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By Noel Sheppard | October 25, 2011 | 10:35 AM EDT

Actor Orlando Jones on Saturday celebrated the death of Libya's Moammar Gaddafi by taking to his Twitter account and calling for American liberals to kill Sarah Palin.

"Libyan Rebels kill Gaddafi, if American liberals want respect they better stop listening to Aretha & kill Sarah Palin" (image via Sad Hill News):

By NB Staff | October 25, 2011 | 10:34 AM EDT

As of late, the topic of bullying in schools against certain types of people seems to be making headlines with increasing frequency, but the story is not new. According to Thomas Sowell, "[b]ack in the 1920s, the intelligentsia on both sides of the Atlantic were loudly protesting the execution of political radicals Sacco and Vanzetti, after what they claimed was an unfair trial. Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote to his young leftist friend Harold Laski, pointing out that there were 'a thousand-fold worse cases' involving black defendants, 'but the world does not worry over them.'"

Today's media crusade against bullying likewise only cares about which groups are "in vogue" at the moment, currently focusing on "bullying directed against youngsters who are homosexual." Do you think bullying in schools has become a media driven story? Or do you think the level of bullying requires political action to prevent? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

By Kyle Drennen | October 25, 2011 | 10:30 AM EDT

Updated [3:18 ET]: Video added

During an interview with Fox News's Bill O'Reilly on Tuesday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer cited recent foreign policy successes for President Obama and wondered: "Republicans have run on a perception that they are tougher on national security, that they're the ones who can keep Americans safe....has Barack Obama done a lot to erase that perception?" [Audio available here]

The O'Reilly Factor host replied: "I mean, it's all about the economy. I don't think foreign affairs is going to be much next year, although Iran is a wild card. If Iran causes trouble in Iraq because the President, you know, is withdrawing all of the troops at the end of the year, that could become a campaign issue." Lauer somehow twisted that response into this: "But right now, what you're saying is Republicans have no right to claim the mantle of 'We are the party that's tough on national security'?" [View video after the jump]

By Noel Sheppard | October 25, 2011 | 9:49 AM EDT

Vice President Joe Biden's office has lodged a complaint with the Senate press gallery over a contentious interview about his rape and jobs bill comments with Human Events' Jason Mattera last week that ended up going viral.

The Hill reported Tuesday:

By Tim Graham | October 25, 2011 | 8:01 AM EDT

Pacifica Radio and its best-known broadcast, Democracy Now, can be easily identified as a radical-left enterprise. Currently, it is touting the Occupy Wall Street protests with leftist guests like Michael Moore and Cornel West. It supportively offers audio news from al-Jazeera English. Its New York station WBAI offered a premium for donors who gave $100 or more: a President Bush trash can that says "White Trash" on it.

But a sympathetic profile of Pacifica by media reporter Brian Stelter was merely headlined "A Grass-Roots Network Gives a Voice to Struggles."  Some call Pacifica "progressive" (that's putting it mildly), but their anchor Amy Goodman wasn't even accepting that label:

By Noel Sheppard | October 25, 2011 | 12:13 AM EDT

Is it possible for the press to gush and fawn over Barack Obama during this upcoming presidential campaign as much as they did in 2008?

Political analyst Bernie Goldberg, appearing on Fox News's O'Reilly Factor Monday, didn't think so claiming instead, "If they slobber all over him as much this time as they did last time, the media and the President would have to get a room" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | October 25, 2011 | 12:12 AM EDT

Despite all the huffing and puffing over Florida Senator Marco Rubio's alleged "embellishing" at the Washington Post, the fact is that his parents were Cuban exiles (meaning number 5 at link: "anyone separated from his or her country or home voluntarily or by force of circumstances"). That fact essentially undercuts everything about the WaPo article except the problem with the opening sentence of the biography at Rubio's Senate web site, which has been corrected.

That didn't stop two Associated Press writers, Brendan Farrington and Laura Wides-Munoz from doing quite a bit of embellishing of their own (a better word would be "mischaracterizing") in an item currently time-stamped early Saturday morning, while pretending that the rebuttal to the Post written by Mark Caputo at the Miami Herald doesn't exist. The AP pair's pathetic prose has two particular howlers which simply must be debunked.

By Mark Finkelstein | October 24, 2011 | 9:50 PM EDT

Sure way to stay schnockered between now and presidential Election Day: sling a shot every time a liberal plays the race card.  

Latest example: on Al Sharpton's MSNBC show this evening, Bill Press ascribed Republican reluctance to give President Obama credit on Iraq to the fact that "the Republican party is like some of the banks down South. They refuse to give a black man credit." Video after the jump.

By Noel Sheppard | October 24, 2011 | 9:47 PM EDT

After a video was published by Big Government Sunday evening showing a New York Times freelancer participating in an Occupy Wall Street strategy meeting, there was speculation concerning how the Gray Lady would respond.

A few hours ago, Politico published a statement from Times spokeswoman Eileen Murphy:

By Noel Sheppard | October 24, 2011 | 8:50 PM EDT

Maybe Princeton professor Cornel West should redirect his get off the crack pipe suggestion to MSNBC's Chris Matthews.

On Monday's Hardball, the host actually said with a straight face that John F. Kennedy is "the American president we Americans most want to see joining Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt up there on Mount Rushmore (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | October 24, 2011 | 7:13 PM EDT

You have to wonder if a day has gone by since the September 7 GOP presidential debate without someone on MSNBC referring to audience members cheering when NBC's Brian Williams asked Texas governor Rick Perry about capital punishment in his state.

Likely the most colorful description of this incident to date occurred on Monday's Hardball when host Chris Matthews said Republicans "look hot and horny for executions out in that Reagan library" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | October 24, 2011 | 6:45 PM EDT

Herman Cain has been ahead of Mitt Romney in the most recent GOP presidential candidate polling average at Real Clear Politics by a microscopic margin since late last week.

Readers might be surprised to know that the wordings of the presidential preference questions at the various polling organizations differ significantly. In my view, the same person might given a different answer depending on which organization's polling question was asked. Here are the examples, with the Cain-Romney split identified in each instance (links are to fairly large PDFs in some instances):

By Matt Hadro | October 24, 2011 | 6:30 PM EDT

While reporting on the cash flow for "Occupy Wall Street" on Monday, CNN's Poppy Harlow glossed over the fact that one of the organizations processing donations to the protest is a left-wing non-profit that originated in support of the communist Sandinista revolution in Nicaragua.

Harlow's segment focused on where the donations to the Wall Street protest were coming from and how the incoming money was managed. In her soft interview with the movement's "money man" Pete Dutro, she asked him softball questions like "What are things like these days?" and "You call yourself chief financial officer or something else?"
 

By Tom Blumer | October 24, 2011 | 5:13 PM EDT

If you didn't know any better (actually, I think I do), you would think that perhaps Cristina Silva at the Associated Press is doing all she can to minimize the tourism-damaging things President Barack Obama has said about Las Vegas while tasked with reporting on his upcoming visit there.

Three times in her short afternoon report -- once in the item's headline and twice in the item's first two paragraphs -- Silva refers to Las Vegas as "Sin City." I realize that it's a legitimate nickname and that the town isn't seen as a mecca of virtue, but whatever happened to referring to the place as, well, "Vegas" -- especially since Obama has never used the "Sin City" nickname in a speech? A graphic capture of the short item's first four paragraphs follows (link will probably be revised during the evening):

By Tim Graham | October 24, 2011 | 5:03 PM EDT

Liberal radio hosts were furious on Friday that President Obama can't get more credit for the death of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi. On his show, Bill Press attacked: "Obama could have carried their mother out of a burning building and these Republicans wouldn't give him any credit for it."

Then Press went further: "Let's not kid around here. When it comes to this war on terror, right, Bush and Cheney were weenies. They talked up and they didn't do crap. Obama is the killer."