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By Clay Waters | April 16, 2012 | 3:20 PM EDT

New York Times media reporter David Carr's profile of the late Andrew Breitbart, "The Provocateur" was a slightly hostile look at the life and influence of the sleepless conservative activist, that included this unnecessary and petty parenthetical stab: "For good or ill (and most would say ill), no one did it like Mr. Breitbart."

By Tom Blumer | April 16, 2012 | 2:26 PM EDT

The willingness of the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, to cover for Democratic Party flubs, crimes, and scandals is something to behold. On Sunday, the wire service's Gary D. Robertson (pictured from a recent YouTube video) opened his coverage of North Carolina's Democratic Party executive director Jay Parmley with the following sentence: "The executive director of the North Carolina Democratic Party has resigned amid concern among party activists about high turnover at the party headquarters and harassment allegations there." Yeah, that "turnover" had to be a much bigger problem than those harassment allegations.

Gosh, the coverage two days earlier by Matt Boyle at the Daily Caller "somehow" had nothing to say about "turnover." But Boyle did name names and cite other specifics, with which the AP's Robertson, in his terse, five-paragraph "I guess I have to do this but I'm not going to like it" piece, never bothered:

By Tim Graham | April 16, 2012 | 1:34 PM EDT

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace clearly frustrated Obama spokesman David Axelrod on Sunday. (He’s probably used to puffballs from David Gregory on NBC.) But what clearly irked him most was when Wallace asked if the president feels so strongly about the Buffett rule, and his tax rate is less than his own secretary’s, will he send a check to the Treasury? Axelrod thought that was a gimmick, unlike the Buffett rule.

“Listen, well, that's not the way we operate our tax system, okay? We don't run bake sales,” Axelrod complained. “It's not about volunteerism. We all kick in according to the system.” Apparently, there are free rhetorical gimmicks, and there are costly wallet gimmicks. Here’s the larger exchange:

By Ken Shepherd | April 16, 2012 | 1:05 PM EDT

April 15, Tax Day, fell on a Sunday this year. American taxpayers get a two-day reprieve on the deadline this year thanks to Monday being a public holiday in the District of Columbia. But all the same, it was the perfect occasion for the Washington Post's On Faith feature to give readers a liberal homily on taxes.

Liberal theologian Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite had the honors. "There’s nothing more hypocritical today than the kind of political gamesmanship we have about paying taxes," the former Chicago Theological Seminary president groused, explaining:

By Matt Hadro | April 16, 2012 | 12:47 PM EDT

NBC incessantly talked about race and racism after the Trayvon Martin shooting, but on Monday race took a back seat to guns as the problem at the heart of the case. On Monday's Today show, host Matt Lauer cited comedian Bill Cosby and asked if the media has focused too much on race "when guns are the real problem?"

Thus the liberal discussion shifted from race to guns as the Today's Professionals panel responded in the affirmative. Attorney Star Jones avowed that "the issue is guns."And citing his own business experience, former CNBC host Donny Deutsch insisted "when you go after the guns you're solving problems."

By Scott Whitlock | April 16, 2012 | 12:24 PM EDT

Ten days after ABC and CBS's morning shows covered a growing scandal at Barack Obama's General Services Administration (GSA), NBC's Today show finally discovered the "lavish" example of government waste, devoting a full report to the segment on Monday's program.

Reporter Lisa Myers described the investigation into the waste of close to a million dollars at a GSA conference in Las Vegas. After completely ignoring the story for a week and a half, the Today correspondent conceded, "A government official taking the Fifth is not the kind of imagery any White House would hope for." She added that "top TSA officials appointed by President Obama" will have to explain why the administrator behind the swanky conference still received a $9,000 bonus.

By Brent Baker | April 16, 2012 | 10:58 AM EDT

On Sunday’s This Week, George Stephanopoulos stumbled into the truth when he told Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner that Mitt Romney’s statistic, about how 92.3 percent of all job losses since President Obama took office have occurred to women, “is accurate.”

That, however, contradicted the liberal party line espoused by ABC reporter David Muir on Wednesday’s World News when he stated:”The non-partisan group PolitiFact saying that number right there is ‘mostly false,’ arguing the President can’t be held responsible for the job picture the day he took office.”

By Tim Graham | April 16, 2012 | 8:54 AM EDT

In Sunday’s Washington Post, film critic Ann Hornaday laid out a red carpet for a lecture on “climate change” courtesy of Mohamed Nasheed, former president of the Maldives, a string of islands southwest of India. The piggish Western world is out to murder the people of the Maldives, apparently.

“We’re just so small,” Nasheed said in Toronto, Hornaday touting his voice rising to a “mouselike” squeal. “You can’t bully. It’s not right to bully. And we’re not angry. Whatever happens, even if we all die, we should not be angry with the people who murdered us. We can’t run climate change campaigns fueled by anger. I can’t tell the people [of the Maldives] that there are other countries trying to murder you. They’re trying to do good by their people according to their understanding. We just have to try to find an amicable position and keep talking.”

By Tim Graham | April 16, 2012 | 8:10 AM EDT

Bill Cosby appeared on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday with Candy Crowley, who asked him about President Obama disappointing minorities, including blacks and gays. Cosby acknowledged Obama hadn't done everything minorities wanted, but blamed conservatives for an unprecedented blockage of his agenda. He also claimed Obama would get it right in his (obviously victorious) second term.

"The people who are supposed to be working -- even for another party -- didn't care about the American people. They wanted to get him," Cosby complained. "When people make statements like, 'I hope he fails,' you can't color that any other way except the way it's said."

By Noel Sheppard | April 16, 2012 | 12:16 AM EDT

There are times when I'm truly sickened by the total lack of economic acumen possessed by today's so-called journalists.

On PBS's McLaughlin Group this weekend, Newsweek's Eleanor Clift once again said something so totally ignorant that she had to be corrected by US News & World Report's Mort Zuckerman (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Johnson | April 15, 2012 | 10:50 PM EDT

Ozzie Guillen's recent comments on Fidel Castro were ill-advised, but at least were meant only as an expression of personal, rather than political, admiration. One Kossack, however, suggested that in many ways Castro's Cuba compares favorably to the U.S., a belligerent colossus in which "stupidity and willful ignorance" are common.     

As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

By Tom Blumer | April 15, 2012 | 9:45 PM EDT

There are a few Democrats in Vicki Smith's coverage at the Associated Press, aka the Adminsitration's Press, of the fraud investigation of former Mine Safety and Health Administration Director J. Davitt McAteer. As is AP's derelict custom in cases where Dems are involved in scandal or corruption, the party affiliation of those Democrats isn't mentioned.

The first Democrat is McAteer himself, who, based on a review of Federal Election Commission records, given roughly $1,900 to various Democratic Party candidates and causes during the past 13 years, including contributions to the party's presidential nominees in 2000, 2004, and 2008. Then there's West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, who was previously the state's governor. Finally, although the AP gets a pass for this (it's Sunday, and we're in a forgiving mood), the name and administration of Democrat Bill Clinton, the guy McAteer worked for when he headed MSHA, never comes up. Excerpts from Ms. Smith's party ID-free report follow:

By Noel Sheppard | April 15, 2012 | 6:25 PM EDT

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd published a piece Sunday about how the folks at Saturday Night Live find political material for their show each week.

Buried way at the very end was quite a disparaging comment about Fox News's Sean Hannity from long-time SNL writer Jim Downey:

By Noel Sheppard | April 15, 2012 | 4:34 PM EDT

Can NBC's Chuck Todd be any more obvious about being a White House shill?

On Sunday's Meet the Press, he actually said of the Ann Romney-offending Hilary Rosen, "This is not an Obama surrogate. This is a paid CNN commentator" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Brent Baker | April 15, 2012 | 2:37 PM EDT

Joe Muto, the self-described “weasel,” “traitor” and “sell-out” who for a few days last week was the “Fox News Mole” for until FNC identified him, disclosed on CNN’s Reliable Sources that he tried to leave the network but was unable to get hired elsewhere because the rest of the cable news industry “blackballed” him since they presumed anyone who worked for Fox News is “a nut.” Not very tolerant.

Muto, an associate producer for The O’Reilly Factor until Wednesday, told Howard Kurtz “I sent out dozens and dozens of resumes. CNN must have gotten twenty resumes from me.”