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By Noel Sheppard | February 12, 2012 | 11:39 AM EST

As hard as it may be to believe, CNN's Fareed Zakaria on Sunday actually tried to raise money for the reelection of the current White House resident.

Speaking with billionaire George Soros on the program bearing his name, Zakaria asked, "Will you create a Super PAC to help President Obama?" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | February 12, 2012 | 9:41 AM EST

In the previous decade, liberals loved making parallels between Bush administration policies and the power-seeking villains in the "Star Wars" prequel trilogy.

With the 3D release of the first episode "The Phantom Menace," Yahoo! contributor Timothy Sexton took to his keyboard Friday to tell his readers, "[T]he original trilogy appealed directly to the simplistic moral perspective of an America above reproach and always on the side of right in global geopolitics, whereas the much more subversive prequel trilogy stands in defiant counterpoint to the much more dangerously simplistic moral absolutism of the Age of Bush":

By Tim Graham | February 12, 2012 | 9:19 AM EST

The New York Times deeply loves the Kennedy family. Media critics of a certain age recall  how the Times sent a reporter in 1991 to peek in the windows of a woman accusing William Kennedy Smith of raping her. Fox Butterfield demeaned the accuser for having “a little wild streak” and reported she had poor high-school grades and 17 traffic tickets.

It was in that defend-the-reckless-Kennedy spirit that Times book critic Janet Maslin slammed Mimi Alford’s new memoir on Thursday. The 19-year-old with a wild streak had dared to write about it 50 years later. Don’t buy this book, Maslin insists, there’s no news in it, and besides, Alford looks like a complete sleaze in it:

By Brad Wilmouth | February 12, 2012 | 7:49 AM EST

Saturday's CBS Evening News ran a piece highlighting the complaints of a Catholic Democrat - Michael Sean Winters of the National Catholic Reporter, recounting his opposition to President Obama's attempt to force Catholic employers to provide contraception coverage to their employees. Winters asserted that he is "very angry about this," and substitute anchor Elaine Quijano noted that, although he voted for President Obama in 2008, he plans not to vote this year. (Video below)

Quijano used a soundbite of Winters giving a warning to Obama during the show's opening teaser:

By Tim Graham | February 12, 2012 | 7:19 AM EST

Is there something toxic in the hair piece? Singer Tony Bennett isn't just a liberal, he's an embarrassing liberal who says the wrong thing at the wrong time. The Hollywood Reporter passes along that at the pre-Grammy bash of record producer Clive Davis, Bennett took the news of Whitney Houston's untimely death as an occasion for a political statement demanding America legalize drugs like the Netherlands.

"First it was Michael Jackson, then Amy Winehouse, now, the magnificent Whitney Houston," he began. "I'd like every person in this room to campaign to legalize drugs." But it gets worse.

By Brad Wilmouth | February 12, 2012 | 5:18 AM EST

On Saturday's Fox News Watch, FNC contributor and conservative talk radio host Monica Crowley cited a letter released last Monday by NewsBusters publisher and  Media Research Center president Brent Bozell which called on the media to give more attention to President Obama's attempt to force religious institutions to provide contraceptive coverage to their employees, even if these institutions object on religious grounds. (Video below)

Crowley cited numbers on how little attention had been given by the broadcast networks and CNN as of Monday, and credited the MRC with affecting a greater focus on the issue from the media:

By Ken Shepherd | February 11, 2012 | 11:20 PM EST

When it comes to culturally liberal policy positions, MSNBC has been repeatedly eager to portray conservatives as engaged in a "war on women" with Democrats and the Obama White House being the white knights riding to the defense of damsels in distress everywhere.

But when one program dared to deviate a little from the party line earlier this week to voice concerns about the Obama administration treading on religious liberties, it left a pair of liberal Democratic senators rather irate, reported BuzzFeed late Thursday evening:

By Tim Graham | February 11, 2012 | 9:42 PM EST

Washington Post Magazine humorist Gene Weingarten is letting his liberal politics fly in his “Below the Beltway” humor column again. On Sunday, abortion was funny – or to be precise, the Texas legislature passing a bill that requires a doctor to show a patient seeking an abortion  a sonogram of her fetus, "describe its features," and make her hear its heartbeat.

Weingarten wrapped up his article by attacking Gov. Rick Perry: “Texas can use the ‘be forewarned’ approach to solve what might be its biggest problem. Problem: Electing idiot politicians, particularly squinty-eyed, know-nothing governors who wear their ignorance like a sheriff's badge."

By Brent Baker | February 11, 2012 | 5:50 PM EST

The downward slide of media credibility continues. A Pew survey released a few days ago found 67 percent of Americans see “a great deal” or “fair amount” of “political bias” in the news media, a record high for the poll by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press which pegged the level at 63 percent just four months ago. Specifically:

Currently, 37 percent of Americans say there is a great deal of bias in news coverage and 30 percent say there is a fair amount of bias. Far fewer see not too much bias (21 percent) or none at all (10 percent). The percentage saying there is a great deal of bias has increased six points, from 31 percent to 37 percent, since 2008.

By Tim Graham | February 11, 2012 | 1:31 PM EST

Politico's online poll question of the day is "Do you think the president’s decision to compromise on his birth-control policy was the right call?"

The question is a bit vague, but it wasn't in any way as tilted as the answers. You could either say Obama was a fair and reasonable centrist, or he was too willing to make concessions to the Catholic bishops. You couldn't check a box that says "No, it's not really a compromise on feminist principles." After all, Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood came on MSNBC right after Obama's Friday announcement and said "I'm very happy." She'd probably also like Politico's poll.

By Brent Baker | February 11, 2012 | 12:47 PM EST

Bush Derangement Syndrome, then Palin Derangement Syndrom and now...Santorum Derangement Syndrome?

Friday night on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Zanny Minton Beddoes, the economics editor for the Economist magazine, expressed dread that the possibility Rick Santorum could win the Republican presidential nomination “completely terrifies me. I mean, how many decades back, how many centuries back does he want to take us?” She proceeded to relay the derogatory charge “Santorum would be a fine mind for the 13th century.”

By Tim Graham | February 11, 2012 | 12:10 PM EST

Timothy Noah, once a reporter for Newsweek and U.S. News & World Report, is not in the Chris Matthews "elusive hero" camp on John F. Kennedy. The new memoir from former intern Mimi Alford led him to post a blog titled "JFK, Monster." He finds Alford's claims very persuasive and is appalled at the spectacle of President Kennedy pressuring his college-age intern mistress into performing oral sex on his aide Dave Powers.

Noah insisted this shows Kennedy "was capable of monstrous cruelty that's hard to forgive and also hard to equate even with that of successors like Lyndon Johnson or Richard Nixon." He mysteriously added "Clinton shared many vices with President Kennedy, but I can't imagine him ever doing anything like this." He certainly must not find Juanita Broaddrick's story of being sexually assaulted by Clinton as credible.

By Noel Sheppard | February 11, 2012 | 11:52 AM EST

Conservative publisher Andrew Breitbart issued a strong warning to the disgracefully biased cable "news" network MSNBC Friday.

Appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference, Breitbart said, "We’re watching you to play the race card" (video follows with transcript and commentary, vulgarity warning):

By NB Staff | February 11, 2012 | 11:27 AM EST

For general discussion and debate about anything you want including sports.

By Noel Sheppard | February 11, 2012 | 11:26 AM EST

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference Friday.

Videos of his full speech follow in two parts: