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By Tim Graham | | October 5, 2013 | 3:36 PM EDT

Public-broadcasting fans love to proclaim that PBS and NPR are bravely “independent” of the government. But sometimes, the facts suggest a close symbiotic relationship. Terence P. Jeffrey of CNSNews.com reports that on the first day of the government shutdown, the Daily Treasury Statement revealed no money for clinical trials for cancer, but the administration awarded $445 million to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). Pay the publicist first!

PBS has hosted two very friendly interviews with President Obama in the last few weeks, and on Friday, their two “opposing” political pundits agreed the shutdown was a “constitutional monstrosity” and the Tea Party was a spent force.

By Tom Johnson | | October 5, 2013 | 2:41 PM EDT

You'd need a truck scale to measure all the weighing-in the Daily Kos gang has done regarding the partial federal shutdown, so for reasons of brevity let's focus on shutdown-related musings from the boss Kossack, site founder and publisher Markos Moulitsas.

On Tuesday, day one of the shutdown, Moulitsas lectured congressional Republicans on legitimate and illegitimate means of halting Obamacare:

By Noel Sheppard | | October 5, 2013 | 1:37 PM EDT

It’s becoming quite apparent the American people aren’t as concerned about the government shutdown as the Democrats and their media minions would like people to be.

On the CBS Late Show Friday, when host David Letterman asked the studio audience if they were worried about the shutdown, they collectively said “No” (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Tim Graham | | October 5, 2013 | 12:55 PM EDT

Cher is a regularly harsh critic of the “Teapublicans” and their unbearable whiteness. So it wasn’t a huge surprise when she regurgitated it on Twitter this week...except that she started talking about them as the “devil incarnate” who the good people should “deep 6.”

First, there was this tweet: “WHO THE F--K DO THESE TBAG (DEVIL INCARNATE)MEMBERS OF GOV.THINK THEY R? PPL R ACTUALLY GOING 2 DIE(cancer trials shut down)& THEY R REASON”.

By Noel Sheppard | | October 5, 2013 | 12:53 PM EDT

As NewsBusters reported Tuesday, MSNBC's Mara Schiavocampo had a tough time signing up for ObamaCare the first day the exchanges went live.

As if that wasn't funny enough, the folks at NBC's Tonight Show took that video and added a surprise ending where Schiavocampo is so frustrated she destroyed her computer (video follows with commentary):

By Matthew Balan | | October 5, 2013 | 12:49 PM EDT

CBS rekindled its love for pro-abortion politician Wendy Davis on Thursday's CBS Evening News, after the Democrat announced her candidacy in the Texas gubernatorial race. Norah O'Donnell trumpeted how "Davis was a little-known Democratic state senator in Texas. But her marathon defense of abortion rights drew national attention."

Manuel Bojorquez heralded how state legislator "stepped into the national spotlight with pink sneakers, during a 13-hour filibuster of new abortion restrictions here." However, Bojorquez was among the Big Three journalists who put that spotlight on Davis mere hours after she stalled the passage of pro-life legislation in the Lone Star State. At the time, he asserted that the filibuster turned the Democrat "a national political star". [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]

By Mike Bates | | October 5, 2013 | 12:00 PM EDT

White House staff aren’t the only ones looking for sob stories about folks affected by the government shutdown.  The media are doing what they can to assist. Columnist Phil Kadner of the Southtown Star, a publication of the Chicago Sun-Times, lends a hand with “Shutdown becomes real for local residents.” The article begins:

Edgar Mullins, of Richton Park, and Justin Jones, of Chicago Heights, became victims of the federal government shutdown on Thursday.

They lined up early in the morning in front of the Social Security Administration office in Chicago Heights.

The office was open for business but wasn’t offering new or replacement Social Security cards, the reason Mullins and Jones were there.

By Noel Sheppard | | October 5, 2013 | 11:47 AM EDT

As NewsBusters previously reported, Chris Matthews on Wednesday asked Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, "When are we going to have the book we've really been waiting for, 'Killing O'Reilly?'"

On Fox News's O'Reilly Factor Friday, during the "Pinheads of the Week" segment, Imus in the Morning executive producer Bernard McGuirk called Matthews "a bitter, spittle-spewing psycho" (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):

By Tom Blumer | | October 5, 2013 | 10:06 AM EDT

Early Friday afternoon, USA Today's Tim Mullaney excused HealthCare.gov's "glitches," confidently predicted that "they'll get fixed" (in about two months!) and pronounced the enterprise "an out-of-the-box success for consumers shopping for health insurance" which will "sell tons of insurance," even though he had to go to a canned calculator found elsewhere to do much of his work. As to "selling tons of insurance": Well of course it will, if allowed to continue. Thanks to a Supreme Court majority led by John Roberts, it's a legal requirement to do so under penalty of law.

Mullaney also contended that HealthCare.gov's virtual failure to sign up "consumers" — a situation that certainly was not remotely remedied when he submitted his column — was little different from what many private-sector companies have experienced and overcome. Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine):

By Jill Stanek | | October 5, 2013 | 8:49 AM EDT

VladTV has posted video of radio personality Star, sharing his thoughts on NBA basketball star J.J. Redick’s abortion contract with former girlfriend Vanessa Lopez. Star is cool with all that.

In the video he says he has spent $45,000 himself on abortions, which he considers a great investment as opposed to paying child support for a “little f***er rugrat.” 

By Brent Bozell | | October 5, 2013 | 8:00 AM EDT

On the same day, CNN and NBC both dropped their plans to make movies about Hillary Clinton. Interestingly, it looks like a win both for the Clintons and for RNC chair Reince Priebus, who boldly told the two networks that they wouldn’t be moderating any GOP presidential debates in 2015 or 2016 with those promotional films in the pipeline.

Apologies might be owed from The Wall Street Journal editorial page, which prematurely waved a white flag: "God grant Reince Priebus the serenity to accept liberal media bias...The Hollywood-media complex is going to line up hard behind Hillary's 2016 Presidential bid, and this is the first salvo. Mr. Priebus can't stop it, he can't even hope to contain it, so all he has done is open himself to complaints that he's acting as Lord Republican Media Censor."

By Tim Graham | | October 5, 2013 | 6:55 AM EDT

Richard Wolf of USA Today can’t use the word “left” to describe recent Supreme Court rulings, only “right.” It came in a story headlined  “Supreme Court poised to tilt further to the right.”

When the Court tacks left, it’s a “blockbuster” term of “landmark" decisions. Wolf began: “After two blockbuster terms in which it saved President Obama's health care law and advanced the cause of same-sex marriage, the Supreme Court appears poised to tack to the right in its upcoming term on a range of social issues, from abortion and contraception to race and prayer.”

By NB Staff | | October 5, 2013 | 6:00 AM EDT

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By Tom Blumer | | October 4, 2013 | 11:56 PM EDT

(UPDATE: Chad Henderson has locked down his Twitter account. His Instagram account remains, for now.)

Earlier today, I noted (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog) that "Obamacare Poster Boy" Chad Henderson, who was written up in the Washington Post, Huffington Post and several other news outlets, and who at one point was scheduled to appear on a Health and Human Services Department conference call (but ultimately didn't), has not purchased health insurance on the Obamacare exchange.

Before letting all of this fall down the media memory hole, John Sexton at Breitbart.com reported that Henderson "claimed earlier this year that he'd 'traveled to Florida' to help with Obama's reelection and also donated $1000 to the campaign" — leading to a further claim, complete with a photo of the alleged invitation, that he had been invited to the 2013 Obama Inaugural Ball. There's even more in Mr. Henderson's Instagram collection for the lazy establishment press to digest, including something they'll secretly love — an immature attack on Sarah Palin — after the jump.

By Amy Ridenour | | October 4, 2013 | 10:48 PM EDT

Sometimes the left approaches satire in its ongoing propaganda campaign to make the partial government shutdown seem worse than it is.

Take Amanda Marcotte's October 1 Slate article "Government shutdown: From WIC to the panda cam, seven ways the shutdown will hit women hardest," no doubt a continuation of the whiny "war on women" meme only idiots fall for. My favorite paragraph in Slate's list of how the "shutdown" is going to hurt women "particularly hard":