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By Tim Graham | March 25, 2012 | 2:17 PM EDT

In a special Friday night edition of Hannity devoted to hateful language on the Left, two women sparred on the issue of Bill Maher and his million-dollar donation to Obama's super PAC. Liberal talk-show host Leslie Marshall tried to claim Maher was just like Santorum super-PAC donor Foster Friess -- who made a lame joke about Bayer aspirin on MSNBC. How that compares as in the same league as the C-word or "dumb [T-word]" used against conservative women by Maher is anyone's guess, and Hannity called her on it.

Fox's Kimberly Guilfoyle bluntly took the other side, accusing Obama (the healer of the national divide?) of a "complete abdication of leadership" in keeping the Maher million. She said "Show us the man that you are, show us that you're a man of integrity that respects women, that puts women first and not campaign dollars." Hannity couldn't believe Obama can lecture with a straight face about Sandra Fluke:

By Tom Blumer | March 25, 2012 | 11:50 AM EDT

During the week of March 12, after the arrival of Daylight Saving Time, the audience for the evenings newscasts at the Big Three networks dropped precipitously compared to the previous week (by 7.7%) and the same week last year (by 9.0%).

Perhaps the year-over-year metric is an unfair comparison, because during the same week in 2011 the Japanese tsunami drew in ordinarily uninterested viewers. Compared to two years ago, the combined audience was slightly higher (by 2.1%). NBC and ABC were both down slightly, while CBS, recovering from the Katie Couric era and still in a distant third place, showed a double-digit gain. But the three networks were down in the advertiser-prized 25-54 demographic, with CBS eking out a much smaller gain which did not offset losses at NBC and ABC. Here are the numbers:

By Noel Sheppard | March 25, 2012 | 11:25 AM EDT

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer gave quite a tongue lashing to Mark Shields on Inside Washington this weekend.

When the liberal PBS contributor said Congressman Paul Ryan's (R-Wisc.) budget proposal lacked vertebrae, Krauthammer scolded, "Talk about absence of spine, your guys haven’t introduced a budget at all on anything" (video follows with transcript and commentary, file photo):

By Noel Sheppard | March 25, 2012 | 9:09 AM EDT

Readers are strongly advised to fasten their seatbelts before continuing. You've been warned.

On CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS Sunday, the perilously liberal host actually complained about America's tax code being too progressive while noting, "The top ten percent in America pay a larger share of total taxes, 45.1%, than do the top ten percent in any of the 24 countries examined" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | March 25, 2012 | 8:13 AM EDT

Possibly in response to NewsBusters readers who passed on our item on the string of Pope Benedict-mocking jokes on NPR's game show "Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me!" NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos tells NewsBusters and other critics: lighten up, or be compared to radical Muslims. Isn't the ombudsman supposed to advocate for the listeners, not denounce them?

"If we keep jokes about the pope off-limits, we create a silencing effect that is far more damaging than the jokes themselves. We threaten to become like the intolerant extremists now most notoriously bedeviling the Muslim world, though other religions suffer from strains of fanaticism as well." Say what?

By Noel Sheppard | March 25, 2012 | 8:05 AM EDT

How pathetic is this?

It was reported Saturday that 25 Gannett Wisconsin Media journalists have been reprimanded for signing petitions to recall Republican Governor Scott Walker:

By Tom Blumer | March 25, 2012 | 12:14 AM EDT

Less than two weeks after his suspension for previous intemperate tweets was lifted, CNN's Roland Martin was engaging in personally insulting "mis-tweetment" again this afternoon with PJ Media's David Steinberg.

In a series of tweets at around 5 p.m. tonight seen after the jump, Steinberg criticized Martin for spending so much time on the press's Trayvon Martin obsession -- where one person tragically died -- while ignoring the impact and meaning of the documents leaked by an unnamed Department of Justice official relating to the Fast and Furious "gunwalking" scandal -- as a result of which "at least 300 Mexicans, plus at least two American law enforcement agents" have been killed. Martin's responses were immature, insulting, condescending -- and all too typical of a press corps which, now that it is seeing poll results it doesn't like, has in certain cases taken to calling voters stupid.

By Tim Graham | March 24, 2012 | 10:14 PM EDT

Daniel Halper at The Weekly Standard suggests something's been found rotten in Denmark -- and it's President Obama' s remarks in front of foreign leaders. Thomas Buch-Andersen, host of the Danish TV show Detektor, mocked President Obama's political rhetoric in a recent episode. With his clips, he's like the Danish Jon Stewart -- minus all the mugging and screaming and F-bombs.

It began with Obama in the Oval Office with Denmark's prime minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt. "That's fairly typical of the way that Danes have punched above their weight in international affairs." It seems everyone is worthy of this patronizing comment. 

By Mike Bates | March 24, 2012 | 7:22 PM EDT

Today on the Chicago Tribune's front page, above the fold, is the headline "Pricey gas seen as good, in a way."  The story also appears on the Los Angeles Times's Web site with the title "Gas prices' jump attests to upbeat economy."  Yes, happy days are here again and much of the mainstream media are feeling glad all over, hoping the purported much-improved economy will enhance President Barack Obama's re-election bid.  The article notes:

The U.S. recovery has solidified through the fall and so far this year, as shown by strong job reports and last week's news of 1.1% increase in retail sales in February.

By Tom Blumer | March 24, 2012 | 5:58 PM EDT

An item filed at the Hill on Friday afternoon by Peter Schroeder tells us that Bloomberg News was the first organization to report the latest development relating to former New Jersey Democratic Governor and Senator Jon Corzine. Bloomberg's report, via Phil Mattingly and Silla Brush, reveals that Corzine, who was CEO at the now-bankrupt MF Global Holdings until November, "gave 'direct instructions' to transfer $200 million from a customer fund account to meet an overdraft in a brokerage account with JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM), according to a memo written by congressional investigators." That would be an MF brokerage account, meaning that customer money was used to cover company losses. If the memo reflects what really happened, Corzine committed a crime -- either by committing perjury in his congressional testimony several months, in ordering the transfer itself, or both.

Bloomberg's report identifies Corzine as a Democrat in its fourteenth paragraph. But at least Bloomberg did so. That did not occur in reports at the Associated PressUnited Press International, MarketWatch.comCNBC. The Hill's Schroeder did tag Corzine as a Dem. Here are several paragraphs from Bloomberg's report (bolds are mine):

By Tim Graham | March 24, 2012 | 3:03 PM EDT

In response to Bill Maher being offered the New York Times op-ed page to tell everyone to "stop apologizing" for wicked jokes, Kirsten Powers replied with a letter to the editor with Penny Lee, a former executive director of the Democratic Governors Association:

Please start apologizing, they insisted:

By Tim Graham | March 24, 2012 | 2:46 PM EDT

Preparing for an interview with Neil Cavuto on pro-Obama headlines, I picked up the Friday New York Times, and there it was on the front page, in the midst of four-dollar-a-gallon gas prices: "Obama Seizes Chance to Score As an Everyman."

This might seem at odds with his 2008 sales job as the Exotic Cosmopolitan Uniter, but that schtick has faded. Reporter/manservant Mark Leibovich touted the president's NCAA tourney talk and his hot-dog chomping at a game alongside British prime minister David Cameron: "It is the latest iteration of the Obama-Just-Folks offensive, and one that coincides — not by accident — with some particularly clumsy efforts by the Republican front-runner, Mitt Romney, to shed the stereotypical airs of a super-rich guy."

By Tim Graham | March 24, 2012 | 8:27 AM EDT

A few weeks after liberals threw a fit that Rush Limbaugh would call Sandra Fluke a "prostitute," on Thursday night's Rachel Maddow show, she welcomed on a liberal minister who bizarrely claimed Rick Santorum had committed a "prostitution of the church" by having a political rally in Louisiana with the Rev. Dennis Terry.

Rev. Welton Gaddy of the liberal Interfaith Alliance proclaimed "It`s a prostitution of the church. It`s a manipulation of religion....And I resent anybody trying to make the altar of a church a stump from which they can give a political speech." Liberals never give political speeches in churches? They're saying this...on the Al Sharpton Network?  Don't think Maddow didn't adore this. On their website, the summary for the whole segment was "Rev. Gaddy: Santorum tactic 'a prostitution of the church.'"

By NB Staff | March 24, 2012 | 8:26 AM EDT

Besides politics, the economy, and whatever else of interest, sports talk welcome.

Why oh why Ohio?

By NB Staff | March 24, 2012 | 8:13 AM EDT

Watching the Elite Eight this weekend? Sound off on this thread about college basketball or whatever else you'd like.