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By Noel Sheppard | | June 4, 2013 | 11:11 AM EDT

Media members thinking the Republicans are overplaying their hand with the Internal Revenue Service scandal should pay attention to what happened on NBC’s Tonight Show Monday.

When host Jay Leno joked that President Obama should close the IRS rather than the terrorist detention center in Guantanamo Bay, the audience erupted in thunderous applause (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):

By Jack Coleman | | June 4, 2013 | 11:00 AM EDT

America is doomed, as far as Ed Schultz is concerned, and he's doing his darndest to cash in on its demise. This from a man who rarely misses a chance to bray about his patriotism and the alleged lack of it among conservatives.

During nearly every broadcast of his weekday radio show, Schultz can be heard narrating an ad for ITM Trading, a Phoenix-based company that buys and sells gold. (Audio after the jump)

By Noel Sheppard | | June 4, 2013 | 10:16 AM EDT

You can't swing a dead cat these days without hitting some liberal media member cautioning the Republicans to not "overplay their hand" concerning the various scandals now plaguing the White House.

Do you remember the press being concerned that the Democrats would overplay 2006's "Republican Culture of Corruption" or last year's "Republican War on Women?"

By Tim Graham | | June 4, 2013 | 8:11 AM EDT

Ana Navarro is a "moderate" Republican strategist that liberal journalists like, one who calls the social conservatives "GEICO cavemen."

So it wasn't completely surprising when she gaffed on Sunday's Meet the Press, suggesting that while working moms "lean in" to work, stay-at-home moms "lean back...on a rocking chair with a mint julep." She then added that they are "kept women," which is usually defined as a mistress!

By Tim Graham | | June 4, 2013 | 7:12 AM EDT

He may have committed the largest and most reckless  leak of national-security information in America’s history, but Bradley Manning had a happy Monday at National Progressive Radio. NPR’s Morning Edition ran a story by reporter Carrie Johnson that contained absolutely no one who could see Manning in a critical light.

Johnson began: “In the three years since his arrest, the slight Army private with close-cropped blond hair and thick military glasses has become less of a character than a cause.” It’s a cause NPR believes in.

By Noel Sheppard | | June 4, 2013 | 1:03 AM EDT

It's thankfully been a long, long time since we've heard from Keith Olbermann.

Unfortunately, he came out of the bathtub long enough on Monday to give a Twitter follower his opinion of Attorney General Eric Holder saying, "He should've resigned or been dismissed after the AP overreach. Instead he made a Fox News figure a martyr":

By Noel Sheppard | | June 4, 2013 | 12:11 AM EDT

You really can't make this stuff up.

Woody Harrelson, during an interview with Details magazine, admitted to being "an absolute moron" during his carefree Cheers days; this came after telling his questioner that Barack Obama is like Richard Nixon because Nixon escalated the Vietnam War:

By Tom Blumer | | June 3, 2013 | 11:55 PM EDT

On May 27, Nicholas Confessore and Michael Luo at the New York Times filed a ridiculously incoherent, ignorant and biased report on Tea Party groups' attempts to have their organizations approved for tax-exempt status. The story's window title: "Non-Profit Applcants Chafing at IRS Tested Political Limits." The actual print edition title (Page A1, of course): "Groups Targeted by I.R.S. Tested Rules on Politics." The headlines give the impression that Tea Party groups deliberately tried to test the boundaries of legality.

The pair's content also betrayed more than a little ignorance of the rules governing campaign finance, electioneering, and literature distribution. Among those interviewed for the story was Tom Zawistowski, Portage County TEA Party Executive Director. Zawistowski took great exception to their writeup in an email he distributed on Saturday (bolds are mine; additional paragraph breaks added by me):

By Tom Blumer | | June 3, 2013 | 10:53 PM EDT

In what some have described as a "bombshell" statement, ABC News Political analyst Trey Hardin said something on Monday morning any reporter with any kind of meaningful inside connections in Washington should have known, but apparently wouldn't dare say or write: "I can say with a very strong sense of certainty that there are people very close to this president that not only knew what the IRS were doing but authorized it."

Martin continued: "It simply just does not happen at an agency level like that without political advisers likely in the West Wing certainly connected to the president’s ongoing campaign organization that didn’t know about it." Again, many experienced reporters in Washington had to know this. Any remaining doubts that what Hardin said is true disappeared today when Congressman Darrell Issa, as reported by Kerry Picket at Breitbart News, released hearing testimony previous obtained (bolds are mine):

By Tim Graham | | June 3, 2013 | 10:49 PM EDT

The New York Post offered an op-ed on Monday adapted from the new paperback edition of Ed Klein's book The Amateur. Klein says Team Obama and Team Clinton made a deal last summer: Bill Clinton would give the key nominating speech at the Democratic convention in Charlotte endorsing Obama. In exchange, Obama would endorse Hillary Clinton as his successor. But after he won his second term, Obama had second thoughts about endorsing Hillary in 2016.

"Bill Clinton went ballistic and threatened retaliation. Obama backed down," Klein asserteed. "He called his favorite journalist, Steve Kroft of '60 Minutes,' and offered an unprecedented 'farewell interview' with departing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton."

By Noel Sheppard | | June 3, 2013 | 9:50 PM EDT

As NewsBusters reported Monday, in direct response to schlockumentary filmmaker Michael Moore's request that the pictures of the slaughtered Newtown, Connecticut, kids be released, family members of the victims have filed a petition for a law to be passed in their state to prevent this from happening.

Feeling the heat, Moore told The Hollywood Reporter hours ago, "I’m not calling for the release of these photos, for Christ's sake."

By Noel Sheppard | | June 3, 2013 | 7:28 PM EDT

As NewsBusters reported Sunday, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on CNN’s State of the Union called White House press secretary Jay Carney a “paid liar.”

On Fox News’s Special Report Monday, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer took issue with Issa saying, “I’ve argued here for months that Carney is majorly underpaid, and I think that really is the problem” (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):

By Matthew Balan | | June 3, 2013 | 6:48 PM EDT

The Wall Street Journal's David Wessel channeled the Obama administration's doom and gloom about the sequester on NPR's Morning Edition on Monday. Host Renee Montagne turned to Wessel to give a "reality check" on the sequester's current and future economic impact. The journalist cited how unnamed "economic forecasters...say they're worried that the effects of this spending restraint may have bigger negative effects" later this year.

Wessel harped on the "lots of little ways" the sequester has impacted people around the country, including the "bathroom in a national park where the toilets have been closed in some places" and how "the military is mowing grass less often at bases."

By Matthew Sheffield | | June 3, 2013 | 6:24 PM EDT

Making it in the pages of the wildly popular business comic “Dilbert” is either a sign you have arrived or it is a sign that you are as transparently ridiculous as a pointy-haired boss.

In the case of wild-eyed New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, the latter is clearly what’s happened.

By Noel Sheppard | | June 3, 2013 | 6:12 PM EDT

UPDATE AT END OF POST: Moore responds.

As NewsBusters reported in March, schlockumentary filmmaker Michael Moore has called for the release of the pictures of the slaughtered students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

The families of many of the victims as well as concerned fellow citizens have launched a petition to urge the Connecticut legislature to pass a law that would, amongst other things, prevent this.