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By Tim Graham | April 22, 2012 | 7:40 AM EDT

Via the Inside Cable News blog, we learn that Jeff Gluck at SB Nation was amazed when MSNBC daytime anchor Thomas Roberts interviewed NASCAR Chairman Brian France about new green initiatives in auto racing. "The obvious draw for NASCAR is the speed," Roberts said to France. "Cars going up to about 500 mph, right?"

Um, no, said Gluck. "No race car has ever traveled even close to 500 mph. NASCAR stock cars go just over 200 mph, IndyCars go about 230 mph and NHRA top fuel dragsters travel about 330 mph before reaching their 1000-foot race limit." France was so stunned by the ignorance he just said "Right."

By Catherine Maggio | April 22, 2012 | 7:20 AM EDT

David Corn’s new book “Showdown: The Inside Story of How Obama Fought Back against Boehner, Cantor and the Tea Party” is really a campaign book. It’s 400 pages aimed at shoring up Obama’s far left base. “Boehner, Cantor, and the Tea Party” are foils, not intellectually worth argument.

Thus, “Showdown” provides few surprises. Corn begins his book by setting the scene: “Obama wanted to guide the country into its next phase.  But events had conspired against him.  He would routinely note that he had been handed ‘a real shitty deal’ when he entered the White House.”

By Tim Graham | April 22, 2012 | 4:24 AM EDT

On Thursday’s All Things Considered, National Public Radio offered leftist Sister Simone Campbell a megaphone to  disagree with (and lecture) the Pope and the Catholic bishops for being clueless. “It was like a sock in the stomach,” she said about the Vatican’s attempt to hold women’s Catholic religious orders to Catholic orthodoxy. Just on human terms, this is odd – not just to suggest the bishops are bullying, but that a process that’s been going on for four years is suddenly shocking.

Campbell told anchor Melissa Block that the religious sisters had the superiority of “experience” of faith all over the Vatican and the bishops, and then was starkly sexist: “Women get it first and then try to explain it to the guys who -- I mean, as the women did to the Apostles.”

By Tim Graham | April 21, 2012 | 6:02 PM EDT

When Montana Gov. Brian Schweizer whacked Mitt Romney as descending from a Mexican "polygamy commune," the Obama White House distanced itself from the remarks, but Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake found them instructive, that "despite Schweitzer’s overly blunt and inartful phrasing, it’s worth looking at the broader point he was trying to make.The truth is that Romney should be able to draw on his personal history for ammunition to fight back on issues such as the Latino vote and his image as a fat-cat businessman. But in both cases, fighting back would require reminding people that he’s a Mormon." What a pickle.

Blake, who is a well-known digger for "outlandish" Republican dirt, did not find a great "broader point" like James Taranto on Friday, noting that if that partisan from Montana wanted to mock an exotic foreign polygamist, he should perhaps look at -- Barack Obama's daddy:

By Noel Sheppard | April 21, 2012 | 5:37 PM EDT

Julia Louis-Dreyfus - aka the actress best known as Elaine on the smash hit "Seinfeld" - dropped two f-bombs on CNN Friday night.

Rather ironically, the second one came as she described to host Piers Morgan what kind of America she wanted for her kids (video follows with transcript and commentary, extreme vulgarity warning):

By Tom Blumer | April 21, 2012 | 5:14 PM EDT

Karl at Hot Air and others recording their objections at Twitter caught Politifact being two-faced in deciding who gets the "Truth-O-Meter" text.

As Karl notes: "PolitiFact rated the story about the Romneys transporting the family dog on the roof of their car as 'Mostly True.' And PolitiFact rated the story about former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee frying squirrels in a popcorn poppersimply 'True.'" But in tackling the topic of President Obama's boyhood appetite, even though the item is in the web site's "Truth-O-Meter" directory (URL --, it kept the Truth-O-Meter in the closet, and only lamely reproduced some of the verbiage from Obama's Dreams of My Father, introduced by the following narrative (original was in italics; internal links were in original):

By Paul Wilson | April 21, 2012 | 4:59 PM EDT

Don’t you hate it when the Catholic Church gets all, you know, Catholic? Washington Post “She the People” columnist Melinda Henneberger does. In her April 19 column, “The instructive timing of the Vatican’s crackdown on nuns,” she twisted the Catholic Church’s critical doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) into a story of a power-hungry male Catholic hierarchy attempting to crush the more sophisticated Christian consciences of poor, defenseless nuns.

Henneberger huffed, “After a lengthy investigation by the office formerly known as the Inquisition, Archbishop Peter Sartain of Seattle has been signed up to oversee a forced reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents about 80 percent of the 57,000 Catholic nuns in this country.” Henneberger quoted one of her Catholic friends: “Only do what Jesus told us to do,” in their hospitals, schools, and orphanages, “so no wonder they’re in trouble.”

By Noel Sheppard | April 21, 2012 | 3:09 PM EDT

Geraldo Rivera on Friday accused MSNBC anchors of not caring at all about the evidence concerning the shooting of Trayvon Martin and instead "cheerleading for the conviction of George Zimmerman."

Appearing on Fox New's The O'Reilly Factor, Rivera specifically pointed his finger at Martin Bashir, Chris Matthews, Lawrence O'Donnell, Al Sharpton, and Ed Schultz (video follows with transcript and commentary:

By Tim Graham | April 21, 2012 | 1:46 PM EDT

LGBT advocates celebrate a "National Day of Silence" in schools on April 20 sponsored by the Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), which supplied Team Obama with "safe schools czar" Kevin Jennings. Openly gay MSNBC daytime anchor Thomas Roberts made a supportive video for GLSEN's Day.

On Friday, joined in the liberal day of politics with a photo essay titled "National Day of Silence: Portraits of Out and Proud LGBT Young Athletes."  The featured photographer was Jeff Sheng, who was also celebrated in an ABC News webcast when Charles Gibson was anchor. It's featured on Sheng's website Sheng's photos were also celebrated at ESPN, Sheng explained:

By Noel Sheppard | April 21, 2012 | 1:13 PM EDT

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on Friday used a famous "Godfather" movie reference to dramatize what will happen if Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) were to turn down Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's possible request to be his running mate.

Appearing on PBS's Inside Washington, Krauthammer said, "If he says he doesn’t want the office, he’ll find a horse’s head in his bed. The next day he will accept” (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 21, 2012 | 11:38 AM EDT

For the second week in a row, HBO's Bill Maher went after Ann Romney, the wife of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

On Friday's Real Time, the host said, "I'm not attacking Ann Romney. She's brought up five very shiny and remarkably lifelike boys" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 21, 2012 | 10:37 AM EDT

Bill Maher on Friday cursed out his audience for not laughing at one of his jokes.

When his HBO Real Time attendees fell totally silent after the host said the judge in Florida gave Zimmerman bail under the condition that he can shoot the kids in the British-Irish boy band One Direction, Maher raised both middle fingers at the crowd saying, "F--k you...You can get the stick out of your a--. It's just a joke" (video follows with transcript and commentary, serious vulgarity warning):

By NB Staff | April 21, 2012 | 9:30 AM EDT

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By Brent Bozell | April 21, 2012 | 8:41 AM EDT

Ten years ago, perky actress Jennifer Love Hewitt tried to jump-start a music career with a song titled “Bare Naked.” Now she’s trying that attention-grabbing tactic again with a sleazy new Lifetime series called “The Client List.”  She plays a massage therapist who turns tricks.

That network has adopted a new slogan: “This is not your mother’s Lifetime.” That’s appropriate for a new drama with a single-mother whore at its sympathetic center. We learn she was forced into being a sex worker when her husband mysteriously left her – you know, the way of the world for single moms.

By Tim Graham | April 21, 2012 | 8:02 AM EDT

Matthew Balan already reported Cybill Shepherd's feminist outburst on yesterday's CBS This Morning. But her CBS interview was also remarkable for what was NOT said. Shepherd was brought in to discuss her role on the new Lifetime series "The Client List," in which she plays the mother of Jennifer Love (for Sale) Hewitt's lead character -- a massage worker who's also a prostitute. That little sex-worker detail never emerged in the entire CBS interview.

The interview began with a clip from the show where Shepherd's "Mama" brought over a nice gentleman to meet her daughter and have dinner -- except, of course, it's obvious that the nice gentleman is a sex client of her daughter. This was completely glossed over by CBS. Like she was never clued in, CBS co-host Gayle King mentioned Shepherd's debut  in the movie "The Last Picture Show" and added  "Forty years later she's still playing memorable and often surprising characters."