ABCNews.com on Monday featured various journalists peering into their 2011 crystal balls. Correspondent Linsey Davis noted higher retail sails and trumpeted, "So, with this economic rebound, my prediction is that there will be increased chatter about President Obama as the comeback kid."

ABC is hardly the first network to repeat this liberal wish. On the December 20 Early Show, political analyst John Dickerson mentioned the just-passed tax compromise and touted, "They are calling President Obama the comeback kid."

On another topic, correspondent Ron Claiborne asserted that African Americans believe "...The President has tended to shy away from identifying himself as the black president and has not done enough for African Americans, not just specifically for African Americans, but on the jobs front, which of course, hits African Americans and Latinos a lot harder than it does white Americans."



ABC News set out Monday night to rehabilitate the reputation of the iman behind the proposed mosque near Ground Zero, Feisal Abdul Rauf, trying to discredit criticism of him from the right as Sharyn Alfonsi portrayed him as a model of religious tolerance who condemns suicide bombers, terrorism and Hamas and who deserves admiration because he “eulogized Daniel Pearl.”

The night before, in a Sunday World News story on protests over the mosque, ABC expressed sudden respect for former President Bush as reporter Linsey Davis used him to undermine opponents: “In an attempt to make a clear distinction between Islam and terrorism, within days of 9/11 President Bush went to a mosque.”

Alfonsi generously began with how “he candidly discussed his beliefs with Barbara Walters for her 2006 special on Heaven” where he promised her “the Jews, the Christians, whoever believes in God and does good will be saved.” As for whether “one man's suicide bomber is another man's martyr?”, Alfonsi assured viewers:
In his book, the imam wrote: “The truth is that killing innocent people is always wrong and no argument or excuse, no matter how deeply believed, can ever make it right.”