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By Matthew Sheffield | | October 7, 2013 | 4:35 PM EDT

In these uncertain economic times, one would think that people purporting to be compassionate would not seek to push non-profits to voluntarily drop their sponsors and as a result face significant budget shortfalls. But such calculations seem to be utterly unimportant to a group of far-left environmentalists who are targeting a Boston PBS affiliate because it allows conservative billionaire David Koch on its board of directors.

The ideologically bigoted group Forecast the Facts has made Koch the target of a publicity campaign designed to force station WGBH to remove him from its executive leadership, supposedly because his presence there is a “conflict of interest.”

By Matt Hadro | | October 7, 2013 | 4:20 PM EDT

Over the weekend, CNN anchors and guests blamed Republicans for the shutdown and smacked them for "holding the American people hostage" while opposing ObamaCare. That extended CNN's streak of pounding Tea Party Republicans for igniting the shutdown.

Below are some of the worst quotes from CNN anchors or guests on Republicans, the shutdown, and ObamaCare:

By Kyle Drennen | | October 7, 2013 | 3:53 PM EDT

On Monday, the hosts of NBC's Today eagerly played clips of Saturday Night Live bashing Republicans over the government shutdown. In the morning show's 7 a.m. ET half hour, fill-in co-host Tamron Hall played a clip of SNL host Miley Cyrus doing a parody music video blaming the GOP for the shutdown and gushed: "I think she [Cyrus] might become a member of the five-timers club. You know, the group of hosts who've hosted five times." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

At the top of the 9 a.m. ET hour, co-host Willie Geist touted: "7th day now of the shutdown. Let's look at the bright side, the SNL side, how they handled it....Weekend Update...had an interesting take on the shutdown's winners and losers." A clip played of SNL cast member Seth Myers ranting: "Loser, John Boehner. I feel sorry for you buddy. It's exhausting watching you trying to maintain your dignity while wrangling those Tea Party maniacs. You're like Seinfeld if they're were 30 Kramers."

By Noel Sheppard | | October 7, 2013 | 3:38 PM EDT

It appears the San Jose Mercury didn't get the memo from the White House forbidding so-called news organizations from saying bad things about the so-called Affordable Care Act.

The surprises didn't end with Saturday's surprising headline "Obamacare's Winners and Losers in Bay Area":

By Katie Yoder | | October 7, 2013 | 3:12 PM EDT

According to NBC’s Al Roker, there’s at least one good reason to skip school, and her name is Miley Cyrus. All twerk and no play, eh, Al?

After the shameless VMAs and SNL skits, NBC’s “Today” wanted a piece of Cyrus too, and hosted a concert for the former Disney darling. Co-host Al Roker introduced the event, noting the audience: “A lot of these kids are missing school right now, but they're going to get an education on Miley Cyrus.” Roker advertized Cyrus as “part of our fantastic concert series” and recognized on the October 7 segment the “kick-off” of NBC News' Education Nation.

By Katie Yoder | | October 7, 2013 | 2:44 PM EDT

Kids miss class for pop tart’s NBC ‘Education Nation’ concert.

 

By Tim Graham | | October 7, 2013 | 1:48 PM EDT

Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine offered a cover story on Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with these words on the cover: “Ginsburg’s Decision: She hears the calls to step aside, but she isn’t ready.”

Post high-court reporter Robert Barnes channeled a debate between liberals, and at least he admitted she is “leader of the court’s liberals.” One woman said “We need her to stay forever,” and her companion said “Or leave right now.” Sometimes the story sounded like a polite shove out the door:

By Noel Sheppard | | October 7, 2013 | 1:25 PM EDT

NBC Sports' relationship with the nation's largest gun show is apparently over.

According to Variety, the network will not be a sponsor of January's Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Las Vegas.

By Scott Whitlock | | October 7, 2013 | 1:00 PM EDT

 Who does George Stephanopoulos work for? ABC News or the Democratic Party? In a This Week Interview on Sunday, the former operative to Bill Clinton foisted the blame for the government shutdown on John Boehner and House Republicans. During the 13 minute interview, Stephanopoulos repeatedly started questions this way: "The Democrats say...The Democrats, including Senate Democrat Harry Reid, have said...But Mr. Speaker, [Obama] says...The President has pointed out..." Six times, the anchor began his query with an observation over what the Democrats "say" on this issue.

Rejecting the concept of Democratic responsibility, Stephanopoulos touted Majority Leader Reid, noting that he "has said he's more than willing to have a conference, more than willing to have a negotiation, but not under the threat of a government shutdown, not under the threat of a default." [See video below. MP3 audio here.] The anchor offered to mind read, lecturing of the shutdown: "But Mr. Speaker, this is clearly not what you want."

By Ken Shepherd | | October 7, 2013 | 12:52 PM EDT

In the midst of a federal government shutdown wherein he's refusing to negotiate with congressional Republicans, President Barack Obama had time to hold forth with his thoughts on the name of the Washington Redskins, telling the Associated Press on Saturday that he would "think about changing" the name were he owner of the NFL franchise. Of course, the Big Three networks and major newspapers across the country dutifully snapped to attention to cover that non-story. The New York Times went so far as to say the president's opinion amounted to a "new turn" in the "long-simmering debate."

But today the Associated Press is reporting something over which President Obama does have a direct say: the federal government's abject failure to address the widespread waste and fraud that marks Indian tribes' spending of U.S. taxpayer monies. The Associated Press has the story, which I accessed at Time magazine's website. Here's an excerpt:

By Kyle Drennen | | October 7, 2013 | 12:36 PM EDT

In a dramatically one-sided report on Monday's NBC Today about the government shutdown, White House correspondent Peter Alexander declared: "President Obama is sticking to his guns, demanding Republicans end the shutdown by passing a so-called 'clean C.R.,' a budget extension without any changes to the President's health care law." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

After a brief sound bite of Speaker John Boehner explaining that such a bill could not pass the Republican-controlled House, Alexander offered more administration spin: "The White House is challenging Boehner to put that to a test. And a pro-Obama group is accusing the GOP of being irresponsible."

By Matt Philbin | | October 7, 2013 | 11:08 AM EDT

Pity ABC correspondent Matt Gutman, trapped in the wrong career. Clearly, he’s a frustrated publicist, or maybe a producer for a sob-sister daytime talk show. That’s the only charitable way to explain his Oct. 4 “20/20” report on Kaitlyn Hunt.

Hunt, of Indian River, Fla., was an 18-year-old woman when she had multiple sexual encounters in a high school restroom with a 14-year-old girl. She was 19 when she violated a court order forbidding contact with that girl, sending her 20,000 texts, including nude and sexually explicit photos and videos and arranging to meet for sex. Video after the jump.

By Noel Sheppard | | October 7, 2013 | 10:48 AM EDT

Dontcha love it when liberals accuse people they don't agree with of not loving their country?

It's especially delicious watching the perilously liberal Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC's Morning Joe Monday point her holier than thou finger at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), a man who just two weeks ago stood for 21 hours on the floor of the Senate demonstrating for the entire world how much he loves his country (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | | October 7, 2013 | 9:42 AM EDT

(UPDATE, 11:40 a.m.: AmberAlert.gov is working again.)

In yet another news story which has bubbled up through social media and the blogosphere and which will test the establishment press's willingness to ignore obvious news, the Obama adminstration's Department of Justice under Attorney General Eric Holder has taken AmberAlert.gov offline.

To the extent that it interrupts what DOJ has identified as one of the three components of its national AMBER strategy for "a Coordinated AMBER Network," the move could make locating and saving missing and exploited children more difficult. Meanwhile, the 83% of the government which isn't shut down includes the following:

By Dave Pierre | | October 7, 2013 | 8:35 AM EDT

Just last week, Boz Tchividjian, a prominent Liberty University law professor and the grandson of Billy Graham, stood before a roomful of journalists and declared that Evangelical missions are a "magnet" for sexual abusers and that Evangelicals "are worse" than the Catholic Church at handling the problem.

Speaking to the annual gathering of the Religion Newswriters Association (RNA) in Austin, Texas, Tchividjian said that Evangelicals have "sacrificed the souls" of innocent children, and of known data from abuse cases, a shocking 25 percent are repeat cases, he claimed. Tchividjian is also the executive director of an organization called Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE), which works on combating abuse in the Evangelical community.