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By Noel Sheppard | | June 1, 2013 | 6:03 PM EDT

As NewsBusters readers are well-aware, Bill Maher says some astonishingly stupid things.

He may have actually outdone himself Friday, for on HBO’s Real Time, the host actually said, “I think the Pope’s an atheist” (video follows with partial transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | June 1, 2013 | 5:18 PM EDT

Last month, media commentator Richard Grenell broke the story about ABC and CBS News directors having siblings in the White House.

On Saturday's Fox News Watch, Grenell revealed that NBC News senior political editor Mark Murray is married to an Obama official (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | | June 1, 2013 | 5:03 PM EDT

While leftists hyperventilate at the thought that the conservative Koch brothers might buy the Los Angeles Times, liberal financier Warren “Please Raise My Taxes” Buffett has bought another newspaper in Virginia, the Roanoke Times, the 29th daily newspaper owned by Buffett’s BH Media. (He owns another 40 papers that are less than daily.)

One reason liberals aren’t upset is that the Roanoke paper has been slashed by conservatives as a liberal rag. Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli has been blunt. It seems there’s a newspaper in the state that’s worse for Republicans than The Washington Post.

By Noel Sheppard | | June 1, 2013 | 4:16 PM EDT

PBS's Mark Shields on Friday, in an attempt to mock Fox News, actually made a bit of a fool of himself.

After noting on Inside Washington that ObamaCare had passed Congress, been signed into law by the President, and affirmed by the Supreme Court, Shields ridiculed Fox News as being "a fourth branch of government...that hasn't approved it" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | June 1, 2013 | 3:57 PM EDT

Politico's Evan Thomas went where few journalists dare on Friday.

Appearing on PBS's Inside Washington, the former Newsweek editor called Barack Obama "dishonest" and said he was guilty of commiting a "huge act of hypocrisy" (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):

By Brent Baker | | June 1, 2013 | 3:31 PM EDT

Though he had no idea what it was, the annual “Bush Center Warrior 100K” mountain bike ride, which took place over the Memorial Day weekend, upset Bill Maher. “I guess they walked or ran or something on their prosthetic limbs,” Maher sneered about George W. Bush’s ride around his Texas ranch with 20 servicemen, “and I found this to be nauseating. I mean, first he sends them off to war to get their limbs blown off and then he has them over for a barbecue.”

Maher then equated the former President with Ariel Castro, the kidnaper who held captive multiple women for a decade and murdered their un-born babies: “This is like the Cleveland guy having a pizza party for those girls he had in his basement.”

By Noel Sheppard | | June 1, 2013 | 2:24 PM EDT

PBS's Mark Shields said something on Friday's Inside Washington that is guaranteed to make right-thinking Americans across the fruited plain double over in laughter.

Bob Dole "was a certifiable conservative" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | June 1, 2013 | 12:53 PM EDT

HBO Real Time host Bill Maher on Friday twice came down on the object of his affection and charity, Barack Obama.

After mocking the current White House resident for not knowing what the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department do, Maher ridiculed "our first pothead president" for escalating "the war on pot” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | June 1, 2013 | 10:56 AM EDT

Stop the presses! Stop the presses!

It appears that even HBO’s Bill Maher is starting to question Barack Obama’s abilities as president, for on Friday’s Real Time, the host said, “He doesn't even know what the IRS and the Justice Department are doing” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Ann-Marie Murrell | | June 1, 2013 | 10:35 AM EDT

Call me skeptical, but the upcoming "Women's Concert for Change" on NBC has the distinct odor of being yet another Obama administration propaganda tool.

Produced by Gucci's ChimeforChange.org, the concert will be a venerable Who's Who of liberal performers from Beyonce and Madonna to Julia Roberts, Ben Affleck, Arianna Huffington and even Archbishop Desmond Tutu. 

By Andrew Lautz | | June 1, 2013 | 10:34 AM EDT

Former President George W. Bush has kept a low profile in his years after office, preferring to focus on personal reflection and veterans' causes since leaving the presidency in 2009. But that didn't keep a left-wing panel on MSNBC from using Bush's recent bike ride with wounded veterans to blast his presidency, though.

Alex Wagner, who anchors the noontime Now program on the Lean Forward network, introduced a segment on Friday's program about Bush's annual mountain bike ride with wounded veterans around his ranch in Texas. But she quickly turned the nonpartisan cause into a sneering criticism of the former president's intelligence and decision-making, with nary a word of praise for the charity work:

By Tim Graham | | June 1, 2013 | 8:40 AM EDT

There are some really radical journalism professors in the corners of American academe. But few are auditioning for their closeup on MSNBC and Current TV like Marshall University professor Christopher Swindell.

Via Weasel Zippers, we learned Swindell wrote an article in the Charleston Gazette in which he has accused the NRA of treason and insists they should be executed by firing squad:

By Brent Bozell | | June 1, 2013 | 8:19 AM EDT

Stop the presses! Decadence dominated the publicity oozing out of the Cannes Film Festival in France. The festival’s highest honor, the Palme d’Or (or Golden Palm) went to “Blue Is the Warmest Color,” which drew most of its buzz from an explicit ten-minute lesbian sex scene.

This, apparently, was art, not pornography. The Cannes jury headed by Steven Spielberg took the unprecedented step of insisting that the movie’s two stars be included as Palme award recipients. New York magazine’s Vulture blog cooed these awards were the festival’s “Most Pleasant Progressive Surprise.”

By NB Staff | | June 1, 2013 | 7:37 AM EDT

MRC director of media analysis Tim Graham appeared on the Fox Business program Varney & Co. on Friday morning to discuss the fading network coverage of the IRS scandal, even though a new poll shows the American people find that to be the most serious Obama scandal.

Substitute host Charles Payne asked if the media were turning tough on Obama. “We already have disturbing signs that the networks are dropping off this,” Graham said, since IRS official Lois Lerner refused to testify and took the Fifth. (Video below)

By Tim Graham | | June 1, 2013 | 7:07 AM EDT

The New York Times may have rebuffed Attorney General Eric Holder’s off-the-record meeting with journalists about leak investigations, but they displayed how they really weren’t angry by burying an actual account of that meeting inside Friday’s paper, while the front page carried stories like “A New Step in Wrestling With the Bra.”

Perhaps the most surprising judgment of what was front page-worthy was an obituary for Father Andrew Greeley, as if he were the Cardinal of Chicago. The Washington Post summed him up well: “an iconoclastic priest and sociologist who irked the Catholic hierarchy by writing best-selling novels that featured churchly misdeeds and graphic sex.” He was also a liberal newspaper columnist. Greeley's “New Deal liberalism” equals newsworthy?