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By Tim Graham | April 10, 2011 | 4:36 PM EDT

The U.S. government has a funny way of funding Sesame Street -- even when the show is created in Muslim countries. The U.K. Guardian reports our Agency for International Development is funding a Pakistani edition of Elmo and friends:

The financing for the series comes from USAid, the economic assistance arm of the US government, which aims to help the country's young learn some basic words and numbers through Sesame Street's fun style of education. Pakistan's schooling system is failing badly, a major reason for a descent into religious conservatism and economic stagnation.

Elmo, the cheerful monster toddler from the original, will be in the Pakistani version, with new local personality touches. But other American favourites such as Count von Count – a lovable vampire who would rather count telephone rings than answer the phone – will make way for local characters in SimSim Humara ("Ours"), the Pakistani edition....

By Tom Johnson | April 10, 2011 | 3:59 PM EDT

Welcome to a new NB feature, in which we'll highlight politically and rhetorically extreme posts of the past week from America's pre-eminent lefty blog, Daily Kos.

This week, Kossacks were most riled up about the now-temporarily-averted federal government shutdown, Paul Ryan's budget proposal, and the Wisconsin Supreme Court election. Each quotation is preceded by the blogger's name (or, more typically, pseudonym).

By Noel Sheppard | April 10, 2011 | 3:53 PM EDT

As NewsBusters previously reported, Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday Republican freshmen in the House "are here to kill women."

On CNN's "Reliable Sources" Sunday, host Howard Kurtz correctly wondered why this didn't cause any media outrage (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Glen Asbury | April 10, 2011 | 3:12 PM EDT

CNN has, for years, touted itself as “The Most Trusted Name in News,” and yet time and again it belies its own claim to unique (among cable news networks) political neutrality. CNN.com editor Dan Gilgoff has once again undercut the channel’s gimmicky self-identification.

Gilgoff recently discussed Californian Roger Stockham, who drove across the country to Detroit, Michigan, planning to wreak inferno-laden havoc on an area mosque. Thankfully, he was arrested by Detroit police in front of the Dearborn, Michigan Islamic Centers of America before having a chance to do so.

In an astounding omission, Gilgoff attempted to paint Stockham as a radicalized redneck driven to violence by anti-Muslim rhetoric of some sort. But not once did he mention that Stockham is apparently a devout Muslim!

By Noel Sheppard | April 10, 2011 | 2:23 PM EDT

Chris Matthews has clearly forgotten all the concern over violent rhetoric he and his colleagues expressed in January after the tragic shootings in Tucson.

On this week's syndicated program bearing his name, Matthews began the show saying, "Going for the kill! This week's shutdown fight is just the beginning. The young Republican turks want to fight to the death!" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 10, 2011 | 12:37 PM EDT

ABC's Jonathan Karl last week asked Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) if his 2012 budget proposal is a "political kamikaze mission" that will "ultimately cost Republicans" their majority in the House.

After Christiane Amanpour played this clip and asked if Ryan is a "visionary or a villain" on Sunday's "This Week," George Will marvelously responded - likely to the dismay of all present! - "Paul Ryan is eight years younger than the President but vastly more experienced and conversant with these issues" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Jack Coleman | April 10, 2011 | 12:34 PM EDT

At the start of each hour of his weekday radio broadcast, Ed Schultz touts his show as "where America comes to talk." Provided, of course, that you agree with Schultz. Otherwise, it's where Schultz comes to bail.

Nine times in less than three months, and twice in the last week, Schultz has abruptly hung up on callers who don't share his politics. And in the most recent example of this, on April 5, Schultz cited a patently bogus reason for why he did so. (audio

CALLER: You know, you asked the question earlier about, can the president spend money? No, he's already spent enough money as it is. And ...

SCHULTZ: No, that's not it, it's not whether he's spent enough money or not. He - cannot - spend - money. Not a dime. Thank you, Leonard.

Followed by Schultz saying this to the next caller, who asked Schultz not to hang up on him (more audio clips after page break) --

By Noel Sheppard | April 10, 2011 | 11:16 AM EDT

NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” went after the Fox News Channel again, this time depicting the hosts of the network's morning show as dumb, fear-mongering racists.

Saturday’s sketch began with an announcer stating, “You’re watching ‘Fox & Friends’ – coffee, smiles, fear and terror” (video follows with commentary):

By Tim Graham | April 10, 2011 | 9:16 AM EDT

AP reports something that's not very shocking: hallowed liberal PBS filmmaker Ken Burns (in between his Kennedy tribute films for Democrat conventions and the tens of thousands in donations to Barack Obama and other Democrats) is decrying Republicans for a "show trial" atmosphere in proposing cuts to public broadcasting subsidies:

"I just don't think they have fully thought through what they're doing," Burns said of House Republicans who want to eliminate or significantly reduce funding for the arts, humanities and public media. Such cuts would devastate film producers, he said.

By Tim Graham | April 10, 2011 | 7:10 AM EDT

If you haven't seen Gen. Barry McCaffrey on NBC trashing the president for a military action, it's probably because the president isn't named Bush. On Monday's Diane Rehm show on NPR, McCaffrey didn't hold back on Libya: "And then the rebellion, of course, doesn't know how they're going to break into Tripoli if NATO has announced, for God's sakes, that they intend to bomb the rebels also if they so-call 'threaten' civilian populations. One of the more Bizarro World military operations I've ever observed."  

At National Review's The Corner, Mark Steyn has noticed that the liberation of Libya is not exactly headline news any more, so how is this war going? Are Obama and "Old Europe" showing those incompetent Bush people just how to free a country?

What with all the budget talk, I was just wondering whether that third war – or kinetic scope-limited whachamacallit – was still going. You remember, it was in all the papers for a couple of days. So I guess things have gone quiet because it’s all wrapped up now? Apparently not:

By Tim Graham | April 9, 2011 | 4:32 PM EDT

While he skewered the "Fox News All-Stars" panel as tilted -- just conservatives and reporters from the "non-ideological" media elite -- NPR's David Folkenflik failed to consider just how his own network's All Things Considered manages with its regular Friday night political panel -- liberal E.J. Dionne of the apparently non-ideological Washington Post, and surrogate conservative David Brooks of the apparently non-ideological New York Times. Is that a balanced panel? It wasn't on Friday, one day after Folkenflik's media critique of Fox News.

To use NPR's lingo, it's one clear-cut liberal and one "non-ideological" journalist. Typically, Brooks furiously painted himself out of both partisan corners. He referred to Rep. Louise Slaughter's dreadful Republicans-are-killing-women rhetoric, and then insisted Republicans were just as atrocious. It was "incredibly demeaning for all involved. On the way over here, I was listening to C-SPAN [radio], a Democratic press conference, 'the Republicans are killing women, it’s a war on women, World War 3 on women.' The Republicans, similar rhetoric. This is going to have a very caustic effect on both parties, I think, and on trust in government." I'd hate to hear what conservatives said about liberals killing people to match Slaughter.

By Tim Graham | April 9, 2011 | 3:06 PM EDT

Seattle, Washington sounds like a town competing for the most ACLU-friendly city in America. A public school teacher there told a teenage volunteer she could hand out Easter eggs with candy....as long as she called them "Spring Spheres."

Jessica, 16, told KIRO Radio's Dori Monson Show that a week before spring break, the students commit to a week-long community service project. She decided to volunteer in a third grade class at a public school, which she would like to remain nameless.

"At the end of the week I had an idea to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candy, but I was kind of unsure how the teacher would feel about that," Jessica said. She was concerned how the teacher might react to the eggs after of a meeting earlier in the week where she learned about "their abstract behavior rules."

"I went to the teacher to get her approval and she wanted to ask the administration to see if it was okay," Jessica explained. "She said that I could do it as long as I called this treat 'spring spheres.' I couldn't call them Easter eggs."

By Noel Sheppard | April 9, 2011 | 1:43 PM EDT

Reading almost directly from Democrat talking points, the so-called "news" network MSNBC spent most of its prime time programming Friday claiming that if the federal government was shut down as a result of a budget impasse, it was because Republicans wanted to defund Planned Parenthood.

Lawrence O'Donnell dutifully did his part in advancing this hysterical nonsense Friday, so much so that after reading a lengthy e-mail message from a poor friend of his that uses this organization's services, "The Last Word" host actually broke down in tears (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 9, 2011 | 12:08 PM EDT

Despite it being only three months since Democrats and their media minions sharply criticized "violent rhetoric" and imagery in the wake of the tragic shootings in Tucson, left-leaning elected officials have been regularly using such language in regards to the budget battle without the slightest outrage from America's so-called journalists.

On Friday, conservative talk radio host Mark Levin took to the airwaves to challenge "Meet the Press" host David Gregory to report on Sunday's program what these Democrats have been saying (YouTube audio follows with commentary):

By NB Staff | April 9, 2011 | 10:27 AM EDT

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