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By Brent Baker | | November 4, 2012 | 6:18 PM EST

When, ten minutes into the October 28 Meet the Press, guest panelist Carly Fiorina brought up Benghazi, host David Gregory cut her off, but promised: “We’ll get to Libya a little bit later.” The show proceeded for nearly another 50 minutes without another mention of Libya.

A full seven days later -- 168 hours to be precise -- Gregory made good on his belated pledge, raising Benghazi with Obama operative David Plouffe just over ten minutes into the November 4 Meet the Press, but only after trying to discredit administration critics: “A lot of misinformation about this and a politicization of this in the final days.”

By Noel Sheppard | | November 4, 2012 | 3:38 PM EST

As NewsBusters reported Wednesday, late night comedians make fun of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney more than twice as much as they do Barack Obama.

CNN's Howard Kurtz defended this on Sunday's Reliable Sources saying, "Obama is just not that easy to ridicule... Whereas jokes about a rich guy with a 1950s lingo -- well, gosh, golly, gee whiz, isn't that hard to make people laugh" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Matt Vespa | | November 4, 2012 | 3:23 PM EST

Remember when liberals scoffed at the fact that Romney could win more than 60% of the white vote? Not only has Romney successfully tackled that hurdle, and liberals are apparently mad about it. Tom Scocca of Slate Magazine wrote on November 2 about the “tribal appeal” that Mitt Romney has with whites and why “white people think” he’ll be a better president. I’ll give you a hint: It’s R _ C I S M.

After proudly declaring his support for President Obama (and how Slate will traditionally list all its staffers' votes for the Democrats), Scocca insists they are not in a liberal bubble. He channels the insufferable and dismissive tone American liberalism has successfully monopolized over the past years.  He claims “White men are supporting Mitt Romney to the exclusion of logic or common sense, in defiance of normal Americans.”

By Noel Sheppard | | November 4, 2012 | 12:53 PM EST

The Joe Biden Gaffe Express continued rolling Sunday.

At a campaign event in Lakewood, Ohio, the Vice President actually referred to Barack Obama as "President Clinton."

By Noel Sheppard | | November 4, 2012 | 12:13 PM EST

The Huffington Post's Howard Fineman said Sunday that Democrats in Kentucky are hoping actress Ashley Judd will run against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in 2014.

This happened on the syndicated Chris Matthews Show (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | November 4, 2012 | 11:42 AM EST

Today Show host Savannah Guthrie made a statement about Hurricane Sandy on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday that is sure to raise a lot of eyebrows on both sides of the aisle.

"Here was a moment handed to [Obama] seemingly from above where he could look like that strong, independent, steady in a storm, very appealing to the middle of the road voters, and I might add to unmarried women voters who are going to be very key in this election" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | | November 4, 2012 | 10:57 AM EST

How lame was Washington's "Million Puppet March" yesterday? So lame that I couldn't even find a story about the event at the Associated Press's national web site.

Planning for the event began several weeks ago after GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said in the first presidential debate that despite his love for Sesame Street's Big Bird he would not advocate further public funding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Oddly, an unbylined AP story at the Washington Post written sometime earlier this week which was apparently not treated as a national story gave readers the impression that the idea for the march had only come up a few days earlier (posted in full because of its brevity and for fair use and discussion purposes):

By Brent Baker | | November 4, 2012 | 10:48 AM EST

Former Newsweek Washington Bureau Chief and Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas saw an upside if Mitt Romney does manage to win the presidency, but Democrats continue to hold the Senate.

On Inside Washington, Thomas avowed “that would allow Romney to tell the crazies in his own party ‘I have to make a deal with the Democrats.’ It would free him a little bit from the Tea Party.” In other words, he’d be able to agree to a tax hike.

By Noel Sheppard | | November 4, 2012 | 9:43 AM EST

CNN's Candy Crowley got a tremendous amount of criticism last month when she defended Barack Obama during the second presidential debate.

On Sunday's State of the Union, she appeared to compensate by saying "President Romney" in a question to Ohio's Rob Portman (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | | November 4, 2012 | 9:23 AM EST

In 2007, when The New York Times granted a special discount it wasn't entitled to so they could slam David Petraeus in a full-page ad as "General Betray Us," NPR reported on the ad, but never on the Times cut-rate controversy.

But NPR is sometimes very sensitive about the "independence" of media outlets -- when it seems compromised by Republicans. On Tuesday's All Things Considered, they granted air time to KUOW reporter Sara Lerner in Washington state to discuss how the Seattle Times outrageously used their own free ad space for an favoring the Republican running for governor, and how 100 of the paper's journalists were protesting:

By Noel Sheppard | | November 4, 2012 | 8:36 AM EST

Will Ferrell really wants people to re-elect the President.

In a new Obama campaign video, the actor/comedian said, "If you vote I'll eat anything you tell me to - garbage, hair, human toenails, underpants, whatever, I'll do it" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Tim Graham | | November 4, 2012 | 8:19 AM EST

On Friday's Bill Press radio show, several "objective" journalists agreed with Press that Hurricane Sandy is a big boost for Obama's election hopes. " Looking at Bloomberg’s endorsement and other factors would you have to say that if there were a political winner out of Sandy, it’s President Obama. " This was early Friday morning, before the negative press coverage really began to kick in.

Joining Press in his sanguine assessment were his guests Margaret Talev of Reuters and Susan Page of USA Today. He told Talev:

By Tim Graham | | November 4, 2012 | 7:48 AM EST

Liberal journalists are gearing up the narrative than a win for Mitt Romney is a win for white racism. In Saturday’s Washington Post, black columnist Colbert King audaciously framed Obama as Abe Lincoln and Mitt Romney as his impeached Tennessee successor, Andrew Johnson.

“What would be the consequences for race of a Mitt Romney victory? A Romney takeover of the White House might well rival Andrew Johnson’s ascendancy to the presidency after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865.” King lamely offered the protest that “I am not asserting that in the unlikely event President Obama loses, the result could be chalked up to his being black.”

By Tim Graham | | November 3, 2012 | 10:51 PM EDT

If Romney wins on Tuesday, CBS political analyst John Dickerson has already prepared the media spin: “The secret of Romney's success: Ignore conservatives?” Even when the GOP wins, conservatives should be ignored.

“If Mitt Romney wins the election, it will be because he ignored conservatives,” began Dickerson.

By Tim Graham | | November 3, 2012 | 10:10 PM EDT

Here’s a story you won’t see from Brian Williams on NBC News. Andrea Peyser of The New York Post slammed actress Debra Messing, a star of NBC’s Broadway-musical drama “Smash,” for appearing at a fussy Halloween event in a Marie Antoinette costume – as they were still making rescues from Superstorm Sandy.

Peyser unloaded: “Celebrity twit Debra Messing and various heartless other stars proved beyond doubt that some fabulous New Yorkers don’t have hearts beating in their cold, dead chests.”