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By Lachlan Markay | January 24, 2011 | 7:00 PM EST

Just because the site was founded by an alleged plagiarist doesn't mean it's totally devoid of ethical clout. Though you do have to wonder: from where does the Huffington Post recruit its bloggers?

The site reportedly informed one of its unpaid contributors last week that he was being let go. The offense: he had used his press credentials as a HuffPo blogger to get labor union demonstrators access to a Mortgage Bankers Association event, where they staged a rowdy protest.

By Ron Futrell | January 24, 2011 | 4:58 PM EST

Gotta love the mantra of the activist old media leading up to the State of the Union address. Two very predictable and horribly flawed themes are being pushed as we speak.

1) Obama will announce a laser-like focus on jobs.
2) Unity - America wants unity and Obama will work to unify.

By Ken Shepherd | January 24, 2011 | 4:57 PM EST

Yeah. You can't make this stuff up.

From a January 24 entry in the San Francisco Chronicle's City Insider blog:


By Scott Whitlock | January 24, 2011 | 4:44 PM EST

MSNBC abruptly ended the run of Keith Olbermann on Friday, bringing to a close an era in which the left-wing host compared conservatives to Nazis, accused them of "murderous deceit," of "urinating on the Constitution" and told President George W. Bush to "shut the Hell up!"

Olbermann certainly became more vitriolic as the years went by, but back in 1998, he frothed about special prosecutor Ken Starr: "Facially, it finally dawned on me that the person Ken Starr has reminded me of facially all this time was Heinrich Himmler, including the glasses."

Olbermann's 15 worst, most outrageous quotes can be found below.

[Video and MP3 audio below.]

By Noel Sheppard | January 24, 2011 | 2:55 PM EST

Just how far to the left is Time's Joe Klein?

He actually thinks "Keith [Olbermann] is a brilliant writer, and presenter; I always enjoy watching him, even when he's occasionally wrong":

By Ken Shepherd | January 24, 2011 | 1:44 PM EST

Last Wednesday I wrote about a left-wing anti-Wal-Mart group in Washington, D.C. that published a flyer depicting a crosshairs on the Wal-Mart smiley face icon and called for a "march on the developer's house" in Northwest D.C. after dark on Thursday the 20th.

[That flyer has since been scrubbed from the website, but you can see a screen capture of it below the page break]

Various news agencies have covered the story, including the Washington Examiner, which sent a correspondent to cover the protest march.

Only about 25 people showed up at the protest, so it's not precisely front-page news, but a search of Nexis found not even a blurb about the event or the decidedly uncivil and race-baiting rhetoric the group's website espouses in a rap song that warns that Wal-Mart has a "plantation mentality" that "results in black and brown casualties."

By Scott Whitlock | January 24, 2011 | 12:36 PM EST

Although the Washington Post had no mention on Monday of the annual March for Life rally in Washington D.C., the paper still found time to devote 48 paragraphs and 2850 words to profiling Ron Reagan and his controversial claim in a new book that his father had symptoms of Alzheimer's while in the White House.

Staff writer Manuel Roig-Franzia made sure to highlight in the fifth paragraph, "The son, now 52, can't muster enthusiasm for present-day Reagan worship, either. He disdains the communal gushing and deifying, 'the fetishistic veneration,' while nurturing a private, though complicated, affection." [Emphasis added.]

The journalist added, "Ron's mother, Nancy Reagan, is always after him to attend this or that commemoration or unveiling. He always has the same reaction: 'Oh, no. Not another aircraft carrier. Not another bridge. Not another highway!'"

By Kyle Drennen | January 24, 2011 | 12:25 PM EST

Talking to New York Senator Chuck Schumer on Sunday's Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer said of a video statement released by President Obama on Saturday: "If I didn't know better and had my eyes closed I might have thought that was President Reagan talking." Schieffer specifically referred to Obama's call for spending cuts, noting: "It sounded very much like a speech that a Republican would make."

After Schumer promised his party was serious about deficit reduction, Schieffer proceeded to characterize Republican calls for spending cuts in much less flattering light: "Eric Cantor said this morning, under hard questioning I should add, that yes indeed cancer research would also be on the table when you talk about cutting spending. Can you envision cuts in cancer research?"

By Noel Sheppard | January 24, 2011 | 11:34 AM EST

NewsBusters asked Saturday, "Does Olbermann Ouster Mean Comcast is Moving MSNBC to the Right?"

Roughly 24 hours later, Politico reported that Ed Rendell is in contract negotiations to become a pundit for the so-called news network:

By Brad Wilmouth | January 24, 2011 | 11:20 AM EST

 On Sunday’s Good Morning America on ABC, during a discussion of President Obama’s upcoming State of the Union Address, as guest Mike Paul of MGP and Associates PR argued that Obama needs to talk about forming a "partnership" with businesses and cutting taxes, co-anchor Dan Harris fretted that there would be "political risk" in Obama getting too close to business. Harris: "Isn't there some political risk here, though, for the President getting too cozy with the business community, given the fact that there are a lot of people in this country who are still very, very, angry at the CEOs and at Wall Street for helping create this mess in the first place?"

After Paul alluded to Obama utilizing business leaders as "experts," Harris continued: "Yeah, but there are a lot of people who say these are the experts who got us in trouble in the first place."

By Brent Bozell | January 24, 2011 | 11:00 AM EST

Editor's Note: The following is a brief statement released by NewsBusters publisher and Media Research Center (MRC) president Brent Bozell earlier today regarding MSNBC firing Keith Olbermann.

It couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy. Olbermann was a failure because he was vicious, insulting and off-the-charts liberal. And they replaced him with Lawrence O'Donnell, who is Olbermann but without talent. It is absolutely guaranteed that MSNBC will sink even lower. This network is clueless.

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By Noel Sheppard | January 24, 2011 | 9:58 AM EST

The liberal actor that has in the past railed against the Bush tax cuts is apparently being targeted by New York City for trying to evade taxation.

Try to not giggle as you read this report about Alec Baldwin from the New York Daily News:

By Brad Wilmouth | January 24, 2011 | 9:17 AM EST

 On Friday’s World News on ABC, correspondent Linsey Davis filed a one-sided report in which she cited the views of climate scientists who blame the recent cold temperatures and high amounts of snowfall on global warming. After recounting the recent extreme weather around the country, Davis continued:

If this winter seems especially brutal, scientists say you're right. ABC News contacted 10 climate scientists to ask their take, if an extreme winter like the one we're having is the way of the future. The consensus? Global warming is playing a role by shifting weather patterns in unpredictable ways. Many say the forecast for the future calls for record-breaking precipitation and extreme temperatures year round. And that means winters with more snow.

The ABC correspondent concluded the report by noting the unusually cold temperatures in Boston:

By Tim Graham | January 24, 2011 | 9:09 AM EST

The Washington Post has no mention in Monday's newspaper of a "March for Life" to protest abortion on Monday, not even a mention that a few blocks of streets will be blocked and that traffic will be heavier on Metro subway trains. But the paper did mysteriously plop a story on the front of Monday's Metro section to celebrate a local global-disarmament activist who died 18 days ago. Dagmar Wilson co-founded "Women Strike for Peace,"  a radical-left anti-war group. Somehow this obit left out the other co-founder: feminist legend (and future congresswoman) Bella Abzug. Post reporter Emma Brown blatantly lied in this obituary, that these leftists weren't really leftists, just moms:

In an age of anti-communist fervor, Women Strike for Peace was a force of middle-age, middle-class women who wore white gloves and fine hats.

These were not leftist radicals but mothers, speaking about the dangers of radioactive material in children's milk and of the need to overcome political divisions for the sake of future generations.

By NB Staff | January 24, 2011 | 8:53 AM EST

Via I Hate the Media, a little dose of Monday morning comedy. Much of the left was distraught, but the folks at Huff-n-Puff really let wail. Our favorite: "I really hope Al Jazeera English plans to fill the niche. It seems to be the only news channel in America that tells the truth." Classic. Head below the fold for IHTM's full list.