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By Matthew Balan | June 29, 2011 | 7:23 PM EDT

On Tuesday's All Things Considered, NPR's Philip Reeves lamented the supposedly "anti-Muslim" climate in Denmark, noting that the country was once "considered a model of tolerance," but now, "men...[with] beards and traditional Islamic robes....are no longer entirely welcome, because some Danes want them to leave." Reeves quoted one imam who feared "a spiral, in which anti-immigration nationalist extremists fuel Islamist extremists and vice versa."

Host Robert Siegel wasting little time in setting a slanted tone in his introduction to the correspondent's report, which referenced the recent legal victory of Dutch politician Geert Wilders:

By Jack Coleman | June 29, 2011 | 6:38 PM EDT

Don't you love it when left wingers reveal their actual views on economics?

Rachel Maddow, one of MSNBC's nightly Gang of Five, did this on her show Monday while talking with Chris Hayes of The Nation about Democrats and Republicans battling over the debt ceiling (video after page break) --

By Matt Hadro | June 29, 2011 | 6:08 PM EDT

Apparently, a pledge to reduce the deficit and cap spending long-term and vote for a strict balanced budget amendment is an extreme measure. CNN correspondent Jim Acosta, reporting on the conservative "Cut, Cap, Balance Pledge," quipped that "it's not exactly cut, cap, and balance. It may be more body-slam and pile-driver."

The pledge, sponsored by numerous grassroots conservative groups, entails signers promising to oppose an increase on the debt limits unless three conditions are met. The conditions are that the spending cuts must reduce the deficit "next year and thereafter," caps on spending must be instituted to bring about a balanced budget, and Congress must pass a balanced budget amendment.

By Aubrey Vaughan | June 29, 2011 | 6:06 PM EDT

Having friends in Washington is one of the quickest and dirtiest paths to success, but when President Barack Obama is the one helping you out by discriminately favoring your company's products over others, very few in the media seem to care.

Flashback to the early 2000s during former President George Bush's first term. The mainstream media pounced on former Vice President Dick Cheney's association with Halliburton, an oil company for which Cheney once served as CEO. The Bush administration supposedly favored Halliburton by rewarding the company with a number of multi-million dollar oil contracts in the Middle East, purportedly only using a bidding process to make the game look fairer.

Today it's a different fuel and a different president, but Obama has an almost identical story: favoring the clean-technology companies of his financial supporters through rewards of federal money. This time around, though, the media is giving his shady dealings a free pass.

By Aubrey Vaughan | June 29, 2011 | 5:40 PM EDT

Chris Hansen became famous by catching would-be sexual predators on his hidden camera show, 'To Catch a Predator.' Now, the tables have turned, as Hansen was caught on hidden camera having an affair with a woman 21 years younger than him.

According to a sting operation by the National Enquirer, the married, father of two Hansen has apparently been secretly dating Kristyn Caddell, a 30-year-old journalist from Florida, for the past four months.

By Scott Whitlock | June 29, 2011 | 5:24 PM EDT

Faux conservative Stephen Colbert on Monday shifted completely into activist mode and urged his viewers to write letters to Florida newspapers bashing that state's Republican governor.

Colbert mocked Rick Scott's office for encouraging supporters to send pre-written e-mails supporting the governor. He then read a Mad Lib-style letter he posted on ColbertNation.com. The host derided, "Dear editor, it is my strong belief that rick Scott is a adjective governor."

Viewers were invited to fill in the blanks and then send them to the newspapers that Colbert's website provided. He continued with his template: "His letter praising himself makes me want to verb up. I adverb, verb this great nation and everyone should action verb Rick Scott with a noun for an interjection full body shave like a naked mole rat. Sincerely, name, city."

[See video below. MP3 audio here.]

By Alex Fitzsimmons | June 29, 2011 | 5:04 PM EDT

MSNBC's Martin Bashir, who once argued Sarah Palin's bus tour was in "breach of federal law," attacked Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Wednesday, wondering if the 69-year-old Republican is "suffering some kind of mild dementia or long-term memory loss?"

Excoriating McConnell for rejecting tax increases as part of a potential budget deal, the former ABC "Nightline" anchor regurgitated a litany of liberal talking points about the Bush years on his eponymous program:

By Ken Shepherd | June 29, 2011 | 4:40 PM EDT

In a feature entitled "Don’t Know Much About History: Epically Wrong Politician Accounts of Yesteryear," Time magazine's Swampland blog crew promised to break down "nine egregious examples of the type of revisionist flub you can expect in 2012," starting with Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) arguing John Quincy Adams was a Founding Father.

Time made sure to toss in President Obama and Vice President Biden in the mix, the list was predominantly comprised of Republican 2012 presidential hopefuls. On some counts, Time was spot on, but in others the magazine was either inaccurate, patently unfair in its criticism, or both.

Deriding Sarah Palin for her inartfully-put account of Paul Revere's midnight ride, Time.com echoed MSNBC's Chris Matthews by snarking that she was shoehorning a pro-gun rights talking point into her later explanation of the historical event:

By Kyle Drennen | June 29, 2011 | 4:02 PM EDT

Appearing on Wednesday's NBC Today, left-wing MSNBC host Rachel Maddow slammed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie: "...his brand at this point is, 'I'm the guy who screams at my own constituents'....his brand is 'I will be rude.' And rudeness is actually what he's trying to sell as a form of political authenticity."

Co-host Ann Curry mentioned Christie criticizing President Obama for being too focused on popularity rather than policy and wondered: "Does the New Jersey Governor have a point that the President is making mistakes because he wants too much to be liked?" As Maddow launched into her rant against Christie, Curry interrupted: "But beyond argument and ad hominem, let's talk about, though, about Obama specifically. Do you think he's trying too hard to be liked?"

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By Tim Graham | June 29, 2011 | 3:33 PM EDT

Yesterday, NewsBusters published an account of the Morning Joe crew seemingly sticking up for former Gov. Rod Blagojevich and how he was victimized by prosecutors. Going past the original transcript I reviewed yesterday to the video, it became obvious Joe Scarborough, Willie Geist, and Mike Barnicle were all joking. When Mika Brzezinski proclaimed she didn't want to waste a segment on this, she meant the silly pretense. NewsBusters regrets our collective failure to grasp the elongated joke. Whether you find it hilarious is another matter.

It became really obvious when Scarborough started to suggest an American hero was executed serial killer Ted Bundy, who represented Florida values. (Eric Ames, who reported on this segment, is 21 and wasn't born until after Bundy was executed.) Fortune editor Andy Serwer was mocked on the set for not seeming to get the joke until that point. Video below the fold.

By Clay Waters | June 29, 2011 | 2:43 PM EDT

New York Times congressional reporter Carl Hulse was up to his old rhetorical tricks on Tuesday, using the Democratic euphemism “revenues," when Democrats are in fact calling for tax hikes as part of a budget deal tied to increasing the debt limit, in “Debt Divide Remains As President Steps In.”

By Clay Waters | June 29, 2011 | 1:40 PM EDT

On Wednesday, the New York Times's Caracas-based reporter Simon Romero drew a favorable sketch of two anti-American strongmen, Cuba’s Communist dictator Fidel Castro and leftist autocrat and ideological sibling Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, in “Venezuelan, Like Castro, Has Brother At the Ready.”

Romero led off with left-wing flattery of the two nations:

To the many comparisons that can been made between Venezuela and Cuba -- two close allies, both infused with revolutionary zeal, driven by movements that revere their leaders -- consider one more: the presidential brother, stepping in during a time of illness.

By Matt Hadro | June 29, 2011 | 1:35 PM EDT

For the second night in a row, Anderson Cooper opened his regular news cast Tuesday touting a story about Michele Bachmann's hypocrisy in benefitting from federal agriculture subsidies. Although his own network, which interviewed Bachmann Tuesday morning, did not report on the matter during that day, Cooper thought it important enough to put the issue as the lead story for the second straight night.

The issue at hand is that Bachmann was a beneficiary of a family farm that received funding from federal corn, dairy, and livestock subsidies – all while railing against federal intervention in the free market. Bachmann was a partner in Bachman Farm Family, LP, and did receive income from the farm owned by her father-in-law and later by others.

By NB Staff | June 29, 2011 | 1:08 PM EDT

The Media Research Center today announced a new petition launched by the Citizens Against Religious Bigotry (CARB) coalition, holding NBC accountable for omitting “under God” from its broadcast of the Pledge of Allegiance in the opening coverage of the U.S. Open on June 20.

CARB has created a video (embedded below the page break) that encourages viewers to sign a petition which states, in part:

By Nicholas Ballasy | June 29, 2011 | 1:03 PM EDT

When unveiling a proposal to reform Medicare alongside Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) warned that the entitlement program will eventually “go broke” and lead to a “fiscal disaster” for the United States.

“Each Medicare enrollee will on the average take almost three times more out in Medicare benefits than they contribute in payroll taxes and premiums,” Lieberman said during a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday.