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By Noel Sheppard | March 17, 2012 | 1:23 PM EDT

As NewsBusters has been reporting, Bill Maher spent much of his week bashing red states.

After taking a cheap shot at Kansas early in Friday's Real Time on HBO, Maher took aim at Southerners saying that they should only celebrate their Confederate heritage once a year - "We'll call it 'St. Cracker's Day'" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | March 17, 2012 | 1:03 PM EDT

You wanna talk politics, current events, or the economy? Be our guest.

With March Madness in full swing - and other sporting events - have at it.

By Tim Graham | March 17, 2012 | 12:54 PM EDT

ABC’s The View promoted the network’s Sunday night lineup on Friday, promising “Annie Potts takes on the Christian groups that are raising hell about her new hit show ‘GCB.’” Hit show? It lost by about four million viewers to “CSI Miami” on CBS.

Joy Behar quickly set up Potts to bash Newt Gingrich for bashing the show: “Newt Gingrich doesn’t like it. He’s said a few things about it...Good Christian husband that he is!” The audience laughed and applauded, and Whoopi Goldberg gave Behar a standing ovation. Then Potts took her turn with Newt:

By Noel Sheppard | March 17, 2012 | 11:13 AM EDT

Bill Maher sure hates red states.

Three days after referring to Alabama and Mississippi voters as "toothless," HBO's Real Time host on Friday called basketball's March Madness "the only place where you’ll ever hear the phrase 'Kansas is advancing'” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | March 17, 2012 | 10:50 AM EDT

On Wednesday, MRC director of media analysis Tim Graham was a guest on Your World with Neil Cavuto on the Fox News Channel. The subject was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s odd declaration that the latest CBS/New York Times poll showing an all-time low approval rating for Obama was “meaningless,” and he’s suspicious of polls. Fox then ran a series of Reid soundbites touting polls as a contrast.

Tim said, “The real poll that matters are elections. I’m sure Harry Reid would have told us in 2010 that polls saying the Republicans were going to take the House of Representatives were meaningless. They didn’t end up being meaningless.” (Video below the cut)


By Tim Graham | March 17, 2012 | 10:26 AM EDT

On CNN’s Piers Morgan show Thursday night, CNN mysteriously brought in NBC personality Donnie Deutsch – or maybe it wasn’t mysterious because the guests were former NBC stars, Michael J. Fox and then Meredith Vieira.

But Deutsch and Fox went on a Limbaugh-bashing jaunt. Deutsch replayed the 2006 controversy – Fox’s liberal Democrat ad and Limbaugh’s mockery of Fox – and called Rush a “vicious bully.” Fox agreed, and laid into Limbaugh on the Sandra Fluke controversy, after Deutsch asked if he want to “just go smack the guy.” Fox also came to Bill Maher's defense and claimed he didn't have a "corporate-supported bully pulpit" like Rush:

By Noel Sheppard | March 17, 2012 | 10:02 AM EDT

Let's hear a collective awwwww.

Oprah Winfrey announced Friday she is canceling The Rosie Show with the final episode to be aired on March 30 (press release via TV By The Numbers):

By Brent Bozell | March 17, 2012 | 8:01 AM EDT

You know it’s election season when Republican candidates get angry phone calls from liberal musicians telling them not to use their old music (like Survivor whacking Newt Gingrich for using “Eye of the Tiger” from 1982). Meanwhile, Democrats are handed new anthems on a silver platter written with their re-elections in mind.

Bruce Springsteen’s new album has been hailed as a soundtrack for Obama’s re-election, especially the song “We Take Care of Our Own” (“wherever this flag’s flown”). Springsteen is lauded for going on “a tear to raze Wall Street and raise Main Street.” This is where author Jason Mattera comes in to laugh and point with the facts in his new book “Hollywood Hypocrites.”

By Tom Johnson | March 17, 2012 | 7:13 AM EDT

Long before Sandra Fluke became a household name, Kossacks often blogged about Rush Limbaugh, the (allegedly) racist, sexist menace to all that is good and decent. This past week, one really put the rhetorical pedal to the metal, suggesting that Limbaugh's show might have inspired an American soldier's massacre of sixteen Afghan civilians. 

As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

By Tim Graham | March 16, 2012 | 9:53 PM EDT

On Friday's Inside Washington on selected PBS stations, Charles Krauthammer floated his curiosity about what would happen if the Republicans chose a new candidate for the fall election if Romney or Santorum couldn't get to the magic delegate number. Mark Shields joked about how it would be unfair to pick to someone who hasn't slogged across the country and then made a fat joke: "Chris Christie, have a little ice cream, and come in."

There goes svelte Shields again. NPR reporter Nina Totenberg promised the elite media would savage a new Republican candidate and pick apart everything "he" has ever done or said (no females are apparently allowed in this exercise):

By Tim Graham | March 16, 2012 | 9:05 PM EDT

On Friday’s Stephanie Miller show, the host was typically adoring Obama’s snarky remarks about how the conservatives are flat-earthers when it comes to the awesome potential for green energy solutions. The forward-thinkers and the scientific minds hand over a half-billion dollars to Solyndra, apparently.

Unfortunately for Miller, her sidekick Jim Ward (who does impressions), completely lost his cool and said Obama’s critics “should test the alleged laws of gravity by jumping out of a plane without a parachute.” It’s another Playtex bottle of the milk of human kindness from liberal talk radio.

By Matthew Balan | March 16, 2012 | 7:07 PM EDT

On Thursday's CBS Evening News, Elaine Quijano touted a charge from Pennsylvania Democrats that the new voter I.D. law there "targets poor and elderly voters." Quijano also spotlighted that, according to unnamed "Pennsylvania court officials," there were no cases of "voters convicted of fraud in the last five years." However, in late 2010, the AP reported on a credible allegation of voter fraud in the state.

Anchor Scott Pelley introduced the correspondent's report by trumpeting how "Pennsylvania has just enacted one of the toughest voter I.D. laws in the country. It will require voters to provide a photo I.D. at the polls this November. Republicans say it's about preventing voter fraud. Democrats say the real target is the poor."

By Matt Hadro | March 16, 2012 | 6:11 PM EDT

In light of Rick Santorum's promise to "vigorously enforce" federal obscenity laws, CNN questioned whether any candidate should even be talking about pornography right now. Host Fredricka Whitfield expressed her disbelief that the subject was even in the news conversation, during Friday's 11 a.m. hour of Newsroom.

Santorum has not made the issue the centerpiece of his campaign, as GOP strategist Ana Navarro pointed out. It is, however, an important matter for social conservatives who make up a strong voting bloc for the candidate.

By Tim Graham | March 16, 2012 | 5:32 PM EDT

NBC News President Steve Capus was throwing punches at the parent company of Fox News in Washington Thursday night as he accepted the “First Amendment Leadership Award” from the Radio-Television Digital News Foundation.

Broadcasting & Cable magazine reported he said breaking news must not come at the expense of breaking the public trust. Capus declared that the news must be “accurate, even-handed, and indeed, ethical.” Since when have NBC and MSNBC been “even-handed”?

By Jeffrey Meyer | March 16, 2012 | 5:09 PM EDT

At the end of Martin Bashir’s show Friday, Dylan Ratigan called Martin out for his failure to call Democrats charlatans and hypocrites.  During what is normally a cheerful banter between the two colleagues, Ratigan said Bashir loves to criticize Republicans on policies he disagrees with but never takes critical aim at Democrats.  

Ratigan pointed out Bashir’s failure to ever point out the serious fallacies in his show by never bringing up Democrats’ blunders with health care reform or the financial markets and instead only focusing on Republicans.  Bashir was left speechless, as you can see by the video embedded after the page break.  [See video below.  MP3 audio here]