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By Tim Graham | May 30, 2011 | 7:59 AM EDT

The NPR afternoon show Talk of the Nation brought on currently retired PBS omnipresence Bill Moyers to pontificate on May 23, but host Neal Conan took the opportunity to read a long excerpt trashing conservative principles as "eyewash" and the difference between Republicans and Democrats as miniscule.

This was an easy setup for Moyers, who agreed that the Democrats are "not the progressive or liberal party" any more because of its major corporate donors. Naturally, Moyers also attacked conservative critics of public broadcasting as opponents of "independence" in journalism:

By Noel Sheppard | May 29, 2011 | 8:19 PM EDT

Harry Smith asked Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) a spectacular question on Sunday's "Face the Nation."

Unfortunately, when he asked his guest if the Democrats have a plan to save Medicare, the substitute host let her completely dodge it (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | May 29, 2011 | 7:11 PM EDT

Just how in bed with Barack Obama is Fareed Zakaria?

On the Sunday CNN program bearing his name, the host began the show by saying Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should have thanked the President for his Middle East peace proposal given earlier this month (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | May 29, 2011 | 5:43 PM EDT

A forceful Park Police arrest of protesters at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington on Saturday is popping up on left-leaning social media over the weekend. The most famous protester/media personality was Adam Kokesh, a radical activist with Iraq Veterans Against the War who is now hosting a show on Russia TV called "Adam vs. The Man." Guess who The Man was this weekend -- some monument cops in shorts.

Hundreds of Americans stroll through the Jefferson Memorial peacefully each day, taking in the inspirational quotes about American resistance to tyranny. Kokesh and his protester cohorts wanted to turn that whole concept upside-down. It was the perfect venue to scream and complain that there was no freedom of speech in America, ruining the experience for the tourists so they could make a propaganda video for Russia TV. The cops shut down the monument temporarily to clear the spot of the bratty disobedience display. The DCist blog explained:

By Tom Johnson | May 29, 2011 | 5:13 PM EDT

In politics as in war, it's a good idea to know your enemy. At Daily Kos, the primary enemies are Republicans, but based on what Kossacks wrote this past week about GOPers, you really can't say they understand them. They spew, rant, and rave about them, even smear them, but "know"...no. Not even close.

As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

By Noel Sheppard | May 29, 2011 | 4:17 PM EDT

With rumors flying around this Memorial Day weekend that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin is about to toss her hat in the ring of Republican presidential candidates, it was not surprising the Roundtable segment of Sunday's "This Week" began with this issue.

Even less surprising was that George Will kicked off the segment with something clever to say about it (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | May 29, 2011 | 3:49 PM EDT

The Justice Department is expected to indict former Senator John Edwards as early as Wednesday for violating federal campaign finance laws.

On this weekend's "Chris Matthews Show," the host along with Time magazine's Joe Klein and the Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan said the DOJ should leave Edwards alone (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | May 29, 2011 | 1:37 PM EDT

NBC's David Gregory on Sunday accused Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) of not having said publicly if he's for Congressman Paul Ryan's (R-Wisc.) Medicare plan.

This oddly came four days after McConnell and 39 other Republicans voted for the proposal on the floor of the Senate (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | May 29, 2011 | 11:41 AM EDT

Time magazine's Joe Klein this weekend claimed President Obama has a better relationship with the military than George W. Bush did when he was Commander-in-Chief.

Such hypocritically was said on "The Chris Matthews Show" just moments before Klein noted that the military were "very much opposed" to attacking Libya (video follows with partial transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | May 29, 2011 | 9:56 AM EDT

Andrew Sullivan this weekend seemed to shock Chris Matthews when he said that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin could actually beat President Obama in next year's elections running as the "principled candidate" representing "this grassroots movement of cutting government down to size."

Maybe even more surprising, Time's Joe Klein seemed to agree telling the host of "The Chris Matthews Show," "You were around in ’79 and ’80 as I was. Did you see many people in the Carter administration think that Ronald Reagan could beat Jimmy Carter?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | May 29, 2011 | 9:09 AM EDT

The conventional wisdom manufacturers on NPR and PBS this week have announced that the actual Republican presidential field has only three serious candidates: Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, and the current media favorite, Jon Huntsman. On Friday night’s All Things Considered, “conservative” NPR analyst David Brooks said the week belonged to Huntsman, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry is too conservative to have appeal. Liberal analyst E.J. Dionne suggested Perry was "very, very conservative."

On Monday night’s Charlie Rose show on PBS, the assembled journalists came up with the same trio, but former Wall Street Journal Washington Bureau Chief Al Hunt strongly insisted Newt Gingrich was just a “joke” and a "travesty" as a candidate:

By Tim Graham | May 29, 2011 | 6:40 AM EDT

Although ABC, CBS, and NBC completely skipped over the Ed Schultz slurs of Laura Ingraham, some may have wondered whether Don Imus talked about it on his Fox Business show on Thursday. After all, his "nappy-headed hos" joke got him forced out of MSNBC. Might he suggest Schultz could have gotten fired like him? For the record, it came up briefly, and not early in the show, but it came up for a quick once-over, with Bernard McGuirk giving it a sharp, running start:

BERNARD McGUIRK, producer: Some loudmouth on MSNBC who nobody ever heard of just got suspended over there for saying this about Laura Ingraham.

By Brent Baker | May 29, 2011 | 2:20 AM EDT

On Saturday night (May 28) C-SPAN twice ran the Media Research Center’s “DisHonors Awards,” and presentation of the “William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence,” which took place May 7 at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

Before each airing, C-SPAN’s announcer warned: “This event contains language and comments that some viewers may find offensive.” I’d call that a good reason to watch.

C-SPAN’s “DisHonors Awards Ceremony” page now has video you can watch which matches what the network carried. It lasts one hour and forty minutes.

By Tim Graham | May 28, 2011 | 11:14 PM EDT

On Thursday’s edition of Rosie Radio on XM/Sirius, Rosie O’Donnell discussed talk show host and comedian Chelsea Handler's recent statement in a New York Times interview that she had an abortion when she was sixteen and still feels she made the right choice. Rosie and her executive producer Janette Barber agreed that it was courageous of Handler both to reveal the abortion and to say she doesn't regret it.

But when the Rosie crew took a call from woman who had several abortions in her late thirties and early forties and feels guilty about it, Barber really lost it, and compared that guilt to blaming a rape victim’s outfit for rape:

By Noel Sheppard | May 28, 2011 | 6:06 PM EDT

Following in the footsteps of the liberal website Wonkette, pornographer Larry Flynt called Sarah Palin's Down Syndrome son Trig "brain dead - a virtual vegetable."

Such was reported by Britain's Independent Friday: