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By Terry Trippany | October 29, 2010 | 2:01 PM EDT

It must be hard for newspaper editors to pick and choose which candidates to report on in an election season when their endorsed candidates fall on the opposite side of issues that contradict the paper's endorsed claims. Case in point, given the choice of reporting about the numerous reports of Illinois not paying their obligations and that of a payment glitch concerning a leading Republican gubernatorial candidate which story do you think the Chicago Sun Times would choose?

If you picked the non-story hiding behind candidate R you would be correct.

By Tim Graham | October 29, 2010 | 1:57 PM EDT

Mark down liberal radio host Bill Press as someone who really despises the timing of the liberal Jon Stewart-Stephen Colbert rally -- so much he called it "a big masturbation festival on the national mall" that will divert liberals from working for Democrat candidates when the stakes are so high. "Instead of getting out there and working their ass off...they're going to be out the mall yukkin' in up and then going out and getting drunk."

Press began his lecture on his show Wednesday morning by saying "Maybe it's time someone rained on Jon Stewart's parade." He didn't scream like Ed Schultz -- he sounded like he spoke in regret more than anger -- but the words were rough.

You’re going to hate me for it, but I think it's a big mistake.... First of all, what is this thing about? When it comes down to it, it is totally, totally self-indulgent. It's like a big masturbation festival on the Washington Mall on the Saturday before the election.

By Erin R. Brown | October 29, 2010 | 1:51 PM EDT

It’s no secret that the nation is preparing for a GOP tidal wave with significant conservative victories in the Senate and House next Tuesday. The election has essentially focused on domestic economic policy. Conservative candidates have been gaining ground with a popular job growth/lower taxes/revive the economy mantra.

But desperate liberal Democrats have suddenly shifted the focus from the economy to divisive social issues like abortion and gay rights, and the mainstream media have been more than willing to give them a platform. Media personalities like Matt Lauer, Rachel Maddow and Eleanor Clift are loudly voicing concerns over the future of gay marriage and the legal status of abortion.

(Video below the fold)

By Scott Whitlock | October 29, 2010 | 12:38 PM EDT

Apparently one of the most pressing issues in the California senatorial race is whether or not Sarah Palin is "too extreme." Good Morning America's Robin Roberts on Friday pressed Carly Fiorina twice on that issue, insisting on knowing why the former Alaska governor hasn't been campaigning for the Republican.

She demanded, "We know that Sarah Palin has visited California recently, but she was not campaigning for you. Why not Sarah Palin? Is she too extreme for you?" The co-host followed-up: "Down in Florida, Charlie Crist had an ad campaign saying Sarah Palin is just too extreme for some Republicans."

Barbara Boxer has not appeared on GMA during the 2010 campaign season, so there's been no opportunity for the show's host to grill the Senator on supporters such as director Rob Reiner, who recently compared the Tea Party to Nazis. [MP3 audio here.]

Video after the break.

By Tim Graham | October 29, 2010 | 12:02 PM EDT

On his Wednesday radio show, Ed Schultz boasted to his listeners about his MSNBC ratings:  “We had a record number of people watching on Monday night – 872,000 people. I have to start the program by saying thank you.”

“Record” by what measure? Certainly, not by comparison with Fox: TV By The Numbers has Special Report with Bret Baier drawing more than 2.1 million people (and Schultz with 858,000). Schultz played the Man-From-Fargo card, claiming his ratings “record” wasn’t appreciated by the media blogs:

By Matthew Sheffield | October 29, 2010 | 10:51 AM EDT

Sleazy gossip site Gawker got the traffic it wanted by publishing a tale from an anonymous man who detailed an alleged one-night encounter with Delaware Republican Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell but it’s come in for a lot of criticism as a result.

First, the response from the O’Donnell campaign, posted to her Facebook profile by communications director Doug Sachtleben:

By Julia A. Seymour | October 29, 2010 | 10:46 AM EDT

Media Research Center’s President Brent Bozell appeared on “Fox & Friends” Oct. 29, to discuss the broadcast networks’ spin on unemployment.

“Well, it confirms what many conservatives have said for years. It absolutely confirms it, but when you look at the numbers it really does rattle you because it is so obvious when the same reporters are taking two completely different positions because of their political proclivities,” Bozell told Steve Doocy.

After showing this video of network coverage of unemployment leading up the mid-term elections under Bush in 2005-2006 and Obama in 2009-2010, Doocy said, “OK Brent, so there they are trying to put on the happy face. I’m still struck by the comment during the Bush administration where they were talking about ‘Oh, unemployment’s at 4.8 percent. The sky is falling’.”

By Mark Finkelstein | October 29, 2010 | 9:22 AM EDT

Call it Chuck Todd's Profile In Pusillanimity . . .

Given a chance to express his personal opinion of White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, Todd--NBC's chief WH correspondent--mumbled, stuttered, stumbled and ultimately punted, saying it was "an awkward thing."

Chuck's duck-and-cover came during a Morning Joe segment today devoted to analyzing Gibbs in light of a GQ article about him by Robert Draper, who appeared on the show. After Draper, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough gave their brief takes on Gibbs, Scarborough offered the floor to Todd . . . who proceeded to give his best deer-in-the-headlights impersonation.  View video here.

By Tim Graham | October 29, 2010 | 7:22 AM EDT

Is The Washington Post a Democratic rag? The Post's political blog "44" (named for Barack Obama, the 44th president) has a "Currently Reading" block of links -- which clearly suggest the Post's reading habits (or promoting habits) have a liberal and Democratic tilt on Friday morning. That list starts with the hard-left magazine Mother Jones pressing full steam ahead on "The Ken Buck rape case," which is about the Democrats plucking out a rape case Buck declined to prosecute in Colorado, in case link-clickers might think it's about a rape the Republican candidate committed:

The Ken Buck rape case
»Mother Jones

Conservative group's ads pulled from radio stations
» Hotline

Angle camp: Reid planning to steal the election
» Las Vegas Sun

Some transgender candidates headed for victory
» New York Times

Obama skips out on steak and lobster
» CNN  

By Tom Blumer | October 28, 2010 | 11:57 PM EDT

Buckeye State residents are supposed to be impressed with media reports like this one from WXIX in Cincinnati telling us that passenger rail ridership increased 14% last year to almost 147,000.

That's just over 400 people a day. In the whole state. Spread over seven station stops in multiple cities. You've got to be kidding me.

Context, people.

By Brent Baker | October 28, 2010 | 8:14 PM EDT

In the span of a mere 50 seconds on Thursday's NBC Nightly News, Andrea Mitchell managed to apply a conservative ideological tag four times to Pat Toomey, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, yet she failed to issue even a single label for liberal Democratic candidate Joe Sestak.

Sitting at the anchor desk with Brian Williams, Mitchell made clear Toomey “is a Republican fiscal conservative who was fiscally conservative before the Tea Party was cool,” soon repeating, in the narration for her story, how “Toomey is a former Congressman and a fiscal conservative” – all before driving home his ideology once more as she recalled that he “led a conservative Washington interest group.”

By Matthew Balan | October 28, 2010 | 7:08 PM EDT

On Thursday's Newsroom, CNN's Fareed Zakaria endorsed a predictably liberal solution to get the American economy moving again: enact more taxes and implement new government programs. Zakaria called for a national sales tax and advocated new government spending on "research and technology" and "upgrading the infrastructure." The CNN host also labeled tax cuts "bad stuff."

Anchor Ali Velshi brought on Zakaria during the last segment of the 2 pm Eastern hour to discuss his upcoming cover story for Time magazine, "How to Restore The American Dream." Velshi labeled the article a "must-read" and first asked his guest, "I overheard a conversation between you and someone else the other day where you said you don't even like using the world 'stimulus' anymore. There is an answer that doesn't emphasize consumption. It emphasizes investment. Explain that to me."

The Time editor stated that "as a society, we are over-consuming, and for the last 20 years, we've consumed more and more, not because we had any increase in wages, but because we borrowed more." He continued with his government spending recommendation and his negative labeling of tax cuts:

By Matt Hadro | October 28, 2010 | 6:28 PM EDT

While slamming Rand Paul supporters who assaulted a worker in Kentucky, Ed Schultz claimed Wednesday there was simply no other side to the story – that he had not seen "any violence, anywhere, from anybody on the Left." Furthermore, Schultz blamed GOP Senate candidate Rand Paul for inciting the violence.

[Click here for audio.]

There's just one problem – evidence exists of a possible assault on a Rand Paul supporter at the very same event.

By Alex Fitzsimmons | October 28, 2010 | 6:09 PM EDT

Sometimes the liberal media's bias is subtle and nuanced, even, dare I say, clever.

This is not one of those times.

On Sirius host Lynn Samuels's eponymous program yesterday, Richard Bey, a liberal talk show host, peddled the laughable assertion that, compared to former President George W. Bush, President Barack Obama has governed as an inclusive, consensus-building chief executive.

"We embrace debate," declared Bey, referring to Democrats and liberals. "They don't. And if you want an example of that, go back and look at some of George Bush's town halls and then look at President Obama and some of the people who have approached him so closely that they're able to engage him in critical discussion, critical of his presidency, for quite a long period of time." [Audio here.]

By Kyle Drennen | October 28, 2010 | 5:55 PM EDT

While all three broadcast networks, ABC, NBC, and CBS, highlighted protestor Lauren Valle being stepped on outside Monday's Kentucky senate debate, only CBS reported new video showing Valle running up to Rand Paul's car and trying to shove a sign into the Republican candidate's face.

The morning and evening newscasts on Tuesday all pointed to the scuffle as evidence of the 2010 campaign getting "ugly." On ABC's Good Morning America, correspondent Jake Tapper declared: "In the Kentucky senate race, the bitter and heated contest between Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Rand Paul, continued in a debate...The tensions spilled into the crowd, when Rand Paul supporters attacked a Jack Conway supporter wearing a Rand Paul wig." On CBS's Early Show, correspondent Nancy Cordes remarked: "...there was an ugly scene outside the debate, when what appeared to be Rand Paul supporters grabbed a protester from the liberal organization After wrestling her to the ground, one of them stepped on her head."