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By Noel Sheppard | | February 25, 2013 | 12:34 AM EST

A surprising thing happened at Sunday's Academy Awards presentation.

Coming on via satellite to assist Jack Nicholson present the Best Picture award was first lady Michelle Obama.

By NB Staff | | February 24, 2013 | 11:33 PM EST

"They're dumb and they're lazy, they're also dishonest." That's how NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell assessed the liberal media's parroting of President Obama's sky-is-falling predictions regarding the pending federal sequester, which, of course, the media are largely failing to remind folks was the president's idea.

By Noel Sheppard | | February 24, 2013 | 10:10 PM EST

Oscars host Seth MacFarlane made a truly tasteless joke Sunday about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

Far more surprising, the audience seemed stunned by it (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Brent Baker | | February 24, 2013 | 8:51 PM EST

HBO’s Sunday night dramady, Enlightened, is delivering something very rare: A true to life depiction of a journalist – specifically identified as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times – as a very obvious left-winger, one who cavorts with and reads books by far-left authors and goes to the newspaper newsroom wearing a “John Kerry for President” shirt. (video after the jump)

By Noel Sheppard | | February 24, 2013 | 4:01 PM EST

Bill Plante, CBS News Senior White House Correspondent, made a rather shocking statement Sunday about the Obama administration's media strategy.

Appearing on CNN's Reliable Sources, Plante said that to the extent the White House is able to "put out their own material" without the Washington press corps, "they're undercutting the First Amendment...it's state-run media" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | February 24, 2013 | 3:00 PM EST

CNBC's Maria Bartiromo made a statement Sunday about all of the fearmongering concerning the looming budget sequester that people on both sides of the aisle should pay attention to.

Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press, Bartiromo said, "I think Wall Street is seeing this as scare tactics because if the market really believed that the economy was going to be paralyzed on March 1 we would not be trading near record highs" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | | February 24, 2013 | 2:14 PM EST

This sentence was put on the front page of The Washington Post on Sunday: “Will ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ be Swift-boated out of an Oscar?” Later, the writer added “negative campaigning has threatened to approach Lee Atwater proportions.”

Post film critic Ann Hornaday was the writer, and the Post slapped the words “Critic’s Notebook” above it. She did find “old-fashioned sexism” in “Zero Dark Thirty” director Kathryn Bigelow’s snub in the Best Director category:

 

By Noel Sheppard | | February 24, 2013 | 2:12 PM EST

As NewsBusters has been reporting this weekend, some media members have been surprisingly breaking ranks with President Obama concerning administration claims that the world will come to an end if budget sequestration goes ahead this coming Friday.

NBC's David Gregory also appears to be feeling the White House's position is overblown and asked Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on Sunday's Meet the Press, "Do you really think Americans think that government can't tighten up a bit?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | February 24, 2013 | 12:55 PM EST

Syndicated columnist George Will on ABC's This Week Sunday made a marvelous observation about the upcoming Academy Awards.

In his view, “Zero Dark Thirty” should win as best picture as a “rebuke to Senators Levin, Feinstein, and McCain who have enough to do without being movie critics and falsely accusing that movie of taking a stand on torture it does not take” (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | | February 24, 2013 | 11:44 AM EST

You take humor anywhere you can get it these days. Matt Drudge's characterization of Washington Post WonkBlog editor Ezra Klein as a "guppy" ("WASH POST Guppy Says Legend is WRONG") in linking to the 2007-2008 Jounolist conspiracy organizer's pathetic attempt to refute Bob Woodward's indisputably correct claims that sequestration was the brainchild of Obama administation officials and that "Obama personally approved" it is a morning-maker.

Rather than take Woodward head-on, Klein gutlessly goes after three words in his Friday piece: "moving the goalposts." What Woodward wrote, followed by a portion of Klein's clunker, appear after the jump.

By Noel Sheppard | | February 24, 2013 | 11:44 AM EST

Chris Matthews on Sunday actually joked about whether or not it was good that media mogul Rupert Murdoch is still going strong despite being in his 80s.

Not surprisingly, the panelists on the syndicated Chris Matthews Show also thought this was a hoot (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | February 24, 2013 | 10:34 AM EST

When the Washington Post's Bob Woodward broke ranks with the Obama-loving media to correctly point out Friday that it was indeed the White House that originally proposed sequestration back in 2011, it was going to be interesting to see how many of his colleagues would follow suit.

On Sunday, CNN's Candy Crowley appeared to do so as she pressured Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood about whether or not the administration has "ginned up" the impact of the sequester in order to pressure Congress telling him at one point, "Your post-sequester total at FAA ops and facilities and equipment is going to be about $500 million more than 2008 and the planes were running just fine" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Mark Finkelstein | | February 24, 2013 | 9:55 AM EST

As press secretary to President Obama, Robert Gibbs was often in the obfuscation business.  Now that he's been freed from that role and become a news analyst—albeit at MSNBC—Gibbs has become considerably more candid. Readers will recall, for example, that he described Chuck Hagel as "unimpressive and unprepared" at his Senate confirmation hearing.

Today, Gibbs took that frankness a significant step further.  On Up With Chris Hayes, Gibbs stated that as press secretary, he had been ordered not to acknowledge the existence of the drone program. View the video after the jump.

By Tim Graham | | February 24, 2013 | 7:56 AM EST

It’s time for your liberal radio quiz: which of these quotes is wackiest? First, on Friday’s Bill Press radio show, Bill decided to loosen up for the weekend by trying out his Ed Schultz impression. He didn’t try to do the Schultz voice. He just stole the whole “the Republicans like it when the woman gets cancer" routine, and applied it to the scheduled sequestration.

“The reason they’re not going to get anything down is Republicans decided they like the sequester,” said Press. “They want it to happen they want 800,000 employees to lose their jobs at the Pentagon. They want the economy to go into a tailspin.” Oh, the GOP was rooting for disaster, and he wasn’t through:

By Tim Graham | | February 23, 2013 | 9:03 PM EST

Teddy Turner, a son of billionaire media mogul Ted Turner who’s now running for Congress as a Republican in South Caroliina, blamed his father’s 1991 marriage to Jane Fonda for his jaw-dropping turn to the Left.

“I was raised in a different time at the Turner household … a very conservative household with capitalism and all of that kind of stuff,” the younger Turner told Newsmax TV’s “The Steve Malzberg Show.”