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By Clay Waters | | October 25, 2012 | 12:50 PM EDT

Buried at the bottom of page A5 in the New York Times International section Thursday: "E-Mails Offer Glimpse at What U.S. Knew in First Hours After Attack in Libya." Intelligence reporter Eric Schmitt's text was as mild as his story's headline on the matter of the leaked emails, which proved the White House had intelligence suggesting the attacks in Libya were planned terrorism, not a spontaneous reaction to an anti-Muhammad clip on YouTube, as the president maintained a full two weeks after the attacks.

Schmitt provided some cover for the president by suggesting a "lag between turning often contradictory and incomplete field reporting into a finished assessment" and showed the administration and intelligence officials "trying to put into context the e-mails sent by the State Department operations center...."

By NB Staff | | October 25, 2012 | 12:42 PM EDT

We're proud to announce that just shortly after noon Eastern on Thursday, NewsBusters surpassed the 1,000,000 "fans" milestone on Facebook. In fact, NewsBusters is the only conservative blog with over 1,000,000 fans. The achievement comes as Americans trust in traditional media has hit an all-time low according to Gallup.

With more than 1,000,000 fans, NewsBusters now finds itself in elite company, joining, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck as one of few conservative media outlets to reach a seven figure fandom on the world’s largest social network. Of that group, NewsBusters often has the highest total fan engagement as measured by Facebook’s  "talking about this" count.The milestone was reached as NewsBusters' September web traffic rose 88% year-over-year. Month-to-date October traffic is up 147% from the same period in 2011. [visit our page at]

By Matt Hadro | | October 25, 2012 | 12:25 PM EDT

A Democratic Senate candidate insulted CNN's Candy Crowley by joking to a male debate moderator "You're prettier than her," but CNN still hasn't covered that after a week. The network quickly jumped all over GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock for his comments on rape and abortion, however.

After Democrats pounced on Mourdock for saying pregnancies, even in cases of rape, are "something that God intended to happen," CNN hammered the story all day Wednesday. Anchor Ashleigh Banfield spent over 20 minutes – one-third of her news hour – on Mourdock's comments and his press conference.

By Noel Sheppard | | October 25, 2012 | 12:02 PM EDT

NBC Tonight Show host Jay Leno actually asked guest Barack Obama Wednesday evening, "What is the cure for Romnesia?"

This came as one of the questions posed via Facebook and from members of the studio audience (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Brent Bozell | | October 25, 2012 | 11:58 AM EDT

Every other network has produced at least one major story. While not enough, in some cases, it’s something. From ABC, it’s nothing.

ABC is aiding and abetting the Obama administration’s cover-up of their deceitful response to the Benghazi terrorist attack. There is no bigger story than Obama’s Benghazi lie, and ABC, a so-called news network, has absolutely no excuse for hiding the truth from the American people.

By Matthew Sheffield | | October 25, 2012 | 11:29 AM EDT

Back in 2003, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh ignited a firestorm of criticism from the left-dominated sports media for daring to point out the obvious fact that many people in the NFL and the media hype up black quarterbacks in the hopes of seeing them succeed.

Limbaugh revisited the topic yesterday on his program by highlighting a column by black sports writer Jason Whitlock, a man known for a number of years for his commendable ability to cut through political correctness in sports:

By Ken Shepherd | | October 25, 2012 | 10:58 AM EDT

In her rush to condemn U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, liberal theologian Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite -- no stranger to criticism here on NewsBusters -- took the Indiana Republican's recent comments on abortion out of context and subsequently offered up readers a theology which, if followed to its logical conclusion, demeans the humanity and God-given dignity of persons living today who were conceived because of rape.

Here's how the Center for American Progress senior fellow began her October 24 "On Faith" column at

By Kyle Drennen | | October 25, 2012 | 10:41 AM EDT

In an interview with President Obama on Wednesday, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams lobbed this softball: "How is it that with – what, 13 days to go, you're fighting for your life in a 47/47 race?... So after the excitement of '08, given the power of incumbency, you got Bin Laden, you did not expect to be sitting on a more substantial race than we are as we sit here today?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Obama argued he was exceeding media expectations: "...we always knew this was gonna be a close race from the guys have some short memories. Folks in your business were writing me off a year ago, saying there's no way I would win."

By Liz Thatcher | | October 25, 2012 | 10:29 AM EDT

The auto bailout was a gift from the heavens … or so the media would have us think. They reported Obama’s foray into car manufacturing as having virtually no downside. And for the UAW, perhaps it didn’t. But for the hundreds of local car dealerships arbitrarily closed in the deal, the story was far different.

Someone has told the dealerships’ side of the story and, all too predictably, been met with media silence. Tamara Darvish, vice president of family-owned Maryland dealerships DARCARS, and automotive journalist Lillie Guyer, published “Outraged,” in 2011 to document how hundreds of small businesses lost everything in the bailout.

By Noel Sheppard | | October 25, 2012 | 9:54 AM EDT

Pop singer Katy Perry sure is all in for Barack Obama.

At a campaign rally for the President in Las Vegas Wednesday, the dazzling diva wore an Obama-Biden ballot dress (video follows with commentary).

By Mark Finkelstein | | October 25, 2012 | 9:48 AM EDT

Back in 2009, Brian Williams literally bowed to Barack Obama.  Today, he's telling like it is from the Obama campaign trail: the size of the crowds is way down from last time around, and the candidate is not the same man he was in '08.

This is a stunning admission from a man seen as deeply in the Obama tank.  Williams made his admission to Chuck Todd on today's Daily Rundown.  Takeaway line: "palpably obvious to you: this is not '08.  These are not the crowds, this is not the candidate."  View the shocking video after the jump.

By Mark Finkelstein | | October 25, 2012 | 8:48 AM EDT

Q. When is the Obama lead in Ohio a "mountain not a molehill" for Romney to overcome, and when is the race actually much tighter?  A. When you first ask Joe Scarborough and then Chuck Todd.

On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough, focusing on a Time poll showing Obama with a five-percentage point lead in the Buckeye State, saw an electoral Everest for Romney to climb.  Appearing later, NBC political director Todd reported that the Democrats themselves have acknowledged to him that the race has gotten "a lot tighter" in the last week.  View the video after the jump.

By Clay Waters | | October 25, 2012 | 7:20 AM EDT

Where was the criticism of Israel? That was the plaint from Ethan Bronner (pictured) in his Wednesday "News Analysis," "Foreign Policy Debate's Omissions Highlight Skewed Worldview."

Bronner, former Jerusalem bureau chief for the New York Times, wrung his hands over all the issues missed during the third and last presidential debate Monday night, which focused (mostly) on foreign policy. While he didn't suggest criticizing Muslim countries, or critcizing Palestinian terrorism against Israelis, he used the term against Israel, wondering where the "criticism" was of "its settlements or its occupation of the West Bank."

By Noel Sheppard | | October 25, 2012 | 1:59 AM EDT

As NewsBusters reported, MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Wednesday said Sarah Palin's recent "shuck and jive" comments about Barack Obama's ever-changing story on the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were a racist "dog whistle."

Palin responded on Facebook Wednesday evening:

By Tom Blumer | | October 24, 2012 | 10:06 PM EDT

The Associated Press, Bloomberg and Reuters all eagerly told readers today that the seasonally adjusted annualized level of single-family home sales in September of 389,000 was the highest in 2-1/2 years and really, really good news for the housing market, the economy as a whole, or both. What they all "somehow" failed to mention was the fact that sales are still far below where they were during the 12-month recession in 2008 and 2009 (defining "recession" properly), when the market was screeching to a halt after overbuilding driven by subprime lending frauds by design Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The numbers reported by the Census Bureau since January of 2008, first expressed at seasonally adjusted annual rates, then as raw number of homes sold, follow the jump.