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By Tom Johnson | March 3, 2012 | 8:13 AM EST

Several Kossacks weighed in viciously this past week on Andrew Breitbart's death, life, and, in more than one case, his afterlife. The DKos gang gave Rick Santorum the standard knocking-around as well.   

As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

By P.J. Gladnick | March 2, 2012 | 9:36 PM EST

Private Joker! What is your major malfunction?

That is what I felt like yelling at Matthew Modine aka Private Joker after watching a bizarre video he produced in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Rather than shed any light on the subject of OWS, all Modine seemed to accomplish was to make the viewer as confused as Lou Costello trying to make sense of what Bud Abbott was attempting to explain about Who's on first, What's on second, and I Don't Know on third. Watch Private Joker's OWS propaganda video below the fold and see if you can make any sense of four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.

By Tom Blumer | March 2, 2012 | 7:58 PM EST

Well, I guess when you think you're going to sell 45,000 cars and you're on track to achieve about 25% of that, something's gotta give.

Something gave today, as Government/General Motors announced a temporary suspension of production of the company's centerpiece of environmental correctness, the Chevy Volt, and the layoff of 1,300 employees. Oh, and as readers will see in the excerpt, it's the (cough, cough) media's fault:

By Noel Sheppard | March 2, 2012 | 7:39 PM EST

Conservative talk radio host Mark Levin took to the airwaves Friday to defend Rush Limbaugh from all the media attacks he's receiving over his comments regarding Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke.

"You’re not going to succeed in driving Rush Limbaugh from the airwaves...In fact, I think I speak for tens of millions of Americans when I say you can go to hell" (video available here, partial transcript follows):

By Noel Sheppard | March 2, 2012 | 6:50 PM EST

MSNBC's Martin Bashir isn't pleased with Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio claiming President Obama's birth certificate is a forgery.

Although that's to be expected, it was odd to see Bashir Friday on the show bearing his name end a segment about his disdain for Arpaio by saying, "The only thing that has been proven beyond any doubt is the rank stupidity of Herman Cain, Rich Perry, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum all of whom have sought this discredited and ridiculous man's endorsement" (video follows with commentary):

By Matthew Balan | March 2, 2012 | 6:39 PM EST

On Thursday's All Things Considered, Julie Rovner, NPR's resident ObamaCare flack, claimed that the U.S. Senate rejecting an amendment protecting religious liberty was "closer than the 63 percent majority that supports the contraceptive coverage requirement" from the federal government, according to the poll from the liberal Kaiser Family Foundation. The organization is an oft-used source for Rovner.

The group obtained the 63 percent figure by asking a question that omits the religious liberty component to the firestorm: "In general, do you support or oppose the new federal requirement that private health insurance plans cover the cost of birth control?" A Pew Research Poll from mid-February included that issue, and found that 48 percent supported an exemption for religious groups, versus 44 percent in support of the mandate.

By Ken Shepherd | March 2, 2012 | 6:14 PM EST

After airing a clip of a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee ad featuring female Democratic candidates for key U.S. Senate races this November, MSNBC's Alex Wagner effusively praised the campaign ad as an excellent response to the "Republican assault on women's health." The ad "really isolates the guys in Congress who are voting for this" and the women that stand as bulwarks against this," Wagner gushed. Panelist Lynn Sweet, Washington bureau chief  for the Chicago Sun-Times agreed, adding, "The smartest line was said by Bernie Sanders, the Vermont senator, when he said that if there were 83 women in the Senate, not 83 men, they wouldn't  even have a debate on birth control and contraception."

Yet at no point in the segment on the March 2 Now with Alex Wagner did the host or anyone else bring up the fact that of the 17 women members of the U.S. Senate, four of them, all Republicans, voted for the Blunt Amendment, which would allow private employers to opt out of insurance coverage for procedures or drugs that violate their religious or moral convictions, such as contraception.

By Matt Hadro | March 2, 2012 | 5:07 PM EST

In light of Monday's school shooting in Ohio, CNN hyped the alarm of gun control activists over the repeal of a Virginia handgun regulation, and also evoked the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre where 33 students lost their lives.

CNN's Kate Bolduan interviewed the father of a victim of the Tech shooting and asked him about his opposition to the handgun limit's repeal. She gave him a sympathetic interview but hosted no one from the other side to argue in favor of overturning the law.

By Kyle Drennen | March 2, 2012 | 4:33 PM EST

In a report for Thursday's NBC Nightly News, correspondent Andrea Mitchell referred to Andrew Breitbart as "the shooting star of the conservative blogosphere" and contemptuously remarked: "Breitbart, who called Senator Ted Kennedy a villain and worse when he died, called himself an 'accidental cultural warrior.'"

By Ken Shepherd | March 2, 2012 | 4:06 PM EST

Former Catholic seminarian and left-wing radio host Bill Press took to his eponymous program today and devoted significant attention to the death of conservative blogger and author Andrew Breitbart. It was not all positive, although he did feature guests who had kind things to say about Breitbart's impact on Internet journalism.

"Raised a Catholic, I was taught the great phrase 'Necal [sic] nisi bonum*' you don’t say anything about the dead unless you’re saying good things about the dead. Well, then I should say nothing about Andrew Breitbart because I can’t think of one good thing to say about him." [MP3 clip here]

By Tim Graham | March 2, 2012 | 3:07 PM EST

In  Friday’s USA Today, music critic Edna Gundersen became the latest liberal journalist to hail the new Springsteen album as a 2012 soundtrack for Barack Obama as the Boss goes on “a tear to raze Wall Street and raise Main Street.” (Earth to Edna: Springsteen earns tens of millions a year. Would you dare to check his stock portfolio?)

Gundersen gushed that the new album’s “populist anthems are unlikely to be misinterpreted and appropriated by Republican candidates. President Obama, however, has a ready-made campaign playlist.” She called it his “most politically pointed” work yet."

By Matt Hadro | March 2, 2012 | 2:55 PM EST

A CEO of a company dealing with Latinos went on CNN Friday morning and lambasted what he saw as the devilish way of dealing with illegal immigrants – calling them "illegal." The guest, Charles P. Garcia, had also written an op-ed for titled "Imagine a Day Without a Mexican."

"I think on our shoulder we have the proverbial angel, and we have the devil over here who's dressed up as Wyatt Earp. And Wyatt Earp is the law man, and he uses the term illegal," sounded Garcia, CEO of Garcia Trujillo.

By Clay Waters | March 2, 2012 | 2:32 PM EST

Occupy the New York Times! In January Times Watch noted that Times staffers who were members of the Newspaper Guild of New York were protesting the New York Times Co. for freezing pensions for some employees, even as it granted a $15 million golden parachute to former chief executive Janet Robinson after she departed in 2011. An open letter to Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. has so far been signed by 592 Times staffers. (Photo courtesy of New York Post.)

Just don’t expect this particular battle between the “1 Percent and the 99 Percent” to appear in a sanctimonious liberal news report in the Times.

By Brent Baker | March 2, 2012 | 2:23 PM EST

Same facts, very different spins. A non-political example of how journalists can apply contrasting spins to the same set of facts.

The front page of Thursday’s Washington Examiner: “Metro’s crime rate tops N.Y., L.A., Philly; System’s robberies exceed Big Apple’s

Headline on page three of the “Metro” section of the same day’s (March 1) Washington Post:
Serious Metro crime has fallen, Transit Police say

By Matthew Sheffield | March 2, 2012 | 1:57 PM EST

Andrew Breitbart, the conservative blogger and publisher who died suddenly yesterday was going to really shake up the self-described mainstream media according to a report that he was in talks with CNN to co-host a television show with Anthony Weiner, the disgraced liberal Democratic congressman who famously sent pictures of his underwear-clad genitals to women on the internet.

The idea certainly would not have been out of the realm of possibility for either CNN or Breitbart; the cable network famously invited another disgraced Democratic politician, former New York governor Elliott Spitzer, to co-host a program with moderate conservative columnist Kathleen Parker. Bringing in a real conservative who could hold his own and coherently state conservative beliefs would certainly have been an improvement. The Parker-Spitzer show was a short-lived affair which died soon after it was launched.