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By Tim Graham | February 19, 2012 | 11:19 PM EST

On Sunday, Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever panned this week’s four-hour PBS documentary on Bill Clinton as an “honest but sometimes tediously predictable exercise.” The large headline on the front of Sunday Style read “Enough time has passed for a documentary on Bill Clinton. Just not enough time for a good one.”

Stuever seems allergic to going beyond the vaguest reference to Clinton’s irresponsible adulteries and sexual harassment. But he does assert “The film does work as an indulgent bit of nostalgia for those who still pine for the Clinton years. Who wouldn’t want the budget surpluses and robust economic recovery? It’s a wonder to think about now. Even still, that bit of fantasizing can last a viewer only so long.” Clinton even keeps a "superhero's schedule," we're told:

By Tim Graham | February 19, 2012 | 6:13 PM EST

In Sunday's Washington Post, their "Fact Checker" Glenn Kessler caught up with some social conservative bloggers (like Mollie Hemingway at Get Religion) and assigned "two Pinocchios" to the media -- for regurgitating a bad statistic, namely that "98 percent of Catholic women use contraception." Set aside that the source, the Guttmacher Institute, has an intimate relationship with the liberal feminists at Planned Parenthood.

"If a statistic sounds too good to be true, be wary," wrote Kessler. "A spokesman for [House Minority Leader Nancy] Pelosi said she was saying that 98 percent of Catholic women have used birth control at some point in their lives — because that is how the media characterized it." And they did it over and over and over again, thumping on the idea that Catholic bishops were hopelessly out of touch with their flock. It turns out the media were out of touch with statistics.

By Noel Sheppard | February 19, 2012 | 6:03 PM EST

Since the first Occupy Wall Street protest, you haven't been able to swing a dead cat in this country without hitting an Obama-loving media member carping and whining about income inequality.

Yet according to this chart created by the nation's largest federation of trade unions the AFL-CIO, the difference between average CEO and average worker pay has been plummeting since the year 2000:

By Brent Baker | February 19, 2012 | 4:46 PM EST

“GOP says HHS mandate is about liberty, not contraception. Dems say it’s about contraception, not liberty. Media accept and amplify Democratic framing.” So the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes adroitly tweeted noontime Sunday in an accurate observation demonstrated by Meet the Press where host David Gregory opened the roundtable: “I want to start with...a big theme in this race so far. And Politico, I thought, captured the headline here with this theme, ‘2012: The year of birth control moms?’”

Later, Gregory touted how “I see this bumper sticker,” which, he insisted, “we’ve heard everybody talk about,” that proclaims “GM’s back on top, and Osama bin Laden is dead.” Cuing up New York Times White House correspondent Helene Cooper, Gregory noted the obvious: “That’s the record that this President wants to run on.” Cooper affirmed: “That’s absolutely the record that he wants to run on.”

By Noel Sheppard | February 19, 2012 | 1:22 PM EST

When asked his opinion of New York Knicks basketball sensation Jeremy Lin, George Will said on ABC's This Week Sunday, "It’s nice to see Harvard produce someone who’s not a net subtraction from the public good" (video follows):

By Noel Sheppard | February 19, 2012 | 12:51 PM EST

Fox Business Network's Lou Dobbs issued a truly delicious smack down to America's press Sunday.

In the midst of a lengthy discussion about the so-called “Contraception Controversy” on ABC's This Week, Dobbs said, "It’s awfully nice of the national media and the Democratic Party to help everyone understand the dangers of Rick Santorum" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | February 19, 2012 | 11:14 AM EST

Late Saturday morning, a brief, unbylined Associated Press item ("ESPN sorry for offensive headline on Lin story") reported that "ESPN has apologized for using a racial slur in a headline for a story on Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin."

The racial slur in question involves using "Chink in the Armor" to headline a story posted on the network's mobile website after the Knicks lost Friday night to the lowly New Orleans Hornets, ending a seven-game winning streak. The text of ESPN's apology and discussion of the AP's protective oversights follow the jump:

By Noel Sheppard | February 19, 2012 | 10:47 AM EST

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman on Sunday claimed Ralph Nader helped elect "the wrong person" in 2000 - George W. Bush.

Although he praised Ross Perot's third party run in 1992, Friedman failed to mention how that helped elect "the wrong person" that year:

By Tim Graham | February 19, 2012 | 9:15 AM EST

Local DC conservative talker Chris Plante announced that Washington Post political writer Aaron Blake on Wednesday had “just exposed your own bias” for this sentence as he delighted in Newt Gingrich’s high unfavorable ratings: “Sarah Palin, even at her most divisive, never saw her unfavorable rating rise above 60 percent in the CNN poll. And even when Republicans were demonizing Nancy Pelosi in the runup to the 2010 election, her unfavorable rating never climbed beyond the high-50s.”

Palin was “divisive” in the active voice, while Pelosi was passively demonized by Republicans.  Blake began by citing a joke from Al Franken as a “fun fact” of some kind:

By Tim Graham | February 19, 2012 | 7:54 AM EST

For all of those networks and newspapers who annually pretend the March for Life does not exist, we shall see if a Washington rally by thousands of atheists is considered equally as "newsworthy." Don't empty your wallet betting on that. Advertised speakers at the March 24 "Reason Rally"  include Congressman Pete Stark, author Richard Dawkins ("The God Delusion"), comedians Paul Provenza and Jamie Kilstein, "Mythbusters" co-host Adam Savage, the rock band Bad Religion and the hip-hop artist "Rational Warrior a.k.a Tombstone Da Deadman," and Jamila Bey ("former editor and producer for National Public Radio").

NPR and MSNBC have already noticed. The CBS DC website carried this promotional headline: "'We Are Stronger’: Atheists To Hold Massive Rally On National Mall Next Month.” One would hope reporters would ask where the bar is set when the Reason Rally website boasts: “Join us for the largest gathering of the secular movement in world history.”

 

By Tim Graham | February 19, 2012 | 7:35 AM EST

AP reported that Los Angeles radio station KFI suspended talkers John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, the hosts of the "John and Ken Show," for "making insensitive and inappropriate comments about the late Whitney Houston," it said in a statement Thursday. They repeatedly called her a "crack ho." They apologized, but some lefties want to take this opportunity to get them completely removed from the radio.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition said John and Ken "promote hate speech and appealed to listeners to call and harass an advocate for immigrant rights about state legislation to give financial aid to illegal immigrant college students."

By Brad Wilmouth | February 19, 2012 | 4:55 AM EST

On the debut of the Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC on Saturday, after starting the show with a discussion of why she believes it is a good thing for the Republican Party to be a strong party - for the sake of having a competitive, multi-party system to give voters choices - the show soon predictably moved toward talk of alleged racism in the Republican Party. (Video clips below)

At one point, she showed video footage of liberal Republican presidential candidate Nelson Rockefeller from the 1964 Republican National Convention condemning "extremists" in the party. After a clip of a black audience member applauding the speech, Harris-Perry cracked:

By Jack Coleman | February 18, 2012 | 8:54 PM EST

Liberals love to harp on what they perceive as Republican failure. What they truly loathe is Republican success.

A fine example of this predictable dynamic can be seen in MSNBC's febrile coverage of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and his efforts to turn around the Badger State's disastrous finances. (video after page break).

By Tim Graham | February 18, 2012 | 6:41 PM EST

Liberal radio talker Randi Rhodes can talk about rape and the Republicans coming and going. On Wednesday’s program, these words spewed from her mouth: “Mitt Romney is a - he's a rapist of business! It's a gift! It's a gift!”

Then with Rick Santorum, she continued the “It’s a gift!” line and made fun of Santorum for suggesting on CNN that a child conceived in rape is an innocent child, so a woman could “make the best of a bad situation.” That led Rhodes into a rant against God:  

By Noel Sheppard | February 18, 2012 | 6:26 PM EST

After CNN's Soledad O'Brien took some heat a few weeks ago for accepting a high five from Roland Martin as congratulations for skewering Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, you'd think she be careful not to demonstrate such overt partisanship while on the air.

Apparently not, for during CNN's broadcast of Whitney Houston's funeral Saturday, O'Brien and Piers Morgan "Obama bumped" singer Roberta Flack (video follows with commentary):