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By Tim Graham | August 18, 2011 | 9:04 AM EDT

On Thursday, The Washington Post let reporter Zachary Goldfarb do some stand-up comedy on the front page. Or somebody is not carefully reading the news copy. From Alpha, Illinois came this paragraph with the ridiculous ending:

President Obama has decided to press Congress for a new round of stimulus spending and tax cuts as he seeks to address the great domestic policy quandary of his tenure: how to spur job growth in an age of austerity.

By Brent Baker | August 18, 2011 | 1:59 AM EDT

Just as criticism builds over President Barack Obama’s plan to spend the next week-and-a-half on Martha’s Vineyard while the economy flounders, the CBS Evening News came to his defense, suggesting he’s been a workaholic compared to his Republican predecessors.

While “Obama has taken 61 days of vacation so far,” anchor Scott Pelley noted over a photo montage of those he cited, “at this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch, where staff often joined him for meetings, and Ronald Reagan 112 days at his ranch. Among recent Presidents, Bill Clinton took the least time off -- 28 days.”  

By Tom Blumer | August 18, 2011 | 1:21 AM EDT

The Christian Science Monitor appears to have a problem monitoring its bloggers. Even though it asserts that its "diverse group of the best economy-related bloggers out there ... (have) responsibility for the content of their blogs," the largely respected CSM should understand that Jared Bernstein has just embarrassed it bigtime.

To its credit, CSM describes Bernstein, currently a senior fellow at the very liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Director emeritus: Marian Wright Edelman), as a Biden/Democrat hack: "Jared was chief economist to Vice President Joseph Biden and executive director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class." But unless CSM wants to be seen as a place like the Huffington Post, where it seems that anyone can throw up anything regardless of its truthfulness (I'm talking to you, Sam Stein), it needs to at least fact-check info with an obvious surface stench -- and I could smell the acrid aroma from Bernstein's item here in Ohio. His woeful Wednesday post goes beyond predictable cherry-picking into the realm of flat-out errors.

By Mark Finkelstein | August 17, 2011 | 8:09 PM EDT

Check out this clip [via MSNBC] from a speech President Obama gave in Illinois during his current Magical Misery Tour of the Midwest. There's PBO, in front of a corn field, the hood of a John Deere tractor peeking in from the right [imagine the poll testing--how much of the tractor should be in the shot?]

And listen as PBO's voice breaks as he proclaims how great America is and how much he loves it.  How dare we claim it's a taxpayer-funded political stunt?!  View video after the jump.

By Matt Hadro | August 17, 2011 | 7:20 PM EDT

Citing a Daily Beast piece linking GOP candidates Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry to a radical Christian strain called "Dominionism," CNN's Jack Cafferty fretted about a possible Christian theocracy in America on Wednesday's Cafferty File.

"I got to reading this piece, and it scared the hell out of me," Cafferty fearfully remarked of the article's conspiratorial claims. "We contacted both campaigns a few hours ago, haven't heard a word back form either one of them."

By Matthew Balan | August 17, 2011 | 6:50 PM EDT

NPR's Nina Totenberg spent more than 4 minutes on Wednesday's Morning Edition to supposed ethical conflicts of interest for conservative Supreme Court Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, and Antonin Scalia. By contrast, Totenberg devoted only 17 seconds to the more current issue of liberal Justice Elena Kagan's service in the Obama administration as a factor in upcoming cases before the Court.

Host Renee Montagne introduced the correspondent's report by noting how both "liberal groups have chastised conservative justices for attending private conferences put on by conservative political interests, and conservative groups have responded by leveling some criticism in the other direction." However, the journalist devoted the first three minutes of a seven-and-a-half minute segment on the criticism launched at Clarence Thomas's wife from the left:

By Noel Sheppard | August 17, 2011 | 6:38 PM EDT

As NewsBusters previously reported, Chris Matthews on Tuesday likened Texas governor Rick Perry to segregationist Bull Connor.

On Fox's "America's Newsroom" Wednesday, Daily Caller editor Tucker Carlson took exception with this (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Scott Whitlock | August 17, 2011 | 6:20 PM EDT

One day after trashing Rick Perry as "Bull Connor with a smile," MSNBC's Chris Matthews took the statement back. But he also trashed the Republican presidential candidate, saying he probably would have opposed racial integration of schools.

The Hardball anchor played a clip of Barack Obama touting bipartisan acts from the late Dwight D. Eisenhower. Matthews brought up Eisenhower's role in desegregating public schools and spewed, "Do you think Rick Perry would be for that? Do you think he'd be cheering for Ike today if he brought the troops in to desegregate the schools in Little Rock? I don't think so!" See video below. MP3 audio here.

By Matt Hadro | August 17, 2011 | 5:07 PM EDT

CNN host Piers Morgan argued for tax hikes during interviews with two separate guests on his Tuesday night show.

The former British tabloid editor tried to persuade Rudy Giuliani, a possible GOP presidential candidate, that the Tea Party is in the minority in its stance against higher taxes and should consider spending cuts paired with increased tax revenues to cut the deficit.

By Mike Bates | August 17, 2011 | 4:59 PM EDT

Posted today on the Chicago Tribune's Clout Street blog is the story "GOP attacks Obama bus, but Bush did same," written by Rick Pearson. It begins:

By Paul Wilson | August 17, 2011 | 4:37 PM EDT

Arson, destruction, thievery, beatings and even murder – they’re the inevitable reaction to increased college tuition fees?

To hear the broadcast news networks spin the violence and looting convulsing English cities in August, the riots were clashes between the “haves and the have-nots” (a term used by NBC reporter Martin Fletcher) in British society. According to the networks, an oppressed minority unleashed pent-up rage against a conservative government hell-bent on cutting government spending and creating economic inequality in the process.  

By Clay Waters | August 17, 2011 | 4:28 PM EDT

As the presidential candidacy of Republican Gov. Rick Perry of Texas revs to life, the New York Times is doing its best in both its opinion and news sections to throw sand in the gears.

 

Times reporter James McKinley Jr. actively led the cheers for Perry’s Democratic opponent during Perry’s 2010 gubernatorial race. This time around, columnist Paul Krugman on Monday tried and failed to knock down Perry’s successful economic record as Texas governor with a misleading column, “The Texas Unmiracle.”

By Ken Shepherd | August 17, 2011 | 3:23 PM EDT

Charlie Spiering of the Beltway Confidential blog for the Washington Examiner yesterday noted how President Obama is pining for the days of monolithic media, when Americans all watched, and trusted, liberal anchor Walter Cronkite :

 

By Clay Waters | August 17, 2011 | 2:16 PM EDT

New York Times reporter David Kocieniewski reported on the front of Tuesday’s Business section reported on the op-ed by billionaire investor Warren Buffett’s in Monday’s Times which has gone viral in liberal circles. Buffett called for higher taxes on rich people like him in the name of fairness, claiming his 17% effective tax rate was lower than anyone else in his office.

Kocieniewski, who in January 2005 took advantage of a book by moderate Republican governor Christine Whitman of New Jersey to attack "conservative hubris" and the Republican party's "lurch to the right,” used the flawed static analysis employed by liberal economists to prove that higher tax rates would automatically lead to higher tax revenues, as if raising rates would have no effect on how people invest their money.

By Jack Coleman | August 17, 2011 | 2:01 PM EDT

Radio and cable host Ed Schultz came through a close call on Sunday after his Cessna 206 blew a cylinder while he was flying home from his fishing lodge in Canada, forcing Schultz to land on an abandoned airstrip in the Canadian wilderness.

Schultz told his radio listeners about the incident at the end of his three-hour radio show yesterday while interviewing frequent guest and sponsor Mark Graff, president of a company called Bio Green Clean that sells cleaning products. (audio)