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By Noel Sheppard | February 19, 2011 | 2:41 PM EST

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman on Friday made the idiotic claim that House Republicans are stealing food from babies and pregnant women.

Later that evening, appearing on PBS's "Inside Washington," syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer demonstrated just how foolish Krugman's assertion was (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | February 19, 2011 | 1:51 PM EST

Newsweek's Evan Thomas on Friday said President Obama's just-released 2012 budget is a profile in cowardice.

Such occurred on PBS's "Inside Washington" (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | February 19, 2011 | 1:17 PM EST

The House of Representatives on Saturday voted to defund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

According to UPI, by a party line vote of 235 to 189, the House passed a stopgap measure that would cut $61 billion from the 2011 budget:

By Noel Sheppard | February 19, 2011 | 12:49 PM EST

In a classic example of bias by headline, on Friday cherry-picked a compliment Ann Coulter gave Sarah Palin the previous evening in order to demean the conservative author.

The following still appears at the front page of the cable network's website:

By NB Staff | February 19, 2011 | 11:18 AM EST

For general discussion and debate about politics, the economy, sports, and whatever else tickles your fancy.

By Noel Sheppard | February 19, 2011 | 11:05 AM EST

The House of Representatives on Saturday voted to defund the United Nations' controversial Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Climate Depot reported moments ago:

By Noel Sheppard | February 19, 2011 | 10:21 AM EST

Bill Maher and Tavis Smiley got into a heated debate Friday about the difference between the treatment of women in America versus in Muslim countries.

When Smiley continually asserted on HBO's "Real Time" that women are maltreated here, Maher said, "It's such bulls--t," and eventually ended the discussion by scolding the PBS host, "When you tolerate intolerance, you’re not really being a liberal” (video follows with partial transcript and commentary):

By Matthew Balan | February 19, 2011 | 10:04 AM EST

CNN's Candy Crowley adopted the pro-abortion lobby's talking points on Friday's Situation Room, as she asked Rep. Steve King about the House's vote to defund Planned Parenthood: "There's that term, 'penny wise and pound foolish.' Would you worry that, by cutting off those services, people...would have sicker babies, or certain people...wouldn't have HIV testing...and that would just cost us more?"

The journalist, who was substituting for regular anchor Wolf Blitzer, brought on the Iowa Republican and his Democratic colleague, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, to comment on the current budget debates at the state and federal levels. Towards the end of her interview, at the 42 minutes into the 6 pm Eastern hour mark, Crowley raised the 240-185 vote earlier that afternoon to eliminate federal funding of Planned Parenthood, and used an argument similar to that of liberal Fox News contributor Jehmu Greene, who emphasized on the February 3, 2011 edition of The O'Reilly Factor how the organization's employees "provide mammograms [and] provide birth control advice." The anchor also hinted that cutting off Planned Parenthood would end up costing more tax dollars in the long run:

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By Brent Bozell | February 19, 2011 | 8:51 AM EST

The 911 call went out on January 27. Charlie Sheen was unconscious after another wild 36-hour bout with alcohol and drugs. People magazine reported paramedics found him unresponsive, drooling blood. He looked like death. He was rushed to the hospital, and there the family gathered, expecting the worst. Again, he survived.

Nobody seems able to stop this train. No one can force him to change. And CBS will stop at nothing in its willingness to dote on its superstar, offering no “judgmental” analysis of his behavior. In this business, profitability comes before respectability. Sheen, star of the filthy sitcom "Two and a Half Men," is the highest-paid actor in television (at $1.2 million an episode), and he can apparently do and say anything and be welcomed back to work. It’s why Entertainment Weekly calls Sheen “TV’s Most Valuable Disaster.”

By Tom Blumer | February 19, 2011 | 8:29 AM EST

Friday, a jury convicted former Luzerne County, Pennsylvania Judge Mark Ciavarella of "12 counts, including racketeering, money laundering and conspiracy, but acquitted him of 27 counts, including extortion" in connection with "what prosecutors said was a 'kids for cash' scheme that ranks among the biggest courtroom frauds in U.S. history." Ciavarella was "accused of using juvenile delinquents as pawns in a plot to get rich," i.e., that "he incarcerated youths for money."

The quotes in the previous paragraph are from Associated Press reporter Michael Rubinkam's story on the verdict. Rubinkam's report caps two years of the wire service's consistent failure to tell its own readers and viewers, as well readers, listeners, and viewers at subscribing outlets, the political party affiliations of Ciavarella and former judicial colleague Michael Conahan, who separately "pleaded guilty to racketeering last year."

Both former judges are Democrats. From all appearances, the AP said so just once in a report two years ago when the judges were indicted,  and quickly pulled the reference, as shown in the graphic that follows:

By Tim Graham | February 19, 2011 | 8:03 AM EST

In a piece biased enough to appear on The Huffington Post, AP writer Charles Babington goes after House Speaker John Boehner, asserting that the Democrats are aligned with "many mainstream economists" -- and the economists cited are liberals, with no label. The "mainstream" apparently favors cutting nothing from the enormous deficit, and adding more "stimulus."

Democrats and many mainstream economists, however, dispute GOP claims that deep federal spending cuts will lead directly to more private-sector jobs.

Boehner forwarded a letter to the White House from 150 economists – many with conservative backgrounds – saying: "To support real economic growth and support the creation of private-sector jobs, immediate action is needed to rein in federal spending." The three-paragraph letter did not seek to document a link between lower government spending and increased jobs, and some rival economists said it would be hard to do so.

By Tim Graham | February 18, 2011 | 11:16 PM EST

Planned Parenthood lost a House vote on Friday by a count of 245 to 180 that would strip its funding out of this year's stopgap spending bill. But they're not sitting still.

Frank James of  NPR's blog It's All Politics is reporting the "woman's health organization" plans to run radio ads that will initially target several Republican lawmakers, including "freshmen Allen West (FL), Frank Guinta (NH), Ann Marie Buerkle (NY) and Pat Meehan (PA) as well as Mike Fitzpatrick, (PA) who served in the House previously." Well, there's that, and this weekend's New York "Safer Sex Party" with the handcuffs and "Hedonist Chocolates."

NPR didn't notice happy groups like the National Right to Life Committee applauding the denial of funds to the "bloated abortion mega-marketer," but they helpfully forwarded the text of a Planned Parenthood ad, called "Flushed."

By Rusty Weiss | February 18, 2011 | 11:12 PM EST

One of the largest Muslim organizations in North America is considering plans to build a summer camp on 114 acres of land in the Adirondacks.  Via the Albany Times Union

“The Islamic Circle of North America, a Muslim advocacy group based in New York City, hopes to raise money to develop a camp for children and families of all religions on land donated to it last year.”

The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA), based in Queens, New York, is not devoid of controversy in a history that spans over 40 years, yet there is scant mention of these controversies by the media.  The Times Union article states that, “U.S. law enforcement agencies have investigated, but never prosecuted, ICNA for terrorist connections.”  And there is coverage of a fundraiser involving speakers having made anti-American statements in the past, which is quickly justified by saying, “the meeting raised money for homeless women.”

But the ICNA has so much more to offer in the way of newsworthiness, including an event involving radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, as well as a link to the presently relevant Muslim Brotherhood.


By Matt Hadro | February 18, 2011 | 6:08 PM EST

In the midst of outcry that Wisconsin teachers were skipping school to protest the governor's new budget bill and demand collective bargaining rights, NBC's Norah O'Donnell provided the teachers' motives as an argument for their side. She failed to mention why Wisconsin Gov. Walker cut into their benefits in the first place.

Covering the story on MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports," O'Donnell remarked that "I know there are some that think this is a travesty for the schoolchildren of that state." She added, however, "But these teachers are talking about their pensions, and they're worried about having to pay more for their health care costs, right?"

The explosive debate has featured voices from the left and right crying about the compensation Wisconsin public employees receive and what they pay in, compared with that of private sector workers. The conservative Heritage Foundation explains that Wisconsin's budget was already in the red, and that state employees enjoy generous benefits that many other citizens don't.

By Tim Graham | February 18, 2011 | 5:06 PM EST

On its Twitter account today, PBS explicitly thanked for their campaigning to "save public broadcasting" from the conservatives who would cut the budget of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 

A special thanks to @ for its help and support this week.

This certainly clashes with a story on Wednesday by Katy Bachman of AdWeek, in which executives expressed a slight embarrassment to be so fervently associated with the radical-left promoters of Bush-is-Hitler ads: