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By Tim Graham | | October 16, 2013 | 2:46 PM EDT

Brent Bozell isn’t the only conservative opinion leader to focus on how the latest NBC-Wall Street Journal poll was used by NBC as “absolutely devastating to Republicans.” Rush Limbaugh found “it just dispirited every Republican who heard about it. And it ignited and made joyously happy every Democrat and every media person who heard about it.”

But at The Huffington Post, liberal pollsters Mark Blumenthal and Emily Swanson analyzed other polls and showed they differ from the NBC “devastation.” They say focusing on blame is the “least reliable gauge of public opinion about the ongoing crisis.”

By Sean Long | | October 16, 2013 | 2:16 PM EDT

You know you’ve gone off the deep end when liberal Huffington Post takes a more moderate view. HuffPost Live’s Marc Lamont Hill showed how weird that could be when he  interviewed Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., on Oct. 15. Schultz was promoting her new book “For the Next Generation,” but spent most of the time bashing “extremist” Tea Party Republicans.

While discussing the shutdown, Schultz declared that Republicans “shut down the government over whether or not we are going to give everyone access to quality, affordable healthcare.” Hill attempted to clarify: “You’re not suggesting the Republican Party is shutting down the government so that people won’t get healthcare, right?”

By Brad Wilmouth | | October 16, 2013 | 2:07 PM EDT

On Tuesday's PoliticsNation, MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor accused the Heritage Foundation of "strapping dynamite to the bridge" in trying to influence the agreement to end the government shutdown, and went on to mock Heritage President Jim DeMint as wearing "clown pajamas."

After host Al Sharpton griped about DeMint being a "far, far right" influence on congressional members, Taylor complained:

By Ken Shepherd | | October 16, 2013 | 1:35 PM EDT

Tea Party conservative Republicans like Sens. Mike Lee (Utah) and Ted Cruz (Texas) are nothing more than a racist "clavern of sociopaths" who are eager to saddle the country's first black president with a default on the nation's debt. That was the latest foaming-at-the-mouth bile from ultra-liberal Daily Beast's contributor Michael Tomasky this morning.

"Clavern," of course, is not a real word, but "klavern" is the term the KKK uses to refer to one of its local chapters. Of course, Tomasky would have to conduct a seance to talk to the last member of the U.S. Senate who knew what a klavern was from person experience -- former Senate Majority Leader Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) -- and the only black member of the U.S. Senate is conservative Republican Tim Scott (S.C.) -- a staunch opponent of ObamaCare -- but those inconvenient facts don't fit Tomasky's simplistic boil-everything-down-to-Republican-racism narrative (emphasis mine)

By Noel Sheppard | | October 16, 2013 | 1:19 PM EDT

As NewsBusters readers are well aware, Bette Midler has said some dumb things in her life.

However, I think this is clearly the most absurd thing she has tweeted...at least in the past 24 hours:

By Matthew Balan | | October 16, 2013 | 12:59 PM EDT

On Wednesday's CBS This Morning, Jan Crawford repeatedly underlined that the launch of HealthCare.gov has been a fiasco. After Norah O'Donnell noted the "rough start to ObamaCare", Crawford blunted stated that "'rough start' could be the understatement of the year. It has been a complete disaster." She pointed out that "we can't even find anyone who's enrolled. The Miami Herald is now calling them urban legends."

The correspondent later spotlighted how "the failures [of ObamaCare] are well documented, but the success stories are not." She also asserted that "the backlash, the criticism, the complete failure of this rollout" would be more apparent if the partial government shutdown hadn't happened. [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]

By Scott Whitlock | | October 16, 2013 | 12:40 PM EDT

For the second time in one day, an MSNBC anchor accused Republicans of betraying the United States. According to Ed Schultz on Tuesday, House GOP members who won't agree to all of Barack Obama's demands on the government shutdown are committing "economic terrorism" and plotting a "coup d'etat" against the President.

Schultz brought on Democratic Congressman Joseph Crowley to discuss whether there would be a vote on the shutdown. The Ed Show host fumed, "Congressman, what we're seeing happen in America right now, I think, is economic terrorism." The anchor offered his version of what passing the debt ceiling deadline would mean: "Interest rates are going to go nuts. Belt tightening is going to take place. Unemployment's going to go up." He escalated, "This is economic terrorism as I call it...It seems to be nothing more than a legislative coup d'etat." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

By Matt Hadro | | October 16, 2013 | 12:07 PM EDT

CNN gave liberal actor Robert Redford a podium to bash Republicans with on Wednesday's New Day. Redford accused some Republicans of wanting to "destroy" President Obama.

"I think that no matter what you would propose they would go against it because their determination was to destroy this person," Redford said of the "minority faction" in Washington versus President Obama.

By Noel Sheppard | | October 16, 2013 | 11:41 AM EDT

Congressman Sean Duffy (R-Wisc.) became an internet sensation last week when he decimated MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell for her “pathetic news reporting.”

For the Congressman’s second act, he took on MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski Wednesday telling the Morning Joe co-host, “You’re part of the problem” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Sean Long | | October 16, 2013 | 11:18 AM EDT

Between the government shut down and the debt ceiling limit about to be crossed Oct. 17, the news media is screaming like the house is on fire. The Obama administration has also warned of dangers. Of course, that’s nothing new.

In many cases following the Obama administration’s reports and threats, the networks were hysterical in their coverage of the “fiscal cliff” and the sequester in late 2012 and early 2013. They repeated predictions and made claims that in many cases, simply failed to happen.

By Mike Ciandella | | October 16, 2013 | 10:48 AM EDT

If you watch ABC, NBC and CBS, you might think that the debt default is inevitable. Market experts aren’t so sure. While the debt ceiling will be reached on Oct. 16 without Congress intervening, the jury is out on what would actually happen. Many experts, including Forbes, Bloomberg Business Week and Moody’s Corp., have argued that the default would actually hit weeks later, if at all.

Since the shutdown was first mentioned – from September 20 until October 12 – the term “default” has been used in 67 morning and evening news stories. Of these, 58.2 percent (39 out of 67) talked about the default as if it were inevitable. ABC was the worst, with 74 percent (17 of 23 stories) insisting that the default was inevitable. Fifty-six percent of CBS stories (14 out of 25 stories) said the default would definitely occur on the 17th, and NBC had 42 percent (8 out of 19 stories).

By Noel Sheppard | | October 16, 2013 | 10:40 AM EDT

It's really tough to imagine calling one of the nation's leading on air Democratic shills a national treasure.

However, when your name is Phil Griffin and you are the president of what many refer to as "MSDNC," I guess it's understandable that you might think that about Hardball host Chris Matthews.

By Katie Yoder | | October 16, 2013 | 10:25 AM EDT

Celebrities – is there anything they can’t do? For instance, to cram all the arrogance, insularity, vapidity and uninformed reactionary liberalism of their opinions into 140-character tweets takes real talent. And during the government shutdown, their Twitter acumen has been on glorious display. 

Between Bette Midler blaming “right wing extremists” (aka the new “Osama Ben Laden”) and Bill Maher accusing conservatives of enjoying the showdown, Twitter was rife with celebrity leftism. To emphasize disapproval, Rainn Wilson resorted to all caps, while stars like Joe Rogan and Olivia Wilde used “clusterfuck” and “shitbag” to describe the shutdown. And, well (surprise, surprise), not one found fault with the left. 

By Sean Long | | October 16, 2013 | 9:04 AM EDT

Lefty hysteria over the debt ceiling reached a new peak with the Huffington Post’s “A Survival Guide to the Debt Ceiling Apocalypse.” Hyping fears of what they call “defaultocalypse,” the article openly advocated readers to “panic,” “heavily arm yourself” and “train and befriend a wolf.”

This Oct. 14 article detailed the various financial risks of a national default, calling Republicans “insane” for allowing this possibility. Presumably, they intended to be humorous, but the dire warnings over default are consistent with the Huffington Post’s regular fear mongering over the Oct. 17 debt-ceiling deadline.

By Mark Finkelstein | | October 16, 2013 | 8:50 AM EDT

Amidst all the blather about Republicans going over the cliff and taking the world with them, a tantalizing bit of truth broke through on today's Morning Joe. Doomsaying notwithstanding, the GOP is actually positioned to do OK in 2014.

Making the comment particularly surprising was its source: none other than Barack Obama's former senior adviser himself—David Axelrod.  View the video after the jump.