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By Noel Sheppard | September 14, 2011 | 2:12 PM EDT

Former Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld has had a subcription to the New York Times for roughly 60 years.

As he told radio host Joe "Pags" Pagliarulo Tuesday, he cancelled it as a result of Paul Krugman's "repulsive and repugnant" blog posting on 9/11 (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Ken Shepherd | September 14, 2011 | 1:06 PM EDT

On Monday, the Tarrance Group released a poll showing that 74 percent of American voters believe "that businesses and consumers are over-regulated."

What's more, "another two thirds (67%) believe that regulations have increased over the past few years. These percentages include majorities of all partisan affiliations, with 91% of Republicans, 75% of Independents and 58% of Democrats saying businesses/consumers are over-regulated," the polling firm noted in a press release.

By Scott Whitlock | September 14, 2011 | 12:32 PM EDT

The Today show, which is a four hour program, on Wednesday devoted a scant 43 seconds of air time to a surprising loss by Democrats in a New York special congressional election. Both CBS and ABC offered more expansive coverage.

ABC's Good Morning America saw the election of Republican Bob Turner as a "stunning upset." Referencing another GOP win in Nevada, host George Stephanopoulos surprisingly speculated, "Landslide victories for Republicans in two key races. Could these early wins spell big trouble for President Obama?"

By Clay Waters | September 14, 2011 | 12:08 PM EDT

Jill Abramson, the paper’s new executive editor, talked with the Times’s public editor Arthur Brisbane on Sunday, and touched on the paper’s perceived liberal slant. Abramson didn't quite deny it.


Brisbane: The legendary Times executive editor A. M. Rosenthal once told a colleague he felt the need to steer The Times to the right to compensate for the leftward political leanings of some staff. Will you do that?

By NB Staff | September 14, 2011 | 11:49 AM EDT

Deroy Murdock has an excellent column at National Review Online holding up the Reagan economic record vs. Barack Obama's. It's an excellent read.

An excerpt follows the page break.

Leave us your thoughts in the comments section:

By Rich Noyes | September 14, 2011 | 10:39 AM EDT

Just as they did right after the killing of Osama bin Laden back in May, NBC's Brian Williams and Richard Engel interrupted Sunday morning's ceremonies marking the tenth annivesary of the 9/11 attacks to pontificate against the war in Iraq.

At about 9:30am on Sunday, during live coverage of the events at Ground Zero, Williams instructed the audience: "Iraq had nothing do with this." Correspondent Richard Engel quickly echoed: "Iraq had nothing to do with this," before complaining: "And that message is still lost today." (Video and transcript after the jump; h/t Gerardo)

By Noel Sheppard | September 14, 2011 | 10:29 AM EDT

Despite having been exposed for at least twice calling Social Security a Ponzi scheme, MSNBC's Chris Matthews continues to pound Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry for saying the same thing.

Here's what the "Hardball" host hypocritically said on Tuesday's program (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | September 14, 2011 | 10:12 AM EDT

"To the degree" that the jump in the poverty rate in the United States is being reported, it "is being reported as a problem for Obama" and "not a problem caused by Obama," NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell told Fox Business Network's David Asman on the September 13 edition of "Nightly Scoreboard."

"His policies have nothing to do with the effect," in the minds of liberal journalists, the Media Research Center founder argued.

You can watch the full segment below the page break (video credit: video producer Bob Parks):

By Clay Waters | September 14, 2011 | 9:45 AM EDT

Tuesday's New York Times's “Check Point” was the latest liberally slanted fact check of a G.O.P. presidential debate, this time by two liberal reporters, Michael Cooper and Nicholas Confessore, “Perry’s Criticism of Social Security as ‘Ponzi Scheme' Dogs Him in Debate.

Confessore, who once worked for the liberal journals Washington Monthly and American Prospect, once again staunchly defended Social Security. In a December 2004 post for the Prospect, he praised the Times, the paper he was about to join, for its harsh coverage of President Bush’s attempt at free-market-based Social Security reform.

By Noel Sheppard | September 14, 2011 | 9:16 AM EDT

Is there anything left that's sacred to liberal media members?

On Tuesday, the "Daily Show's" Jon Stewart mocked the previous day's Republican presidential debate by disgracefully saying the set "looks like the inside of Betsy Ross's vagina" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Brad Wilmouth | September 14, 2011 | 8:56 AM EDT

Appearing on Tuesday's The Ed Show, MSNBC political analyst Jonathan Alter urged both liberals - euphemistically calling them "progressives" - and non-liberals to support President Obama's economic plan and advised Obama to "fight, fight, fight," and argue that Republican opposition would mean they are "standing in the way of you getting a job."

After host Ed Schultz asked Alter about the GOP response to Obama's plan, the MSNBC analyst soon appealed to Americans to support the bill:

By Tim Graham | September 14, 2011 | 8:14 AM EDT

Ronald Prescott Reagan is again making silly noises. The Radio Equalizer blog listened in on the radio show Both Sides Now with Huffington and Matalin on Saturday, when Junior Reagan boosted MSNBC (where he recently substituted for Chris Matthews hosting 'Hardball') as "a news network that actually has some fealty to the truth, unlike Fox News, which is a propaganda outfit."

Blogger Brian Maloney said Reagan was filling in, because "with Arianna busy sacking bloggers and anyone else who dares to challenge her Majesty, there's little time for the talk show."  Matalin admitted the approval rating of Congress is lower than President Obama's, but laid some of that at MSNBC's feet, which caused Junior's outburst:

By Tim Graham | September 14, 2011 | 6:47 AM EDT

Anderson Cooper debuted his new Oprah-esque afternoon talk show on Monday. The Washington Post does not see this as an occasion to wonder what this says about the hard-news brand of CNN -- which after all, just made Cooper its top 8 pm attraction. Instead, in a splashy Style section piece on Tuesday, Post TV critic Hank Stuever felt it was an occasion to honor how “Daytime Anderson” has now joined “Action Anderson” and “Adorable Anderson” in the Cooper persona.

Forget whether Anderson is just doing this gig for more fame or more money. Stuever wants the reader to focus on Cooper’s “catlike handsomeness,” and how he’s “even cuter” when he acts uncomfortable at all the attention he’s drawing. This goo-fest began:

By Noel Sheppard | September 14, 2011 | 1:13 AM EDT

As NewsBusters reported Tuesday, liberal media outlets and their members have been talking about Social Security being a Ponzi scheme since at least 1967.

Add New York Times columnist Paul Krugman to the list of detractors as demonstrated by something he wrote for the December 1996/January 1997 issue of Boston Review:

By Tom Blumer | September 14, 2011 | 1:12 AM EDT

It would appear that there is a reason beyond alleged "journalistic integrity" why the New York Times hasn't pulled its error-riddled, only partially corrected mid-August story by Eric Lichtblau ("A Businessman in Congress Helps His District and Himself") about California Republican Congressman Darrell Issa.

Issa has identified 13 serious errors in the Times story, the cumulative effect of which, in the words of Powerline's John Hinderaker several weeks ago, show the story to be "nothing but lies and fabrications ... (which) never should have been published." The Times has corrected three. Though it appears to be dead wrong on the other ten, it hasn't given any further quarter and won't pull the story. Its Public Editor, as Clay Waters at NewsBusters noted, has found Issa's request for a retraction "troubling."