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By Tom Blumer | | October 22, 2012 | 12:26 PM EDT

You don't know whether to laugh or cry upon reading the Sunday night shots campaign Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen at Politico took at Mitt Romney and his campaign.

Maybe these guys really believe that the Romney campaign is the one which still desperately needs a "last chance to move the needle in any significant way in the swing states that will decide the election," and that "Obama is slightly better positioned in the states that will dictate the outcome." If they do, my take is that the Romney campaign is playing possum, and the Politico pair, infused with Beltway naiveté and skewed polling data, are gullibly buying it. Several paragraphs from their effort follow the jump (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Kyle Drennen | | October 22, 2012 | 12:23 PM EDT

On Sunday's NBC Meet the Press, moderator David Gregory grilled Florida Senator Marco Rubio on Mitt Romney's "binders full of women" comment: "Can you understand why some women have that reaction, that he seems sort of out of touch with what modern women are going through?"

Gregory also seized on Romney's support of flexible work schedules for women as more evidence of a supposed disconnect: "He talked about the – the importance of flexibility so that, you know, women could get home early to be with their kids and make dinner. And he's gotten some criticism for that because it seems that there's a narrow view of what women's view – roles are, both at home and in the workplace."

By Clay Waters | | October 22, 2012 | 12:14 PM EDT

New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan on Sunday defended the paper against conservative criticism that it has favored Obama in its sparse Libya coverage "Connecting the Dots in Libya," and elicited this from Managing Editor Susan Chira (pictured): "We're aware that people see us as tilting liberal." But Chira also said she and her colleagues "can't be guided by that." Sullivan wrote:

By Scott Whitlock | | October 22, 2012 | 11:39 AM EDT

ABC analyst Matthew Dowd on Sunday cheered the "laudable" Candy Crowley for propping up Barack Obama with wrong information about Libya during last week's debate. Referring to a contentious exchange between the President and Mitt Romney over when the White House called the attack a terrorist indicent, Dowd enthused, "...What Candy Crowley did, I actually thought, was laudable, because what happens in this whole thing is the truth becomes a casualty." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

Dowd, appearing on This Week,  lamented a media culture where "we're just supposed to make accusations back and forth to each other and nobody's supposed to correct and say, 'by the way, that's not true.'" Of course, Obama did not initially call the violence in Benghazi a terrorist attack." As the Washington Times explained, he "used the word 'terror' exactly once, late in his [September 12th Rose Garden] address."

By NB Staff | | October 22, 2012 | 11:06 AM EDT

MRC director of media analysis Tim Graham appeared on Lou Dobbs Tonight on Friday on the Fox Business Channel to discuss the media’s protective coverage of the Obama administration on the growing Benghazi scandal.

Graham said on the Big Three networks, "We've had 22 stories in the last couple of days about binders full of women and networks skipping out on covering Libya." (Video and transcript below)

By Lauren Thompson | | October 22, 2012 | 10:29 AM EDT

Editor’s Note: This article contains profanity.

Whatever else his electoral troubles, president Obama seems to have the all-important hip-hop star demographic sewn up. Rapper Jay-Z recently released an ad which detailed his love for president Obama, and encouraged young voters to vote with Obama in November.

The president, whose re-election campaign has been heavy on soak-the-rich class warfare rhetoric, apparently welcomes the endorsement of this member of the imperial 1 percent. Jay-Z has earnings of more than $460 million.

By Mark Finkelstein | | October 22, 2012 | 9:11 AM EDT

Coming down the stretch of the presidential campaign, it looks like NBC political director Chuck Todd has put getting it right over any personal or network partisan leanings.  On Morning Joe today, Todd declared that seven out of ten challengers in Mitt Romney's position in the polls win the election.

In an assessment sure to send shivers down Obama-camp spines, Todd added that "Romney appears to have the advantages going into the next couple of weeks."  View the video after the jump.

By Noel Sheppard | | October 22, 2012 | 8:58 AM EDT

A Pennsylvania man shot a female relative Saturday night because he thought the girl dressed in a Halloween costume was a skunk.

According to New Sewickley Township police, the nine-year-old girl who attending a Halloween party was over a hillside in a black costume with a black hat and white tassel when she was shot at 8:30 PM.

By Rich Noyes | | October 22, 2012 | 7:58 AM EDT

When CBS’s longtime Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer sits down in Boca Raton, Florida, tonight to moderate the final 2012 presidential debate, he’ll be following three journalists who became targets for criticism over how they handled their moderating duties.

Upset liberals scorned PBS’s Jim Lehrer for taking a hands-off approach in the first debate on October 3, with MSNBC analyst Howard Fineman slamming him as “practically useless” for not jumping into the debate on behalf of President Obama.

By Tim Graham | | October 22, 2012 | 7:23 AM EDT

People expect Jon Stewart to act like a journalist? Tampa Bay Times TV critic (and NPR contributor) Eric Deggans was surprised that  Stewart wasn't tougher with President Obama in his Daily  Show interview -- from the left. "This close to such a tight election, it's perhaps not surprising that a comic known for his pragmatically liberal views would be careful challenging a Democratic president fighting hard for re-election. But I was hoping to see a little more of that 2010-era Jon Stewart Thursday.  Because that guy really knew how to ask questions everyone wants to see answered."

Or at least liberals. Back then, he wrote fondly, "the comic met him as the voice of disappointed Democrats everywhere."

By Randy Hall | | October 22, 2012 | 4:41 AM EDT

Two of the women who anchor hour-long news programs on the MSNBC cable TV channel have stated that "the guys get paid more," but they are nevertheless "lucky" to be paid half of what a male co-host earns.

During an interview on Thursday, Mitt Romney senior adviser Barbara Comstock told the host of "Andrea Mitchell Reports" that "we know here at MSNBC, the guys get paid more," and Mitchell replied: "We certainly do."

By Tom Blumer | | October 22, 2012 | 1:20 AM EDT

Let's get the easy part out of the way first. The New York Times and the Associated Press are only covering the outrages emerging in Solyndra's bankruptcy in the vaguest of terms. The only related Times item I could find was a sentence at the end of an October 11 Green blog post indicating that "the I.R.S. and the Energy Department argue in court papers" against the company's bankruptcy plan. The AP's Randall Chase was a bit more specific that day, writing that "The plan allows for two private equity funds that control Solyndra to potentially reap hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks after Solyndra emerges from bankruptcy, using net operating losses." Beyond that, the details are news only in the business press, and even then not to a great extent.

Are the private equity funds (you mean they're sort of like the eeeevil Bain Capital?) getting hundreds of millions in "tax breaks" as in tax deductions or tax reductions? Unbelievably, it's the latter (the former is almost $1 billion), as an October 15 Wall Street Journal editorial and an October 17 Bloomberg News item which seemed to be simultaneously trying to catch up to but then cover up what the Journal revealed.

By Tim Graham | | October 21, 2012 | 11:24 PM EDT

When MSNBC broadcast live coverage of the Al Smith dinner in New York on Thursday night, Rachel Maddow brought in leftist comedian W. Kamau Bell from the show "Totally Biased" on FX, twice identified by Maddow as "brilliant." Bell quickly turned to bashing Mitt Romney.

"I think he has to learn how to enjoy the joke telling process.  He has that look on his face between every joke like he's just been stabbed...It looks like a guy in a movie who`s been stabbed and trying not to show it. The stern Romney face, why are you in so much pain? You`re killing. Enjoy the moment." Then he went back to his analogy that Obama is as multi-skilled as a Swiss Army knife:

By Noel Sheppard | | October 21, 2012 | 7:27 PM EDT

Can human activities cause or exacerbate an earthquake?

According to a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience Sunday, the answer is yes:

By Noel Sheppard | | October 21, 2012 | 6:20 PM EDT

The Obama-loving media were out in force Sunday downplaying the significance of the White House's ever-changing position on the attacks on our consulate in Benghazi last month.

After New York Times White House correspondent Helene Cooper called the death of four Americans "peripheral to what's going on right now" on Meet the Press, Time magazine's Joe Klein told Face the Nation viewers this matter "has been like the October mirage - it really isn't an issue" (video follows with transcript and commentary):