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On Friday's Countdown, MSNBC's Keith Olbermann featured an interview with former President Clinton, during which he invited Clinton to attack President Bush, while not challenging the former President.



There still is a Blame America First lobby.



A man has his limits, and for Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, they were reached at a town hall meeting at the Pentagon today. It came at the end of a week in which:



Imagine if you will a group of Major League Baseball’s top stars getting together to donate money for Iraqi citizens injured during the war, or for Lebanese civilians injured as a result of the recent bombings by Israel. Do you think America’s media would pay a lot of attention to such a charity? Probably every hour on the hour, right?



This week was almost officially Bill Clinton Week, as he grants a round of interviews to surround his annual meeting for the Clinton Global Initiative. The event gave NBC viewers the opportunity to wonder: would Meredith Vieira be tougher on First Lady Laura Bush than she was with the man Rush Limbaugh calls Der Schlickmeister? Check it out. (Mark Finkelstein made bloggers like NRO's Stephen Spruiell laugh with his take.)



From the Baltimore Sun (HT Taranto at Best of the Web):

Democrats accuse Steele of 'political identity theft'

No, Maryland voters, the printer did not make an error. Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele's new campaign signs seem to identify him as a Democrat.

A "Steele Democrat," they read.

..... The group and accompanying signs appear to be the latest Steele effort to distance himself from an unpopular White House and a Republican Party struggling to maintain its hold on Congress. The state Democratic Party chairman immediately accused him of "identity theft."

What short memories everyone thinks we have:



Reporter's story left out any rebuttal from conservative economists who say zero-sum economics doesn't work.



MRC's Michelle Humphrey noticed that the BBC World rebroadcast Thursday night on Washington PBS affiliate WETA described Bush and McCain agreeing to a regime of "limited torture."



NY Times criticizes retailer's new offering on generic drugs, while ABC and NBC are positive; Wal-Mart critic Ron Pollack's liberal ideology ignored in CBS, Times reports.



MSNBC.com:

He is the son of a blacksmith, he's the former mayor of Tehran, who won the presidency out of nowhere, and has made news often with his sometimes-outrageous statements. He speaks very little English and so our conversation was through an interpreter, beginning with his message, pointed at our audience.



On "The Daily Show" Thursday night, host Jon Stewart interviewed filmmaker C.C. Goldwater about her HBO documentary "Mr. Conservative," about her grandfather, Barry Goldwater. Stewart praised the film, and asked about the surprising liberal tilt of the talking heads in the film.



Last night viewers of MSNBC's Hardball were greeted with this jarring intro from Chris Matthews: "The country thought Bush was a pleasant, down to earth guy who would not rock the boat.



MSNBC's new general manager Dan Abrams is trying a few new things to increase ratings for the perennially third placed news channel. One is to have its hosts "punch up," meaning attack higher rated TV shows in the hope that viewers from the more popular shows will flip channels to see what's going on. On Sep. 18, "conservative" (the kind of conservative MSNBC will stomach) host Tucker Carlson made a deliberate grab at Bill O'Reilly's viewers: "You don’t have to [watch] because we’re gonna watch it for you."



Now that John McCain and his fellow “moderate” Republican Senators have made a deal with the White House allowing the CIA and U.S. military to go about the job of protecting America from terrorists, NBC’s Matt Lauer is distressed that the group didn’t “stand up” to the White House and insist on even softer treatment.


In 2002, the Coalition to Stop Handgun Violence (CSHV) published a report on the alleged merits of gun owner licensing, beginning with an unproven premise: