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By Ken Shepherd | | September 30, 2013 | 1:05 PM EDT

In its 40-year history, the liberal media never really cared for the Heritage Foundation. But now that the think tank has been more assertive in its engagement of Capitol Hill, the liberal media are rewriting history to depict the move as something that is threatening the organization's respectability inside the Beltway. In July, I noted the Wall Street Journal's stab at the concern-trolling about Heritage's diminishing gravitas. In January, my colleague Matthew Balan noted the Washington Post's bias about Heritage's lobbying arm, Heritage Action.

Today it's Time magazine's turn, as writer Zeke Miller looked at how "political action arm of the once-esteemed Heritage Foundation has perfected the art of disrupting DC, whatever the cost":

By Kyle Drennen | | September 30, 2013 | 11:55 AM EDT

In an interview with Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Monday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer urged Republicans to abandon their opposition to ObamaCare in order to avoid a government shutdown: "By the latest count, there have been something like 40 efforts in the House to either get rid of ObamaCare or defund it. And yet, as John McCain said last week...'We lost that fight.' The Supreme Court has upheld ObamaCare as constitutional. Do you think the Republicans should move on?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

O'Reilly flatly rejected the idea: "No. It's a bad deal for the folks. That's absurd, why would they move on?" Lauer interjected: "It's law of the land, though." O'Reilly continued: "They can tweak it and make it better. Right now it's hurting the economy. Doctors say they're going to quit. Nobody knows what they're gonna pay."

By Tim Graham | | September 30, 2013 | 11:54 AM EDT

The New York Times knows that the Nobel Prizes, like the Pulitzers, can be awarded for political advocacy. So writer Bill Wyman has decided to push for an unconventional pick for the Nobel Literature Prize: hippie favorite Bob Dylan. The headline was "Knock, Knock, Knockin' on Nobel's Door."

Stating the obvious, he admitted “Mr. Dylan is no Solzhenitsyn, but he is a figure who genuinely challenges the established order.” Perhaps the Times should see that intense novels resisting the Soviet Union has a little more gravitas than the shock of outraging folkies by playing an electric guitar. Time for Dylan is running out:

By Evan Mantel | | September 30, 2013 | 11:22 AM EDT

The author's knowledge of literary devices is exposed, and many of the plot devices to move this season along are examined.

By Noel Sheppard | | September 30, 2013 | 10:39 AM EDT

An upcoming CNN documentary about Hillary Clinton has been canceled.

The show's director, Charles Ferguson, made the announcement at the Huffington Post two hours ago.

By CMI Staff | | September 30, 2013 | 8:20 AM EDT

This was the pilot. Pilots are weird. There’s usually a lot of time between when the first episode is shot and when it gets picked up for a full season, giving writers and producers time to think, change and adjust between that first episode and the rest of the season. Sometimes we’re introduced to characters we never see again. Sometimes writers decide to go a completely different direction with a character. And more often than not, the

By Tim Graham | | September 30, 2013 | 8:02 AM EDT

Even a radical leftist like Seymour Hersh thinks the media are obsequious toward President Obama. In an interview with the leftist U.K. paper The Guardian, Hersh said "It's pathetic, they are more than obsequious, they are afraid to pick on this guy."

Hersh claims the Obama administration "lies systematically," yet none of the leviathans of American media, the TV networks or big print titles, challenge him:

By Mark Finkelstein | | September 30, 2013 | 7:54 AM EDT

The list of things on which Barack Obama has been wrong goes on to the crack of doom.  But there's one thing on which the President is surely right. In devising his strategy for dealing with the shutdown, the prez can count on the MSM to blame Republicans.

Mark Halperin bared the president's calculus on today's Morning Joe, saying the Obama admin has little incentive to negotiate because it believes a "sympathetic" press will blame Republicans like they did in the 1990s, accusing them of being "obstructionist."  View the video after the jump.

By Tim Graham | | September 30, 2013 | 6:47 AM EDT

Via, we learn that movie star Sandra Bullock feels the adoption of her son Louis has changed her entire worldview: “Work was my life before. Now I have no reason to leave home.” Some of have suggested Bullock was inspired by her part in "The Blind Side" to adopt Louis (born in New Orleans), but she's said it was a long-planned decision.

She enjoys motherhood so much she told Vogue, “If all of a sudden someone said, ‘You have five more kids,’ I’d be totally OK with it.” Sandra told Vogue, that at this moment, “I’m having such an amazing time. Whatever comes our way, we handle as a family. It’s not just me anymore.”

By Tom Blumer | | September 29, 2013 | 11:44 PM EDT

Google News really needs to work on its results counter. The first page of its 10:15 p.m. search listings on [Obama "widespread evidence"] (typed exactly as indicated between brackets) tells us that there are "about 90 results," but moving to the second page of listed results shows there are only 11 (technically 13, because the first listing on the first page has three items).

Those sparse results, none of which except for Fox News would be considered an establishment press outlet, show that the press, including Darlene Superville at the Associated Press in an onsite report, has ignored the following howler delivered by President Barack Obama in Largo, Maryland on Thursday: "There's no widespread evidence that the Affordable Care Act is hurting jobs."

By Tim Graham | | September 29, 2013 | 8:06 PM EDT

Conservatives might say Sen. Ted Cruz did well today in his debate with NBC’s David Gregory, the “Meet the Press” host. It sounded like a debate, not an interview. In his most obnoxious sentence, Gregory lectured Cruz that his 21-hour speech was a complete flop: “You haven’t moved anyone.”

This, from the man who is so talented at persuasion that The Huffington Post reported “a trying few months for David Gregory's show, which has been seeing some of its lowest ratings in decades.” Gregory would not accept the idea that Democrats have taken a hard line and refused to negotiate. He lectured Cruz with a smirk and a raised eyebrow:

By Tom Blumer | | September 29, 2013 | 4:54 PM EDT

Overheated and intellectually dishonest statements this weekend revolving around the impending government shutdown have not been limited to politicians in Washington, or even to pundits and commentators.

Saturday at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, Josh Lederman, in a "Spin Meter" story, falsely claimed that Obamacare opponents believe that the law will mandate the government's killing of patients. See how he does it after the jump (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Mark Finkelstein | | September 29, 2013 | 4:25 PM EDT

As a blogger, I subscribe to the email lists of some organizations whose goals I do not, shall we say,  necessarily embrace.  Among them is Organizing For Action, the successor to the 2012 Obama campaign.  As you can imagine, although I read OFA's messages with interest, I don't succumb to its frequent appeals for funds.

You might think OFA might let me loaf along in peace, but no.  Just now arrived an email I'd call kind of creepy.  Start with the subject line [emphasis added throughout]: "Mark: Not an OFA donor".  Whoah: so this is more than just a generic pitch to all freeloaders: they're calling me out by name! The body of the message informs me that "according to the records associated with this exact email address," I haven't donated.  "Exact email address"? Yikes!  They've got me nailed dead to rights!  More after the jump.

By Brent Baker | | September 29, 2013 | 4:25 PM EDT

In defiance of reality illustrated in numerous polls, on Sunday’s Face the Nation, host Bob Schieffer scolded Republican Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn when she correctly asserted “there is only partisan support” for ObamaCare. Schieffer cut her off: “Well now Congresswoman, that’s not entirely true. The polls don’t suggest that. Polls say that most people favor it.”

By Tim Graham | | September 29, 2013 | 2:03 PM EDT

The Washington Post said happy Sunday to Christians with an article titled “Five Myths About Jesus” by Muslim author Reza Aslan. First question: How likely is the Post to run a feature by Aslan or anyone else titled “Five Myths About Muhammad”? Or “Five Uncomfortable Truths About Muhammad”?

The second question is: Couldn’t the Post have published the article “Five Myths on Reza Aslan’s Resume?” The Post exposed his lies to a Fox News reporter.  This Post favor to Aslan seems odd since almost two months ago, their Sunday book review by liberal Stephen Prothero panned his book “Zealot”: