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By Tim Graham | March 13, 2012 | 2:14 PM EDT

No one in the media is pressuring Obama or his super PAC boss Bill Burton to send back Bill Maher's million dollar check. But Time humorist/columnist Joel Stein wrote in the March 19 issue about trying to talk Maher out of his donation.

Maher disagreed “This is the biggest cause there is. Every cause is subsumed by what happens in Washington,” he said. “If you think we can solve the enviroment with everyone recycling, you’re crazy,” he added. “It’s like saying World War II could have been won by everyone saving tin. The government also had to make tanks.” Fighting for Obama is just like fighting the Nazis?

By Tom Blumer | March 13, 2012 | 12:58 PM EDT

Last night (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), I noted how Christopher Rugaber at the Associated Press, also known to yours truly as the Administration's Press, failed to tell his readers that the federal government's $232 billion reported deficit in February was an all-time single-month record. I also went back and showed that another AP reporter in March 2008 did note that February 2008's deficit was at the time an all-time record. If there's a reason for the patently obvious inconsistency other than who happens to be occupying the White House at the moment, I'd sure like to know what it is.

Rugaber's report had other risible aspects which I have excerpted below in three separate segments:

By Scott Whitlock | March 13, 2012 | 12:45 PM EDT

Liberal MSNBC on Tuesday adopted Democratic talking points for the contraceptive fight. As anchor Chris Jansing offered softball questions to left-wing Senator Patty Murray, a MSNBC graphic flatly declared: "War on Women: 12 Dem Women Senators Send Letter to Speaker Boehner."

Usually, MSNBC can at least provide a question mark ("War on women?") as the network spins for Democrats. Jansing framed the issue as hostile to females, offering this loaded question: "You were one of 12 Democratic women in the Senate that sent a letter to House Speaker Boehner asking him to abandon plans to continue the fight against contraception coverage in the House."

By Matt Hadro | March 13, 2012 | 12:22 PM EDT

CNN's Soledad O'Brien told her critics on Monday to "stop tweeting" her and that the particular debate over Obama's past was over. Then on Tuesday she hosted birth control activist Sandra Fluke and simply rolled out the red carpet for her guest to knock her own conservative critics.

Fluke slammed her critics for spewing "misinformation" and silencing women "regarding their own health care." CNN host Soledad O'Brien pointed viewers to Fluke's CNN.com op-ed and teed her guest up with easy questions like "How have the last couple of weeks been?"

By Ken Shepherd | March 13, 2012 | 11:53 AM EDT

Imagine you're a public high school principal and you've learned of a student walkout that's been in the works for months. This is an unacceptable disruption to the learning environment of which you are hired by the county and paid by the taxpayers to preserve. Also imagine the ringleaders of the walkout organized the protest via Twitter, and so you are able to find the organizers and give them a 5-day suspension. But that's when it hits the fan because the Occupy movement and other left-wing agitators start to make a stink about it online, ensuring, of course, local media coverage that's bound to paint you in a negative light.

That's exactly the pickle Edgar Batenga is in. The principal of Hyattsville, Maryland's Northwestern High School was painted by Washington Post writer Ovetta Wiggins today as a free speech-stifling, overly strict disciplinarian. Naturally, Wiggins began her 28-paragraph story by painting the chief student organizer as a victim (emphasis mine):

By Kyle Drennen | March 13, 2012 | 11:25 AM EDT

NBC and its hard left cable network don't seem to be on the same page. The morning after MSNBC bomb-thrower Ed Schultz condemned Republican voters for thinking President Obama is Muslim, on Tuesday's Today, NBC's political director Chuck Todd discounted the Public Policy Polling survey: "I think this question was designed to get a higher percentage in the answer than maybe what's actually true."

Todd explained the problem with the automated poll: "...the way the question was asked, I think it just was designed to get a higher number. Because there are some Republicans who...may not believe he's a Muslim, but like saying it because it's a way to attack him. It's sort of a way to needle him....it's certainly created a buzz among liberals who are trying to create a stereotype among base conservative voters."

By Noel Sheppard | March 13, 2012 | 9:18 AM EDT

As NewsBusters reported, HBO's Bill Maher on Friday disgracefully claimed Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum homeschools his children to keep them locked up in his "Christian madrassa" where they won't be exposed to knowledge and reason.

On Fox New's Hannity Monday, the former Pennsylvania Senator struck back at the vulgar comedian saying, "My 12-year-old will out-reason Bill Maher" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | March 13, 2012 | 8:13 AM EDT

On the national weekend radio show "Both Sides Now With Huffington and Matalin," Arianna Huffington was replaced this weekend with disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. So when the topic of Sandra Fluke came up, radio listeners were treated to Eliot Spitzer declaring that Republicans will lose "moderate, centrist, independent women" due to Rush Limbaugh's language.

Spitzer also attacked the Virginia statute requiring an external ultrasound as part of informed consent before an abortion, insisting it went "way beyond" what was medically necessary and was a "dramatic invasion" of a woman's rights. Spitzer is best known for being on the wrong side of the prostitution statutes at Washington's Mayflower Hotel. The fact that Arianna or any other liberal media figures (like the executives at CNN) think he can credibly discuss outrage toward women is something to behold. The "moderator" of the radio show, Naderite leftist Mark Green, asked Spitzer to describe how Limbaugh would hurt the GOP:

By Tim Graham | March 13, 2012 | 6:32 AM EDT

After five weeks with his nose turned to the corner, CNN is withdrawing the suspension of liberal political analyst Roland Martin for Super Bowl Sunday tweets that offended the gay censorship lobby. CNN is apparently pleased with Martin's sackcloth-and-ashes apology tour with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Martin met with GLAAD lobbyist (and former CNN producer) Herndon Graddick on Valentine's Day.

Fishbowl DC reported late Monday that "CNN staff was alerted today on the 10 am conference call that Roland Martin's suspension has been lifted." He no doubt pleased GLAAD by complaining on Twitter Monday that no one had a sense of humor who was "tripping" at the show "GCB."  He said Christians should "lighten up." The show could not be made if it was titled "Good Gay Bitches."

By Noel Sheppard | March 12, 2012 | 11:54 PM EDT

CNN's Erin Burnett on Monday did a segment correctly castigating Congress for not passing a budget in over 1000 days.

The only problem was that while she did this, pictures of House Republicans were shown on the screen despite the blame resting solely with Senate Democrats (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | March 12, 2012 | 11:22 PM EDT

In his report on today's release of Uncle Sam's February Monthly Treasury Statement, Christopher Rugaber at the Associated Press today did almost all he could to ensure that his wire service remains deserving of the nickname yours truly gave it several month ago: "The Administration's Press."

Rugaber's primary sin of omission ensures that readers, listeners and viewers at AP's subscribing outlets will probably not learn that February's deficit, at a rounded $232 billion, was the highest single-month shortfall in U.S. history. But four years ago in March 2008, during the final year of George W. Bush's presidency, the wire service's Jeannine Aversa somehow found space to note the record-breaking nature of that year's $176 billion February deficit:

By Tim Graham | March 12, 2012 | 10:03 PM EDT

How rabid are leftists right now to attach anything and everything to Rush Limbaugh? See the Daily Kos with their Sunday night diatribe titled "Did Soldier who Killed 16 in Afghanistan Receive his Diploma from the Rush Limbaugh Show?" No one knows the reasons why this man would shoot innocent civilians, but the Kosmonauts have great imaginations and have already declared Limbaugh is an accessory to mass murder. The author is Constance Hilliard, a professor of African and Middle East History at North Texas University.

Hilliard complained "The Rush Limbaugh Show is being broadcast to troops on bases all over the world.  However, America has too much at stake, to allow this seedy, ugly-spirited man to roll around in the minds of vulnerable young men. These soldiers are thousands of miles from home, getting shot at by an enemy indistinguishable from our Afghan allies, for a war whose rationale nobody even remembers any more. They need something better than an education in anti-Muslim hatred."

By Noel Sheppard | March 12, 2012 | 9:41 PM EDT

UPDATE AT END OF POST: Hillary Clinton campaign circulated Obama photo in Muslim attire.

Polls released Monday showed a large percentage of Republicans in Alabama and Mississippi think President Obama is a Muslim.

In a shocking display of unhinged rhetoric hours later, MSNBC's Ed Schultz blamed it all on former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Rusty Weiss | March 12, 2012 | 9:26 PM EDT

What better example of media bias, than when a company you own has been alleged to have conducted fraudulent business practices, questionable lobbying tactics, and possible insider trading – and you report nothing about it.

The Washington Post recently published an article regarding a potential ‘debt bomb’ on the American economy – student loans.  But in this article, the Post continues to do little in the way of reporting on for-profit colleges, a prime sector for student loan defaults.  And it most certainly ignores a for-profit college which is the main source of its very own revenue – Kaplan University.

Kaplan over the last several years has accounted for the vast majority of revenue at the Washington Post company.  In 2009 for example, Kaplan accounted for 58% of the Post’s revenue, while newspaper and magazine publishing accounted for a mere 19%.  So it stands to reason that the Post’s lack of reporting may be due to their reliance on cash from the university. 

By ignoring the story however, the Post is avoiding the dark side of the Kaplan enterprise.  

By Lauren Thompson | March 12, 2012 | 6:56 PM EDT

“Hell Hath No Fury,” the second episode in ABC’s unholy mess “GCB,” was even worse than the pilot. Despite the vain and meager PR attempts by its Jesus-touting stars, the show's true agenda of degrading Christianity, conservatives, and Texans shines as bright as the light of Heaven with a total of 72 attacks on the Christian faith in a mere two episodes.

“GCB’s” sin-filled debut left audiences and advertisers questioning Disney-owned ABC’s credibility. Because of the show’s blatant assault on a particular audience, Kraft pulled its Philadelphia Cream Cheese ad  from the programming faster than Kristen Chenoweth could don one of her hideous “Southern” costumes.