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By Kyle Drennen | | September 27, 2012 | 12:21 PM EDT

Leading off Wednesday's NBC Nightly News, fill-in anchor Savannah Guthrie declared the presidential race in one key battleground state all but over: "Tonight, both candidates are in Ohio as a spate of new polls shows the all-important bellwether may be slipping away for the Republican challenger."

In the report that followed, correspondent Ron Allen reiterated that "new polls show Ohio slipping away" from Romney and quickly asserted the cause: "Romney down by ten points in a new poll out this morning, and nearly that in another recent poll, after that video of Romney talking disparagingly about the 47% who pay no income tax."

By Jeffrey Meyer | | September 27, 2012 | 11:42 AM EDT

Appearing on MSNBC’s Jansing and Co., Vanity Fair contributing editor Carl Berstein joined the ranks of his fellow liberal journalists who are slamming the Romney campaign and the entire Republican Party as radical.  Naturally, anchor Chris Jansing failed to challenge the premise or balance out the segment with someone who would. Bernstein insisted that polls showing President Obama with a lead over Governor Romney show that:

There's a fundamental problem and that is the Republican Party. That their polls reflect the fact that the real issue in this campaign has become the Republican Party in Washington.

Throughout the segment, Bernstein argued that Romney has been taken captive by a radical party with what he says has a radical message that Romney is saddled with and can’t get out of.  Bernstein continued his anti- Republican rant by claiming that:  [See video below break.  MP3 audio here.]

By Liz Thatcher | | September 27, 2012 | 11:36 AM EDT

Rachel Carson’s ‘Silent Spring’ turns 50 only a few years after reversal of DDT ban.

By Rich Noyes | | September 27, 2012 | 10:50 AM EDT

For the past few weeks, NewsBusters has been showcasing the most egregious examples of liberal media bias the Media Research Center has uncovered in our 25-year history, all leading up to tonight’s 25th Anniversary Gala and DisHonors Awards in Washington, D.C.

To close out this series, I’ve pulled together what I consider the 25 most obnoxious quotes of the MRC’s history. It’s a pretty offensive display of smug disdain for everyday conservatives, rabid hatred for conservative leaders, embarrassing sycophancy for liberals, and a little anti-American treason thrown in for good measure.

These worst-of-the-worst quotes and video appear below the jump; or you can check out the year-by-year posts here.

By Noel Sheppard | | September 27, 2012 | 10:44 AM EDT

NewsBusters reported earlier this month that a Gawker editor wrote an article advancing the absurd notion that pedophilia is a "sexual orientation."

On NBC's Late Night Wednesday, host Jimmy Fallon and guest Ricky Gervais actually spent two minutes joking about pedophiles (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary).

By Ryan Robertson | | September 27, 2012 | 10:42 AM EDT

The ridiculous media narrative continues, in spite of the mounting evidence that has proven otherwise. A movie clip posted on YouTube months ago is still being blamed for the unspeakable acts of violence that occurred over two weeks ago. The media has effectively demonized an amateur filmmaker for allegedly inciting more rage and violence in the Middle East. It's almost as if they are equating hate speech with murder, and absolving the angry mobs for what they did. They just couldn't help themselves.

One of the actresses from The Innocence of Muslims was invited on The View on Wednesday morning to share her side of the story. What ensued was a peculiar interview that dragged on for over 7 minutes. While the rest of the cast was said to be in hiding, Cindy Lee Garcia 'bravely' made an appearance on national television to set the record straight. (see video below, MP3 audio available here)

By Matthew Sheffield | | September 27, 2012 | 9:40 AM EDT

Veteran pollster Dick Morris who has worked for politicians of both parties has joined the fray in discussing recent polling featuring unusually large numbers of Democrats proportionate to Republicans.

Those polls produce doubtful results, not because they are being skewed to include more Democrats but because they are being artificially skewed to more resemble a 2008 electorate model. While most of the pollsters are refusing to weight their results against a party ID poll, according to Morris they are artificially weighting them according to various age and racial demographics:

By NB Staff | | September 27, 2012 | 9:09 AM EDT

Discuss the news of the day or anything else you'd like here on this thread.

By Tim Graham | | September 27, 2012 | 8:55 AM EDT

Sitting in for Ed Schultz on his national radio show Monday, trial lawyer Mike Papantonio was suggesting Mitt Romney is mentally ill: "It's not just that Mitt is seriously slipping in the polls. Lately it appears that Mitt is slipping mentally, psychologically, to the point that, you know, almost a shot of Thorazine and a month's vacation might be his campaign's best hope. Let the poor character has a rest 'cause he's coming unglued."

And Romney's a criminal: "His personal tax coverup in offshore bank accounts are still producing a storyline that's making Mitt look more and more like an arrogant, aloof, indifferent, disconnected, millionaire toad, but also, it's making him look like a cheap crook, that he is! The man's a criminal, I've said it from day one, he's a criminal, but now this narrative's making him look like a criminal." The Pap smears even extended to the Democratic Underground favorite that Romney allegedly painted himself browner for the Univision interview:

By Tim Graham | | September 27, 2012 | 7:47 AM EDT

As part of an increasing (and increasingly lazy) trend, Time lets Bill Clinton (or more likely, a ghost writer) pen this week’s cover story on “5 Ideas That Are Changing the World.” Time managing editor Rick Stengel also kissed Clintons ring in his “Editor’s Desk” note: “The last time you saw Bill Clinton was probably at the Democratic Convention in Charlotte as Barack Obama's most dazzling surrogate. But Clinton has a day job: global philanthropist in chief.” Urp.

Stengel concluded by hailing Clinton as one of the positive forces that are transforming the globe:

By Christian Toto | | September 27, 2012 | 6:20 AM EDT

The late Andrew Breitbart wouldn't be surprised to learn 2012 was the year conservative films finally broke through.

He had a way of predicting media trends, sensing the Web-based technological revolution would let conservatives have a louder voice in the marketplace of ideas.

By Jack Coleman | | September 27, 2012 | 5:45 AM EDT

Libtalker Ed Schultz and The Nation magazine's John Nichols could soon be receiving a flood of offers to buy swampland in Florida. Perhaps by then they will each be a bit more skeptical.

Both were among numerous liberals who yesterday took hold of a bogus story by the hook and swam for all it was worth. (audio clips after page break)

By Matt Hadro | | September 26, 2012 | 7:14 PM EDT

CNN sounded alarm bells for the Romney campaign on Wednesday, touting a "stunning" new poll showing Mitt Romney down 10 points in Ohio and reporting it every hour save one from the 7 a.m. hour of Starting Point through the 4 p.m. hour of The Situation Room.

"Holy Toledo! Mitt Romney is losing Ohio now by 10 points. 10 points," exclaimed anchor Brooke Baldwin. "And it's got to be very disturbing right now for the Romney campaign," political director Mark Preston expressed.

By Matt Vespa | | September 26, 2012 | 6:46 PM EDT

During the September 25 broadcast of the PBS Newshour, anchor Gwen Ifill invited Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass and former U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Burns to discuss President Barack Obama’s foreign policy and his recent address to the UN. Reporter Judy Woodruff also had a segment on the president speech. Yet none of the segments dealing with the address mentioned the fact that the Obama administration has expressed support for anti-blasphemy measures that are completely incongruous with the freedom of speech as protected by the U.S. Constitution.

By Matthew Balan | | September 26, 2012 | 5:50 PM EDT

Norah O'Donnell was ready to tie the toe tag on Mitt Romney's presidential campaign on Wednesday's CBS This Morning, as the morning newscast hyped the latest numbers from the Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll, especially President Obama's 10-point lead in Ohio. After mentioning Romney's latest 60-second TV spot, O'Donnell twice wondered, "Is it too late? The voting in Ohio starts next week."

Charlie Rose spotlighted the President's "growing lead" in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Florida, according to his network's poll. But it took the program more than an hour to mention only in passing that "Republican voters remain more enthusiastic about voting than the Democrats," without mentioning the specific numbers.