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By Noel Sheppard | August 20, 2011 | 11:01 AM EDT

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has always known how to use sexual imagery to advance its political agenda.

According to Reuters, the animal rights group is planning on taking this further by actually launching a pornographic website:

By Tom Blumer | August 20, 2011 | 10:52 AM EDT

Establishment press reporters will insist from now until the cows come home that they play it straight. Their actions all too often belie their claims.

One such face-hitting example came yesterday in Associated Press reporter Chris Rugaber's coverage of the government's Regional and State Employment and Unemployment report. If it weren't already given away in this post's title, veteran media bias sleuths would have had no trouble detecting the "clever" technique employed in the following two paragraphs on seasonally adjusted state job gains and losses from Rugaber's risible rendition (key sentences bolded):

By Noel Sheppard | August 20, 2011 | 10:26 AM EDT

Stock markets around the world are once again imploding in fear of a global double-dip recession.

Appearing on PBS's "Inside Washington" Friday, NPR's Nina Totenberg said Barack Obama can cure what ails us with "a lot of very populist rhetoric" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Clay Waters | August 20, 2011 | 9:57 AM EDT

A brief item by Michael Shear in Friday’s New York Times, “Huntsman Makes Bid To Step Out From Crowd,” faulted moderate Republican candidate Jon Huntsman for not sufficiently “standing apart from the pack” of conservative presidential candidates by calling for higher taxes – or in Shear’s words, “revenue increases.”

Shear called it a “missed opportunity,” as if Huntsman should have argued the liberal line on raising taxes solely to stand out from the conservative crowd.

By Alex Fitzsimmons | August 20, 2011 | 9:42 AM EDT

On the August 19 "Fox & Friends" panel segment, co-host Gretchen Carlson highlighted the Media Research Center's (MRC) "revealing" labeling study comparing broadcast network coverage of the 2007 Democratic primary to the 2011 Republican primary.

Published by MRC Research Director Rich Noyes on Tuesday, the study reviewed the ABC, CBS, and NBC morning and evening news programs from January 1 through July 31, 2011 and found 62 "conservative" tags for Republican candidates, compared to only three "liberal" labels for Democratic candidates running during the same time period in 2007.

"That's a 20-to-1 margin, if you're doing the math with us this morning," remarked Carlson.

By Tim Graham | August 20, 2011 | 9:18 AM EDT

On Thursday night's All Things Considered on National Public Radio, the anchors read complaint letters from listeners about a segment on Wednesday mocking Rick Perry with a George W. Bush impersonator.

NPR's website described their mentality in doing this story: "A Texas governor with a little bit of swagger and a heavy emphasis on his Christian faith, is running for president. It all feels a little familiar. Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry has been called 'George W. Bush on steroids.' But how much do the two men overlap in style and substance? To answer that question, Robert Siegel talks with someone who knows George W. Bush's mannerisms better than almost anyone: presidential impersonator John Morgan."

By Brent Bozell | August 20, 2011 | 8:25 AM EDT

A man sits on a roof, wearing a Santa hat. He’s talking to his ex-girlfriend on a cell phone, trying with fake cheer to wish her a Merry Christmas. He asks if she’s with her new boyfriend. Yes, she replies, and she’s with her whole family, opening presents. He says "That’s great, because I have a present for you" – and saws off his own head so it falls down the chimney into the fireplace.

This isn’t a horror movie. It’s a cartoon, filmed in stop-motion animation like "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer." It runs on the Cartoon Network, which is owned by Time Warner. And it’s aimed at children.

By Tim Graham | August 20, 2011 | 7:11 AM EDT

Bill Gertz of The Washington Times reports that  "al-Qaeda obviously can't take a joke, since an Islamic online forum contained assassination talk about that "Zionist" David Letterman, the CBS late-night host, for making "on-air jokes about the killing of Osama bin Laden." (He was denounced as a "sick Jew," but Letterman is not Jewish.) They wanted his tongue cut out.

While the threat may not be unusual, what is surprising to observers is that al Qaeda terrorists are spending time watching the funnyman on the CBS show “Late Night.”

By Tim Graham | August 19, 2011 | 10:52 PM EDT

If you ever wonder why liberal journalists would concoct their "news" stories without a whisper from conservative sources, perhaps Ray Pensador at Daily Kos can serve as an example of the liberal mind at its most arrogant.

Pensador insisted on Friday morning that liberals should only care about other liberals have to say, since they are the ones who believe in freedom, quality, science, sanity, empirical evidence, investigative journalism -- and obviously, the persistent belief they're better than anyone else:

By Brent Bozell | August 19, 2011 | 7:48 PM EDT

Editor's Note: The following commentary by NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell was posted late this afternoon on

It's time to weigh in on the Christine O'Donnell v. Piers Morgan dust-up Wednesday.

In short, O'Donnell's behavior was beyond indefensible. It was downright bizarre.

By Noel Sheppard | August 19, 2011 | 7:24 PM EDT

Unemployment is at 9.1 percent, housing and stock prices are plummeting, national debt is exploding, and Medicare is going bankrupt.

Yet MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews' greatest fear is a president that doesn't believe in evolution or climate change (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Matthew Balan | August 19, 2011 | 5:45 PM EDT

NPR's Scott Horsley apparently couldn't find any conservatives for his report on Thursday's All Things Considered, as he played nothing but sound bites from President Obama and former economic advisor Jared Bernstein. The two boosted a possible mini-stimulus, including "help for public works projects." Horsley played four clips from the President and two from Bernstein during the segment.

By Eric Ames | August 19, 2011 | 4:41 PM EDT

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus got into a somewhat testy exchange over the President's lack of a jobs plan with CNN's Christine Romans on today's American Morning. "Sounds like you're the one with the talking points," Priebus replied to Romans's assertion that he was just repeating GOP talking points.

Priebus also noted that only congressional Republicans had offered any solutions to the nation's economic problems.  "I don't know if you're paying attention to what is happening in Washington, but it was the Republicans that offered a budget plan that addressed the out of control spending and out of control debt that is looming in regard to Medicare. It was Paul Ryan who presented a plan," said Priebus.

By Ken Shepherd | August 19, 2011 | 4:07 PM EDT

It's not just conservative evangelicals like me who think liberals like Daily Beast/Newsweek's Michelle Goldberg are whipped into a paranoid frenzy over Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann's supposed ties to Christian "dominionism."

Washington Post religion writer Lisa Miller -- no stranger to criticism from NewsBusters -- took to the "On Faith" blog yesterday to tell readers to "Beware false prophets who fear evangelicals."

I've included some excerpts of her piece after the page break (my emphasis in bold italics):

By Aubrey Vaughan | August 19, 2011 | 3:44 PM EDT

The New York Times's Eric Lichtblau published a front-page hit piece on the House oversight committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, on Monday, titled "Helping His District, and Himself." The piece opened with an attempt to paint a corporate image of the entrepreneurial congressman, saying, "Here on the third floor of a gleaming office building overlooking a golf course in the rugged foothills north of San Diego, Darrell Issa, the entrepreneur, oversees the hub of a growing financial empire worth hundreds of millions of dollars," going on to attempt to forge a connection between Issa's public service and private business. The errors began in the lede, as Issa's office is not located in a ritzy building near a golf course, and continued for the rest of the article.

Issa's office has called for a "front-page retraction of the story due to the inaccuracies that fully undermine the premise of the article," describing the piece as an "error-ridden front page story." Issa's director of communications, Frederick Hill, explained that the three central examples the Times used to justify their claims are "wildly inaccurate," citing 13 inaccuracies in the article that reflect incorrect information or baseless assertions. With only one exception, the Times has yet to correct or retract any of the errors in the article.