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By Tim Graham | September 18, 2011 | 9:26 AM EDT

When author Ron Suskind was writing books harshly critical of the Bush White House, he was invited to many major-media salons to discuss how dysfunctional the Bushies were. Now Suskind has turned that around on Team Obama. Will the media coverage be different?

The Washington Post reports that Suskind finds the Obama White House was not a good place for women, and had major discord on the economic team. The Obama people interviewed for the book are now denouncing the final product:

By Tim Graham | September 18, 2011 | 7:46 AM EDT

On Saturday night, HLN replayed Joy Behar’s Tuesday interview with Broadway and TV star Kristin Chenoweth, when Joy celebrated how the actress is “standing tall in the face of criticism from her fellow Christians for her public support of gay rights.” But Joy went further than that. She channeled her inner Rosie O’Donnell and suggested politicians who "use Christianity to make their point" are using the “same syndrome" as “these terrorists who used Islam to kill 3,000 people on 9/11.”

This impaired doozy came at the end of a discussion about how Chenoweth feels she is the better, more compassionate Christian for embracing homosexuality (and after all, how is she going to be a Broadway star without doing that?) Oh, and since the 9/11 thing wasn't enough, Joy also suggested a "slew" of kids committed suicide in Michelle Bachman's district because of the "anti-gay" attitudes there (thank you, New York Times).

By Brent Baker | September 17, 2011 | 6:16 PM EDT

“The Republican Party is split right down the middle between Tea Party movement supporters and those who do not support the two-and-a-half-year-old movement, according to a new national survey,” a Thursday CNN.com “Political Ticker” post asserted in recounting the findings of a CNN/ORC poll which were cited on air by both Wolf Blitzer and John King.

By Tim Graham | September 17, 2011 | 5:31 PM EDT

James Taranto of the Wall Street Journal's opinion section calls Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne "Baghdad Bob" for fun. On September 9, as Taranto mocked Dionne's Strobe-Talbott-on-the-Cold-War routine on the War on Terror (after all that U.S. vigilance, there was never a threat). Then he turned to the special election to replace Congressman Anthony Weiner in New York's Ninth District, where Democrat David Weprin scandalized the locals with a "terrorist-y" ad of a jet menacing the New York skyline. Taranto joked: "But don't worry. If Weprin loses next week, we're sure Baghdad Bob will be ready to explain why it's really a triumph for liberalism."

Incredibly, Dionne did exactly that, writing that the NY-9 victory would lead to overconfidence, no confrontation with the ruinous Tea Party, and a Rick Perry candidacy that never collides with the reasonable middle:

 

By NB Staff | September 17, 2011 | 5:09 PM EDT

As NewsBusters reported Friday, despite the growing scandal involving solar panel company Solyndra and President Obama being sixteen days old, the prime time programs of MSNBC have not said a single word about the matter.

When "Fox News Watch" discussed the media coverage of this issue Saturday, the "American Conservative's" Jim Pinkerton noted our findings (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | September 17, 2011 | 4:33 PM EDT

As NewsBusters has been reporting, Barack Obama's sycophants in the press are really starting to lose that loving feeling.

Driving this point home was the "American Conservative's" Jim Pinkerton Saturday who said on "Fox News Watch," "There’s a strange thing happening in the media which is, I think, liberalism has sort of concluded that Obama is kind of a turkey, and they're sort of trying to distance themselves from him" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | September 17, 2011 | 4:14 PM EDT

Glee star Jane Lynch won't be the first gay activist to host the Emmy awards show on Sunday night (Ellen DeGeneres did in 2005).  But in the October cover story of the gay magazine The Advocate, Lynch misquoted Winston Churchill in taking the fight for "progress" against America's "puritan roots."

Lynch isn't above some real-life track-suit bullying of the "anti-gay" adversaries either, repeating the classic assertion that "A lot of the people who are the loudest voices going against gay rights are fighting an inner gay within."

By Tim Graham | September 17, 2011 | 3:07 PM EDT

Can you imagine National Public Radio putting together a story on Glenn Beck featuring only Glenn Beck and his promoters? No? Then try this: On Friday night’s All Things Considered, NPR media reporter David Folkenflik aired a puffy profile of new MSNBC host Al Sharpton featuring only Sharpton, a clip of Obama, and his new boss, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, promoting “a new chapter...a new Sharpton.”

The race-baiter and white-hater moments – like the Tawana Brawley hoax and the Crown Heights riots – were glossed over briefly, as Folkenflik claimed MSNBC’s increasingly radical left-wing lineup has won “strong ratings”...compared to what? Bret Baier is cleaning Sharpton’s clock nightly.

By Noel Sheppard | September 17, 2011 | 11:47 AM EDT

It sure didn't take HBO's Bill Maher long to make his first hateful remark about the religious right.

Roughly one minute into his opening monologue on Friday's "Real Time" the host said, "In today's Republican Party there's a term for people who hate charity and love killing - Christian" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | September 17, 2011 | 11:16 AM EDT

Jay Leno must have thought he was the host of "Meet the Press" Friday evening, for the grilling he gave guest Michele Bachmann couldn't possibly have been what she was expecting when she agreed to go on the "Tonight Show."

Rather than the light, humorous banter politicians normally get when on late night comedy programs, the Republican presidential candidate was interrogated for four minutes about the Texas HPV vaccine issue (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | September 17, 2011 | 11:08 AM EDT

You know the drill. Chat and debate like there's no tomorrow - courteously, of course.

Have a great weekend.

By Brent Bozell | September 17, 2011 | 8:08 AM EDT

People who love reality television often have a special attraction to “train wreck” shows. For two years now, the tasteless titans of the cable channel TLC have been exploiting the spectacle of hyper-ambitious stage mothers parading around “beauty queens” just barely out of diapers in thousand-dollar gowns. The program is titled “Toddlers & Tiaras.” But now it’s even worse: they’re dressing up little girls as what radio hosts are calling “prosti-tots.”

TLC aired an episode with a three-year-old pageant contestant named Paisley ridiculously dressed as the Julia Roberts prostitute character in the 1990 film “Pretty Woman” – complete with skimpy tank top, tight skirt, thigh-high boots, and a blond wig. Did I mention this little girl is three years old? It makes you wonder if TLC’s new slogan shouldn’t be “TV for Pedophiles.”

By Noel Sheppard | September 17, 2011 | 2:00 AM EDT

Bill Maher returned to HBO Friday regaling viewers with nonstop attacks on conservatives.

Showing some uncharacteristic restraint, it only took eight minutes before he went after Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann using Texas's HPV vaccine issue to call the Minnesota Congresswoman mentally retarded (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | September 17, 2011 | 1:17 AM EDT

For several weeks, NewsBusters has been reporting that despite protestations from liberal media members, Texas governor Rick Perry is 100 percent correct when he calls Social Security a Ponzi scheme.

On PBS's "Inside Washington" Friday, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer put a fine point on this saying, "If Charles Ponzi had had the force of the law forcing people, new entrants, into his scheme, he’d still be going. He’d be commissioner of Social Security" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | September 17, 2011 | 12:50 AM EDT

Part 1 on the Associated Press's September 16 evening story ("Obama admin reworked Solyndra loan to favor donor"; saved here at my web host for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes) by Matthew Daly and Jack Gillum criticized the reporters and the wire service for making it appear as if all the findings in the story were the result of original work.

Two other paragraphs in the report in my opinion represent a blatant but clumsy attempt to give the impression that the bankruptcy of a major beneficiary of Department of Energy stimulus-driven loans was a bipartisan fiasco: