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By Noel Sheppard | August 5, 2012 | 12:36 PM EDT

Gabby Douglas just captured America's hearts with a stirring victory as women's gymnastics all-around gold medalist at the Summer Olympics in London.

Despite this, George Stephanopoulos on ABC's This Week Sunday actually botched her name calling her Gabby Daniels (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | August 5, 2012 | 11:32 AM EDT

Well, it looks like Democrats in a Southern state have embarrassed party officials once again. Back in 2010, it was Alvin Greene in South Carolina, whose victory in that state's U.S. Senate primary so infuriated Palmetto State Congressman James Clyburn that he accused Greene of being a plant and called for a federal probe. Greene refused to step aside; incumbent Republican Jim DeMint defeated Greene in a landslide.

A similar script is playing out in Tennessee, where relative unknown Mark Clayton defeated seven other challengers in the Volunteer State's Democratic U.S. Senate primary. It turns out that Clayton is vice president of an alleged "hate group." If that characterization really fits Clayton's Public Advocate of the United States (there's ample reason to doubt that), then Associated Press reporter Lucas L. Johnson II "somehow" forgot to notice that a couple of national Democrats apparently agree with the group's supposedly "hateful" positions -- as well as, it would appear, President Barack Obama himself. Excerpts follow the jump:

By Noel Sheppard | August 5, 2012 | 11:27 AM EDT

UC Berkeley professor Richard Muller has become a media darling now that he believes in global warming as a result of a study he led on the subject funded by the Koch brothers.

With this in mind, CNN's Fareed Zakaria must have been shocked by what Muller told him Sunday after he asked his guest, "Were [the Kochs] disappointed by the results of your research or have they asked for their money back?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Brent Baker | August 5, 2012 | 12:14 AM EDT

“I’m in over my head” and “The economy’s bad, it’s all my fault and I can’t fix it.” Those are two pretty accurate campaign slogans for the Obama-Biden campaign as formuated, via some creative editing done by TBS’s Conan, from Obama’s speeches.

In playing the video at the end of his program on Thursday night, FNC’s Bret Baier explained: “With just a few weeks left until the Democratic convention, one late night show insists President Obama and Vice President Biden are continuing to try out and search for the perfect general election campaign slogan.”

By Tim Graham | August 4, 2012 | 10:48 PM EDT

NPR’s Terry Gross was effusive in tribute to leftist author Gore Vidal on Friday’s Fresh Air, airing chunks of previous interviews she'd had with Vidal. She began: “In Vidal's New York Times obituary, Charles McGrath described him as, quote, 'the elegant, acerbic, all-around man of letters who presided with a certain relish over what he declared to be the end of American civilization,' end quote.”

And: “As Reed Johnson wrote in the Washington Post, quote: ‘Vidal's revisionist outlook struck some critics as brilliant and others as almost gleefully perverse,’ unquote.” From a 1988 interview, Gross let Vidal unleash a long attack on how America is a "very primitive country" with its "peasant superstitions" of Christianity:

By Tim Graham | August 4, 2012 | 9:42 PM EDT

The Washington Post published an AP report  by Kathy Matheson on a “playful new exhibit at the Rosenbach Museum & Library” in Philadelphia which “pairs priceless material by James Joyce and Maurice Sendak with, um, perhaps less valuable items used by Colbert to write I Am A Pole (And So Can You!).”

The Post loved Colbert’s placement among “literary lions,” but it sounds less than impressive: “The exhibit, on view through Nov. 11, includes Colbert book drafts, sketches by illustrator Paul Hildebrand, two Bud Light Lime bottles, a crumpled paper bag, a turkey sandwich receipt and a rhyming dictionary.” But it’s easy to guess their motivation:

By Tim Graham | August 4, 2012 | 9:28 PM EDT

Comedian D.L Hughley appeared on ABC's The View Tuesday in addition to his liberal turn that morning on CBS. He summed up Mitt Romney this way: "When you go to England and you're considered boring and arrogant by the people who invented boring and arrogant, you’re pretty poor."

He also distanced himself from Chick-fil-A, despite liking the food: "It’s a horrible thing for me because I love that Chick-fil-A sandwich. [Licks his lips] And I'm opposed to their stance on gay marriage so I'll get the chicken but not the bun in protest. [Laughter] I can’t do it." Surprisingly, Barbara Walters didn't like his book title:

By Tom Blumer | August 4, 2012 | 2:58 PM EDT

The Associated Press carried two stories on Friday about the attempt by and ultimate failure of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman to avoid going back to prison.

In the first, ahead of that day's hearing, AP reporter Bob Johnson failed to mention Siegelman's Democratic Party affiliation. In the second, Johnson managed to get Democratic Party references designed to raise what appear to be partisan questions about whether Siegelman really deserved his fate into his 29th and 34th of 35 paragraphs. Excerpts follow (AP is using all uppercase in its national site headlines now; bolds are mine):

By Brad Wilmouth | August 4, 2012 | 2:10 PM EDT

On Friday's World News on ABC, correspondent Jonathan Karl informed viewers of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's unsubstantiated charge that Mitt Romney has not paid taxes in 10 years, with the ABC correspondent dismissing the accusation as "outrageous and apparently unfounded."

By Tim Graham | August 4, 2012 | 1:49 PM EDT

On the Saturday Washington Post “On Faith” page, columnist and Newsweek religion editor Lisa Miller insisted it was not a news story that black ministers came to the National Press Club and insisted Obama’s support for gay marriage “might cost him the election.”

It’s not a story, Miller insisted, because Rev William Owens is “enough to make a cynic blush...He’s a figurehead in what political operatives call an ‘Astroturf’ campaign...and his threat is not a threat.” Miller complained about the news sites that somehow found this “nearly empty” press conference newsworthy:

By Tom Blumer | August 4, 2012 | 1:25 PM EDT

The wire services and other establishment press members appear to be getting more selective in what they will allow into their headlines, particularly omitting items which might hurt Dear Leader.

Take the coverage of yesterday's Employment Situation Summary from the government's Bureau of Labor Statistics. The news was a combination of bad and mediocre (though expectations-beating): The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased from 8.2% to 8.3% (or from 8.217% to 8.254%, if you're Obama administration hack Alan Krueger), while the seasonally adjusted number of jobs added was 163,000. Both results are really unacceptable when there's so much not utilized and underutilized labor. Three establishment press headlines avoided mentioning the rate increase, even though it was a major element of the underlying story:

By P.J. Gladnick | August 4, 2012 | 1:10 PM EDT

Although Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been described as "soft-spoken" in the Huffington Post and "honorable" by CNN's Candy Crowley, even many liberals such as Jon Stewart have registered disgust over the wild charges that Reid has been hurling about an "unnamed" source telling him that presidential candidate Mitt Romney hasn't paid his income taxes for  ten years. And now even the New York Times, in an article by Michael D. Shear and Richard A. Oppel, has noted the wild charges that Reid has tossed around in the past:

...Mr. Reid appears to be once again reprising a rhetorical technique he has mastered over 25 years in the Senate: repeatedly needling his Republican adversaries in ways that often push the boundaries of political propriety.

By Noel Sheppard | August 4, 2012 | 12:42 PM EDT

In today's "You Really Can't Make This Stuff Up" segment, the far-left propaganda machine MoveOn.org is making a new "Oath" public service announcement.

The casting call published by NYCastings.com specifies that only non-union actors need apply (emphasis added):

By Noel Sheppard | August 4, 2012 | 12:02 PM EDT

Roland Martin and National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru had a heated debate Friday about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) unsubstantiated claims regarding Mitt Romney's taxes.

Toward the end of the battle on CNN's OutFront, Ponnuru marvelously told his opponent, "You've got to call these things as you see them, not just be a political hack for your team" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | August 4, 2012 | 11:42 AM EDT

Been such a boring week. I can't imagine there's much to talk about.