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By Noel Sheppard | April 23, 2011 | 3:42 PM EDT

Can you imagine liberal media members in 2007 or 2008 blaming George W. Bush's sagging poll numbers on the public's dismal view of the Democrat Congress?

On Friday, the Huffington Post's Howard Fineman actually told MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell "the fact the Republicans and Congress are so poorly regarded, that the whole system is so poorly regarded, drags everybody down, including the president" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 23, 2011 | 12:38 PM EDT

A left-leaning guest on MSNBC's "Hardball" got into quite a heated debate with Chris Matthews Friday when she tried to point out some classic liberal hypocrisy.

In a segment dealing with Florida's Koran-burning Pastor's desire to protest a mosque in Dearborn, Michigan, progressive Muslim author Irshad Manji supported Terry Jones's first amendment rights marvelously pointing out, "We liberals are so good at calling out right-wing ideologues when they operate on fear. Why the double standard here?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | April 23, 2011 | 10:43 AM EDT

For discussion and debate about politics, the economy, sports, and whatever else tickles your fancy.

Possible talking point: "Would You Accept Clinton Tax Rates If Combined With Gingrich Spending Levels?"

By Noel Sheppard | April 23, 2011 | 10:10 AM EDT

Out of the mouths of babes...

On Friday's "Inside Washington," during a discussion about American foreign policy in the Middle East and Africa, PBS's Mark Shields actually said, "The most urgent priority that we have is to find jobs somehow, not simply for Americans, which is an urgent priority, but for young Egyptians" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | April 23, 2011 | 8:01 AM EDT

Via Instapundit and his link to the blog American Power, we're offered another moment in liberal 'civility." At the liberal blog Crooked Timber, Henry Farrell of George Washington University declared a Charles Krauthammer Day to remember his 2003 pronouncements on WMD in Iraq:

Perhaps the problem is that we have never fixed on exactly how to celebrate Charles Krauthammer Day. Easter, Christmas, Hannukah, Festivus etc all have their associated and time-honored rituals, but Krauthammer day has none. Combining suggestions from George W. Bush and Hugh Hector Munro, one possibility might be an Exploding Easter Egg Hunt. But then, this would perhaps prove simultaneously too dangerous to be very attractive to participants, and not dangerous enough to really mark the occasion properly. Better suggestions invited in comments. 

By Brent Baker | April 23, 2011 | 1:20 AM EDT

On Friday night, the Fox News Channel debuted a Hannity special, ‘Behind the Bias: The History of Liberal Media.’ The promo declared: “Double standards? Groundless attacks? Blatant bias? Sean calls out the mainstream media! Don’t miss Behind the Bias: The History of Liberal Media.”

The Media Research Center made available to Fox News Channel producers video clips from our archive going back more than 20 years and they are scattered throughout the hour – as are soundbites from MRC President Brent Bozell.

The hour began with what Sean Hannity described as “how and why this bias began,” illustrated with several classic examples of left-wing journalistic advocacy and/or denigration of conservatives. Watch the segment, about seven minutes in length, after the jump:

By Tim Graham | April 22, 2011 | 11:28 PM EDT

On Friday’s Morning Edition, National Public Radio celebrated poetry – especially the left-wing, anti-war, anti-American "empire" kind. Poets were constructing a Japanese "renga" – a "kind of poetic relay race." Anchor Renee Montagne handed off the summarizing to poet Carol Muske-Dukes:

So the poets were in conversation with each other. In a line that Michael Ryan, for example, making a riff on the joke: How many poets does it take to change a light bulb? And it ends with how many poets does it take to change a country? How many presidents? How much pain?

The wonderful poet Brenda Hillman picks up on that with: And the light bulb turns earth, Berkeley lovers in a Thai cafe: mint, sweet basil, Geminid showers all this week, solstice, almost. You can take money out of the empire but you can't take the empire -- look, enough of these wars. A rabbit crouches in the Moon.

Empire? Well, Brenda Hillman is not just a poet, but a member of the Code Pink Working Group of protesters in San Francisco. 

By Brent Baker | April 22, 2011 | 6:28 PM EDT

Tonight (Friday) the Fox News Channel will air a Hannity special, in Sean Hannity's usual time slot, ‘Behind the Bias: The History of Liberal Media.’

The promo declares: “Double standards? Groundless attacks? Blatant bias? Sean calls out the mainstream media! Don’t miss Behind the Bias: The History of Liberal Media.”

It will run for the hour at 9 PM EDT/8 PM CDT/7 PM MDT/6 PM PDT. It will re-run at midnight EDT/11 PM CDT/10 PM MDT/9 PM PDT.

By NB Staff | April 22, 2011 | 4:30 PM EDT

NewsBusters publisher and Media Research Center president Brent Bozell appeared on the April 22 "Fox & Friends" to discuss the media's double standard on rising gas prices.

In short, in 2006, the media blamed then-President Bush, but in 2011, anyone but Obama seems to be at fault as far as the media are concerned.

For the full video of the segment, watch the video embed posted after the page break:

By Matt Hadro | April 22, 2011 | 4:00 PM EDT

CNN's Jessica Yellin, filling in for host John King on Thursday's "John King, USA," delved into the mystery of Hollywood's disenchantment with President Obama – and wondered if it isn't due to celebrity liberals being "spoiled."

Yellin's guest was outspoken liberal Joy Behar, host of HLN's "The Joy Behar Show" and co-host of ABC's "The View," who believes Obama has more charisma than Lady Gaga.

By Scott Whitlock | April 22, 2011 | 3:27 PM EDT

It's a liberal cliche to ask conservatives why they "hate" the poor, minorities or personal freedom, so it's not surprising that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker endured that question in YouTube chat, Wednesday. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel highlighted "Fuzzy Duck," who inquired via Twitter, "Why do you hate education?"

In the video, Walker began, "Today we've got another question from Twitter and it comes from someone with the name @FuzzyDuck from Madison." (There's just something amusing about the nature of social media: Not many governors have reason to utter the name "Fuzzy Duck.")

By Ken Shepherd | April 22, 2011 | 3:06 PM EDT

Towards the Good Friday edition of the 12 p.m. hour of programming she anchors, MSNBC's Contessa Brewer highlighted a Louisville Disciples of Christ minister who refuses to sign off on marriage licenses until same-sex marriage is legal in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Brewer, the daughter of a Baptist minister, is an advocate for same-sex marriage.

As you can see from the video embedded after the page break -- given the biased title "Church takes a stand on marriage equality" by MSNBC -- Brewer failed to bring on a minister with an opposing perspective nor to sharply question Dr. Derek Penwell on his position:

By Clay Waters | April 22, 2011 | 2:39 PM EDT

Stop Spending Cuts or People Will “Starve to Death”

“I stopped eating on Monday and joined around 4,000 other people in a fast to call attention to congressional budget proposals that would make huge cuts in programs for the poor and hungry....These supposedly deficit-reducing cuts -- they’d barely make a dent -- will quite literally cause more people to starve to death, go to bed hungry or live more miserably than are doing so now.” – Food writer Mark Bittman in a March 30 op-ed, “Why We’re Fasting.”


“What causes the lack? Imprisonment, torture, being stranded on a desert island, anorexia, crop failure....and both a lack of aid and bad distribution of nutrients. Some (or much) of both of these last two stem from unregulated capitalism and greed.” – Bittman on his blog at, March 31.

By Lachlan Markay | April 22, 2011 | 1:52 PM EDT

A recent report from American University communications professor Matthew Nisbet examined the apparent decline of the environmental movement in recent years. For all the questions raised by the report over what happened to the moment, it does answer a pair surrounding the debate as it pertains to bias in the media.

First, the media was a force for, not against, liberal environmental policies. That will likely shock no NB reader, but many on the left are still convinced that the media is a force for conservatism, or at the very least against leftist political change (stop laughing). The AU report undercuts those claims, at least as they pertain to the environmental movement.

"[T]he major national news organizations overwhelmingly reflected the consensus view on the reality and causes of climate change," Nisbet concluded in his analysis of media coverage. The "consensus view," in this context, refers to the view that climate change is occurring and that human activity is responsible for it.

By Tim Graham | April 22, 2011 | 1:38 PM EDT

For Catholics, Holy Thursday is a very special day, for it celebrates the institution of the Holy Eucharist at the Last Supper of Jesus. But for National Public Radio, that’s just fodder for very timely mockery. On Thursday night’s All Things Considered, NPR aired a smug book review by author Cara Hoffman titled online "A Rollicking Critique of ‘Absolute’ Religious Fervor." Hoffman was promoting a 1922 science-fiction novel that NPR proclaimed was "visionary" in its insights (especially in reference to Bush’s America being "hoodwinked into war for nine years over a source of fuel"):

It lifts the veil on the dystopic slapstick of politics and religion, and, through wit and surrealist speculation, delivers the reader to understanding like administering a pill to a dog in a spoonful of peanut butter -- or, should I say, the Eucharist to the supplicant in the form of a waxy white wafer.

Hoffman dwelled over the words "waxy...white...wafer." This insult might sound insensitive on any day, but the decision to air this comment on this evening seems transparently intentional. A Catholic NPR listener surely could have heard this on the drive to church. Hoffman was commenting on a 90-year-old book, but it had to air on this night, or in this week?