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By NB Staff | | August 20, 2013 | 10:06 AM EDT

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By Randy Hall | | August 20, 2013 | 4:10 AM EDT

As conservatives, we know what happens every time we criticize the policies of the liberal occupant of the White House: We're instantly branded as “racist” and “intolerant” while our views are quickly and summarily dismissed.

However, Kevin Drum, a political blogger for the liberal Mother Jones website, has received similar treatment as he learned that no matter which side of an issue he supports, his mailbox on the Twitter social media website quickly fills up with emails from people taking the opposite view.

By Jack Coleman | | August 19, 2013 | 11:15 PM EDT

You know liberals are running out of steam in criticizing Rush Limbaugh when they claim he's hardly known beyond hard-core conservatives -- seeing how there is no one who liberals obsess over more except the Benevolent One in the White House.

Making this off-the-wall claim was a left-wing radio host who you may have heard of, a real roll of the dice on that one, named Randi Rhodes. (Audio after the jump)

By Matthew Balan | | August 19, 2013 | 6:14 PM EDT

On Monday's Morning Edition on NPR, Minnesota Public Radio correspondent Elizabeth Stawicki featured Karen Pollitz of the Kaiser Family Foundation during a report about ObamaCare, but failed to mention the left-leaning political affiliation of the organization. Stawicki merely labeled the foundation "non-partisan".

The public radio journalist also failed to mention that Pollitz is an alumna of both the Obama and Clinton administrations, and previously worked for two Democratic politicians.

By Ken Shepherd | | August 19, 2013 | 6:05 PM EDT

You'd think Mayor Mike Bloomberg would have learned his lesson after his Mayors Against Illegal Guns group was caught earlier this year running ads with an actor violating the cardinal rules of gun safety. But today's NYPD press conference announcing a major gun-trafficking bust proves otherwise.

For her "photo of the day" entry, Hot Air Green Room blogger Katie Pavlich noted how, "[d]uring the press conference and in an effort to take advantage of a good photo-op, the clueless anti-gun zealots pointed the seized firearms at...the audience." The photo shows rows of handguns resting on a blue-clothed table with the muzzles pointed towards the audience. What's more, Pavlich added in an update linking to pro-gun rights site BearingArms.com,  it appears most if not all of the guns "had the actions/bolts closed and the safeties off."

By Matt Hadro | | August 19, 2013 | 5:41 PM EDT

The RNC's communications director slammed CNN Films on Monday over its hiring of producer Courtney Sexton, who worked on liberal documentaries An Inconvenient Truth and Climate of Change.

The RNC had already voted to keep CNN and NBC from hosting any 2016 GOP primary debate because of planned productions on Hillary Clinton by CNN Films and NBC Entertainment. Since Sexton would be working on the Clinton film, the RNC argued her liberal credentials vindicate their case for railing against the film.

By Kyle Drennen | | August 19, 2013 | 5:33 PM EDT

Filling in for Andrea Mitchell on her 1 p.m. et MSNBC show on Monday, Hardball host Chris Matthews wrapped up an interview with Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz by adorning her with praise: "Congresswoman, I want to congratulate you on one thing that nobody ever gives you credit for, which is uniting the Democratic Party as it's never been united." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Matthews, co-hosting with his wife Kathleen, continued to gush: "And I'm telling you, it's not – I grew up with a Democratic Party that was never united, and you are united. And that's something the Republicans are going to envy you for." A beaming Wasserman Schultz replied: "Thank you. We're very proud of that."

By Brad Wilmouth | | August 19, 2013 | 4:03 PM EDT

On Friday's PoliticsNation show, during a segment in which host Al Sharpton linked the Obama rodeo clown in Missouri to alleged GOP extremism, MSNBC contributor Joy Reid declared that "the people who were whooping it up at that rodeo clown show are going to be all" the GOP have "got left," and went on to predict that the party is "shrinking down to its most extreme elements."

After clips of from past GOP presidential debates, Reid responded:

By Ken Shepherd | | August 19, 2013 | 3:34 PM EDT

Imagine a generally conservative evangelical figure switching his party affiliation from Republican to Democratic because in his view the 2012 Republican Convention's array of speakers and the party's platform convinced him that he could no longer in good conscience be affiliated with a political party which he believed steadfastly aligned itself with sinful positions on say care for the poor or immigration reform. Network news media would surely fall all over themselves to book that preacher on their morning and Sunday shows and print publications would scramble to get an exclusive interview.

Well, that sort of treatment has not greeted the Most Reverend Thomas Tobin, the bishop who oversees the Catholic diocese of Providence in Rhode Island. At a Young Republicans event last Tuesday, Tobin noted he joined the Democratic Party in 1969,  but can no longer remain one, not after the 2012 Democratic convention's war-on-women/abortion-heavy confab.  Providence TV station WPRI broke the story on August 13 (emphasis mine):

By Mike Ciandella | | August 19, 2013 | 2:29 PM EDT

Millions of young “invincible” Americans should buy insurance that they probably will not use very much in order to keep ObamaCare afloat, according to Aug. 15 CBS “Evening News.”

The one-sided report promoted ObamaCare, by talking to only a young man who intends to sign up with a government exchange and a woman from a group supportive of the law.

CBS made it sound like buying insurance in your twenties for a couple hundred dollars a month is easy, but failed to point out an economic factor that could make this difficult: high youth unemployment in the U.S. According to the May 3, 2013, New York Times, “Over the last 12 years, the United States has gone from having the highest share of employed 25- to 34-year-olds among large, wealthy economies to having among the lowest.”

By Scott Whitlock | | August 19, 2013 | 12:41 PM EDT

Former Democratic operative turned journalist George Stephanopoulos on Sunday parroted Barack Obama's talking points, insisting that a shutdown of the government would wound a "weak" Republican Party for a "generation." On Good Morning America, Stephanopoulos touted the President for "cutting his vacation short" due to unrest in Egypt.

After allowing that Obama has "little leverage" over House Republicans, he narrated that the White House believes "the Republican Party is in an even weaker position, that if they shut down the government, say, over their calls to defund Obamacare, they will relegate themselves to minority status for a generation." Playing the role of administration cheerleader, the journalist pointed out that Obama has a big autumn coming up, "which is why he cut his vacation short. He only went eight days this year instead of the normal two weeks." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

By Noel Sheppard | | August 19, 2013 | 12:21 PM EDT

As NewsBusters has been reporting, MSNBC's ratings have been plummeting all year.

As strange as it might seem, network chief Phil Griffin believes the cure to be - wait for it! - bringing Ed Schultz back from his failed stint at weekends to the 5PM slot Monday through Friday.

In a memo to staffers obtained by TVNewser, Griffin wrote:

By Noel Sheppard | | August 19, 2013 | 11:30 AM EDT

NewsBusters reported Friday that counter to claims by the liberal media, conservative talk radio host Sean Hannity fired the Cumulus network due to his concerns about how the owners are managing their stations.

Data obtained by NewsBusters show that Hannity is actually right, and that in the key demographic of people aged 25 to 54, Cumulus has lost roughly 50 percent of its listeners since buying the stations in September 2011.

By Noel Sheppard | | August 19, 2013 | 10:24 AM EDT

Chuck Todd doesn’t have a lot of respect for members of the GOP.

On MSNBC’s Morning Joe Monday, NBC’s Chief White House correspondent accused “about half the Republican field from 2012” of “simply [running] for exposure to get a talk show, or for exposure to get a radio deal, or a columnist, or a deal with Fox” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | | August 19, 2013 | 10:07 AM EDT

A November 15, 2010 blog post by Michael S. Derby at the Wall Street Journal ("San Francisco Fed Official Says QE2 Is Working") told us that "The Federal Reserve‘s recently announced plan to buy $600 billion in Treasury securities to improve economic growth is having a positive effect on growth." The Fed official involved also predicted "the U.S. gross domestic product to come in at 2.5% this year (2010), and at 3.5% next year and 4.5% the year after that." 

Uh, not exactly. Actual GDP results: 2.5% in 2010 (that was a gimme), followed by 1.8% and 2.8% in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Almost three years letter, the San Fran Fed's acknowledged result of that effort at "quantitative easing" — it "added about 0.13 percentage point to real GDP growth in late 2010" — is starkly different, and is only "positive" if you think a football team managing one field goal in four quarters is "positive." Of course, though it should be, the news is getting very little coverage.