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By Tom Blumer | May 2, 2011 | 10:05 AM EDT

Not waiting for history to play out, a New Times caption writer, below a picture of celebrants of Obama Bin Laden's demise outside the White House, has written: "As crowds gathered outside the White House, there was little question that Mr. Obama's presidency had forever been changed."

The pic and caption follow the jump.

By NB Staff | May 2, 2011 | 9:10 AM EDT

Leave your thoughts on this great day for America.

Also, check out some videos of the reactions from across the country - notably, from the White House and Ground Zero NYC - via Hot Air guest-blogger John Sexton. There were spontaneous celebrations underway last night as the country rejoiced in the death of one of our most hated mass murderers. We awoke today to a better world.

By Mark Finkelstein | May 2, 2011 | 8:44 AM EDT

Commenting on the death of Osama Bin Laden, Rep. Gary Ackerman has gloated: "this is the 'Mission Accomplished' moment President Bush only fantasized about."  Could the Dem from New York have gotten the inspiration for his taunt from Andrea Mitchell?

The question arises because in the run-up to President Obama's announcement last night, Mitchell said something similar, if not quite as pointedly partisan.

Not only did Mitchell throw Mission Accomplished in Pres. Bush's face, she also, for purposes of taking another slap at Pres. Bush, misrepresented the history of Tora Bora.   Mitchell claimed that John Kerry made it a 2004 campaign issue on the basis that OBL could have been killed or captured there "if troops had not been moved to Iraq."  But the Battle of Tora Bora took place in 2001 and the Iraq war didn't start until 2003. Hat tip NB reader Mr. Forward.

View video after the jump.

By Tim Graham | May 2, 2011 | 7:53 AM EDT

While the killing of Osama bin Laden is a moment for all patriotic Americans to show pride, it's not hard to guess that the media's reception of the news would have been less positive if it had occurred in the Bush years -- and imagine if it had happened at a politically sensitive time (right before the 2006 midterms, or anywhere in the 2008 presidential cycle).

In our 2006 Special Report on cable news coverage of Iraq, we laid out how the killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq, was celebrated on Fox News, but CNN and MSNBC went looking for ways to keep up the negative tone even with the most positive news:

By Tim Graham | May 2, 2011 | 7:16 AM EDT

Washington Post gossips Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argetsinger found some celebrity scoop at the White House Correspondents dinner for the Monday paper, including this from the MSNBC after-party at the Italian embassy:

Emeritus rock stars Michael Stipe and Mike Mills of R.E.M. gamely posed for photos with fans. Mills enthused about President Obama and Seth Meyers’ expert skewering of Donald Trump : “We’ve been waiting for someone to call this birther stuff on being the [baloney] it is,” the bassist said. “Some say it’s thinly veiled racism. For me, coming from the South, it’s racist plain and simple.” 

"Emeritus rock stars"? Like they're 80? Ouch. (REM's DC guide was David Corn of Mother Jones magazine.) And guess what? That "compassionate" humanitarian Sean Penn's still bullying people who want a picture:

By Tom Blumer | May 1, 2011 | 11:44 PM EDT

The guess here is Associated Press writers Peter Orsi and Andrea Rodriguez believe their May Day dispatch from Cuba represents an example of objectivity and insightful analysis. Anyone with knowledge of how a country under the iron grip of a five-decade Communist dictatorship really operates would beg to differ.

By Tom Johnson | May 1, 2011 | 11:16 PM EDT

Though Daily Kos is, of course, a left-wing site, "anti-conservative" actually would be a better description for it. Generally, Kossacks spill far more pixels sneering at and maligning the right and its ideas than they spend touting their own pet causes. 

Highlights from this past week's righty-bashing are below. As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

By Noel Sheppard | May 1, 2011 | 9:22 PM EDT

CBS's Bob Schieffer made some headlines Wednesday when he said Donald Trump was a racist for wanting to see President Obama's college grades.

The "Face the Nation" host pushed this matter further Sunday when he asked Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), "Do you think [Trump's] trying to play a race card here, suggesting we ought to check Barack Obama’s college grades, that maybe he got into Harvard because he was black?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Mike Bates | May 1, 2011 | 6:59 PM EDT

On April 15, The Chicago Sun-Times reported on its Web site, "Jesse Jackson denies gay worker’s harassment, discrimination claims."  The article began:

A spokesman for the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Thursday denied a claim from a man who says he was fired from the civil rights leader’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition because he is gay.

Tommy R. Bennett filed a complaint with the city of Chicago’s Commission on Human Relations last year, alleging Jackson fired him unjustly and that the civil rights leader forced him to perform “uncomfortable” tasks, including escorting various women to hotel rooms to meet Jackson for sex.

The piece ended noting that a gay publication, The Windy City Times, had reported Bennett's allegations earlier in the week.  The Windy City Times story included more salacious details, such as the complainant's charge that Jackson directed him to apply cream to a rash between Jackson's legs; the minister told Bennett about one of his high school instructors, a gay man, who served as Jackson's teacher with benefits; and Bennett's allegation that Jackson wanted to have sex with the Rainbow Coalition employee.

By Tim Graham | May 1, 2011 | 4:39 PM EDT

The Fast the Furious isn’t what you’d call an NPR-friendly movie series. It seems big, dumb, and commercial. (NPR has posted lists of "Movies You Were Too Good to See.") But on Thursday night’s All Things Considered, NPR entertained a Boston Globe film critic who said The Fast and Furious movies are very "progressive." When challenged on it, Morris shot darts instead at The Blind Side.

NPR anchor Michelle Norris began "Fast cars, fast women, sun-kissed backdrop, Fast Five is the fourth sequel in the hugely successful Fast & Furious franchise. The films do not charm most critics, but one of them, Wesley Morris, calls the series the most progressive force in Hollywood."

She asked: "Now, progressive? That's an interesting term. It's not a word that you would naturally hear attached to a bang-'em-up speed flick, so make your case." Morris simply argued that since the cast was multiracial and had no racial tension, it was progressive:

By Brent Baker | May 1, 2011 | 4:13 PM EDT

“This week -- budget blowback,” Christiane Amanpour trumpeted in framing her Sunday look, at reaction to Republican Congressman Paul Ryan’s proposed budget plan, through those hostile to it, asserting: “As town halls across America erupt in anger over a plan to slash spending, Republicans find themselves under fire.” Amanpour maintained: “Congressman Ryan is at the center of the storm. It's his plan, of course, that has sparked the outcry. Across the country, the anger is palpable.”

Instead of adding some light, however, Amanpour fueled the fire by legitimizing left-wing talking points, confronting Ryan: “People who have been studying your numbers very carefully have been saying that the numbers don't add up,” since:

It also says two-thirds of the savings that you want to make in spending cuts come at the expense of programs designed for the poor, for the disadvantaged. And this is reverse Robin Hoodism, if you like – take from the poor, give back to the rich again.

By Brad Wilmouth | May 1, 2011 | 3:30 PM EDT

   Saturday's World News on ABC highlighted complaints from Democrats about the Medicare reform plan proposed by Congressman Paul Ryan as the Wisconsin Republican seeks to restrain the growth of Medicare spending by having private insurers compete for seniors as customers.

Without delving into the Republican argument in favor of using private insurance, correspondent David Kerley recounted the complaints of angry constituents, showing clips of audience members shouting at Republican members of Congress during town hall meetings. Kerley concluded by passing on Democratic hopes of the Medicare plan being a political "gift" that would hurt Republicans. Kerley: "Democrats believe that Republicans have really handed them a gift with their vote to change Medicare. It's a vote that Democrats are already using in TV ads and fundraising calls as well."

Anchor David Muir then previewed an interview with Congressman Ryan for ABC’s This Week show and brought aboard This Week host Christiane Amanpour, who ended up referring to claimst that the Ryan budget proposal contains "drastic" cuts that other Republicans may need to back away from. After noting that Ryan is committed to the plan regardless of political consequences, Amanpour continued: "And many are now saying that perhaps the Republicans will start running away from the Ryan plan because of the drastic cuts he calls for in Medicare and Medicaid and other such programs."

By Noel Sheppard | May 1, 2011 | 9:30 AM EDT

"Saturday Night Live's" Seth Meyers headlined Saturday's White House Correspondents' Association dinner, and somewhat surprisingly went after media outlets on both sides of the aisle.

Apart from jibes at Fox News, the New York Times, and NPR, Meyers said of MSNBC's event after party, "President Obama makes the Kool-Aid, and everyone there drinks it" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | May 1, 2011 | 9:25 AM EDT

On Saturday morning, NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday found news in Dallas. Substitute anchor Linda Wertheimer proclaimed: "This weekend, the Log Cabin Republicans are holding their annual convention in Dallas, Texas. The group bills itself as the nation's only organization of Republicans which supports gay and lesbian rights." Wertheimer and NPR somehow completely missed the group GOProud -- which split off because the LCRs were too liberal -- despite their high-profile gay activism at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Wertheimer awarded an interview to LCR executive director Clarke Cooper, but never mentioned that the Log Cabin "Republicans" refused to endorse Republican President George W. Bush in 2004. Any conservative rebuttal would insist that the LCRs are far more interested in litigating gay rights (as they are with "Don't Ask Don't Tell" for gays in the military) than in Republican victories or party-building. Wertheimer noted they were working with Andrew Cuomo, and wondered why they wouldn't just switch parties:

WERTHEIMER: Let me ask you this: I understand the New York chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans is working with the democratic governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, to pass same-sex marriage legislation. Are you finding that in this period it's more effective to work at the state level or somehow more appropriate to work at the state level on some of these issues?

By Mark Finkelstein | May 1, 2011 | 8:59 AM EDT

President George W. Bush's nickname for David Gregory was "Stretch."  True to his moniker, the elongated Meet The Press host gave a long, tall, three-part smooch to President Obama during his appearance on this morning's Today Show.

Speaking with weekend Today co-host Jenna Wolfe: Gregory reported favorably on: 1. the Tripoli bombing that might have killed members of Khaddafy's family; 2. the president's handling of the devastating tornadoes that hit the South; and 3. how the president and Seth Meyers supposedly got the better of Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner.


View video after the jump.