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By NB Staff | October 27, 2011 | 9:48 AM EDT

Last week, the New York Post reported on the irony of wealth redistribution at Occupy Wall Street protests. While many of the protestors have gathered to protest the ideas of free markets and capitalism and promote the ideas of wealth redistribution and socialism, when wealth redistribution personally affected them, they were outraged. Protestors were complaining that their expensive computers, phones, and cash donations were being stolen. Now, kitchen staffers are revolting due to the number of freeloaders, primarily homeless people and ex-cons, masquerading as protestors to get free food.

Do you think any of the OWS protestors will realize the flaws of socialism based on their bad experiences with socialist principles at OWS protests? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

By Kyle Drennen | October 27, 2011 | 9:35 AM EDT

Update [12:20 ET]: More analysis and full transcript added.

In an interview with former White House press secretary and Obama campaign advisor Robert Gibbs on Thursday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer fretted over a report showing "the rich are getting richer" and pleaded: "So what responsibility does President Obama have in terms of dealing with income distribution in this country?" [Audio available here]

Lauer began his push from the left by explaining: "Some of these young people are the same young people who are occupying parks across the country and they're out there protesting Wall Street. They're also protesting the White House." [View video after the jump]

By Clay Waters | October 27, 2011 | 8:57 AM EDT

The New York Times greeted Rick Perry’s “20-20” flat-tax plan with predictable hostility. In Wednesday's “Perry Calls His Flat Tax Proposal ‘Bold Reform,” Richard Oppel Jr. took only two sentences to sniff “the plan would grant a major tax cut for the wealthy”. He also saw it “requiring drastically austere federal budgets,” of the sort we haven’t seen since...well, President Bill Clinton, actually.

By Noel Sheppard | October 27, 2011 | 8:36 AM EDT

While the Left and their media minions celebrate the growing Occupy protest movement, these same people have likely been reveling in the Major League Baseball playoffs.

What these hypocrites ignore is that those that make it into professional sports in our country are part of the one percenters now being reviled by the demonstrators and the so-called journalists cheering them on.

Consider the average salaries of the two teams currently competing in the World Series:

By Tim Graham | October 27, 2011 | 8:36 AM EDT

Beware when National Public Radio goes looking for “nonpartisan” analysts to assess Republican tax-cut proposals. In a Wednesday piece on Morning Edition, correspondent Scott Horsley lined up Herman Cain and Rick Perry for “correction” from the left.

Horsley’s first “nonpartisan” expert was Joseph Thorndike, who recently wrote that President Obama and the Democrats may finally be making the case for some invigorating tax increases:

By Mark Finkelstein | October 27, 2011 | 7:25 AM EDT

Today, some members of the Morning Joe panel piously preached the importance of not jumping to conclusions regarding the clash between "Occupy" demonstrators and police in Oakland, California that left one man seriously injured.

But that didn't prevent Mike Barnicle from describing the event as a "police riot" or Joe Scarborough from speaking of police "brutality." H/t NB reader Ray R. Interestingly, Mika Brzezinski was the voice of reason, declining to condemn the police, saying she'd "hold back" and "wait"--presumably to get all the facts.  Video after the jump.

By Noel Sheppard | October 27, 2011 | 12:04 AM EDT

After watching Barack Obama's performance on Tuesday's Tonight Show, comedian Dennis Miller had some advice for Jay Leno.

Appearing on Wednesday's O'Reilly Factor on Fox News, Miller said Wednesday, "I’m hoping Jay makes him his Ed McMahon...because I think he’s going to have some free time" (video follows with transcribed highlights):

By Mark Finkelstein | October 26, 2011 | 10:15 PM EDT

Q. Faced with President Obama's difficult re-election prospects, is there any depth to which the desperate liberal media won't sink? A. Apparently not.

Take Thursday evening's Ed Show.  Schultz accused Rep. Paul Ryan of "inciting civil war" and suggested Republicans might "want violence to take place in our society." Not to be outdone, thankfully former Florida congressman Alan Grayson called Ryan and Republicans "the real killers," akin to O.J. Simpson. Video after the jump.

By Matthew Balan | October 26, 2011 | 7:28 PM EDT

On Wednesday's Early Show, CBS's Erica Hill downplayed the instances of violence and bigotry found at Occupy Wall Street protests as simply "the actions of a few," after GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich denounced the "frightening level of anti-Semitism in some of these gatherings." Hill questioned Gingrich over his supposedly "pretty outspoken words" about the left-leaning movement [audio clip available here; video available below the jump].

The anchor raised the demonstrations towards the end of her interview of the former House speaker, after Gingrich claimed that "people are pretty sick of the lack of civility...they watch Washington, they watch gridlock, [and] they watch a president who's more comfortable on [Jay] Leno than he is in trying to govern the country." Hill replied that "people, too, are fed up, as we know- we see a lot of this with the Occupy Wall Street protests. The latest CBS News/New York Times poll finds that 46% of Americans say that their views reflect a sentiment that most Americans share."

By Scott Whitlock | October 26, 2011 | 5:27 PM EDT

MSNBC's Martin Bashir on Wednesday wondered if Herman Cain, who worked for the Department of the Navy during Vietnam, is a "chicken hawk" because he criticized the President's pull out of Iraq.

Talking to professor Michael Eric Dyson, Bashir complained, "And on the issue of Iran, does Cain remind you at all of Dick Cheney and that long roster of chicken hawks who've rabidly pushed for U.S. military action there?" [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

By Tim Graham | October 26, 2011 | 4:42 PM EDT

An advisory panel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that the HPV vaccine be given to boys aged 11 to 12, and not just girls. Why? Boys aren’t at risk of cervical cancer.

Gardiner Harris’s front-pager at the New York Times Wednesday eventually explained (on page A-16) that “controversy is likely to intensify with the committee’s latest recommendation because many cancers in men result from homosexual sex.” But the medical correspondents on TV couldn't manage any scientific accuracy on this matter. Instead, the gay angle was completely missing from network TV coverage:

By Matt Hadro | October 26, 2011 | 4:34 PM EDT

Leftist filmmaker Michael Moore dismissed the accusation that some Wall Street protests have grown violent, telling CNN's Piers Morgan on Tuesday that the "Occupy" protesters are, in fact, "a nonviolent peaceful group" and the real rioters are the police.

"There's no violence coming from the 'Occupy' protesters," Moore insisted. "What we've – what we've seen across the country are a series of police riots, where the police are rioting, where the police have gotten violent."

By Ken Shepherd | October 26, 2011 | 4:14 PM EDT

MSNBC's Martin Bashir tag-teamed with liberal pundit Jared Bernstein to slam Herman Cain and Rick Perry's tax plans today, insisting that both are a sop to the "rich" and an act of "class warfare" against the middle class. An onscreen bio graphic noted that Bernstein used to work for Vice President Biden, but that fact would go unnoted for any listeners to the program via MSNBC's SiriusXM satellite radio channel.

Also unaddressed by Bashir was that while Cain, Perry and the other GOP candidates are running against the Obama economic record, Bernstein had a hand in fashioning the 2009 stimulus package.

In a January 2009 memo co-authored with then-Obama economic advisor Christina Romer, the pair argued that a stimulus bill would stop the upward march of unemployment at 8 percent in the third quarter of 2009, with unemployment falling throughout 2011 and reaching around 5.5 percent by Election Day 2012 (see graph from that report below the page break).

By Clay Waters | October 26, 2011 | 3:41 PM EDT

“Almost half of the public” thinks the left-wing Occupy Wall Street movement accurately reflects the views of Americans, claims the New York Times in Wednesday’s off-lead,
New Poll Finds A Deep Distrust of Government – Anxiety Over Economy – Concentration of Wealth Seen as Key Issue in a Volatile Time.”

Jeff Zeleny and Megan Thee-Brenan played OWS approval high, in paragraph three.

By Kyle Drennen | October 26, 2011 | 3:41 PM EDT

Appearing on Wednesday's NBC Today, Meet the Press host David Gregory ripped Rick Perry's flat tax proposal: "The problem is, this does help the rich. It hurts a lot of the poor and the middle class. Political professionals I talk to say the problem with the flat tax ideas is that once voters look at it a second or third time they don't like it much." [Audio available here]

Gregory even suggested Republican voters in Iowa would be opposed to the plan: "A lot of voters in the Iowa caucuses are not necessarily rich so it may not stand the test of time." He then added: "And oh, by the way, how do you get it passed when nobody can agree on tax reform right now?" [View video after the jump]