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By Scott Whitlock | April 17, 2012 | 1:04 PM EDT

ABC, the same network that provided softball interviews with Barack Obama on such subjects as singing and Abraham Lincoln, featured an aggressive, hard-hitting segment with Mitt and Ann Romney, recycling the President's talking points. On Monday's World News, Diane Sawyer parroted, "President Obama threw down a kind of gauntlet to you over the weekend. And he said, release 12 years of your tax returns." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

After the Republican presidential candidate refused, Sawyer pushed, "Release 12 years. If you have nothing to hide, why not release 12 years as your father [Governor George Romney] did?" Sawyer brought up Romney's Mormon faith, prompting, "Would you sit down sometime and really talk the two of you about something that holds a lot of curiosity for people?"

By Julia A. Seymour | April 17, 2012 | 11:46 AM EDT

Policies promoted by news media are major cause for concern among small business owners.

By Noel Sheppard | April 17, 2012 | 10:17 AM EDT

For months, President Obama and his faithful media minions have been engaging in a shameless class warfare campaign to convince the American people that regardless of the facts, rich people pay less in taxes than average citizens.

On Tuesday, reported the news that this misinformation campaign has succeeded, and almost 70 percent of the nation now believes the tax system favors the wealthy:

By Clay Waters | April 17, 2012 | 9:50 AM EDT

Former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller wrote on how four Republican state senators put gay marriage over the top in New York State for the Times Sunday Magazine, "When Is a Flip Not a Flop? -- The Fate of the Republicans Who Supported Gay Marriage." Keller stated righteously that "It is difficult to construct an argument against marriage rights for gay people that doesn’t sound like an argument against gay people." He included his version of a conversation he had with New York Conservative Party chairman Mike Long in which he comes off cool and Long comes off snappish.

By Brad Wilmouth | April 17, 2012 | 8:49 AM EDT

On Monday's NBC Nightly News, correspondent Peter Alexander played up comments Mitt Romney made at a fund-raiser in Florida about cutting government programs as if the GOP presidential candidate's proposals were politically damaging, with the NBC correspondent asserting that Romney's remarks "out of the view of cameras have caused a stir." Alexander also suggested that the Romneys had been deceptive in their handling of Democratic strategist Hilary's Rosen's recent attack on Ann Romney as never having "worked a day in her life." (Video below)

Alexander began his report:

By Tim Graham | April 17, 2012 | 8:41 AM EDT

Edwin Mora of reports that feminist celebrity Sandra Fluke spoke at a Georgetown event moderated by liberal professor Judith Feder -- who ran for Congress twice as a Democrat in Virginia against Congressman Frank Wolf. The event was closed to "outside press" and the public.

Mora asked the Archdiocese of Washington and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to comment on this feminist hootenanny at a Catholic college as the debate rages about contraceptives and religious liberty and Obamacare, and both declined to comment. Mora began:

By Tim Graham | April 17, 2012 | 6:55 AM EDT

At Texas Monthly, liberal writer Joe Hagan dives again into the allegations about George W. Bush shirking duty in the Texas Air National Guard in the early 1970s. It's not news that Hagan again finds disgraced ex-CBS anchor Dan Rather yammering about how he still feels the fake documents are genuine. (Even Kevin Drum at Mother Jones calls Rather "delusional.")

It's more interesting that Rather source Ben Barnes was courted for weeks and months both by CBS and NBC in 2000, and that he only consented to CBS in 2004 because John Kerry leaned on him to help his fellow Democrat out: 

By Noel Sheppard | April 17, 2012 | 12:45 AM EDT

As NewsBusters previously reported, CNN's Don Lemon two Saturdays ago advocated journalists actually say the N-word in news reports rather than the more politically correct, sanitized version we've grown accustomed to in recent years.

On Sunday, I chatted with Lemon about this issue - along with Big Journalism's Dana Loesch - on CNN Newsroom (video follows with transcript and lengthy commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 16, 2012 | 11:32 PM EDT

Fox News contributor and former Democratic strategist Bob Beckel directed an F-bomb at female Tea Party activist Jennifer Stefano during Monday’s Hannity.

The two were arguing through a commercial break, and Beckel apparently didn’t know they were back live when he made his indelicate remark (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Tim Graham | April 16, 2012 | 11:07 PM EDT

In The New York Times, director Joss Whedon insisted he had to cut a scene from the forthcoming superhero movie The Avengers that would featured Captain America lamenting the “loss of health care and welfare” in America, but he decided to cut the scene because it interrupted the movie's narrative flow.

Conservative comic-book lovers would have surely blanched at Captain America mouthing the socialist talking points, just as they weren't happy with pre-release publicity on the first Captain America movie when "Avenger" director Joe Johnston declared that Steve Rogers, man behind the mask, would not be "this sort of jingoistic flag-waver."

By Noel Sheppard | April 16, 2012 | 9:06 PM EDT

Comedienne Roseanne Barr took to the Daily Beast Monday to offer her vulgar opinion on the Ann Romney-Hilary Rosen dustup.

Not surprisingly, she wasn't taking the side of the Republican wife (vulgarity warning):

By Noel Sheppard | April 16, 2012 | 8:31 PM EDT

Greg Gutfeld on Monday attacked comics for not making jokes about the current White House resident.

Appearing on Fox News's The Five, Gutfeld said, "Asking a comedian to make fun of Obama is like asking a priest to mock Christ" (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):

By Matt Hadro | April 16, 2012 | 7:35 PM EDT

CNN's Soledad O'Brien once again tried to fact-check numbers she took issue with, and once more she failed to refute them. On Monday's Starting Point she took aim at Mitt Romney's claim that women have accounted for 92 percent of the job losses under President Obama.

"That would be a shocking number if it were true, which it really isn't exactly overall," O'Brien began. Yet even ABC's George Stephanopoulos admitted the report was "accurate."

By Mike Ciandella | April 16, 2012 | 6:01 PM EDT

Lean Finely Textured Beef bashed as ‘pink slime.’

By Matthew Balan | April 16, 2012 | 5:54 PM EDT

On Monday's Morning Edition, NPR's Barbara Bradley Hagerty touted how "liberal religious leaders said the Republican [budget] plan...was an affront to the Gospel, and especially Jesus's command to care for the poor." At the same time, Hagerty avoided mentioning the left-wing ideology of two critics of the proposal: Peter Montgomery of People For American Way, and liberal academic Stephen Schneck.

The correspondent did, however, clearly identify Ryan as a "Wisconsin Republican" and Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention as part of a "conservative resistance to taxation." She also highlighted how "for other religious conservatives, the Bible is a blueprint for robust capitalism," and cited evangelical radio host David Barton as an example.