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By Tom Blumer | September 9, 2011 | 11:58 PM EDT

The folks involved in the storming of Israel's embassy in Cairo are probably wondering what they have to do to become the press's pet word for rampaging Muslims (the country is 90% Muslim, and it would be a very safe bet that heavily persecuted Coptic Christians aren't involved): "militants."

I guess breaking through the Israeli embassy's security wall, ransacking offices, and dumping documents doesn't get you there, at least not with Aya Batrawy of the Associated Press. The ransacking, as well as the vehicle burning which is also taking place (see this photo), don't even get into AP's headline (bolds are mine):

By Tim Graham | September 9, 2011 | 9:18 PM EDT

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is asked to appear in all the liberal salons, including the rarefied air of the Charlie Rose show on PBS in the late hours, where few Republicans appear. On Wednesday (after his appearance on CNN), he and his co-author Michael Mandelbaum (a foreign policy adviser to Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign) came to promote their new book That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back.

Rose and Friedman once again discussed how inferior American politics is to communist China, which naturally knows how to get things done...with such authoritarian panache. Friedman talked up how we feel weak, like when we couldn't have a Minnesota Vikings game when the Metrodome roof collapsed. We'd say "if this were China, they would have walked to the game in the snow, and doing calculus along the way."

By Tom Blumer | September 9, 2011 | 7:59 PM EDT

Having read E.J. Dionne's Wednesday column in the Washington Post (HT Jim Taranto at the Wall Street Journal's Best of the Web), I am sooooo comforted -- not. Dionne assures his readers that "Al-Qaeda is a dangerous enemy. But our country and the world were never threatened by the caliphate of its mad fantasies." Thus, the last 10 years of the "war on terrorism" (lowercase letters and quote marks are his) have apparently largely been a waste of time and treasure, which is why, on the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Dionne asserts that "we need to leave the day behind," and relegate it to "a simple day of remembrance."

Dionne is of course entitled to his opinions but not his facts. In addition to dangerously underestimating global jihad's devastating potential, Dionne overestimated what he must believe is a "lost decade" media meme, and completely misinterpreted the meaning of Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. What follows are excerptes from Dionne's column (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

By Jack Coleman | September 9, 2011 | 6:17 PM EDT

Those crickets you hear? Her fellow left-wingers responding to Rachel Maddow referring to then-President Elect Obama as a "boy king" on her MSNBC show last night.

Yes, hard to believe. Even in an era when the president of the United States is a man of color, as is our attorney general, as is the governor of Massachusetts where Maddow lives, Obama must be subjected to such vile disrespect -- a black man at the pinnacle of achievement described as a mere "boy," albeit of the monarchical variety. (video clip after page break)

By Mark Finkelstein | September 9, 2011 | 6:08 PM EDT

Eric Cantor: potentially responsible for the death of school kids.  That was the despicable depth to which Chris Matthews sank in his desperate attempt to stir up support for President Obama's latest stimulus scheme.

On this afternoon's Hardball, Matthews suggested that by refusing to spend hundreds of billions on PBO's latest list of supposedly shovel-ready projects, Virginia Republican Rep. Cantor is endangering the lives of kids riding school buses across ostensibly rickety bridges in his district.  The Hardball host helpfully ran a scroll of all such bridges in Cantor's district. Video after the jump.

By Tim Graham | September 9, 2011 | 5:36 PM EDT

Liberal elitism was on display Wednesday night on CNN, the alleged centrist channel. On Piers Morgan Tonight, the host denounced Rick Perry's global warming-denying "nonsense" and expressed horror to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman: "Could you actually imagine a scenario where either he or one of the other Tea Party candidates" is nominated to face Obama? Friedman agreed "it's scary to me" because as the Italians say, "Arithmetic is not an opinion."

"Rick Perry's state is on fire," proclaimed Friedman. "It's now experiencing the worst wildfires in its history, which fits in exactly with the predictions of climate change...it's actually happening under his nose, climate change, and he's out denying it."

By Scott Whitlock | September 9, 2011 | 5:31 PM EDT

On Friday, another Morning Joe host went out on a limb and confidently predicted the political demise of Rick Perry. Discussing the Republican presidential candidate's positions on Social Security, Mika Brzezinski proclaimed, "Then, Mitt Romney has this thing in the bag. I mean, are you kidding me?"

Brzezinski's comments came just nine days after Joe Scarborough declared, "Of course, [Rick Perry] can't get elected in the general election. He can't."

By Kyle Drennen | September 9, 2011 | 5:22 PM EDT

In a report on Friday's NBC Today, news anchor Natalie Morales profiled children who were born after the September 11th attacks and noted how celebrations following the death of Osama Bin Laden in May were "thrilling and confusing" for those children.

One girl worried: "I just don't think it's right to celebrate that somebody died, because they were all like, 'Oh, yay, he died, hooray!' But it's just not very nice to celebrate that somebody died." A boy observed: "I would celebrate a little, but at the same time I wouldn't."

By Clay Waters | September 9, 2011 | 4:17 PM EDT

In the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, New York Times reporters overcame enormous danger and duress to perform often-heroic feats of journalism, as proven by the Pulitzer Prize winning “Portraits of Grief” series, which commemorated the lives of every single victim of the terrorist attacks. But in the months and years that followed the paper reverted to partisan and liberal ways, even when the subject was the deadly attack on their hometown.

On Sunday the Times will print a special section marking the 10th anniversary of 9-11 (you can read it online now). In anticipation of the paper's commemoration, here’s a sampling of the paper’s years of slanted coverage related to the attacks.

By Matthew Sheffield | September 9, 2011 | 3:16 PM EDT

It's not often that you see a member of the liberal media elite concede an important point to conservatives. It's even rarer when the person doing it is Obama cheerleader Chris Matthews. But that's just what happened  during last night’s “Hardball” when the former Tip O’Neill aide dared to state the obvious fact that Social Security is remarkably similar to a Ponzi scheme—a truth that has become not just inconvenient to the left, but almost verboten.

Matthews’s admission occurred in a discussion about Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry who has come under a huge amount of fire from the left and even from fellow candidates for repeatedly stating that the pay-as-you-go nature of Social Security has many similarities to a classic Ponzi pyramid scheme.

By Tim Graham | September 9, 2011 | 2:55 PM EDT

A taxpayer who doesn’t favor Barack Obama might not mind subsidizing a show where he’s attacked as unserious about the country’s problems. But with PBS talk-show host Tavis Smiley, it’s been a relentless attack on Obama from the left. Everything he’s done isn’t half-socialist enough.

On Wednesday, Smiley welcomed fellow leftist and former New York Times columnist Bob Herbert to his show to denounce Republicans for keeping Obama from passing a woefully insufficient second “stimulus” attempt. Herbert thinks Obama's new spending proposal is about one-tenth of what's needed. We need a four-trillion-dollar plan.

By John Nolte | September 9, 2011 | 1:58 PM EDT

The BBC’s entire approach to this subject is wildly dishonest. There are no problems between Muslims and non-Muslims in America. We got along just fine pre-9/11, got along just fine the day after 9/11, and get along just fine today.

The BBC:

By Clay Waters | September 9, 2011 | 1:47 PM EDT

President Obama’s jobs speech led Friday’s New York Times, the paper portraying his $447 billion melange of payroll tax cuts and infrastructure spending portrayed as “Seeking a Tax Cut and Spending as Stimulus.”

Reporter Mark Landler had previously commiserated with President Obama over “frustrating,” “unreasonable” Republican “intransigence” in a Times podcast in July, and on Friday offered support for Obama’s latest  “moderate” big-spending dreams (accompanied by typically vague ideas of actually paying for it all).

Mixing politically moderate proposals with a punchy tone, President Obama challenged lawmakers on Thursday to “pass this jobs bill” -- a blunt call on Congress to enact his $447 billion package of tax cuts and new government spending, designed to revive a stalling economy and his own political standing.

By Fred Lucas | September 9, 2011 | 1:40 PM EDT

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) pointed to Solyndra, the bankrupt solar panel company that received $535 million from the federal stimulus act, as an example of President Barack Obama’s unsuccessful attempt to pick winners and losers in the economy.

Solyndra had never shown a profit, yet it received millions of taxpayer dollars. “So this is something that needs to be looked into,” Bachmann said at a news conference following President Obama’s speech to a joint session of Congress.

By Kyle Drennen | September 9, 2011 | 1:24 PM EDT

Throughout coverage of President Obama's address to Congress Thursday night, anchors and correspondents on both CBS and NBC gave fawning reviews of the new jobs plan, in some cases, even before the speech began. In contrast, ABC took a much more skeptical tone, with a focus on the President's falling poll numbers.  

Evening News anchor Scott Pelley opened CBS's coverage by proclaiming the President was "hanging out a 'help wanted' sign" for unemployed Americans, with chief White House correspondent Norah O'Donnell excitedly announcing moments later that Obama would put forward "an extraordinarily bold plan" to create jobs.