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By Noel Sheppard | August 15, 2011 | 8:20 PM EDT

MSNBC's Chris Matthews is clearly afraid of Texas governor Rick Perry beating Barack Obama if he becomes the Republican presidential nominee.

On Monday's "Hardball," the host asked the Washington Post's Eugene Robinson, "Do you think the nation's newspapers and the big news organizations are now going to spend every nickel they have sending young people out there to go investigate this guy?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Jack Coleman | August 15, 2011 | 7:17 PM EDT

Chris Hayes, editor at large with the leftist-in-perpetuity Nation magazine and host of an MSNBC weekend show that starts in September, made an illuminating comment on the Rachel Maddow show the other night.

Hayes and Maddow were talking on Thursday about Texas Gov. Rick Perry's imminent jump into the presidential race and Perry's record as governor of Texas over the last decade. All that talk about prosperity in the Lone Star State during Perry's stint at the helm is so much hooey, Maddow and Hayes agreed (video after page break) --

By Matthew Balan | August 15, 2011 | 6:27 PM EDT

On Sunday's Face The Nation, CBS's Norah O'Donnell interrogated Congresswoman Michele Bachmann on a 2006 statement she made about being "submissive" to her husband. O'Donnell not only played a clip of the five-year-old moment, but asked her three questions about the biblical verse: "What do you mean wives should be submissive to their husbands?...Do you think submissive means subservient?" [audio available here]

The fill-in anchor raised the issue, which also came up during the recent Republican presidential debate in Ames, Iowa, near the end of the interview. Bachmann more or less repeated her answer from that debate in reply to O'Donnell's question:

[Video clips below the jump]


By Aubrey Vaughan | August 15, 2011 | 6:24 PM EDT

Throughout July and early August, during the weeks of an impending budget crisis, Tea Partiers were repeatedly called vile names, from terrorists to delusional children to people strapped with dynamite in the middle of Times Square. The British rioters, who did inflict terror on London, who were typically delusional youth, and who burned down a number of buildings, were instead "disenchanted."

It seems as though the media mixed their labels on the two activist groups, sympathizing with the rioters while viciously attacking a mainstream and completely non-destructive conservative group. The same sympathy the media felt for the British youth was never applied to the Tea Party, which has always peacefully worked to enact political change.

By Alex Fitzsimmons | August 15, 2011 | 6:14 PM EDT

On the August 15 "Dylan Ratigan Show," MSNBC anchor Dylan Ratigan and the Washington Examiner's Tim Carney sparred over the extent to which Big Labor impacts the political process relative to other industries.

Ratigan, who has made a career out of bemoaning the influence that the energy, banking, health care, defense, telecom, and agriculture sectors exert on politics, omitted organized labor from his exhaustive (exhausting?) list. After Carney pointed out that labor unions collectively direct more campaign contributions to political candidates than any other industry in the country, Ratigan sternly corrected him: "That's not right. You can't invent facts...that's a great distortion of facts to make it look like labor controls the government."

So who's right?

By Ken Shepherd | August 15, 2011 | 6:06 PM EDT

The London Daily Telegraph may be a Conservative Party-friendly newspaper, but it's certainly doing Republican candidate Michele Bachmann no favors on this side of the Pond with a very unflattering, sexually-suggestive photo of the Minnesota congresswoman eating a foot-long corndog at the Iowa State Fair that's making the rounds on the Internet.

The Telegraph's U.S. editor Toby Harnden snapped the photo, which he included in an August 13 blog post at the paper's website.

By Matt Hadro | August 15, 2011 | 5:31 PM EDT

ESPN's LZ Granderson labeled Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) as "crazy" Monday, and CNN anchor Kyra Phillips seemed to credit his judgment.

Granderson, a CNN contributor, said of a Bachmann candidacy that "the people aren't going to vote for crazy. And she [Bachmann] still registers as crazy with a lot of independents." Phillips immediately responded that "If you could go back decades, there's a lot of people who vote for crazy, guys."

By Tim Graham | August 15, 2011 | 5:00 PM EDT

On Friday, liberal radio host Thom Hartmann was breaking out the word "oligarch" again to define wealthy conservatives, in this case Rupert Murdoch: "Roger Ailes and his billionaire oligarch owner, Rupert Murdoch, own and define the Republican party, and so none of the questions that would have shown the Republicans for the extremists that they are were asked [at the Iowa debate]." 

It's rich for Hartmann to talk about "extremists" in the same show he's talking up nationalizing the Federal Reserve System like he's on the staff of Dennis Kucinich. Last Tuesday, the Koch brothers were the dangerously  powerful American oligarchs in Hartmann's rhetorical sights. A caller suggested they were "dictators," and Hartmann replied:

By Ken Shepherd | August 15, 2011 | 4:43 PM EDT

On Friday I noted an AP report about some trouble within the Democratic Party coalition as some labor unions have threatened to boycott the 2012 nominating convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

I wondered if the major mainstream media outlets would report the news. Unfortunately it appears many haven't. A search of major newspapers published between August 12 and 15 and featuring the words "labor" and "Charlotte" failed to turn up any hits in either the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, or Washington Post.

By Clay Waters | August 15, 2011 | 3:07 PM EDT

Ravi Somaiya, reporter for the New York Times London bureau, suggested “deep cuts in social services” on the part of the Conservative-led coalition government and "social deprivation" (whatever that means) bore some blame for the riots and looting that wrecked neighborhoods in London.

Shops and flats were stormed and burned in the wake of a police shooting of a gang suspect in the London neighborhood of Tottenham.  An online headline over his August 8 story found a familiar left-wing villain: “Budget Cuts and Scorn for Police Seen Fueling London Riot.”

By Kyle Drennen | August 15, 2011 | 1:40 PM EDT

On Monday's NBC Today, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd described liberal wishful thinking as "conventional wisdom" as he explained how: "The Obama team has been taking comfort in the fact that they believe this Republican race is moving to the Right, that it's a race to the Right. And they take comfort in that and they think that's going to help them long term."

At the same time, Todd seemed perplexed that the President's poll numbers had fallen despite the conservative values of the Republican 2012 contenders: "But as that happened – and it was a lot of attention over the last four or five days....the President's numbers have still gone down. And that Gallup number, where it dropped in the daily tracking below 40 for the very first time in the presidency."

By Ken Shepherd | August 15, 2011 | 12:57 PM EDT

Here's a story I don't expect the media to trumpet, partly because it cuts against the MSM's preferred narrative on gun laws.

"Virginia's bars and restaurants did not turn into shooting galleries as some had feared during the first year of a new state law that allows patrons with permits to carry concealed guns into alcohol-serving businesses," Mark Bowes of the Richmond Times-Dispatch noted in an August 14 story:


By Scott Whitlock | August 15, 2011 | 12:55 PM EDT

Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos on Monday touted White House plans to tie Texas Governor Rick Perry to George W. Bush. The former Democratic operative turned morning show host seemed to endorse this strategy, spinning that the Bush equals Perry concept is "already in the popular culture."

Interviewing Jake Tapper, Stephanopoulos explained, "I was talking to a White House official." He added that "their strategy will be to lash whoever gets the Republican nomination" to the Republican Congress and "former President Bush."

By Geoffrey Dickens | August 15, 2011 | 12:03 PM EDT

Could Ryan Seacrest go from interviewing pop star Katy Perry on American Idol to just announced GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry on the Today show in the very near future? If some execs at Comcast, which owns NBC, have their way it could happen.

According to Colby Hall at "rumors have persisted" that longtime Today show co-anchor Matt lauer will leave his duties after his current contract ends in 2012 and "Mediate has learned that the top choice of certain key Comcast and NBC execs is American Idol host Ryan Seacrest."

By Ken Shepherd | August 15, 2011 | 11:08 AM EDT

It's apparently not enough for Newsweek to slam 2012 presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann  as the "Queen of Rage." Daily Beast/Newsweek's Michelle Goldberg went a few more steps off the deep end yesterday by exploring how the Minnesota Republican, and, for good measure Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) are Christian theocrats-in-waiting: