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By Tom Blumer | August 21, 2011 | 3:04 PM EDT

On August 15, the Boston Herald, the Boston Globe, and the Associated Press all reported that Massachusetts-based Evergreen Solar had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Oddly enough (no, not really), The New York Times, which published a 1,600-word report in January (HT to an NB emailer) on the company's competitive difficulties, did not take note of Evergreen's filing.

Each of the three reports cited gave readers the impression that Bay State agencies were the only ones which had provided the company any form of financial assistance during the past several years during which, according to its latest 10-K annual report (large HTML file), it was losing hundreds of millions of dollars annually (about $950 million in the past three calendar years):

By Noel Sheppard | August 21, 2011 | 1:41 PM EDT

As government spending supporters in the media press for a new, bolder stimulus plan to get the economy going, they love to refer to the Depression Era Hoover Dam as a shining moment in Keynesian economics.

When this surfaced on ABC's "This Week" Sunday, George Will marvelously noted, "You couldn't build the Hoover Dam today because they'd discover a snail darter in the Colorado River and would stop it" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | August 21, 2011 | 12:19 PM EDT

As NewsBusters has been reporting, Obama-loving media have been working overtime excusing the President for taking a vacation at Martha's Vineyard as average Americans struggle in a down economy.

Perhaps the most disgusting example yet came on this weekend's "The Chris Matthews Show" when the host actually connected the attacks on 9/11 to former President George W. Bush's vacation in August the month before (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | August 21, 2011 | 10:46 AM EDT

As NewsBusters has been reporting, the Obama-loving media have largely been gushing and fawning over the current White House resident taking a vacation on Martha's Vineyard as the economy appears to be heading into a double-dip recession.

Giving an interesting insight into the President's decision to not call Congress back from its summer break to tackle the problems facing the nation was New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd who wrote Sunday:

By NB Staff | August 21, 2011 | 10:14 AM EDT

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By Tim Graham | August 21, 2011 | 9:53 AM EDT

On Friday's edition of The O'Reilly Factor, substitute host Monica Crowley investigated the Obama administration's declaration that it would institute a case-by-case review of deportations to thin the list out to just remove violent illegal aliens from the country. 

Crowley invited on Steven Camerota of the Center for Immigration Studies as a critic, and immigration lawyer Susan Church to argue for Obama. Church couldn't even agree that someone sneaking into the country was "illegal." She insisted that was a "misnomer of Fox News." It's simply a "civil violation." So we should call them "civil violation aliens"?

By Tim Graham | August 21, 2011 | 8:09 AM EDT

It might not be surprising to see someone sit in the rarefied liberal air of a PBS set and dismiss the undignified palaver of talk radio and Ann Coulter, but on Friday's PBS NewsHour, this line was coming from former Bush speechwriting chief Michael Gerson, and the target was Gov. Rick Perry.

Gerson and liberal Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus were sitting in for David Brooks and Mark Shields. (In other words, Gerson was in the "I agree with Mark" chair.) Both agreed that Perry really gaffed in suggesting Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke was "treasonous" if he shoveled more dollars into the economy before the election:

By Brent Baker | August 21, 2011 | 12:54 AM EDT

Another entry in my semi-regular series of Saturday night humor postings for NewsBusters drawn from the clips Bret Baier runs at the end of FNC’s Special Report which he and his staff usually select from video montages picked up off the late night comedy shows.

Tonight, a fresh one from Friday night’s program which comes from the Colbert Report on Comedy Central in which Stephen Colbert contrasted Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s safari adventures with what excited Barack Obama during a stop at a store during his bus trip.

By Matthew Sheffield | August 20, 2011 | 8:10 PM EDT

Arizona governor Jan Brewer says she was "censored" by Facebook after a posting she made on the social network was removed by the site's staff. In her post, Brewer had criticized the Obama administration's recent decision to halt prosecutions of many illegal immigrants.

"Facebook censored the post and removed it because the photo apparently violated their 'Facebook Community Standards.' Before it was removed, it had received over 10,000 likes and comments," Brewer said in a subsequent post.

By Noel Sheppard | August 20, 2011 | 5:27 PM EDT

Sometimes I wonder how liberal media members could possibly live in the same country as I do and hold such startlingly absurd ideas about it.

Take for example Fareed Zakaria who on the CNN program bearing his name this Sunday is going to tell viewers that America would likely still have a AAA credit rating if we had a parliamentary system of government with a prime minister rather than a president (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | August 20, 2011 | 2:43 PM EDT

An article posted at Friday evening has liberals cheering and conservatives reeling.

"Gov. Christie Admits Climate Change Is a Real Problem, That Human Activity Plays a Role":

By Brent Baker | August 20, 2011 | 2:20 PM EDT

Actress/singer Alicia Witt (IMDb page), who came to semi-fame playing Cybill Shepherd’s teenage daughter “Zoey” on the late 1990s CBS sit-com Cybill, traveled to Washington, DC this past week, which she told the Washington Examiner was her first visit to the nation’s capital since “President Obama’s inauguration, which she says made her feel more patriotic than she ever has in her life.”

That gave her a “passion” for the U.S. and it “still gives me chills even though the darkness has sort of overcome our country again.”

By Noel Sheppard | August 20, 2011 | 12:23 PM EDT

Dallas Tea Party founder Phillip Dennis turned a wardrobe malfunction on Friday's "MSNBC Live" into possibly the best line of the week.

When his earbud dislodged during a heated discussion with Al Sharpton, Dennis marvelously quipped, "I don’t think I could listen to any more of your insanity there without my earpiece falling out" (video follows with transcript and commentary, vulgarity warning):

By Kyle Drennen | August 20, 2011 | 12:00 PM EDT

Appearing on Thursday's O'Reilly Factor on Fox News, Democratic Congressman Charles Rangel slammed fill-in host Laura Ingraham: "Let me say this. That Bill O'Reilly told me he had a secret weapon, I didn't know it was just a pretty girl that he would bring in." Ingraham responded: "That's very condescending, sir. A pretty girl. These are serious questions." [Audio available here]

Ingraham was questioning Rangel on whether or not President Obama's economic policies have benefitted minorities. The New York Congressman dodged such questions as he continually blamed Republicans for unemployment remaining high.

By Noel Sheppard | August 20, 2011 | 11:01 AM EDT

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has always known how to use sexual imagery to advance its political agenda.

According to Reuters, the animal rights group is planning on taking this further by actually launching a pornographic website: