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By Tom Blumer | | September 1, 2013 | 10:47 PM EDT

At the New York Times's "Dot Earth" blog, Andrew Revkin reports that "the science on a connection between hurricanes and global warming is going in the opposite direction" — as in, the evidence that the connection between human-caused global warming (overgenerously assuming that there is any) and hurricane intensity or frequency of "heavy precipitations events," as shown in a "snapshot" of a draft of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's upcoming report, is one of "low confidence."

Fine, as in "It's about time." But at the bottom of that same graphic are findings relating to sea levels which appear to be laugh-out-loud funny.

By Ken Shepherd | | September 1, 2013 | 10:18 PM EDT

The president's call on Saturday for Congress to debate and pass a resolution authorizing airstrikes against Syria also served as a telegraphed message to the liberal media about how to spin the message in a way that puffs the president politically while turning a serious question of foreign policy and use of military resources into a domestic political grist for the 2014 midterms.

Well, the Wall Street Journal's Jay Solomon and Janet Hook smartly saluted and fired their salvo in a piece filed at the paper's website on Sunday afternoon headlined, "White House Girds for Battle With Congress." Here's how they began:

By Tom Blumer | | September 1, 2013 | 8:31 PM EDT

Earlier this evening at NewsBusters, Tim Graham noted that the Washington Post gave space, in an item entitled "Reagan Historians to Decry 'Ahistorical Caricature' as Racist in 'The Butler' Movie," to refute the false portrayal of the Gipper in that film.

One more anecdote should be added in rebuttal to counter the "Reagan was a racist" lie. I'm referring to an event in 1982. Note that the related the unbylined AP report couldn't resist getting in a gratuitous dig (both reports at this post are reproduced in full for fair use and discussion purposes):

By Tom Blumer | | September 1, 2013 | 6:33 PM EDT

Among ten charts presented by Brad Plumer at the Washington Post on Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech at the 1963 March on Washington, all meant to show that "the black-white economic gap hasn’t budged in 50 years," is one which purports claims that "The gap in household income between blacks and whites hasn’t narrowed in the last 50 years."

Words mean things, Brad. "Hasn't budged" means "no meaningful movement." That just isn't so, as will be seen after the jump. But first, let's look at the inflation-adjusted graph WaPo presented to support its claim:

By Tim Graham | | September 1, 2013 | 6:15 PM EDT

Kudos to the Outlook section editors at The Washington Post for allowing presidential historians Steven Hayward, Paul Kengor, Craig Shirley, and Kiron Skinner to address how the movie “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” is inaccurate and unfair about Reagan, who they say proved his lack of bigotry in Dixon, Illinois, in Hollywood, and in the White House.

They recalled a 1983 reception for the National Council of Negro Women in July of that year, Reagan declared: “I’ve lived a long time, but I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t believe that prejudice and bigotry were the worst of sins.” That isn’t what the fake Reagan is like:

By Randy Hall | | September 1, 2013 | 5:45 PM EDT

It's been a decade since the U.S. and its coalition of nations invaded Iraq and sent Saddam Hussein scurrying to an underground bunker. As time passed and no weapons of mass destruction were found, the media accused President George W. Bush of relying on “bad intelligence” that led to a “disastrous fallout" in that violence-drenched nation.

Ten years later, Dylan Byers -- media reporter for the Politico website -- stated on Thursday: “For a moment, it looked like the media were going to follow quietly along as America bombed Syria.” However, the Iraq War “stretched its shadow over the span of 10 long years, and the press sprung into action” against U.S. president Barack Obama's strategy to punish Syrian president Bashar el-Assad for allegedly using chemical weapons on his own people.

By Julia A. Seymour | | September 1, 2013 | 4:21 PM EDT

The Federal Reserve has spent more than $2 trillion buying up assets since 2008 (often government bonds and mortgage securities) in an attempt to shore up the economy. Proponents argued what was called “quantitative easing” or QE was necessary “based on the idea that without it, the nation’s economy would have imploded,” according to Investor’s Business Daily.

But a new Fed study that looked at the $600 billion QE2 program suggests that wasn’t the case, IBD reported on the front page of its Aug. 20 edition.

By Noel Sheppard | | September 1, 2013 | 4:13 PM EDT

As the fourth largest wildfire in California continues to burn around and inside Yosemite, investigators are examining what the short and long-range causes of the fire are.

A report by Reuters Sunday claimed that stringent air quality standards in the Golden State may have been a factor.

By Tim Graham | | September 1, 2013 | 3:12 PM EDT

The "civil rights" elite are still putting the memory of Martin Luther King's lieutenant Ralph Abernathy into the deep freeze. On September 1, four days after all the 50th anniversary events were done and after many Post pages were filled with gauzy memories, Washington Post reporter Michael Fletcher noticed that "save for an invitation to a White House reception that she said came too late to accept, [his widow Juanita] Abernathy was not asked to be part of the festivities."

"I was no more invited than if I were dead," she said. Remember Bryant Gumbel sneering "print the legend" at Abernathy? These black preachers like Al Sharpton aren't in the forgiveness business:

By Noel Sheppard | | September 1, 2013 | 1:39 PM EDT

It's becoming apparent the Obama-loving media are displeased with the President's decision to seek Congress's approval to strike Syria.

On This Week Sunday, ABC News chief foreign correspondent Terry Moran said, "Obama's leadership image in the Syrian opposition is probably at an all-time low right now" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | September 1, 2013 | 1:03 PM EDT

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan had some harsh words for Barack Obama Sunday.

Appearing on ABC's This Week, Noonan said of the White House's surprising announcement Saturday that it was going to ask Congress for approval to strike Syria, "I think everybody pretty much views it as the president blinked."

By Noel Sheppard | | September 1, 2013 | 11:12 AM EDT

In 2011, CNN's Fareed Zakaria revealed that he advised President Obama on foreign policy.

On his GPS program Sunday, Zakaria lambasted the current White House resident saying, "[T]he administration's handling of Syria over the last year has been a case study in how not to do foreign policy...the manner in which the Obama administration has first created and then mismanaged this crisis will cast a long shadow on America’s role in the world" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | | September 1, 2013 | 8:38 AM EDT

The Sunday newspaper supplement Parade magazine has a cover story on "Putting America Back to Work," and promises as a guru "Robert Reich on the future of manufacturing jobs." Inside, Reich's article is titled "What America Needs Now."

Like a good liberal, Reich insisted  "we should follow Germany's lead." America's high schools need a fifth year for what liberals call the working class:

By Tim Graham | | September 1, 2013 | 7:32 AM EDT

First Mark Levin mocked Grover Norquist for his declaration that having  Levin or Rush Limbaugh moderate a Republican presidential debate would be “not useful”  in The Hill newspaper. Talk radio hosts, he said, are primarily entertainers who would draw attention away from the candidates themselves.

Now Kerry Picket at Breitbart News says Limbaugh's team isn't happy with Grover either, and mentioned Grover didn't find Limbaugh so distasteful that he wouldn't promote it when his group Americans for Tax Reform was discussed on Rush's show:

By Tim Graham | | August 31, 2013 | 8:20 PM EDT

CNN’s Jake Tapper gave a “First Person” interview for Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine that showed he’s that rare news bird that strives to be seen as fair by both sides in today’s contentious political arena.

He began by suggesting he doesn’t like tough questions. It’s easier to be chummy with politicians, he says, less nerve-racking. But there are times when they’re definitely needed in political journalism, he insisted: