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By Noel Sheppard | | September 3, 2013 | 10:17 AM EDT

He's revealed international secrets threatening the security of countries across the globe whilst being wanted in Sweden to face charges of rape and sexual assault.

Yet despite that, WikiLeaks' Julian Assange has actually been asked to be a juror for this year's Raindance Film Festival in London.

By NB Staff | | September 3, 2013 | 10:16 AM EDT

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By Mark Finkelstein | | September 3, 2013 | 9:54 AM EDT

It's something we've been saying at NewsBusters for some time: living in his MSM/political bubble has turned Joe Scarborough—once a conservative congressman representing the Florida panhandle—soft.

So it was refreshing to hear someone who travels in the same circles as Scarborough make the same observation.  On today's Morning Joe, man-about-Manhattan-and-the-Hamptons Donny Deutsch told Scarborough that "your liberal friends are making you soft." The particular issue at hand was Deutsch's support and Scarborough's opposition to the New York City Police Department's program of spying on potential terrorist organizations, including mosques. But the point is of general application.  View the video after the jump.

By Tom Blumer | | September 3, 2013 | 9:34 AM EDT

In a Thursday morning speech, AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka told of how surprised how he was, in the words of Time's Alex Rogers at it Swampland blog, "that employers have reduced workers’ hours below 30-a-week to avoid an employer penalty scheduled to go into effect in 2015."

Here's another "surprise" from Rogers' report, at least for those who think that lawmakers sit alone and draw up 2,000-page pieces of legislation on their own (except when the media relays claims by the left that evil industries write laws which evil Republican congressmen simply rubber-stamp them): Trumka admitted organized labor's direct involvement in in writing Obamacare. In other words, labor created the mess it is now denouncing (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Tim Graham | | September 3, 2013 | 7:00 AM EDT

In mid-August, former Washington Post business columnist Allan Sloan wrote for Fortune that it’s time for new Post owner Jeff Bezos to discuss his politics. In Tuesday's Post, media reporter Paul Farhi conducted the first interview with the new boss -- and there's no mention of his politics, not even a question declined.

Is he a libertarian? Is he a promoter of "gay marriage"? There's no clue, and no wondering out loud. Instead, we get a pep talk for the news room, and pandering to the employees:

By Tom Blumer | | September 2, 2013 | 6:45 PM EDT

Walter Shapiro's column at Yahoo yesterday might as well be called, "My Hero -- xoxo."

Its actual headline is, "Obama's history-defying decision to seek Congressional approval on Syria." As Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds noted a short time ago: "You can read this entire article about Obama going to Congress over Syria without seeing any mention that Bush went to Congress over Iraq and Afghanistan." After the jump, readers will get as much as (or maybe more than) they can stand, complete with the "There were no WMDs in Iraq" lie (bolds are mine):

By Noel Sheppard | | September 2, 2013 | 3:36 PM EDT

As NewsBusters reported Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry when he was still a Senator dined with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2009.

In a 2010 interview, Assad said, "I trust Senator Kerry, and I think he's genuine...I met him five times."

By Tim Graham | | September 2, 2013 | 1:46 PM EDT

Evan McMurry at Mediaite reported on the latest cultural criticism at the RightOnline Conference in Orlando this weekend. Conservative blogger and screenwriter Bill Whittle diagnosed Seth MacFarlane’s cartoon “Family Guy” as a symptom of America’s decadent liberalism, and said that conservatives are losing the narrative needed to win elections due to “entertainment” like this.

 Whittle charted the decline and fall of American values on our TV screens:

By Noel Sheppard | | September 2, 2013 | 12:50 PM EDT

A day after Secretary of State John Kerry compared Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein, Britain's Daily Mail published a picture of Kerry dining with Assad in February 2009.

It's going to be fascinating to see how the Obama-loving press report this (photo courtesy AFP):

By Tim Graham | | September 2, 2013 | 12:27 PM EDT

On Thursday night’s All Things Considered, NPR displayed how there’s no room for opposing views when the Obama administration makes socially liberal policy. No one calls it “liberal,” and no one’s allowed to disagree with it.

Whether it was making America friendlier for marijuana or gay relationships, NPR just announced Team Obama made a decision and turned to their reporters for calm explanations of what just happened – and whether it made sense was beyond the point.

By Noel Sheppard | | September 2, 2013 | 12:27 PM EDT

There was an anti-war protest in Boston on Saturday with some attendees marching to the Beacon Hill home of Secretary of State John Kerry and even knocking on his door.

But you likely didn't hear about this, for outside of local papers and the Associated Press, American media didn't care.

By Noel Sheppard | | September 2, 2013 | 11:40 AM EDT

HBO's Real Time is currently on vacation, but host Bill Maher is still finding ways to offend conservatives while sticking a foot in his mouth.

On Saturday he tweeted, "Kudos to Barry for restoring constitution re war powers. Tea People shld luv it but of course wont cuz President Blackenstein did it":

By Tim Graham | | September 2, 2013 | 9:14 AM EDT

In Monday’s Washington Post, reporter Darryl Fears reported on the latest crusade of green groups like the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council: “greening” the college football stadium.

"Ohio State worked with food vendors to switch from plastic to fiber nacho trays because plastic couldn’t be recycled with cheese stuck to it,” said Corey Hawkey, the university’s “sustainability coordinator." They also switched to wax paper to wrap hot dogs instead of aluminum foil, and got rid of paper cups with plastic lids, substituting plastic souvenir cups to be taken home.

By Tom Blumer | | September 1, 2013 | 10:47 PM EDT

At the New York Times's "Dot Earth" blog, Andrew Revkin reports that "the science on a connection between hurricanes and global warming is going in the opposite direction" — as in, the evidence that the connection between human-caused global warming (overgenerously assuming that there is any) and hurricane intensity or frequency of "heavy precipitations events," as shown in a "snapshot" of a draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's upcoming report, is one of "low confidence."

Fine, as in "It's about time." But at the bottom of that same graphic are findings relating to sea levels which appear to be laugh-out-loud funny.

By Ken Shepherd | | September 1, 2013 | 10:18 PM EDT

The president's call on Saturday for Congress to debate and pass a resolution authorizing airstrikes against Syria also served as a telegraphed message to the liberal media about how to spin the message in a way that puffs the president politically while turning a serious question of foreign policy and use of military resources into a domestic political grist for the 2014 midterms.

Well, the Wall Street Journal's Jay Solomon and Janet Hook smartly saluted and fired their salvo in a piece filed at the paper's website on Sunday afternoon headlined, "White House Girds for Battle With Congress." Here's how they began: