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By Tom Blumer | June 23, 2012 | 10:07 AM EDT

The count of prominent Democratic Party politicians who have decided not to attend the Democratic Party's convention in Charlotte, thereby attempting to avoid direct association with the formal renomination of incumbent President Barack Obama, is up to seven. Press coverage has been sparse. One can only imagine how much media end-zone dancing there would have been in 2004 had one governor, one senator and five congresspersons chosen not to attend the Republican National Convention to renominate George W. Bush.

On Thursday, the Hill had the story about the latest declared non-attendee, who admittedly is the least surprising addition to list (internal links are in original):

By NB Staff | June 23, 2012 | 9:08 AM EDT

With all the issues on the table this weekend, there's got to be plenty for you all to talk about.

Be our guests.

By Brent Bozell | June 23, 2012 | 8:03 AM EDT

June is “Gay Pride Month,” which immediately begs two questions: Says who? and, How is it that we have become a nation of such compliant sheep that we accept this rubbish? 

The Viacom corporation, on the other hand, thinks it’s the perfect opportunity for its MTV and gay Logo channels to announce they’re creating a second "It Gets Better" anti-bullying special starring their favorite gay bully, Dan Savage. On the cusp of this news, Savage denounced the gay group GOProud for endorsing Mitt Romney for president: "The GOP’s house faggots grab their ankles on this one."

By Tim Graham | June 23, 2012 | 6:41 AM EDT

Perhaps no media outlet has demonstrated a greater hostility to Fox News than NPR -- firing Juan Williams for making too many prime-time appearances there. But on the NPR show Fresh Air on Thursday, TV critic John Powers (whose day job is writing for Vogue magazine) trashed Aaron Sorkin's new HBO show The Newsroom for being smugly against conservatives.

Powers said, "In fact, the show's so riddled with disapproval toward those who watch Fox News, read the tabloids or enjoy reality TV that it feeds the cliche of liberals as smug elitists who reflexively look down on anyone who doesn't agree."

By Tim Graham | June 23, 2012 | 6:05 AM EDT

Greg Kandra, a blogger and Catholic deacon whose last job in network TV was at CBS working for Katie Couric, took to his Deacon's Bench blog to lament the sorry, biased state of TV news as NBC's Andrea Mitchell attempted to edit Mitt Romney's remarks at a Wawa convenience store into a "supermarket scanner moment"  that would make him look like an out-of-touch rich guy.

I used to defend the networks and tut-tut liberal bias, he wrote, but no more. "Forget it," he said, "I'm done. You deserve what they're saying about you."

By Noel Sheppard | June 23, 2012 | 2:24 AM EDT

95-year-old actor Kirk Douglas on Friday did something that virtually every conservative in America would like to do to Bill Maher albeit not as vulgarly.

In the middle of an interview on HBO's Real Time, Douglas said to his host, "F--k you!" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary, serious vulgarity warning):

By Noel Sheppard | June 23, 2012 | 1:32 AM EDT

Bill Maher said Friday, "Republicans don't care about dead Mexicans."

This came moments after he admitted on HBO's Real Time he didn't know anything about the controversial White House mission known as Fast and Furious "until this week" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | June 23, 2012 | 12:36 AM EDT

One of the finest examples of how liberal media members really don't know what they're talking about occurred on HBO's Real Time Friday when Reason's Nick Gillespie gave a much-needed education to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and host Bill Maher on the issue of Fast and Furious.

In the end, Maddow and Maher embarrassed themselves in a fashion that should have both of their respective networks seriously concerned about their qualifications to disseminate information to the public (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | June 22, 2012 | 11:25 PM EDT

If this were a prize fight, it would have ended at the end of the sixth round in a knockout. In a post at the American Enterprise Institute's blog this afternoon, James Pethokoukis, who previously toiled at U.S. News and Reuters, made mincemeat out of Washington Post reporter Tom Hamburger's Thursday Mitt Romney-Bain Capital hit piece ("Romney’s Bain Capital invested in companies that moved jobs overseas").

Just sit back and enjoy the pummeling. Since Hamburger didn't land any blows, I'll only deal with the punches Pethokoukis landed in explaining "Romney Reality" while refuting six "WaPo World" whines (italics are in original):

By Tom Johnson | June 22, 2012 | 11:16 PM EDT

This past week, one Kossack argued that for conservatives, freedom of religion is not an end, but rather a means for them to limit the religious liberty of non-conservatives. Another admitted that analyzing right-wingers is, literally, a painful experience. 

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

By Tim Graham | June 22, 2012 | 5:41 PM EDT

In a ten-minute rant on her show Thursday night, Rachel Maddow tried to explain the long NBC and ABC blackout of “Fast and Furious” scandal news by somehow tying it to the Shirley Sherrod controversy. The American people should move along, since this scandal is only a “paranoid delusion” and shouldn’t be covered by anyone other than Fox News. It should be carefully quarantined.


By Kyle Drennen | June 22, 2012 | 5:14 PM EDT

Trying to do some cheerleading for President Obama on Friday, NBC's Today touted the First Daughters as a major boon to his reelection, as co-host Matt Lauer proclaimed: "...with the election just about five months away, Malia and Sasha are stepping forward a little bit. So are they a good way to connect with voters?...are they his secret weapon in the upcoming campaign?"

Introducing the pro-Obama fluff as legitimate news, co-host Ann Curry talked about the President as if he were a summer action flick: "Like most parents, President Obama loves talking about his kids. But during an election year, those stories might also just help him out at the box office."

By Tom Blumer | June 22, 2012 | 4:57 PM EDT

Here's an indication of just how discredited the word "stimulus" is becoming: European leaders today agreed on a $163 "growth package" of some kind. The leaders were apparently very reluctant to describe it.

At a Los Angeles Times blog this morning, Sarah Delaney's coverage mostly bought into what appears to be a charade, but the headline writer at the paper's home page didn't get the memo.

By Jeffrey Meyer | June 22, 2012 | 4:44 PM EDT

Once again MSNBC's Martin Bashir has shown he is nothing more than a liberal hack disguising himself as a journalist.  One would think that a panel discussion about the vicious bullying of an elderly bus monitor would unite all the members in a moment of apolitical discussion and condemnation of same, but sadly, that was not MSNBC viewers got when they tuned in during the 12 p.m. Eastern hour of programming today.

During a segment on Now with Alex Wagner, Bashir saw the bullying of the upstate New York woman, Karen Klein, as the perfect opportunity to trash GOP politicians.  Bashir -- quite the political bully himself as we've documented -- disgustingly argued that “what's been interesting is you watched the condemnation of these children's behavior has been, some of the people who have been most vociferous in their condemnation of this conduct are actually the most vicious and inappropriate when it comes to what they say about the president and his background and life, his origins, his religious faith, his family, his wife.” 

By Geoffrey Dickens | June 22, 2012 | 4:30 PM EDT

In Aaron Sorkin’s new HBO drama The Newsroom, the lead character Will McAvoy, played by actor Jeff Daniels, rattles off America’s failings and blasts that “It’s not the greatest country in the world.” It’s an opinion of America that CBS This Morning co-anchor Charlie Rose admitted, on his Thursday night PBS show, he shares. Rose invited on Sorkin, Daniels and actress Emily Mortimer to promote the show about a disgruntled cable news anchor and told Sorkin he agreed with McAvoy’s and presumably Sorkin’s dim view of America: “I mean this is your definition of the world right there. And by the way, mine too. I mean you know what’s happened to the country.”

In the scene, McAvoy rants: “There is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories. Number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real and defense spending where we spend more than the next 26 countries combined 25 of whom are allies.” (video after the jump)