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By Noel Sheppard | | October 3, 2013 | 6:22 PM EDT

Sometimes Congressmen say the darnedest things.

Toward the end of a heated debate with CNN's Carol Costello about the government shutdown and ObamaCare, Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) brought up the media as part of the problem adding, "Carol, you're beautiful but you have to be honest as well" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Matthew Sheffield | | October 3, 2013 | 6:03 PM EDT

Far left radio host Thom Hartmann has said some really crazy stuff over the years such as that evil right-wing billionaires deliberately provoked the violence in Benghazi, Libya in order to make President Obama look bad. He’s also said that NPR is full of “right-wing bias.”

Hartmann’s latest delusion is particularly hilarious. He is quite convinced that congressional Republicans plotted to shut down the government as a way to distract people from the glorious rollout of the Obamacare health insurance exchanges. You know, the ones that less than 10 people in the entire country appear to have signed up for because of widespread system failures.

By Matt Hadro | | October 3, 2013 | 5:23 PM EDT

The doctor who was once a candidate to be President Obama's surgeon general called the opening of the ObamaCare exchanges "a pretty historic thing" on CNN Thursday.

CNN's chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviewed one of ObamaCare's helpers working with customers on Maryland's state exchange. His questions basically amounted to a puff piece on the law.

By Tim Graham | | October 3, 2013 | 5:08 PM EDT

Former CBS News vet and O’Reilly Factor regular Bernard Goldberg is hopping mad at conservatives who’ve written him to tell him they will no longer watch him or read him. Goldberg even stooped to suggesting his critics “don’t want to even hear the other guy.  You want the other guy dead (in some cases, I suspect, literally dead!)”

At what point does this kind of rage at the audience start hurting Fox’s ratings? Comparing American conservatives to Islamist Iranian dictators? He unleashed on them in a column called “An Open Letter to the Ayatollahs.”

By Kyle Drennen | | October 3, 2013 | 5:01 PM EDT

In an effort to insulate President Obama from criticism during the government shutdown and focus all blame on members of Congress, NBC's Today created the Twitter topic #DearCongress to provide "a forum for you to vent." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

After urging viewers on Tuesday to use the hastag in their anti-Congress tweets, on Wednesday, the hosts of the network morning touted the success of the effort. Co-host Savannah Guthrie announced "growing public outrage on day two of the government shutdown." In a report that followed, White House correspondent Peter Alexander proclaimed: "Across the country, a growing chorus of frustration....Americans stepping up to the mic under the #DearCongress, that launched...here on Today."

By Sean Long | | October 3, 2013 | 4:51 PM EDT

Treasury claims possible debt standoff would be ‘worse’ than 2008; CNBC says fear is White House ‘aim.’

By Scott Whitlock | | October 3, 2013 | 4:43 PM EDT

 MSNBC host Chris Matthews on Wednesday night mocked his Fox News competition, wondering when someone would write a book entitled Killing O'Reilly. [See video below. MP3 audio here.] The Hardball anchor appeared on the Colbert Report to promote his own tome, Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked. Stephen Colbert put Matthews on the spot, wondering if Ronald Reagan was a better president than Barack Obama. 

Matthews surprisingly answered, "In the end, yeah. In the end. Because he ended the Cold War. That's hard to beat. Hard to beat that, baby." Of course, Matthews does have a book to sell, one that he presumably wants more than just liberals to buy. Talking about the Cold War, the liberal anchor praised, "Reagan hated the idea of nuclear war. He hated mutual assured destruction...He understood the situation. He was a human being."

By Mike Ciandella | | October 3, 2013 | 4:30 PM EDT

“Animal-semen exporters were furloughed” sounds like a bad joke, but to left-wing publication Mother Jones it’s a problem caused by the government shutdown. Right up there with 50 Nubian goats in New Jersey being furloughed. And don’t forget about the Whale Counters!

The Oct. 2 article listed “30 Ways the Shutdown Is Already Screwing People.” Most of the items on this list wee the same talking points that the left has brought up time and again, but some were actually quite strange. The list included:

By Matt Hadro | | October 3, 2013 | 4:26 PM EDT

Not 90 minutes after CNN first reported that Capitol Hill was on lockdown on Thursday, anchor Wolf Blitzer brought politics into the breaking news coverage.

"An incident like this which clearly scares everyone up on Capitol Hill, staffers, workers, members of Congress. You think it's going to propel you guys up there, Democrats and Republicans, to say you know what, enough is enough, let's get back to work and end this government shutdown?" Blitzer asked Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.).

By Matthew Balan | | October 3, 2013 | 4:04 PM EDT

Nancy Cordes stood out on Wednesday's CBS Evening News for pointing out Senator Harry Reid's eyebrow-raising "why would I want to do that" answer to a question about approving funding for cancer research for children. Meanwhile, on NBC Nightly News, John Yang hyped how "200 patients a week...including about 30 children" had been turned away from "last-resort medical treatment" due to the government shutdown, without mentioning Reid's gaffe.

Jim Avila also ballyhooed the detrimental effects of the shutdown on World News, and used man-on-the-street interviews to hint that Tea Party Republicans were mainly to blame for the issue. But the ABC evening newscast also ignored the Senate majority leader's remark. Hours later, none of the Big Three's morning shows mentioned Senator Reid's misstep during their reporting about the shutdown. [MP3 audio from Cordes' Wednesday report available here; video below the jump]

By Ken Shepherd | | October 3, 2013 | 3:48 PM EDT

When you have to toss out in the midst of your race-baiting article that you are in no way insisting that conservatives are racists, well, that's pretty good evidence that you're doing just that.

"No, this is not a convoluted way of calling Republicans racists,"Jamelle Bouie insisted -- and which editors placed into a pull quote -- in his October 3 story "How the South Blocked Health Care for Those Who Need It Most."   "Thanks to Republican legislators in old Confederate states, universal health-care won’t be so universal" laments a front-page caption accompanying a stock image of a black girl being attended to by two black medical personnel in surgical scrubs. [see image below the page break] Here's how Bouie opened his story on the lack of Southern states participating in a Medicaid expansion available to them under ObamaCare:

By Tim Graham | | October 3, 2013 | 3:05 PM EDT

The Washington Post launched two stories today promoting “The Laramie Project,” a leftist play staged by Ford’s Theatre that blames the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard on the bigotry of America. In neither story did the Post disclose to the reader that The Washington Post is an “Official Media Partner” of this play and the larger “Lincoln Legacy Project” to “create dialogue around the issues of  diversity, equality and acceptance.”

Drama critic Celia Wren wrote a rave review on page 2 of the Style section headlined “In any space, Ford’s ‘Laramie Project’ is a thoughtful and provocative work.” When reached by NewsBusters, Washington Post spokesperson Kristine Coratti insisted that the partnership has no relationship to that unbiased newsroom:

By Mark Finkelstein | | October 3, 2013 | 2:20 PM EDT

Quick: how much were Social Security, Medicaid and food stamps cut by the sequester? Zero, you say?  Those programs were exempted from sequester cuts, and Medicare was reduced by only 2%? Correctomundo!  

So what was Andrea Mitchell thinking when she claimed on her MSNBC show that the sequester "gutted" social programs? You tell me.  View the video after the jump.

By Jack Coleman | | October 3, 2013 | 12:35 PM EDT

On average, Ed Schultz is good for at least one belly laugh per week, though this number drops steeply when measured among the turgid types who flock to MSNBC and aren't in on the joke. Schultz hit his quota early this week while hyperventilating about the health exchanges mandated by Obamacare.

Pay no attention to those many glitches and long waits for callers that accompanied rollout of the exchanges Oct. 1, Schultz assured his radio listeners -- these are actually evidence of the Affordable Care Act's gleaming "success." (Audio after the jump)

By Scott Whitlock | | October 3, 2013 | 12:08 PM EDT

 Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Thursday fired back at the liberal, Obama-friendly talking points from MSNBC host Thomas Roberts. At one point, a disgusted Priebus, appearing to discuss the shutdown, slammed MSNBC, attacking, "This is a joke. I think you ought to just apply for a job in the Obama administration or the communications department of the DNC." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

An annoyed Roberts rather lamely replied, "No, I'll come work for you guys and help you sort out what's going on, because your message is a little befuddled." The MSNBC anchor acted as grand inquisitor in the interview, repeating all of the White House's talking points against the congressional GOP. At one point, he wondered, "But does the Constitution really allow for the Republican Party to take the government hostage and shut it down?"