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By Tom Johnson | September 18, 2011 | 7:50 PM EDT

There are only two sure things in life. One, of course, is death, but the other isn't taxes -- it's the left's ahistorical insistence that fascism is "right-wing." Moreover, that belief is a mere starting point for hardcore lefties, such as the Kossacks below, who assert that conservatives are fascists.
 
As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

By Noel Sheppard | September 18, 2011 | 6:11 PM EDT

NBC's David Gregory clearly isn't hearing any alarm bells from what happened in New York's ninth Congressional district Tuesday.

When Republican strategist Alex Castellanos mentioned Sunday that Jews believe President Obama is more pro-Palistiniaan than pro-Israel, the "Meet the Press" host responded, "Republicans have been talking about the Jewish vote going Republican for a long time. It never happens" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Matthew Balan | September 18, 2011 | 4:45 PM EDT

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli filed a completely one-sided report on Wednesday's All Things Considered about a radical-left organization, along with a group purporting to represent victims of clergy sexual abuse, lobbying the International Criminal Court to investigate the top leadership of the Catholic Church, including Pope Benedict XVI, for "crimes against humanity." Poggioli played sound bites only from those involved with the effort, and none from anyone sympathetic with the Church.

Host Melissa Block stated in her introduction that "the International Criminal Court in The Hague has dealt with plenty of war criminals and warlords, but it may soon have a different target: the Catholic Church. The tribunal is being asked to investigate top Vatican officials over the global clerical sex abuse scandal....the argument is that the sex offenses meet the legal definition of crimes against humanity, and should be prosecuted."

By Brent Baker | September 18, 2011 | 3:16 PM EDT

Meet the Press host David Gregory contented the fact a Republican presidential debate audience applauded Texas Governor Rick Perry for allowing the death penalty for murders, and three in an audience of hundreds shouted “yeah” to the idea a man who decided to not buy health insurance may be allowed to die, are “really a challenge to the notion that the Republican Party is the party of life and supports a culture of life.” (video after jump)

By Tom Blumer | September 18, 2011 | 3:03 PM EDT

David Lewis is running for Congress as a Republican in Ohio's Eighth Congressional District for the seat House Speaker John Boehner currently holds. To be kind, Lewis doesn't stand a chance. To be not as kind, the establishment press is using Lewis's candidacy as an excuse to attempt to cast doubt on the ability of Tea Party activists and the GOP establishment to get along. To be clear, there's plenty of reason for the existence of such doubts, but David Lewis's candidacy is certainly not one of them.

To the chagrin of the GOP establishment, I'm a fan of serious primary efforts, especially against incumbents who may have lost their way. But Lewis's effort is not serious. It is fundamentally flawed in its premise and completely miscasts Boehner's current prolife record. It also has given the press an opportunity to distort the priorities of the Tea Party movement.

By Noel Sheppard | September 18, 2011 | 2:56 PM EDT

Wouldn't it have been wonderful if while Ronald Reagan was President the media gushed and fawned over him the way they do now?

On this weekend's syndicated "Chris Matthews Show," the host actually spent half the program discussing with his guests why Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry is no Reagan (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | September 18, 2011 | 12:11 PM EDT

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) doesn't think the President's new "Buffett Rule" to create a higher tax rate for millionaires makes sense.

Speaking on Sunday's "Meet the Press," McConnell said, "With regard to his tax rate, if [Warren Buffett's] feeling guilty about it, I think he should send in a check" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | September 18, 2011 | 10:47 AM EDT

Fareed Zakaria's desire to give power to all countries except the one he currently resides - the United States! - is nothing less than appalling.

On the CNN program bearing his name Sunday, Zakaria actually said, "It might be necessary to make clear that Christine Lagarde would be the last non-Chinese head of the [International Monetary Fund]" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | September 18, 2011 | 9:26 AM EDT

When author Ron Suskind was writing books harshly critical of the Bush White House, he was invited to many major-media salons to discuss how dysfunctional the Bushies were. Now Suskind has turned that around on Team Obama. Will the media coverage be different?

The Washington Post reports that Suskind finds the Obama White House was not a good place for women, and had major discord on the economic team. The Obama people interviewed for the book are now denouncing the final product:

By Tim Graham | September 18, 2011 | 7:46 AM EDT

On Saturday night, HLN replayed Joy Behar’s Tuesday interview with Broadway and TV star Kristin Chenoweth, when Joy celebrated how the actress is “standing tall in the face of criticism from her fellow Christians for her public support of gay rights.” But Joy went further than that. She channeled her inner Rosie O’Donnell and suggested politicians who "use Christianity to make their point" are using the “same syndrome" as “these terrorists who used Islam to kill 3,000 people on 9/11.”

This impaired doozy came at the end of a discussion about how Chenoweth feels she is the better, more compassionate Christian for embracing homosexuality (and after all, how is she going to be a Broadway star without doing that?) Oh, and since the 9/11 thing wasn't enough, Joy also suggested a "slew" of kids committed suicide in Michelle Bachman's district because of the "anti-gay" attitudes there (thank you, New York Times).

By Brent Baker | September 17, 2011 | 6:16 PM EDT

“The Republican Party is split right down the middle between Tea Party movement supporters and those who do not support the two-and-a-half-year-old movement, according to a new national survey,” a Thursday CNN.com “Political Ticker” post asserted in recounting the findings of a CNN/ORC poll which were cited on air by both Wolf Blitzer and John King.

By Tim Graham | September 17, 2011 | 5:31 PM EDT

James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal's opinion section calls Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne "Baghdad Bob" for fun. On September 9, as Taranto mocked Dionne's Strobe-Talbott-on-the-Cold-War routine on the War on Terror (after all that U.S. vigilance, there was never a threat). Then he turned to the special election to replace Congressman Anthony Weiner in New York's Ninth District, where Democrat David Weprin scandalized the locals with a "terrorist-y" ad of a jet menacing the New York skyline. Taranto joked: "But don't worry. If Weprin loses next week, we're sure Baghdad Bob will be ready to explain why it's really a triumph for liberalism."

Incredibly, Dionne did exactly that, writing that the NY-9 victory would lead to overconfidence, no confrontation with the ruinous Tea Party, and a Rick Perry candidacy that never collides with the reasonable middle:

 

By NB Staff | September 17, 2011 | 5:09 PM EDT

As NewsBusters reported Friday, despite the growing scandal involving solar panel company Solyndra and President Obama being sixteen days old, the prime time programs of MSNBC have not said a single word about the matter.

When "Fox News Watch" discussed the media coverage of this issue Saturday, the "American Conservative's" Jim Pinkerton noted our findings (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | September 17, 2011 | 4:33 PM EDT

As NewsBusters has been reporting, Barack Obama's sycophants in the press are really starting to lose that loving feeling.

Driving this point home was the "American Conservative's" Jim Pinkerton Saturday who said on "Fox News Watch," "There’s a strange thing happening in the media which is, I think, liberalism has sort of concluded that Obama is kind of a turkey, and they're sort of trying to distance themselves from him" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | September 17, 2011 | 4:14 PM EDT

Glee star Jane Lynch won't be the first gay activist to host the Emmy awards show on Sunday night (Ellen DeGeneres did in 2005).  But in the October cover story of the gay magazine The Advocate, Lynch misquoted Winston Churchill in taking the fight for "progress" against America's "puritan roots."

Lynch isn't above some real-life track-suit bullying of the "anti-gay" adversaries either, repeating the classic assertion that "A lot of the people who are the loudest voices going against gay rights are fighting an inner gay within."