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By Noel Sheppard | October 16, 2011 | 8:50 PM EDT

MSNBC's Al Sharpton lead a jobs rally in Washington, D.C., Saturday, and not surprisingly, he used the event to once again divide the nation along racial lines.

As he has disgracefully done on his PoliticsNation program on numerous occasions in recent weeks, Sharpton accused those favoring proper identification at the polls as wanting to "revoke the Voting Rights Act" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | October 16, 2011 | 7:57 PM EDT

The Associated Press's seeming effort to go after every candidate except the guy who used to be governor of Massachusetts -- and imposed CO2 emission caps when he was -- went a different route tonight with a report by the wire service's Ryan J. Foley that Herman Cain, a believer in liberty and free-market capitalism, "has close ties" with the Koch brothers, who believe in liberty and free-market capitalism.

Knock me over with a feather. Here are several paragraphs from Foley's report (bolds are mine):

By Tom Johnson | October 16, 2011 | 6:25 PM EDT

In the 1990s, some argued that Bill Clinton was, figuratively, our first black president. This week, two Kossacks opined that Herman Cain would be, in effect, a white president, or at least a white nominee. One claimed that if it's Cain vs. Obama, the Hermanator will serve two purposes: punching bag for the invincible incumbent and insulation for Republicans from charges of racism. The other flatly accused Cain of selling out his fellow blacks.
As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

By Noel Sheppard | October 16, 2011 | 2:57 PM EDT

Remember all that talk about returning civility to political discussions following Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' (D-Ariz.) shooting in January?

Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus clearly doesn't, for on ABC's This Week Sunday, she said of Texas governor Rick Perry's presidential candidacy, "He's like Monty Python's parrot - he's not dead yet" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | October 16, 2011 | 1:47 PM EDT

This weekend's syndicated Chris Matthews Show spent the entire first segment talking about how America wants more centrist politicians looking to compromise with their political rivals.

The host and his guests believe the Republican presidential candidate that best exemplifies this moderate stance is Mitt Romney, with Time's Joe Klein actually saying he gave on Tuesday "one of the most impressive, impeccable debate performances I’ve ever seen" - but the panel still thinks Romney's got a very serious Mormon problem (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | October 16, 2011 | 11:36 AM EDT

Remember all that media talk about the Tea Party being a bunch of racists because a handful of tasteless signs appeared at rallies around the country?

Given that excessive, disproportionate outrage, the press should be truly disgusted by videos that have been taken of overt racism and anti-Semitism occurring at various Occupy Wall Street protests and associated jobs rallies from coast to coast (multi-clip video follows with commentary, extreme vulgarity warning):

By Tom Blumer | October 16, 2011 | 10:58 AM EDT

On October 9, an unbylined Associated Press story reported that Congressmen Darrell Issa "could send subpoenas to the Obama administration as soon as this week over weapons lost amid the Mexican drug war." On Wednesday, October 12, Issa did just that.

Mike Vanderboegh's Sipsey Street Irregulars blog has a succinct summary (HT Ed Driscoll) of the establishment press's coverage of Issa's actions since the subpoenas' issuance:

By Tim Graham | October 16, 2011 | 7:28 AM EDT

Mark Levin’s best-selling book Rescuing Sprite seems to have spurred a trend of dog-owner books from powerful political journalists. Jill Abramson, executive editor of the New York Times, has a new book titled The Puppy Diaries. In Friday’s paper, they published a book review from John Grogan, author of the best-selling book Marley & Me.

Naturally, the reviewer can be expected to be nice. Grogan declared “Some readers will be looking for evidence to brand her elitist, but Ms. Abramson’s voice is bighearted and surprisingly down to earth as she and her husband forge a stronger bond with Scout at their side.” Somehow, Grogan doesn’t find anything a little elitist in cooking gourmet meals for the pooch: 

By Brad Wilmouth | October 16, 2011 | 7:24 AM EDT

On Saturday's NBC Nightly News, correspondent Michael Isikoff filed a report recounting criticisms of GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain's 9-9-9 plan, as Isikoff asserted that "critics see more pain, not gain, for struggling families." His report continued:

By Tim Graham | October 15, 2011 | 10:04 PM EDT

On the Washington Post-owned black commentary website The Root, managing editor Joel Dreyfuss wrote an open letter to Gary Knell, the new CEO of NPR, insisting the firing of Juan Williams means NPR should respond by going beyond its white liberal "myopia" and broadening the network to more "black voices and brown voices and white voices that challenge conventional liberal thinking."

Dreyfuss applauded Knell for "your efforts to set a new tone on this volatile topic after the nasty fallout that followed the clumsy exit of commentator Juan Williams early this year. The highly publicized incident left NPR with a tarnished image, seen by many as hypocritical in its tolerance of a variety of voices, and questionable when it came to giving people of color a significant role."

By Tom Blumer | October 15, 2011 | 9:29 PM EDT

Sometimes it's really hard to understand why certain events get heavy national press coverage while others which are arguably at least as significant and serious get little if any notice. This is one of them. Scott Walker, who solved a $3 billion projected deficit in Wisconsin, is a media and leftist (but I repeat myself) arch-villain because much of the balancing was done by adjusting public-sector employee contributions towards health and pension benefits to more closely but still more generously resemble what's seen in the private sector, and by reducing public-sector employees' ability to restore them to their formerly out-of-control levels through collective bargaining. Ditto for John Kasich in Ohio, where the projected deficit was $8 billion.

Meanwhile, the state of Illinois defers billions of dollars of payments to vendors by four or more months because, despite 67% and 46% increases in personal and business income taxes, respectively, it still doesn't have the money to come even close to staying current. Yet virtually all we've seen from the national press on the problem is one Associated Press story conveniently filed on a Saturday. Here are key paragraphs from the report by Christopher Wills (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Terence P. Jeffrey | October 15, 2011 | 9:13 PM EDT

U.S. District Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle, a Clinton appointee, has ruled that the Justice Department does not need to release emails Solicitor General Elena Kagan sent from her DOJ email account to people in the White House—in which she discussed her recusal decisions as solicitor general—because the emails were “used for a purely personal objective.” and Judicial Watch were seeking public release of the emails through lawsuits filed under the Freedom of Information Act. The “purely personal objective” cited by the judge was Kagan’s goal of being confirmed to the United States Supreme Court. At issue is whether Kagan must recuse herself as a Supreme Court Justice when the cases challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare reach the court.


By Brad Wilmouth | October 15, 2011 | 3:54 PM EDT

On Friday's Inside Washington on PBS, regular panel member Nina Totenberg of NPR incorrectly claimed that the "top tenth of one percent" of income earners in America "controls something like 20 or 30 percent" of the nation's income, and went on to characterize the economic situation as being worse than it has been in "hundreds of years," as she suggested income gaps were at a level that "people came to this country to avoid."

In reality, it is the top one percent - not the top "tenth of one percent" - that earns about a quarter of the nation's income.

As the group discussed the Occupy Wall Street protests, Totenberg made the following observations:

By Noel Sheppard | October 15, 2011 | 2:59 PM EDT

Michael Moore on Friday called for police departments across the country to join the Occupy Wall Street protests "the same way the Egyptian army joined the people in Freedom Square there in Cairo."

"My appeal to the police is you are us and we are you," Moore said in a web only video published at "We’ll even let you beat on a bongo drum" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | October 15, 2011 | 1:56 PM EDT

At The Huffington Post on Friday, liberal professor and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich lamented "The Triumph of Dogma" at National Public Radio, apparently represented by David Frum's decision to resign his right half of commentaries on the business-ish show Marketplace. "I respect David's decision but I disagree with his understanding of his job on Marketplace. And I find his decision to leave a sad commentary (no pun intended) on what's happening to public discourse in America."

When liberals lament the tone of "public discourse," what they often mean is: Why must we allow a polite liberal-to-centrist statism consensus to be ruined by the unpleasantness of those annoying conservatives in their Tea Party tri-corner hats? Reich explicitly asked: "Why exactly was it necessary for David Frum to 'represent' the views of conservative Republicans?" He finds they're too extreme to have a place on taxpayer-funded radio.