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By Noel Sheppard | October 10, 2011 | 11:23 PM EDT

It really is amazing this man has his own one hour, nationally televised show on a so-called news network.

On Monday's PoliticsNation, MSNBC's Al Sharpton, four times in the course of roughly twenty minutes, actually called the liberal movement that he and most of his media colleagues adore "Occupation Wall Street" (video follows with commentary):

By Mark Finkelstein | October 10, 2011 | 10:50 PM EDT

Serious question: if he ever had it, has Ed Schultz totally lost it?  There's lots to be said about the Occupy Wall Street movement.  But of all the cockamamie comments, of all the nutty non sequiturs, surely Ed Schultz's takes the crazy cake.

On his MSNBC show tonight, Schultz claimed that what lies behind Republican criticism of Occupy is . . . racism.  In a beyond-bizarre analogy, Schultz somehow said that there's "no difference" between GOP congressman Peter King's criticism of Occupy Wall Street and Trent Lott's 2002 birthday-party praise for Strom Thurmond. Video after the jump.

By Tom Blumer | October 10, 2011 | 10:08 PM EDT

Chicago Mayor and former Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel went after GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney yesterday over the 2008-2009 state of the auto industry. Emanuel, as paraphrased by the Associated Press, believes that "had Republican candidate Mitt Romney been president the nation would no longer have an auto industry" -- though last time I checked, Ford Motor Company, which did not accept federal government bailout money, is still headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, which is still in the USA.

In his coverage of Emanuel's comments, the Detroit News's Dave Shepardson -- who infamously and falsely claimed in February 2010 that Toyota executives "bragged" and "boasted" about saving money on safety recalls when Japanese culture deeply frowns on the practice to the point of shunning people who engage in it -- headlined Emanuel's "no industry" howler, and committed several factual errors. In addition, he missed a quite relevant and critical March 2009 episode of support from Romney -- for better or worse (readers can decide) -- when President Obama engineered the ouster of General Motors' CEO. Here are excerpts from Shepardson's shilling:

By Noel Sheppard | October 10, 2011 | 9:02 PM EDT

Most liberal media members and prominent Democrats including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) took great offense to Sen. Scott Brown's (D-Mass.) joke concerning rival Elizabeth Warren not posing naked when she was in law school.

Quite surprisingly, when this matter came up on ABC's The View Monday, the ladies sided with Brown (multipart video follows with transcripts and commentary):

By Mark Finkelstein | October 10, 2011 | 8:47 PM EDT

Thanks, Reverend Al. Really.  Sure, we know that the left is all about the redistribution of wealth rather than its generation.  Still, it's instructive to hear a leading lefty say it in such stark terms.  As clear a statement of the manifesto since candidate Obama told Joe The Plumber that "spread the wealth around" is the way to go.  

On his MSNBC show this evening, Sharpton declared that his view of the Occupy Wall Street movement is that it should be about "really, how we distribute the wealth in this country." View video after the jump.

By Matthew Balan | October 10, 2011 | 6:27 PM EDT

CBS sided with supporters of the "Occupy Wall Street" protests on Monday's Early Show, bringing on former Democratic Senator Russ Feingold to boost the left-leaning demonstrations, with no Republican and/or conservative critics appearing as guests during the program. Feingold slammed Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain as "un-American" for his critique of the protests.

Near the end of her interview of the Wisconsin politician, anchor Erica Hill raised Cain's attack on the continuing anti-corporate rallies: "Republican candidate Herman Cain, weighing in over the weekend. He said that, basically, it's un-American to protest capitalism. Businesses have to make money, and if they can do a better job making money oversea- it's an unfortunate reality for many Americans- but they're concerned about their bottom line. Can there be some sort of common ground here?"

By Noel Sheppard | October 10, 2011 | 6:08 PM EDT

Last week, Roseanne Barr said the wealthy should be beheaded if they don't willingly part with some of their money.

Days later, Deadline Hollywood reported that the geniuses at NBC have decided to give this lunatic her own sitcom:

By Kyle Drennen | October 10, 2011 | 5:49 PM EDT

At the top of Friday's NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams took aim at Alabama's new immigration law: "Fear factor. Children pulled out of school in this country while parents give up work they desperately need, all because of the sudden impact of a tough new law."

Later introducing a report on the Obama Justice Department blocking implementation of the "extremely tough new immigration law," Williams warned: "Federal officials say the state law invites discrimination against all foreign-born residents, and they're especially worried about its effect on children."

By Clay Waters | October 10, 2011 | 5:46 PM EDT

From the editorial page to the news pages to a page of graphic design, the spreading leftist protest known as Occupy Wall Street occupied major swathes of Sunday’s New York Times, and the mood was celebratory – at last the left wing (or as the Times puts it, “populist message”) is off the mat and fighting back.

In the paper’s Sunday Review, journalism professor and veteran leftist Todd Gitlin gushed over the leftist revival on Wall Street (while attacking the Tea Party) in “The Left Declares Its Independence.”

By Ken Shepherd | October 10, 2011 | 5:19 PM EDT

The field of candidates for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination are "offering a series of one-size-fits-all economic pitches that fall short of addressing important nuances and competing demands posed by the nation's diverse fiscal landscape" according to unnamed "analysts," Washington Post staffer Michael Fletcher noted in the lead paragraph of his October 10 front-page story, "GOP field vague on economic remedies."

Fletcher proceeded to insist that "divergent circumstances call for the kinds of tailored economic strategies that the GOP candidates have mostly avoided" thus far while the GOP field has "focused on items central to Republican orthodoxy" such as "reducing taxes, cutting government spending, jettisoning regulations and promoting free trade."

By Matt Hadro | October 10, 2011 | 5:12 PM EDT

To answer Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain's claim that racism is not a big factor in African-American unemployment, CNN brought on radical left-wing activists Professor Cornel West of Princeton and Tavis Smiley of PBS, both of who co-host a public radio talk show.

Not-surprisingly, West and Smiley, both African-Americans, ripped Cain's comments. West griped that Cain needs to "get off the symbolic crack pipe" and added that he has "mediocrity, mendacity, mean-spiritedness toward the poor, and now mean-spiritedness toward black people fighting for their lives in this very ugly economy."

By Brent Baker | October 10, 2011 | 4:58 PM EDT

Rosie O’Donnell has admitted that her pique toward President George Bush led her to marry Kelli Carpenter, with whom she’s now broken up. And in the “Too Much Information” department, she related how her staff has convinced her to wear a bra. To channel Scott Brown, “Thank God.”

By Scott Whitlock | October 10, 2011 | 4:48 PM EDT

Good Morning America and the Today show on Monday fretted about the "ugly turn" the 2012 presidential race has taken in the wake of a pastor at a conservative conference decrying Mitt Romney's Mormonism as a "cult." Yet, these same programs promoted the "edgy" Book of Mormon play back in the spring.

On Monday, GMA's correspondent Jon Karl asserted, "The race for the Republican nomination has take an ugly turn with some now openly questioning whether Mitt Romney's Mormon faith should disqualify him from being president." Karl added that when Romney spoke at the Value Voters Summit, he "tried to take the high ground."

By Mark Finkelstein | October 10, 2011 | 4:26 PM EDT

Being a proud cyber-card carrying, if non-contributing, member of the Democratic National Committee's email list, I just received a missive entitled "Test your knowledge: Take the Mitt quiz."  Clicking along takes one to a DNC site called "" at which readers are asked to guess whether, on a variety of subjects from abortion to the Detroit bail-out, Romney said the first statement, the second statement which contradicts the first, or all of the above.

Of course the answer in every case is "all of the above."  And there's no doubt that if nominated, and before, Mitt will have some 'splaining to do.  What's less clear is just how the Dems really think they can exploit this: "vote against Romney--he actually has agreed with us on a lot of stuff!" is probably not going to work.  Does the fact that the DNC is singling Romney out for attack long before the first GOP primary has even been cast suggest it sees him as the strongest electoral threat to President Obama?  See more about after the jump.

By Tim Graham | October 10, 2011 | 4:13 PM EDT

What a change The Washington Post wrought by bringing in Patrick Pexton as the ombudsman. The last ombudsman, Andrew Alexander, was a stickler about the Post’s overuse of anonymous sources. But in a Sunday column on Rick Perry and the Post's “N-head” painted-rock “investigative” hullaballoo, Pexton just circled his wagon and made excuses for the newspaper.

“If the seven sources The Post relied on for this article are truthful, then Perry is lying or is badly misinformed about when the rock was painted,” insisted Pexton. But what if the seven anonymous sources are lying or badly misinformed? What if some are Obama voters or financial backers? The Post is throwing the biggest rock they can at a Republican – racism, as in casual acquiescence to the N-word – without telling the public who’s behind it. "Trust us," says the newspaper of the 2006 Excessive 'Macaca' Pile-on.