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By Noel Sheppard | November 20, 2011 | 10:41 PM EST

A rather extraordinary thing happened Sunday.

CNN's Howard Kurtz actually took Bill O'Reilly's side in the Lincoln book dispute the Fox News host is having with Kurtz's former employer the Washington Post (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Mark Finkelstein | November 20, 2011 | 9:34 PM EST

Serious question: who do you think the liberal media loathes more: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Grover Norquist?  I'm going with 'b.' After all, Mahmoud merely wants to build an atom bomb and wipe Israel off the map, for starters. But Grover Norquist wants to keep taxes from increasing and thereby limit the growth of government.

In a 60 Minutes hit piece tonight, CBS correspondent Steve Kroft claimed Norquist, head of Americans for Tax Reform, "likes things ugly." For good measure, Kroft claimed that Norquist's strategy has some of the characteristics of a "protection racket." Video after the jump.

By Noel Sheppard | November 20, 2011 | 9:08 PM EST

White House senior adviser David Plouffe made headlines last month when he told NBC's David Gregory that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney "has no core."

On Sunday's Meet the Press, the host decided to play the part of one of Barack Obama's closest allies and ask Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), "Does Romney have a core politically?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | November 20, 2011 | 6:42 PM EST

Paul Krugman, who three months ago called for space aliens to invade earth in order to get the government to spend more money, attacked Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on ABC's This Week Sunday referring to the former House Speaker as "a stupid man's idea of what a smart man sounds like" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Johnson | November 20, 2011 | 5:36 PM EST

This past Thursday, the Occupy movement held its so-called day of action, during which protesters clashed with police. In a related story, this past week Kossacks blogged about Occupy, during which they clashed with the forces of reason, logic, and history.

As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym. DKWIR will return in two weeks. Happy Thanksgiving!

By Mark Finkelstein | November 20, 2011 | 5:20 PM EST

Dee Dee Myers, former press secretary to President Bill Clinton, goes on Meet the Press and calls Newt Gingrich a political "sociopath."  Does moderator David Gregory call her out?  

Nope. To the contrary, Gregory proceeds to play a clip of convicted felon Jack Abramoff accusing Newt of "corruption." Video after the jump.

By Dave Pierre | November 20, 2011 | 3:32 PM EST

Imagine if a newspaper disproportionately and endlessly harped upon decades-old crimes committed by black people. Even if the stories were all true, people would be rightfully outraged at the paper’s overt racism in consistently and repeatedly targeting the past misdeeds of people of one particular race. The public would never allow such blatant bigotry.

Such a comparison can be applied to the Boston Globe and the Catholic Church, except this bigotry is real, and there is no public outrage.

By Brent Baker | November 20, 2011 | 2:35 PM EST

Highlighting Grover Norquist’s upcoming appearance on 60 Minutes, CBS’s Bob Schieffer, on Face the Nation, pointed to the anti-tax hike pledge Norquist asks politicians to sign as “one of the problems” undermining the failed “super-committee.”

After ruing the pledge with Republican Senator Pat Toomey, a super-committee member, Schieffer later also hit a Democratic Senator, Joe Manchin, from the left on taxes: “Would you be willing to raise taxes if that’s what it takes to get our financial footing?” Manchin: “You don't need to raise taxes.”) 

By Tom Blumer | November 20, 2011 | 11:17 AM EST

The dictionary definition of "stimulate" relevant to a nation's economy is "to rouse to action or effort."

We still have journalists who gullibly relay the notion that extending unemployment benefits and increasing entitlement programs will "rouse" the economy "to action of effort," despite almost three years of evidence that such is not the case. One of them is Andrew Taylor, a writer for the Associated Press, who, in his unprofessionally titled ("Deficit deal failure would pose crummy choice") and painfully long writeup about the supercommittee's lack of action or effort in Washington, wrote the following:

By Tim Graham | November 20, 2011 | 9:28 AM EST

Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi charged in the Sunday Outlook section that conservatives are the bigger liars with sub-rosa e-mail gossip chains: "when it comes to generating and sustaining specious and shocking stories, there’s no contest. The majority of the junk comes from the right, aimed at the left."

Who did the measuring of this tilt? Why, the Washington Post fact checker, of course, and (run out of the liberal St. Petersburg Ties) and, run by the liberal Annenberg Center at the University of Pennysylvania. In other words, the liberal media-political complex is claiming to be "nonpartisan" again. 

By Tom Blumer | November 20, 2011 | 9:20 AM EST

In their deeply deceptive Friday morning story ("Deep spending cuts pose a new threat to US economy") about how the bicameral bipartisan supercommittee is supposedly going to hurt the economy with whatever results from its handiwork, Christopher Rugaber and Daniel Wagner of the Associated Press, aka The Administration's Press, "somehow" forgot to include one "little" detail, and deferred another until very late in their report.

The omission, which is that the "cuts" under consideration are really reductions in projected spending increases in future years, is sadly typical. The fact is the $1.2 trillion in "savings" the supercommittee hopes to engineer will only slightly reduce the rate of spending growth. The deferral is that the pair waited until Paragraph 18 to tell readers, and even then only incompletely, that the "deep cuts" would be spread over nine years, thereby amounting to roughly 3% of the $40.3 trillion if projected 2013-2021 spending (Page XI here). The AP pair never explains how "cuts" which wouldn't kick in until the October 1, 2012 beginning of fiscal 2013 and which are (as they have almost always been) heavily skewed towards later years would affect the current economy. Excerpts from the pair's report follow (bolds are mine):

By Noel Sheppard | November 20, 2011 | 9:06 AM EST

For years NewsBusters has informed readers of the tremendous financial ties to spreading the anthropogenic global warming myth.

On Sunday, coincidentally  the second anniversary of 2010's ClimateGate scandal, Britain's Daily Mail exposed the BBC's Roger Harrabin for having taken £15,000 from the very university at the heart the damning email messages demonstrating a nefarious collusion between the world's top climate alarmists:

By Tim Graham | November 20, 2011 | 8:24 AM EST

Kyle Smith of the New York Post reports that the animated movie Happy Feet 2 can’t stay away from including the notion of “gay marriage” into a movie you might just think was aimed at kids. The little crustaceans voiced by Matt Damon and Brad Pitt bring it up:

"Perplexingly, things take a turn for the gay:  Damon’s krill says he wants to raise kids together, at which point Pitt’s notes that they’re both males, yet Damon thinks this is no big deal and (I’m not making this up) starts suggestively singing a Wham! song, which causes Pitt (not unreasonably) to dump Damon." Smith added: "I’ve got nothing against alternative-lifestyle krill, but what are they doing in my dancing-penguin movie?"

By Tim Graham | November 20, 2011 | 8:08 AM EST

There are times you have to question Michael Steele's grasp on elementary political-party history as an MSNBC analyst from the right-leaning side. (Liberals would say it makes you question how a former Republican Party chairman can't remember his own party's recent history.) But on Friday night's Politics Nation, in a battle of the bumblers, Steele told Sharpton the Republicans lost the House majority in 1996 and didn't regain it until 2002. This would come as a shock to Newt Gingrich, since how did they impeach Bill Clinton in 1998 from the minority? (Republicans controlled the House from 1995 to 2007.)

Unsurprisingly, Sharpton took a whack at the memory loss of Rick Perry, without in any way grasping Steele's fundamental error of fact. The discussion began over Gingrich's lucrative financial relationship with the government-sponsored housing entity Freddie Mac:

By Tim Graham | November 20, 2011 | 6:44 AM EST

On Friday night’s Politics Nation program, MSNBC host Al Sharpton denounced a Balanced Budget Amendment in the strongest terms. “This extreme piece of Republican mean-spiritedness could have destroyed up to 15 million jobs and slashed social programs.” It’s apparently why the popularity of Congress is so low, Sharpton insisted.

Washington Post reporter Nia-Malika Henderson agreed with Sharpton that the Republicans were both ideologically inflexible and tone-deaf to the public, and then suggested President Obama  “Oddly, you have Mark Penn making this suggestion that Barack Obama shouldn't run as a populist, shouldn't run on raising taxes, but let's face it, that`s something that Clinton was able to do, and that ushered in a record number of jobs.”