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By Brent Bozell | October 22, 2011 | 8:26 AM EDT

Networks hungry for viewers know the cheapest way to nab eyeballs is to produce a "reality show" with no stars, and supposedly-unscripted-but-in-reality-very-scripted and often uber-sleazy content. But in the rush for the prized adult 18-49 viewers, what about the millions of youngsters, the audience aged 11 to 17, also lured into the soup?

The Girl Scout Research Institute recently surveyed 1,000 girls in that age bracket and found these children aren't clueless. Everyone surveyed thought reality shows promote bad behavior: 86 percent felt the shows often set people against one another to increase the dramatic value; 73 percent thought reality shows depict fighting as a normal part of a romantic relationship; and 70 percent believed that reality TV leads people to believe it acceptable to mistreat each other.

By Tim Graham | October 22, 2011 | 8:09 AM EDT

 So much for liberals being horrified by book-burning, even by American soldiers. On Thursday's Colbert Report, Steven Colbert drew audience cheering and laughing over the story that troops in Afghanistan burned several boxes of Bill O'Reilly's book Pinheads and Patriots. Letting the fake-conservative schtick really go, he suggested O'Reilly's books were good for the toilet. "Soldier, there are plenty of ways Papa Bear’s books can be useful on the front line. You can use them as sandbags, or as armor for a humvee, or you know, you guys always need toilet paper. I am sure Bill would be honored."

He also said the book was perfect for the military since "I know reading his books always make me want to kill somebody." 

By Tom Blumer | October 21, 2011 | 8:08 PM EDT

The easy catch in former Obama administration economic adviser Austan Goolsbee's Thursday interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," as reported by the Politico's Tim Mak, is that he believes that "if given a second chance he would not have backed the Cash for Clunkers program or the home buyer tax credit." Goolsbee's excuse for his changed position -- that the administration didn't think the recovery would take so long, when the administration's policies have primarily explain why the recovery has taken so long -- is characteristically lame.

Something else Goolsbee said is far more surprising -- so surprising that one wonders if famed supply-side economist Arthur Laffer somehow temporarily took over the former Obama adviser's mind and body. One also wonders why Mak saved what Goolsbee said for his report's final two paragraphs instead of headlining and leading with it.

By Noel Sheppard | October 21, 2011 | 7:36 PM EDT

In case you missed it, the Washington Post published a Birther-style hit piece on Thursday accusing Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) of lying about when his parents moved from Cuba to Miami.

MSNBC's Chris Matthews invited the author, Manuel Roig-Franzia, to discuss his allegations on Friday's Hardball, and ended the segment by lauding over his guest, "You ought to get some kind of Pulitzer" (video follows with commentary):

By Scott Whitlock | October 21, 2011 | 6:31 PM EDT

MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Friday interviewed 2012 presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and smeared the rest of the Republican field as "crazy," asserting that the Utah Governor is the only "sane" choice. This prompted Huntsman to reply, simply, "Thank you."

The Hardball anchor knocked Michele Bachmann as "looney tunes" and wondered how Huntsman could "sit next to a person who says there shouldn't be any taxes and have a reasonable conversation with her?"  [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

By Matt Hadro | October 21, 2011 | 6:08 PM EDT

CNN released a poll last month where 61 percent of Republican respondents believed abortion should be legal in "certain" cases and 11 percent believed it should be always legal, while only 27 percent opposed its legalization in all cases. Don Lemon cited this poll and touted that an overwhelming number of Republicans now support the legalization of abortion "under all or certain circumstances."

"So Will, 72 percent, 72 percent of voting Republicans think abortion should be legal under all or certain circumstances," Lemon emphasized to conservative guest Will Cain of TheBlaze.com. "So how does such a minority of Republicans come to play such an influential role in choosing the GOP nominee?"

By Tom Blumer | October 21, 2011 | 6:07 PM EDT

In June, when yours truly last blogged on a Glenn Kessler piece (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), the Washington Post's "Fact Checker" was calling Barack Obama's claims about the accomplishments of the auto-company bailouts "one of the most misleading collections of assertions we have seen in a short presidential speech." He gave Obama's claims three Pinocchios ("Significant factual error and/or obvious contradictions").

Today, Kessler went to four Pinocchios ("whoppers") on Vice President Joe Biden's claims about the prospects for a rise in rapes and murders if the $35 billion section of Obama's "American Jobs Act" devoted to "saving" public-sector jobs doesn't pass. NB's Noel Sheppard did a great job on the "macro" aspect of Biden's bogus claim this morning. Kessler's clean-up has to do with Biden's supposed exemplar, the city of Flint Michigan, where the Vice President claims that murders have doubled and rapes have tripled in the past year (bolds are mine):

By Kyle Drennen | October 21, 2011 | 5:48 PM EDT

During a panel discussion on Friday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer asked of the Occupy Wall Street protests: "What's the civics lesson in this for our kids as they're watching this on TV?" News anchor Natalie Morales argued: "...there's a huge civics lesson....the idea of having that civil discourse is important to teach our kids and it's something in history we've seen."

In contrast, moments later while discussing the latest Republican presidential debate, Lauer lectured Mitt Romney and Rick Perry on a heated exchange between them: "My parents, in teaching me manners, taught me, one, don't interrupt, bad on Rick Perry's point, keep your hands to yourself, bad on Mitt Romney's point." Weatherman Al Roker chimed in: "...we're seeing our kids are getting, again, this anti-teachable moment. Give somebody a chance to talk. They're just talking all over each other."

By Noel Sheppard | October 21, 2011 | 5:34 PM EDT

It's becoming clear that MSNBC anchors, hosts, and commentators are allowed to say any defamatory thing they want about the Republican presidential candidates.

On Friday, Martin Bashir asked one of his liberal guests, Goldie Taylor, "Do you think Herman Cain can spell the word 'Iraq?'" (video follows with commentary):

By Ken Shepherd | October 21, 2011 | 4:07 PM EDT

For the second day in a row, an MSNBC anchor raised a liberal Democrat's claim that South Carolina's new voter ID law would be "electoral genocide" that disenfranchises thousands of black voters in the Palmetto State.

Daytime anchor Thomas Roberts made note of the alarmist statement by South Carolina Democratic Party chairman Dick Harpootlian in an interview about the photo ID law in the 11 a.m. Eastern hour with Tulane professor and Nation magazine contributor Melissa Harris-Perry.

Neither Roberts nor Harris-Perry objected to the Harpootlian's rhetoric, although in a tweet a short time later Harris-Perry conceded that "genocide is too strong a term." [video follows page break]

By Jack Coleman | October 21, 2011 | 3:44 PM EDT

... That someone being Cornel West, who used to be a respected scholar unless he decided to focus on full-time engagement as a provocateur.

On "The Ed Show" last night, West was talking with host Ed Schultz about Occupy Wall Street, his arrest outside of the Supreme Court, and GOP presidential candidates when he said this (video below page break) --

By Tim Graham | October 21, 2011 | 3:29 PM EDT

October 20 marked the second annual "Spirit Day" thrown by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Debate (GLAAD). They say the D stands for Defamation, but they've been very aggressive in pressuring media outlets to refuse to grant time to any conservative guest that dares to question the gay agenda. To celebrate "Spirit Day," GLAAD encouraged the news and entertainment media to wear purple to show their leftist support -- ostensibly for the "LGBT" youth and against bullying, and boy, did they show it.

TVNewser reports two of three evening news anchors -- NBC's Brian Williams and ABC fill-in George Stephanopoulos -- wore purple, and there was even more gay-alliance violet on the morning shows:

By Paul Wilson | October 21, 2011 | 3:07 PM EDT

On Washington Post's On Faith blog, Daily Beast contributor Lisa Miller teased a piece about Occupy Wall Street with a worthy question: "What would Jesus think about Occupy Wall Street?" Her answer was simple, and predictably liberal: "The Jesus of history would love them all."

In a piece titled "Jesus at Occupy Wall Street: 'I feel like I've been here before,'" Miller portrayed the protestors as wretched outcasts, whom God would embrace because of their misery: "Born with little means into a first century world, the historical Jesus might feel right at home with the very aspects of the occupation that so many 21st century observers consider gross: the tents, the damp sleeping bags, the communal kitchen. Jesus would have sympathy, I think, with the campers' efforts to keep a small space sanitary in the absence of modern plumbing."

By Kyle Drennen | October 21, 2011 | 3:05 PM EDT

On Friday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer noted Herman Cain leading the Republican presidential field but wondered: "is he really aiming for the Oval Office or something else?" In the report that followed, correspondent Michael Isikoff proclaimed: "Herman Cain is facing new questions about whether he is profiting from his own campaign."

Isikoff reported: "Cain's campaign committee has used $100,000, collected from donors, to pay Cain's own company for thousands of these booklets written and self-published by Cain. That means profits for Cain himself and could run afoul of campaign laws, say watchdog groups." A sound bite was played of Craig Holman from the left-wing group Public Citizen declaring: "This has every appearance that Herman Cain is running for president largely to sell books and enrich his own company."

By Erin R. Brown | October 21, 2011 | 2:48 PM EDT

The notorious gay activist and ruthless bully behind the infamous Santorum 'Google' incident has done it again - he has called out another conservative Republican candidate with a raunchy request. This time, Dan Savage has asked for Herman Cain to choose to be gay and in fact prove it by sucking his 'd**k' in front of a waiting camera crew.

Savage's proposition came as a response to Herman Cain's appearance on CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight show on Wednesday in which Cain said that being gay 'is a personal choice.'