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By Clay Waters | April 12, 2012 | 9:53 PM EDT

Sexual stereotypes are acceptable, as long as they portray women as superior to men. That's the takeaway from Cathy Horyn's feminist hyperventilating over two female fashion design icons on the front of Thursday's Styles section, keyed on a new show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art called “Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada: Impossible Conversations.”

In "The Edge Goes to the Women," Horyn wrote "Could it be that women, despite being outnumbered by male stars, are better designers than men?" The front of the section was dominated by a graphic showing the two designers with speech bubbles. Schiaparelli is portrayed saying "Women are better designers than men," while Prada replies "I know!"

By Mark Finkelstein | April 12, 2012 | 9:36 PM EDT

Back up the bus!  After bouncing Hilary Rosen beneath the Greyhound, President Obama and friends might have to throw it in reverse again over the person of key Dem coalition member Terry O'Neill.  The NOW president suggested to Ed Schultz tonight that Ann Romney, along with Mitt, lacks "life experience" and "imagination" needed to understand most Americans.

For good measure, in the very same segment Dem congresswoman Maxine Waters called the Republican candidate for president Mitt "Rot-ney."  Classy bunch! View the video after the jump.

By Tim Graham | April 12, 2012 | 8:50 PM EDT

Liberal radio host Thom Hartmann came unglued over Trayvon Martin on Wednesday, blaming his death on...the Koch brothers.

"A young man died," he declared. "A young man died a violent and unnecessary death because the Koch brothers and other right-wingers and large corporations in America decided that it would be a really cool idea if they got together and wrote laws that they would then give to mostly Republican legislators in state legislatures all across the country at meetings twice a year of the so-called American Legislative Exchange Council." He also blamed the NRA and Wal-Mart:

By Matthew Balan | April 12, 2012 | 7:19 PM EDT

NPR's Scott Horsley could have been mistaken as a spokesman for the White House or President Obama's campaign on Wednesday's All Things Considered, as he defended the Democrat's record on the economy. Horsley also claimed that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's claim that on women losing the bulk of the jobs over the past three years was "not really the whole story."

The only expert the correspondent cited during the segment was a low-level economist at the Labor Department, who stated that "more recently, we've seen more jobs being lost in education and health services and in government, which historically is where women tend to hold the majority of jobs." Horsley placed more of the blame on Congress (which is partially controlled by Republicans) than Mr. Obama: "The President has been pushing for billions of dollars in additional aid to keep teachers in the classroom, but Congress has not been willing to go along."

By Noel Sheppard | April 12, 2012 | 6:38 PM EDT

In the wake of the Ann Romney-Hilary Rosen stay-at-home mom dustup, Salon's Joan Walsh on Thursday predictably made the totally false claim "being able to stay home with your children [is] a choice for the wealthy only."

Fortunately, former RNC chairman Michael Steele was also on MSNBC's Hardball to set the record straight saying, "This isn’t about just rich women. There are a lot of middle class women out there who stay at home with their kids too" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Jack Coleman | April 12, 2012 | 6:36 PM EDT

How do you know when Rachel Maddow isn't telling the truth? If any sentence she utters includes the words "Michigan" and "Republican."

This habit of hers has become so ingrained that Maddow runs the risk of caricature, as in -- there she goes again, pulling a Maddow. (video and audio clips after page break)

By NB Staff | April 12, 2012 | 5:52 PM EDT

Earlier this week, NewsBusters publisher and Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell announced he was calling on Congress to investigate Comcast, the parent company of NBC, given the network's malfeasance in the Zimmerman 911 audio editing.

Comcast's "continued silence on how to prevent such malfeasance in the future constitutes a serious breach of public trust," Bozell noted in letters sent to Congress on Tuesday. As the cable giant is "in the midst of a business deal with Verizon requiring approval" by the FCC and DOJ, "the public policy issues related to the approval of this deal are so critical" as to require congressional hearings, Bozell wrote in his April 10 letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee. A similar letter was simultaneously transmitted to the chairman and ranking member of the House Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet. You can read those letters here and here.

By Matt Hadro | April 12, 2012 | 5:50 PM EDT

After saying Ann Romney had never worked a day in her life, Democratic activist Hilary Rosen was trying to spin her way out of the firestorm over her comments. CNN's Wolf Blitzer would have none of it on Thursday's The Situation Room as he reprimanded her, forced her to apologize, and asked her how it felt to be thrown "under the bus" by Democratic allies.

Blitzer grilled Rosen for upwards of ten minutes and ripped her "awful way of saying" what she intended to say about Romney. He then made her "look into the camera" and talk to Romney, and after she dodged an apology a deadly serious Blitzer called her out on it. [Video below the break. Audio here.]

By Kyle Drennen | April 12, 2012 | 5:19 PM EDT

In a statement totally disconnected from the reality of media coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting, on Thursday's Today show, NBC chief medical editor Nancy Snyderman proclaimed that the case, "...underscores the fact that we don't talk about race enough in this country and that race does matter, it's always under the surface."

NBC alone – not to mention the other networks or MSNBC – made race so much of a central issue to the tragedy that the network aired a story that dishonestly edited a 911 call from accused shooter George Zimmerman to make it seem as if the neighborhood watch volunteer singled out the black teenager for his race.

While the network issued an apology on paper and fired the producer responsible for the false editing, NBC News has yet to apologize on air for the report, which appeared on Today.

By Ken Shepherd | April 12, 2012 | 5:14 PM EDT

While most everyone in political circles has condemned Hilary Rosen's slam of Ann Romney, rank-and-file liberals on Twitter apparently haven't read the memo.

Twitchy has an excellent post documenting all the bile, complete with requisite leftist slams of Mrs. Romney as a c*nt, b*tch, and whore. As Michelle Malkin, no stranger to left-wing hate, tweeted, "Some are baptized by fire. On Twitter, outspoken conservative women are baptized by vile."

By NB Staff | April 12, 2012 | 4:43 PM EDT

NBC's apology for its malicious Zimmerman 911 audio edits is woefully inadequate, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell noted on last night's "Hannity." For instance, the network has not given an on-air apology, only a written apology in a press release. What's more, the network has not disclosed the name of the producer it fired, even as it insists his error was not malicious in intent.

That's why, "we've gone to Congress now," Bozell noted, pointing out that NBC's parent company Comcast is looking for approval of a deal with Verizon that raises "potential antitrust issues." "We're asking them what about the public trust?" the Media Research Center founder noted. "This network simply just can't be trusted," he concluded. [See video below page break]

By Scott Whitlock | April 12, 2012 | 3:51 PM EDT

Journalist John Stossel left the liberal confines of ABC News "because it sucked there."  The libertarian reporter talked to the Heritage Foundation's Rob Bluey in an interview posted Thursday and exposed the liberal culture at his former network: "They were hostile to these ideas that have made us prosperous and I consider so important."

He added that ABC "tolerated" him and his good ratings, "But by the end, they were sort of saying, 'Oh, you're predictable, Stossel. All you want to do is libertarian economics all the time. I don't want to watch that.'" He joked that ABC preferred to do stories on how "[Michael Jackson's] still dead."

By Tim Graham | April 12, 2012 | 3:01 PM EDT

The Radio Equalizer blog says Hollywood's war on Mitt is already under way. On Wednesday's Stephanie Miller show, they interviewed actor/director Rob Reiner and "how are you enjoying the Insane Clown Posse that is the Republican primary?".

Reiner said "you'd have to be brain-dead to vote for Romney." He discussed how Romney's aide said the campaign was like an Etch-a-Sketch and you could wipe the slate clean for the general election. Reiner pounced:

By Lauren Thompson | April 12, 2012 | 3:01 PM EDT

Jennifer Love Hewitt is baring it all in her new show “The Client List.” Hewitt stars as Riley Parks, a down-on-her-luck Texan mother who turns to prostitution to deal with financial woes, and the female-oriented network LifeTime is shamelessly plugging sex like there’s no tomorrow.

In the pilot Hewitt pranced around in racy lingerie, and did an impeccable job of feigning innocence as she sunk into the darker world of “The Rub,” a massage parlor that distributes sexual favors to special “clients” on the side. Rules for the job include “flexibility” and an “iron grip to make the big bucks.” 

By Clay Waters | April 12, 2012 | 2:38 PM EDT

When it came to defending CBS's "60 Minutes" using phony memos to lie about George W. Bush's Vietnam War record, the media standard was "Fake But Accurate," at least according to a suggestion preserved in a September 15, 2004 New York Times headline, "Memos on Bush Are Fake But Accurate, Typist Says." But when it comes to accurate accusations made by Mitt Romney against Obama's economic record, the Times's standard is more like "Accurate But False."

Economics reporter Catherine Rampell authored Thursday's "Check Point," an occasional "reality check" feature for the Times: "Claim About Jobs Doesn't Tell Full Story." (The last five paragraphs of the print edition don't appear in the online version.) Rampell, taking the lead of the Democratic-slanted "fact-check" group Politifact, claimed Romney's "assertion is technically accurate but misses several important pieces of context."