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By Tom Blumer | April 4, 2012 | 12:08 PM EDT

The Department of (I don't know what kind of) Justice has decided to drop its case again prolife sidewalk counselor Mary Susan Pine and pay her $120,000 in legal fees. DOJ had no case in the first place.

If this were an antiwar protester or someone else favored by the left, this would be "DOJ run amok" news. But you will search in vain for a story about Ms. Pine at the Associated Press, the New York Times, the Washington Post, or the Los Angeles Times (searches are on "Pine abortion," not in quotes). You will find 18 references to her in a Google News search on "Pine abortion" (not in quotes, sorted by date, with duplicates), only one of which is an establishment press outlet (Fox News). What follows is the press release from Liberty Counsel, which defended Ms. Pine, and excerpts from J. Christian Adams's related column at PJ Media (bolds are mine throughout):

By Tim Graham | April 4, 2012 | 11:34 AM EDT

The Health & Science section of Tuesday's Washington Post threatened to ruin reader breakfasts by touting something that is not exactly a hot trend: how some women eat their own placenta after childbirth.

Freelancer Julie Wan relayed that "Web sites suggest using it in recipes like any other organ meat, pan frying it or cooking it in lasagna. Some strong-stomached mothers have used it raw in smoothies." Urp.

By Kyle Drennen | April 4, 2012 | 11:20 AM EDT

While serving as guest host on Tuesday's NBC Today, Sarah Palin literally gave HBO's hit piece on her, Game Change, a thumbs down, and declared: "I didn't see the movie. And I wouldn't waste my time seeing the movie....because I don't waste my time on false narratives, on lies." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Palin made the criticism during the Today's Professionals panel segment, causing shock among the liberal pundits. Advertising executive Donny Deutsch wondered: "So you didn't like Julianne Moore?" Attorney Star Jones proclaimed how much she liked the movie and asked in disbelief: "Are you telling the truth? You didn't see it?" Co-host Matt Lauer chimed in: "You didn't see Game Change? You never saw it?"

By Brent Bozell | April 4, 2012 | 11:00 AM EDT

Editor's Note: Last week, NBC’s Today show doctored George Zimmerman’s 9-1-1 call so that his motive for shooting Trayvon Martin appeared racial. Over the weekend, NBC reported to The Washington Post that an investigation would be forthcoming after the Media Research Center (MRC) exposed their fraud. It appears NBC’s investigation has been completed.

Last night, NBC issued a two sentence explanation on it. NewsBusters publisher and MRC president Brent Bozell argues that the network's "apology" is as dishonest as the original piece and that Comcast, which owns NBC and MSNBC, needs to clean house at the network:

We reject this fraudulent apology. We're not surprised. After all, NBC "investigated" itself. We again call on Comcast, not NBC, to investigate this matter -- thoroughly, honestly, and professionally.

By Noel Sheppard | April 4, 2012 | 9:34 AM EDT

I don't know about you, but I thought Sarah Palin did an extremely good job in her guest-host stint on NBC's Today show Tuesday.

Comedy Central's Jon Stewart predictably didn't, and began his Daily Show later that evening with a blistering attack on the former Alaska governor (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Mark Finkelstein | April 4, 2012 | 8:25 AM EDT

Unemployment stubbornly over 8%.  His landmark piece of legislation in dire peril of being dumped by the Supreme Court.  The "flexibility" moment with Putin's pawn. Does that sound like an invincible incumbent to you?

It does to Joe Scarborough, and according to him, to every other member of the Republican establishment.  On Morning Joe today, Scarborough said that while they won't admit it on TV, "no one" in the GOP establishment believes Mitt Romney will beat Barack Obama in the general election. View the video after the jump.

By Brad Wilmouth | April 4, 2012 | 7:43 AM EDT

Appearing on a special 11:00 p.m. edition of The Ed Show on MSNBC to discuss the night's presidential primary results, the Huffington Post's Howard Fineman - formerly of Newsweek - acknowledged President Obama's weak position in the polls as he noted that Mitt Romney, despite his weaknesses as a presidential candidate, still manages to come in only a few points behind Obama in the latest Gallup poll.

At about 11:15 p.m., Fineman observed:

By Tim Graham | April 4, 2012 | 6:51 AM EDT

Brent Bozell mentioned that NPR "Fresh Air" host read from her own contributor John Powers for The American Prospect liberals on how many ways Rachel Maddow was fabulous. The long tribute is worth more attention.

Powers began: "I can’t say for sure when it happened—it was after Barack Obama’s swearing-in yet before Keith Olbermann got suspended for giving money to Democrats—but at some point it began dawning on people that the face of MSNBC was Rachel Maddow." That, Powers thinks, is excellent, and Maddow is the Obama era's "defining liberal newsman": 

By Mark Finkelstein | April 3, 2012 | 11:13 PM EDT

Larry O'Donnell makes a living attacking Mormonism. We noted years ago how he lambasted the LDS church as "demented" and "ridiculous."  The MSNBC host was at it again tonight.

On this evening's Last Word, O'Donnell dismissed Mormonism as a religion "invented" by its founder, Joseph Smith, for purposes of excusing his infidelity.  O'Donnell sneeringly added that Mitt Romney "says his believes" in his religion. View the video after the jump.

By Brent Bozell | April 3, 2012 | 11:03 PM EDT

Anyone who clicks around on the website of National Public Radio is often bombarded with ads for MSNBC, since naturally if you love one hard-left network, you’ll love the other. But the promotion isn’t just in advertisements. 

Yes, conservatives: You’re being forced to underwrite with your tax dollars what you’re about to read; and yes, you’re not going to like it.

By Tom Blumer | April 3, 2012 | 10:19 PM EDT

For the umpteenth time, news unfavorable or embarrassing to the left comes from the UK instead of the USA.

In this instance, it was an unbylined item in Saturday's Daily Mail. For years, Oregon University Sociology and environmental studies professor Kari Norgaard has been spewing forth bigoted characterizations of anyone who dares not surrender to the gospel of global warming. But her bizarre outlook didn't get meaningful notice from the press all these years until she presented her, uh, work at the annual four-day ‘Planet Under Pressure’ international conference in London. Here is some of what the Daily Mail found, and which Rush Limbaugh for all practical purposes broke in the U.S. media. I hear echoes of the former Soviet Union's serial abuse of psychiatry just around the bend (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Tim Graham | April 3, 2012 | 9:41 PM EDT

On Saturday, blogger Erik Wemple at The Washington Post reported NBC would investigate its shoddy editing of a George Zimmerman 9-1-1 call "As exposed by Fox News and media watchdog site NewsBusters." On Tuesday night, NBC apologized with a brief statement.

"During our investigation it became evident that there was an error made in the production process that we deeply regret. We will be taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the future and apologize to our viewers," the network said.

By Noel Sheppard | April 3, 2012 | 8:57 PM EDT

Congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) responded Tuesday to Barack Obama calling his budget proposal "a radical vision on our country."

Talking to Fox News after the President spoke at the Associated Press's annual luncheon, Ryan said, "I seem to have three certainties in my life - death, taxes and bitter partisan attacks from President Barack Obama" (video follows with transcribed highlights and absolutely no need for additional commentary):

By Tim Graham | April 3, 2012 | 8:18 PM EDT

On Monday’s edition of the Thom Hartmann radio show, he talked about Rep. Paul Ryan with leftist John Nichols, a political correspondent for The Nation magazine and associate editor of the Madison newspaper The Capital Times. But this Wisconsin-based “expert” has apparently never looked at a map of Ryan’s district, because he mangled the geographic facts as he strangely implied Ryan was vulnerable to defeat this fall in his allegedly rural redneck district. (This is the same genius who fell for a fabricated prank anti-Ryan press release in February.)

“Paul Ryan comes from a district that has no TV stations in it. It's a rural, small-city district,” Nichols bizarrely claimed, “and so he's kind of been able to fool Wisconsinites and keep getting re-elected because he's a nice guy, he's a hail-fellow-well-met personally, and I think until this year most Wisconsinites didn't know that he was an Ayn Rand-reading, you know, hard-right point man for the Republican agenda. Now the truth is out.”

By Matthew Balan | April 3, 2012 | 6:36 PM EDT

On Tuesday's CBS This Morning, Charlie Rose rolled over and deferred to chief Obama flack David Axelrod and his talking points defending the President's Monday rant against the Supreme Court and its deliberation on his health care law, along with its attacks on Mitt Romney. Rose tossed softball questions at Axelrod, such as, "Tell me what he [Obama] is saying when he talks about judicial activism."

The anchor even boosted Hillary Clinton as a possible 2016 presidential candidate for Democrats during his interview with the Obama aide: "[Nancy Pelosi] said her candidate is Hillary Clinton. She hopes Hillary Clinton will run....Do you expect that she'll be a nominee in- will be a candidate for president in 2016?" [audio available here; video clips below the jump]