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By Clay Waters | September 16, 2011 | 1:55 PM EDT

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman just can't stop offending of late. Krugman confounded even liberals with his ill-timed blog post on the morning of September 11 decrying President George W. Bush and New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani as “fake heroes” in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks. In his Friday column “Free To Die,” he suggested Republicans would prefer people die for lack of health insurance, using as evidence the dubious claim that the audience watching CNN’s Republican debate “erupted with cheers” at the prospect of a (hypothetical) man dying for being unable to afford intensive care. Has Krugman actually watched the clip?

Back in 1980, just as America was making its political turn to the right, Milton Friedman lent his voice to the change with the famous TV series “Free to Choose.” In episode after episode, the genial economist identified laissez-faire economics with personal choice and empowerment, an upbeat vision that would be echoed and amplified by Ronald Reagan.

But that was then. Today, “free to choose” has become “free to die.”

By Matt Hadro | September 16, 2011 | 1:22 PM EDT

In a completely out-of-left-field smear posted on, James Carville called the GOP presidential field "mortality-fascinated" and ripped the entire Tea Party as a bunch of bloodthirsty sadists.

The outspoken Democratic strategist, addressing Obama in a letter, wrote "This may be news to you but this is not going well. For precedent, see Russian Army 64th division at Stalingrad. There were enough deaths at Stalingrad to make the entire tea party collectively orgasm."

By Ken Shepherd | September 16, 2011 | 11:53 AM EDT

The Washington Post is no opponent of economic regulation. But dare to touch the largely unregulated abortion industry and it's quite a different story.

In a 23-paragraph Metro section front-pager entitled "Stricter Va. rules on abortion gain,"* Post staffer Anita Kumar --see our archive on her bias here -- noted in her lead paragraph that "the Virginia Board of Health overwhelmingly approved far-reaching regulations for abortion clinics" yesterday that "some operators say could shut down many of the state's 22 facilities" when they go into effect at the end of the year.

By Kyle Drennen | September 16, 2011 | 11:48 AM EDT

On Friday's NBC Today, correspondent Tom Costello described how "Nearly one in six Americans is living in poverty. 16 million are children. That's 3 million more than three years ago." However, nowhere in his report on the growing problem did he mention the Obama administration's failed economic policies as a cause.

Instead, Costello lamented over possible cuts to government welfare programs: "It was 50 years ago that Sergeant Shriver led President Johnson's war on poverty. Today his son, Mark, runs Save the Children in the U.S....[and] fears that programs like Head Start, which serve poor children, might face cuts in the next round of congressional budget cuts, just as more and more families find themselves struggling to put food on the table."

By NB Staff | September 16, 2011 | 11:05 AM EDT

Last Thursday, President Obama unveiled his "American Jobs Act" to a joint session of Congress with a new plan for job creation. The plan takes a Keynesian approach, much like his previous stimulus bills, but with little success from them, it seems that Obama's American Jobs Act is not so much an economic plan as a political plan for his reelection. Obama and his advisors recognize that they can trap Republicans as a do-nothing Congress if they don't pass any job plan, but know the Republicans will lose their public support if they do vote for Obama's plan, which includes another $500 billion in increased spending and temporary handouts financed by an additional $500 billion in permanent tax increases. As explained by Peter Ferrara at Forbes:

By Noel Sheppard | September 16, 2011 | 9:54 AM EDT

As the scandal involving failed solar panel company Solyndra and President Obama grows, the prime time programs at the so-called "news network" known as MSNBC continue to ignore it.

Despite the announcement of the Solyndra bankruptcy on August 31, "Hardball," "PoliticsNation," "The Last Word," "The Rachel Maddow Show," and "The Ed Show" have not done one single report on the subject.

By NB Staff | September 16, 2011 | 9:53 AM EDT

"We counted, in the Republican debate [hosted by MSNBC at the Reagan Library], we counted 26 ideological questions.... Out 26 questions, how many do you think came with a left-wing ideological bent?" NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell asked Fox News host Sean Hannity on his eponymous program last night.

"Twenty-five out of 26" Bozell informed a stumped Hannity, referring to a study released Tuesday by Media Research Center (MRC) deputy research director Geoff Dickens.

"Now, that's perfectly fine if you're going to play devil's advocate... but that's not what these questions are," MRC founder Bozell added, noting that the media don't hit Obama from the right on policy questions in interviews.

For the full "Media Mash" segment, watch the video in the embed below or click here for MP3 audio.

By Brent Baker | September 16, 2011 | 9:40 AM EDT

Monday’s NBC Nightly News featured Brian Williams’ questions from the left to President Barack Obama about liberal exasperation with the President and on Thursday night Williams re-purposed that interview again, this time as a hook to devote nearly six minutes to how African-Americans are disappointed with Obama as Williams advanced the agenda of two left-wing activists, one of them from PBS.  

“A lot of African-Americans in this country are getting flat out crushed in this economy,” Williams noted before fretting over how instead the “DC debate is often admittedly about tax cuts for the wealthy.”

By Tim Graham | September 16, 2011 | 9:03 AM EDT

Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly is going to earn an award from LGBT activists for getting vein-popping angry on The O’Reilly Factor Thursday that psychiatrist Dr. Keith Ablow would dare to suggest parents may want to flip the remote away from “transgender” activist Chaz Bono on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars on Monday.

Who said Fox News was the right-wing channel? There was Kelly, insisting to O’Reilly that Dr. Ablow’s warning on against Bono's show was going to lead to violence from American wackos at the McDonald’s.


By Brad Wilmouth | September 16, 2011 | 8:48 AM EDT

On Thursday's Daily Show on Comedy Central, Kristen Schaal played the part of "senior women's issues correspondent" to inject humor into the clash between Republican presidential candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry over the Texas governor's support for mandating HPV vaccinations to prevent girls from contracting cervical cancer later in life.

As she weighed which candidate would be best for women, citing Bachmann's opposition to forcing girls to get the vaccine, Schaal cracked that Bachmann only supports a "woman's right to choose" if the choice is to get cancer. Below is a transcript of the relevant portion of the Thursday, September 15, Daily Show with Jon Stewart:

By Tim Graham | September 16, 2011 | 7:56 AM EDT

Via Jonah Goldberg, we learned The New York Daily News reported that business professor Michael Schrage caused an uproar among liberals on the Upper West Side of Manhattan by commissioning a sidewalk artist to paint conservative heroes on the sidewalk.

He said "It was mischief, but not malice," since he said if he wanted to upset people he would have asked for Bush, Cheney, Romney, or Perry. Instead, it was former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher and two economists:

By Tom Blumer | September 15, 2011 | 11:45 PM EDT

This was going to be a relatively quick post about the good news, as announced by the Castle Coalition in a Tuesday press release after being teased a few days earlier by "Little Pink House" author Jeff Benedict, that a Lifetime Channel movie is going to be made about the Kelo vs. New London eminent domain drama.

Then along came "culture blogger" Alyssa Rosenberg over at the hard-left ThinkProgress

By Tim Graham | September 15, 2011 | 11:06 PM EDT

On Tuesday night’s All Things Considered, NPR turned to Bill Adair of the “nonpartisan” website Politifact to “truth squad” the Republican debate. Politifact is part of the liberal St. Petersburg Times newspaper. They found Rick Perry to be a “Pants On Fire” liar -- because he did not bow to the Democrats' imaginative "saved or created" job estimates.

Fact: the last time NPR brought in Politifact for some “facts,” it was All Things Considered on May 9, when reporter Ari Shapiro was dismantling Michele Bachmann: “Her political base loves her style, and it makes institutional Republican leaders cringe. Her rhetoric is always colorful and occasionally wrong. The nonpartisan website PolitiFact has evaluated 21 Bachmann statements. None were rated true or even mostly true. Sixteen were just false.” Would the listener really think this is a "nonpartisan" pattern at NPR?

By Matthew Balan | September 15, 2011 | 9:13 PM EDT

Two out of three CBS local affiliate political reporters featured on Thursday's Early Show bluntly stated that President Obama faces "major uphill battle" in recapturing key states for the 2012 election. Anchor Chris Wragge noted the "all-time low" approval rating for the President, while an Ohio journalist highlighted how a Democratic strategist thought Obama was "feeling more Carter than Clinton."

Wragge turned to David Crabtree of WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina; Jim Heath of CBS affiliate WBNS in Columbus, Ohio; and Sam Brock from WTVR in Richmond, Virginia for their takes on the President's recent stops in their states following his jobs bill speech to Congress earlier in September. Crabtree reported on the positive reaction from those who attended Mr. Obama's speech in North Carolina, but then outlined that the Democrat faces several challenges in the months ahead:

By Jack Coleman | September 15, 2011 | 8:53 PM EDT

The strangest thing happened last night on MSNBC -- its self-proclaimed civics geek Rachel Maddow ignored the results not one but two special elections the day before to fill vacancies in the House.

I know, I know, hard to believe. I mean, every time Maddow does report on elections results -- such as when Democrats win -- she'll segue into her reporting by mock drumming to NBC's bombastic election night music in the background. The woman eats and breathes elections. Can there be much doubt that Maddow camped outside her polling place the night before she first cast a vote to avoid lines in the morning? (video after page break)