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By Tom Blumer | | November 8, 2012 | 1:10 PM EST

As of shortly before 1 p.m. ET, at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, there is no story about what the Chicago Sun-Times reported Wednesday evening about just-reelected Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., namely that he " is in the midst of plea discussions with the feds probing his alleged misuse of campaign funds." There is also no story on the home page at Politico.

Selected paragraphs from Michael Sneed's Sun-Times report follow the jump (bolds are mine):

By Matt Hadro | | November 8, 2012 | 1:04 PM EST

On the night after the election, CNN's Piers Morgan buttered up Obama aides and supporters while trashing the Tea Party and the "extreme right" for being "intransigent" and pushing "archaic" policies.

"I think he [Obama] won a very convincing victory," Morgan told Newark Mayor Corey Booker after the President won just 50 percent of the vote and received 9 million less votes than his 2008 total. He laughably praised Vice President Biden as "one of the unsung heroes. I thought his vice presidential debate was terrific." [Video below the break. Audio here.]

By Scott Whitlock | | November 8, 2012 | 12:48 PM EST

ABC journalist Barbara Walters took to the airwaves on Wednesday to assail the Republican Party for being "behind" on social views. Walters and her View co-hosts looked to analyst Matt Dowd for post-election spin. Per usual, he spent his time lecturing the Republican Party, repeating an assertion that the GOP represents "Mad Men" and not "Modern Family" America.

Walters, who sometimes pretends she's still an objective journalist, derided, "You look at their platform. You looked at things that were said about rape – I mean they were behind in their social views." [See video below. Mp3 audio here.] Earlier, replying to Dowd's gloomy predictions, she wondered, "So does that mean that Democrats are going to win and win and win?"

By Jeffrey Meyer | | November 8, 2012 | 12:19 PM EST

Pseudo-conservative and liberal media darling Joe Scarborough is known for his whacky theories but on Thursday’s Morning Joe he posited a new one that puts the icing on the cake.

Speaking with co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist, the MSNBC host said that if the GOP had selected former Utah Governor Jon Hunstman, the Republican Party would have done much better against President Obama.   [See video below break.  MP3 audio here.]

By Kyle Drennen | | November 8, 2012 | 11:41 AM EST

On Wednesday's NBC Today, correspondent Andrea Mitchell provided a gushing profile of the First Family winning four more years in the White House: "Obama's family is key to his success....Like the Kennedys, the Obamas swept into their first term on the promise of hope....And now with four more years ahead, the First Family continues to be the President's strongest base of support." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Set to various musical scores, Mitchell's report looked at the Obamas and past first families: "For generations of Americans, the Kennedy White House is the iconic standard for the First Family. Young and beautiful, their two-child home represented a timely American portrait....Ron [Reagan] was a striking contrast to his father's rugged conservative image, making headlines with a risque appearance on Saturday Night Live."

By Noel Sheppard | | November 8, 2012 | 10:47 AM EST

Jay Leno made a very interesting joke Wednesday night.

On NBC's Tonight Show, the host said the stock market plunged earlier in the day because Mitt Romney pulled his money out (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Kyle Drennen | | November 8, 2012 | 10:41 AM EST

After NBC News spent a week hyping President Obama's response to Hurricane Sandy as a major boon for his re-election campaign, on Thursday's Today, political director Chuck Todd completely dismissed Republicans citing the event as one reason for Mitt Romney's defeat: "Believe it or not, that Sandy finger-pointing is something that is being pushed around...when you look at the entire scope of this election and the's a pretty absurd idea."

Moments later, co-host Matt Lauer grilled former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour on some in the GOP being critical of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie praising Obama's handling of the storm. Barbour explained: "Hurricane Sandy saved Barack Obama's presidency....But that's not Chris Christie's fault. Now, I do think the news media made a much bigger deal out of it, that made it sound like Christie was almost endorsing Obama. All Christie said was, is the President's trying to be a good partner."

By Matthew Sheffield | | November 8, 2012 | 10:39 AM EST

Today's starter topic: Writing at the Ace of Spades site, pseudonymous blogger Gabriel Malor makes the case that policy issues in the campaign were not what won the day for President Obama. Instead, it was trivial, manufactured controversies designed to inflame low-information voters:

By Noel Sheppard | | November 8, 2012 | 9:59 AM EST

Joe Biden is making a guest appearance in next week's installment of NBC's sitcom Parks and Recreation.

The Vice President's cameo occurs at the beginning of the episode when former Congressional campaign manager Ben Wyatt played by Adam Scott takes his fiancée Leslie Knope played by Amy Poehler to the White House to meet her longtime crush (video follows with commentary).

By Noel Sheppard | | November 8, 2012 | 9:24 AM EST

Peter Brant II, the son of billionaire publishing magnate Peter Brant and supermodel Stephanie Seymour, tweeted some disgraceful comments about President Obama on election night.

Chatting with his friend Andrew Warren, Brant said that he had a "contingency plan" if higher taxes made them poor - "Kill Obama, hahaha."

By Mark Finkelstein | | November 8, 2012 | 7:35 AM EST

Should Republicans unilaterally disarm in the media-bias wars?  Joe Scarborough seems to think so. Arguing that it distracts Republicans from performing the political blocking-and-tackling needed to win elections, Scarborough has called on Republicans to "stop blaming the media."

Saying "let's makes this personal," Scarborough cited as an example of the supposed distractions to which he was referring the controversy over the tape Morning Joe aired in September from a Romney campaign stop.  Readers will recall that the clip seemed to show Romney asking the crowd, which had been chanting "Romney!", to change to "Romney/Ryan."   But Scarborough suggested just the opposite: that the crowd had been chanting "Ryan!" and that Romney asked them to change to "Romney/Ryan."   View the video after the jump.

By Tim Graham | | November 8, 2012 | 7:13 AM EST

On Election Day just before noon, Reuters ethics editor Alix Freeman warned the staff in an e-mail that “a tweet or retweet indicating any preference for a candidate may raise questions about our campaign coverage and our dedication to accuracy, fairness and freedom from bias.”

Reuters entertainment writer Piya Sinha-Roy – from the looks of her Twitter page a recent arrival from England, but also a first-time voter – missed the memo completely, tweeting her Obama fandom:

By Brad Wilmouth | | November 8, 2012 | 3:17 AM EST

As NBC anchor Brian Williams appeared as a guest on Wednesday's The Late Show on CBS, host David Letterman charged that Republican political strategist Karl Rove "lied to" and tried to "frighten" the electorate in 2012, referring to the former George W. Bush strategist as a "tubby little weasel." Letterman:

By NB Staff | | November 8, 2012 | 12:53 AM EST

As NewsBusters previously reported, MSNBC's Chris Matthews, in response to Barack Obama's re-election victory, said Tuesday, "I'm so glad we had that storm last week."

Fox News's Bret Baier covered Matthews' pathetic comment on Special Report Wednesday while quoting NewsBusters associate editor Noel Sheppard (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | | November 7, 2012 | 10:24 PM EST

On the afternoon of Election Day, NPR's Tell Me More focused on issues that the media and the candidates tended to ignore. Naturally, one of them was poverty. NPR business editor Marilyn Geewax explained the "stimulus" was designed to set up a "big surge" in the food stamp program.

Washington Post blogger Melinda Henneberger complained that the only time poverty was mentioned was when Romney was suggesting the food stamp surge showed Obama's economic program was a failure. But she counted the vast expansion as a "real success story" for the administration: