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By Brent Baker | October 30, 2011 | 12:15 AM EDT

From the end of this weekend’s Fox News Watch show, a comedy video created by the Jest.com humor site I saw the Romenesko page posted on Wednesday titled “Where Occupy Wall Street Headlines Come From.” FNC host Jon Scott asked: “Did you ever wonder how different news operations come up with the headlines for big stories? Well, the creative people at Jest.com give us their take on the process.”

The clip imagines how the editors at the New York Times, New York Post, Fox News Channel, Huffington Post, Time, New Yorker and the Highlights kids magazine would formulate a headline for the Occupy Wall Street protests. I think it nails the New York Times and Huffington Post.

By Tom Blumer | October 29, 2011 | 11:10 PM EDT

Jonathan Alter, who spent 28 years at Newsweek, has been a columnist at Bloomberg News since early this year. Just this year, the reliably and insufferably liberal Alter, among many other things, called the Republican House's passage of Paul Ryan's budget plan in April an attempt "to throw Granny in the snow," and coldly calculated that in the wake of her shooting, Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was more valuable to Barack Obama's reelection efforts alive than dead.

In early January, Alter, appearing on an MSNBC program, took great offense at Rep. Darrell Issa's suggestion that the Obama White House is "one of the most corrupt administrations ever," claiming that "there is zero evidence" of it. The Washington Examiner's Tim Carney proceeded to identify seven such examples. Alter must have been saying "la-la I can't hear you" during Carney's chronicle, as his October 27 column was an exercise in sheer fantasy from beginning to end (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Jack Coleman | October 29, 2011 | 9:37 PM EDT

Perhaps you've seen it, the video of former Marine Corps sergeant Shamar Thomas accusing New York City police of brutality against Occupy Wall Street protesters.

Since the footage was posted Oct. 16 on YouTube, left-wing media have embraced Thomas as their one of their own, showering him with attention while avoiding potentially awkward questions about his background, such as Thomas's claim that his mother fought in Iraq and his father was deployed to Afghanistan. (video and audio clips after page break)

By Tim Graham | October 29, 2011 | 8:26 PM EDT

On Friday morning's Early Show, CBS news anchor Terrell Brown reported: "President Obama had dinner at a Virginia restaurant last night with four donors to his reelection campaign, but not the wealthy contributors usually seen at fundraisers. They won a 'Dinner with Barack' contest -- two retirees, a postal worker, and a small business owner."

They won dinner with Obama, a round-trip plane ticket, and a night in a hotel. This DNC fundraising schtick might draw small donors, but the final four were a natural Democratic audience. As one wag at MRC joked in our e-mail:

By Noel Sheppard | October 29, 2011 | 3:11 PM EDT

For decades, parents have worried about dangerous substances being put into what their children receive while Trick or Treating.

On Friday evening, HBO's Bill Maher actually called for people to "put drugs in the Halloween candy" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | October 29, 2011 | 12:42 PM EDT

Washington Post humorist Alexandra Petri gets plenty of space to be dead-serious at the bottom of the Saturday op-ed page. Her piece is titled "Herman Cain: The joke's on us." For a metaphor, she summoned the most laughably bad contestants on American Idol.

"I know a joke candidate when I see one. He's the Sanjaya of the circuit," Petri wrote. "He wouldn't be Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. He'd be William Hung Goes to Hollywood."

By Noel Sheppard | October 29, 2011 | 11:50 AM EDT

The hyperventilation of media members concerning income inequality in America reaches a new high with each passing day.

Case in point, on Inside Washington Friday, PBS's Mark Shields, with a straight face no less, said this disparity is a "national security issue" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | October 29, 2011 | 10:05 AM EDT

Although there are no limits to what Bill Maher will say about conservatives, it appears some of his audience members have a shred of decency that he doesn't.

When the host of HBO's Real Time made a gay joke involving Michele Bachmann's husband Marcus and Moammar Gaddafi being sodomized with a stick after his capture, some audience members actually booed (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Matthew Balan | October 29, 2011 | 10:04 AM EDT

On Friday, NPR's Julie Rovner bemoaned the "crummy month for sentiment" about ObamaCare in an online report about the latest poll from the liberal Kaiser Family Foundation, which found that over 50% oppose the liberal law. Rovner also labeled Romney's Massachusetts health care law his "landmark achievement."

The correspondent lead her NPR.org item, "Democrats Lose Enthusiasm For Health Law," by seemingly downplaying the poll results and using her "crummy" label: "Sure, it's just one poll of many, but October marks a crummy month for sentiment about the federal Affordable Care Act." She continued by noting that "more than half of those polled...had an unfavorable view of the measure overhauling health care. Only 34 percent said they viewed the law favorably, a post-passage low."

By NB Staff | October 29, 2011 | 9:38 AM EDT

Can we talk?
 

By NB Staff | October 29, 2011 | 9:36 AM EDT

Wow! What a great World Series! Care to talk about it?

Tons of great football games today and tomorrow.

Any other sporting events you want to discuss?

By P.J. Gladnick | October 29, 2011 | 9:12 AM EDT

As reported on Thursday by Newsbusters' Mark Finkelstein, Joe Scarborough and some members of his MSNBC Morning Joe crew shot their mouths off about what Mike Barnicle described as a  "police riot" at the Occupy Oakland protests before waiting for all the facts. And now it appears that the Morning Joe folks have shot themselves in the foot as well since reports from the scene show that it was the police who were clearly provoked by the Occupy Oakland demonstrators.

So were these reports from the usual "rightwing" suspects? Nope. The reports confirming the provocations from the demonstrators came from the leftwing Mother Jones magazine and were supported by the very liberal San Francisco Chronicle. Here is the initial report from the scene by James West of Mother Jones:

By Brent Bozell | October 29, 2011 | 8:31 AM EDT

Those prestigious publishers at Simon & Schuster selected All Saints Day to unleash the book world's latest attempt at mocking Christianity. It’s called "The Last Testament, by God."

The author is David Javerbaum, a top writer for 11 years for "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, perhaps America's leading religion-hating TV network. Is it any surprise that the critics are loving it?

By Tim Graham | October 29, 2011 | 7:32 AM EDT

One of the most popular articles on the liberal website Slate right now is by former Newsweek legal reporter Dahlia Lithwick, denouncing the "mainstream media" which fail to understand the Occupy Wall Street movement. The article is titled "Occupy the No-Spin Zone." Lithwick speaks as a participant, since "I spent time this weekend at Occupy Wall Street and my husband spent much of last week adding his voice to the protesters there." (Her husband, Aaron Fein, is a sculptor, so he has the free time.)

Dahlia's not just denouncing Fox News (all liberals do), but denouncing the mainstream media for not being leftist enough, for devoting "four mind-numbing years" to chronicling the Kardashians and taking the Palin family seriously:

By Tim Graham | October 28, 2011 | 11:43 PM EDT

Another NPR freelancer has been fired for activism at an Occupy rally. On Gawker, Caitlin Curran laments she was canned from 20 hours a week producing for the public radio talk show The Takeway (co-produced by Public Radio International and WNYC Radio in New York, and supported in part by the taxpayers through the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.)

Unlike Lisa Simeone, who served in a very official capacity as a public-relations flack for “Occupy DC,” Curran held up a sign in the Occupy Wall Street march in Times Square on October 15. The plan was for her husband to hold the sign, but she was also photographed with it and posted it to her personal Twitter account. It drew blog kudos – which was her undoing.