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By Noel Sheppard | May 1, 2011 | 9:30 AM EDT

"Saturday Night Live's" Seth Meyers headlined Saturday's White House Correspondents' Association dinner, and somewhat surprisingly went after media outlets on both sides of the aisle.

Apart from jibes at Fox News, the New York Times, and NPR, Meyers said of MSNBC's event after party, "President Obama makes the Kool-Aid, and everyone there drinks it" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | May 1, 2011 | 9:25 AM EDT

On Saturday morning, NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday found news in Dallas. Substitute anchor Linda Wertheimer proclaimed: "This weekend, the Log Cabin Republicans are holding their annual convention in Dallas, Texas. The group bills itself as the nation's only organization of Republicans which supports gay and lesbian rights." Wertheimer and NPR somehow completely missed the group GOProud -- which split off because the LCRs were too liberal -- despite their high-profile gay activism at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Wertheimer awarded an interview to LCR executive director Clarke Cooper, but never mentioned that the Log Cabin "Republicans" refused to endorse Republican President George W. Bush in 2004. Any conservative rebuttal would insist that the LCRs are far more interested in litigating gay rights (as they are with "Don't Ask Don't Tell" for gays in the military) than in Republican victories or party-building. Wertheimer noted they were working with Andrew Cuomo, and wondered why they wouldn't just switch parties:

WERTHEIMER: Let me ask you this: I understand the New York chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans is working with the democratic governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, to pass same-sex marriage legislation. Are you finding that in this period it's more effective to work at the state level or somehow more appropriate to work at the state level on some of these issues?

By Mark Finkelstein | May 1, 2011 | 8:59 AM EDT

President George W. Bush's nickname for David Gregory was "Stretch."  True to his moniker, the elongated Meet The Press host gave a long, tall, three-part smooch to President Obama during his appearance on this morning's Today Show.

Speaking with weekend Today co-host Jenna Wolfe: Gregory reported favorably on: 1. the Tripoli bombing that might have killed members of Khaddafy's family; 2. the president's handling of the devastating tornadoes that hit the South; and 3. how the president and Seth Meyers supposedly got the better of Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner.

View video after the jump.


By Noel Sheppard | May 1, 2011 | 8:09 AM EDT

If we had a truly impartial media, would they boo a political figure regardless of his or her opinions?

According to The Wrap, Donald Trump received such Bronx cheers from so-called journalists when he arrived at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Association dinner (video follows with commentary):

By Tim Graham | May 1, 2011 | 7:53 AM EDT

The Washington Post knows how to ruin a Christian's Sunday morning. Jason Edward Kaufman, a regular Sunday art reviewer for the Post (even if he's described by the paper merely as a "freelance writer"), was apparently assigned to review a new exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that looks back on the "so-called culture wars of the late 70s through the 90s, when social conservatives sought to prevent tax money from supporting art that dealt with homosexuality, feminism, racism, or other contentious issues."

It's obvious from the start that the reviewer is being dishonest in suggest the conservatives are political, but the artists and their supporters aren't political, they're just for freedom of expression. The exhibit is "a chance for younger viewers to learn about previous clashes between religious conservatives and advocates of freedom of expression in the arts."  But Kaufman is just getting started. He also argued (wrongly) that the Catholic Church ignored the AIDS crisis and that opposing taxpayer-subsidized blasphemy is akin to fascism.

By Tim Graham | April 30, 2011 | 10:27 PM EDT

Why must liberals consistently overdo Al Gore's resume and insist he won an Oscar for An Inconvenient Truth? The award went to Davis Guggenheim, the director. Yes, he starred in a Best Documentary. But calling Gore an Oscar winner is a bit like claiming Charlie Sheen won an Oscar for Platoon. But at The Huffington Post, Brent Budowsky was talking up Keith Olbermann's new show on Al Gore's Current TV. Budowsky kept reminding the reader of how he inflated Gore's resume beyond reality:

Now, here come Al Gore, one of the preeminent statesmen of our times, recipient of both the Nobel Peace Prize and the Academy Award, among many other well deserved honors....

This is the first time in the history of news when corporate ownership of news will reside in the hands of a statesmen and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize and Academy Award....

By Mike Bates | April 30, 2011 | 9:48 PM EDT

Economic growth in the first quarter was an abysmal 1.8 percent.  Last week, initial jobless claims increased by 25,000 from the previous week, up to 429,000.  The Federal government borrows $188 million an hour, or over $52,000 a second, just to keep up with President Obama's spending demands.  Despite almost a trillion dollars for Obama's and the Democratic Congress's stimulus, unemployment remains at 8.8 percent.

Amid all these storm clouds, the Obamamaniacs at CNN have found a silver lining.  Anchor T.J. Holmes on CNN Newsroom reported today:

Here is a sign that the economy is getting better, an unexpected sign you didn't think about. Divorce rates in the U.S. are on the rise. It's explained here. In 2000 before the recession, of course, way back before the recession, the divorce rate was 4.0. When hard times started in 2007 the breakup rate dropped to 3.6 percent here. But then last year it fell a bit more, a bit more to 3.5. That was the divorce rate then. So, fewer and fewer people are getting divorced.

By Dave Pierre | April 30, 2011 | 4:49 PM EDT

Can the New York Times' Maureen Dowd address the topic of the Catholic Church without promulgating falsehoods? It doesn't seem like it.

Dowd's recent rant, released on Easter Sunday (Sun. 4/24/11), contains a number of false statements.

By NB Staff | April 30, 2011 | 9:51 AM EDT

For general discussion and debate about politics, the economy, sports, or whatever else tickles your fancy.

By Noel Sheppard | April 30, 2011 | 9:25 AM EDT

You've heard of Birthers and Truthers.

Tea Partier and talk radio host Tony Katz on Thursday, while appearing on MSNBC News Live Contessa Brewer, called media members that blame all criticism of Barack Obama on the color of his skin "Racers" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 30, 2011 | 7:55 AM EDT

If you're not familiar with GRITtv or Laura Flanders, you will be because her far-left, antagonistic, attack dog style is starting to become all the rage to liberal hosts especially on MSNBC.

On Friday, as part of the panel discussion on HBO's "Real Time," Flanders in her own aggressive style impolitely went after fellow guest conservative publisher Andrew Breitbart feeling the need to bring up last year's Shirley Sherrod affair after which she called him a con man (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Mark Finkelstein | April 30, 2011 | 7:20 AM EDT

Even at MSNBC, which gets crushed of course by Fox News in every prime-time slot, Cenk Uygur manages to come in dead last in ratings among his liberal peers.  

So when Cenk claims that he doesn't want to cover Donald Trump but is forced to do so by The Donald's popularity, the baloney-meter starts screaming. Uygur opened his show last evening with a long segment on Trump, all the while apologizing to his audience for doing so. 

View video after the jump.

By Tim Graham | April 30, 2011 | 6:51 AM EDT

Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas was very quick to express delight Wednesday at Barack Obama's birth-certificate release and briefing room outburst against the media. "Sure, it might seem like "giving in" to the enemy -- responding to right-wing hysteria and releasing the long-form birth certificate. But here's why the move is a canny one." It's a loser for Republicans, because the "progressives" never thought Bush was behind 9/11? 

1. It keeps the issue in the news. Even more so, it gives it that much more visibility. And let's face it, this is a huge loser for the GOP. What better way to show how out-of-touch and irrational Republicans are, than to rub this in their face.

2. The media has already treated the birthers harshly, equating them with the truthers (and deservedly so). But while the truthers never got buy in from any progressive of note, the birthers have been fully embraced by top conservative leaders.

By Tim Graham | April 30, 2011 | 6:30 AM EDT

There are different layers of liberal outrage over the demand to see Barack Obama's birth certificate, and leftist radio host Randi Rhodes took it to ridiculous lengths on Thursday. Somehow, these demands "wounded" black Americans in a way the Ku Klux Klan "never aspired to," even if this metaphorical wounding is a much lighter sentence than the death sentences the Klan handed out:

Now that we're done with the birther thing, and we have insulted an entire population of the American people - we have just absolutely wounded, you know, African Americans...we have wounded black Americans...we have wounded the President, we have wounded his family...we've wounded an entire population of the United States of America in a way that I don't think the Ku Klux Klan ever even aspired to, okay.

People are so devastated by what Donald Trump did, and the things that he said, and the racism of the Tea Party, and they've been frustrated for a very long time with whites who refused to accept or acknowledge that the Tea Party had been acting in a racist manner, that they were using covert and overt racism, they were using, uh, you know, things that were right in your face and the basketball reference...and all the other, you know."

By Noel Sheppard | April 29, 2011 | 11:56 PM EDT

Charles Krauthammer on Friday perfectly elucidated the media's hypocrisy concerning their avid defense of Barack Obama against attacks from Donald Trump and the birthers.

As the discussion on PBS's "Inside Washington"  turned to the President finally revealing his birth certificate, and liberals on the panel including the Washington Post's Colby King expressed disgust about how the White House resident was being treated, Krauthammer marvelously replied, "I think it’s somewhat amusing to hear people on the left talking about how awful it is to delegitimize a president when they spent half a decade saying that George Bush stole the election" (video follows with transcript and commentary):