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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:

By Noel Sheppard | March 17, 2012 | 11:13 AM EDT

Bill Maher sure hates red states.

Three days after referring to Alabama and Mississippi voters as "toothless," HBO's Real Time host on Friday called basketball's March Madness "the only place where you’ll ever hear the phrase 'Kansas is advancing'” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | March 17, 2012 | 10:50 AM EDT

On Wednesday, MRC director of media analysis Tim Graham was a guest on Your World with Neil Cavuto on the Fox News Channel. The subject was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s odd declaration that the latest CBS/New York Times poll showing an all-time low approval rating for Obama was “meaningless,” and he’s suspicious of polls. Fox then ran a series of Reid soundbites touting polls as a contrast.

Tim said, “The real poll that matters are elections. I’m sure Harry Reid would have told us in 2010 that polls saying the Republicans were going to take the House of Representatives were meaningless. They didn’t end up being meaningless.” (Video below the cut)

 

By Tim Graham | March 17, 2012 | 10:26 AM EDT

On CNN’s Piers Morgan show Thursday night, CNN mysteriously brought in NBC personality Donnie Deutsch – or maybe it wasn’t mysterious because the guests were former NBC stars, Michael J. Fox and then Meredith Vieira.

But Deutsch and Fox went on a Limbaugh-bashing jaunt. Deutsch replayed the 2006 controversy – Fox’s liberal Democrat ad and Limbaugh’s mockery of Fox – and called Rush a “vicious bully.” Fox agreed, and laid into Limbaugh on the Sandra Fluke controversy, after Deutsch asked if he want to “just go smack the guy.” Fox also came to Bill Maher's defense and claimed he didn't have a "corporate-supported bully pulpit" like Rush:

By Noel Sheppard | March 17, 2012 | 10:02 AM EDT

Let's hear a collective awwwww.

Oprah Winfrey announced Friday she is canceling The Rosie Show with the final episode to be aired on March 30 (press release via TV By The Numbers):

By Brent Bozell | March 17, 2012 | 8:01 AM EDT

You know it’s election season when Republican candidates get angry phone calls from liberal musicians telling them not to use their old music (like Survivor whacking Newt Gingrich for using “Eye of the Tiger” from 1982). Meanwhile, Democrats are handed new anthems on a silver platter written with their re-elections in mind.

Bruce Springsteen’s new album has been hailed as a soundtrack for Obama’s re-election, especially the song “We Take Care of Our Own” (“wherever this flag’s flown”). Springsteen is lauded for going on “a tear to raze Wall Street and raise Main Street.” This is where author Jason Mattera comes in to laugh and point with the facts in his new book “Hollywood Hypocrites.”