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By Tom Blumer | October 9, 2011 | 5:06 PM EDT

The headline this afternoon at the Associated Press to a report by Sam Hananel attempted to create the impression that complaints by many who have been unemployed for an extended time period that many employers are reluctant to consider and sometimes even refuse to consider their employment inquiries and applications equals support for provisions in President Obama's American Jobs Act which would for all practical purposes make them another protected class.

No doubt there is some support for the (in my opinion) misguided notion, but Hananel's underlying report never quoted an actual long-term unemployed person supporting the idea. Additionally, as I will cover in Part 2, the AP reporter also failed to tell readers why the problem has reached an unprecedented post-Depression level, namely that the economy, largely due to failed public policy choices, has thus far taken three times as long to recover from its recession than it did during any other post-recession period after World War II. Here are key paragraphs from Hananel's dispatch concerning the problem:

By Brent Baker | October 9, 2011 | 4:23 PM EDT

Offering the kind of respect, admiration and promotion ABC News has yet to offer Tea Party activists, Christiane Amanpour on Sunday asserted the far-left protesters are a “populist movement” representing a “revolution,” cited how it has “finally” been recognized by politicians, characterized it as an answer to the Tea Party and included an “Occupy Wall Street activist” on her roundtable.

“The revolution is being televised and tweeted and Facebooked,” she trumpeted in plugging the roundtable, proclaiming: “The Occupy Wall Street protests are suddenly all that Washington can talk about. Are we witnessing the birth of a new kind of Tea Party?”

By Tom Johnson | October 9, 2011 | 2:55 PM EDT

The left tends to put far more stock in marches, rallies, and other types of group protest than the right does. For example, last winter demonstrators in Madison, Wisconsin fighting against Scott Walker's budget reforms chanted, "This is what democracy looks like!" -- as opposed to, say, the actual election a few months before, in which the state's voters chose as their governor...Scott Walker.   

Unsurprisingly, then, Occupy Wall Street has captured the attention of a great many Kossacks, some of whose reflections on the protests and related issues are found below.  As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

By Noel Sheppard | October 9, 2011 | 2:05 PM EDT

On Thursday, Zogby released a shocking poll finding Herman Cain twenty points ahead of Mitt Romney in the GOP presidential nominee race.

Despite this, Chris Matthews on the syndicated television show bearing his name this weekend did a ten minute segment about this race without mentioning Cain's name once (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Brad Wilmouth | October 9, 2011 | 1:17 PM EDT

On Sunday's Reliable Sources on CNN, host Howard Kurtz and guest Erik Wemple of the Washington Post both took exception with FNC's Bill O'Reilly for recently calling some of the "Occupy Wall Street" protesters "far-left loons" and "anarchists." Kurtz noted the contrast in how MSNBC and FNC have responded to the protests:

By Noel Sheppard | October 9, 2011 | 1:04 PM EDT

Dan Rather on this weekend's "The Chris Matthews Show" exposed the person that is believed to be behind the Occupy Wall Street movement.

"The real moving force behind this, what's happening in the Wall Street protesters and the efforts to spread it around the country, is a woman operating out of her apartment in New York" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | October 9, 2011 | 12:20 PM EDT

Great day of college football yesterday. Will the NFL follow suit today?

Anything else you want to discuss sportswise?

By Noel Sheppard | October 9, 2011 | 11:37 AM EDT

Barack Obama took a lot of heat last week for saying America has "gotten a little soft."

Not from Fareed Zakaria who when not advising the president on foreign policy acts as one of his propaganda czars every Sunday on CNN (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | October 9, 2011 | 8:21 AM EDT

Newsweek loves marrying Comedy Central liberals and the military -- Stephen Colbert and Iraq made the cover in 2009. In the latest issue, Newsweek touted "Jon Stewart, Live at the USO." Because like Al Franken, liberal comedians like Stewart need to differentiate themselves from the America's-the-real-terrorist leftists and proclaim they love the troops, and hated the commander-in-chief (when he was Republican).

So we're treated to Stewart proclaiming how honored he is to entertain heroes, and how aw, shucks, he's no hero for going overseas to greet the troops. But you know a Bush-hating lecture is coming when the article is headlined "How America's most scathing liberal war critic ended up at the bedside of wounded warriors -- and as outraged as ever."

By Brent Baker | October 9, 2011 | 12:25 AM EDT

It’s been a month, but here's another entry in my semi-regular series of Saturday night humor postings for NewsBusters drawn from the clips Bret Baier runs at the end of FNC’s Special Report which he and his staff usually select from video montages picked up off the late night comedy shows.

Tonight, from this past week’s Tuesday night program, a brief comedy bit produced by ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live which answers the question of “what do we want?” posed by leaders of the far-left “Occupy Wall Street” protests. The reply is both accurate and humorous.

By Tim Graham | October 8, 2011 | 11:36 PM EDT

NPR's apparently a great place to go to denounce Herman Cain. On Friday's edition of Tell Me More, host Michelle Martin cued up Cain's remarks suggesting the Occupy Wall Street protests are "planned and orchestrated to distract from the failed policies of the Obama administration." Quite obviously, you can disagree with that theory without comparing Cain to segregationists.

But that's precisely what sports columnist and ESPN regular Kevin Blackistone said to Martin: "It sounds like to me what people who used to run the White Citizens Councils used to say in the South during the civil rights movement, that it was outside agitators who were coming in and stirring up black folks down there."

By Tom Blumer | October 8, 2011 | 9:04 PM EDT

You would think that an Associated Press story about the Congressional Budget Office's preliminary estimate of the federal government's full fiscal year results would include things like total federal collections and total spending during the year and how they compared to the previous year.

Don't be silly. If the AP let numbers that big -- and their direction -- get into its report, readers and listeners might start thinking that spending is outrageously high, and that increasing taxes to try to cover today's ridiculous levels of spending would crucify the economy. We can't have that, not when President Obama and Democrats are desperately pushing for taxes on "millionaires and billionaires" who earn $250,000 or more per year. What follows are excerpts from the writeup, followed by important and obvious facts AP chose not to report:

By Brad Wilmouth | October 8, 2011 | 7:49 PM EDT

Appearing as a guest on Friday's Imus in the Morning on the Fox Business Network, actor and comedian Jay Mohr took some sexual jabs at Sarah Palin, suggesting that she used to be his "booty call," and then later referring to her as "screwing black people since the mid-90s."

He also imitated GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain as he cracked that Cain is "getting blacker" as the campaign progresses.

By Brent Baker | October 8, 2011 | 7:24 PM EDT

Melinda Henneberger, who in 2009 proclaimed “Ted Kennedy has been a huge inspiration to me” and boasted of a “longtime political crush on the man who either in spite of his flaws and losses or because of them accomplished more than anyone else in my lifetime for causes that liberals (and other Americans) care about,” has joined the Washington Post where, per a Thursday announcement posted by Poynter’s Romenesko site, Henneberger “will write portraits of key political players and crucial campaign moments. She also will anchor a new blog on politics and culture.”

By Tim Graham | October 8, 2011 | 7:00 PM EDT

Newsweek isn't shy about taking sides in celebrating the anniversary of Anita Hill's unsubstantiated claims of sexual harassment against Clarence Thomas. Their I-believe-Anita article is titled "Surviving Clarence." The author is feminist Leslie Bennetts -- a woman who's previously puffed Arianna Huffington as the "ultimate poster girl for change" and has even proclaimed that women who stay home to raise their children are "playing Russian roulette with their future."

Conservatives and Thomas supporters were denounced as vile demonizers of this feminist icon, but Bennetts couldn't find a conservative who would speak up. Former Sen. Arlen Specter told Bennetts he was still quite sure he was right to suggest Hill may have committed perjury, no matter how angry that made liberals. Hill, however, was asked if she suffered post-traumatic stress, as if she'd spent a weekend in a war zone instead of a hearing room: