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By Noel Sheppard | | March 29, 2013 | 11:13 AM EDT

It could easily be argued that one of Barack Obama’s biggest cheerleaders at CNN since the day he threw his hat into the presidential ring in 2007 has been Soledad O’Brien.

This is why one had to laugh uproariously when she ended her final Starting Point show Friday hypocritically saying, “I think if I’ve learned anything over the past year it's that facts matter and we shouldn't be afraid to have tough and honest conversations" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Ken Shepherd | | March 29, 2013 | 10:46 AM EDT

If your child is religious, he or she may be mentally ill. That's the long and short of a TIME magazine item, "Can Your Child Be Too Religious?" published on March 28, Holy Thursday.

Sure, "Religion can be a source of comfort that improves well-being," writer Francine Russo noted, "But some kinds of religiosity could be a sign of deeper mental health issues" (emphasis mine):

By Tim Graham | | March 29, 2013 | 9:08 AM EDT

The Latino LGBT lobby called the Unity Coalition has announced that "husbands Good Morning America weather anchor Sam Champion and Miami artist Rubem Robierb will be celebrity hosts" at the annual "Leaders, Legends and Lovelies Ball" on April 11 in Miami Beach as part of "Gay Pride Week."

The weatherman is out of the political closet, and nobody at Disney cares he's hosting libertine-left fundraisers. "You are cordially invited to say I DO support MARRIAGE EQUALITY in Florida," the invitation reads. Clearly, the liberals think "history" has already happened.

By Tom Blumer | | March 29, 2013 | 12:37 AM EDT

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is at it again, telling us peons that we're not deserving of our full measure of yet another freedom, this time to express ourselves.

As reported by Dana Rubenstein at (HT The Blaze), "As it turns out, Bloomberg, the highest-profile cheerleader for New York City's burgeoning tech scene, doesn't really like the social media revolution upon which much of it is premised." Excerpts after the jump reveal that Bloomberg wants tech, but only on his terms:

By Tim Graham | | March 28, 2013 | 11:24 PM EDT

Chris Hayes isn’t just trying to bring his “pretend the cameras aren’t there” chatter to prime time. He’s going to try his weekend guest-selection formula of “quotas. Hard quotas.” So reports the Columbia Journalism Review. It gives a "more inclusive" feel to his new show's title, "All In."

"We just would look at the board and say, ‘We already have too many white men. We can’t have more.’ Really, that was it,” Hayes said to Ann Friedman. “Always, constantly just counting, Monitoring the diversity of the guests along gender lines, and along race and ethnicity lines.”

By Jack Coleman | | March 28, 2013 | 11:01 PM EDT

So much of liberalism hinges on the willingness of liberals to engage in collective amnesia. Fortunately, many conservatives prefer to remember.

Ever since the sequester's cuts took effect, Ed Schultz has railed about their impact to the economy, particularly air travel. Since he frequently flies his own plane from Minnesota to work in New York City and to a fishing lodge he bought in Canada (did I mention how Schultz often urges others to "Buy American"?) , Schultz fancies himself an expert on aviation. (audio clip after page break)

By Jessie Reed | | March 28, 2013 | 10:32 PM EDT

As has been widely reported, the subject of gay marriage has split the Republican Party. Most Republicans support traditional marriage, but many also support gay marriage. What you may be unaware of is that the issue has split the Democratic Party even more.

On Tuesday evening, CNN host Erin Burnett focused an entire segment on the GOP’s division, and brushed over the Democratic split until a guest brought it up.

By P.J. Gladnick | | March 28, 2013 | 9:01 PM EDT

One of the big talking points of liberal dogma is that hunters don't "need" to use AR-15 rifles for hunting. So what happens when a television correspondent praises the qualities of AR-15s for hunting wild hogs? He has to perform a bizarre sort of mea culpa by sidetracking the story a bit and asking a hog hunter if he really "needs" to use an AR-15.

Such was the case with CNN correspondent Victor Blackwell in his story about wild hog hunting on Anderson Cooper 360. First Blackwell reports on the damage caused by wild hogs to farms in Georgia as you can see in this video.

By Tom Blumer | | March 28, 2013 | 8:40 PM EDT

Apparently the journalistic disease known as obsessive-compulsive interactive map publishing is spreading.

Late last year, Gannett's Journal News in White Plains, New York created a firestorm when it published an interactive map of gun permit holders in two counties north of New York City, obviously giving criminals, depending on how they target victims, the identity of places to rob to get guns or, by inference, people they could be comfortable wouldn't be carrying concealed weapons. On Wednesday evening, the Des Moines Register published an item still present on its site discussing the general degree of presence or absence of resource officers at Iowa schools. It also published a "handy" interactive map, since taken down, of which schools have resource officers, which ones don't, and which ones didn't respond to a survey on the topic. Excerpts from the report follow the jump (HT Newsmax via The Blaze):

By Matthew Balan | | March 28, 2013 | 6:26 PM EDT

On Thursday, George Stephanopoulos touted how legalizing same-sex "marriage" would supposedly bring in additional revenue into the federal government's coffers. The former Clinton administration official claimed that "the Treasury would actually take in more money if gays and lesbians were allowed to get married and get federal benefits."

Stephanopoulos cited an eight-plus year old study from the Congressional Budget Office that found that redefining marriage to include homosexual couples "could bring in up to $1 billion a year – so, a net benefit for the Treasury from gay marriage."

By Scott Whitlock | | March 28, 2013 | 6:07 PM EDT

[UPDATED: See below.] Chris Matthews on Thursday took a break from comparing conservatives to Nazis and instead compared them to movie Nazis. The Hardball anchor opened the program by referencing the classic movie Casablanca. In this example, Barack Obama is the good guy and the Second Amendment supporters are the Nazis.

Matthews spewed, "You know that scene in Casablanca when the French police captain shoots the Nazi, Major Strasser, and Humphrey Bogart does the right thing by Ingrid Bergman, and the anti-Nazi hero Victor Laszlo says 'Welcome back to the fight, Rick'?" In case anyone was unclear on the comparison, the liberal journalist added, "Well, I felt that way today watching President Obama get back to the front in the historic battle for gun safety." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

By Noel Sheppard | | March 28, 2013 | 6:05 PM EDT

The upcoming issue of TIME magazine features alternate covers of gay and lesbian couples kissing.

The headline reads "Gay Marriage Already Won":

By Matt Vespa | | March 28, 2013 | 5:41 PM EDT

Note to Piers Morgan: Journalism isn't rocket science and making a few phone calls can go a long way.

Giddy about a Newtown search warrant that showed there was an NRA certificate found in the Lanza household,  Morgan tweeted giddily: 

Yet, this is an abject lie.

By Clay Waters | | March 28, 2013 | 5:39 PM EDT

Joseph Lhota is a moderate Republican running for mayor of New York City, but Michael Barbaro's front page Thursday story focuses on an incident back in 1999 when he inflamed Manhattan's artsy liberal elite: "For Mayoral Hopeful Who Lost Fight to Remove Art, No Regrets." Barbaro also reminds us that the New York Times is guilty of double standards in its treatment of art that offends religious sensibilities.

Lhota was deputy mayor under Rudy Giuliani when controversy erupted over the Brooklyn Museum's display of Chris Ofili's painting of the "Holy Virgin Mary," clumped with elephant dung.

By Jeffrey Meyer | | March 28, 2013 | 5:13 PM EDT

If reports from TVNewser are true, the long time co-host of The View will be retiring from ABC in 2014.  Walters has been with ABC News since 1976 and prior to her tenure at ABC she began her career as a host for NBC’s Today in 1961.

If the rumors of Ms. Walters’ impending retirement are true, we thought it would be best to relive some of the best, or worst, moments of her infamous career.  Walters has been known for her softball interviews throughout the years, and we at NewsBusters have documented some of the most ridiculous interviews courtesy of Barbara.