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By Tom Johnson | | September 7, 2013 | 2:08 PM EDT

Daily Kos bloggers like to trash Fox News, even if some seem not to have ever watched the channel. (It's always amusing when one of them writes about Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity as if they were interchangeable. Uhhhh, no.)
Others, however, do at least a bit of content analysis. DKos featured writer "Hunter," for example, has long been especially contemptuous of FNC's morning program Fox & Friends. This past Tuesday, "Hunter" lauded John McCain for supposedly schooling Brian Kilmeade on the equivalence of "Allahu Akbar" and "Thank God." "Hunter" mused, "I wonder how far Sen. John McCain will get explaining Muslim culture to the fenceposts of the Fox News team."

By Noel Sheppard | | September 7, 2013 | 12:59 PM EDT

The panic amongst Obama-loving media members over the possibility that Congress won’t support the President’s planned attack on Syria is becoming palpable.

On PBS’s Inside Washington Friday, the Washington Post’s Colby King said, “A defeat of this magnitude would diminish his presidency” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | | September 7, 2013 | 12:50 PM EDT

In Part 1 of this pair of posts on the press whitewash of President Barack Obama's "red line" on the use of chemical weapons in Syria, I looked at the Washington Post's Glenn Kessler, who excused President Barack Obama's contradictory "red line" remarks as "offhand" statements" which shouldn't count for much compared to official statements and press releases by diplomats and the White House. (Who knew?)

PolitiFact's Jon Greenberg has also predictably weighed in with the excuse-makers. The web site didn't even bother applying a "Truth-o-meter" rating, claiming that Obama "never denied using the phrase or giving it the significance it has today." Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Tom Blumer | | September 7, 2013 | 11:14 AM EDT

As expected, the establishment press's excuse-makers have come out to defend the indefensible, claiming that President Barack Obama's Wednesday assertion in Stockholm that "I did not set a red line" with Syria and chemical weapons doesn't contradict his oft-quoted August 2012 "red line" statement.

I didn't think that the Washington Post's Glenn Kessler to be among those trying to explain it all away; (meanwhiile, PolitiFact has predictably weighed in; its post is the subject of Part 2). While he has been a bit heavier in handing out the "Pinocchios" in situations involving Republicans and conservatives than to Democrats and liberals, Kessler has rarely tried to convince readers that they didn't see or hear what the really saw and heard. Unfortunately, that's exactly what he did in this instance by giving the obvious contradiction "no rating." Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine; HT Hot Air):

By Noel Sheppard | | September 7, 2013 | 11:10 AM EDT

Not everyone in Hollywood is afraid to speak out against the President's planned attack on Syria.

On Saturday morning, Rapper Azealia Banks took to Twitter and unleashed a string of anti-war tweets including "If Obama invades Syria, America will never have another black president":

By Tim Graham | | September 7, 2013 | 9:31 AM EDT

Despite this unsatisfactory level of unemployment, The New York Times knows how to be cheeky. The newest numbers showed a large drop in motion picture jobs. Don’t blame the pornographers, wrote Catherine Rampell in an “Economix” blog post.

"The pornography industry, long accustomed to being a scapegoat for the country’s moral ills, is now being blamed for America’s economic failings, too." Get out the world's smallest violin.

By Rich Noyes | | September 7, 2013 | 9:00 AM EDT

Last year, the national media spent the campaign highlighting (or inventing) problems for the Republican ticket of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, while downplaying or ignoring the shortcomings in Barack Obama’s record as President. Next year, we’ll find out if the media will be more successful than they were in 2010, when they attempted to marginalize and discredit conservative Tea Party candidates in a campaign that turned out to be a crushing defeat for liberals.

This year, however, there’s really only one major political race on the political radar: the Virginia governor’s race between former Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe (a longtime associate of Bill and Hillary Clinton) and Republican Ken Cuccinelli, currently the state’s attorney general. And a new MRC study of major newspapers in the state finds the GOP candidate is receiving far more negative coverage than his Democratic counterpart — just four positive stories vs. 95 negative ones, a whopping 24-to-1 margin.

By Tim Graham | | September 7, 2013 | 8:00 AM EDT

MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts granted an interview to Greg Hernandez of Gay Star News to discuss being “out and proud” as a news anchor. Don't say impartial news anchor.

“I feel blessed, I feel very lucky,' Roberts declared. “I love the MSNBC brand, I love my colleagues and I love this network, I love that I get to be my full self at work and I get to tackle these (LGBT) topics that are very important to our modern day conversation and the news cycle in general.” Roberts devotes at least one segment each weekday morning to the gay agenda, and like the rest of MSNBC, almost never featuresopponents. Gay Star News didn’t recognize that:

By Jack Coleman | | September 6, 2013 | 11:30 PM EDT

Seven words I never thought I'd say -- keep up the good work, Michael Moore.

What prompted this was a tweet from the leftist filmmaker after Secretary of State John Kerry's appearance last night on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes" during which Kerry described why military action against the Assad regime in Syria is justified. (Video after the jump)

By Tim Graham | | September 6, 2013 | 11:14 PM EDT

Radical-left actor Ed Asner was blunt with Paul Bond of The Hollywood Reporter about how celebrities won’t be mobilizing against military actions launched by Barack Obama: "A lot of people don't want to feel anti-black by being opposed to Obama," he said.

"It will be a done deal before Hollywood is mobilized," Asner said. "This country will either bomb the hell out of Syria or not before Hollywood gets off its ass." Asner, 83, even doubts the value of protesting at this late stage in his life:

By Tim Graham | | September 6, 2013 | 7:22 PM EDT

Ultraliberal Congressman Alan Grayson was interviewed on Thursday’s PBS NewsHour, and struck a fierce pose against missile strikes in Syria in a peace-sign tie. Anchor Jeffrey Brown repeatedly questioned how cavalier Grayson seemed in protecting a president of his own party.

From Obama’s corner, Brown began by asking what kind of message inaction would send to Syria. Grayson said “if you want to send a message, use Hallmark, not missiles.” It’s a lame joke, since Hallmark isn’t making cards for special occasions like chemical weapons attacks on civilians. Brown kept sputtering about how he could let Obama down:

By Noel Sheppard | | September 6, 2013 | 7:08 PM EDT

Charles Krauthammer blasted Friday’s news that there are now over 90 million Americans no longer considered part of the workforce.

Appearing on Fox News’s Special Report, Krauthammer said, “This is what happens when you become a European-like country.”

By Noel Sheppard | | September 6, 2013 | 6:24 PM EDT

Ralph Nader had some harsh words Friday for Barack Obama's planned attack on Syria.

In a letter to the President published at the Huffington Post, Nader began, "Little did your school boy chums in Hawaii, watching you race up and down the basketball court, know how prescient they were when they nicknamed you 'Barry O'Bomber.'"

By Kyle Drennen | | September 6, 2013 | 5:54 PM EDT

In back-to-back interviews with members on Congress on Friday's MSNBC Daily Rundown, fill-in host Luke Russert desperately tried to sell Democrats and Republicans on the importance of supporting President Obama taking military action against Syria. [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Talking to Democratic Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly, Russert worried: "How much of this do you think, within your caucus, falls on this idea of, 'Okay, we're not necessarily comfortable with the idea of launching any missiles into Syria, but God help us, if we cut the President off here at the knees he becomes a lame duck quite early in his term and looks entirely weak. So we're going to kind of go along with him here in order to preserve his ability to govern on other major issues.' Is there an element of that here?"

By Brad Wilmouth | | September 6, 2013 | 5:21 PM EDT

On Thursday's All In show, as he hosted Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson and MSNBC contributor Karen Finney to debate whether President Obama should attack Syria, MSNBC host Chris Hayes declared that it "sounds a little morally obtuse" for Grayson to use the words "not our problem" as he argued against intervention in Syria.

Referring to an interview with Secretary of State John Kerry from earlier in the show, Hayes asked if the Secretary said anything that Grayson found "compelling or convincing," leading the Florida Democrat to begin his response: