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By Noel Sheppard | April 7, 2012 | 5:19 PM EDT

The Obama administration has never been shy about showing its appreciation for the deplorably liberal so-called "news" network MSNBC.

Speaking at a White House economic forum Friday, the President expressed additional adoration as he praised Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski for proving "women really are the better half. Joe's not denying it" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | April 7, 2012 | 4:42 PM EDT

Recently, Politico writers Dylan Byers and Mackenzie Weinger wrote that Sarah Palin told Katie Couric on CBS that she could "see Russia from [her] house." This despite the fact that Tina Fey, portraying Palin, was the only one who ever uttered those words. That's doubly wrong. This kind of malignant confusion has unfairly discredited Palin in the public mind.

Check out what happened when MRCTV's Dan Joseph went out to interview tourists around the White House to see if the people on the street had a better grasp of reality than Politico. It ended up a little like one of those depressing Jay Leno "Jaywalking" segments:


By Tom Blumer | April 7, 2012 | 2:36 PM EDT has noted that it took about 17 hours before the dam broke, but now the Associated Press and United Press International both have stories on NBC's decision to fire a Miami-based producer over the editing of George Zimmerman's 911 call.

The AP story, which has a time stamp of 12:03 p.m. at the Wall Street Journal, plays it pretty straight (posted in full because of it relative brevity; the item's author, as shown here, is Television Writer Frazier Moore):

By NB Staff | April 7, 2012 | 1:54 PM EDT

Lots to talk about politically this holiday weekend. Of course, the start of the baseball season and the Masters are likely garnering much of your attention.

Happy Easter and Happy Pesach.

By Scott Whitlock | April 7, 2012 | 1:34 PM EDT

A nasty Joy Behar on Wednesday appeared on MSNBC's Last Word to attack conservative women such as Sarah Palin and Nikki Haley. Talking to the ultra-liberal Lawrence O'Donnell, Behar mocked, "Shouldn't [Palin] be turning letters somewhere on some game show at this point? Why is she still involved in the conversation politically?"

Palin's sin, according to Behar? Daring to opine on who Mitt Romney should pick as his vice presidential choice. Behar had more insults for the governor of South Carolina, who recently appeared on her ABC show, The View. Regarding Haley's comment that women don't really care about the contraception issue, Behar dismissed, "...I mean, that just shows you she's not thinking. I don't know where her head is at." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

By Noel Sheppard | April 7, 2012 | 1:31 PM EDT

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on Friday said President Obama wins the budget debate if the electorate is as gullible as people like NPR's Nina Totenberg.

Just three minutes later on PBS's Inside Washington, as if on cue, Totenberg said people making between $60,000 and $125,000 pay the most in taxes (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | April 7, 2012 | 12:46 PM EDT

Did you know that the economy was on a "hiring binge" until February? Gosh, neither did I until the headline to Paul Wiseman's report at the Associated Press yesterday afternoon informed of that.

I also didn't know that economies took breaks, but that's what the AP's headline said the economy did in March. And don't worry -- "few economists expect hiring to fizzle in spring and summer, as it did the past two years." Correct me if I'm wrong, but they weren't expecting to see fizzling in 2011 or 2010, and guess what happened (or maybe they were just extended "breaks")? What follows are the first five paragraphs from Wiseman's dispatch, plus selected others:

By Noel Sheppard | April 7, 2012 | 12:32 PM EDT

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer made a point about today's media that should make everyone think twice about the state of American journalism.

In a discussion about the Ryan budget proposal on PBS's Inside Washington Friday, Krauthammer observed, "Obama will win the argument if the electorate is as gullible as Nina [Totenberg] and Mark [Shields] and Evan [Thomas] in accepting what the Administration is saying about the cuts" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 7, 2012 | 10:45 AM EDT

You'd think on the very day an NBC News producer was fired for editing George Zimmerman's 911 call to make it appear he was racist media members would be extra careful to be as factually accurate as possible when reporting on the Trayvon Martin shooting.

CNN's Ashleigh Banfield clearly didn't get this memo for while substitute-hosting on Anderson Cooper 360 Friday night, she twice falsely claimed that an eyewitness she had just interviewed said the person she believed was the attacker - meaning the one on top during the fight near her house - was Hispanic (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 7, 2012 | 8:58 AM EDT

New York Times' so-called "conservative" columnist David Brooks had some surprisingly harsh words Friday for the objective of his affection currently residing in the White House.

"President Obama is an intelligent, judicious man who can see all sides of an issue. But every once in a while he tries to get politically cute, and he puts on his Keith Olbermann mask."

By Brent Bozell | April 7, 2012 | 8:14 AM EDT

MTV is now trying to lure young viewers with a saucy sex show in the “advice” category. They didn’t reach for Dr. Drew or God forbid, Dr. Ruth, or an actual doctor of anything. They turned to filthy sex columnist and gay activist Dan Savage.

The new show is called “Savage U,” and it documents Savage touring college campuses to offer snarky/smutty advice to college students. This is MTV’s libertine ideology pitched right at children, and Savage is blunt about how he’ll be going around the parents.

By Tim Graham | April 7, 2012 | 7:57 AM EDT

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow's new book "Drift"  focuses heavily on Ronald Reagan, including a rehash of the Iran-Contra scandal, and Maddow clearly chafes at the idea that Reagan would seek a goal like "the restoration of American military superiority," and that he would dare to seek political gain with a saber-rattling posture during the Cold War.

Mediaite noted that Maddow appeared Tuesday on MSNBC's Now with Jane Wagner to plug her book and mocked Reagan for making an issue in the 1976 campaign about handing over the Panama Canal, which she said was "cockamamie" in retrospect. “Reagan was a genius at taking elements of patriotism and turning them toward partisan gain,” Maddow said.

By Tim Graham | April 7, 2012 | 7:05 AM EDT

The close relationship between MSNBC host Al Sharpton and the Obama administration knows no bounds of propriety. The Washington Free Beacon reported "signs posted in at least 20 Department Of Labor elevators depict Secretary Hilda Solis carrying a bullhorn and rallying alongside the Rev. Al Sharpton...Next to the pictures is a quote from Solis that reads in part: 'We all march in our own way.'” A few people over in the picture is the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Now imagine if a Bush cabinet secretary put up posters of himself marching arm in arm with a Fox News personality. Would that have been skipped over by the rest of the national media?

By Mark Finkelstein | April 6, 2012 | 10:04 PM EDT

So much for civility.  With Ed Schultz goading her on, a Dem state senator from Ohio referred to Republican elected officials as "occupiers" and urged women among other things to use their "passion" to "take out" the "right-wing occupiers."

Nina Turner, the state senator in question, used language that would have caused an MSM outrage had a Republican used it to call for people to "take out" Dem "occupiers."  View the video after the jump.

By Tom Blumer | April 6, 2012 | 8:33 PM EDT

It would seem that Paul Wiseman at the Associated Press had his copy prepared in advance for today's jobs report.

The consensus was that today's report from Uncle Sam's Bureau of Labor Statistics would show that 200,000 seasonally adjusted jobs were added in March. So it was a virtual lock that today's result would mean that the past four months were the best for net hiring in the past two years. Accordingly, after the report's release, Wiseman, despite the disappointing news that March's number was only 120,000, apparently just plugged in the four-month total and ran with it: