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By NB Staff | February 24, 2012 | 10:43 AM EST

Today's starter topic for this Friday: Bankrupt solar panel manufacturer Solyndra didn't just bilk American taxpayers out of hundreds of millions of dollars, it also seems to have created its own environmental mini-disaster and left others to clean it up:

By NB Staff | February 24, 2012 | 10:34 AM EST

Appearing on the February 23 Hannity on Fox News for the weekly Media Mash segment, Media Research Center president Brent Bozell exposed the media attempts to downplay high gas prices and refusal to hold President Obama accountable for the rising energy costs.

"Why is it, Brent, do you think the media is not so interested" in noting skyrocketing gas prices under President Obama's watch, substitute host Liz Cheney asked .

By Tim Graham | February 24, 2012 | 10:10 AM EST

How left-wing is The Washington Post? That they devote a large chunk of Friday’s Style section to a column by Anna Holmes celebrating MSNBC’s appointment of radical leftist Melissa Harris-Perry as a weekend talk-show host. It’s quite hilarious that Holmes never quite places Harris-Hyphen on the left, or mentions her regular column in the hard-left magazine The Nation, and quotes a bevy of left-wing blogs and websites without labeling them either.

The standout quote is Alternet’s Jennifer Pozner hyperventilating that Harris-Perry’s “accomplishment” (er, appointment) is “unheard of,” that she "may just help revolutionize mainstream news analysis" as “a black feminist, anti-racist thought leader given roughly the same kind of job as Bill O’Reilly, within commercial media?” As if O’Reilly was relegated to weekend mornings.

By Matt Philbin | February 24, 2012 | 9:07 AM EST

In January, the story broke that President Obama’s White House had been the scene of a lavish, star-studded 2009 Halloween party designed by director Tim Burton and including film star Johnny Depp. 

By Geoffrey Dickens | February 24, 2012 | 9:00 AM EST

Rick Santorum’s recent rise in the polls in the GOP primary has escalated the liberal media’s attacks on the former Pennsylvania Republican Senator, primarily on his socially conservative views. This is not surprising since journalists have admitted, in several surveys, to being far more liberal on social issues like abortion than even the general public. One such survey of journalists, from top media outlets, found that nearly all of the media elite (97 percent) agreed that “it is a woman’s right to decide whether or not to have an abortion,” and five out of six (84 percent) agreed strongly.” For more please visit the MRC’s Media Bias 101 page

The disdain for Santorum from that media elite began almost as soon as he arrived in the Senate in 1995. The following is a collection, in chronological order, of the 10 most vicious anti-Santorum quotes from the MRC’s archive: (videos after the break)

By Matt Philbin | February 24, 2012 | 8:58 AM EST

It was the kind of story the media love: Glamorous liberal celebrities mingling with glamorous liberal politicians.

By Tim Graham | February 24, 2012 | 8:16 AM EST

CBS “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer has a mid-week interview offered online called “Face to Face.” On Wednesday, Schieffer welcomed socially liberal former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson. He viciously attacked Rick Santorum -- Republicans "won't have a prayer" of winning with him -- and said the social issues will cause the voters to “take us all to Alaska and float us out in the Bering Sea or something.” Schieffer began by pointing out Simpson was one of his favorites: “I have to say, I'll let my biases be known, one of my favorite people to cover over the years when he was in the Senate and since, Al Simpson.”

Schieffer wondered why Mitt Romney couldn’t nail down the conservative vote, and then pulled out the hoary quadrennial media mantra that the Republican nominee will have to lunge toward the center in the fall to have any chance:

By Matthew Sheffield | February 24, 2012 | 5:22 AM EST

In an apparent fit of rage against Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, liberal New York Times columnist Charles Blow took to Twitter to tell him to "stick that in your magic underwear" for supporting the idea that society ought to concern itself with the large numbers of children born outside of wedlock.

That sentiment apparently set off Blow who tweeted the following at 8:56pm ET on the 22nd: "Let me just tell you this Mitt 'Muddle Mouth': I'm a single parent and my kids are *amazing*! Stick that in your magic underwear." [Be sure to read updates below including Blow's apology for tweet]

By Noel Sheppard | February 24, 2012 | 12:41 AM EST

Vulgarian comedian Bill Maher Thursday gave $1 million to Priorities USA Action, the Super PAC supporting the reelection of Barack Obama.

His PR company True Public Relations sent out the following announcement Thursday evening (video also follows):

By Noel Sheppard | February 23, 2012 | 7:36 PM EST

On Thursday, Media Research Center President and publisher of NewsBusters Brent Bozell told Fox News's Neil Cavuto that gas prices will keep climbing and the media will continue downplaying it to help President Obama get reelected.

Proving his point just a few hours later on Fox News's Special Report was Charles Lane, the editorial writer for the Washington Post, who actually said, "Gas prices, I’m sorry folks, are not the President’s fault, and he is right about that" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Clay Waters | February 23, 2012 | 7:16 PM EST

Andrew Revkin, former New York Times environmental reporter who now blogs at Dot Earth on nytimes.com, is in a spat with fellow global warming believers, over fraud committed by environmental ideologue Peter Gleick against the Heartland Institute, a skeptical group.

Revkin’s initial coverage of the documents stolen from Heartland -- tax forms and donor lists, along with a “climate strategy” memo now known to be a fake -- was called out for hypocrisy by Times Watch for showing no moral disapproval over the theft.

By NB Staff | February 23, 2012 | 5:55 PM EST

MRC President and Newsbusters publisher Brent Bozell predicted on Feb. 23 that gas prices will keep climbing and the media will keep downplaying that fact to help President Barack Obama.

“The prices are going to continue to escalate and the media are gonna continue to downplay it. This is the kind of story they don't want to cover. It goes against the narrative of the 2012 election and they're gonna do everything they can to get this guy elected. Period,” Bozell said on “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”

By Kyle Drennen | February 23, 2012 | 5:45 PM EST

In a gushing report on Wednesday's NBC Nightly News, correspondent Savannah Guthrie freely acknowledged how media coverage has been boosting President Obama this campaign season: "The commander in chief in song and in tune. It's getting to be a regular gig....spontaneous moments can give a president or candidate the kind of wall-to-wall goodwill coverage money can't buy."

As blatant evidence of that fact, anchor Brian Williams introduced Guthrie's report by proclaiming: "Barack Obama, it turns out, likes Motown, R&B, and the Blues. Don't be surprised if a presidential trivia question 20 years from now asks, 'Who was known as the singing president?'" Sounds like narrative has already been written.

By Cal Thomas | February 23, 2012 | 5:39 PM EST

Pat Buchanan might have seen the end of the line coming at MSNBC when last month network president Phil Griffin commented on his latest book, "Suicide of a Superpower," by saying, "I don't think the ideas that (Buchanan) put forth are appropriate for the national dialogue, much less on MSNBC."

When Buchanan was let go last week after 10 years as a commentator on the network, no one was surprised.

By Scott Whitlock | February 23, 2012 | 5:23 PM EST

Liberal MSNBC anchor Martin Bashir on Thursday declared it "incredible" that Republican candidates such as Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich would "blame the media." A few seconds after making the comment, the host smeared Santorum as having "third century Constantinople" views when it came to social policies.

Bashir mocked the GOP presidential candidates for their debate performances and insisted that Republican voters don't like them. He chided, "They don't seem to see the obvious signs of dissatisfaction. They don't hear the criticism. Instead they just blame the media." Bashir added, "It is incredible to hear the fab four complain about the media." A few seconds later, Bashir, part of the media, was hurling vicious insults at the Republicans. [See video below. MP3 audio here.]