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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.

By Tim Graham | | October 16, 2013 | 8:32 AM EDT

The Washington Post is going gooey early in the 2016 presidential campaign. The top left of The Washington Post Wednesday carried the headline “And the awards go to...Hillary: A recent flood of honors also offers Clinton an unofficial 2016 platform.”

Post reporter Philip Rucker began by saying that Elton John was honoring Hillary “at a moment when everyone seems to be honoring the former secretary of state for something.” Turn inside, and you see the emcee of Elton John’s Hillary-boosting event was none other than NBC’s Matt Lauer:

By Ben Shapiro | | October 16, 2013 | 7:38 AM EDT

On Tuesday, some numbskull in the White House press department gave a credential to Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, who proceeded to disprove the axiom that there are no dumb questions.

Pushing Obamacare and ripping Republicans like a good media plant, Christopher relied on his history of heart attacks to promote the president’s agenda in his question to press secretary Jay Carney:

By Matthew Vadum | | October 16, 2013 | 6:10 AM EDT

If you’re sick and tired of TV news broadcasts spewing pro-Obamacare propaganda, get ready to be inundated with even more progressive health care proselytizing in the dramas and comedies that follow those news shows.

For this you have the left-wing California Endowment to thank. The radical philanthropy is in the news because it is funding Obamacare public outreach efforts.

By Noel Sheppard | | October 16, 2013 | 1:52 AM EDT

It seems quite likely most NewsBusters readers have never heard of MC Lyte, but at Tuesday’s BET Hip Hop Awards, the female rapper while accepting a legacy award beseeched men to be more respectful of women.

“So stop cursing us out all the time,” she said. “Find some love for us somewhere” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | | October 15, 2013 | 11:22 PM EDT

Perhaps the most frustrating aspect of this government shutdown has been the inability of the average person to get a handle on what's really going on.

Outfits like the network evening news shows, the Associated Press, the New York Times and others compose their spin, and almost invariably tilt their coverage towards the Obama administration and Democrats; developments favoring the GOP and conservatives, if mentioned at all, get washed away. Two examples from today of shutdown settlement ideas President Barack Obama rejected will prove the point.

By Noel Sheppard | | October 15, 2013 | 11:17 PM EDT

I'm really getting sick and tired of conservatives being accused of racism by liberal media members all because they don't agree with Barack Obama's policies.

On Tuesday, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cynthia Tucker actually tweeted, "I knew some whites would have difficulty w/ a browner America but didn't know they'd wanna destroy the country over it":

By Brent Bozell | | October 15, 2013 | 10:54 PM EDT

The government shutdown has made it abundantly obvious that the anti-conservative news media and the anti-conservative Republican establishment have joined together to the point where it’s almost impossible to see where one ends and the other begins. Some might say they merge every day on the set of “Morning Joe.”

The media have designated as Public Enemy Number One a recalcitrant bloc of Tea Party stalwarts who have declared their intention to stop Barack Obama’s statist juggernaut from imposing the Obamacare monstrosity, running up trillion-dollar deficits year after year, and in so doing destroying the private sector. Amazingly, the same wailing and gnashing of teeth has come from the liberal Republicans.