pick? Let us know what you think in the comments.

By Noel Sheppard | August 10, 2011 | 10:55 AM EDT

It seems even comedian Jon Stewart is a offended by Newsweek's pathetic cover photo of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

Unfortunately, after ridiculing the magazine and its editor Tina Brown for using an obviously "s---ty picture," the "Daily Show" host couldn't resist taking some potshots of his own at the conservative presidential candidate (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Ken Shepherd | August 10, 2011 | 10:26 AM EDT

Oh the perils of an early deadline.

On the bottom of page A4 in a teaser that reads "Wis. GOP on the ropes," the Washington Post alerted readers to a story on page A4 about how "Six lawmakers are fighting to survive recall challenges spurred by the governor's efforts to weaken unions."

 

By Tim Graham | August 10, 2011 | 8:50 AM EDT

MSNBC host Ed Schultz wants to be taken seriously as a TV host, but he hasn't yet learned not to promote victory for liberal Democrats before the results are all in. On Tuesday night, even after the polls closed, Schultz was touting a possible Democratic wave. Twice, he proclaimed before his 10 pm show came on that Democrats were "brilliant on the basics" in the Wisconsin ground game -- before they lost four and won two.

At 6 pm, Schultz told Al Sharpton "And if the Democrats are successful tonight, it is really the template on how to get it done. I mean, I think that the progressives in this state, as profound as it is, they have been brilliant on the basics. They have gone door to door. They have talked to their neighbors. They have taken people by the hand to do what they've got to do."

By Tim Graham | August 10, 2011 | 7:23 AM EDT

Ultraliberals are breaking ranks with the president on the right of Medicaid recipients to sue to “enforce their right to care – and to challenge Medicaid cuts being made by states around the country.” Times reporter Robert Pear wrote up that story – without the “ultraliberal” part. In fact, the lawsuit-backing liberals were described only as “influential Democrats."

The brief was filed by seven influential Democrats, including Representative Henry A. Waxman of California, an architect of Medicaid; Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House minority leader; Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Senate majority leader; and Senator Max Baucus of Montana, the chairman of the Finance Committee.

By Tim Graham | August 10, 2011 | 6:45 AM EDT

The New York Times is seriously stretching the maxim “all the news that’s fit to print” in celebrating a small band of liberal activists for women priests in the Catholic Church. On Tuesday, religion reporter Laurie Goodstein publicized the latest twist: radical leftist Father Roy Bourgeois, best known for feverishly protesting the U.S. armed forces training center called the School of the Americas, has been dismissed by his liberal order, the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers.

Goodstein promoted the “womenpriests” movement as vibrant and growing: “Father Bourgeois has gone further than any other priest in good standing to ally himself publicly with the growing women's ordination movement. The group Roman Catholic Womenpriests claims to have ordained 120 women as priests and 10 as bishops in the last few years. The Vatican regards the ceremonies as illicit and invalid.”

By Tom Blumer | August 10, 2011 | 12:27 AM EDT

NOTE: This post replicates one which originally appeared on August 10 but was inadvertently deleted due to system complications two days later.

For some reason, Associated Press reporters Eric Tucker and Thomas Watkins, in a story about the wave of flash mob crime in the U.S. this summer, felt compelled to find an "expert" who would express some sympathy for its participants.

Well, they supposedly found one. His name is Jonathan Taplin. Here's what he told the AP:

By Brent Bozell | August 9, 2011 | 11:33 PM EDT

Just as with the last Republican takeover of the House in 1995, it was easy to predict the media elite were going to dig deep into the mud and throw every smear they had at the new conservative powers in town. Congress finally passed, and the president signed, a deeply deficient kick-the-can compromise into law in order to raise the debt ceiling. Tea Party conservatives correctly denounced the deal as woefully inadequate.

When Standard & Poor’s downgraded the creditworthiness of the United States government, Sen. John Kerry shamelessly labeled it a “Tea Party downgrade,” and no one in the press questioned him.  This is beyond ludicrous. It’s a deliberate lie on Kerry’s part. How can you blame 87 new Republican House members who weren’t in Washington when Barack Obama was tripling the deficit with trillions in new spending, which Kerry happily endorsed?

By Brent Baker | August 9, 2011 | 8:23 PM EDT

Recalling how he was raised in “heavily Democratic Providence, R.I.,” New York Times columnist Joe Nocera revealed: “It wasn’t until I moved to Washington after college that I got to know any Republicans. Not until I was nearing 30, and living in Texas, did I see how conservative most of the country truly is.”