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By Brent Baker | March 18, 2012 | 4:33 PM EDT

Another example of how out of touch the Washington press corps is with what is common knowledge amongst conservatives. On Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer was flummoxed by Mitt Romney’s contention that Obama officials desire high gas prices: 

Mitt Romney said...that the President actually wanted gas prices to go up when he was running for President. He also said the President should fire his three top energy people because they were trying to get the price up. What’s that about?

Guest David Axelrod of the Obama campaign assured Schieffer: “Well, I think it’s about nonsense is what it's about.” Minutes later, when RNC Chairman Reince Priebus pointed out “the President’s own energy czar said -- and this is undisputed -- that he wanted gas prices to go to European levels,” a clueless Schieffer talked over Priebus, demanding: “When did he say that?”

By Noel Sheppard | March 18, 2012 | 3:52 PM EDT

There was a truly delicious moment on PBS's McLaughlin Group this weekend.

After Newsweek's Eleanor Clift gushed over how well President Obama gets along with British Prime Minister David Cameron describing him as "not like the conservatives we have in this country," syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan marvelously responded, "He's a RINO!" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | March 18, 2012 | 1:08 PM EDT

In the Sunday Washington Post, film critic Ann Hornaday puts on her left-wing political beret to honor a documentary called “Maxed Out” now playing on the Showtime channel -- and its star, Elizabeth Warren, currently running as a Democrat  against Republican Sen. Scott Brown for “Ted Kennedy’s seat” in the Senate.

James Scurlock, the director of “Maxed Out,” is all gush to the Post. “You look at the way people have responded to her, I’m just in awe,” he said. “I live in L.A., which is a celebrity culture, and people get much more excited when you say you know Elizabeth Warren than if I knew Angelina Jolie or George Clooney. She’s like a rock star.”

By P.J. Gladnick | March 18, 2012 | 12:53 PM EDT

"We have different languages for what the truth means." ---Mike Daisey, fantasy monologist.

KONY 2012.

This American Life.

These are just the lastest incarnations of fiction trumping fact in both the mainstream media as well as in alternate news outlets. In the latest outbreaks of this condition, we found out that the emperor, or rather KONY 2012 producer, wears no clothes in more ways than one. However, prior to this "documentary," which went viral on the web, being exposed as being short on facts, it was widely hailed by a coterie of liberal celebrities including Oprah Winfrey, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, and many others.

By Noel Sheppard | March 18, 2012 | 9:50 AM EDT

Actor Alec Baldwin went on another Twitter tirade Saturday evening.

This time his target was Sen. James Inhofe (R-Ok.) whom he called an "oil whore" and said should "retire to a solar-powered gay bar":

By Tim Graham | March 18, 2012 | 7:47 AM EDT

On Friday's Bill Press radio show, the former Catholic seminarian ripped into his own church again. He says the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are "outrageous and wrong" to join the Republicans in their "War on Women."

"Boy, this has me really burned up," he began. "There is a war on women going on. It’s a war on women that’s being conducted by Republicans in the House, you expect that. By Republicans in the Senate, you expect that. But, it’s also being led by the Catholic bishops of this country, which is outrageous and which is wrong. Well you might say of course the Catholic Bishops are part of the war on women, you know they won’t allow women to become priests in the Catholic Church. They won’t allow Priests to get married because there’s something wrong with living with a woman, or having sex with a woman. I mean they’ve got this anti-woman thing built into them."

By Tim Graham | March 17, 2012 | 9:51 PM EDT

Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller is trashing Rick Santorum again in her Saturday Washington Post “On Faith” column. Her loathing is so intense she is bizarrely claiming he has “zero qualifications” to match his “prehistoric” views. Well, for starters, Santorum has 16 years in Congress (12 in the Senate) compared to Obama having two years in the Senate before he started running. Apparently, being religious erases all your experience.

“It’s impossible for some of us to understand why and how former senator Rick Santorum, who has zero qualifications to be president of the United States and whose positions on family and social issues are prehistoric, continues to survive and even thrive this Republican primary season,” she complained. “His victories in Alabama and Mississippi this week only further our astonishment.”

By Tom Blumer | March 17, 2012 | 9:17 PM EDT

Maybe it's due to budget cutbacks at major establishment news sources, but I doubt it. Maybe it's because they believe nobody cares about news out of the Middle East. No, that can't be it. Or maybe it's because they think that people already know and understand the Muslim mindset. Well, after several decades of press attempts to keep it from us, that doesn't make any sense either.

Whatever the reason(s), which I'll get to, a certain piece of what one would think is pretty significant news out of the Middle East has gone unreported for the past five days going on six. What follows are three translations of related articles through Google's translation tool (which eliminates the budget excuse of "We need interpreters to translate these things from scratch, and don't have the money"):

By Tim Graham | March 17, 2012 | 9:13 PM EDT

In January, many thousands of Americans coming in on planes, trains, and automobiles to protest abortion for the "March for Life" were relegated to the bottom of the front page of the Metro section (and about 11 pro-abortion activists got equal billing). But just one protester was awarded a huge splash across most of Saturday's Style section. That would be one George Clooney, going through the typical liberal trespass-arrest protest at the Sudanese embassy.

"In tails and cuffs" were the large words above a 5-by-7-inch picture of Clooney in plastic handcuffs. Under Aaron Leitko's byline, these words came in subhead type: "A good way to close out a hectic week in Washington: Orchestrate your own arrest. For a good cause, of course." There were only five paragraphs of honorific text (some of it highlighted in yellow), but four color pictures. All told, it splashed eight inches across and 18 inches down to the bottom of the page -- 144 square inches of front-page Style goo.

By Noel Sheppard | March 17, 2012 | 6:02 PM EDT

Supermodel Elle Macpherson told shock jock Howard Stern Tuesday that she's pulling for Barack Obama to be reelected.

"I’m living in London and I’m socialist," she told her host. "What do you expect?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | March 17, 2012 | 4:39 PM EDT

Okay, she didn't mean it seriously, but at the end of CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight Thursday, substitute host Rosie O'Donnell pondered recording a country album with Rush Limbaugh.

"Then we'll hit the road to promote it, the Rush and Rosie Show. Giddy up" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | March 17, 2012 | 2:41 PM EDT

As NewsBusters has been reporting for weeks, the Obama-loving media have concocted the fallacy that Republicans are suddenly in a war on women.

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on PBS's Inside Washington Friday called this "a classic example of liberal echo chamber elite cocooning" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | March 17, 2012 | 1:23 PM EDT

As NewsBusters has been reporting, Bill Maher spent much of his week bashing red states.

After taking a cheap shot at Kansas early in Friday's Real Time on HBO, Maher took aim at Southerners saying that they should only celebrate their Confederate heritage once a year - "We'll call it 'St. Cracker's Day'" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | March 17, 2012 | 1:03 PM EDT

You wanna talk politics, current events, or the economy? Be our guest.

With March Madness in full swing - and other sporting events - have at it.

By Tim Graham | March 17, 2012 | 12:54 PM EDT

ABC’s The View promoted the network’s Sunday night lineup on Friday, promising “Annie Potts takes on the Christian groups that are raising hell about her new hit show ‘GCB.’” Hit show? It lost by about four million viewers to “CSI Miami” on CBS.

Joy Behar quickly set up Potts to bash Newt Gingrich for bashing the show: “Newt Gingrich doesn’t like it. He’s said a few things about it...Good Christian husband that he is!” The audience laughed and applauded, and Whoopi Goldberg gave Behar a standing ovation. Then Potts took her turn with Newt: