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By Geoffrey Dickens | March 10, 2011 | 10:51 AM EST

NBC's Meredith Vieira opened Thursday's Today show alerting viewers that Republicans in Wisconsin had caused a "capitol chaos" with a "surprise maneuver" to pass a "controversial budget proposal without Democrats" and her colleague Ann Curry, in teasing a John Yang story, did her one better calling the vote an "outrage."

In the ensuing Yang piece, headlined: "Outrage In Wisconsin, Senate Republicans Cut Union Rights, Bypass Democrats" Yang never bothered to mention the reason Republicans passed the bill "without Democrats" was because they were hiding out, but he did make sure to include footage of protesters repeatedly chanting "Shame!"

By Noel Sheppard | March 10, 2011 | 9:56 AM EST

It certainly wasn't at all surprising that comedian Jon Stewart was displeased about NPR getting exposed by James O'Keefe as the liberal shills most Americans knew this supposed news organization was.

But during Wednesday's "Daily Show," the host used the occasion to slam Fox News while calling the disgraced radio network "p--sies" for not fighting back (video follows with partial transcript and commentary):

By Clay Waters | March 10, 2011 | 9:34 AM EST

Florida’s new Republican Gov. Rick Scott is moving to cut state bureaucracy, reduce regulation and make the state a more business-friendly environment, and is meeting resistance among the old political guard in Florida. But instead of hailing the governor’s fresh blood and independence (as it had done previously with liberal Republican Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida), the New York Times does its best to paint him as an ideologue in over his head.

From Lizette Alvarez and Gary Fineout’s Tuesday report from Tallahassee, “Florida Republicans at Odds With Their New Executive.”

By Brent Baker | March 10, 2011 | 9:15 AM EST

Demonstrating how the mainstream media are an obstacle to any efforts to make any cuts to any federal spending, NBC and ABC on Wednesday night resorted to citing Sesame Street characters as potential “casualties in a war over culture and spending cuts,” without any regard for how the Children’s Television Workshop is a huge generator of revenue from corporate donations and product sales, as NBC’s Lisa Myers went so far as to exploit the kids of the nation:

With American children already falling behind, public broadcasting supporters fear Bert and Ernie could become a casualty of the political wars.

With House conservatives hoping to eliminate funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which funds PBS and NPR stations and production projects, Myers warned: “Officials say some stations would go under. Also at risk, programming like Sesame Street.”

By P.J. Gladnick | March 10, 2011 | 9:08 AM EST

"I'd almost be willing to get a job in order to participate in A NATIONAL GENERAL STRIKE."

As was to be expected the folks at the Democratic Underground went Drama Queen berserk the moment they heard the news about the Wisconsin senate voting to restrict collective bargaining by public employee unions. One general theme of their anger was some sort of statewide or even national general strike by workers in order to protest the senate's action. And out of all the anger came perhaps the perfect comedy gem of a quote above produced by DUer ProudDad which perfectly expressed in an inadvertently hilarious way the mental attitude that pervades much of the left. There were also many other quotes demonstrating the sad mental state of the left in that same DU thread:

By NB Staff | March 10, 2011 | 8:53 AM EST

Last night, Wisconsin Republicans decided they had waited long enough for fourteen fugitive Democrats to return to the state. Senate Republicans removed parts of the bill directly relating to the state budget, thereby removing the 20-vote quorum requirement, and allowing bill to move forward. The legislation passed in an 18-1 vote, and will be considered by the State Assembly today.

As expected, protests erupted after the vote, and continued late into the night. Blogger Ann Althouse's husband, who was at the capitol, warned everyone to stay away: "ANYBODY CAN GET IN AND ANYBODY CAN BRING ANYTHING IN. THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO SECURITY WHATEVER." There were also reports of windows and doors being broken. Here's a video from inside the capitol rotunda:

By Tim Graham | March 10, 2011 | 8:26 AM EST

Which side of the Wisconsin battle over public-sector union bargaining does the Associated Press favor? Here's an easy way to tell. A Thursday morning report by Scott Bauer from Madison has this list of quoted people in the story:

1. Protesters (shouting "The whole world is watching!")

2. Sen. Dale Schultz, moderate Republican who voted against Gov. Walker's bill.

3. Sen. Mark Miller, Democrat.

By Mark Finkelstein | March 10, 2011 | 7:51 AM EST

Isn't the existence of "radical mosques" in America the  problem?

Nicholas Kristof is concerned that Cong. Peter King's hearings into radicalization in the American Muslim community will cause Muslims, particularly in the "more radical mosques," to feel that people are "picking on" them.

View video after the jump.

By Tom Blumer | March 9, 2011 | 10:45 PM EST

Here is how the Associated Press and reporter Scott Bauer headlined and opened their 10:09 p.m. report (saved here at host for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes) on the Wisconsin Senate's collective bargaining-related vote tonight:

Wis. GOP bypasses Dems, cuts collective bargaining


The Wisconsin Senate succeeded in voting Wednesday to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers, after Republicans discovered a way to bypass the chamber's missing Democrats and approve an explosive proposal that has rocked the state and unions nationwide.

The graphic cap below from this post by Ann Althouse, who has been on the scene in Madison frequently during the past few weeks, says it all about the AP's coverage:

By Matthew Balan | March 9, 2011 | 9:56 PM EST

Lisa Ling, a self-admitted "severe gay rights activist," was much tougher on Christians who hold fast to the traditional teachings against homosexual behavior on the Tuesday episode of her series on the Oprah Winfrey Network, "Our America." Ling wondered if ministering to homosexuals with this belief system "cause more harm than good." By contrast, she was sympathetic of a camp for teenage homosexuals where "they can feel accepted as both gay and Christian."

At the very beginning of her hour-long program, Ling featured the annual conference of Exodus International, an interdenominational ministry that preaches "freedom from homosexuality" for people who have same-sex attraction. As she headed into the conference, she stated that "I just want to go into this with the intention of trying to understand why people believe what they believe, and that's it." The journalist gave a similar line during a February 22, 2011 online interview, but then made the following admission:

By Noel Sheppard | March 9, 2011 | 8:08 PM EST

For the seventh day in a row, MSNBC's Chris Matthews attacked possible Republican presidential candidates Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee.

In a lengthy, twelve minute opening segment lambasting the pair for largely past indiscretions, the "Hardball" host concluded with a literary reference likening the both to con men (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Matt Hadro | March 9, 2011 | 7:54 PM EST

CNN seemed to fear the worst before Thursday's hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims, pressing committee chair Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) on his stance toward radical Islam with the shadow of Joseph McCarthy looming in the background.

CNN correspondent Dana Bash asked King, the chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security, if he was "obsessed" with radical Islam, and what he thought about being compared to Joseph McCarthy. Her exclusive video interview with the congressman was aired multiple times Wednesday on the network.

In a voice-over, Bash reported that the hearing appears "to some, akin to Joseph McCarthy's 1950's communist witch hunt." She then asked a question of the congressman in real-time, this much of which was included in the segment: "Peter King is the modern day Joseph McCarthy?" Bash was probably alluding to the thoughts of King's critics, and was asking him for his reaction.

By Matt Hadro | March 9, 2011 | 5:27 PM EST

Twice within the span of a few minutes on Wednesday's "Morning Joe," journalist Carl Bernstein pressed for a gas tax to be implemented to help deal with the nation's budget crisis.

The panel was covering the debate over the deficit taking place in Washington when Bernstein voiced his sentiments. When the question was if the country is truly serious about fixing the deficit, Bernstein replied in the negative. "I'm not sure we are [serious] as a country either, because again, you'd have a gas tax if we were," he quipped. Liberal co-host Mika Brzezinski immediately chimed in with her approval.

The liberal Watergate "legend" also hit Republicans for cutting programs that "for the most part...really help people." Could Bernstein have meant National Public Radio as one of these "helpful" programs?

By Ken Shepherd | March 9, 2011 | 4:17 PM EST

For the second day in a row, MSNBC worked up a biased segment with Rock the Vote president Heather Smith about a "war on voting" -- see screen capture below page break-- by Republican legislators in numerous states where the GOP controls both state legislative chambers, such as New Hampshire.

Today "NewsNation" host Tamron Hall picked up the torch from colleague Thomas Roberts, who conducted a softball interview with Smith on March 8.

Hall even parroted some of his script from the day before:

By Kyle Drennen | March 9, 2011 | 4:13 PM EST

On ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday, co-host George Stephanopoulos fretted over congressional hearings on the radicalization of American Muslims being "potentially explosive" and that "Critics are already calling this a witch hunt." The headline on screen throughout the segment read: "Hearings on Islamic Radicals: Witch Hunt or Reality Check?"

ABC was not alone in touting the "witch hunt" accusation. On CBS's Early Show, correspondent Nancy Cordes described how "already foes [of the hearings] are calling them discriminatory and a witch-hunt." On NBC's Today, co-host Meredith Vieira introduced a report on the hearings by noting how "critics say it amounts to a witch hunt."