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By Noel Sheppard | February 20, 2011 | 4:13 PM EST

CNN's Howard Kurtz on Sunday took David Gregory's side of the controversial birther issue over that of Bill O'Reilly.

After Gregory pestered House Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh.) on last week's "Meet the Press" to rail against those that believe Barack Obama wasn't born in America, O'Reilly chastized him on Monday's "O'Reilly Factor" for wasting precious air time on this matter leading Kurtz to weigh in on Sunday's "Reliable Sources" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | February 20, 2011 | 2:53 PM EST

Controversial schlockumentarian Michael Moore this week unveiled a new website giving high school students a venue to have their views published.

Under the headline "Join My High School Newspaper" were words destined to frighten parents across the fruited plain:

By Noel Sheppard | February 20, 2011 | 12:59 PM EST

In a surprising move Sunday, the folks at ABC invited a Tea Partier to participate in its Roundtable segment on "This Week."

Rather than bringing on three liberals to battle lone conservative George Will while predictably presenting exclusively labor's side of the budget battle in Wisconsin, host Christiane Amanpour included freshman Congressman Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) to match wits with ABC's Jon Karl and Democrat strategist Donna Brazile (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | February 20, 2011 | 10:31 AM EST

MSNBC's Ed Schultz was in Madison, Wisconsin, last week predictably showing solidarity with protesting public employees.

On Friday, the "Ed Show" host badly misrepresented Governor Scott Walker's budget repair plan in order to bash conservative talk radio star Rush Limbaugh at one point asking, "Hey, Rush, why don’t you wrap your fat ass in the flag?" (video follows with partial transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | February 20, 2011 | 7:59 AM EST

Liberal blogger Greg Sargent of the Washington Post  reported on a new survey by the Public Religion Research Institute on who favors Rep. Peter King's upcoming hearings on radical Islam in America. You may want to question the poll since it discussed "alleged extremism" among Muslims in America (and their press secretary worked for Obama's religious-outreach team in 2008). Sargent insisted it shows Fox News watchers are a paranoid, under-informed lot. But the survey itself shows the polar opposite to Fox fans in the "Islamophobia" category are...people who most trust PBS for their news and public affairs.

More than three-quarters (76%) of those who most trust Fox News say it [King's investigation] is a good idea compared to only 45% of those who most trust CNN and 28% of those who most trust Public television.

 Have American Muslims done enough to oppose radical Islam in their communities? Again, Fox viewers say no, and PBS watchers say yes, and disagree with the question:

By Noel Sheppard | February 19, 2011 | 7:29 PM EST

As NewsBusters reported Saturday, Rachel Maddow wasn't the only MSNBC commentator last week that lied to viewers about the budget battle in Wisconsin.

Having misrepresented the same nonsense as Maddow about the Badger State having a surplus instead of a deficit Friday, Ed Schultz was exposed by Politifact for dramatically exaggerating how much Gov. Scott Walker's repair plan would cost public employees (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | February 19, 2011 | 6:11 PM EST

Two liberal editorialists are letting the liberals have it over their tactics in the Wisconsin battle against new Gov. Scott Walker. In a Washington Post piece posted on Saturday, editorial writer Charles Lane excoriates fellow liberals:

This is hypocrisy on an epic scale. I can't think of a more overwhelming refutation of the claim that incivility is the unique province of the American right -- as opposed to what it really is and always has been: a two-way street with both right and left lanes. No wonder so many Americans in the broad center of the political spectrum are turned off by both parties and their sanctimonious "bases."

Lane also praised the Friday critique of Time's Joe Klein. Lane wrote that just weeks after the president's calming words about civility in the wake of the Tucson shootings there's this:

By Brent Baker | February 19, 2011 | 4:45 PM EST

“On the broadcast tonight, the uprising at home,” teased NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, touting “another day of fury in Wisconsin. Workers angry about what they call a plan to balance the budget on their backs.” Williams set up his Friday newscast by equating the left-wing protests with those against Arab dictatorships: “From the Mideast to the American Midwest tonight, people are rising up. Citizens uprisings are changing the world,” he championed, citing what “we’ve witnessed from Tunisia to Egypt” and now Wisconsin where “the state capitol has been taken over by the people.”

Without ever mentioning the involvement of President Obama’s Organizing for America, reporter John Yang trumpeted from Madison how “tens of thousands of public workers have come here to make their voices heard.” Scolding incivility certainly didn’t interest Yang, who cued up a protester to trash Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker without making any note of the sign he was holding which showed a hammer and sickle below “Scott Stalin.”

ABC and CBS on Friday night, as they did on Thursday night, ignored the instigation by Organizing for America as CBS’s Cynthia Bowers, who never identified anyone as liberal, concluded: “More protests are planned for tomorrow and for the first time conservative activists are calling upon their supporters -- including Tea Party groups -- to hold rallies of their own.”

By Noel Sheppard | February 19, 2011 | 4:29 PM EST

The folks on PBS's "Inside Washington" had some fun as the program moved to a conclusion Friday.

The topic of discussion was Barack Obama awarding Medals of Freedom Tuesday, and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer was unimpressed by the President "indulging himself in thanking people he’s always liked" (humorous video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | February 19, 2011 | 3:33 PM EST

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow began her show Thursday claiming, "Despite what you may have heard about Wisconsin's finances, Wisconsin is on track to have a budget surplus this year."

On Friday, the website Politifact exposed Maddow's assertion as 100 percent false (video follows with partial transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | February 19, 2011 | 3:32 PM EST

NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell appeared on Friday's 'Fox & Friends' to discuss the media's lack of interest in uncivil rhetoric from left-leaning labor unions massing in Madison, Wisconsin over the past few days.

Some protesters' signs have depicted Republican Gov. Scott Walker as Hitler, others as recently-deposed Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak. Some even depict crosshairs over Walker's face.

Yet the media have done virtually nothing to expose let alone criticize the inciteful rhetoric.

[links to video after the page break]

By Noel Sheppard | February 19, 2011 | 2:41 PM EST

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on Friday made the idiotic claim that House Republicans are stealing food from babies and pregnant women.

Later that evening, appearing on PBS's "Inside Washington," syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer demonstrated just how foolish Krugman's assertion was (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | February 19, 2011 | 1:51 PM EST

Newsweek's Evan Thomas on Friday said President Obama's just-released 2012 budget is a profile in cowardice.

Such occurred on PBS's "Inside Washington" (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | February 19, 2011 | 1:17 PM EST

The House of Representatives on Saturday voted to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

According to UPI, by a party line vote of 235 to 189, the House passed a stopgap measure that would cut $61 billion from the 2011 budget:

By Noel Sheppard | February 19, 2011 | 12:49 PM EST

In a classic example of bias by headline, CNN.com on Friday cherry-picked a compliment Ann Coulter gave Sarah Palin the previous evening in order to demean the conservative author.

The following still appears at the front page of the cable network's website: