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By Tim Graham | February 24, 2012 | 1:42 PM EST

On Tuesday, Brent Bozell took apart Bill Press and his new book "The Obama Hate Machine" for making the ridiculous claim that Obama's been treated so much more savagely than other presidents in the media. But he's not alone. Paul Bedard reports in the Washington Examiner that in the book, Press described Examiner columnist Tim Carney "a liberal -- then a conservative."

“It’s not every day I’m called a liberal in a political book, especially the same book that attacks me as a ‘right-wing journalist’ 50 pages later,” says Carney.

By Noel Sheppard | February 24, 2012 | 1:05 PM EST

You Pearl Jam/Knicks/Jeremy Lin fans are going to absolutely love this.

On Thursday, Jimmy Fallon did a truly fabulous impersonation of Eddie Vedder in an hysterical tribute to Linsanity (video follows with absolutely no commentary necessary):

By Ken Shepherd | February 24, 2012 | 1:00 PM EST

Apparently the Washington Post's website editors have little patience for African-American ministers who pledge fidelity to the Bible over that to their usual political allies like Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D).

"Black pastors take heat over stance against Maryland gay-marriage bill," reads a teaser headline on the front page. "As Maryland legislature passes bill, church members warn clergy that they're on the wrong side of history," the subheadline adds [see screencap below page break]. "Black pastors take heat for not viewing same-sex marriage as civil rights matter," reads the online version's headline.*

By Scott Whitlock | February 24, 2012 | 12:47 PM EST

ABC on Thursday and Friday hyped the idea, pushed by Nancy Pelosi, that oil speculators on Wall Street are to blame for high gas prices, citing a "top government watchdog." Of course, the network neglected to inform viewers that Bart Chilton, who is a commissioner on the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, is an ex-Democratic staffer.

On Friday, Good Morning America's Josh Elliott described the options as blaming "tension in the Middle East or speculators on Wall Street for the skyrocketing prices." Not offered as a choice was Barack Obama. Now, when gas prices were high under Bush, there were more stories and the blame was directed at the Republican President.

By Jeffrey Meyer | February 24, 2012 | 12:02 PM EST

On Thursday night’s Piers Morgan Tonight, host Piers Morgan ended his fluffy interview with former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) by encouraging her to run for higher office.
The interview started off in typical Morgan fashion with the former editor of the left-wing Daily Mirror newspaper distorting the facts on the auto bailout in reference to an interview New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) did on Thursday’s episode of Morning Joe on MSNBC: “And the conclusion I drew was he didn't say what he really wanted to say, which is actually the bailout has been a good thing.”  [See video below.  MP3 audio here.]

By Geoffrey Dickens | February 24, 2012 | 12:01 PM EST

Actor Billy Crystal returns to his Oscar hosting duties this Sunday night and not surprisingly he plans on continuing the liberal Hollywood tradition of mocking Republicans during the show. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly the star of My Giant made clear his intentions to have fun at the Republican candidates' expense as he snarked: "How funny are these idiots?"

The following is the relevant portion of the online edition of the Entertainment Weekly article dated February 22, 2012:

By Ken Shepherd | February 24, 2012 | 11:57 AM EST

In a 37-paragraph front-page article today, Washington Post correspondents Laura Vozzella and Anita Kumar detailed how, as the "invasiveness" of an ultrasound requirement in an abortion regulation bill "emerged" that "enthusiasm waned."

Vozzella and Kumar examined how pro-choice activists ginned up protests via social media and how liberal-leaning comedians on Saturday Night Live and Comedy Central mocked the legislation. Yet not once in the entire story did Kumar and Vozzella note that abortionists in the Old Dominion who are affiliated with Planned Parenthood already do ultrasounds prior to conducting abortions. Despite discussing the ongoing controversy on MSNBC yesterday, Kumar also failed to mention the fact for that network's audience.

By Kyle Drennen | February 24, 2012 | 11:54 AM EST

Pretending the Obama administration did not intentionally turn birth control into a campaign issue with the ObamaCare insurance mandate, on Thursday's NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams pleaded ignorance to viewers: "Birth control seems to have become, as one headline writer put it today, 'The Third Rail of American Politics Right Now,' and this happened really out of nowhere."  

In the report that followed, correspondent Kelly O'Donnell described the issue as a "political fight over government's place in women's health and reproduction." She touted how discussion of the topic "prompted boos" at Wednesday's Republican debate, while receiving "rare applause at a Democrats-only staged hearing today. Set off by the outrage Democrats vented when Republicans called only men to testify last week on religious institutions and birth control."

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: