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By Noel Sheppard | February 26, 2012 | 9:28 AM EST

As today is Oscars Sunday, we thought you might like to glimpse at just how wealthy some of the previous winners are/have been courtesy our friends at Celebrity Net Worth.

Remove consumables from your mouth and combustibles from computer proximity for some of these figures are likely to make you gasp:

By Tim Graham | February 26, 2012 | 7:48 AM EST

Politico's Juana Summers is reporting Rick Santorum told Glenn Beck the pro-Obama media is just trying to divide Republicans and avoid talking about Obama's negatives. In an hour-long interview, Beck and Santorum discussed how once again, CNN's John King brought up contraception at the latest debate.

"And then they ask the question, ‘Why are you always talking about contraception?’ I said, ‘Because that’s all you want to ask me about,’” Santorum said. “I mean, it is frustrating, and maybe at times last night you can get a little frustrated. But they are trying to spin a narrative. They don’t want to talk about Obama’s record of jobs. They don’t want to talk about his record of what he’s doing to destroy the fiscal situation in this country.”

 

By Tom Blumer | February 26, 2012 | 1:52 AM EST

An AP report by Rachel Zoll brought to our attention by a NewsBusters tipster headlines a truly weird assertion about GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum ("Santorum benefits from mistaken religious identity"), and submits as evidence an item in a Christian magazine which in turn has its own weird headline ("Catholic Politicians You Thought Were Evangelical").

It turns out that the Christianity Today item tells us that it's not evangelical Christians who misidentify Santorum, whose Roman Catholic faith is well-known. The entity which committed the misidentification by deliberately including the former Pennsylvania senator on a list of "The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America" while acknowledging that he is a Catholic was ... Time Magazine, in February 2005. Thus, there is no support for Zoll's headline claiming that many people "mistake" Santorum's "religious identity," and that he somehow "benefits." Zheesh.

By Tim Graham | February 25, 2012 | 10:53 PM EST

On February 12 many NPR stations aired the show “Smiley & West” in which comedian-actor Garrett Morris caused peals of laughter from Tavis Smiley and Cornel West by joking about the small space between “hate Whitey” and “kill Whitey.” West also lectured about how police brutality on the “vanilla side of town” in New York would get condemnations from the White House.

NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos predictably told me on Twitter that this wasn’t in his critical purview, since it’s not produced by NPR, but by Public Radio International. But on February 23, Schumacher-Matos devoted a post to charges of anti-black racism on “Fresh Air,” which is also not produced by NPR, but by Philadelpha affiliate WHYY. It was far less racially transgressive than Smiley & West.

By Tim Graham | February 25, 2012 | 9:26 PM EST

Watching The Ed Show on MSNBC can spur guessing games. Is Ed Schultz seeking to make Xerox copies of liberal anti-Fox blogs? Or is he trying to suck up to his bosses at NBC Universal? On Thursday night, he pleased both by defending Universal's forthcoming computer-animated update of the Dr. Seuss eco-gloom book "The Lorax."

On Fox Business, Lou Dobbs tagged the book as a left-wing sermon, which is like describing jalapenos as spicy. Schultz ran that and then claimed "The only agenda Hollywood has is making money." In this case, Universal's hoping to make money while it savages robber-baron forest-shredding capitalists. Schultz also claimed the movie was more realistic than the "cartoon characters" on the air at Fox:

 

By Noel Sheppard | February 25, 2012 | 5:05 PM EST

Everyone expects much of Hollywood to do what it can to get Barack Obama reelected this November.

As Bloomberg reported Saturday, Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim - he of Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" infamy - has been hired by the current White House resident to make another campaign film about him (photo courtesy Time.com):

By Noel Sheppard | February 25, 2012 | 2:58 PM EST

Last Friday, Congressman Lamar Smith (R-Tx.) used his minute of opening speech time before the rule debate on extending the payroll tax cut to blast the press.

"The national media owe it to the American people to be honest and fair" (video follows with transcript and commentary, file photo):

By Tim Graham | February 25, 2012 | 2:41 PM EST

In Saturday's Washington Post, Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller launched into a predictable attack on Rick Santorum and Franklin Graham for daring to imply that Barack Obama might be un-Christian in some way. "Last week, the Christianity police, in the persons of Rick Santorum and Franklin Graham, came forward to discredit the president's religious beliefs." Santorum said Obama had a "phony theology," and Graham was attacked for saying "He has said he's a Christian, so I just have to assume that he is."

See how extremely defensive Miller and her fellow Obama defenders are? This is what the minister could have said on MSNBC. "Is Obama a Christian? Where do you find him on Sunday? He's much more likely to be on the golf course than in church." That would be "policing." Instead, he said he couldn't judge. So has Lisa Miller never found any politician or pastor to be un-Christian? She certainly has.

By Noel Sheppard | February 25, 2012 | 2:26 PM EST

Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski had some harsh words for the Republican presidential candidates this weekend.

During an interview to be aired on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS Sunday, Brzezinski said, "I must say I literally feel embarrassed as an American when I see those people orate" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | February 25, 2012 | 12:19 PM EST

As NewsBusters has been reporting, America's media currently feel it's their job to make sure soaring gas prices don't negatively impact Barack Obama's chances of reelection.

NPR's Nina Totenberg did her part on Friday's Inside Washington saying, "Politicians don't control this" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Christian Toto | February 25, 2012 | 11:57 AM EST

The new film “Act of Valor” doesn’t accuse U.S. military members of war crimes, nor does it paint them as cold killing machines.

That simply won’t do for many film critics, who cling to the kind of anti-military movies which routinely flop at the box office. “Valor” uses amateur actors – active duty Navy SEALs – and certainly can be faulted for their flat line readings. And the episodic nature of the movie also invites fair critiques, even if it’s remarkable the cast routinely acted around live gunfire. But many critics went beyond the call of duty to smite a film that dared to show SEALs as heroes, and their efforts to stop terrorists a noble endeavor.

By Tom Blumer | February 25, 2012 | 10:59 AM EST

The Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, and designated drone Derek Kravitz clearly haven't tired of putting smiley-faces on the ongoing, relentlessly awful conditions in the new-home market.

As shown on February 17 (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), the number of single-family homes under construction is barely above its all-time low (since records have been kept), while January's figure for single-family units completed was absolutely the lowest on record. Yet Kravitz, as has been his habit, erroneously presented housing starts alone as a proxy for "construction" activity, made it appear to many typical readers that housing starts have been averaging about 500,000 per month (not per year), and pretended that the modest rise in starts "suggests builders are growing more confident that more buyers are ready to come off the sidelines." In his Friday report on new-home sales, Kravitz noted a seasonally adjusted January drop, but trumpeted a minuscule upward adjustment to fourth-quarter sales which was barely more than a rounding error:

By Tim Graham | February 25, 2012 | 10:37 AM EST

PBS anchor Judy Woodruff exposed a serious case of ignorance in a segment on Virginia’s abortion-ultrasound bill. When Charmaine Yoest of Americans United for Life warned “think about Kermit Gosnell and the house of horrors in Philadelphia, with abortion clinics that are horribly...” At that point, Woodruff admitted “I'm not familiar with...?” Yoest explained: “He's on trial now for women who died in his abortion clinic.”

Woodruff might be under-informed because the PBS NewsHour ignored the Gosnell story a year ago. Associated Press reported “Prosecutors described the clinic as a ‘house of horrors’ where Gosnell kept baby body parts on the shelves, allowed a 15-year-old high school student to perform intravenous anesthesia on patients, and had his licensed cosmetologist wife do late-term abortions.”

By NB Staff | February 25, 2012 | 10:29 AM EST

For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: gas prices.

How high do you think they're going to go? How will it impact the economy and the November elections?

By Brent Bozell | February 25, 2012 | 7:56 AM EST

Sarah Palin’s top aides held a conference call to denounce the forthcoming HBO movie “Game Change,” which like any ultraliberal media production, knocks Palin as a mentally imbalanced moron. Reporters are already underlining the Palin aides haven’t seen the movie.

But isn’t that the point? As Pat Buchanan once said about another subject, “Does one need to lift the manhole cover to know what’s below?” Did the Clinton team wait to see the movie before begging ABC to kill “Path to 9/11"? Did the Kennedy team wait to see the miniseries “The Kennedys” before getting it demoted to the Reelz Channel? The Palin folks can be pretty certain – especially since the trailer itself announces it’s a hit job.