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By Noel Sheppard | July 10, 2011 | 11:41 PM EDT

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was the featured guest on both CBS's "Face the Nation" and NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday.

For some reason, hosts Bob Schieffer and David Gregory didn't ask the most important question every person in the world currently following the debt ceiling is dying to know the answer to:

By Noel Sheppard | July 10, 2011 | 9:59 PM EDT

It is truly fascinating how liberal media members will do anything to protect the reputation of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

On this weekend's "McLaughlin Group," Newsweek's Eleanor Clift revised history to largely absolve the two government-sponsored enterprises for last decade's mortgage collapse while predictably blaming it on Wall Street and of course George W. Bush (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | July 10, 2011 | 9:37 PM EDT

In their Sunday evening coverage of the Minnesota government shutdown, Associated Press reporters Steve Karnowski and Amy Forliti failed to mention any form of the word "tax," failed to mention "spending" in the context of government outlays, and fretted that a prolonged shutdown might cause a "brain drain" from state government.

The failure to bring up taxes is clearly the item's most egregious oversight, since the shutdown is all about taxes, specifically Democratic Governor Mark Dayton's refusal to sign a state budget that doesn't contain tax increases on high income-earners.

By Noel Sheppard | July 10, 2011 | 6:24 PM EDT

David Gregory decided to have a very fair and balanced roundtable discussion at the conclusion of Sunday's "Meet the Press" exclusively with the perilously liberal Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson and the equally left-leaning Chuck Todd of NBC News.

With the subject being Newsweek's new cover story about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, Todd mysteriously made the case for how slim her chances of winning the GOP presidential nomination were by claiming, "Rush Limbaugh is an incredibly influential figure in the Republican Party, and he could never win the Republican nomination" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Johnson | July 10, 2011 | 4:43 PM EDT

It wasn't a good week for those Kossacks who still believed that President Obama was the Great Progressive Hope. A Washington Post report that Obama is open to entitlement cuts was especially discouraging to many on the left.
On Friday, one Kossack asserted that Obama has absolutely no principled reason for being a Democrat, and another suggested that Obama is (perhaps subconsciously) a GOP mole. That's a nasty accusation given what the Kos gang thinks about Republicans (see below). As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

By Noel Sheppard | July 10, 2011 | 4:20 PM EDT

People that have been watching Chris Matthews since the Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire last month know that the devout liberal has suddenly and quite mysteriously developed a soft spot for Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.).

On Sunday's "The Chris Matthews Show," the host actually said to his guests, "I wonder whether cerebral writers like George Will and David Brooks, bright people, are not really in tune with that base out there that she is" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | July 10, 2011 | 3:38 PM EDT

The upcoming issue of Newsweek has a cover story about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

Here's the picture with the headline, "'I Can Win": Sarah Palin on why she's so confident - and how she'll decide whether to run in 2012":

By Tim Graham | July 10, 2011 | 2:52 PM EDT

The blog LGBTQ Nation praised a new "CBS Cares" video that CBS employees made in the "It Gets Better" video series affirming gay teenagers against bullying. But for Christians, it gets worse. They don't get bullied. They just get fired. Take the case of evangelical speaker Frank Turek, who wrote at about being fired from Cisco Systems.

When a homosexual manager found out on the Internet that I had authored a book giving evidence that maintaining our current marriage laws would be best for society, he couldn’t tolerate me and requested I be fired. An HR executive canned me within hours without ever speaking to me.

By Noel Sheppard | July 10, 2011 | 2:26 PM EDT

As you've watched and read media reports concerning the debt ceiling, have you gotten the feeling the press have given Republicans a pass for standing strong in their pledge to not raise taxes?

CNN's Howard Kurtz thinks they have, and said so quite often on Sunday's "Reliable Sources" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | July 10, 2011 | 12:58 PM EDT

Here’s some New York Times humor for your Sunday (hat tip: nkviking). A Sunday Review slide show on "Solutions for Saving the Space Program" includes some mockery of Bible-thumpers:

“Garner wider support by sneaking pro-science verses into the Bible.” Underneath this caption is a suggested verse: “Galileo 3:16: For God so loved the universe that he made it full of really awesome stuff for mankind to check out.”

By Noel Sheppard | July 10, 2011 | 11:49 AM EDT

Democrat strategist and ABC contributor Donna Brazile on Sunday predictably blamed the current debt ceiling impasse on Republicans and their refusal to raise taxes.

This led George Will to state what would be obvious to all media members if they weren't so in the tank for Barack Obama, namely that he and his Party have been kicking the deficit can down the road so long they're guilty of "can abuse" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | July 10, 2011 | 7:38 AM EDT

Opening up the Sunday paper might lead you to the national newspaper supplement Parade Magazine, which devoted its July 10 edition to "Summer Reading" picks. Smack-dab in the middle of the issue is "12 Great Summer Books: PARADE's picks of terrific new reads, in no particular order." But that's not exactly true, since the first six are fiction, and the second six are nonfiction. Somehow it's not shocking that the number-one recommended book is "Faith" by Jennifer Haigh, a novel about a Catholic priest in Boston accused of molestation during the scandal's heyday in the last decade.

Publishers Weekly advised, "Although this all-too-plausible story offers a damning commentary on the Church's flaws and its leaders' hubris, Haigh is concerned less with religious faith than with the faith [the accused priest] Arthur's family has — and loses, and in some cases regains — in one another."

By Tim Graham | July 10, 2011 | 6:58 AM EDT

The religion section in Saturday's Washington Post spotlighted a Daniel Burke story from the Religion News Service. While reports on orthodox religions often wonder whether followers won't leave "in droves" because a church won't bend to the popular will, Burke explores why the Unitarian Universalists can't keep adherents when it tries not to have any identifiable creed at all.

That's intriguing, except Burke seems to accept that the UUs don't have a "dogmatic" faith, when it appears that its inability to actually talk about God for fear of offending people might be a dogma all its own, an anti-dogmatic dogma. Here's how Burke began:

By Noel Sheppard | July 10, 2011 | 12:48 AM EDT

Bob Woodward thinks the world doesn't hold the United States in very high regard anymore.

Appearing on the syndicated "Chris Matthews Show" this weekend, the Washington Post's most recognizable journalist said, "I’m not sure the United States has been looked at as the grown-up nation for a long time...You travel around the world a little bit, and, and there’s, there’s not even tough love for the United States" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Brad Wilmouth | July 10, 2011 | 12:28 AM EDT

 On Saturday’s Fox News Watch, as the panel discussed MSNBC’s double standard in suspending Time’s Mark Halperin for calling President Obama by a vulgar word on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, even after the network tolerated former host Keith Olbermann’s numerous examples of harsh language about President Bush, liberal FNC contributor Alan Colmes was obsessed with inserting Rush Limbaugh into the discussion as he spent most of the segment missing the point about the Halperin/Olbermann comparison.

When Colmes finally noticed that the other panel members were concerned about MSNBC’s internal double standard, the liberal commentator contradicted himself from his earlier efforts to insert some of Limbaugh’s alleged name-calling against liberals into the discussion.