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By Noel Sheppard | October 18, 2011 | 8:22 PM EDT

During the candidates' introductions at the start of Tuesday's Republican Presidential debate in Las Vegas, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich took a few swipes at Barack Obama.

"I'm Newt Gingrich and unlike President Obama, I'm glad to be in Las Vegas. I think it's a great place to have a convention."

The former Speaker was obviously mocking the President's February 2010 statement:

By Matthew Sheffield | October 18, 2011 | 7:02 PM EDT

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By Matthew Balan | October 18, 2011 | 6:57 PM EDT

On Tuesday's Early Show, CBS's Bigad Shaban, seemingly grasping for straws for any reason to report on "Occupy Wall Street," played up the music performances from protesters down in lower Manhattan. Shaban emphasized how "music has helped spur movements," and gushed that "some believe if history is any indication, they could provide harmony to a movement."

The correspondent highlighted that in the Zuccotti Park, where the protesters are camped out in New York City, "there are more musical performances than actual marches. They're almost constant, but impromptu." He added that "they [the protesters] call it the heartbeat of the revolution, from loud battle cries to soothing throwbacks to the civil rights era. They've become a soundtrack to the 'Occupy Wall Street' movement" [video clips from the segment below the jump; audio available here].

By Noel Sheppard | October 18, 2011 | 6:34 PM EDT

If you listen to Occupy Wall Street-loving media members, you'd think income inequality in America is worse than anywhere else in the world.

Quite the contrary, a chart from World Bank economist Branko Milanovic's book "The Haves and the Have-Nots” paints an entirely different picture:

By Matt Hadro | October 18, 2011 | 6:15 PM EDT

[UPDATE at end of post: Cooper responds via Politico.]

Tuesday night’s Republican debate in Las Vegas will be moderated by CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. The CNN promo urges viewers to “See if what happens in Vegas gets them closer to the White House.” But Cooper’s nightly Anderson Cooper 360 often looks like it’s trying to keep Republicans away from the White House.

CNN advertises Cooper’s regular segment, “Keeping Them Honest,” with the question: “Who's Anderson keeping honest tonight?” Apparently, CNN and Cooper find Republicans are much more dishonest. Since July, a review of “Keeping Them Honest” segments found 24 reports tagging the Republicans with dishonesty, compared with just three for Democrats – a ratio of eight to one.

By Ken Shepherd | October 18, 2011 | 6:03 PM EDT

New York Magazine, no right-wing rag by any stretch, recently asked 50 Occupy Wall Street protesters some basic questions about U.S. fiscal policy. While the survey is not scientific, the rank-and-file protesters in Zuccotti Park seem to be woefully ignorant on such basic questions as what the SEC stands for (Securities and Exchange Commission), what the top marginal income tax is (35 percent), and how much money the military gets from the federal budget.

Just 28 percent got the SEC question correct while 10 percent correctly knew (or guessed) that the top marginal income tax rate falls somewhere between 25 and 50 percent. Somehow, however, I doubt the broadcast and cable media will pick up on this item to attack the protesters as ill-informed pawns of the Left.

By Jack Coleman | October 18, 2011 | 5:40 PM EDT

Senate Democrats who didn't vote for President Obama's jobs bill, consider yourself warned -- Ed Schultz is coming after you. More specifically, he's coming after part of you.

On his radio show Oct. 13, Schultz lashed out at senators Ben Nelson and Jon Tester for siding with Republicans against the legislation, helping ensure its defeat. (audio clips after page break)

By Scott Whitlock | October 18, 2011 | 5:09 PM EDT

The reliably liberal Martin Bashir on Tuesday questioned anti-Semitism at the Occupy Wall Street protests, pushing artist/activist Russell Simmons to respond to bigoted signs and messages seen in New York.

Simmons bristled at having to deal with the subject, replying to Bashir's question by dismissing, "Where'd you get that from? Bill O'Reilly or somebody?" Bashir played a commercial by the Emergency Committee for Israel, featuring a protester screaming, "You're a bum, Jew!" Another can be seen announcing, "Jews control Wall Street." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]


By Clay Waters | October 18, 2011 | 4:40 PM EDT

The romantic treatment of the leftist sit-in at Wall Street by Michael Kimmelman in his Sunday Review “news analysis” “The Power of Place in Protest" was bad enough, with talk of Aristotle and “the size of an ideal polis” and how “Zuccotti Park has in fact become a miniature polis, a little city in the making.” But the real offense came in the New York Times's choice of comparison photos.

The think-piece by the paper's architectural critic was accompanied by archive photos of other massive legendary protests; Kent State in 1970; the Central Park protest against the Vietnam War in 1967; the famous man in front of the tank in Tiananmen Square in 1989; the fall of the Berlin Wall that same year. Of more recent vintage was the Tahrir Square protest in Cairo and Occupy Wall Street.

By Matt Hadro | October 18, 2011 | 4:05 PM EDT

CNN's Anderson Cooper opened his Monday night show hitting GOP candidate Herman Cain for his comments on immigration, which Cain claimed were meant in jest. Cooper continued lock-step with his trend of hitting Republicans with critical "Keeping Them Honest" reports at a much higher rate than Democrats.

It was Cooper's third "Keeping Them Honest" report on Cain in less than two weeks, which equals the same number of those reports that President Obama has received in three full months.

"He says he's only joking and said it again just this evening," Cooper spoke of Cain's comments that as President, he would install an electric fence on the Mexican border with a moat full of alligators. "But new polling shows him to be a serious candidate at this point....So people are now taking everything he says seriously whether he likes it or not."

By Clay Waters | October 18, 2011 | 3:50 PM EDT

Political reporter Matt Bai’s 7,000-word cover story for the New York Times Sunday Magazine, “‘ESTABLISHMENT REPUBLICANS LOOK AT THESE GUYS AND SAY, "YOU’RE NUTS!"' – The G.O.P. elite tries to take its party back,” was not as slanted as that headline (mining a convenient quote that just happens to link the GOP with the insult "nuts"), but it was dotted with condescension and "far-right" labels, as well as a comparison of the GOP rhetoric to something out of a "survivalist's convention."

Bai also forwarded a large amount of doomsaying for a party that’s doing pretty well of late, if the 2010 election and current polls are to be believed. The cover headline underlined that unearned idea of a party in desperate straits: “Does Anyone Have A Grip On The G.O.P.?”

By Tim Graham | October 18, 2011 | 3:46 PM EDT

The blog called Queerty reported a substitute anchor on ABC's middle-of-the-night newscast World News Now coming out of the closet on air on Monday. "Reporting on actor Zachary Quinto’s own recent admission he was gay, Kloeffler, 35, joked he would break his rule about dating actors for the Star Trek star."

Queerty applauded the notion "that Kloeffer realizes acknowledging your full self doesn’t compromise a reporter’s ability to report the news objectively." Have they watched Don Lemon on CNN recently? On the ABC website, Kloeffler proclaimed he didn't want to be the story:

By Geoffrey Dickens | October 18, 2011 | 3:36 PM EDT

Add the CLASS Act to the ever growing list of damaging stories (Solyndra, Fast and Furious) to the bungling Obama administration that the media are, for the most part, whistling by. The news last Friday that a key part of Obamacare, the Community Living Assistance Services and Support Act (CLASS), meant to provide long-term care for the elderly – was deemed not sustainable by the Obama administration itself, drew a total of just 40 seconds on the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) broadcast network news shows.

ABC's Good Morning America, on Saturday, included just a 20 second brief by Ron Claiborne who alerted viewers that the "Obama administration is killing a key part of its signature health care overhaul" because it was not "financially viable." Then, later that evening CBS Evening News -- seen by few since college football meant it did not air in the Eastern and Central time zones -- also aired a 20 second brief with weekend anchor Anthony Mason notifying viewers: "The Obama administration has scrapped the long-term care component of the health care reform law before it even took affect." NBC has yet to cover the topic on either NBC Nightly News or the Today show. There wasn't even a word of it on the political roundtable Sunday shows (ABC's This Week, CBS's Face the Nation, NBC's Meet the Press).

By Matthew Balan | October 18, 2011 | 2:15 PM EDT

CBS political analyst John Dickerson might have stepped too close to calling GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain a minstrel on Tuesday's Early Show: "Now that he [Cain] is a top-tier candidate...he probably has to moderate the jester act a little bit, and show that he seen by voters as a president." Dickerson was replying to Cain's recent controversial remark about an electrified border fence [audio available here].

Anchor Erica Hill brought on the political analyst to preview the next Republican presidential debate, scheduled for later in the day in Las Vegas. She raised the electric fence issue towards the end of the segment, and cited a new CNN poll which has Cain "running, really, almost neck and neck with Mitt Romney." She then asked Dickerson, "How is this going to affect him in how he deals with this question of illegal immigration moving forward?" [video clip below the jump]

By Jack Coleman | October 18, 2011 | 1:39 PM EDT

After all, who knows what these loose-cannon layabouts might do next.

Easily irritated radio host and aspiring MSNBC flamethrower Ed Schultz has become a huge fan of Occupy Wall Street, even while keeping his distance from the protesters after many of them jeered him as a "corporatist" during a broadcast of "The Ed Show" from lower Manhattan. (audio after page break)