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By Noel Sheppard | | June 9, 2013 | 7:20 PM EDT

Comedian Steve Martin stepped into the political ring this weekend tweeting numerous comments about the newest scandal facing the White House.

His most recent one reads, "Wearing my NSA spy-phone helmet as I bike by the UN is the definition of cacophony":

By Noel Sheppard | | June 9, 2013 | 6:18 PM EDT

George Will had some harsh words for the Obama administration Sunday.

Appearing on ABC’s This Week, Will said that the recent revelation concerning National Security Agency information gathering is going to metastasize the IRS controversy into a national security scandal, and concluded that as a result, “the willingness to trust the executive branch is today minimal and should be.”

By Tom Blumer | | June 9, 2013 | 4:59 PM EDT

Although there are stories at Fox News and the Daily Caller, there appears to be almost no interest on the part of the establishment press in covering the Treasury Department's failure to report over 99% of its conference costs when Oklahoma Republican Senator Tom Coburn asked for an itemized listing a year ago.

The Politico, the repository for stories which cause Democrats and the left discomfort that the rest of the press would prefer to ignore ("Oh, the Politico did something with it, so we don't have to"), buried the item in a "Morning Tax" report Thursday. Writer Lauren French held off as long as she possibly could presenting how the $50 million in omitted IRS costs dwarfed the measly $500,000 which was reported (paragraph breaks added by me; bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Noel Sheppard | | June 9, 2013 | 4:31 PM EDT

As NewsBusters has been reporting, liberal media members have been absolutely apoplectic over the thought of the Koch brothers buying the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times.

CNN's Howard Kurtz gave a somewhat more reasoned view of such an eventuality on Reliable Sources Sunday saying, "Let's remember that more liberal businessmen such as Warren Buffett have been snapping up newspapers without compromising their journalistic mission" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | June 9, 2013 | 12:49 PM EDT

Since last week’s revelations concerning the National Security Agency looking at American phone records, it’s been fascinating to watch Obama-loving media members take issue with what the White House is doing.

Include New York Times columnist Paul Krugman who on ABC’s This Week Sunday said that America is now “kind of” an “authoritarian surveillance state” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | June 9, 2013 | 12:05 PM EDT

Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, on Sunday had harsh words for the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald revealing last week that the National Security Agency is looking at phone records of virtually all Americans.

Appearing on ABC’s This Week, Rogers said, “I know your reporter that you interviewed, Greenwald, says that he’s got it all and now is an expert on the program. He doesn't have a clue how this thing works” (video follows with transcript):

By Tom Blumer | | June 9, 2013 | 12:01 PM EDT

A week ago (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), I wrote up a post on the Miami Herald's coverage of how the chief of staff of Florida Democratic Congressman Joe Garcia had admittted to attempting to orchestrate "a sophisticated scheme to manipulate last year’s primary elections by submitting hundreds of fraudulent absentee-ballot requests."

I also noted that the story, which broke on Friday, May 31, was "getting very little notice," but that perhaps "the amount and scope of national coverage will increase when the work week starts." Well, the official work week has ended, and there has been almost no coverage anywhere, despite Congressman Garcia's stunning reaction to the news reported in a separate June 1 Herald story (bolds are mine):

By Noel Sheppard | | June 9, 2013 | 10:57 AM EDT

Texas Congressman Steve Stockman (R) weighed in on the recent revelations involving the National Security Agency looking at Americans' phone records with a humorous knock at Chris Matthews' so-called "news network."

Commenting on Twitter, Stockman wrote Saturday, "At this point the only way to prevent people from hearing your conversations is to have them on MSNBC":

By Tim Graham | | June 9, 2013 | 8:12 AM EDT

Washington Post columnist (and former reporter) David Ignatius is pushing for a resignation at the center of the Sunday op-ed page. “Attorney General Eric Holder is not up to the task” was the online headline of his column. The newspaper people could only use “A mediocre attorney general.”

It's not the "scandals," said Ignatius. "The problem with Holder is the plain fact that, in the judgment of a wide range of legal colleagues, he has been a mediocre attorney general." At first, Ignatius seemed unhappy because Holder seemed too "conservative" in his choices:


By Tim Graham | | June 9, 2013 | 7:13 AM EDT

The naked empress of The Washington Post’s “On Faith” page was at it again on Saturday, displaying for everyone that everything she writes is about the worship of secular liberalism and the protection of atheists, gay “pride” activists, and other God-haters who genuflect only to the ACLU.

Like many leftists, Sally Quinn can’t be happy that the gay lobby and corporate America have  turned the formerly reverent Boy Scouts of America into everything “tolerant” and “welcoming” (unless you’re one of those Bible-thumpers). They aren’t all the way there yet. They’re still contemptible until they have gay scoutmasters and atheist scouts. Sure, “little Johnny” can be gay as a teen, but then what?

By Noel Sheppard | | June 8, 2013 | 4:16 PM EDT

Now THAT’S what I’m talking about.

Fox News host Neil Cavuto on Saturday cut the mic of the incredibly "offensive" and "obnoxious" liberal shill Julian Epstein for refusing to have a serious discussion about the current White House scandals and instead insisting on echoing Democrat talking points (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Tim Graham | | June 8, 2013 | 3:21 PM EDT

The loving eulogies for Sen. Frank Lautenberg, heavy on the praise for curbing teenage drinking and in-flight smoking, have obscured just how sleazily he regained office in 2002. Conservatives can easily forget how uninterested the media were in that story, even as it unfolded.

Late in an increasingly competitive race against Republican Doug Forrester in 2002, Torricelli “suddenly withdrew after disclosure of illegal contributions to his campaign by David Chang, a businessman connected to North Korea. Shortly thereafter, the New Jersey Supreme Court  unanimously ruled that the Democratic Party could legally replace Torricelli's name on the ballot” with Lautenberg. Brent Bozell offered the media story:

By Noel Sheppard | | June 8, 2013 | 2:27 PM EDT

This is way too funny.

On NBC’s Tonight Show Friday, the studio audience booed Jay Leno for telling an Esther Williams joke. The host marvelously responded, “I don’t care – I’m leaving soon.”

By Noel Sheppard | | June 8, 2013 | 2:02 PM EDT

Jay Leno continued his humorous attacks on the White House Friday.

In the middle of a lengthy set of opening monologue jokes about the various scandals plaguing Barack Obama, the NBC Tonight Show host said, “We wanted a president that listens to all Americans - now we have one” (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | June 8, 2013 | 12:37 PM EDT

CNN political contributor Ana Navarro is the liberal media’s new darling when they want a supposedly "conservative" guest to bash Republicans and support Obama.

So obvious is her charade that Bill Maher on HBO’s Real Time Friday called Navarro out for it (video follows with transcript and commentary):