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By Scott Whitlock | | November 15, 2012 | 12:43 PM EST

The journalists at ABC News on Wednesday and Thursday hyped the President for "coming out swinging" and showing "presidential anger" by defending his United Nations Ambassador, Susan Rice, over Libya. These World News and Good Morning America reporters downplayed the issue of what the Obama White House knew and when.

During the November 14 White House press conference, Fox News' Ed Henry spoke of the families of the four Americans who died during the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya. He directly pressed, "...[They] have been waiting for more than two months. So I would like for you to address the families, if you can. On 9/11, as Commander-in-Chief, did you issue any orders to try to protect their lives?"  [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Instead of highlighting this angle, World News anchor Diane Sawyer began her program by exclaiming "...[Barack Obama] came out swinging in defense of one member of his team and ABC's Jonathan Karl was right there in that room asking questions."

By NB Staff | | November 15, 2012 | 12:42 PM EST

Code Pinkers are the Energizer bunny of left-wing protesters, they keep going and going. They've been around for 10 years now, even though the media barely recognize their existence since Republican President George W. Bush left the White House.

Dan Joseph of NewsBusters sister site MRCTV caught up with some Code Pinkers the other day and asked them how they explain the fact that folks in the military tend to vote Republican. For their answers, watch the video below:

By Tim Graham | | November 15, 2012 | 11:48 AM EST

Andrew Beaujon at Poynter.org unearthed unhappiness inside The Washington Post. Former Los Angeles Times reporter Maggie Farley is married to outgoing Washington Post executive editor Marcus Brauchli (he’s being reassigned inside the company). In a public posting on Facebook Tuesday evening, she lamented “how has The Washington Post of Watergate fame has become the place where you can’t speak truth to power?”

On Tuesday, Post publisher Katharine Weymouth told Beaujon that Brauchli “decided to step down.”  He added: "This doesn’t definitively refute that explanation, but it leaves a nasty dent." In her Facebook lament, Farley suggested the Post now has little dedication to "superior journalism as an essential part of our democracy," as if big staff cuts are looming under incoming editor Martin Baron (Facebook image below):

By Jeffrey Meyer | | November 15, 2012 | 11:45 AM EST

Following Dan Rather’s disgraceful exit as anchor of the CBS Evening News, it seems as though he has found a new home away from home, MSNBC. 

Appearing on Thursday’s The Rachel Maddow Show, Rather was brought on to offer his, in the words of Rachel Maddow, “much-welcomed perspective” on the prospects of post-election bipartisanship in Congress.  [See video below break.  MP3 audio here.]

By Tom Blumer | | November 15, 2012 | 11:33 AM EST

When it comes to reporting on the what the White House wants to achieve in talks with Congress about averting the "fiscal cliff," one apparent theme at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, has been "Bury the lede about the size of Obama's tax increases." I'll cover another theme ("Let them get away with misstating the 'balanced approach'") in a later post.

President Obama now wants $1.6 trillion in tax increases over the next ten years, which is double the amount he sought during last year's debt-limit standoff. In ordinary times with a responsible press corps, such a massive change in posture would be headline-driving material, but not at AP, which appears to be doing its utmost to ensure that most Americans don't know about it while still being able to claim (sort of) that "Well, we told 'em."

By Ken Shepherd | | November 15, 2012 | 11:15 AM EST

Rolling with the martial theme of the current edition of Newsweek -- "The Obama Conquest Lucky General or Master of the Game" -- writer Michelle Goldberg exulted in the GOP's defeat with her story, "The War on Women Backfires." "Republicans thought they could get away with the endless attacks on the fairer sex. They couldn't have been more wrong," thundered the subheadline (emphasis Newsweek's).

Of course, as we've noted here at NewsBusters, Goldberg conducted her own war on conservative women earlier this year with an attack on the "insufferable" Ann Romney. But conservative women, apparently don't seem to matter to Goldberg, who sees as misogynistic the notion of cutting off federal taxpayer funding to Planned Parenthood, which of course happens to be the nation's largest abortion provider and hence largest murderer of unborn baby girls:

By Ryan Robertson | | November 15, 2012 | 10:32 AM EST

Following a lengthy discussion of relevant topics like the president's first real press conference in almost eight months on Wednesday afternoon, MSNBC's The Cycle still found extra time on their hands for fluff. And so they brought on David Wasserman from the non-partisan Cook Political Report to present his statistical findings on, I kid you not, how handily Obama did in "Whole Foods" counties over "Cracker Barrel" ones.

The study goes all the way back to 1992, where Democrats have tended to frequent the environmentally-conscious organic grocery store -- whereas the typical Republican has an affinity for Cracker Barrel's old-fashioned American comfort food. The correlation of which is puzzling considering their differences, but the analysis went on to include the Tractor Supply Company vs. Trader Joe's and Apple vs. Golden Corral. [ video below, MP3 audio here ]

By Noel Sheppard | | November 15, 2012 | 9:21 AM EST

White jokes continue to be all the rage with the liberal media.

On CBS’s Late Show Wednesday, Alec Baldwin mocked Americans wanting to secede from the nation due to the results of last week’s election by saying they might name their new country “the United States of Caucasia” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Mark Finkelstein | | November 15, 2012 | 9:11 AM EST

For adman Donny Deutsch, there's really no difference between pushing a political party or a bag of potato chips: it's all about the branding.  S.E. Cupp, in contrast, is a conservative with bedrock principles.

Seated next to each other on today's Morning Joe set during a discussion on GOP strategy going forward, a blow-up was clearly in the cards.  And clash they did, with Cupp arguing that the GOP doesn't need to re-brand itself, but rather to "spend more time explaining why their policies work for everyone."  Deutsch, repeatedly trying to cut Cupp off, exclaimed that she "couldn't be more wrong" and that her anti-re-branding argument was "absurd." View the animated video after the jump.

By Noel Sheppard | | November 15, 2012 | 8:26 AM EST

It seems with each passing day since the President was re-elected another business owner is coming out to address how he or she is going to make up for the additional costs that will occur once health care reform is fully implemented.

On Wednesday, John Metz, the CEO of Hurricane Grill & Wings restaurants said that he's going to impose an Obamacare surcharge on customers.

By Brad Wilmouth | | November 15, 2012 | 7:45 AM EST

On Wednesday's CBS Evening News, anchor Scott Pelley read a brief item highlighting the view by "weather forcasters from the U.S. government" that climate change "may have intensified" Hurricane Sandy.

He did not mention the views of climate change skeptics who doubt the role of global warming.

Pelley noted "rising sea levels," "melting Arctic ice," and "record-high temperatures" as he read the item:

By Brad Wilmouth | | November 15, 2012 | 4:51 AM EST

Appearing as a guest on Wednesday's Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC, comedian Martin Short took a shot at Sarah Palin as he compared her family to the family of the Here Comes Honey Boo Boo show on TLC. After making fun of host Jimmy Kimmel for supposedly not doing preparation for his show, Short jabbed Kimmel as the "Honey Boo Boo of late night."

He soon brought up the Palin family and made a comparison. The exchange follows below:

By Noel Sheppard | | November 15, 2012 | 12:36 AM EST

Dennis Miller said Wednesday that he didn't watch the President's press conference because he "wanted to see a crowd that was less fawning."

"So I watched the Justin Bieber concert over on Nick Tunes," he told Fox News's Bill O'Reilly (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | November 14, 2012 | 7:43 PM EST

President Obama at Wednesday's press conference defended United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice from criticism concerning the four Americans killed in Libya in September by claiming she "had nothing to do with Benghazi."

This led syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer to ask on Fox News's Special Report hours later, "Then why the hell are you sending her out" to inform the public about what happened?

By Randy Hall | | November 14, 2012 | 7:33 PM EST

If you smoke cigarettes or use other tobacco products anywhere in the world, you may soon have to pay an extra international tax of up to 70 percent in a plan intended to force smokers to give up the habit.

At least, that was the proposal the World Health Organization -- the medical policy arm of the United Nations -- was slated to discuss during a hearing in Seoul, South Korea, before the agency removed members of the press and people from the general public on Tuesday.