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By Scott Whitlock | September 28, 2011 | 6:03 PM EDT

Actress Eva Longoria appeared on Tuesday's Jimmy Kimmel Live to trash the "dangerous" "extremist movement" that opposes Barack Obama. The Desperate Housewives star became just the latest celebrity to smear Tea Partiers.

Longoria didn't directly identify the group as the target of her anger. However, she made her point clear, fuming, "...[Obama] keeps getting beat up lately because there's such an extremist movement happening and it's a very dangerous."

[See video below. MP3 audio here.]


By Tim Graham | September 28, 2011 | 5:21 PM EDT

Usually, leftists will mock conservatives for having a cult of Ronald Reagan, or in Bill Maher's case "almost gay" for Reagan. On Thursday, Managing Editor Barbara Morrill posted the "Midday Open Thread" on the Daily Kos, claiming the current crop of Republican candidates "would cheer at his execution" -- which is a little implausible in his current historical condition.

Referring to a Michael Reagan interview with Fox News in which he said his father "might" not win today with his record in California, Morrill replied:

By Kyle Drennen | September 28, 2011 | 5:04 PM EDT

Anchor Brian Williams led Tuesday's NBC Nightly News with a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation about the rising cost of health care, direly proclaiming: "We're going to begin tonight with a crippling trend in America that simply cannot go on without taking entire families with it." Missing from the coverage was any mention of ObamaCare contributing to the increased costs.

In the report that followed, correspondent John Yang detailed how the new study, "says premiums for family coverage now average more than $15,000 a year, that's a 9% jump from 2010 and triple the rate of the previous's years increase." A sound bite of Kaiser CEO Drew Altman was included: "This is really the first time in as long as I can remember when we've seen a big jump in premiums at a time when wages are actually, not only flat, but actually losing ground."

By Clay Waters | September 28, 2011 | 4:29 PM EDT

New York Times White House correspondent Mark Landler followed President Obama out West on what certainly felt like a partisan campaign tour. Landler acknowledged Obama’s partisanship and “acidic words” for the G.O.P., but also protected the president’s right flank by characterizing his appeals for higher taxes and his class rhetoric as “populist,” not liberal, and by failing to correct the false impression Obama gave of shameful audience behavior at two Republican presidential debates.

Landler led off his Tuesday piece, “After Feisty Fund-Raising, a More Sociable Obama,” with a focus on the media’s new favorite rich guy, Doug Edwards.

President Obama met his dream date on Monday at a town hall meeting in Silicon Valley: a balding, soft-spoken former Google employee who said he was so rich he did not have to work anymore and begged Mr. Obama to raise his taxes.

By Noel Sheppard | September 28, 2011 | 3:46 PM EDT

Despite the growing scandal involving failed solar company Solyndra - now officially four weeks old - MSNBC's Chris Matthews, Lawrence O'Donnell, Ed Schultz, and Al Sharpton have still not reported the matter on their respective prime time programs.

The only regular MSNBC host to mention this subject in prime time is Rachel Maddow who predictably discounted its importance Monday (transcript and commentary follow):

By Tom Blumer | September 28, 2011 | 3:07 PM EDT

UPDATE: John Frank responded to yours truly in an email. Go to the end of the post for the email and my reax.

Yesterday, Raleigh News & Observer blog contributor jbfrank, who from all indications is also RN&O reporter John Frank, assured readers that North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue was joking when she suggested that "I think we ought to suspend, perhaps, elections for Congress for two years" at a Rotary Club luncheon in Cary.

That's what his headline said: "Perdue jokes about suspending Congressional elections for two years." There were no quote marks around "jokes." The headline echoed what the Governor's apparatchiks were saying. All the while, "Frank" had audio and didn't post it. He finally did this morning, and acknowledged that he was the one who did the taping:

By Tim Graham | September 28, 2011 | 2:32 PM EDT

NBC’s series The Playboy Club remains in search of an audience, so some stars are lashing out on Twitter at the Parents Television Council, who’s calling for the show to be cancelled, since it promotes one of the world’s leading pornography brands.

David Krumholtz – who many might remember from CBS’s “Numb3rs”– attacked the PTC on Twitter for “randomly” choosing the Playboy show, but eventually turned to attacking Mormons and Catholics for having “a long history of degrading women.” When someone asked how Catholics currently degrade women, he snapped back “My bad. I should have said little children instead of women.”

By Kyle Drennen | September 28, 2011 | 12:43 PM EDT

Discussing the possibility of Chris Christie entering the presidential race on Wednesday's NBC "Today," Tom Brokaw praised the New Jersey Govenor as a moderate: "He's not an ideologue.... he played outside the ideological lines that have been drawn in the Republican primary."

Co-host Matt Lauer said of Christie, "...a lot of conservative Republicans, while loving the fact that he's a fiscal conservative, perhaps aren't going to like his stand on some other issues..." Brokaw saw that as a positive: "The question is, who's going to run the Republican primaries? Right now, the dialogue is being dominated by the Tea Party but there are a lot of other Republicans who say, 'We've got to play outside of the Tea Party playbook and this is a guy who can do that.'"

By NB Staff | September 28, 2011 | 10:58 AM EDT

According to a new national survey released this morning by CNN/ORC International, the public's trust in the federal government is at an all-time low. Only 15% of Americans say they trust the federal government to mostly or always do what is right, down 10% from September 2010. Additionally, 77% of those surveyed say they trust the federal government to act correctly some of the time, while 8% said they never trust the government to do what's right.

What do you think this drastic shift in distrust of the government will mean for 2012 Congressional elections? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

By Noel Sheppard | September 28, 2011 | 10:10 AM EDT

As NewsBusters reported last Friday, America's trust in the media has fallen to new lows.

Appearing on Fox News's "O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday, political commentator Bernie Goldberg said it was because of the media's love affair with Barack Obama (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Clay Waters | September 28, 2011 | 9:54 AM EDT

New York Times columnist Paul Krugman showed his usual class when discussing Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, whose comprehensive budget plan calls for transforming Medicare into a voucher system in order to preserve the financially imperiled program and to trim the deficit. For his efforts, Krugman claimed that Ryan’s “voucher would kill people, no question.”

Krugman featured as a talking head in a CNN “Up Close” profile of Ryan by CNN journalist Gloria Borger that aired Sunday night.

By Tim Graham | September 28, 2011 | 8:14 AM EDT

People magazine gave prominent play on the front of its Books section in the latest edition (dated October 3) to two Palin-trashing books, by Joe McGinniss and Levi Johnston. They weren't officially reviewed, since there was no rating of how many stars they had earned. The headline was "Seeking the Real Sarah? Two dirt-dishing bios of Sarah Palin play fast and loose with the facts but transport readers deep into the Wasilla, Alaska ethos that shaped her."

Why would People try to be even-handed here? The books aren't factually dependable, but they reflect Palin's local "ethos"? Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, a People reporter and former White House reporter for the Associated Press, dances this soft-shoe throughout the short piece, next to large photos of the book covers:

By Tim Graham | September 28, 2011 | 7:56 AM EDT

On Thursday, Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi honored commentator Fred Fiske of Washington’s NPR station WAMU as he retired in his 90s like Andy Rooney. Farhi helped Fiske chronicle “his absurdly lengthy career as an announcer, pop-music DJ, talk-show host and gently insistent, moderately liberal commentator.” Later in the piece, he said Fiske offered “what he describes as ‘moderate’ opinions.”

NewsBusters readers might recall a less-than-moderate Fiske, in tone and content. In a January 2010 commentary on WAMU, Fiske called the Rush Limbaugh show "Excrement in Broadcasting" and cited Jon Stewart attacking Limbaugh: "I think I know the cause of your heart trouble. You don’t have one." He said Limbaugh said "baseless, bigoted, and hateful" things, worse than the anti-Semitic Father Coughlin radio show of the 1930s.

By Tim Graham | September 28, 2011 | 7:29 AM EDT

Here's another sign the rules against campaign donations/fundraising at MSNBC are toast: Ed Schultz was the star attraction at a $50-a-plate fundraiser for the Kosciusko County Democrats in Warsaw, Indiana on Saturday night. (Some paid $250, apparently, to be even closer to Big Ed.)

Daniel Riordan of The Warsaw Times-Union reported Schultz asked if there were any Republicans present. "When seemingly everyone in the room pointed to State Representative Dave Wolkins, Schultz joked, 'I’ll talk slow so you can understand.'” There were also unintentional laugh lines: “(Obama)’s offered up more cuts in spending than Johnson, Carter and Clinton combined,” he said. He's a regular Calvin Coolidge, that Obama.

By Brent Bozell | September 27, 2011 | 11:07 PM EDT

No one thinks Barack Obama is sitting pretty in this race for the White House. The Real Clear Politics average of the mid-September approval-rating polls measures him at 43 percent approval, 51 percent disapproval. With these numbers, they should be measuring his political coffin. But to listen to the networks talk, it’s the Republican field that is a mess in desperate need of new talent, and its debate audiences are a blood-thirsty horror movie.

One place that Democratic contenders go for positive publicity is the network morning shows. Their audiences are diminished, but they remain a powerful national platform, especially for female voters. Rich Noyes and Geoff Dickens of the Media Research Center have demonstrated how ABC, CBS, and NBC set a pretty pleasant table for the Democratic candidates (and potential candidates like Al Gore) from January 1 through July 31, 2007.