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By Brad Wilmouth | March 11, 2011 | 8:37 AM EST

On Thursday's The View on ABC, during a discussion of potential Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's challenge in having to talk about his history of failed marriages during a campaign, right-leaning co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck chimed in with a blatantly pessimstic view of Republican chances for winning the 2012 election. Hasselbeck, who has a history of endorsing GOP presidential candidates, quipped that "it could be over for the entire Republican Party" in the next election, and suggested they "consider saving their cash" for next time instead. Hasselbeck:

By Tim Graham | March 11, 2011 | 8:14 AM EST

The Washington Post reported the latest NPR sting recording on the front page of Friday's Style section. The Daily Caller posted new audio from Betsy Liley, NPR's senior director of institutional giving (who's on administrative leave, but has not resigned). In the first video, Liley stood out for sympathetically telling the ersatz Muslims how deeply wrong the American people are: “Sadly our history from the record ... shows that we've done this before. We put Japanese Americans in camps in World War II,” she said.

How today's atmosphere for Muslims resembles FDR's policies is anyone's guess. Liley's not alone: Rep. Keith Ellison made the same wild conflation on the PBS NewsHour last night, and no one objected (including GOP Rep. Michael McCaul).

In the new posting, Liley is telling fictitious radical Muslim “Ibrahim Kasaam” that she could shield their planned $5 million donation from a government audit. She later informed him that NPR's management had cleared the donation. As Post reporter Paul Farhi noted, this contradicts NPR's claims that it “repeatedly refused” to accept donations from this group.

By Rusty Weiss | March 11, 2011 | 1:14 AM EST

Excerpts from a new book have revealed that President Obama once laid claim to building ‘a race-neutral administration’.  When asked whether race drives decision-making in the White House, the President responded, “You just don’t think about it, you really don’t.”  Shortly thereafter, he thought about it, telling guests at a private White House function that race was likely a key component of rising opposition from conservatives – particularly the Tea Party movement – calling it a ‘subterranean agenda’.

Far from being race-neutral, the Obama administration has been race-driven, ushering in an era of unprecedented prejudiced rhetoric and actions.  The most recent example of this being Attorney General Eric Holder, a man assigned with representing the people, defending the Justice Department’s weak efforts in the voting rights case against members of the New Black Panther Party, claiming that the pursuit of justice would be “a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line… for my people.”

Equal Opportunity statements prohibit organizations from discriminating based on such factors as race, religion, and national origin, among other things.  But one could submit that Barack Obama and his administration have made a career of governing with those factors specifically driving the decision making process.  Could anything less have been expected from a man who spent over two decades listening to the sermons of Reverend Jeremiah Wright, a man who once decried a world ‘where white folk’s greed runs a world in need’?

The list begins but is not limited to...

By Tim Graham | March 10, 2011 | 11:20 PM EST

Time's March 14 edition (the one that went to press on March 4 or 5) contained no mention of the two U.S. airmen gunned down in Germany by a radical Islamist. It did include a paragraph on the shooting of Pakistani Christian cabinet minister Shahbaz Bhatti, titled "Christian Politician's Murder A Sign of a Growing Assault on Liberals." The shooting in Islamabad happened on Wednesday. So did the shooting in Frankfurt. It would be hard for Time, now publishing on Fridays, to claim "the book was closed" before a Wednesday morning murder.

While the deceased airmen received no mention, Time did pluck for one of its "Ten Questions" to former boxing champ Mike Tyson a question about his conversion to Islam:

By Tom Blumer | March 10, 2011 | 11:06 PM EST

This afternoon's report by the Associated Press's Martin Crutsinger on the government's February Monthly Treasury Statement, which shows the highest single-month deficit in U.S. history, has more spin in it than the complete library of this group's songs.

A complete rundown would take more space than readers could stand, so let's just concentrate on two paragraphs. Here's the first:

The widening deficit reflects the impact of the tax-cut package President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans brokered in December.

Well yes, but it reflects higher spending to a greater degree.

By Tom Blumer | March 10, 2011 | 8:55 PM EST

The instinct here is that an Associated Press "story" by Scott Bauer in Madison, Wisconsin, will get lots of radio and TV time tomorrow.

That would be a reasonable expectation, because what Bauer writes isn't really a "story" as much as it is a free political announcement. I'm predicting that the establishment press will love it, especially the opening paragraph:

Wis. defeat could help launch counterattack on GOP

 

With the labor movement suffering an epic defeat in Wisconsin and perhaps other states, union leaders plan to use the setback to fire up their members nationwide and mount a major counterattack against Republicans at the ballot box in 2012.

Gosh, about the only thing Bauer's lacking is a bullhorn.

By Jack Coleman | March 10, 2011 | 7:35 PM EST

Not to worry, Moore promises one of those tranquil conflicts devoid of violence.

What is it about self-proclaimed peace lovers that they are so often bellicose?

Latest example -- the agitprop filmmaker's appearance on MSNBC's Rachel Maddow show last night, coming shortly after the GOP-led Wisconsin state senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to curtail collective bargaining for most public employees. After Maddow introduced Moore and praised his "barnburning speech" in Madison over the weekend, Moore said this (video below page break) --

By Matthew Balan | March 10, 2011 | 7:15 PM EST

CNN's Deborah Feyerick performed a cut-and-paste job on Thursday's Newsroom by partially re-running a biased report from September 2010 on the apparent rise of "Islamophobia" in the United States. Just as before, all but one of Feyerick's sound bites during her report came from those who were worried about the supposed "intensifying hostility and rise in hate speech" against Muslims.

Anchor Suzanne Malveaux introduced the correspondent's report, which ran 40 minutes into the 12 pm Eastern hour, by putting it in the context of Rep. Peter King's hearings into the radicalization of American Muslims: "King says his radicalization of Islam hearing is going to help protect America from a terrorist attack. Well, critics, they call it a witch hunt. One of the concerns is that it is going to cause more Americans to fear and hate Muslims. Our Deborah Feyerick reports Islamophobia is on the rise." A chyron echoed Malveaux's last sentence: "Islamophobia on the Rise."

By Noel Sheppard | March 10, 2011 | 6:51 PM EST

As NewsBusters has been reporting since last week, the media have been in full panic mode over hearings the House Homeland Security committee was scheduled to have concerning the radicalization of American Muslims.

At the conclusion of the first hearing Thursday, Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.) gave a brief statement criticizing what he called the "mindless hysteria" of the press in the weeks leading up to this day (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Matt Hadro | March 10, 2011 | 6:18 PM EST

MSNBC's "panel" on today's hearings about radicalization of Muslim-Americans featured liberals Carl Bernstein and Cenk Uygur – with MSNBC's Richard Lui moderating. With no substantial conservative counterpoints to be offered, the two guests sounded their condemnations of the hearings as "cultural warfare" and bigotry.

Bernstein slammed the House inquiry as a joke and as a "debating society for cultural warfare." Referencing the institution's past for producing McCarthy-ite investigations, he compared the current hearings with the gladiatorial combat of the Roman coliseum.

"Now we have this question which is part of this coliseum-like atmosphere of cultural warfare," Bernstein spat.  

Cenk Uygur turned up the invective knob to 11 when it was his turn to speak. He questioned whether Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, is a "real American."
 

By Amy Ridenour | March 10, 2011 | 6:12 PM EST

Can you spot the bias? From the New York Times, a March 8 report by John M. Broder, "At House E.P.A. Hearing, Both Sides Claim Science":

By Ken Shepherd | March 10, 2011 | 5:39 PM EST

One popular feature of "On Faith," the online religion news feature of the Washington Post and Newsweek, is the "Guest Voices" column. They are typically short blog posts written by non-staff writers about an item in the news with a religious angle.

But apparently "On Faith" editors today were so interested in casting aspersions on today's Islamic radicalization hearings that they hastily reprinted, without proper formatting, the opening statement of L.A. County Sheriff Leroy Baca.

Here's an excerpt, as it was published, completely unedited:

By Noel Sheppard | March 10, 2011 | 5:31 PM EST

David Brooks on Thursday said New York Times readers are more liberal than the journalists that write there.

During his videotaped interview with Time magazine, Brooks also explained how he tries to get this left-leaning crowd to read his articles (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Kyle Drennen | March 10, 2011 | 5:25 PM EST

At the top of Thursday's CBS Early Show, co-host Chris Wragge declared: "War in Wisconsin. Democrats cry foul as Republicans break a three-week deadlock over the budget battle with a surprise late-night vote." Minutes later, he remarked that the "long standoff over a plan to roll back union rights for state workers is suddenly just about over."  

In the report that followed, correspondent Cynthia Bowers described the Republican legislative move as drastic: "In an audacious tactic that will likely be debated for years in Wisconsin, Republican senators yesterday, in a matter of 30 minutes, managed to ram through controversial legislation." She continued to push the idea that it was a shock: "After nearly three weeks of intense protest that sparked a nationwide debate, last night the Wisconsin Senate rushed in to a surprise vote to cut nearly all collective bargaining power from public workers."

By Scott Whitlock | March 10, 2011 | 5:01 PM EST

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell on Thursday brought the specter of bigotry into Representative Peter King's hearings on the threat of radical Islam in America. While interviewing Congressman Dan Lungren of California she awkwardly hinted, "Well, you know, you and I are both white."

The irritated Republican wondered, "What does that mean?" Mitchell lectured, "I'm just asking, get in their heads for a second and try to think about how it is to be a Muslim-American facing these kinds- this kind of testimony today. That's all I want to know."

In an earlier segment, the Andrea Mitchell Reports host casually insisted that the hearings are "a great lesson against the dangers of over-generalizing, of generalizing at all about particular groups."

[See video below. MP3 audio here.]