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By Noel Sheppard | September 4, 2011 | 5:27 PM EDT

David Gregory began Sunday's "Meet the Press" with a roundtable discussion about the future of our nation asking, "Are we having the right conversation about the best way forward?"

Given the subject, it seemed utterly preposterous that one of his panelists was a Congresswoman who just two weeks ago said, "As far as I'm concerned, the Tea Party can go straight to hell" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | September 4, 2011 | 4:15 PM EDT

Given the way most media members treated former Vice President Dick Cheney during his book tour last week, CNN's Howard Kurtz asked an absolutely perfect question on Sunday's "Reliable Sources."

"Would liberal pundits be satisfied with anything other than Cheney confessing to war crimes?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | September 4, 2011 | 3:01 PM EDT

According to the Associated Press's Steve Peoples in a Saturday evening report, presidential candidate Rick Perry, speaking at a private reception in New Hampshire (which begs the question of whether Peoples was even there), told those attending: "I don't support a fence on the border." Then, again according to Peoples, "The answer produced an angry shout from at least one audience member."

"Jane" (actually Jane Woodworth) at the YouTooCongress blog (HT Instapundit) says otherwise: "I attended that event, stood about 15 feet from where he delivered those remarks and never heard an 'angry shout.' Either the AP is making it up or it wasn’t much of a shout. Perhaps they can supply the audio." They definitely should.

By Noel Sheppard | September 4, 2011 | 2:46 PM EDT

It appears one should never say in Christiane Amanpour's presence Barack Obama isn't ideologically flexible.

When former Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Holtz-Eakin did so on ABC's "This Week" Sunday, the host pushed back, "Do you think that’s true that he hasn’t shown flexibility since he's, he’s sort of come completely to the Republican tenor of the debate?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | September 4, 2011 | 1:58 PM EDT

If it's Sunday, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman must be "saying something really stupid or outrageous."

On ABC's "This Week," the Nobel laureate told host Christiane Amanpour, "If Obama called for endorsing motherhood, the Republicans in the House would oppose it" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Brad Wilmouth | September 4, 2011 | 12:09 PM EDT

On Saturday's CBS Evening News, correspondent Barry Petersen filed a report which highlighted Human Rights Watch's analysis of government records in Libya which document that, during the Bush administration, the CIA sent prisoners to Libya as part of its renditioning program. Anchor Russ Mitchell saw the papers as potentially "troubling" as he introduced the report:

By Noel Sheppard | September 4, 2011 | 11:52 AM EDT

Wouldn't it be fascinating if media members that helped this President pass ObamaCare against America's wishes came to the conclusion this was his biggest mistake?

On Sunday's "The Chris Matthews Show," the Huffington Post's Howard Fineman and the Washington Post's David Ignatius both told a somewhat startled host that Obama spending so much of his time and political capital on passing healthcare reform was his worst decision to date (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | September 4, 2011 | 10:56 AM EDT

On Wednesday, the President of the United States actually sent an email message to his followers complaining that he's frustrated by his inability to get everything he wants through a Congress with a different vision of the world.

On Sunday, New York Times columnist said she too is frustrated - "Maybe Obama was not even the person he was waiting for":

By Tim Graham | September 4, 2011 | 8:56 AM EDT

The Washington Post promoted Michael Moore's latest book in Sunday's Outlook section. Justin Moyer's promotional piece was headlined "We read so you don't have to," but it reads like a cover blurb. He called him a "reliable liberal gadfly," which is apparently what the Post calls someone who thinks Cuba had a lot to teach the United States. Just "liberal"?

Moyer plugged the book, "to be released later this month to a nation always ready to laud or excoriate him." The "highlights" begin with Moore threatening the safety of Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer:

By Tim Graham | September 4, 2011 | 8:20 AM EDT

There's a reason why Rush Limbaugh talks about "state-run media." On National Public Radio, Friday night's story on the embarrassing zero-jobs story included three experts for soundbites: current Obama economic spinner Gene Sperling, former Obama economic spinner Jared Bernstein, and the current Democrat Mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter, who blamed "senseless" congressional (read Republican) spending restraint.

It's not like NPR couldn't find a Republican anywhere to interview. Their view only came up when reporter Scott Horsley was discussing how reasonable Obama was being: "The administration's move to scrap smog regulations today could also be seen as an olive branch to Republicans and the business community." He didn't even say "proposed new smog regulations that would shut coal plants and cost more jobs." He just implied Republicans are pro-smog.

By Brent Baker | September 4, 2011 | 1:51 AM EDT

Another entry in my Saturday night humor postings for NewsBusters, usually drawn from the clips shown at the end of FNC’s Special Report which frequently come from video montages picked up off the late night comedy shows. It was a pretty weak week with some lame offerings, so this week I’m going back into the archives.

Tonight, from November of 2010, a clip of how some morning news anchors reacted with colorful exasperation when they cut away at just the wrong time and so missed a bridge demolition.

By Noel Sheppard | September 4, 2011 | 1:00 AM EDT

The Labor Department reported Friday that for the first time since 1945 - needless to say a long, long time ago - the economy produced exactly zero jobs in the month of August.

Despite the history, the tremendously disappointing numbers, and the President speaking before a joint session of Congress next week about this very issue, ABC's World News actually made this its fourth story - yes, I said fourth! - Friday evening (video follows with commentary):

By Rusty Weiss | September 4, 2011 | 12:58 AM EDT

The California solar company, Solyndra, heralded by the Obama administration as a prime example of how the Recovery Act created new jobs while promoting his vision of renewable energy, is closing their doors.  Just over a year ago, Obama himself spoke at the facility, praising it as “a testament to American ingenuity and dynamism.”  Once a beacon of solar light in the progressive green jobs agenda, Solyndra had received a $535 million federal loan with the help of newly minted energy secretary, Steven Chu, only to find themselves staring down bankruptcy and the release of more than 1,100 workers. 

Lying within that massive federal loan was a number of sub-awards to other vendors, 40 payments of which were greater than $25,000 each.  The largest sub-award went to another administration favorite, CH2M Hill, to the tune of $9.6 million for their construction engineering services.  The company is a $6.3 billion consulting, engineering, and construction firm, and shares some similarities to the failed Solyndra.  In fact, CH2M used the nearly $10 million sub-award to design Solyndra’s solar manufacturing plant in Fremont, California.  Besides that amount, CH2M is also a major beneficiary of the stimulus, having been awarded four of the top ten contracts from stimulus funding last summer - to the tune of $1.2 billion.  As of this April, the company boasts of $1.6 billion in contracts from the Recovery Act.

By Tim Graham | September 3, 2011 | 11:15 PM EDT

Entertainment Weekly reports that the movie "Butter" is hitting the film-festival circuit (beginning in Toronto), starring Jennifer Garner and Ty Burrell (the clumsy "hip" dad in the sitcom Modern Family). The buzz is increasing because some people are seeing a bit of a comparison to the 2008 Democrat primary campaign -- Hillary Clinton vs. upstart Barack Obama -- in the movie's butter-sculpting battle set at the Iowa state fair, which is also a historic caucus state:

By Tom Blumer | September 3, 2011 | 11:11 PM EDT

In June 2005, in its Kelo vs. New London decision, the Supreme Court ruled that the City of New London, Connecticut could condemn and take over private property, including that on which Susette Kelo's pink house sat, for a "public purpose" (a redevelopment plan worked up by the city's New London Development Corporation), instead of limiting the Constitution's Fifth Amendment application to "public use," as the Founders intended.

The Supreme Court justices who supported the ruling largely justified it on the basis that "The City has carefully formulated an economic development plan that it (the city) believes will provide appreciable benefits to the community, including–but by no means limited to–new jobs and increased tax revenue." Carefully formulated or not, nothing even remotely positive happened after the ruling until very recently, and nothing even remotely resembling decent national media coverage of post-ruling events has ever occurred.