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By Matthew Balan | August 16, 2011 | 1:54 PM EDT

On Monday's CBS Evening News and Tuesday's Early Show, CBS failed to cover an Iowa Tea Party activist's confrontation with President Obama. Both ABC's GMA and NBC's Today mentioned the encounter. Just days earlier, CBS and ABC spotlighted how left-wing protesters heckled Mitt Romney at an Iowa appearance and how the Republican apparently made a "gaffe" in reply.

NBC correspondent Chuck Todd noted the "heated exchange" between Tea Partier Ryan Rhodes and the President midway through his report just after the top of the 7 am Eastern hour of Today:

By Matt Hadro | August 16, 2011 | 1:29 PM EDT

CNN's own poll recently showed that voters 60-to-one believe the economy is the most pressing issue facing the United States, as opposed to policies toward gays and lesbians. CNN's Anderson Cooper apparently thought the views of Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann toward gays and lesbians important enough to merit the lead segment on his Monday show.

"We begin tonight 'Keeping Them Honest' with Congresswoman Michele Bachmann and her sudden silence on a topic she was once anything-but-silent about," Cooper began his show. His critical segment accused the Minnesota congresswoman of "judging" gays and lesbians and highlighted her sudden silence on gay rights, an issue she had been quite outspoken over.

By Ken Shepherd | August 16, 2011 | 12:40 PM EDT

A daring Czech anti-Communist freedom who escaped to West Berlin in 1953 and later served in the U.S. Army died on August 13 "of an undisclosed illness in a war veterans residence in Cleveland."

When it came to noting his passing, the Washington Post ran a slightly-edited version of an AP story by Karl Janicek that Post editors headlined "Czech who fought communism still controversial."*

By contrast, Reuters -- no stranger to criticism from us here at NewsBusters -- had a decidedly more positive portrayal of Ctirad Masin's life-long devotion to fighting Communism in this August 13 obituary:


By Kyle Drennen | August 16, 2011 | 12:26 PM EDT

During an interview with former Obama Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Tuesday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer wondered: "How does the President get this excitement going again surrounding his re-election bid so that he can keep this office?" Throughout the segment, the headline on screen read: "Beyond Hope and Change; How Can President Regain Magic of 2008?"

In response to Lauer, Gibbs claimed: "First and foremost, the President is not focused on keeping his job. Most of all, he's focused on creating jobs for the American people." Gibbs also used the opportunity to bash the GOP: "The Republicans are going to have to make a choice. Are they going to swear allegiance to the Tea Party or are they going to work on behalf of the United States of America?"

By Scott Whitlock | August 16, 2011 | 12:24 PM EDT

World News' Diane Sawyer on Monday hyped a disaster at a rock concert in Indianapolis as an example of "weather gone wild" and linked it to global warming. Hyperbolically connecting the tragedy to other weather events, she proclaimed, "Something strange going on around the globe."

The anchor teased the segment by warning, "And tonight, the weather gone wild. Winds that come out of nowhere. Floods swelling streets. Heat breaking records in all 50 states. Snow where it hasn't fallen in decades." The program also hid the identity of a global warming activist. [See correction below.]

[See video below. MP3 audio here.]

By NB Staff | August 16, 2011 | 10:45 AM EDT

Tea Party activist Ryan Rhodes and President Obama got into a heated debate following an Iowa town hall yesterday after Rhodes asked Obama whether or not Vice President Joe Biden had called the Tea Party "terrorists" during debt ceiling negotiations.

Obama denied the remarks, but as Fox News White House correspondent Ed Henry reported, further explained, "As someone who’s been called a socialist, not born here, taking away freedoms for providing health care, I’m all for lowering the rhetoric." Check out the video of the exchange after the break, and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

By Ken Shepherd | August 16, 2011 | 10:44 AM EDT

She never mentioned colleague Michelle Goldberg by name, but it's hard to think that former Democratic strategist and Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers didn't have her in mind when she penned her August 15 Daily Beast column, "Stop Attacking Evangelicals!"

You may recall that on August 14, Goldberg laid out her Michele Bachmann-is-a-theocrat conspiracy theory.

By Noel Sheppard | August 16, 2011 | 10:41 AM EDT

The Obama-lovin' at NBC News is becoming a thing of legend.

On Monday, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, during a discussion with a caller about David Gregory's grilling of Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) on "Meet the Press" said, "Next time Obama has a colonoscopy, I wonder who they'll find in there. Which NBC personality will show up first?" (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):

By Clay Waters | August 16, 2011 | 10:13 AM EDT

New York Times’s Public Editor (or ombudsman) Arthur Brisbane weighed in on columnist Joe Nocera, who apologized in print last week for having compared Tea Party members to terrorists in a column August 2.

Just four months into his new job as a New York Times Op-Ed columnist, Joe Nocera banged out a blistering screed against Tea Party Republicans who “have waged jihad on the American people.”

These “terrorists” were willing to sacrifice the nation’s creditworthiness to achieve deep spending cuts -- a goal they believed was “worth blowing up the country for,” he wrote in his Aug. 2 column. He concluded the piece by saying that, for now, “the Tea Party Republicans can put aside their suicide vests. But rest assured: They’ll have them on again soon enough.”

By Noel Sheppard | August 16, 2011 | 9:39 AM EDT

As NewsBusters reported, Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) got quite a grilling from David Gregory on Sunday's "Meet the Press."

This caught the eye of real estate tycoon Donald Trump who told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren Monday, "Michele was so unfairly treated...I don't think I've seen anything like it" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By P.J. Gladnick | August 16, 2011 | 9:29 AM EDT

So who was the first to coin Barack Obama's "non-campaign" campaign bus tour as "Magical Misery Tour?" Was it Mitt Romney or Rush Limbaugh?

Answer: Neither. The first person known to have so coined the bus tour was my DUmmie FUnnies co-author  Charles Henrickson as you can see documented in his August 9 Free Republic post:#57 (same number as the number of states in the Obama States of America).  Charles also posted a DUmmie FUnnies edition on August 14 by that same name which included a parody song about the "Magical Misery Tour" sung to the tune of Magical Mystery Tour:


Barack, Barack and the Magical Misery Tour! Step right this way!

Barack, Barack and his Misery Tour
Barack, Barack and his Misery Tour

Barack, rolling across the nation
Barack and his Misery Tour
Barack, but this is no vacation
Barack and his Misery Tour


By Rich Noyes | August 16, 2011 | 9:00 AM EDT

This year’s crop of GOP presidential candidates includes strong conservatives, just like the top Democratic candidates four years ago — Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John Edwards — were all staunch liberals. But a major, glaring difference between today’s campaign coverage and the early coverage of the 2007 Democratic nomination race is the impulse of journalists to repeatedly brand the 2012 GOP candidates as “conservative” despite offering extremely few “liberal” labels four years ago.

Media Research Center analysts reviewed the ABC, CBS and NBC morning and evening news programs from January 1 through July 31 and found 62 “conservative” labels for Republican candidates or those talked about as potential candidates. A check of the same broadcasts for the same time period in 2007 found a paltry three “liberal” labels for the Democrats running that year, a greater than 20-to-1 disparity.

By Fred Lucas | August 16, 2011 | 8:49 AM EDT

President Barack Obama attacked the Republican presidential candidates Monday as part of a taxpayer-funded bus tour that the White House insists is not campaign-related.

The president’s three-day bus tour through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois is supposed to focus on jobs. But during a town hall meeting in Cannon Falls, Minn., Obama mentioned last Thursday’s Republican debate in Ames, Iowa, and he criticized the candidates for saying they would not accept any deficit-reduction deal that includes tax increases.

By Tim Graham | August 16, 2011 | 8:26 AM EDT

The Congressional Budget Office recently reported "The federal budget deficit was about $1.1 trillion in the first 10 months of fiscal year 2011...66 billion less than the roughly $1.2 trillion deficit incurred through July 2010." President Obama has tripled the size of President Bush's largest deficits. But for Tuesday's paper, The Washington Post and reporter Zachary Goldfarb plucked out this voter from Obama's bus tour stop in Cannon Falls, Minnesota to utterly ignore reality:

"I think he’s doing a good job. He inherited a very big deficit,” said Bob Sixta, a financial planner from Rochester.

By Brent Baker | August 16, 2011 | 2:08 AM EDT

“Billionaires on notice,” ABC anchor Diane Sawyer teased Monday’s World News in trumpeting, as did CBS and NBC, a New York Times op-ed by liberal billionaire Warren Buffett. Sawyer heralded Buffett’s quest: “Is it time for the mega-rich to pay at least the same tax rate as their secretaries? And if they did pay their fair share, would it fix America's schools or roads?”

Sawyer soon ludicrously asserted “working men and women,” meaning the non-wealthy, “pay the most taxes.” In fact, as detailed by the Tax Foundation, “America's wealthiest taxpayers are paying a disproportionate share of the income tax burden” while half of all households pay no income taxes.