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By Ken Shepherd | October 17, 2011 | 5:41 PM EDT

Who needs hard-hitting reporting on sanitation or nuisance issues related to Occupy D.C. when you can write up a puffy Style section front-pager on the protest music inspired by the leftist squatters?

On  the one-month anniversary of the initial Occupy Wall Street protest in Manhattan, Washington Post staff writer David Montgomery devoted a 1,092-word October 17 Style feature to examining how protest music is helping identify "deeper streams that seem to link disparate cultures of rebellion in the United States and other parts of the world."

By Kyle Drennen | October 17, 2011 | 5:36 PM EDT

In an interview light on substance and heavy on praise with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton aired on Monday's NBC Today, correspondent Savannah Guthrie fawned: "Hillary Clinton of course is known for keeping a tireless pace....[her] approach is a combination of blunt talk, personal charm and above all, frequent-flyer diplomacy."

Later, Guthrie sympathetically informed viewers: "She has flown more than 600,000 miles on this government plane, a flying satellite office where she can reach world leaders at a moment's notice or hone her most necessary diplomatic skill, the ability to nap on command....I saw your cabin. For those who think this may be glamorous work, it's a pull-out couch....And there's not a hair and makeup team waiting on board."

By Ken Shepherd | October 17, 2011 | 3:53 PM EDT

An effort by pro-life activists to require women seeking abortions to first listen to their unborn baby's heartbeat is a "brazen campaign" by "anti-abortion" groups according to Time magazine.

In an October 17 article at the magazine's website, Adam Cohen described the "heartbeat bills" as pro-life groups' new "weapon of choice," a "frontal assault" on Roe v. Wade.

Throughout his story, the Yale Law School lecturer used loaded, combative language to describe the tactics of  "anti-abortion" groups and "abortion opponents." By contrast, pro-choicers are not "abortion advocates" but "abortion rights advocates" (emphasis mine):

By Rich Noyes | October 17, 2011 | 3:37 PM EDT

The national media have certainly NOT been giving Barack Obama a rougher ride than the GOP candidates, but a new study by the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism is fueling the myth that, as Politico’s Keach Hagey put it this morning, “Obama has received the most unremittingly negative press of any of the presidential candidates.”

To be sure, Hagey is repeating exactly what Pew is claiming, but there are at least three major problems with using their study to conclude that the media have an anti-Obama bias. First, they didn’t study what most people would consider “the media.” Second, their definition of “positive” and “negative” press doesn’t match what media experts consider “favorable” or “unfavorable” coverage. (More after the jump)

By Clay Waters | October 17, 2011 | 3:21 PM EDT

By criticizing the leftist Wall Street sit-in, bankers risk showing they don’t “get it,” New York Times reporters Nelson Schwartz and Eric Dash condescendingly suggested in a story at the top of the front page of Saturday’s Business Day, “In Private, Wall St. Bankers Dismiss Protesters as Unsophisticated.”

By Noel Sheppard | October 17, 2011 | 3:02 PM EDT

Actor Martin Sheen thinks that Barack Obama is "a very special man" that is "doing a great job."

In an interview with HLN's Joy Behar to be aired Tuesday, Sheen also said the President is "still the only adult in the room" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Clay Waters | October 17, 2011 | 2:13 PM EDT

There are two new profiles out of Jill Abramson, new executive editor for the New York Times: A long feature on the Octomber 16 edition of CBS Sunday Morning, and a 10,700-word epic profile by Ken Auletta in the October 24 edition of the New Yorker. Both brought up concerns about liberal bias, either at the paper in general or in Abramson's own background.

Reporter Rita Braver’s friendly interview with Abramson, conducted both at Abramson’s home and at the paper’s Midtown Manhattan headquarters, only touched on concerns about the paper’s ideological slant.

By NB Staff | October 17, 2011 | 2:09 PM EDT

NewsBusters senior editor Tim Graham appeared on the October 14 "O'Reilly Factor" to discuss the Media Research Center's (MRC) latest study entitled "A Tale of Two Protests: Media Cheer Wall Street Occupiers But Jeered Tea Partiers."

The MRC's director of media analysis noted that there were only "13 stories in the entire year of 2009" about the Tea Party movement while the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has received "a dramatic amount of early coverage" with 33 network stories in the first 11 days of the protests. [MP3 audio available here; video follows page break]

By Tom Blumer | October 17, 2011 | 2:01 PM EDT

UPDATE, 4 p.m.: NB gets results? The Lowe's story is currently #10 on the AP's Business home page (saved here).

It's a good thing I heard this on the radio at about 11:00 a.m., because I might otherwise have missed it. With yours truly's opinion along for the ride, I'll let readers judge whether the news of the Lowe's home improvement chain announcing that it will close 20 stores and cut its new store opening plans by one-half to two-thirds deserved to be in the top ten business stories at the Associated Press as of 12:52 p.m.

Here are the ten which made the cut in order of appearance on the wire service's Business home page (saved here for future reference, fair use, and discussion purposes; original link not made because of frequent changes):

By Scott Whitlock | October 17, 2011 | 12:35 PM EDT

The network newscasts over the weekend proved that no occasion is too small to fawn over "rock star" Bill Clinton. Over the course of three days, the morning shows and evening newscasts donated six segments to hyping Clinton's birthday celebration and the "sultry" serenade he received from Lady Gaga.

On Sunday's Today, reporter Richard Liu could barely restrain himself, lauding, "It was Bill Clinton's 65th and this diplomatic rock star celebrated with rock and roll royalty." He included a clip of comedienne Ellen Degeneres enthusing, "In a world where people look for heroes who make a difference, none is bigger than Bill Clinton."

[See video below. MP3 audio here.]

By Kyle Drennen | October 17, 2011 | 11:23 AM EDT

Appearing on Sunday's NBC Today, Meet the Press host David Gregory proclaimed that the Occupy Wall Street protests would "...dovetail nicely into a big message that the President's selling, which is that the wealthy should pay more....that banner of going after Wall Street and the banks, talking about unfairness that a lot of protesters that are complaining about." [Audio available here]

Gregory's observation was prompted by co-host Lester Holt wondering: "...the protesters are calling for the wealthy to pay for more taxes. Should we look for the Obama campaign to embrace that message as it – as it takes the stretch to November?" Gregory went on to declare: "I think the President's in a mode right now where he'd like to get out in front of this parade and really harness some of this energy."

By Noel Sheppard | October 17, 2011 | 11:20 AM EDT

In the wake of the Occupy Wall Street protests, former Jimmy Carter National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski said Monday that lists of citizens "who make largely through speculation enormous amounts of money" should be created and made public in order to "pressure some of those people to give some of it back, back to society."

"I think public disclosure by the mass media could go a long way towards a social awakening that's responsible and constructive in its effects," Brzezinski told the crew at MSNBC's "Morning Joe" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | October 17, 2011 | 9:32 AM EDT

The Obama administration has announced it has given up on one of the more controversial aspects of ObamaCare, known as the CLASS Act (Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act). The CLASS Act was portrayed as a cost-saving scheme in ObamaCare, but as House Speaker John Boehner's spokesman Michael Steele explained, "We have always known that this program was a naked scam — cooking the books trying to cover up the unsustainable cost of Washington Democrats' government takeover of health care."

After much criticism from congressional Republicans and centrist Democrats who called the CLASS Act a financial gimmick, do you think the rest of ObamaCare will continue crumbling? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

By Noel Sheppard | October 17, 2011 | 9:02 AM EDT

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough marvelously mocked the Occupy Wall Street movement Monday by joking about how the destruction of private property during this weekend's riots in Rome will actually create jobs.

"That will help with the construction industry in Italy," kidded Scarborough as pictures of the riots played on the screen. "You have to rebuild Rome because people burned it down" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Brad Wilmouth | October 17, 2011 | 8:55 AM EDT

As he introduced a review of the movie Margin Call about a group of corrupt characters on Wall Street, regular CBS movie reviewer David Edelstein held up a "Thanks" sign directed at Occupy Wall Street protesters as he declared that "I'm not here as a political pundit, so I can't speak to them directly," and then suggested that the protesters "deserve some R & R" and so should see the film.

Edelstein began: