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By Noel Sheppard | March 21, 2011 | 12:23 AM EDT

UPDATE AT END OF POST: Tennessee state assemblyman buys the lie!

If you frequent liberal blogs, you were likely under the impression this weekend that Minnesota state Republicans were trying to make it illegal for the poor to carry more than $20 in their pockets or handbags.

Fortunately the Left has someone in its ranks interested in exposing lies rather than spreading them:

By Noel Sheppard | March 20, 2011 | 10:11 PM EDT

It was likely not a surprise to "Inside Washington" viewers that most of the usual suspects on the panel Friday saw the crisis in Japan as not being good for the future of nuclear powered electrical plants in this country.

What certainly must have raised a couple of eyebrows though was the strongest opposition to any further construction of such facilities coming from lone conservative Charles Krauthammer (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | March 20, 2011 | 9:10 PM EDT

Despite our air attacks in Libya this weekend, most Middle East experts view the growing rebellion in Bahrain as being far more important to America.

Yet according to the BBC's Katty Kay, who was a guest on the syndicated "Chris Matthews Show," the Obama administration doesn't want the press reporting what's going on there (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | March 20, 2011 | 8:02 PM EDT

The far-left in America are having a collective conniption fit over President Obama's decision to attack Libya.

Included in the wolf pack is the Atlantic magazine's Andrew Sullivan who despite his preposterous claims of being a conservative appeared on "The Chris Matthews Show" this weekend and said, "I don’t know why anybody voted for Obama in the primaries...[now] we have this politicized Clintonian mess" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Clay Waters | March 20, 2011 | 7:14 PM EDT

Radical Chic: Times Relaunches Mag With Hagiography of Terrorist Helper

“Such an outpouring of rage at a 40-year-old woman, mother to a toddler, who was convicted in her mid-20s of abetting a terrorist plot that never took place, is a measure of the degree to which Peruvians are still traumatized by the violence that convulsed their country during the years when the Shining Path warred with the military and nearly 70,000 Peruvians were killed....The M.R.T.A. was a much smaller insurgent group than the dominant Shining Path, and historically less violent....” – From novelist Jennifer Egan’s sympathetic March 6 Sunday magazine cover profile of Lori Berenson, middle-class Manhattanite turned terror collaborator, paroled after being sentenced to life in prison in Peru in 1996 for housing Marxist terrorists of the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (M.R.T.A.).

“The New York Times Magazine is based on long-form narrative journalism, and this week’s cover article, by Jennifer Egan, is a prime example. It is about Lori Berenson, a New Yorker who moved to Latin America as a young adult, got mixed up in revolutionary politics in Peru and was promptly thrown in prison, where she spent the next 15 years before being paroled last year. Egan traveled to Lima, where Berenson must remain until 2015, and tells the story of a wounded but resilient woman struggling to sort out a place for herself in the world. It is in every way a classic Times Magazine story.” – From New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Hugo Lindgren “Editor’s Letter” in the March 6 edition.

By Noel Sheppard | March 20, 2011 | 4:28 PM EDT

Howard Kurtz on Sunday scolded the media for drumbeating war "again" and not asking any skeptical questions about America's goals in Libya.

On CNN's "Reliable Sources," Kurtz repeated his previously made assertion that this is what happened before the United States invaded Iraq in 2003 (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | March 20, 2011 | 12:28 PM EDT

Bill Maher in the middle of last year's crisis in the Gulf of Mexico wrongly stated on national television that Brazil had gotten off of oil 30 years ago.

With great irony, President Obama announced Saturday that he wants America to become a major buyer of - wait for it! - Brazilian oil drilled offshore:

By Noel Sheppard | March 20, 2011 | 10:55 AM EDT

The 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner has: raised troop levels in Afghanistan; increased the number of drone attacks in Pakistan; kept the terrorist detention center in Guantanamo Bay fully intact, and; now bombed Libya.

Noticing the absurd irony was schlockumentary filmmaker Michael Moore who took to Twitter Saturday with a series of tweets aimed at the Obama administration:

By Brent Baker | March 20, 2011 | 9:22 AM EDT

David Gregory is best-known as the calm, if liberal, host of NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday mornings.

But he’s also a fan of the Washington Capitals hockey team and as a local celebrity, along with Pat Sajak, he volunteered to help cheer on the team with its “Unleash the Fury!” in-game presentation centered around actor Tom Green reprising the line from the same scene he played in the movie Road Trip.

Here, so you can see a different side of Gregory this Sunday morning, is a three-second video clip of Gregory screaming “Unleash the Fury!”

By Tim Graham | March 20, 2011 | 8:46 AM EDT

National Public Radio is in the "Featured Employers Spotlight" in Sunday's Washington Post. That could be because NPR has posted ads for 24 job openings at NPR, including the vacated spot of Ellen Weiss, the senior vice president for news that canned Juan Williams over the phone. But even in the want ads, NPR can't be honest about its support from taxpayers:

NPR is an internationally acclaimed producer and distributor of noncommercial news, talk, and entertainment programming. A privately supported, not-for-profit membership organization, NPR produces and distributes programming that reaches a combined audience of 27.1 million listeners weekly.  NPR Member organizations operate 784 stations, and another 117 public radio stations also present NPR programs, for a total of more than 900 stations nationwide who broadcast NPR programming.

NPR certainly is "privately supported," but why do they hide the public support? They even try to be known only by the letters of NPR, so the "Public" doesn't show.

By Tim Graham | March 20, 2011 | 7:39 AM EDT

At NRO Media Blog, Greg Pollowitz underlined how Dan Amira at New York magazine worked overtime to make the case that President Obama's self-promotional appearance touting his NCAA basketball tournament picks actually aided Japan in "tangible ways" that never would have happened if he hadn't gone to the sports-loving segment of the American public with a charity pitch:

As Japan crept closer to a full nuclear meltdown yesterday, President Obama was explaining his March Madness bracket to ESPN for a segment airing today, as he did in 2010 and 2009. “While Japan Burns, Obama Fills Out His Bracket,” a headline from the National Review’s Jim Geraghty reads. RNC chairman Reince Priebus seconded the critique in a tweet today. “How can @BarackObama say he is leading when puts his NCAA bracket over the budget & other pressing issues?” An RNC spokesman also demanded that Obama “explain why filming an ESPN special on the NCAA tournament should be a priority on his public schedule.”

By Tim Graham | March 19, 2011 | 11:54 PM EDT

Naturally, The New York Times has no interest in finding a scandal in the liberal Governor of New York "shacking up" or "living in sin," even though some Catholic experts recommended Andrew Cuomo should be denied communion for living with Food Network "Semi-Homemade" cook Sandra Lee. (There was no room for jokes that she's only a semi-homemaker without a wedding ring.) Cuomo is divorced and supports abortion and homosexuality, and somehow for liberal reporters that makes him typically Catholic:

In other words, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York shares the churchgoing habits and social views of a sizable number of the 68 million Americans who have identified themselves as Catholic in recent surveys. His brand of faith is so commonplace — at least in New York — that it was barely mentioned during his campaign last year for governor. 

By Jack Coleman | March 19, 2011 | 11:02 PM EDT

Allow me to refresh his memory.

Ed Schultz and a caller to his radio show Thursday got into a heated argument after she criticized him for suggesting last year that Democrats stay away from the polls on election day to express their anger with congressional Democrats for not extending unemployment benefits.

Schultz not only denied what the caller said, he was unequivocal and emphatic about it. Here's how the exchange went (audio) --

By Noel Sheppard | March 19, 2011 | 4:57 PM EDT

The sexist media attacks on Sarah Palin clearly know no bounds.

On Friday, in the middle of his opening monologue on HBO's "Real Time," Bill Maher actually used a highly derogatory term for a woman's vagina while referring to the former Alaska governor (video courtesy Jeff Poor follows with transcript and commentary, serious vulgarity warning):

By Noel Sheppard | March 19, 2011 | 4:14 PM EDT

The liberal media collectively hyperventilated the past couple of days after conservative author Ann Coulter had the nerve to claim that radiation at certain levels is actually a good thing.

Jumping on the breathless bandwagon was MSNBC's Ed Schultz Friday who called Coulter "toxic" as he attacked her assertions without clearly elucidating her point (video follows with transcript and commentary):