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By Tim Graham | June 4, 2012 | 1:13 PM EDT

It’s amazing that CNN put out a press release last October touting “Democratic strategist Maria Cardona and conservative columnist David Frum have joined the network for the 2012 election season.” (Italics mine.) David Frum is not a conservative. Look no further than his latest CNN opinion piece, “Bloomberg’s Visionary Plan Against Obesity.”

“Some object that the mayor's proposal to restrict serving sizes will restrict liberty. But the liberty restricted is not the liberty of the soda-drinker. If they wish, soda drinkers can buy a 2-liter bottle of soda at the grocery for about $1.70 and pour as much of it down their throats as they wish,” he snobbishly wrote.”The liberty that is being restricted is the liberty of the soda seller to manipulate known human weaknesses to the seller's advantage and the buyer's detriment.” (Italics his.)

By Ken Shepherd | June 4, 2012 | 12:35 PM EDT

"Black preachers [are] divided on same-sex marriage, not Obama," insists the Washington Post's headline for a June 1 Religion News Service article about how African-American ministers across the country may disagree with President Obama on same-sex marriage, but that they are 100 percent committed to his reelection.

RNS's Lauren Markoe based this analysis on the amen chorus of some 200 pastors at a recent meeting of the Conference of National Black Churches. But Markoe failed to report a dissenting group of African-American ministers, the Coalition of African-American Pastors, which has sent a letter requesting an audience with President Obama as the Washington Times' Stephen Dinan reported Friday:

By Kyle Drennen | June 4, 2012 | 11:23 AM EDT

At the top of Monday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer warned Mitt Romney against going after President Obama too hard on the stagnant economy: "Romney's campaign using the rise in unemployment to target President Obama's record on the economy, but can he make his point without sounding like he wants the recovery to fail?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Later, fill-in co-host Savannah Guthrie talked to left-wing MSNBC host Chris Matthews about the GOP's economic message and teed him up to slam Republicans: "I mean obviously they see that the bad economy will ultimately be good for his [Romney's] prospects, but they don't want to be perceived as rooting for failure." Matthews ranted: "But of course they are. You know, they've got a spring in their step now. This is great news for the Republicans.....All things being equal, they don't have to do anything except enjoy the economic downturn."

By Matt Philbin | June 4, 2012 | 10:56 AM EDT

AlterNet hates ‘the culture of hate’ those hateful Christians create.

By Noel Sheppard | June 4, 2012 | 10:42 AM EDT

Peter Goodman, the business editor for the perilously liberal Huffington Post, has come up with a new highly-derogatory term for people on the right that believe there isn't an unlimited amount of money at the government's disposal.

His Monday headline read, "Bleeding Cash Conservatives Wasting Money To Punish Vulnerable Americans":

By BMI Staff | June 4, 2012 | 10:29 AM EDT

Liberal billionaire trying to give U.S. a liberal society it can’t refuse.


By Matthew Sheffield | June 4, 2012 | 9:19 AM EDT

While he may look like a stereotypical presidential candidate, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney's campaign organization doesn't look the part at all, at least according to this Politico article which takes a look at how he's set up his staff structure.

According to the piece, Romney runs a more vertical-oriented structure which can streamline processes but might potentially make him too caught up in the details to run things effectively. On the other hand, he clearly is more than just a figurehead the way that Barack Obama was during his 2008 campaign:

By Noel Sheppard | June 4, 2012 | 9:14 AM EDT

CNN's Christiane Amanpour is clearly campaigning for the reelection of the current White House resident.

In an interview with Raul Castro's daughter Mariela to be aired later on Monday, Amanpour actually asked her guest, "Do you want Obama to win the next election?" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Ryan Robertson | June 4, 2012 | 9:09 AM EDT

Some stories are so biased and one-sided they must have come whole and unadulterated from deep inside the liberal media echo chamber. Take CNNMoney’s recent manipulative story  pertaining to the trials and tribulations of illegal immigrants’ grown children, who are unable to fully participate in U.S. society because they lack legitimate identification.

More a pamphlet for the DREAM Act than news report, the article detailed the problems such illegals face: companies are wary of hiring anyone with uncertain citizenship status. States like Arizona decided they couldn’t afford to pay tuition for illegal aliens, and family members sometimes get deported. Some of the more enterprising of these grown but still illegal immigrants become entrepreneurs as a result, but are still held back by their status.

By Mark Finkelstein | June 4, 2012 | 9:00 AM EDT

Even the New York Times, in an article by Jeff Zeleny today headlined "Recall Battle in Wisconsin May Snarl Obama Camp", acknowledges that a victory by Republican Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin's recall election on Tuesday could spell trouble for President Obama's re-election effort.

But while the Times might be bending to reality, the Associated Press soldiers on in support of Obama.  With even a Dem poll pointing to a Walker victory, the Associated Press, apparently fearing the worst, proclaims in an article today that "Few November clues to be found in Wisconsin recall."  Authored by correspondent Thomas Beaumont, the AP tells readers "you'd be wrong" to see Wisconsin as a national harbinger.  More after the jump.

By Tim Graham | June 4, 2012 | 8:37 AM EDT

On NBC Sunday night, the new Miss USA, Olivia Culpo from Rhode Island, carefully toed the “LGBT” line endorsing the idea of transgender beauty queens to win the crown. She learned from Carrie Prejean, who lost the Miss USA crown in 2009 after refusing to endorse judge Perez Hilton's demand for an endorsement of gay marriage. Hilton, and then the rest of the media, denounced Prejean for weeks afterward.

AP reports after making it to the top five, Culpo was asked by judge Rob Kardashian, "Would you feel it would be fair that a transgender woman wins the Miss USA title over a natural-born woman?" The question came from “a pageant follower on Twitter,” but obviously NBC and Donald Trump, who now owns the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants, plucked it out of the tweet basket:

By Tim Graham | June 4, 2012 | 6:46 AM EDT

Matt Lewis at The Daily Caller reports a new E-book by RealClearPolitics’ Washington editor Carl Cannon and executive editor Tom Bevan contains a juicy media tidbit. During preparation for the January 16 Myrtle Beach GOP debate, Fox News anchor Bret Baier and his producers voiced concern that if Juan Williams asked Newt Gingrich a question about black Americans demanding “jobs, not food stamps,” that Gingrich could hit back hard, “attempting to turn Williams into a prop, as he had done with both Chris Wallace and Baier in a debate in Ames, Iowa.”

But Williams persisted in his planned spin. “I need to ask it this way...because it’s offensive.”

By Dave Pierre | June 3, 2012 | 11:20 PM EDT

One frequent demand from Catholic Church abuse victims is that abusive clerics be laicized or removed from the priesthood as expeditiously and quickly as possible.

So if the Archdiocese of Milwaukee discovered a fast and economical way to make that happen, wouldn't that be a good thing for both victims and the Church? Not according to the New York Times' Laurie Goodstein.

By Tim Graham | June 3, 2012 | 11:08 PM EDT

George W. Bush re-entered the White House the other day to welcome in a new painting that will hang in the executive mansion. The mere thought of this visit sent liberal radio hack Randi Rhodes into a frenzy on Thursday against Bush: "Here's the man who destroyed the world! Truly, financially destroyed the world. He was - you talk about terrorism - economic terrorism - the entire globe is still trying to recover from the policies that America put forward."

Rhodes played prosecutor: "The deregulation of the financial markets - the entire world is still trying to recover from what this guy did and from what this guy didn't do - Osama bin Laden, he left him. Iraq, he left it. Afghanistan - oh, the hell with it. Uh -the financial industry- deregulate - let's - let's have a party! The whole world is trying to recover and he's making jokes, he's making jokes!"

By Tom Blumer | June 3, 2012 | 11:05 PM EDT

The headline at Thomas Beaumont's Sunday item about the possible significance of the Scott Walker recall election in Wisconsin is "Few November clues to be found in Wisconsin recall."

Maybe, but I have a definite clue as to Beaumont's political proclivities, something which I shouldn't be able to glean from a wire service report, thanks to the paragraph which follows the jump. Let's see if readers can pick up that clue: