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By Tim Graham | June 18, 2011 | 6:45 AM EDT

One reason NPR staffers seem to think their output is so fair and balanced and centrist? The NPR listeners. Listen to NPR talk shows, and see how badly the sample leans left. It was especially noticeable on Tuesday morning, after the Republican presidential debate. The Diane Rehm Show had a conservative on (Steve Hayes), and a lefty (Michael Tomasky) and two “mainstream” journalists. But the callers who came through were all leftists (expect the last one was neutral). Rehm began the show saying "I really want to hear your thoughts," but it appears she wasn't talking to everyone in the audience.

If you counted the e-mails Rehm read to the guests, the tally was seven questions from the left, one neutral, and one right-leaning -- in an hour on the Republican debate. Maybe if they said only Republicans should call in, they'd have no callers? The most provocative caller was Barry from South Bend, Indiana, who insisted he had a friend die who lacked insurance on Debate Day, and could not believe how “hypocritical” Republicans were to call themselves “pro-life” and oppose nationalized health care:

By Brent Baker | June 17, 2011 | 9:07 PM EDT

Add ABC’s World News and the NBC Nightly News to James Taranto’s list of news outlets (“Losing His Religion: A Pentagon terror scare and a media taboo”) which refuse to identify Yonathan Melaku, who was caught in Arlington Cemetery with suspicious material and a notebook praising the Taliban, as a Muslim.

Instead, on Friday night ABC offered a bunch of ways to describe Melaku , who caused a major incident when his car was found hidden in bushes near the Pentagon -- starting with anchor Diane Sawyer who identified him simply as a “Marine Lance Corporal.” Reporter Pierre Thomas referred to him as “the suspect” multiple times as well as a “Marine reservist,” “a 22-year old Ethiopian American” and a “lone wolf.”

By Matthew Balan | June 17, 2011 | 7:59 PM EDT

NPR's Andrea Seabrook reminisced about the "defining moments" of former Representative Anthony during a glowing report on Thursday's All Things Considered. In particular, Seabrook highlighted his infamous 2010 speech on the House floor defending a multi-billion dollar proposal to aid sick 9/11 rescue workers, and labeled the New York Democrat a "scrappy and passionate defender of heroes."

The correspondent summed up Weiner's early career at the beginning of her report and noted how "his star began to rise toward the end of the health care debate in Congress, a debate that snarled most of 2009 and the spring of 2010." After playing a clip from a speech that the politician gave to a group of Young Democrats, Seabrook underlined how "he always had pluck, but that debate brought out the anti-Republican bulldog in Weiner."

By Noel Sheppard | June 17, 2011 | 7:33 PM EDT

Now that disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) has resigned, the media are not only trying to help resuscitate his career but also coming up with reasons why he wasn't that well liked anyway.

Jumping on the bandwagon was the Huffington Post's Howard Fineman who told MSNBC's Chris Matthews Friday, "I also don't think a lot of people loved the fact that he was on Fox a lot" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Michael Chapman | June 17, 2011 | 6:04 PM EDT

At a congressional hearing on Muslim radicalization in U.S. prisons, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said that investigators needed to analyze Christian militants in America because they too might try to “bring down the country.”

By Matt Hadro | June 17, 2011 | 5:56 PM EDT

CNN host Fareed Zakaria, also the editor-at-large for Time magazine, derides today's conservative movement as out-of-touch and too abstract in a scathing Time article "How Today's Conservatism Lost Touch With Reality." He argues, "Conservatives now espouse ideas drawn from abstract principles with little regard to the realities of America's present or past."

Of course, if Zakaria is to paint with broad strokes and dismiss the modern conservative movement as entirely lost and ineffective, the reader would expect him to expound upon his point in detail and provide plenty of facts and evidence to support his thesis. His argument is largely devoid of substantial evidence and filled with debatable historical assumptions.

By Ken Shepherd | June 17, 2011 | 5:37 PM EDT

In a segment today with Republican strategist Cheri Jacobus, MSNBC's Martin Bashir did his level best to trash the 2012 GOP presidential field, mocking Tim Pawlenty as a "coward," Mitt Romney as an "insensitive" rich guy, and Michele Bachmann as gaffe-prone.

What's more, when Jacobus sought to turn her appearance into an opportunity to remind viewers of Obama's ownership of the economy and on his recent "shovel-ready" jobs joke, Bashir bristled at her attempt to further her talking points on his Obama-boosting program:

By Geoffrey Dickens | June 17, 2011 | 5:31 PM EDT

Tamron Hall was so taken aback by Chris Christie's "none of your business" response to a voter's question about why he puts his kids in private school that she blurted the New Jersey Republican Governor reminded her of HBO's fictionalized mobster Tony Soprano. Right after playing a brief clip of Christie's "gruff" answer to the voter, Hall stooped to take a stereotypical cheap shot at New Jersey and its governor as she exclaimed: "I thought that was Tony Soprano!"

(video after the jump)

By Fred Lucas | June 17, 2011 | 4:41 PM EDT

Conservative women’s groups see a double standard in the reaction--or lack of it--from the media and liberal feminists to President Barack Obama using terms such as “cute” to describe Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, but said they are not offended by his language.

However, the National Organization of Women has been mute on the matter.

NOW President Terry O’Neill, says spokeswoman Latoya Veal, did not have time to comment on the matter.

By Scott Whitlock | June 17, 2011 | 4:26 PM EDT

Just seconds after donating a fawning interview to Barack Obama about the meaning of being a father, the journalists at Good Morning America on Friday provided White House spin with a look at the "foot-in-mouth" "gaffes" of the Republican presidential candidates.

Reporter Jake Tapper insisted, "This looks as though it's going to be a tight race, so everyone is jumping on any possible gaffe." Tapper oddly included the fact that "at a San Francisco book signing, Republican Tim Pawlenty [was] attacked by Code Pink with glitter." Having glitter dumped on you is a gaffe? 

By Kyle Drennen | June 17, 2011 | 3:51 PM EDT

As news broke Thursday morning of Congressman Anthony Weiner's upcoming resignation, congressional correspondent Luke Russert appeared on NBC's Today and sympathetically declared: "...this is really a sad ending, a lot would say, to what was once a bright, promising political career."

Moments later, NBC political director and chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd similarly touted Weiner's role in Democratic politics: "...he was serving as sort of the bombastic angry progressive, you know, trying to almost be the anti-Tea Party liberal in Congress taking on these folks. He'd become sort of a hero to the more progressive left, who were always upset that Democrats don't stand up for themselves. So here was the guy that had all this potential to become a huge political figure..."

 

By Tim Graham | June 17, 2011 | 3:38 PM EDT

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) is a powerful force inside the media to drive any conservative point of view off CNN and other cable news networks. On Friday in New York, they planned a "Thank GLAAD It's Friday" event, and one of the "special guests" is openly gay CNN Headline News host Jane Velez-Mitchell. There's also NBC helpers, as the event's webpage proclaimed:

GLAAD presents our national networking event series for young LGBT professionals and straight allies in New York City, featuring ABSOLUT Vodka, powered by OUT@NBCUniversal this June!

By Matt Hadro | June 17, 2011 | 3:22 PM EDT

Both President Obama and leading Republican candidate Mitt Romney got into hot water for supposedly making insensitive comments about the economy this week. But CNN's response offers a textbook case of media bias, as the supposedly-objective news network virtually ignored Obama's gaffe while trumpeting Romney's comment.

President Obama poked fun at the ineffectiveness of his own stimulus bill in creating certain "shovel-ready jobs" on Monday and Republicans pounced on the joke, claiming it was not funny when unemployment remains high. However, CNN barely reported the president's joke and the ensuing Republican outrage.

By Ken Shepherd | June 17, 2011 | 12:50 PM EDT

Updated with video of Tyree interview (see below page break)

Former pro football player David Tyree has dared come out publicly with his view that New York State should not grant same-sex marriage licenses.

For that view, disclosed in an interview with the "anti-gay group" the National Organization for Marriage, Tyree's "put his foot in his mouth" according to Yahoo! Sports blogger Doug Farrar (emphasis mine):

By Scott Whitlock | June 17, 2011 | 12:05 PM EDT

Good Morning America's Robin Roberts on Friday conducted a softball, light-hearted interview with Barack Obama, devoting 15 minutes to the President. She even included questions from sports celebrities such as Drew Brees.

During the two part segment, which was billed as a look at Obama on Father's Day, Roberts only bothered with four policy questions, instead choosing to highlight the queries from NFL quarterback Brees and NBA star Dwyane Wade.

Relaying audience questions, she investigated, "...Many of you wanted to know how the President would handle a big birthday next month, his daughter Malia is turning 13. You are about to hit the teenage years."

[See video below. MP3 audio here.]