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By NB Staff | April 20, 2012 | 11:53 AM EDT

In the 2008 campaign, "[t]he media were awestruck, embarrassingly so," over Barack Obama and failed to vet him thoroughly, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell noted on last night's edition of Hannity. "In the primaries in 2008, we counted 29 different times when the networks either called him a rising star, an emerging star, a rock star, or a superstar. Twenty-nine different times," but they never, of course, affixed such a label to his GOP opponent John McCain.

Shortly after that, Hannity played a montage of liberal journalists gushing over President Obama -- treating him like awestruck groupies -- since he's taken office. "This is embarrassing, this is journalism today," Bozell, the founder of the Media Research Center observed. [MP3 audio here; watch the full segment below the page break]

By Tim Graham | April 20, 2012 | 10:52 AM EDT

The latest Obama e-mail to supporters begins: "Want to meet George Clooney and Barack Obama -- at Clooney's house? He's hosting supporters at his home next month to help build support for this campaign and elect President Obama in November. And he's saving seats for two grassroots supporters like you and their guests. It's just not a chance most people get -- well, ever."

The New York Daily News reports the e-mail from Obama deputy campaign manager Julianna Smoot advertises an "Obama, Clooney, and You" contest. "George Clooney is doing his part to help re-elect the President, but he also knows that it's folks like you who will decide this election. That's why we're reserving a few spots for grassroots supporters." All this is meant to add "little people" to a $6 million fundraiser for Hollywood's One Percent.

By Noel Sheppard | April 20, 2012 | 10:16 AM EDT

Have the executives running MSNBC informed their employees that it's completely acceptable to lie on the air if it helps President Obama win reelection this November?

On Thursday, Martin Bashir flat out lied to make the case to his audience that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is going to hell for supposedly lying when he says the current White House resident promised unemployment would not rise above eight percent if his stimulus package was enacted (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Matthew Sheffield | April 20, 2012 | 9:41 AM EDT

Even though it was their party who rammed Obamacare through Congress, a number of congressional Democrats are publicly airing their own misgivings about the medical regulation law.

Are such misgivings related somehow to the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court might overturn the law?

By Tim Graham | April 20, 2012 | 8:55 AM EDT

There are times when you glance at the leftist Daily Kos blog and wonder if they're being sabotaged from the inside. Case in point: a blog titled "The fetus is a parasite."

"Sasharusha" blogs "back to the whole fetus= parasite thing. That is how I see them. I don't see them as cute and cuddly. I see them as terrifying and scary. I see pregnancy the same way. Here are some examples on how pregnancy is a parasitic relationship:"

By Tim Graham | April 20, 2012 | 6:45 AM EDT

AP reports Sarah Palin says the joke's on ousted Secret Service supervisor David Chaney, who wrote on Facebook that he was "checking her out" while protecting the former Alaska governor during the 2008 campaign. "Well, check this out, buddy -- you're fired!" Palin said Thursday in a Fox News interview.

Palin said the scandal is "a symptom of government run amok." She told Fox: "It's like, who's minding the store around here?...The president, for one, he better be wary, there, of when Secret Service is accompanying his family on vacation. They may be checking out the first lady instead of guarding her."

By Tim Graham | April 19, 2012 | 11:16 PM EDT

Few people in the media were willing to denounce NBC's hiring of self-evidently under-qualified Chelsea Clinton as a reporter on "Rock Center" and "NBC Nightly News." One rare bird is Baltimore Sun TV critic David Zurawik, who mocked NBC News boss Steve Capus for claiming Chelsea "had been preparing her whole life" for this job. He called it "one of the most outrageous and disconnected-from-reality statements I have ever heard from the mouth of a news president in 30 years of reporting on the networks."

Zurawik loved how Michael Hastings at the site BuzzFeed dug up NBC insiders who thought Chelsea the "Dork Diva" was going to be "terrible" on NBC. Chelsea was offered to several networks as a glorious gift from Bill and Hill to the media:

By Tim Graham | April 19, 2012 | 10:22 PM EDT

On Good Friday, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski displayed an obvious affinity for the president by moderating a panel at the White House on women and the economy. This is turning into a trend. On Wednesday, former ABC/CBS/CNN/Fox anchor Paula Zahn (now with Investigation Discovery) moderated a panel starring Vice President Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder on the Violence Against Women Act.

The news sat smack dab in the middle of a Dana Milbank column in The Washington Post that announced the Democrats think it's utterly bizarre that anyone would oppose their Violence Against Women Act:

By Jack Coleman | April 19, 2012 | 6:59 PM EDT

Eyebrow-raiser of a remark from Ed Schultz on his radio show yesterday about Secret Service agents allegedly hiring prostitutes in Colombia just before President Obama's appearance at the Summit of the Americas.

Schultz says he was aware of this type of conduct in the agency and apparently decided it wasn't worth investigating. (audio clip after page break)

By Noel Sheppard | April 19, 2012 | 6:50 PM EDT

It seems a metaphysical certitude a meaningful percentage of Americans in 2008 supported Barack Obama out of an historical sense to have elected the nation's first black president.

On MSNBC's Hardball, host Chris Matthews made a somewhat similar case for this upcoming election asking guests Chuck Todd of NBC News and Howard Fineman of the Huffington Post, "Is there going to be a reluctance on the part of the voters and the political community that talks politics as we get into November about dumping the first African-American president?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | April 19, 2012 | 6:19 PM EDT

The liberal media generally but the Associated Press in particular are acting as mere "stenographers" for Barack Obama, failing to scrutinize the president's campaign rhetoric about the economy, NewsBusters senior editor Tim Graham noted on today's Your World with Neil Cavuto.

"As much as they say they hate being stenographers to power, this really is what we're seeing in this reelection year, and that is, oh, well, Obama said this today and Obama's going to do this today, and they don't seem to come up with any troublesome facts or counter-arguments," the Media Research Center director of media analysis told Stuart Varney, who was substitute-hosting the April 19 program. [MP3 audio here; watch the full segment in the video embedded below]

By Scott Whitlock | April 19, 2012 | 5:15 PM EDT

The big three networks have, thus far, shown little interest in investigating the nearly one million dollars in commuting costs spent by Barack Obama's Defense Secretary. According to the Washington Times, Leon Panetta's weekend flights home cost $32,000 and have totaled $860,000 as of early April.

Yet, ABC, NBC and CBS have skipped this subject, even as White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was pressed on it, Wednesday. Yet, on January 29, 2012, 60 Minutes profiled Panetta about his California farm. Journalist Scott Pelley puffed, "He and his brother planted these walnut trees sixty-five years ago with their father...Did you pick the walnuts?"  

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 19, 2012 | 4:33 PM EDT

On Thursday’s edition of her Now program, MSNBC host Alex Wagner and her colleague Lawrence O’Donnell along with The Nation’s Ari Melber took to the air to smear the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) on the subject of voter ID laws.  ALEC, a liberal blogger bogeyman, has become MSNBC’s new punching bag and the liberal guests took the opportunity to attack the organization from all sides.

In a discussion regarding the merits of showing an ID to vote, Wagner, an alumna of the liberal Center for American Progress, conspiratorially claimed that, “voter ID is cooked up by Republicans to disenfranchise minority voters.” In other words, it's the work of evil, racist Republicans!  [See video below.  MP3 audio here.]

By Tim Graham | April 19, 2012 | 2:26 PM EDT

Both TV Newser and TV Week have picked up on Al Gore-led Current TV’s campaign to “distinguish” itself in cable talk by promoting a clip of Cenk Uygur, the MSNBC-refugee host of “The Young Turks,” attacking  Bill O’Reilly on Tuesday night as a “g–damn Nazi.” This might match the Current motto of “Politically Direct,” but it’s not correct.

“All right, before I go to my panel, let me just level Bill O’Reilly,” boasted Uygur, like a guy who’s had too many drinks at the end of the bar.

By Clay Waters | April 19, 2012 | 1:04 PM EDT

The left-wing site Salon published on Sunday a 3,000-word excerpt from an essay by Paul Krugman and Robin Wells (his wife) published in The Occupy Handbook, a collection of essays from a spray of left-wing economics writers (plus Tyler Cowen) released yesterday in support of the leftist sit-in. From the book description at Amazon: "A guide to the occupation, THE OCCUPY HANDBOOK is a talked-about source for understanding why 1% of the people in America take almost a quarter of the nation's income and the long-term effects of a protest movement that even the objects of its attack can find little fault with."

Under the full headline "Economy killers: Inequality and GOP ignorance -- By failing Econ 101, Republican leaders failed the country and repeated the errors that caused the Great Depression," Krugman and wife spent almost 3,000 words blaming conservatives for the "rising inequality" that has caused an ineffective response to the financial crisis of 2008. In other words, don't blame Obama, but "the right."