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By Ken Shepherd | | February 25, 2013 | 1:16 PM EST

"For those scraping by on minimum wage, an increase sounds good." That was the Einstein-brilliant headline for the February 25 Metro section article by Washington Post staff writer Michael Laris, which looked at how a "Young Pr[ince] George's [County] father finds little money left to advance dreams."

Laris's 44-paragraph story began with the plight of 24-year-old father Tyrrell Brown, who "makes minimum wage as a cashier at the Family Dollar in Forest Heights," Maryland, a town just outside the District of Columbia. "[E]ven with the job, the income of his girlfriend, Janise Creek, and support from their parents, they can't afford to get their own apartment with their daughter Jayla," Laris noted, quoting Brown in the next paragraph complaining, "Who can live off this little bit of money every week?"

By Tim Graham | | February 25, 2013 | 1:04 PM EST

At his media blog for The Washington Post, Erik Wemple expressed amazement at how "President Obama finished an address to members of the the National Governors Association at the White House by saying, 'What I want to do is clear out the press so we can take some questions.'”

This is the latest example of how Team Obama has utterly failed to live up to its promise of being the most transparent administration in American history, which the president still asserts. Wemple added:

By Tom Blumer | | February 25, 2013 | 12:37 PM EST

An Investor's Business Daily editorial on Friday confirmed a couple of items which seemed intuitively obvious but which I didn't prove on Thursday in my post (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog) about the Department of Labor's outrageous decision to grant unionized workers at now-liquidating Hostess Bakeries "Trade Adjustment Assistance" (TAA).

The first is that it will cost a lot of money, totaling an amount which appears to have a chance to come within striking distance of about half of the annual profits in the entire commercial baking industry. The second is that there is little if any evidence supporting DOL's finding that imports have seriously harmed the industry. Excerpts from that editorial (do read the whole blood-boiling thing), followed by a bit of analysis by yours truly, follow the jump.

By Kyle Drennen | | February 25, 2013 | 12:25 PM EST

Acting like an extension of the White House press office on Monday's NBC Today, correspondent Peter Alexander promoted Obama administration talking points on the upcoming budget sequester: "This morning, the White House is picking up the pace of its PR offensive, they are rolling out reports for each of the country's states and how they will be affected by these automatic budget cuts." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Alexander listed the "dire warnings" coming from the executive branch: "In California, 9,600 low-income students could lose their college financial aid. In Florida, nearly $4 million could be slashed to provide meals for needy seniors. And in Texas, nearly 10,000 fewer children will receive vaccines for diseases like whooping cough and the flu."

By Scott Whitlock | | February 25, 2013 | 12:08 PM EST

According to Good Morning America's David Wright on Monday, the upcoming "papal election campaign is getting ugly." The ABC correspondent then declared that Pope Benedict an "absolute monarch." 

In a report live from Rome, Wright explained, "Pope Benedict is expected to issue new rules about the timing and procedures of the conclave [the meeting of cardinals to elect a new pope.]" He added, "[Benedict] can do that by degree. The Pope is an absolute monarch." [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Of course, Wright's experience in judging any kind of election is questionable. Back in 2002, he reported from Iraq and insisted, "Seven years ago, when the last referendum took place, Saddam Hussein won 99.96 percent of the vote. Of course, it is impossible to say whether that’s a true measure of the Iraqi people’s feelings."

By Tom Blumer | | February 25, 2013 | 8:51 AM EST

You've got to hand it to the headline writers at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press. They sure know how to abuse their power to shape public perceptions.

The headline at Martin Crutsinger's report this morning on projected economic growth for 2013, which the wire service is treating as this morning's "Big Story," reads: "ECONOMISTS PREDICTING MODERATE GROWTH IN 2013." Many people using computers, tablets and smartphones will see that headline, conclude that the economy's not so bad, and move on without clicking through. Too bad Crutsinger's first two paragraphs directly contradict that headline.

By Mark Finkelstein | | February 25, 2013 | 8:51 AM EST

Call her MoveOn.Mika . . . Bob Woodward has demonstrated that President Obama was not telling the truth during the third presidential debate when he flatly stated that "the sequester is not something that I've proposed. It is something that Congress has proposed.” In fact, it was two Obama aides who devised the plan, and Obama himself who approved it.

But when Joe Scarborough wanted to get those facts on the record this morning, Mika Brzezinski repeatedly declared that discussing Obama's failure to tell the truth was "silly." Things got heated between the co-hosts at one point as Mika cut Joe off, saying "I need to talk."  And trying to end the uncomfortable discussion, Mika actually announced "I'm moving on." View the video after the jump.

By Noel Sheppard | | February 25, 2013 | 12:45 AM EST

A few years ago, CBS briefly aired a sitcom called "$#*! My Dad Says."

Although it only lasted five months, ABC thought it wise to follow in its footsteps by creating an ad for a new sitcom coming out in April that included a caption that read "Bull#$%@" (video follows with commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | February 25, 2013 | 12:34 AM EST

A surprising thing happened at Sunday's Academy Awards presentation.

Coming on via satellite to assist Jack Nicholson present the Best Picture award was first lady Michelle Obama.

By NB Staff | | February 24, 2013 | 11:33 PM EST

"They're dumb and they're lazy, they're also dishonest." That's how NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell assessed the liberal media's parroting of President Obama's sky-is-falling predictions regarding the pending federal sequester, which, of course, the media are largely failing to remind folks was the president's idea.

By Noel Sheppard | | February 24, 2013 | 10:10 PM EST

Oscars host Seth MacFarlane made a truly tasteless joke Sunday about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Far more surprising, the audience seemed stunned by it (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Brent Baker | | February 24, 2013 | 8:51 PM EST

HBO’s Sunday night dramady, Enlightened, is delivering something very rare: A true to life depiction of a journalist – specifically identified as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times – as a very obvious left-winger, one who cavorts with and reads books by far-left authors and goes to the newspaper newsroom wearing a “John Kerry for President” shirt. (video after the jump)

By Noel Sheppard | | February 24, 2013 | 4:01 PM EST

Bill Plante, CBS News Senior White House Correspondent, made a rather shocking statement Sunday about the Obama administration's media strategy.

Appearing on CNN's Reliable Sources, Plante said that to the extent the White House is able to "put out their own material" without the Washington press corps, "they're undercutting the First Amendment...it's state-run media" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | February 24, 2013 | 3:00 PM EST

CNBC's Maria Bartiromo made a statement Sunday about all of the fearmongering concerning the looming budget sequester that people on both sides of the aisle should pay attention to.

Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press, Bartiromo said, "I think Wall Street is seeing this as scare tactics because if the market really believed that the economy was going to be paralyzed on March 1 we would not be trading near record highs" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | | February 24, 2013 | 2:14 PM EST

This sentence was put on the front page of The Washington Post on Sunday: “Will ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ be Swift-boated out of an Oscar?” Later, the writer added “negative campaigning has threatened to approach Lee Atwater proportions.”

Post film critic Ann Hornaday was the writer, and the Post slapped the words “Critic’s Notebook” above it. She did find “old-fashioned sexism” in “Zero Dark Thirty” director Kathryn Bigelow’s snub in the Best Director category: