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By NB Staff | | March 3, 2013 | 9:08 AM EST

MRC director of media analysis Tim Graham appeared on the Fox Business network Friday morning on the show Varney & Co. Host Stuart Varney began by noting that negative columns toward Obama in the morning’s Washington Post suggest the press may be turning on the president.

Graham said in the wake of Politico praising Obama  for being a “puppet master” of the press corps, they might think “We don’t want to look like we’re easily manipulated, but if you actually watch the coverage this week of the sequester, you saw a lot of easy manipulation.” (Video and transcript below)

By Tim Graham | | March 3, 2013 | 7:40 AM EST

The Hollywood Reporter relayed on Thursday that “Mere days after the Academy Awards, ABC Studios has bought rights to David France’s film,” How to Survive a Plague, a hard-left documentary on AIDS activism in the Reagan years, when the Left claimed Reagan wanted them all to die off, in contradiction to the facts. They’re thinking a miniseries.

France made an odd comparison: “ABC is the network of Roots.” Perhaps then, the men with AIDS are Kunta Kinte, and Ronald Reagan is the slave master?

By Tom Blumer | | March 2, 2013 | 7:52 PM EST

Did you ever mean to say "If you are shy then I have an acre of land in the Everglades." and have it come out "If you're bashful I got a snake sitting under my desk here"? I mean, those sentences are so close to being identical, and these kinds of misstatements happen all the time, right?

Well, that's what you have to believe if you're still a defender of Connecticut legislator Ernest Hewett, who said the latter on February 20 to a 17 year-old girl at a public hearing and is now saying he meant to say the former. Most press covereage of Hewett's obviously lewd remark has done an acceptable job of tagging him as a Democrat, with a notable exception being Ken Dixon at the Connecticut Post (HT Hot Air via Instapundit; bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Tim Graham | | March 2, 2013 | 7:32 PM EST

On Friday, announced: “The Times is discontinuing the Green blog, which was created  to track environmental and energy news and to foster lively discussion of developments in both areas.” The reality must be that people don't read it, and people simply don't find global warming a scintillating subject. So much for the notion it's the "story of the century."

Over on Andrew Revkin's "Dot Earth" blog, now an Opinion section project, he argued "From a logistical standpoint, the shutdown of Green was probably inevitable once the environment desk was closed in January." Revkin's blog may survive now due to financing through the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.  Revkin did attack the Times for preferring blogs about sports and fashion:

By Noel Sheppard | | March 2, 2013 | 4:25 PM EST

Syndicated columnist George Will made a statement on the Laura Ingraham Radio Show Friday that should make people on both sides of the aisle and both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue take notice.

"I think the President has at long last so gone over the top in his rhetoric that he’s even losing the mainstream media" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | | March 2, 2013 | 3:19 PM EST

Over at the Daily Kos, Bill in Portland Maine wished Happy Birthday to his favorite economic truth-teller Paul Krugman, as he added “I admit I don’t know a fiduciary whatzamahoozie from a hole in the ground.”

But the really comical paragraph came on Friday, as he summarized the “vapidity” of this weekend’s Sunday shows, and just as the Kosmonauts think Bob Woodward is a Breitbart replica, somehow they can categorize not just Kathleen “I Agree With You, Eliot Spitzer” Parker as a conservative, but also Chuck Todd and Tom Brokaw. The Meet the Press panel was somehow 4 to 1 conservative: 

By Noel Sheppard | | March 2, 2013 | 2:29 PM EST

Isn't liberal media hypocrisy a wonderful thing?

Consider the hilarious spectacle Friday night of HBO's resident pothead Bill Maher telling rapper turned reggae singer Snoop Dogg aka Snoop Lion, "You smoke too much pot" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | March 2, 2013 | 1:46 PM EST

It was a metaphysical certitude that Bill Maher would take cheap shots at the Pope on HBO's Real Time Friday.

True to form, Maher actually began the show with a series of Pope jokes mostly involving child molestation (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | March 2, 2013 | 12:39 PM EST

Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) this week made another in a series of absurd comments actually claiming that 170 million people would lose their jobs if the budget sequester was enacted.

NBC Tonight Show host Jay Leno actually began his show with Waters’ claim Friday saying that it explains "why we’re in this situation in the first place" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | March 2, 2013 | 11:23 AM EST

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer on Friday perfectly encapsulated the hysteria the White House is trying to gin up regarding budget sequestration.

Appearing on PBS's Inside Washington, Krauthammer spoke of Biblical plagues that re-appeared Friday telling host Gordon Peterson, "We have sequestered against the Lord, Gordo, and his wrath is great" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By P.J. Gladnick | | March 2, 2013 | 9:49 AM EST

"Confession: I yell at my TV while watching Rachel #Maddow talk about filibuster reform in the same way most people do during football."

Confession: I yell at my monitor while watching multiple Twitter accounts plug Rachel #Maddow with identical words in the same way most people do during football.

By Tim Graham | | March 2, 2013 | 9:35 AM EST

The Washington Post really hates the Catholic Church. See the top of Saturday’s Style section, which spotlights a group of “superprogressive” feminists and lesbians with boyish haircuts playing a board game critical of the papal election process. It's a "womyn's conclave" in oh-so-leftish Mount Rainier, Maryland, complete with a demand for "pink smoke." 

The end of the story by Monica Hesse highlights how they all look forward to the deconstruction of the Vatican and the scattering of the Catholic hierarchy to install Pope Dorothy I:

By Tim Graham | | March 2, 2013 | 7:07 AM EST

Liz Harrington of reported that on Thursday, a reporter asked Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid if he could understand how the American people are frustrated with all the finger-pointing while “nobody is talking” before the sequester hits.

Reid replied that the press has an “obligation to report” that the Republicans are “unwilling to do what the American people want done.” The press is supposed to report the Democrat spin line as the gospel truth:

By Matthew Sheffield | | March 1, 2013 | 11:57 PM EST

The short film  “Innocence of the Muslims” may not have provoked attacks on American interests in Libya but it does continue to rankle Islamic extremists around the world. In the latest development, a cyberterrorist group is now threatening to attack U.S. banks unless YouTube forcibly deletes the clip from its servers.

As PC World reported:

By Tom Johnson | | March 1, 2013 | 11:06 PM EST

This past week, Kossacks cheered the televised trashing of Sean Hannity and jeered another media personality, Bob Woodward, for questioning President Obama's sequester narrative.
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