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By Tom Blumer | | February 2, 2013 | 6:38 PM EST

Following the governmemt's Employment Situation Summary yesterday, two words were noticeably absent at the Associated Press (here, here, and here), Bloomberg, Reuters, CNBC, and the New York Times: "seasonally adjusted."

While they told their readers of the number of jobs supposedly added in total (157,000) and in other sectors, the fact remains that in the real world, before seasonal adjustment, the government told us, as is the case every January, that employment declined steeply. In January 2013, the government estimates that 2.84 million jobs were lost.

By Noel Sheppard | | February 2, 2013 | 5:06 PM EST

The folks at CNN sure have gotten smutty this year.

In the wake of Kathy Griffin kissing Anderson Cooper's crotch on New Year's Eve, and Piers Morgan having a truly raunchy discussion with Chelsea Handler earlier this week, Cooper on Friday reported a 1980s date as Larry King "trying to get Katie Couric in the sack" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | February 2, 2013 | 3:58 PM EST

Just how much more in bed can Democrats get with Hollywood elites?

That question seems germane given an event held at Norman Lear's Hollywood mansion Thursday where House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) briefed attendees that included Barbra Streisand and James Brolin.

By Noel Sheppard | | February 2, 2013 | 2:58 PM EST

Liberals were all atwitter a few months ago over the news that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) was going to be doing a cameo role on the series finale of 30 Rock.

I wonder how they felt when she was called a "jackass” right before her appearance (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | February 2, 2013 | 12:51 PM EST

Remember all that talk about civility in political discourse after the shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords?

NPR's Nina Totenberg apparently doesn't, for on PBS's Inside Washington Friday, she said of Hillary Clinton, "Any time conservatives can they want to take a knife to her throat" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | February 2, 2013 | 11:41 AM EST

UPDATE AT END OF POST: Morgan tweets this to his followers.

Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey took a humorous swipe at CNN’s Piers Morgan on CBS’s Late Show Friday.

While impersonating the late Johnny Carson at the request of host David Letterman, Spacey said of Morgan, “I wouldn't mind him being deported” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | | February 2, 2013 | 11:27 AM EST

Yesterday at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, Christopher Rugaber really wrote that the government's Employment Situation Summary released Friday was "mostly encouraging."

The Friday morning dispatch, still present at Yahoo News but which has understandably disappeared from the wire service's national site, stuck with his smiley-faced description even as he noted, "one negative sign: The unemployment rate rose to 7.9 percent from 7.8 percent." If January's performance repeats itself for the rest of year, 1.9 million more people will have found work during 2013 and the unemployment rate will be 9 percent -- at which point it would appear that Chris will try to tell us that we've finally achieved heaven on earth. Excerpts from Rugaber's ridiculous rubbish, riddled as it is with errors, omissions, a blatant coverage inconsistency, and political hackery, follow the jump:

By Noel Sheppard | | February 2, 2013 | 10:49 AM EST

Comedienne Wanda Sykes is having a problem deciding which football team to support on Super Bowl Sunday.

She told NBC Tonight Show host Jay Leno Friday that despite growing up in Maryland, "I'm gay...Me not rooting for San Francisco is like booing Africa" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | February 2, 2013 | 9:52 AM EST

Bill Maher made a couple of jokes on HBO's Real Time Friday that sounded eerily similar to things NBC Tonight Show host Jay Leno and Comedy Central's Jon Stewart said earlier in the week.

Here are the relevant clips (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | February 2, 2013 | 9:06 AM EST

Newark Mayor Cory Booker made a statement on HBO's Real Time Friday that should please gun rights advocates across the fruited plain.

Despite being for stronger gun laws, Booker said, "Legal gun buyers are not causing murders in Newark and Chicago and other places" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Mark Finkelstein | | February 2, 2013 | 8:45 AM EST

Looks like liberals are still trying to peddle the discredited allegation that Tea Party members attacked black members of Congress.

The op-ed page of today's New York Times contains a column by James Sleeper, a long-time left-wing activist, now a lecturer at Yale.  The gist is the grudging respect that Sleeper came to have for Ed Koch, the former New York City mayor who passed away two days ago. Sleeper writes of how as mayor, Koch wrestled to the ground a protester who had stormed the stage as he spoke and pelted him with eggs.  Sleeper wrote that Koch's asking the audience whether they wanted the other protesters removed looked demagogic at the time, "[b]ut not so much now, with Tea Party heckling and assaults on public officials." More after the jump.

By Brent Bozell | | February 2, 2013 | 8:07 AM EST

Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival featured a documentary celebrating four “amazing” abortionists who evacuate wombs in the third trimester of pregnancy. The critics in attendance loved it. The Philadelphia Inquirer boasted it drew “two standing ovations -- one for the doctors.”

Sundance attendees in Utah were greeted by police and armed sheriffs in green jumpsuits that made a show of force outside the the theater. They had to have their bags searched and were inspected with hand-held metal detectors. After the movie was shown, two police officers stood at the front of the auditorium as the directors and the four abortionists featured in the film answered audience questions.

By NB Staff | | February 2, 2013 | 7:38 AM EST

Gaffe-prone Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) is at it again. Eric Scheiner of CNSNews.com reports that Moore told Fox 6 in Milwaukee that this Second Amendment business is going too far.

“Where are we going with this? I mean, do individuals get to own nuclear weapons? Do they get to own submarines, with this notion that they have a right to bear arms? No.” (Video below)

By Tom Johnson | | February 1, 2013 | 10:52 PM EST

We watch the Super Bowl for many reasons, one being that it gives us a break from political strife. One Kossack football fan, however, complained this week that politics -- specifically, recurring promotion of American militarism -- diminishes his enjoyment of the big game. 
 
As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

By Ken Shepherd | | February 1, 2013 | 6:38 PM EST

Washington Post diplomatic correspondent Anne Gearan has repeatedly blown kisses to Hillary Clinton in the past few months with her gauzy coverage of the departing secretary of state's handling of Benghazi. Today she took her show on the road, make that air, as she appeared on MSNBC's Martin Bashir program with Democratic strategist Kiki McLean and guest host former DNC communications director Karen Finney. With MSNBC looking forward giddily to a possible 2016 presidential run, the segment was titled onscreen as "Until We Meet Again."

Sure "[s]he leaves office without huge accomplishments" like groundbreaking peace talks or the like, but she does have "enormous goodwill around the world," Gearan gushed. "Some of her greatest accomplishments really were just showing up," the Post staffer insisted.