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By NB Staff | September 15, 2012 | 1:37 PM EDT

You know the drill - so drill, baby, drill!

By Noel Sheppard | September 15, 2012 | 1:31 PM EDT

Bill Maher not surprisingly spent most of his HBO show Friday trashing Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

During his final New Rule, the Real Time host said, "In many ways we're all a bit Mitt Romney - and I don't just mean dorks in mom jeans who are afraid of black people" (video follows with transcript and commentary, serious vulgarity warning, file photo):

By Tim Graham | September 15, 2012 | 11:46 AM EDT

Establishment media bloggers are still dismissing the idea that the "let's all force Romney to express regret" talk before his press conference was unprofessional or displayed anti-Romney bias. Erik Wemple at The Washington Post agreed with our take: "Whispering among reporters before sessions would be a problem if it applied only to politicians of one party, but not to the other." 

But when Wemple went to the White House reporters for comment, they insisted the reporters coordinate just as furiously today to pin down Obama as they did against Bush. Caren Bohan of Reuters sounded ridiculous (even before you consider that Obama avoids press conferences):

By Noel Sheppard | September 15, 2012 | 11:46 AM EDT

Criticism for the Obama administration came from a very unlikely source Friday.

Valerie Plame, the Bush-bashing ex-CIA operative at the heart of the Scooter Libby controversy, published a Huffington Post piece titled "Why Is the U.S. Government Bullying an American Hero?" in which she absolutely excoriated the White House for its treatment of the Osama bin Laden raid autobiographer.

By Noel Sheppard | September 15, 2012 | 10:43 AM EDT

HBO's Bill Maher on Friday made an anti-Semitic joke about the producers of the anti-Muslim film some are claiming is responsible for anti-American uprisings around the world.

This hysterically came moments after the Real Time host criticized Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for politicizing the violence (video follows with transcript and commentary, vulgarity warning):

By Tim Graham | September 15, 2012 | 10:29 AM EDT

Abby Goodnough of The New York Times is reporting as the California state government is setting up its ObamaCare exchange, the exchange has hired a PR firm (with federal government money).

"Realizing that much of the battle will be in the public relations realm, the exchange has poured significant resources into a detailed marketing plan — developed not by state health bureaucrats but by the global marketing powerhouse Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, which has an initial $900,000 contract with the exchange," she wrote. Ogilvy's plan is to tap major network TV shows like "Grey's Anatomy" and "Modern Family" to sell Americans on the health care law:

By Tim Graham | September 15, 2012 | 9:48 AM EDT

On Thursday’s All Things Considered, NPR anchor Melissa Block announced it was time to mark the anniversary of Occupy Wall Street protests. “One year later, the tent camps are gone. So what's happened to the movement and the people who joined it?” Question: If it failed utterly, why celebrate the anniversary?

For "reflections" on the state of this amorphous radical movement, Block interviewed two Occupiers NPR had previously interviewed when the protests were most heavily celebrated by the media. She had no conservative questions (or critical guests). At least, Occupy Boston activist Jason Potteiger has a sense of humor about it, telling NPR it was a failed political Woodstock:

By P.J. Gladnick | September 15, 2012 | 8:55 AM EDT

Reuters has noted the one year anniversary coming this Monday of the Coffee Party, oops, I mean Occupy Wall Street. I can be forgiven for the error since both proved to be as big a flop as Joe Scarborough's No Labels. All of these failed movements had one other thing in common: they were given a boost at birth with extreme media hype. However, first the anniversary/obituary from Reuters:

(Reuters) - Occupy Wall Street marks its first anniversary on Monday, and, in a bid to rejuvenate a movement that has failed to sustain momentum after sparking a national conversation about economic inequality last fall, activists plan once again to descend on New York's financial district.

By Brent Bozell | September 15, 2012 | 8:09 AM EDT

Veteran reporter Sharon Waxman knew she’d found a new low. Reporting from the Toronto Film Festival, she revealed the viewpoint of director Nick Cassavetes, which she summarized in a headline: “Who Gives a Damn? Love Who You Want.” The topic was incest.

Hollywood’s march to tear down – to obliterate, really -- every boundary of sexual decency should compel even the harshest accusers of social conservatives like Rick Santorum to apologize profusely. They were wrong to mock conservatives for warning of the extremes, as we’re lurching so quickly and easily into the darkest “love who you want” extremes of the Lifestyle Left.

By Rich Noyes | September 15, 2012 | 8:06 AM EDT

For the past two weeks, NewsBusters has been showcasing the most egregious bias the Media Research Center has uncovered over the years — four quotes for each of the 25 years of the MRC, 100 quotes total — all leading up to our big 25th Anniversary Gala September 27.

If you’ve missed a previous blog, recounting the worst of 1988 through 2000, you can find them here. Today, the worst bias of 2001, including shocking displays of moral equivalence after 9/11 and Dan Rather’s salute to Bill Clinton’s honesty. [Quotes and video below the jump.]

By Tim Graham | September 15, 2012 | 7:36 AM EDT

In the Bush years, leftists taunted the dreaded "neocons" in the White House for their arrogant attempts to impose democracy on countries that did not want The American Way. Now, with Obama in the crosshairs, suddenly it’s the conservatives who don’t want democracy? On her talk show Thursday, leftist Randi Rhodes insisted, “let's not lose sight of where we can actually hope to see democracy and not piss it away, because conservative talk radio has decided that they want to piss it away!”
   
Bush and Cheney only liked Arab dictators: “But these closed little dictatorships, the Saudi government which -- George Herbert Walker Bush - George Bush himself, Cheney - they love societies like that! They're the ones that actually make out with those dictators! They've never met a dictator they didn't love!” Republicans don’t like people:

By Tom Johnson | September 15, 2012 | 6:50 AM EDT

This past week, Kossacks weighed in on the GOP presidential nominee's Libya/Egypt comments, reflected on the madness and/or fanatical religiosity of conservatives, and lauded a currently showless lefty cable-TV host.

As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

By Clay Waters | September 15, 2012 | 1:27 AM EDT

The New York Times is developing a bad habit of sending its columns to the Obama administration for approval. Daniel Harper at the Weekly Standard reported yesterday on a no-no committed by then-contributing Times columnist Peter Orszag, former director of Obama's Office of Management and Budget and an Obama-care booster in an October 20, 2010 column, "Malpractice Methodology." Halper wrote in part:

By Matthew Balan | September 14, 2012 | 7:43 PM EDT

Bob Schieffer trumpeted "some of the best polling news that the President has seen in quite a while" on Friday's CBS Evening News, a day after NBC's Brian Williams played up poll numbers that were supposedly "ahead of the wildest dreams" of Democrats. Schieffer claimed that "the President's message that he is the one who can best help the middle class does seem to be getting through," even though one poll result is unchanged since July.

The veteran journalist gave these statements just moments after anchor Scott Pelley noted that "a new CBS News/New York Times poll shows just how close the presidential race is. Of the people who told us they were likely to vote, 49 percent said they favor President Obama, 46 percent Mitt Romney; and that three-point spread is well within the poll's margin of error."

By Ken Shepherd | September 14, 2012 | 6:38 PM EDT

The caption accompanying a September 13 TIME magazine photo slide tags the filmmakers behind "The Innocence of Muslims" as "Islamophobes" while those rioting in the Arab street supposedly in reaction against said film are merely "orthodox Muslims.":