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By Tom Johnson | August 21, 2011 | 6:27 PM EDT

Even Kossacks who've been hugely disappointed in President Obama are starting to realize that for them, he's clearly preferable to anyone the Republicans might nominate. For that reason, they've dialed back their criticism of Obama for falling short of the progressive ideal on issues from health care to the deficit in favor of blasts at their enemies on the right.

As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

By Tim Graham | August 21, 2011 | 6:06 PM EDT

Filling in for Bob Schieffer on Face the Nation, CBS White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell wondered out loud in her questions if Rick Perry is too extreme to be electable. (See Brent Baker's blog.) But she also pushed former DNC chair Terry McAuliffe pretty hard on President Obama's ineffectiveness on the economy.

The line of the day came from Gillespie, when O'Donnell asked if the Martha's Vineyard vacation is bad politics. Gillespie replied "Well, I don't begrudge the president for taking some time with his family and taking a vacation. I'm sure it has got to be exhausting wrecking an economy as big as the United States is. So he should take a little time."

By Noel Sheppard | August 21, 2011 | 5:23 PM EDT

Savannah Guthrie actually did a pretty good job filling in for David Gregory on "Meet the Press" Sunday.

Unfortunately, her biases came out near the end of the program when she chose to read a viewer's tweet that was quite hostile to Republicans (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | August 21, 2011 | 4:09 PM EDT

Economist Ben Stein had some harsh words for Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on "CBS Sunday Morning."

Responding to comments the Texas governor made earlier in the week concerning Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Stein said, "I hope he'll get some moderation in his speech, and some lessons in economics, and soon" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | August 21, 2011 | 3:04 PM EDT

On August 15, the Boston Herald, the Boston Globe, and the Associated Press all reported that Massachusetts-based Evergreen Solar had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Oddly enough (no, not really), The New York Times, which published a 1,600-word report in January (HT to an NB emailer) on the company's competitive difficulties, did not take note of Evergreen's filing.

Each of the three reports cited gave readers the impression that Bay State agencies were the only ones which had provided the company any form of financial assistance during the past several years during which, according to its latest 10-K annual report (large HTML file), it was losing hundreds of millions of dollars annually (about $950 million in the past three calendar years):

By Noel Sheppard | August 21, 2011 | 1:41 PM EDT

As government spending supporters in the media press for a new, bolder stimulus plan to get the economy going, they love to refer to the Depression Era Hoover Dam as a shining moment in Keynesian economics.

When this surfaced on ABC's "This Week" Sunday, George Will marvelously noted, "You couldn't build the Hoover Dam today because they'd discover a snail darter in the Colorado River and would stop it" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | August 21, 2011 | 12:19 PM EDT

As NewsBusters has been reporting, Obama-loving media have been working overtime excusing the President for taking a vacation at Martha's Vineyard as average Americans struggle in a down economy.

Perhaps the most disgusting example yet came on this weekend's "The Chris Matthews Show" when the host actually connected the attacks on 9/11 to former President George W. Bush's vacation in August the month before (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | August 21, 2011 | 10:46 AM EDT

As NewsBusters has been reporting, the Obama-loving media have largely been gushing and fawning over the current White House resident taking a vacation on Martha's Vineyard as the economy appears to be heading into a double-dip recession.

Giving an interesting insight into the President's decision to not call Congress back from its summer break to tackle the problems facing the nation was New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd who wrote Sunday:

By NB Staff | August 21, 2011 | 10:14 AM EDT

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By Tim Graham | August 21, 2011 | 9:53 AM EDT

On Friday's edition of The O'Reilly Factor, substitute host Monica Crowley investigated the Obama administration's declaration that it would institute a case-by-case review of deportations to thin the list out to just remove violent illegal aliens from the country. 

Crowley invited on Steven Camerota of the Center for Immigration Studies as a critic, and immigration lawyer Susan Church to argue for Obama. Church couldn't even agree that someone sneaking into the country was "illegal." She insisted that was a "misnomer of Fox News." It's simply a "civil violation." So we should call them "civil violation aliens"?

By Tim Graham | August 21, 2011 | 8:09 AM EDT

It might not be surprising to see someone sit in the rarefied liberal air of a PBS set and dismiss the undignified palaver of talk radio and Ann Coulter, but on Friday's PBS NewsHour, this line was coming from former Bush speechwriting chief Michael Gerson, and the target was Gov. Rick Perry.

Gerson and liberal Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus were sitting in for David Brooks and Mark Shields. (In other words, Gerson was in the "I agree with Mark" chair.) Both agreed that Perry really gaffed in suggesting Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke was "treasonous" if he shoveled more dollars into the economy before the election:

By Brent Baker | August 21, 2011 | 12:54 AM EDT

Another entry in my semi-regular series of Saturday night humor postings for NewsBusters drawn from the clips Bret Baier runs at the end of FNC’s Special Report which he and his staff usually select from video montages picked up off the late night comedy shows.

Tonight, a fresh one from Friday night’s program which comes from the Colbert Report on Comedy Central in which Stephen Colbert contrasted Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s safari adventures with what excited Barack Obama during a stop at a store during his bus trip.

By Matthew Sheffield | August 20, 2011 | 8:10 PM EDT

Arizona governor Jan Brewer says she was "censored" by Facebook after a posting she made on the social network was removed by the site's staff. In her post, Brewer had criticized the Obama administration's recent decision to halt prosecutions of many illegal immigrants.

"Facebook censored the post and removed it because the photo apparently violated their 'Facebook Community Standards.' Before it was removed, it had received over 10,000 likes and comments," Brewer said in a subsequent post.

By Noel Sheppard | August 20, 2011 | 5:27 PM EDT

Sometimes I wonder how liberal media members could possibly live in the same country as I do and hold such startlingly absurd ideas about it.

Take for example Fareed Zakaria who on the CNN program bearing his name this Sunday is going to tell viewers that America would likely still have a AAA credit rating if we had a parliamentary system of government with a prime minister rather than a president (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | August 20, 2011 | 2:43 PM EDT

An article posted at Friday evening has liberals cheering and conservatives reeling.

"Gov. Christie Admits Climate Change Is a Real Problem, That Human Activity Plays a Role":