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By Tim Graham | June 12, 2011 | 9:15 AM EDT

The Washington Post and The New York Times  "crowdsourcing" the stash Sarah Palin's gubernatorial e-mails is wildly controversial, but here is the "hot topic" the Post ombudsman is tackling instead today in the paper: "Is women's sports coverage lacking?" As if that can't be addressed in another week? New Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton did explore the rush to judge Palin's pile in an "Omblog" posting:

Sarah Palin and her e-mails are just too darn irresistible. The day began with an announcement on The Fix that The Post was looking for 100 readers to work in teams to sift through the former Alaska governor’s 24,000 emails, scheduled to be released Friday in Juneau.

By Tim Graham | June 12, 2011 | 8:07 AM EDT

On Friday night’s All Things Considered, NPR’s “conservative” analyst David Brooks appeared with liberal E.J. Dionne and sounded all his typical notes. He repeated against after the mass staff exodus that Newt Gingrich “couldn’t run a 7-Eleven,” with this amendment: " I think I said on the show a couple of weeks ago the guy couldn't manage a 7-Eleven. I don't think he could manage an ATM machine."

But he also trashed Rush Limbaugh. Brooks insisted Limbaugh and other conservative talk-radio hosts “do not deliver votes.” This being NPR, no one asked Brooks how many votes he delivers in GOP primaries, but the New York Times columnist insisted no one’s going to get elected in the GOP running with a  “Wall Street Journal editorial page speech” when the party base is the white “working class” that doesn’t like tax breaks for corporations.

By Noel Sheppard | June 11, 2011 | 11:49 AM EDT

HBO's Bill Maher on Friday took a racist swipe at Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain.

During the New Rules segment of "Real Time," the host said pretending that he was speaking to Newt Gingrich, "Let me put your unpopularity in context for you - you're a Republican and you're polling behind a black guy" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | June 11, 2011 | 11:08 AM EDT

Liberal lunatic Janeane Garofalo doesn't think Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is responsible for the sex scandal that is currently threatening his career.

Appearing on HBO's "Real Time," the so-called comedian and actress claimed Weinergate is caused by the media and "hypocrite Republicans" (video follows with transcript and commentary, vulgarity warning):

By NB Staff | June 11, 2011 | 9:47 AM EDT

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By Noel Sheppard | June 11, 2011 | 9:38 AM EDT

We at NewsBusters love to point out when Bill Maher makes a fool of himself on national television by stating an absolute falsehood while cameras are rolling.

The "Real Time" host made a doozy on HBO Friday evening telling the esteemed former Congresswoman Jane Harman (D-Calif.), "You were the head of the Intelligence Committee" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Mark Finkelstein | June 11, 2011 | 9:25 AM EDT

If the current weather in Hades is anything like what it's been here in Texas lately, you wouldn't expect it to freeze over anytime soon. But could a cold wave down below be on the way?  The question arises in light of today's Early Show on CBS, in which all the guests queried ripped the MSM for its frenzied thrashing through the Sarah Palin emails, released yesterday.

First up was ABC legal correspondent Jan Crawford who criticized the "spectacle" of the New York Times and the Washington Post ripping through the emails and even enlisting citizen researchers to help them discover something damaging to Palin.  Observed Crawford: "at the end of the day this email release may say a lot more about the press and its views than it does about Palin."

In the subsequent segment, John Avlon, while admitting he was no Palin fan, was even more colorful in his criticism of the MSM frenzy, calling the media's reaction "indecent" and "creepy."

View video after the jump.

By Clay Waters | June 11, 2011 | 6:54 AM EDT

Timothy Egan, liberal reporter turned leftist online columnist for the New York Times, gave a potential kiss-of-death endorsement Thursday evening to a Republican presidential candidate -- moderate former Utah governor (and Obama ambassador to China) Jon Huntsman, in "The G.O.P.'s Jon Huntsman, the Reluctant Mormon." You see, unlike the "fact-denial chorus" who throw "red meat to the wackos" in a "sea of craziness" (now those are some seriously mixed metaphors) Huntsman is a thoughtful skeptic (i.e., he believes in manmade global warming and gay civil unions). After claiming Huntsman "brings a strong resume to the presidential race," Egan lamented:

But for the increasingly intolerant minority who will decide the next Republican nominee, Huntsman is already a heretic for speaking common sense on climate change, gay civil unions and immigration. And, of course, his decision to answer a call to service by going to China for President Obama doesn’t help his cause.

By Tim Graham | June 11, 2011 | 6:53 AM EDT

Even after Anthony Weiner's quavering press conference, liberal talk radio overwhelmingly suggested Weiner should stay and Republicans are worse. (The exception seems to be Ed Schultz, who thinks he ought to go.) On Thursday's Stephanie Miller show, former MSNBC host (and soon to be Current TV backup anchor) David Shuster said Weiner isn't as newsworthy as Republicans "literally whoring themselves" on the House floor to Big Oil and Wall Street:

MILLER: So, David, this boy oh boy, this Anthony Weiner story, again you know, a great progressive fighter. We love him politically and unfortunately this is one of those it just gets worser and worser stories, doesn't it?

By Ken Shepherd | June 10, 2011 | 11:04 PM EDT

How tone-deaf do you have to be to a) compare Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) to Martin Luther King, Jr. b) say the women who got Weiner's lewd photos were "hardly traumatized" and c) call on Weiner's wife Huma Abedin to call a press conference to belittle the media for attacking her hubby?

You might want to ask Daily Beast contributor Lee Siegel, who did just that (emphases mine) in a June 10 post entitled "C'Mon, America, Nobody's Perfect":

By Jack Coleman | June 10, 2011 | 8:47 PM EDT

That Rachel Maddow of MSNBC and Chris Hayes of The Nation may be perpetuating the Weiner scandal apparently has not occurred to them.

Maddow told Hayes last night that she could understand why Republicans were calling for Congressman Anthony Weiner to resign, but she was at a loss to understand why his fellow Democrats in Congress were doing likewise (video clip after page break) --

By Mark Finkelstein | June 10, 2011 | 6:28 PM EDT

Talk about demonizing your political opponents, Chris Matthews has literally done it  to Newt Gingrich. . .

On his MSNBC show this evening, Matthews said that Gingrich "looks like the devil," reminds him of the warlock in Rosemary's Baby, and "is evil."

View video after the jump.

By Noel Sheppard | June 10, 2011 | 6:22 PM EDT

NPR's Nina Totenberg on Friday may have asked one of the silliest questions raised since the Weinergate sex scandal began about two weeks ago.

Appearing on PBS's "Inside Washington," Totenberg actually said, "If his name weren’t Weiner, would we still be talking about this?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Matthew Sheffield | June 10, 2011 | 5:33 PM EDT

Our friends and colleagues at are unveiling a new regular feature devoted to showcasing ridiculous government spending projects called the "Golden Hookah Award." We'll be helping to spread the word to help everyone on the web try to get a handle on what our government officials are smoking.

The first recipient of the Golden Hookah is a project funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse which gave hard drugs like PCP, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines to monkeys and then measured the drugs' effect on them.

Watch the video report below the break. Also see full report by's Christopher Neefus:

By Matt Hadro | June 10, 2011 | 5:33 PM EDT

Openly-gay CNN anchor Don Lemon badgered GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum over his views on gay marriage Friday, questioning his stance on gay rights and if he really had any gay friends. A brief clip of the interview that aired on Newsroom Friday afternoon revealed Lemon to be fairly testy in his questions.

Having revealed in May that he is gay, Lemon defended his objectivity as a journalist and dismissed the notion that he would be biased on the gay rights debate. But later he told a pro-gay newspaper "I hope to change minds" as an openly-gay journalist, and that there should be more journalists who come out. NewsBusters has documented Lemon's history of pro-gay bias.