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By Tom Blumer | February 15, 2012 | 12:20 PM EST

On Monday, Calvin Woodward, with help from Martin Crutsinger and Pete Yost, produced a "Fact Check" on the budget proposal the White House released earlier that day.

After properly criticizing the administration's plan to use "about $850 billion in savings from ending the wars and steers some $230 billion of that to highways" (and actually quoting someone knowledgeable, who pointed out that "Drawing down spending on wars that were already set to wind down and that were deficit-financed in the first place should not be considered savings"), Woodward went off the rails:

By Scott Whitlock | February 15, 2012 | 12:19 PM EST

Although the networks have been all too eager to tout food police stories promoting healthy lunches, ABC and NBC on Tuesday ignored the case of a preschool girl having her controversial lunch, including potato chips and apple juice, being taken away.

The young child had her meal replaced with, of all things, chicken nuggets. ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today often highlight amusing, weird stories in their broadcast. But only CBS This Morning found time, a mere 15 seconds. Erica Hill explained that the girl was "told to eat cafeteria chicken nuggets after a North Carolina state employee decided the lunch she brought to school was not nutritious."

By Tim Graham | February 15, 2012 | 12:05 PM EST

Former Newsday reporter and editor Paul Moses took to the Opinion section on Tuesday to lecture America's Catholic bishops on how to manage the contraceptive-mandate debate. Sure, they had success because their appeal to freedom of conscience moved moderate and liberal Catholics, but if bishops become “shrill and partisan,” they’ll lose.

Moses suggested that if the bishops really need a guide they should be “guided by the writings of Saul Alinsky” – yes, the guy who hailed the organizing talents of Lucifer in the front of his book “Rules for Radicals.” If they organize “massive rallies” for subsidized low-cost housing, then maybe they could have some clout.

By Noel Sheppard | February 15, 2012 | 11:21 AM EST

In the wake of the controversy surrounding the Obama administration's edict on contraceptives, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting some press member claiming Republican views on such matters are extreme.

Countering this nonsense Wednesday was MSNBC's Joe Scarborough who on the show bearing his name correctly stated, "America is much more conservative" when it comes to social issues than the media think (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Mark Finkelstein | February 15, 2012 | 11:17 AM EST

The MSM loves Jeremy Lin for now.  But how long before he gets the Tebow treatment? Check out the video of the opening of today's Morning Joe.  In just over two minutes, the show ran clips of Knicks player Jeremy Lin hitting a three-point buzzer beater last night . . . no fewer than 10 times.

But Morning Joe was far from finished.  I counted a total of 28 Lin clips during the course of the show. Donnie Deutsch opined that "this is one of the few things where the 1% and the 99% can agree."  Mike Barnicle later expressed a similar sentiment.  Clearly the Lin story is moving America.  But query how long he will remain a uniting figure should the MSM, as in the case of similarly-inspirational Tim Tebow, start mocking his devout Christianity? Video after the jump.

By NB Staff | February 15, 2012 | 10:48 AM EST

Today's starter topic: The so-called green jobs industries that President Obama loves to tout so often have already been suspected of being riddled with insider dealings and conflicts of interest. More word of this came out yesterday when the Washington Post revealed (only in a blog post so far)  that nearly $4 billion in federal money has gone to companies directly connected to Obama Administration bureaucrats. For all the anger and hysteria promoted by the left over Halliburton, this is starting to seem far worse:

By Tom Blumer | February 15, 2012 | 10:10 AM EST

It would appear that if Kevin Paul Dupont were king, he would be exploring how to send the Stanley Cup Finals exploits of Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas last year down the memory hole. Thomas "held the Canucks to eight goals in seven games" and became the first goalie ever to shut out his team's opponent in a deciding Game 7 on the road, helping the Bruins win their first Cup in almost 40 years.

Since he can't do that, the Boston Globe sportswriter appears to want to use Thomas's absence from the team's White House visit three weeks ago and subsequent Facebook postings as evidence that Thomas's "legacy" is in danger (his column's headline states that Thomas needs to "restore" it). In making his supposed case, the self-professed "confused" Dupont made and repeated a fundamental factual error. Those errors destroy any credibility he may have had in portraying Thomas's decision and subsequent Facebook postings as somehow disrupting team unity:

By Tim Graham | February 15, 2012 | 8:04 AM EST

MSNBC president Phil Griffin shocked the media elite by telling Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times that you don't need to build a career in journalism to star at MSNBC. "I'm sorry, I don't care about journalists. … I want fair-minded, smart people who understand the world and can interpret it," he said. "If they're journalists, great. This notion that you somehow you have to have done something to earn so-called journalists' credentials? Stop."

They seemed to miss the hilarious part of that passage. That MSNBC has been looking for "fair-minded smart people" and then they hired Al Sharpton. This tells aspiring black journalists to forget the newspaper jobs. Go out and falsely accuse white people of raping black kids. That's apparently the fast track to hosting an MSNBC show. Griffin has also shredded any rules against moonlighting political activity for Sharpton. He made a video advocating a "gay marriage" bill in Maryland:

By Brad Wilmouth | February 15, 2012 | 7:37 AM EST

As if there were not liberal billionaires able to spend money trashing Republicans and promoting  President Obama's reelection, MSNBC analyst Jonathan Alter -- formerly of Newsweek -- fretted on Tuesday that billionaires would run what he referred to as "hate ads" against President obama right before the election.

After The Ed Show host Ed Schultz complained that the GOP emphasis on "voter ID [laws] is all about voter suppression," Alter made his prediction about billionaires running ads against Obama. Alter:

By Brent Bozell | February 15, 2012 | 6:19 AM EST

Valentine’s Day is probably not the day most people would pick to remember the marriage of John and Jacqueline Kennedy. But on February 14, CBS spent more than eight minutes recalling how it was the fiftieth anniversary of CBS’s “historic” TV tour of the White House with Jackie, and brought on liberal historian Doug Brinkley to proclaim “fifty years ago on Valentine's Day, she became America's sweetheart, and fifty years later she still is.”

The problem is that any honest historian couldn’t claim that Jackie was JFK’s sweetheart. He had lots of 'em. And now CBS has utterly ignored what NBC just exploited -- er, reported --  in prime time: former White House intern Mimi Alford has written a memoir revealing how President Kennedy pressured her into Jackie’s bed in 1962 to take her virginity and begin an affair when she was 19 and four days into her internship, and which would last until the eve of his assassination.

By Tim Graham | February 14, 2012 | 9:41 PM EST

The Media Research Center and its president Brent Bozell were mentioned favorably twice on Fox News Channel on Monday night.

On “The O’Reilly Factor,” contributor Bernard Goldberg said, “Look, on the right, there's the Media Research Center.  They do God's work when it comes to exposing liberal media bias. Nobody is better.” It wasn't all hearts and flowers. He wished someone policed bias on both sides: “But they do go deaf, dumb and blind when it comes to exposing conservative bias.”

By Clay Waters | February 14, 2012 | 8:20 PM EST

White House reporter Jackie Calmes led Tuesday’s New York Times National section on Obama’s big-spending budget proposal for the 2013 fiscal year, “Military Cuts And Tax Plan Are Central To a Budget.”

Calmes invariably sees Obama’s big-spending budgets through rose-colored glasses. This time last year, she was covering Obama's fiscal year 2012 proposal under helpful headlines like this one: "Obama's Budget Focuses On Path To Rein In Deficit." Calmes portrayed it as just right in its balance of spending cuts and tax increases and gave him a pass for putting off tough choices. But now that Obama has forsaken deficit reduction for 2013, Calmes puts the issue on the back-burner and instead emphasizes how the new budget plan may work for Obama politically. Obama’s broken promise on deficit reduction wasn’t broached until paragraph 20 of 22.

By Noel Sheppard | February 14, 2012 | 7:35 PM EST

CNBC's Rick Santelli in 60 seconds Tuesday perfectly described the difference between the Tea Party and the Occupy movement.

Responding to a question from "Squawk Box" guest host Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute, Santelli dispelled the notion that "the Tea Party's done" (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | February 14, 2012 | 6:59 PM EST

As NewsBusters reported Sunday, Andrew Sullivan in his most recent Newsweek column claimed, "Obama Set a Contraception Trap for the Right."

Two days later when Sullivan, appearing on MSNBC's Hardball, flipflopped saying, "I think a lot of this was ginned up by the Bishops. They were the ones that set a trap for Obama," host Chris Matthews was seen on the screen doing a facepalm (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Scott Whitlock | February 14, 2012 | 4:40 PM EST

Ultra liberal Martin Bashir hit a new low on Tuesday, outrageously comparing Rick Santorum to mass-murdering dictator Joseph Stalin. In a fit of vitriol, the MSNBC anchor also connected the Republican to George Orwell's Big Brother from 1984. However, the most repugnant moment came when Bashir spewed, "If you listen carefully to Rick Santorum, he sounds more like Stalin than Pope Innocent III." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

What prompted this left-wing hate from MSNBC? Bashir began by playing a clip of Santorum in bad lighting. He then contrasted, "...When we last saw the Republican front-runner Rick Santorum speaking before a crowd yesterday, all we could think of was George Orwell's novel 1984 about a society dominated by the most extreme form of totalitarianism." Before showing a clip of the movie version of 1984, he added, "See if you can spot the similarities."