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By Tom Blumer | | September 8, 2013 | 2:35 PM EDT

Following a voter-approved referendum in 2004, Oregon's constitution (Article XV, Section 5A) has stated that "... only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or legally recognized as a marriage."

For some reason, that doesn't seem to matter in the "Sweet Cakes" controversy over Aaron and Melissa Klein's refusal earlier this year to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple's (not legally recognized) "marriage." The turned-down couple has filed a civil-rights complaint with the Civil Rights Division of the Oregon Department of Labor and Industry. In the meantime, the Kleins, who have experienced ongoing harassment and threats against anyone and everyone who might refer business to them, have closed their storefront business and are operating it out of their home. Aaron has taken employment elsewhere. No press coverage that I have seen has raised the seemingly valid issue of how the Kleins can be forced to do something in support of a ceremony, i.e., same-sex "marriage," which is not legally sanctioned and could construed to be an illegal act.

By Noel Sheppard | | September 8, 2013 | 2:18 PM EDT

NBC chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd on Sunday said there are more Democrats coming to a "rational and principled" decision in opposing an attack on Syria compared to Republicans who in his view are just as likely to be basing their opinion strictly on politics.

Such was said on NBC's Meet the Press (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | September 8, 2013 | 12:57 PM EDT

Congressman Peter King (R-N.Y.) said on NBC’s Meet the Press Sunday, “I wish [President Obama] was more of a Commander-in-Chief than a community organizer.”

This seemed to shock host David Gregory who shot back, “Why do you say that? I mean, that's like a campaign line. What does that mean?” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | September 8, 2013 | 11:07 AM EDT

NewsBusters asked Saturday if the media will report a New York man becoming brain dead as a result of an unprovoked attacked by a man saying "I hate white people."

So far with the exception of local New York coverage, the answer is a resounding "No."

By Tom Blumer | | September 8, 2013 | 10:53 AM EDT

On Friday, as seen in Google News search results showing posts and feeds at other web sites, a report at the New York Times by Peter Baker and Steven Lee Meyers had the following headline "Obama Fails in Bid for Wide Backing for Syria Attack."

On Twitter, self-described "conservative academic" Will Antonin wondered (HT Twitchy), "How long until this NYT headline is changed?" The answer: Not long. Sometime before the story got to the Old Gray Lady's September 7 print edition, the Baker-Meyers story's headline was changed to "Obama Falls Short on Wider Backing for Syria Attack," and its content had been changed. The original story, which had opened by saying that "President Obama emerged from the Group of 20 summit meeting with a few international supporters," is no longer present on the Times's web site.

By Noel Sheppard | | September 8, 2013 | 10:06 AM EDT

NewsBusters reported Saturday that the trustee of the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, is trying to get an asteroid named after Trayvon Martin.

At roughly the same time Saturday, the Alabama State University marching band paid tribute to Martin during halftime festivities of a football game in Jackson, Mississippi, which included actually spelling "Trayvon":

By Tim Graham | | September 8, 2013 | 8:05 AM EDT

On Wednesday, the blog The Catholic View for Women nicely summarized how The New York Times was honored by liberals for having the courage to challenge the “persistent abortion stigma that’s deeply ingrained in our society.”

On September 1, Linda Marx of the Times reported a “Weddings/Celebrations” story on Miami Heat basketball player Udonis Haslem and his new wife Faith Rein. The headline was "Taking Their Very Sweet Time." Displayed in the wedding photograph was their son, Josiah, age 6. The story drew controversy over how Rein and Haslem agreeing to have an abortion was a Hallmark-card moment in a deepening love story. It showed Udonis was a caring nurturer:

By Tim Graham | | September 8, 2013 | 6:28 AM EDT

Some left-wingers adore the newest program at MSNBC. Alyssa Rosenberg at Think Progress thinks "Giving Alec Baldwin A Talk Show Is The Best Idea MSNBC's Had In A While."

Never mind Baldwin's old dreams of killing Osama bin Laden and then killing Vice President Dick Cheney with the terrorist's corpse. "If MSNBC is supposed to be a smart, enthusiastic place for intelligent analysis and discussion, Baldwin brings a dash of celebrity and sex appeal to that mission." His apparent tryout for MSNBC came with a talk show/podcast called "Here's The Thing" on New York's taxpayer-funded radio station WNYC, and he passed for liberals with flying colors:

By Tom Blumer | | September 7, 2013 | 9:46 PM EDT

Catholic News Agency is ahead of the curve on a likely major development affecting a U.S. household name.

The Coca-Cola Company's sponsorship of a "controversial Spanish reality (TV) show" ("disgusting" would appear to be a better word) in Spain is blowing up in its face, and not only because of the content of the program itself. The caustic reaction of a Coke executive to those who have criticized his company's support of the program has sparked calls for a boycott of the company's products which seems to have the potential to cut into the company's sales volume. Excerpts from CNA's Friday coverage follow the jump (bolds are mine):

By P.J. Gladnick | | September 7, 2013 | 8:20 PM EDT

Imagine a radio station that does an interview and a video of it goes viral on the Web. Of course, you would expect such a station to feature that video on its website, probably its front page. Well, radio station 1010 WINS in New York City had such a video but instead of featuring it, they completely ignored it despite the fact that the video was highlighted on such websites as the Drudge Report, the Daily Caller, and many others. As of this writing you won't find that video, which was originally posted on YouTube by tvnewsnj anywhere on the WINS website.

The interview with the woman, Donna Jackson, of the Newark Non-Violence Coalition is a damning indictment of the level of violence in Newark, Mayor Cory Booker who was accused of being MIA while campaigning for senator, and of the news media whom Jackson accused of suppressing any bad news about Booker. The only way one even knows that WINS conducted this interview is the microphone which identifies it as 1010 WINS. Read the highlights of the dramatic interview and you will understand why this video went viral all over the Web with the notable exception of the WINS website:

By Tom Blumer | | September 7, 2013 | 7:06 PM EDT

In a Saturday afternoon dispatch, the Associated Press marred a mostly decent presentation of the August employment situation reported by the government yesterday in three ways.

The first is the story's misleading headline: "The Job Market Fed Faces: Healing But Still Ailing." Whether there's genuine healing going on is highly debatable, given that the labor force participation rate fell to 63.2 percent, its lowest level since 1978, and the clear trend towards part-time work. AP Economics Writer Paul Wiseman's treatment of that trend and another related one represent the report's other three weaknesses, as seen in the following three paragraphs (bolds are mine):

By Noel Sheppard | | September 7, 2013 | 6:50 PM EDT

Can you imagine the outrage if a news organization published a headline reading "FINALLY! A Show Without All Those Old Black Guys Getting In The Way?"

I guess the folks at the Huffington Post didn't consider that when they put the following headline atop their media page:

FINALLY! A Show Without All Those Old White Guys Getting In The Way

By Noel Sheppard | | September 7, 2013 | 5:57 PM EDT

It seems even Barack Obama doesn't want to be seen on MSNBC.

The Washington Post reported moments ago that the President of the United States, ahead of his address to the nation about Syria Tuesday, will give interviews to the evening newscasts of ABC, CBS, CNN, FNC, NBC and PBS Monday.

By Noel Sheppard | | September 7, 2013 | 4:43 PM EDT

Two months ago, NewsBusters asked when the Obama-loving media would get around to reporting the poor quality of jobs being created in this economy.

On Friday, the NBC Nightly News did just that in a surprising segment that included a reporter actually saying, "Of the eight hundred forty-eight thousand jobs created this year, nearly two thirds are part-time" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | September 7, 2013 | 3:27 PM EDT

The race-baiting media are going to be put to a serious challenge in the coming days following a tragic hate crime committed in New York City's Union Square Wednesday.

As CBS's New York affiliate reported late Friday evening, a retired train conductor was left brain dead when an African-American man unknown to him attacked him after shouting "I hate white people" (video follows with commentary):