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By Glen Asbury | April 10, 2011 | 3:12 PM EDT

CNN has, for years, touted itself as “The Most Trusted Name in News,” and yet time and again it belies its own claim to unique (among cable news networks) political neutrality. editor Dan Gilgoff has once again undercut the channel’s gimmicky self-identification.

Gilgoff recently discussed Californian Roger Stockham, who drove across the country to Detroit, Michigan, planning to wreak inferno-laden havoc on an area mosque. Thankfully, he was arrested by Detroit police in front of the Dearborn, Michigan Islamic Centers of America before having a chance to do so.

In an astounding omission, Gilgoff attempted to paint Stockham as a radicalized redneck driven to violence by anti-Muslim rhetoric of some sort. But not once did he mention that Stockham is apparently a devout Muslim!

By Noel Sheppard | April 10, 2011 | 2:23 PM EDT

Chris Matthews has clearly forgotten all the concern over violent rhetoric he and his colleagues expressed in January after the tragic shootings in Tucson.

On this week's syndicated program bearing his name, Matthews began the show saying, "Going for the kill! This week's shutdown fight is just the beginning. The young Republican turks want to fight to the death!" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 10, 2011 | 12:37 PM EDT

ABC's Jonathan Karl last week asked Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) if his 2012 budget proposal is a "political kamikaze mission" that will "ultimately cost Republicans" their majority in the House.

After Christiane Amanpour played this clip and asked if Ryan is a "visionary or a villain" on Sunday's "This Week," George Will marvelously responded - likely to the dismay of all present! - "Paul Ryan is eight years younger than the President but vastly more experienced and conversant with these issues" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Jack Coleman | April 10, 2011 | 12:34 PM EDT

At the start of each hour of his weekday radio broadcast, Ed Schultz touts his show as "where America comes to talk." Provided, of course, that you agree with Schultz. Otherwise, it's where Schultz comes to bail.

Nine times in less than three months, and twice in the last week, Schultz has abruptly hung up on callers who don't share his politics. And in the most recent example of this, on April 5, Schultz cited a patently bogus reason for why he did so. (audio

CALLER: You know, you asked the question earlier about, can the president spend money? No, he's already spent enough money as it is. And ...

SCHULTZ: No, that's not it, it's not whether he's spent enough money or not. He - cannot - spend - money. Not a dime. Thank you, Leonard.

Followed by Schultz saying this to the next caller, who asked Schultz not to hang up on him (more audio clips after page break) --

By Noel Sheppard | April 10, 2011 | 11:16 AM EDT

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” went after the Fox News Channel again, this time depicting the hosts of the network's morning show as dumb, fear-mongering racists.

Saturday’s sketch began with an announcer stating, “You’re watching ‘Fox & Friends’ – coffee, smiles, fear and terror” (video follows with commentary):

By Tim Graham | April 10, 2011 | 9:16 AM EDT

AP reports something that's not very shocking: hallowed liberal PBS filmmaker Ken Burns (in between his Kennedy tribute films for Democrat conventions and the tens of thousands in donations to Barack Obama and other Democrats) is decrying Republicans for a "show trial" atmosphere in proposing cuts to public broadcasting subsidies:

"I just don't think they have fully thought through what they're doing," Burns said of House Republicans who want to eliminate or significantly reduce funding for the arts, humanities and public media. Such cuts would devastate film producers, he said.

By Tim Graham | April 10, 2011 | 7:10 AM EDT

If you haven't seen Gen. Barry McCaffrey on NBC trashing the president for a military action, it's probably because the president isn't named Bush. On Monday's Diane Rehm show on NPR, McCaffrey didn't hold back on Libya: "And then the rebellion, of course, doesn't know how they're going to break into Tripoli if NATO has announced, for God's sakes, that they intend to bomb the rebels also if they so-call 'threaten' civilian populations. One of the more Bizarro World military operations I've ever observed."  

At National Review's The Corner, Mark Steyn has noticed that the liberation of Libya is not exactly headline news any more, so how is this war going? Are Obama and "Old Europe" showing those incompetent Bush people just how to free a country?

What with all the budget talk, I was just wondering whether that third war – or kinetic scope-limited whachamacallit – was still going. You remember, it was in all the papers for a couple of days. So I guess things have gone quiet because it’s all wrapped up now? Apparently not:

By Tim Graham | April 9, 2011 | 4:32 PM EDT

While he skewered the "Fox News All-Stars" panel as tilted -- just conservatives and reporters from the "non-ideological" media elite -- NPR's David Folkenflik failed to consider just how his own network's All Things Considered manages with its regular Friday night political panel -- liberal E.J. Dionne of the apparently non-ideological Washington Post, and surrogate conservative David Brooks of the apparently non-ideological New York Times. Is that a balanced panel? It wasn't on Friday, one day after Folkenflik's media critique of Fox News.

To use NPR's lingo, it's one clear-cut liberal and one "non-ideological" journalist. Typically, Brooks furiously painted himself out of both partisan corners. He referred to Rep. Louise Slaughter's dreadful Republicans-are-killing-women rhetoric, and then insisted Republicans were just as atrocious. It was "incredibly demeaning for all involved. On the way over here, I was listening to C-SPAN [radio], a Democratic press conference, 'the Republicans are killing women, it’s a war on women, World War 3 on women.' The Republicans, similar rhetoric. This is going to have a very caustic effect on both parties, I think, and on trust in government." I'd hate to hear what conservatives said about liberals killing people to match Slaughter.

By Tim Graham | April 9, 2011 | 3:06 PM EDT

Seattle, Washington sounds like a town competing for the most ACLU-friendly city in America. A public school teacher there told a teenage volunteer she could hand out Easter eggs with long as she called them "Spring Spheres."

Jessica, 16, told KIRO Radio's Dori Monson Show that a week before spring break, the students commit to a week-long community service project. She decided to volunteer in a third grade class at a public school, which she would like to remain nameless.

"At the end of the week I had an idea to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candy, but I was kind of unsure how the teacher would feel about that," Jessica said. She was concerned how the teacher might react to the eggs after of a meeting earlier in the week where she learned about "their abstract behavior rules."

"I went to the teacher to get her approval and she wanted to ask the administration to see if it was okay," Jessica explained. "She said that I could do it as long as I called this treat 'spring spheres.' I couldn't call them Easter eggs."

By Noel Sheppard | April 9, 2011 | 1:43 PM EDT

Reading almost directly from Democrat talking points, the so-called "news" network MSNBC spent most of its prime time programming Friday claiming that if the federal government was shut down as a result of a budget impasse, it was because Republicans wanted to defund Planned Parenthood.

Lawrence O'Donnell dutifully did his part in advancing this hysterical nonsense Friday, so much so that after reading a lengthy e-mail message from a poor friend of his that uses this organization's services, "The Last Word" host actually broke down in tears (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 9, 2011 | 12:08 PM EDT

Despite it being only three months since Democrats and their media minions sharply criticized "violent rhetoric" and imagery in the wake of the tragic shootings in Tucson, left-leaning elected officials have been regularly using such language in regards to the budget battle without the slightest outrage from America's so-called journalists.

On Friday, conservative talk radio host Mark Levin took to the airwaves to challenge "Meet the Press" host David Gregory to report on Sunday's program what these Democrats have been saying (YouTube audio follows with commentary):

By NB Staff | April 9, 2011 | 10:27 AM EDT

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By Mark Finkelstein | April 9, 2011 | 9:02 AM EDT

It's a favorite liberal parlor game: basking in the belief that they are smarter and more sophisticated than conservatives.  Cenk Uygur couldn't have chosen a more inapt moment to play the game than last night.  But like a moose to a flame . . .

On his MSNBC show last evening, Uygur had on a co-host of his Young Turks radio show to tout a study claiming to find anatomical differences between conservative and liberal brains.  Liberal noggins are allegedly larger in the area that helps process conflicting information. Conservative brains, in contrast, supposedly have larger amygdalas--the area that recognizes threats or fear.

Cenk jumped on the study to claim it explains why conservatives tend to "campaign on fear."  Oy, Ugyur.  Someone should check the part of his brain dealing with memory.  Cenk apparently couldn't recall that Dems spent the last week . . . fear-mongering the Republican budget proposal.  Cenk, does Debbie Wasserman-Schultz's immortal "death trap" phrase mean anything to you?

View video after the jump.

By Tim Graham | April 9, 2011 | 7:45 AM EDT

You would think after the Juan Williams debacle, NPR would keep away from bashing Fox News again. But even as NPR's liberal bias remains controversial in Congress, NPR is still waging war on Fox. It's apparently the only national news outlet worth questioning. On Thursday night's All Things Considered, NPR media reporter David Folkenflik profiled Bret Baier, but delighted liberals by announcing that he had studied six months of guest lists for Special Report with Bret Baier, and he insisted liberals were underrepresented: 

FOLKENFLIK: I reviewed six months' worth of Baier's panels, and the same mix typically prevailed: two clear-cut conservatives and one other analyst, sometimes a Democrat or liberal but usually a journalist from a non-ideological news outlet. As I told Baier, that would seem to under-represent the left and also to cast reporters as though they're surrogate liberals.

By Noel Sheppard | April 9, 2011 | 2:11 AM EDT

Bill Maher and Eliot Spitzer on Friday's "Real Time" not surprisingly attacked Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) for his 2012 budget proposal.

Showing glimpses of the conservative that used to occupy his body many years ago, the Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan not only defended the Republican as deserving a lot of credit for his bold plan, but also exposed Maher and Spitzer as ignorant hypocrites when it comes to the nation's fiscal policy (video follows with partial transcript and commentary):