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By Noel Sheppard | March 11, 2012 | 6:07 PM EDT

Newsweek's Eleanor Clift and National Review's Rich Lowry got into quite a heated debate on PBS's McLaughlin Group this weekend.

With the topic being President Obama's Middle East policy, after much back and forth, Lowry scolded, "If you’re honest about it, that is your bottom line. You are okay with [Iran] getting a nuclear weapon" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | March 11, 2012 | 5:05 PM EDT

The host of PBS's McLaughlin Group asked his panelists this weekend, "Is the press in love with Obama?"

Not surprisingly, all in attendance said "Yes" with the exception of Newsweek's Eleanor Clift who predictably protested, "No, they aren't" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | March 11, 2012 | 4:20 PM EDT

Newsweek's Eleanor Clift got a bit of a tongue-lashing from US News and World Report's Mort Zuckerman on this weekend's McLaughlin Group.

After Clift predictably praised President Obama's press conference last week, Zuckerman aggressively shot back, "That's nonsense to say the Israelis don't think through the consequences of war! That’s ridiculous!" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | March 11, 2012 | 3:59 PM EDT

This probably won't surprise anyone, but it should be noted for the record: As of 3:45 p.m. today, almost 72 hours after the related story broke, the Associated Press has not reported on new revelations about the clear influence radical, racist professor Derrick Bell had on now-President Barack Obama 20 years ago -- so influential that Obama "routinely assigned works by Bell as required reading" in his University of Chicago law classes. The AP has also not told its subscribing outlets and news consumers about how many of its colleagues in the press withheld information on the relationship between the two during the 2008 presidential election campaign. A search on Bell's name (not in quotes) at the AP's main site returns nothing relevant, even though it has been shown that Obama told a Harvard audience that people should "[O]pen your hearts and open your minds to the words of Prof. Derrick Bell."

However, there has been no shortage of coverage at the AP and elsewhere of what Mitt Romney did with his dog 29 years ago. But of course, the dog story is far more relevant to Mitt Romney's governing philosophy than Obama's love of a professor whose core life contention revolves around insurmountable white racism (/sarc). The AP's cover-up treatment of Bell has been consistent, as seen in the first three paragraphs of its brief write-up after the professor's death in October 2011 (bold is mine):

By Brent Baker | March 11, 2012 | 3:14 PM EDT

Mitt Romney can’t close the deal with Republican primary voters because too many don’t trust that he’s a real conservative, but on Sunday’s This Week, host George Stephanopoulos pressured Romney to move left to win in November. “How does Mitt Romney manage to continue to try to get conservatives over to his side,” Stephanopoulos wondered in acknowledging that shortcoming, “while reaching out to independents?” He soon fretted during the roundtable:

Does he have the freedom at this point to do what a lot of people are recommending, find a place to pick a fight, show some distance from the base of the party?

A “lot of people” in Stephanoploulos’ liberal Manhattan news media orbit. Mary Matalin fired back: “That’s a ridiculous kind of pundit strategy.”

By Noel Sheppard | March 11, 2012 | 2:13 PM EDT

Although Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) kept true to his word that he wasn't going to watch HBO's Sarah Palin-bashing film "Game Change" which premiered Saturday evening, he did have some harsh words about it on Fox News Sunday.

"It's based on a book that's completely biased and with unattributed quotes," McCain said before taking issue with the depiction of him as a vulgar man that asked his campaign manager to find him a female running mate (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | March 11, 2012 | 12:16 PM EDT

As NewsBusters has been reporting, Obama-loving media members have almost been orgasmic in their adoration for HBO's new Sarah Palin-bashing film "Game Change."

Firmly on the bandwagon is Chris Matthews who on the syndicated program bearing his name this weekend actually said that Woody Harrelson's performance as McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt is "the role of the century" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | March 11, 2012 | 11:12 AM EDT

To likely nobody’s surprise, NBC’s Saturday Night Live went after Rush Limbaugh last evening.

In the opening sketch, Taran Killam played the conservative talk radio host listing his new sponsors in the wake of the Sandra Fluke controversy including “Depends for Racists – if you pee a little every time you see a Mexican, you need Depends for Racists" (video follows with commentary):

By Tim Graham | March 11, 2012 | 6:21 AM EDT

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski displayed her Food Police views across the country Sunday in the nationally circulated Parade Magazine newspaper supplement.

“In our country when it comes to processed foods, sugar, and high-fructose corn syrup, unless they’re regulated, we’re going to continue on a downward spiral toward obesity and bad health," she proclaimed. "I think the government should step in. One way to do that is to put a tax on soda.” She was matched by Joe Scarborough mocking her as a nanny statist:

By Tim Graham | March 11, 2012 | 6:06 AM EDT

They're having a "pass the popcorn" moment at the Daily Kos imagining that we're all watching the Decline and Fall of Limbaugh. The Kosmonaut known as "Killer of Sacred Cows" is calling it "Rush Limbaugh's McCarthy Moment."

"Watching the implosion of right-wing hate talk radio as 98 advertisers pull their support not just from Rush but from Hannity, Beck, Savage, and other programs deemed to have 'content... deemed to be offensive or controversial,' I am reminded of the denoument of the McCarthy trials," Cow Killer wrote, "and what finally shocked the nation into realizing that they hadn't been listening to actual facts but just the ravings of a demented, paranoid madman".

By Brad Wilmouth | March 11, 2012 | 4:19 AM EDT

On Saturday's World News, as he ended a report on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's dustup with a Rutgers University student who heckled him at a town hall forum, ABC correspondent Mark Greenblatt forwarded Rutgers Law student and former Navy SEAL Wiliam Brown's criticisms of Christie without noting Brown's  history of activism in the Democratic party, specifically that he ran unsuccessfully for a state assembly seat.

The ABC correspondent instead forwarded Brown's complaints about Christie's temperament as if the Democratic activist were concerned about the health of the Republican party. Greenblatt:

By Tim Graham | March 10, 2012 | 5:51 PM EST

New York Times columnist Frank Bruni is  celebrating "ABC's Gay Wednesdays," especially how the sitcom "Modern Family" has brought "an Ozzie-and-Ozzie reverie for the age of marriage equality."

Gay-left advocates routinely cite popular culture as the proof society is "evolving," making the Disney network an evolutionary force. Bruni reported, "Almost a decade and a half since that show debuted, gay themes and characters factored into 24 percent of broadcast prime-time shows last season, as Frank Rich noted in a recent piece in New York magazine."

By Noel Sheppard | March 10, 2012 | 5:27 PM EST

The Left's hunt for conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh's head stepped up a notch Saturday when Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem called for the FCC to ban him.

Radical feminist activist Robin Morgan also participated in penning the anti-free speech piece published by

By Noel Sheppard | March 10, 2012 | 4:34 PM EST

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich had some harsh words Friday for ABC and its new show GCB.

As The Note reported, the former Speaker told supporters at a campaign event in Gulfport, Mississippi, "Take the exact name, drop out 'Christian' and put in 'Muslim,’ and ask yourself is there any network that would have dared to run a show like that and you know the answer is not a one":

By Noel Sheppard | March 10, 2012 | 3:50 PM EST

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields on Friday excoriated Supreme Court justices Samuel Alito and John Roberts for "taking our system and absolutely screwing it up completely."

Appearing on PBS's Inside Washington, Shields was complaining about how "these campaigns have been taken over totally by Super PACs" as a result of the Citizens United decision (video follows with transcript and commentary):