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By Ken Shepherd | | October 15, 2012 | 12:24 PM EDT

In a jarring campaign ad for Jeff Flake's U.S. Senate campaign, Dr. Cristina Beato alleges that, when he worked under her as Bush's Surgeon General, Flake opponent Democrat Richard Carmona angrily pounded on her front door during the middle of the night on one occasion. As a "single mom," Beato told viewers, "I feared for my kids and myself." Carmona "has issues with anger, with ethics, and with women," she added.

This charge --  leveled in a November 2007 interview with majority and minority counsels for the House Oversight Committee --is, if true, very troubling. So how is MSNBC -- the network most obsessed with the GOP's supposed "war on women" -- reacting to the explosive charges? By bemoaning how nasty the Flake campaign is by running the ad, of course. From the October 15 edition of MSNBC's Jansing & Co.:

By Mark Finkelstein | | October 15, 2012 | 11:08 AM EDT

Something's happening here . . . Last week, Chuck Todd came in for criticism at NewsBusters for sniffing off a Rasmussen poll favorable to Mitt Romney as "slop."  But has yesterday's slop become today's sirloin for the NBC political director?  Sure looks like it.

In a remarkable shift, on today's Morning Joe Todd stated that in recent days he has seen a "structural shift" in the polling data in Romney's favor. With a strong performance at tomorrow's townhall-style debate in which he connects with average Americans, Todd declared that Romney could "win this election" and "close out" President Obama, putting him in a hole too deep to recover from in the final debate.  View the video after the jump.

By Noel Sheppard | | October 15, 2012 | 11:02 AM EDT

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien just can’t stop herself from appearing like she works for the White House rather than the supposedly most trusted name in news.

This was so apparent on Monday’s Starting Point that guest Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, asked her, “Am I debating with the President's campaign?” (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Kyle Drennen | | October 15, 2012 | 10:23 AM EDT

In an obituary for former Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter on Sunday's NBC Nightly News, correspondent Kelly O'Donnell summarized his shift in political allegiance this way: "Specter's views, supporting abortion rights, immigration reform, and gun control, made him too liberal for the Tea Party movement...Under assault, he bolted to the Democratic Party."

Introducing O'Donnell's report, anchor Lester Holt declared Specter to be "a longtime voice of moderation in Washington, and at times a figure of controversy." As evidence of Specter's controversial nature, O'Donnell cited him questioning the credibility of Anita Hill during a 1991 Supreme Court hearing: "Specter angered many women over the spectacle around Anita Hill, who claimed Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her."

By Lauren Thompson | | October 15, 2012 | 9:06 AM EDT

Ryan Murphy’s NBC sitcom is Democratic agitprop.

By Tim Graham | | October 15, 2012 | 9:02 AM EDT

It’s always wise to look inside the paper for the real news when The Washington Post reports on improving polls for Republicans. The headline in Monday’s paper is “GOP’s zeal for Romney grows,” but adds underneath “Race is still close after 1st debate; Poll shows little change among likely voters.” On the front page, reporter Dan Balz and pollster Jon Cohen urged on readers that “Even as voters overwhelmingly perceive that Romney won the first debate, the vast majority say their opinion of the president did not shift as a result.”

Only inside do you learn about how enthusiasm now for Mitt Romney doubles John McCain’s at this point in 2008, and that the “virtual dead heat” touted in the first paragraph is matched in paragraph 17 with a 9-point Democrat sampling push:

By Noel Sheppard | | October 15, 2012 | 8:54 AM EDT

The liberal media's mission to smear the Koch brothers and Americans For Prosperity, one of the advocacy groups they support, continues.

On Wednesday, the Huffington Post published an article with the inflammatory headline "Americans For Prosperity Distributes Ads Promoting Pro-Slavery Arkansas Legislators":

By Tim Graham | | October 15, 2012 | 6:57 AM EDT

There are two recent arguments on The Huffington Post about liberal media bias. Inside the media elite, the bias deniers were represented by former ABC News president David Westin boasting Martha Raddatz somehow won the bias debate as she moderated Biden and Ryan in Kentucky.

Then there are the effects deniers, represented by Scott Stenholm, a staffer for Bill Maher’s show Real Time on HBO. Citing the MRC’s Tell the Truth campaign, he admitted the media were biased, but that the country keeps electing Republican presidents, so how effective is the tilt? Stenholm thinks the country should be embracing the liberal media's hard-earned expertise.

By Tom Blumer | | October 15, 2012 | 1:00 AM EDT

My initial reaction to the story by Daniel Trotta at Reuters about plans for a "Million Muppet March" in Washington on November 3, the Saturday before Election Day, was that the whole thing doesn't seem as wildly spontaneous, grass roots-driven, and coincidental as presented. It turns out that it isn't. As Lee Cary at found (HT Newsalert via Ed Driscoll at Instapundit), the guiding force of the enterprise is an animation company executive who "just so happens" to have a lot to gain if the status quo of government funding of the Corporation For Public Broadcasting continues. It's also interesting how he's apparently able to use the Muppet characters in the "march" without worrying about getting anyone's publicly expressed permission to do so.

First, here are several paragraphs from Trotta's tripe (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Noel Sheppard | | October 15, 2012 | 12:50 AM EDT

With less than 48 hours to go before Tuesday's presidential debate, the moderator's role is being questioned because of things Candy Crowley has said on CNN.

Time's Mark Halperin reported late Sunday:

By Tim Graham | | October 14, 2012 | 11:32 PM EDT

The Washington Post tackled the topic of political thrillers on Sunday: "Red Spy, Blue Spy: Thrillers reflect partisan politics of 21st century America." Contributor Kevin Nance argued that "The fact that readers consume thriller novels as fantasy, rather than real life, gives authors on the right a kind of home-field advantage."

Nance compares authors Brad Thor and Vince Flynn on the right to David Baldacci and Scott Turow on the left, although Turow colorfully rejected the idea of too much politics ruining your product (he cited Sixties musicians):

By Noel Sheppard | | October 14, 2012 | 10:27 PM EDT

In 2008, the YouTube video "Crush on Obama" introducing "Obama Girl" swept the nation with astonishing speed and media attention.

On Saturday, a new video hit YouTube called "Let's Get Fiscal" featuring Maredith Walker as "Ryan Girl" singing and aerobicizing to a reworked version of Olivia Newton John's 1980s hit "Let's Get Physical" (video follows with lyrics and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | October 14, 2012 | 7:05 PM EDT

For some peculiar reason, NBC's Meet the Press spent precious air time Sunday just weeks before a presidential election on an interview with Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert.

By far his best line was, "I don't really watch the news so much. I come in around 6:30 and I just say the opposite of whatever Rachel Maddow says the night before, and I'm usually good" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | October 14, 2012 | 5:54 PM EDT

"The key difference between these two candidates is that one is going to do all he can to avoid a new war in the Middle East and the other one is going to hand over U.S. policy to Bibi Netanyahu and launch a new global war."

So actually said the Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan on the syndicated Chris Matthews Show Sunday (video follows with commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | October 14, 2012 | 5:10 PM EDT

If you've been paying attention to the Drudge Report lately, you've seen headlines linking to Real Clear Politics data showing how the presidential race has tightened since President Obama and Mitt Romney debated in Denver.

Rather surprisingly, the folks at USA Today not only noticed, but also published an article Sunday with the shocking headline, "Obama, Romney Nearly Tied in Electoral College'':