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By Noel Sheppard | | October 27, 2012 | 11:50 AM EDT

The national and battleground state polls are all showing tremendous momentum for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney since the first debate.

Despite this, with the absence of conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer, the entire panel of PBS’s Inside Washington Friday – comprised of the Washington Post’s Colby King, PBS’s Mark Shields, Politico’s Evan Thomas, and NPR’s Nina Totenberg – unanimously stated that if the election were held today, President Obama would win (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Tim Graham | | October 27, 2012 | 11:08 AM EDT

Assessing the presidential race in the Midwest with Chris Hayes on Thursday night, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow said Ohio Gov. John Kasich may be the "cockiest of all of the cocky breed of the Republican governors right now," but his loss on union bargaining rights was so stinging "I actually think the Republican establishment in Ohio is pretty wussy compared to what they were like in 2010."

That sounds a lot like a taunt that Ohio Republicans may want to tack to the bulletin board. They were discussing how Wisconsin doesn't look as good as they think it should:

By Tom Blumer | | October 27, 2012 | 10:52 AM EDT

It's hard to find a benchmark against which to compare remarks delivered by Vice President Joe Biden, but here's one from a past administration. In June 2004, Bush 43 Vice President Dick Cheney was greeted on the Senate Floor at the annual Senate photo op by Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy. Leahy had previously been flogging the left's phantasm over alleged "profiteering" by Halliburton, the company at which Cheney had served as Chairman and CEO from 1995-2000. At the end of a testy exchange, Cheney either said "(F-word) you" or "(F-word) yourself."

The Washington Post (go to the third of 22 pages at the link), the New York Times, and the Associated Press covered the story. A Taipei Times dispatch claiming to a blend of Times and AFP reporting actually contains the F-word. A Google News Archive search surfaces at least a dozen establishment press stories and commentaries which are still out there. However, I found almost no mainstream press stories covering what the father of slain Benghazi-defending hero Tyrone Woods claims that Biden said to him when the casket containing his son's remains returned to America (bold was in original):

By Noel Sheppard | | October 27, 2012 | 9:49 AM EDT

Jay Leno had a great idea Friday night for an inexpensive Halloween costume.

Early in his Tonight Show monologue on NBC, the host said, “Wear a re-elect Obama button and go out as a journalist” (video follows with commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | October 27, 2012 | 9:07 AM EDT

As NewsBusters readers know, one of my guilty pleasures is pointing out the staggering ignorance of Bill Maher.

The object of my disaffection certainly didn't let me down Friday evening when on HBO's Real Time he actually told Congressman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) that we spend 42 percent of our total budget on defense (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Brent Bozell | | October 27, 2012 | 8:24 AM EDT

NBC’s sitcom “The New Normal” isn’t just trying to remake society for the Gay Left. It’s trying to remake Christianity, which is to say, destroy it. For its October 22 episode “The Godparent Trap,” NBC ran promos with the gay character Brian in the confessional, and the priest sneering, “If you’re not going to take this seriously, I’m going to go back to playing Angry Birds.”

As the plot unfolds, we’re told Brian was raised Catholic, and as he sits in a pew and looks around at religious pictures, he cracks gay jokes in his mind. He sees the Apostles: “Twelve dudes sitting around gossiping and drinking wine. You call that the Last Supper? I call that a Tuesday night.”

By Tim Graham | | October 27, 2012 | 7:26 AM EDT

While (national) reporters can't seem to ask President Obama a pointed question about Libya, on the Bill Press show on Friday, Press insisted the favorite Democrat story of the week (Richard Mourdock's pro-life comments on rape) has national reporters proving, according to Press, that Mitt Romney "doesn't have any courage."

Press' s producer Peter Ogburn said liberal reporter-friends of the Press show are pushing the story in Romney's face: "Our friend Sam Youngman from Reuters -- who we have the on the show as often as we can, because he’s on the road. But he was on the road yesterday. He said at a breakfast stop, me and Steve Peoples from Associated Press and Lisa Lerer from Bloomberg asked Romney repeatedly about Mourdock. He did not respond. So he was there, Sam was one of the people asking the questions, and Romney didn’t bother responding." Press said that insulted all women in America:

By NB Staff | | October 27, 2012 | 6:03 AM EDT

For discussion of the teams and sports of your choice. Play nice though!

By Noel Sheppard | | October 27, 2012 | 12:29 AM EDT

Conservative author Ann Coulter on Friday called CNN's Piers Morgan a sexist, misogynist pig.

During her interview on Piers Morgan Tonight, Coulter also told her host that disagreeing with him is apparently insulting his "teeny, tiny, male ego" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Johnson | | October 26, 2012 | 11:12 PM EDT

This past week, two Kossacks speculated that if President Obama wins a second term, furious right-wingers might well respond with terrorist attacks and lesser mayhem. Another declared that he'd rather share a debate stage with Muppets than with conservatives.

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

By Matthew Balan | | October 26, 2012 | 9:18 PM EDT

Liberal historian Douglas Brinkley gushed over President Obama on Thursday's CBS This Morning and Friday's CNN Newsroom, and tried to put the incumbent in the best possible light: "He's [Obama] a very natural person....He's a really warm and genial person. What he has going for him is he exudes family values." Brinkley later asserted to CNN's Suzanne Malveaux that Obama is an "intellectual...he reads all these books about Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, FDR...he's wonkish, in a sense of detail in history."

Both times, the Rice University professor downplayed the President's "BS-er" smear of his opponent, Mitt Romney, that emerged during his recent Rolling Stone interview of the Democrat by using the veneer of history: "It's another part of 'Romnesia', I suppose. The working man's 'Romnesia' is BS-er....I mean...there's no love between even John F. Kennedy and his own vice president, Lyndon Johnson; let alone Harry Truman, who once said about Eisenhower, he knows no more about politics than a pig knows about Sunday."

By Jack Coleman | | October 26, 2012 | 6:45 PM EDT

For a hot New York minute the other night, it looked like there might be hope for David Letterman.

And then Rachel Maddow brought him back to obedience. (video after page break)

By Mark Finkelstein | | October 26, 2012 | 6:15 PM EDT

Four years ago, David Axelrod was exuberantly riding the Obama wave. Today, the poor guy sounds decidedly down in the dumps.  Check out this line from an email he sent to people on the Obama campaign list: "I don't know how this is going to end. But no matter what, I know each of us will have given this campaign everything we've got."

Yikes!  Take two Prozac and call me in the morning if you're still down by five in the Gallup poll!  More after the jump.

By Matt Vespa | | October 26, 2012 | 6:05 PM EDT

The president’s rally in Cleveland, Ohio yesterday had a few interesting lines during his speech.  From saying how Romney is mentally defective with "Romnesia" to showing how “trust” is a key issue in this race, one must ask – has the president forgotten about Benghazi?  A foreign policy disaster that ended with the assassination of a U.S. Ambassador, the first time in thirty-three years, which some in the media has been reluctant to talk about.

And yet, CNN ran the soundbite several times of Obama saying "trust matters" -- at the same time it's become clear that the administration abused the public trust by insisting there was "no evidence" of a pre-planned attack. 

By Noel Sheppard | | October 26, 2012 | 6:03 PM EDT

Rock singer Meat Loaf endorsed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney at a campaign rally in Defiance, Ohio, Thursday.

After singing to the crowd estimated at 12,000, he spoke of his enthusiastic support for the former Massachusetts governor.