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By Noel Sheppard | October 6, 2013 | 3:09 PM EDT

A few weeks ago, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank called Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Tx.) filibuster phony.

On CBS's Face the Nation Sunday, Milbank took his criticism further calling the Texas senator "a complete phony" who's just riding the Tea Party to get "really famous" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Brent Baker | October 5, 2013 | 9:17 PM EDT

“After the President vetoed several spending bills, not one story blamed him for the shutdown, but nearly two dozen declared the GOP culpable. Furloughed workers and other ‘victims’ were featured in half the stories.” Sound familiar? That’s from a 1996 Media Research Center study on the battle between Bill Clinton and Newt Gingrich. Yes, the current shutdown showdown is deja vu all over again in who gets blamed.

To help illustrate the very familiar media tone and approach, I’ve put three clips together out of the MRC archive, starting with Bob Schieffer anchoring the Saturday, December 16, 1995 CBS Evening News: “Well, they’ve done it again. Nine days from Christmas, Republicans have forced another partial shutdown of the government because they cannot come to an agreement with the White House on how to balance the budget.”

By Noel Sheppard | October 5, 2013 | 5:50 PM EDT

Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan and the Daily Beast’s Eleanor Clift got into quite a heated debate about the government shutdown on PBS’s McLaughlin Group Friday.

At one point, Buchanan said Obama “wants to maximize the pain in order to maximize his political gain…It is a sinister and sadistic tactic” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | October 5, 2013 | 4:24 PM EDT

Just when you thought Bill Maher couldn’t say anything more offensive than he already has, he outdoes himself.

On HBO’s Real Time Friday, the host during his opening monologue mocked World War II vets saying, “They're the greatest generation - nobody said they were the brightest generation” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | October 5, 2013 | 3:36 PM EDT

This is really rich.

Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson on PBS’s Inside Washington Friday called young people that don’t want to buy health insurance “deadbeats” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | October 5, 2013 | 1:37 PM EDT

It’s becoming quite apparent the American people aren’t as concerned about the government shutdown as the Democrats and their media minions would like people to be.

On the CBS Late Show Friday, when host David Letterman asked the studio audience if they were worried about the shutdown, they collectively said “No” (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | October 5, 2013 | 12:53 PM EDT

As NewsBusters reported Tuesday, MSNBC's Mara Schiavocampo had a tough time signing up for ObamaCare the first day the exchanges went live.

As if that wasn't funny enough, the folks at NBC's Tonight Show took that video and added a surprise ending where Schiavocampo is so frustrated she destroyed her computer (video follows with commentary):

By Matthew Balan | October 5, 2013 | 12:49 PM EDT

CBS rekindled its love for pro-abortion politician Wendy Davis on Thursday's CBS Evening News, after the Democrat announced her candidacy in the Texas gubernatorial race. Norah O'Donnell trumpeted how "Davis was a little-known Democratic state senator in Texas. But her marathon defense of abortion rights drew national attention."

Manuel Bojorquez heralded how state legislator "stepped into the national spotlight with pink sneakers, during a 13-hour filibuster of new abortion restrictions here." However, Bojorquez was among the Big Three journalists who put that spotlight on Davis mere hours after she stalled the passage of pro-life legislation in the Lone Star State. At the time, he asserted that the filibuster turned the Democrat "a national political star". [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]

By Noel Sheppard | October 5, 2013 | 11:47 AM EDT

As NewsBusters previously reported, Chris Matthews on Wednesday asked Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, "When are we going to have the book we've really been waiting for, 'Killing O'Reilly?'"

On Fox News's O'Reilly Factor Friday, during the "Pinheads of the Week" segment, Imus in the Morning executive producer Bernard McGuirk called Matthews "a bitter, spittle-spewing psycho" (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | October 4, 2013 | 7:06 PM EDT

As NewsBusters reported Tuesday, George Will has joined Fox News.

In his first comments on the network, Will said on Friday's Special Report, "The President’s rather enjoying this [shutdown], and if the emblematic statement of the first Obama term was 'A crisis is a terrible thing to waste,' this term defined after just nine months is 'A crisis is a beautiful thing to create'” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | October 4, 2013 | 6:21 PM EDT

It seems a metaphysical certitude the Obama-loving David Letterman didn't expect this response.

During the opening monologue of CBS's Late Show Thursday, when the host asked the audience, "How many folks signed up on the ObamaCare," not one person responded (video follows with commentary):

By Kyle Drennen | October 4, 2013 | 6:03 PM EDT

On Thursday's NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams introduced a full report on cancer research at the National Institutes of Health being stopped under the government shutdown: "And there are the millions who are feeling the impact of this shutdown very close to home and across this country, including some for whom this standoff feels very much like a matter of life and death for them."

In the story that followed, correspondent Tom Costello declared: "The NIH funds research nationwide. At its headquarters, a lack of funding means 200 patients, including 30 children, each week will be turned away from clinical studies." What he failed to mention was that congressional Republicans proposed a bill to provide the needed funding, but were rebuffed by Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.