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By Rich Noyes | August 27, 2012 | 9:02 AM EDT

Bad weather may have forced Vice President Joe Biden to skip his plans to make mischief at this week’s Republican National Convention in Tampa, but Democrats don’t have to worry: the liberal “news” media have been “counter-programming” GOP conventions for decades.

It doesn’t matter whether the nominee is a conservative like Ronald Reagan, or a moderate like John McCain — network reporters always seem to scold the delegates and platform as too conservative, hostile to women, anathema to blacks, and an all-around turn-off to voters. [Below the jump: Video montage of the media's anti-GOP bias, 1988-2008]

By Noel Sheppard | August 27, 2012 | 8:15 AM EDT

Now that Hurricane Isaac missed Tampa thereby dashing liberal media hopes the Republican National Convention would be destroyed by it, so-called journalists are taking up a new theme to rain on Mitt Romney's pending nomination.

Take NBC chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd who said on Sunday's Nightly News, "When you think as this storm moves to and closer to Louisiana, the specter, the sort of shadow of Bush and Katrina does hang over this convention" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Brad Wilmouth | August 27, 2012 | 7:23 AM EDT

On Sunday's NBC Nightly News, correspondent Chuck Todd raised the invoked former President Bush and Hurricane Katrina from seven years ago  as potential embarrassments for the Romney campaign as Hurricane Isaac heads toward New Orleans the same week as the Republican National Convention.

During a discussion of the GOP convention being delayed from Monday because of the hurricane, Todd asserted that "the sort of shadow of Bush and Katrina does hang over this convention" and also worked in Todd Akin as he observed:

By Brad Wilmouth | August 27, 2012 | 7:10 AM EDT

On Saturday's Fox News Watch, as the panel discussed the substantial attention the media devoted to Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin's claim that forcible rape victims rarely become pregnant as opposed to Vice President Joe Biden's "chains" gaffe, two recent studies by the Media Research Center -- parent organization to NewsBusters -- were cited. Host Jon Scott cited MRC analyst Scott Whitlock's study from Tuesday:

By Tom Blumer | August 26, 2012 | 11:12 PM EDT

It seems that that the Obama campaign and the left in general doesn't even care if they get caught in these kinds of deceptions any more, but they nonetheless need to be noted. A mother and daughter claiming in this Obama For America video to be examples of "Republican Women for Obama" are really far-left Democrats, and have been for many years.

Here's the capsule version built with excerpts from the Saturday post by John Hinderaker at Powerline which first documented the deception noted by the left-leaning BuzzFeed, which apparently hit its tolerance threshold in this instance, and then found more:

By Tom Blumer | August 26, 2012 | 7:36 PM EDT

As I suggested yesterday (hardly a prediction since it was so clearly going to happen), "2016: Obama's America" has taken in enough in estimated gross proceeds this weekend ($6.238 million from Friday through Sunday) to become the top conservative post-1982 documentary (and number six overall, behind four Michael Moore films and Al Gore's "Inconvenient Truth").

Some critiques, currently compiled at the Hollywood Reporter (this post went directly to the underlying write-ups), are coming in, and let just say that there's no Michael Moore-level fawning:

By Noel Sheppard | August 26, 2012 | 5:49 PM EDT

"By the time voters go to the polls in November they’ll be saying ‘Praise the Lord’ about ObamaCare."

So said Newsweek's Eleanor Clift on PBS's McLaughlin Group this weekend (video follows with commentary):

By Brent Baker | August 26, 2012 | 4:47 PM EDT

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos opened his Sunday show: “Good morning and welcome to This Week. Storms brewing. The GOP convention threatened by Tropical Storm Isaac and that political hurricane from Todd Akin...”

Over on CBS, guest Haley Barbour scolded Bob Schieffer who had wondered how Republicans get the focus “back” onto the economy? Barbour called Schieffer out for his obsession on Akin: “If your first four questions are about it [Akin], it’s kind of hard getting the subject back on the economy when you want to talk about Todd Akin.” Oblivious to his role in deciding what is newsworthy, Schieffer lamely pleaded: “I want to talk about the news.” 

By Tom Johnson | August 26, 2012 | 2:19 PM EDT

Todd Akin may not know much about biology, but this week one Kossack sounded awfully uninformed herself on abortion and related issues. Another claimed that one of the major parties (hint: not the Democrats) is, in effect, pro-rape.

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

By Noel Sheppard | August 26, 2012 | 12:32 PM EDT

Comedy Central's Jon Stewart has made it crystal clear he wants Barack Obama to win in November.

On NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, former Florida governor Jeb Bush said, "I look forward to working on [Mitt Romney's] reelection in 2016 and making Jon Stewart awfully upset" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | August 26, 2012 | 11:29 AM EDT

R. Lee Ermey, the actor best known for his role as the drill sergeant in Stanley Kubrick's "Full Metal Jacket," claims he was fired by GEICO for criticizing President Obama.

During an impromptu interview with TMZ, Ermey also said, "If you’re a conservative in this town, you better watch out" (videos follow with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | August 26, 2012 | 11:26 AM EDT

Sam Youngman at Reuters, and several others have attempted to pounce on a comment about "big business" GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney made at a Minnesota fundraiser on Thursday as some kind of equivalent to President Obama's out-of-touch assertion that "the private sector is doing fine" back in June.

In fact, what Romney actually said in large part explains why the private sector isn't doing fine. Here is the relevant text from Youngman (bolds are mine):

By Tom Blumer | August 26, 2012 | 9:40 AM EDT

Obama campaign spokesperson Stepanie Cutter, appearing on MSNBC earlier this week, claimed that "over the past, you know, 27 months we've created 4.5 million private-sector jobs. That's more jobs than in the Bush recovery (or) in the Reagan recovery."

A Thursday Investor's Business Daily editorial plaintively asked: "Where are those allegedly unbiased fact-checkers when you need them?" As will be seen shortly, the answer is "AWOL."

By Noel Sheppard | August 26, 2012 | 8:56 AM EDT

The outgoing public editor for the New York Times, wrote a final column Saturday that has already garnered comment from the paper's executive editor.

First thing's first, here's what Arthur Brisbane observed in "Success and Risk as The Times Transforms":

By Noel Sheppard | August 26, 2012 | 8:25 AM EDT

As NewsBusters previously reported, the New York Times informed readers Wednesday about a nonprofit group's new ad campaign attacking the Koch brothers, but chose to withhold the organization's ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).

On Friday, USA Today did the same thing: