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By Matt Hadro | October 13, 2011 | 4:53 PM EDT

CNN's Erin Burnett argued that, according to a Pew study, tax hikes and spending cuts together would be more effective in trimming the deficit than spending cuts alone, and asked Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) if tax hikes weren't "part of a rational independent strategy here?"

Burnett also pressed the conservative presidential candidate as to why she stuck to her positions on social and fiscal issues. "Why are you so adamant on that?" she asked Bachmann on her opposition to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.

By Tom Blumer | October 13, 2011 | 1:33 PM EDT

Early this morning, I noted how two AP writers seemed to be hoping that former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney will be the Republican Party's presidential nominee, in the process ignoring inconvenient facts like his failure to get over 25% in any poll covered at Real Clear Politics since mid-July while failing to even mention Herman Cain's name until the report's eleventh paragraph (a Rasmussen poll today breaks Romney's three-month dry spell, showing him at 29%, tied with Herman Cain). Sadly, what the AP writes is important for readers to know, because the wire service's copy is read and relayed without question by most of its thousands of subscribing outlets.

Not that learning about the following is anywhere near as important, but in case you're wondering about the GOP presidential nominee preferences and perceptions among several of the pundits at the Washington Post, wonder no more:

By Noel Sheppard | October 13, 2011 | 1:12 PM EDT

On Tuesday, Diane Sawyer absurdly claimed the Occupy Wall Street protests have spread to more than a thousand countries.

Following in this arithmetically-challenged tradition, David Letterman told former President Bill Clinton Wednesday Obama's been in office "a year and a half, close to two years" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | October 13, 2011 | 12:34 PM EDT

NewsBusters on Wednesday shared a list of the top ten richest celebrities that have so far expressed their support for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Currently in ninth place is actor Tim Robbins who recently told protesters, "You can't rip people off that long and expect to get away with it," (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Matt Hadro | October 13, 2011 | 12:33 PM EDT

ABC's Good Morning America welcomed Herman Cain to the top tier of the Republican presidential field on Thursday with a video of him being stumped by a New Hampshire voter over whether or not there was a sales tax in the state.

Co-host George Stephanopoulos reported that "Pizza mogul Herman Cain" was "now at the top of the pack," according to a new poll, and ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper affirmed Cain's status as top-dog in a "very, very volatile Republican race." Then Tapper ran a segment which began with a gaffe from Cain.

By Tim Graham | October 13, 2011 | 12:28 PM EDT

George Will really lets the Occupy Wall Street protesters have it in his Washington Post column on Thursday. He began by noting their events compare to Tea Party events "as Pittsburg, Kan., is to Pittsburgh, Pa. So far, probably fewer people have participated in all of them combined than attended just one Tea Party rally, that of Sept. 12, 2009, on the Mall."

Then he lowered the boom: "In comportment, OWS is to the Tea Party as Lady Gaga is to Lord Chesterfield: Blocking the Brooklyn Bridge was not persuasion modeled on Tea Party tactics."

By Noel Sheppard | October 13, 2011 | 11:43 AM EDT

Despite making what is estimated to be $100 million since leaving the White House in 2001, multimillionaire investor Al Gore has endorsed the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Here's what the Nobel Laureate wrote at his blog Wednesday evening:

By Clay Waters | October 13, 2011 | 10:41 AM EDT

Former Executive Editor Bill Keller, now a columnist for the paper, used the tragic fire in Bastrop, Texas to let loose an Obama-inspired rant against the conservative argument for limited government (and again targeted Texas Gov. Rick Perry) on his New York Times blog Monday: “Life Without Government.”

By Geoffrey Dickens | October 13, 2011 | 10:41 AM EDT

The Occupy Wall Street protestors have received overwhelmingly positive coverage from the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) news networks, as they used their airtime to publicize and promote the aggressively leftist movement. In just the first eleven days of October, ABC, CBS and NBC flooded their morning and evening newscasts with a whopping 33 full stories or interview segments on the protesters. This was a far cry from the greeting the Tea Party received from the Big Three as that conservative protest movement was initially ignored (only 13 total stories in all of 2009) and then reviled.

Where the Tea Party was met with skeptical claims of their motivations -- with some reporters claiming they were merely corporate backed puppets and others implying they were spurred on by their racist opposition to the first black president – the Occupy Wall Street crowd was depicted as an almost genial “grassroots” movement.

By Noel Sheppard | October 13, 2011 | 10:19 AM EDT

Comedy Central's cartoon hit South Park made quite a political statement Wednesday evening.

In an episode called "The Last of the Meheecans," Cartman becomes a border patrol agent only to discover that not only aren't Mexicans trying to cross over into the United States anymore, Obama has made America "so sh-tty" they're all going back home (videos follow with commentary, vulgarity warning):

By Kyle Drennen | October 13, 2011 | 10:17 AM EDT

Updated [12:01 ET]: Full transcript added

At the end of a fawning interview with far left activist and singer Harry Belafonte on Thursday's NBC Today, co-host Ann Curry asked about his litany of controversial comments over the years and if he ever wished he kept his "mouth shut." Belafonte claimed "many Americans shared" his radical views and that: "I handled it with dignity and a certain kind of preciseness that I've not regretted." [Audio available here]

Curry responded by wrapping up the segment and touting Belafonte's autobiography, My Song: "Well, you certainly do that in this book and what's really sweet at the end is you do talk about our best times still lying ahead and from all you've been through that is such a hopeful thing to hear from your perspective. Harry Belafonte, thank you for your life, thank you for your book and thank you for being here this morning....What a great honor." [View video after the jump]

By NB Staff | October 13, 2011 | 10:09 AM EDT

Economic Freedom, the group behind this successful video on the relationship between economy and quality of life, has come out with a second video on economic freedom in the world today, placing America behind nine other countries that are more economically free than us. As they explain, "for years the United States has been a world leader in economic freedom. But runaway government spending and burdensome regulations have caused a decline in economic freedom in the United States."

Do you think with the widespread media approval of continued government spending and endless regulations will contribute to further decline in American economic freedom? Check out the video after the break, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

By Brad Wilmouth | October 13, 2011 | 9:17 AM EDT

On Wednesday's the Ed Show, MSNBC host Ed Schultz berated centrist Democratic Senators Ben Nelson and Jon Tester as "turncoast Democrats" for voting against President Obama recent economic plan, lambasted Democrats for not doing more to call out their centrist colleague and support and Occupy Wall Street Movement, and advised Democrats to embrace the term "tax and spend liberal." Schultz:

By Tim Graham | October 13, 2011 | 8:49 AM EDT

Time magazine offered its "Ten Questions" interview to Chicago Mayor (and former Obama chief of staff) Rahm Emanuel, but Time's Belinda Luscombe largely stuck to light, airy questions like when the mayor talked of getting ideas on his swim, she asked, "Are you a Speedo or board-shorts kind of guy?" She also asked if he gets more sleep now, which kid was the favorite in his house growing up, and "Do you miss Oprah?"

Somehow, there wasn't space in Time for questions about Obama scandals like Solyndra or Fast and Furious, and when it briefly turned serious about national policy, Time pestered from the left about how Emanuel wasted that economic crisis he talked about:

By Tom Blumer | October 13, 2011 | 12:31 AM EDT

Based on a report filed earlier today and time-stamped 8:16 p.m. as of when this post was prepared, it would appear that the last thing Associated Press writers Charles Babington and Kasie Hunt want is a competitive Republican primary season, and that they'll twist reality and the numbers to fit their meme. Oh, and in case you haven't gotten the establishment press memo, Rick Perry is still Mitt Romney's only real competitor.

Funny, I don't remember the AP or anyone else in the establishment press calling Hillary Clinton's nomination "inevitable" in October 2007, when, according to Real Clear Politics (RCP), Ms. Clinton was outpolling Barack Obama by an average of 24 points in 18 polls (and by probably more over John Edwards, though that info wasn't available at RCP).