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By Clay Waters | October 6, 2011 | 1:22 PM EDT

The left-wing, anti-capitalist Occupy Wall Street camp-out in Lower Manhattan stretched into its third week, bolstered by an influx of labor unions. The story made the front of Thursday’s New York Times along with a large photo of protestors in Foley Square, “Seeking Energy, Unions Join Wall Street Protest.

It’s a far cry from the paper’s coverage of the first major Tea Party rally in Manhattan. The paper’s hostile reporting of the nationwide Tea Party rallies on April 15, 2009 (Tax Day) virtually ignored a supportive crowd of thousands, citing in a single sentence an Associated Press report on Newt Gingrich speaking at the Manhattan rally. The report made Page 16.

By Scott Whitlock | October 6, 2011 | 12:17 PM EDT

The network newscasts on Wednesday downplayed Democratic obstruction of Barack Obama's jobs bill, offering only minor coverage. Good Morning America and Early Show allowed brief mentions. In an otherwise unrelated segment, GMA's Jon Karl admitted that the President "has a problem with [congressional] Democrats."

Karl added, "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said yesterday, he does not plan to have a vote on the jobs bill in its entirety, rather he's gonna try to pass bits and pieces of it." CBS's Early Show highlighted the President's complaints about Republicans. Reporter Bill Plante explained,  "...[Obama] attacked Republican Majority Leader Eric Cantor by name for not passing his jobs bill and bringing it to the floor."

By Clay Waters | October 6, 2011 | 11:53 AM EDT

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman declared the G.O.P. “a danger to itself and to the country” in his Wednesday column, “No Christie, No Bargain.”

By Ken Shepherd | October 6, 2011 | 11:01 AM EDT

I'll be live-blogging the questions from reporters below the page break:

By NB Staff | October 6, 2011 | 10:45 AM EDT

"It’s an outrage that federal money has been an enabler for NPR and PBS since 1967 in their efforts to undermine conservatives and Christians," NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell complained in a statement released this morning that accompanies the release of a new Media Research Center (MRC) study detailing a comprehensive compilation of the 20 most memorable leftist excesses of National Public Radio and the Public Broadcasting System.

"In this current era of huge deficits, surely this is the most non-essential spending. The pattern of bias from PBS hosts and contributors is more than severe. Now is the time for Congress to finally put an end to it," the MRC founder argued.

Some of the 20 instances in the MRC’s report on NPR & PBS include:

By Clay Waters | October 6, 2011 | 10:37 AM EDT

New York Times columnists Gail Collins and David Brooks talked about “The Long Stagnation” in their weekly online chat posted Wednesday.

When Brooks, the paper’s idea of a conservative columnist, said he wasn’t impressed by the numbers participating in the Occupy Wall Street protest, compared to the figures generated at Tea Party rallies, Collins, the paper’s former editorial page editor, indignantly replied the Tea Party had no principles besides a "crazed" refusal to accept the idea of Democrats in power:

By Noel Sheppard | October 6, 2011 | 10:28 AM EDT

Former Congressman turned television host Joe Scarborough keeps telling people he's a conservative, but his comments on his MSNBC program continually refute this.

On Thursday's Morning Joe, Scarborough said, "The divide between rich and poor has nothing to do with free markets. It has to do with tax policies and business policies that have tilted the deck in favor of the very, very rich" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Iris Somberg | October 6, 2011 | 9:36 AM EDT

Once again the media is completely ignoring the fact that an initiative it’s covering was funded by left-wing financier George Soros. The Soros-funded Brennan Center for Justice released a report opposed to new laws needed to combat voter fraud. This story was in turn promoted by Soros-funded progressive news sites that brought it to the national stage.

The Brennan Center for Justice, part of New York University’s Law School, reported that voting law changes “could make it significantly harder for more than five million eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012.” This 64 page report went on to explain that the effects “fall most heavily on young, minority, and low-income voters, as well as on voters with disabilities” and that the “wave of changes may sharply tilt the political terrain for the 2012 election.”

By Erin R. Brown | October 6, 2011 | 9:27 AM EDT

Billed by Entertainment Weekly as an 'over-the-top thrill ride about a haunted house,' free cable network FX's new drama 'American Horror Story' is painted as the latest fun and scary show to appear on free cable. 'Covering our eyes and screaming has never been this much fun!' But with the show's numerous depictions of graphic violence, explicit and inappropriate sexual encounters, along with the verbal abuse of a special needs child, you have to wonder at some people's idea of fun. [Ad for the show can be seen here.]

By Brent Baker | October 6, 2011 | 9:00 AM EDT

CBS and NBC led Wednesday night with glowing stories about the growth and diversity of the far-left “Occupy Wall Street” protests, though without any ideological label applied nor any critics allowed, a promotional approach the networks never provided in Tea Party coverage.

“We begin tonight with what has become by any measure a pretty massive protest movement,” NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams announced. “While it goes by the official name ‘Occupy Wall Street,’ it has spread steadily and far beyond Wall Street, and it could well turn out to be the protest of this current era.”

ABC’s Cecilia Vega touted how “it is a crowd that grows daily in size and diversity,” CBS’s Michelle Miller heralded “they’re gaining momentum and new recruits” and NBC’s Mara Schiavocampo trumpeted “the largest crowd yet, and more varied in age and background.”

By Noel Sheppard | October 6, 2011 | 8:20 AM EDT

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman made a bold prediction on CNN's Erin Burnett Outfront Wednesday.

"We've seen in elections past, how one does in New Hampshire, and we're going to win New Hampshire, that always then predicts the future outcome of the race" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | October 6, 2011 | 6:44 AM EDT

David Barrington, MSNBC’s vice president for advertising sales, is bullish about his network’s financial picture, telling Broadcasting & Cable magazine that MSNBC’s revenue for advanced “upfront” ad revenue was up fifty percent. But the way the MSNBC VP characterized the election stood out.

“To grow revenue by 50% will give you an indication as to the recognition among clients, planners and buyers that this is going to be the second most historic election in our country’s history,” Barrington says. “There are a lot of interesting debates to be had, and this is the content you want to be around.” Is it "most historic" because it will the first re-election of a black president? Or the first defeat of a black president? It sounds like MSNBC is hyping (A).

By Noel Sheppard | October 5, 2011 | 11:55 PM EDT

A number of Democratic members of Congress came out Wednesday throwing their support behind the protest known as Occupy Wall Street.

Fox News's Neil Cavuto interviewed one of them on Your World marvelously asking Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Oh.), "So why didn’t you celebrate when Tea Partiers were running around the country and protesting all the spending and protesting the budget and the debt getting out of control? I don’t remember you glomming on to that one" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | October 5, 2011 | 10:30 PM EDT

This afternoon, Jack Coleman at NewsBusters noted how MSNBC's Rachel Maddow took a shot at GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain for supposedly "taking a month off the campaign trail -- taking a month off -- to go on a book tour."

The original source for this "claim" is a very poorly written and quite deceptively headlined October 3 item at the Christian Science Monitor by David Grant. The trouble is, Grant badly distorted an item at MSNBC's First Read blog which, while quite critical of Cain, said nothing about "suspending" or "taking a month off" from the campaign (internal links are in original; paragraph breaks added by me):

By Noel Sheppard | October 5, 2011 | 9:42 PM EDT

Six weeks into his new job as an MSNBC host, Al Sharpton has made it crystal clear he despises members of the GOP.

So far he has begun one third of his shows hatefully saying, "Hey, Republicans" (video follows with transcript and commentary):