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Friday, November 12, 2010
MRC Presents ... The Girls!
Topic: Media Research Center

Ever wonder what The View would be like if everyone thought like Elizabeth Hasselbeck (and had far less on-screen charisma)? Wonder no more! The Media Research Center has answered your question with ... The Girls!

MRC video producer Bob Parks explains the premise in a NewsBusters posting of the first episode last week:

MRC's newest production 'The Girls' counters the impression created by other lady-led talk shows like 'The View' that the left-wing mindset is the only one worth discussing. Maria, Melanie, and Penny will take on current issues from a conservative perspective, and their insights may not always be what viewers expect.

Despite agreeing to appear on camera in videos made for public consumption, "The Girls" are curiously shy about letting you know who they really are, providing only their first names. In fact, they are all MRC employees: CNS reporter Penny Starr, CNS evening managing editor Melanie Hunter, and MRC development employee Maria Ciarrocchi.

And while "their insights may not always be what viewers expect," most of the time they are exactly what you expect. The first episode discusses, in Parks' words, "Sarah Palin's impact on politics, and the liberal media's visceral loathing for her." There's a lot of predictable fawning over Palin; Starr complained about how people in "the left blogosphere" are "so horrible to a woman, treat her with such disrespect." Starr might want to have a conversation with her boss, Brent Bozell, who has disrespected both Christiane Amanpour and Nancy Pelosi. The only opinion that might be unexpected was an agreement that Palin's quitting as Alaska governor was a bad decision.

The second episode discussed celebrities in rehab. It's not that interesting.

The third episode, posted Nov. 11, follows in this week's gay obsession at the MRC: gays. Specifically, the pressing issue of a lesbian dancing with another woman in the Israeli version of "Dancing with the Stars." In yet another unsurprising conclusion, they don't approve.

Starr said "it seems like they're mixing up two things, gay rights and dance. Because ballroom dancing, if you're a real dance fan, it's for a man and a woman, the whole art form. And it's just interesting to see them turn that into a gay-rights issue."

Ciarrocchi complained that the show is "a family show in America," and such an occurrence here would force "a conversation that needs to happen with the children per se, and a conversation that you as a parent might not be ready to have yet." Hunter concurred.

Starr complained about shows that "are really seeming to go over the top," adding that it goes beyond entertainment to "a messaging tone." Starr went on to declare that if she had young children and there were same-sex dance partners on "Dancing with the Stars," "they wouldn't be watching it. And to tell you the truth, they wouldn't be watching 'Glee' either." Starr did add that she enjoyed "Glee" for the music.

In other words, exactly what you'd expect from employees of a conservative organization that has been generally hostile to gays.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:37 AM EST
Thursday, November 11, 2010
NewsBusters Upset By Accurate Description of Palin, Rally
Topic: NewsBusters

A Nov. 11 NewsBusters post carries the headline "CBS: 'Polarizing' Palin Speaks At 'Anti-Abortion Rights Rally.'" This indicates that Drennen opposes both terms, and indeed he does:

On Thursday's CBS Early Show, news reader Erica Hill used loaded liberal terms to describe a Texas pro-life event that Sarah Palin attended on Wednesday: "Palin shared the stage in an anti-abortion rights rally with Texas Governor Rick Perry."

Hill touted how despite making no announcement to make a 2012 presidential run, Palin "was looking an awful lot like a candidate," adding that the appearance with Governor Perry represented "a dream ticket for some tea party supporters." However, after playing a brief clip of Palin, Hill noted how "A just-released Associated Press poll finds of all the potential 2012 Republican presidential candidates, Sarah Palin is the most polarizing."

How can  "anti-abortion rights" be a "loaded liberal term" when that's exactly what the event was about? Pro-lifers do, in fact, oppose abortion rights.

And "polarizing" is exactly what Palin is. As the AP reported:

Forty-six percent of people questioned in the poll, which was released Wednesday, say they have a favorable opinion of the former Alaska governor, with 49 percent saying they have an unfavorable view of the 2008 GOP vice presidential nominee. Only five percent say they don't know enough about Palin to form an opinion, a percentage much lower than registered by any other possible White House candidate tested in the survey.

That is the very definition of "polarizing." But Drennen has decided he doesn't like the word

NewsBusters and the MRC just hate it when things are accurately described.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:41 PM EST
Updated: Thursday, November 11, 2010 2:46 PM EST
Seems Like Old Times: Kessler Fluffs Bush Again
Topic: Newsmax

Ronald Kessler began his tenure at Newsmax by being one of the biggest Bush fluffers in the media, promoting his administration and explaining away his failures.

Now that former President Bush ahs a new book out,Kessler is ready to fluff Bush anew, and he does exactly that in his Nov. 9 column:

In press conferences, Bush was stiff, closed, and combative. He often mangled his words.

The real Bush was just the opposite: In a small group, he was candid, articulate, and displayed a mastery of the issues.

In his book “Decision Points,” the real Bush comes out.


Bush acknowledges obvious mistakes: Doing an Air Force One fly-over of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Standing in front of a banner that said “Mission Accomplished” in Iraq. Failing to recognize the pitfalls in nominating Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court.

But what is far more revealing is the character of the man, the thinking behind his decisions, and his command of the issues as revealed in the engrossing pages of this book. When Laura asked if he could remember the last day he hadn’t had a drink, he got her point and soon gave up drinking.

“Quitting drinking was one of the toughest decisions I have ever made,” Bush writes. “Without it, none of the others that follow in this book would have been possible.”

While President Obama has made criticizing his predecessor into a cottage industry, Bush never says a negative word about him. In contrast to Obama, who unleashed the Justice Department on CIA officers who followed instructions to use enhanced interrogation techniques, Bush says he did not want to criticize “the hardworking patriots at the CIA for the faulty intelligence on Iraq.”

Bush’s character, in turn, enabled him to take the bold steps needed to prevent another attack. That included approving waterboarding, which elicited information that led to plots being rolled up. That included taking out Saddam Hussein, who would be threatening the U.S. today and murdering innocent Iraqis if he were still in power.


Many think the fact that we have not had a successful attack since 9/11 is an accident or luck. They are wrong. The reason we have not had a successful attack is the infrastructure Bush put in place to detect plots and the hard work of the men and women of the FBI and CIA.


Just as Ronald Reagan was portrayed by the media as a fool and is now recognized for having been instrumental in ending the Cold War, I believe Bush one day will be seen as a great president.

He may have done it his way, but it was the right way.

Ah, just like old times...

Posted by Terry K. at 2:21 PM EST
Show Your Work, MRC
Topic: Media Research Center

A Nov. 11 MRC item by Rich Noyes states:

MRC analysts reviewed all of the guests and commentators on CNN’s primetime weekday programs from October 4 through October 29, the last four full weeks before the November 2 elections. Guests were grouped into three categories: “Democrat/liberal,” “Republican/conservative,” and “Other.” The latter category included all non-political guests, as well as guests who were not associated with a clear political point of view.

The results show that liberal guests outnumbered conservatives by a more than three-to-two margin, 61% to 39%. Our analysts found 88 “Democrat/liberal” guests to just 56 “Republican/conservative” guests. All three of the network’s primetime programs — Parker Spitzer, Larry King Live, and Anderson Cooper 360 — featured more liberals than conservatives among their politically-affiliated guests.

To be clear, CNN offered opportunities for conservatives and Republicans to speak during the crucial final weeks of the campaign. But as for not “playing favorites,” the data show the networks provided clear advantage for liberals.

But Noyes curiously doesn't post the list it compiled of the guests and the ideological tags the MRC put on them.

If you're going to tout your "data," it should be posted. Noyes hasn't done that, so there's no way to see just how accurate the MRC's research really is.

Posted by Terry K. at 12:26 PM EST
Erik Rush: America's A Drunk Sorority Girl, Obama's Trying to Date-Rape Her
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Yes, Erik Rush wrote this in his Nov. 11 WorldNetDaily column:

Like the sorority girl who fell asleep drunk, awakening to an opportunistic frat boy peeling her clothes off, Americans let their guard down in a big way. Fortunately, the fear roused us from that torpor and insensibility, and we were able to fend him off before the deed was done. But we have a responsibility now to determine that he doesn't have the opportunity to harm anyone else.

This is not the first time Rush has likened Obama to a rapist.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:56 AM EST
It's Anti-Gay Week At the MRC
Topic: Media Research Center

It's apparently Anti-Gay Week at the Media Research Center. It started off by complaining that that a magazine honored a gay teen -- being nice to gays is irrefutable evidence "liberal bias," as far as the MRC is concerned -- and it's only ratcheted upward.

A Nov. 9 NewsBusters post by Matt Hadro was perturbed that CNN show graphic footage of gays attending church and featured "a Christian pastor who accepts gays and lesbians in his congregation and disputes historic, biblical teaching on the immorality of homosexuality." Hadro seemed even more disgusted that "CNN also featured clips of congregants praising the church's affirming stance on gay and lesbian relationships." Apparently, such graphic footage of non-homosexuals praying to a Christian God is utterly offensive to Hadro.

This, presumably, is what the MRC's Tim Graham was referring to when he tweeted: "CNN: We're the objective, nonpartisan network. (Except for offering hours and hours of propaganda time to the GeLBoT cause)."

"GeLBoT"? What does that even mean?

Then, in a Nov. 10 MRC Culture & Media Center article, Erin Brown was outraged a lack of outrage, asencapsulated in her headline, "Media Apathetic About Glee’s Gay Kiss":

The November 9 episode of Glee titled “Never Been Kissed” was quite the show stopper – unless you’re the media. The unexpected homosexual kiss between male high school students was nothing short of jaw-dropping, and yet the liberal media were “ho hum” on the controversy.

Glee’s stereotypical jock character Karofsky, who has bullied openly gay character Kurt all season, planted a kiss on Kurt in last night’s episode.  Kurt, played by actor Chris Colfer has been heralded as nothing short of a superhero for his sensitive portrayal of the difficult high school experience of gay high school students.

The “groundbreaking” musical comedy-drama has never shied away from debate, as it has aired episodes featuring teen pregnancy, oral sex, and high school students discovering their sexual identity, among other hot topics. But it’s curious that the media would simply report the gay kiss as merely “the other kiss that made news was the same sex smooch,” wrote CBS.

Teen pregnancy is apparently not a problem for Brown since there are no gays involved.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:06 AM EST
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Is Molotov Mitchell Encouraging Violence Against Gays?
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Molotov Mitchell uses his latest WorldNetDaily video to ratchet up his already prodigious hatred of gays by appearing to encourage Christians to commit violence against them, complete with the factual misrepresntations we've come to expect from him.

Mitchell says:

A few years back, a homosexual art exhibit "Ecce Homo" came to Sweden. "Ecce Homo" contained 12 photographic portrayals of Jesus Christ, often in the nude, surrounded by leather fetishists and cross-dressers. It was so vile it even offended many of the homosexuals in Sweden.

In fact, only one of the 12 photos in the exhibit depicts Jesus in a state of graphic nudity; the others include depictions that would not be out of place in religious imagery, which the photos by artist Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin were trying to emulate.

Of course, the point of Wallin's exhibit was to depict Jesus in the company of societal outcasts as a commentary on how some religious people and institutions have treated homosexuals. But since Mitchell thinks gays are icky, that point was presumably lost on him.

Molotov continues:

But the bridge-building gay artist didn't just set up in Swedish art houses or museums. That would be too considerate, that would be too normal. No, "Ecce Homo" was displayed in churches. Yes, big churches, churches like the Uppsala National Cathedral, the leading cathedral in Sweden, with the permission of the Protestant Bishop Hammar of Uppsala. May God grant that guy everything he deserves.

Well, the "Ecce Homo" tour across Sweden was going gaily until it reached a Christian center in the evangelical stronghold of Jonkoping. There, zealous Christian youth said enough and started setting things on fire outside the gallery. When the museum staff showed up to stop it and put their hands on the kids, they bit off more than they could chew. A riot erupted. Roughly 30 Christians were in there throwing punches and kicks. The police had to be called. It was a Swedish free-for-all.

Molotov declares this to be violent behavior worthy of emulation:

Of course, we gentle American Christians would never behave in such a hateful, un-Christ-like manner. I mean, would Jesus do that? Actually, he did. Look it up. What's the one time in Scripture that Jesus got so angry, so furious, that he actually went and made a whip, went into a building and started a one-man riot? When the temple, the church was being defiled. Ah, yes, you may be thinking, I do seem to recall some business with a whip.

Yes, Jesus, the most loving person to ever walk the face of the earth, even he didn't hesitate to run up in there and wreck the place. So for all of you politically correct American Christians, I ask: What's your problem?

Nothing like a little violent censorship -- the logical extension of which is violence against people he hates -- to liven up ol' Molotov's day.

Posted by Terry K. at 4:16 PM EST
Newsmax's Silly, Skewed 2012 Polling
Topic: Newsmax

Polling today for the 2012 presidential race is an exercise in futility since it cannot possibly predict how things will turn out two years from now. So anyone who does it likely has an ulterior motive.

See if you can detect the ulterior motive in the headlines of Newsmax's 2012 polling:

Newsmax Poll: Gates, Buffett and Trump Could Beat Obama in 2012 Race

Newsmax Poll: Gen. Petraeus Would Defeat Obama

Newsmax Poll: Hillary Would Easily Beat Obama

An attempt to reinforce the meme that Obama is unpopular, you say? You're a winner!

Posted by Terry K. at 1:12 PM EST
NewsBusters' Juvenile 'Media Criticism'
Topic: NewsBusters

This is what passes for "media criticism" at NewsBusters. From a Nov. 9 post by Noel Sheppard.

Keith Olbermann on Tuesday almost dislocated his shoulder patting himself on the back for all the attention he got after being suspended by NBC last Friday.

Like a kindergartner bragging to his parents about the fabulous day he had in school, the "Countdown" host told his viewers how many people signed a petition for his return, the number of tweets he received, and the various television programs that wanted to interview him[.]


Readers probably noticed only a brief clip of these disgusting festivities was provided. This was intentionally done to protect computers from the damaging effects of the nausea most would have experienced if subjected to the entire segment.

In the history of television, no man has ever spent so much time congratulating himself while the cameras were rolling.

After giving his side of the story, again like a kindergartner, Olbermann played video clips of various TV personalities discussing - you guessed it! - him.

Having done so, and obviously feeling uniquely proud of himself, MSNBC's biggest star concluded by saying how this incident was a fine example of democracy in action, for people quickly after he made his political contributions found out about them.

By contrast, if he had donated to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, America would never have known.

Show of hands: who wishes he had contributed to the Chamber thereby saving us from this pathetic and embarrassing display of juvenile self-congratulation?

For those that are curious, this seeming six-year-old was actually born in 1959.

Yep - he's 51.

Tough to believe, isn't it?

Sheppard's contemptuous screed demonstrates that if there's anyone who knows about behaving like a kindergartener, it's him.

(We're mildly surprised he didn't lazily work in "smackdown" somewhere.)

Posted by Terry K. at 10:36 AM EST
Kincaid's Favorite Economist Is A Vaguely Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Freak
Topic: Accuracy in Media

A Nov. 8 Accuracy in Media column by Cliff Kincaid plugs the claim by writer Zubi Diamond that the Federal Reserve is "interfering in free markets through currency manipulation," which is "the type of stuff we accused the communist and socialist governments of doing," adding that the Fed's policy of quantitative easing is in alignment with "George Soros’s agenda to destroy global capitalism."

Kincaid has done numerous columns featuring Diamond, whom he touts as a "financial expert," and Diamond himself his written two AIM columns. Diamond is also the author of the curiously punctuated "Wizards of Wall Street: & Washington Lap Dogs; The Scam That Elected Barack Obama: The Economic Crisis."

But who is Diamond beyond thte "writer-composer" and "entrepreneur investor by trade" he claims to be? As it turns out, he's a conspiracy theorist with apparent anti-Semitic leanings.

As Media Matters details, the self-published "Wizards of Wall Street" engages in smears of George Soros that are rooted in anti-Semitic stereotypes, including calling Soros the "mastermind" behind of a "cabal of slithery rich" who "visited financial violence on the American people to get Barack Obama elected."

Diamond goes on to state that Soros "chose Obama" to be president because he "wanted somebody that hates the traditional America, and its constitutions, a left wing radical, like himself."

No wonder Kincaid likes Diamond so much -- Diamond's as much of a conspiracy freak as Kincaid is.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:33 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 2:39 AM EST
Quote of the Day
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Obama and company remind me of certain groups in the Middle East who are only interested in working together and compromising when it buys them time to secretly regroup and rearm.

-- Mychal Massie, Nov. 9 WorldNetDaily column

Posted by Terry K. at 12:13 AM EST
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
MRC's Gainor Tries to Portray Obama As A Druggie
Topic: Media Research Center

The Media Research Center's Dan Gainor ventures into some serious Obama-hating territory in his Nov. 4 column. In the midst of a post-election tirade about the "liberal media," he writes:

So-called journalists went digging into [Christine] O’Donnell’s high school spelling but ignored what her opponent did in college. This was the identical strategy news outlets used in the 2008 presidential race where The New York Times savaged John McCain’s wife Cindy for her legal drug use and never did a similar investigation into Obama’s own confessed drug activity.

Perhaps that's because Obama's "confessed drug activity" took place as a teenager and there is no evidence it ever ventured into a full-blown addiction. Cindy McCain, meanwhile, was a fully grown adult when she ventured into what Gainor whitewashes as "legal drug use" -- in fact, it was an addiction to painkillers so severe that she was was caught stealing drugs from her nonprofit organization to feed her addiction. And the New York Times hardly "savaged" McCain over this; rather, the Times mentioning it in just two paragraphs of a 41-paragraph profile of her.

The last person to obsess over Obama's "confessed drug activity" was rabid Obama-hater Jerome Corsi, who laughably claimed that Obama "has yet to answer" questions about whether he stopped using drugs.

Gainor also railed against how election discourse has fallen "somewhere deep into the gutter where bloggers offer $100,000 for a non-existent Glenn Beck sex tape." Gainor didn't mention that this was universally criticized, and that even the NewsBusters link he provides notes that the solicitation has been deleted and the author apologized.

And needless to say, Gainor casts a blind eye to bad election behavior by conservatives, such as Carl Paladino's threatening a reporter.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:57 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 3:13 PM EST
LeBoutillier Mulls Rooting For Bad Economy To Hurt Obama
Topic: Newsmax

John LeBoutillier has an existential crisis in his Nov. 8 Newsmax column: He wants President Obama to lose in 2012, but a recovering economy would play to Obama's benefit. Should he root for the economy to remain in the doldrums just to spite Obama?

Here is a terrible conundrum: we all want our fellow Americans to do well, to be happy, to find the jobs they desire. We all want the economy to recover — and soon. But if that recovery happens, it is likely that President Barack Obama will get the credit (presidents get the blame or credit regardless of what they do) and will be a strong favorite to be re-elected in 2012.

Furthermore, his big government spending spree will be credited with the recovery — just as FDR’s New Deal “cured” the Great Depression. For generations to come, historians, political scientists, and economists will once again praise massive federal spending as the sure-fire cure-all for economic problems.

On the other hand, we can’t be rooting for the economy to remain lifeless. Yes, that might very well spell doom for President Obama’s chances in 2012. But do we want years more of the misery we are experiencing now?


So we root for economic recovery. And if the price is Obama getting re-elected, so be it. Maybe the Republican House and a 2012-elected GOP-controlled Senate can restrain the worst of Obama.

If LeBoutillier is thinking about this, you can bet other conservatives -- and conservative members of Congress -- have as well. And one must also wonder if those same conservative congressmen sought to obstruct Obama's economic legislation in order to blame him for a stalled recovery. It's not a new idea, after all.

Posted by Terry K. at 11:28 AM EST
Updated: Tuesday, November 9, 2010 11:30 AM EST
Gutless Aaron Klein Still Ignoring Us
Topic: WorldNetDaily

WorldNetDaily loves to whine when it or one of its writers is attacked by what it considers an easy target (as we found out). It doesn't like to get into fights with people who fight back with facts (as WND subsequently learned about us).

So we have a Nov. 3 WND article complaining that the conservative-leaning UK Telegraph called anti-Obama screed author Aaron Klein a "polemical journalist based in Jerusalem." WND declared this to be a "slam."

The newspaper claims that Klein "launched the idea of Obama as Manchurian candidate, a hollow figure promoted by the 'anti American fringe nexus instrumental in building his political career,' and the 'top Czars with Communist links' in the White House, who include Obama's political strategist and former campaign manager David Axlerod."

Klein countered, "The book boasts almost 900 footnotes and is the most exhaustive journalistic investigation ever performed into Obama and his background. It is not an 'Obama-hating' work. In fact, it is an academic tome."

Still, WND was proud that the Telegraph prounounced Klein's book among the "heavyweight champions" of the "no less than 46 'hate Obama' books published so far."

Of course, the idea that Klein's book is "an academic tome" is laughable. We should know -- we read it and exposed its bias, misleading claims and conspiracy-mongering.

But Klein won't criticize us. After all, we work in facts, and WND and Klein don't dare get involved with trying to rebut facts.

WND and Klein are content to take potshots at those it considers inferior. They won't respond to us, which is evidence of their respect for us and our command of the facts.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:10 AM EST
Noel Sheppard Smackdown Watch
Topic: NewsBusters

Former Bush Aide Smacks Down Joan Walsh For Questioning W's 'Psychological Compass'

-- Headline for Nov. 8 NewsBusters post by Noel Sheppard.

Sheppard overuses the crap out of "smacks down."

Posted by Terry K. at 12:50 AM EST

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