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Video- David Shuster Schools WaPo's Rubin Over Media Bias

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Every show. Every day. They bloviate, we hit 'em back with facts. That is the way to argue with the wingers. Via the gods at Mediaite.

** Sorry, I screwed up, she's with Washington Post.

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Things I Want To Bitch About

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Via cocoalikesthis.com / Danika

Paddy and I talk all the time (although we’ve never met; she’s in Indiana, I’m in California), and a lot of that time is spent on venting about this thing or that. Sometimes it’s trivial pop culture kvetching, sometimes it’s about politics, sometimes it’s just moodiness. It led to the creation of my BLUNT video series, in fact.

And because we know how much you value a good bitch session, we’ve decided to make it a semi-regular feature on TPC. It may be two lines, it may be a list, but fume we must, no holds barred, or we’ll explode. Look for #BitchOrBurst on Twitter, and feel free to pile on.

Today’s things I want to bitch about:

Facebook: Can we tawk? Good lord, Facebook, could you be more infuriating and unreliable? Hey Mark Zuckerberg, you're supposed to be a genius, but you've managed to piss off millions. Congratulations, that's quite an accomplishment! There are consistent glitches, privacy issues, and now this new promotional pop-up that won't go away even after you hit "Okay":

It also gets in the way when you try to type in a link or message.  This can only be topped by Facebook's constant failure to link properly. Below are two screen grabs illustrating the problem. The top image is what comes up regularly when I try to post a link to our posts. The bottom image is how it should appear, and does, when it works properly:

You may be asking, so why the hell don't you stop using Facebook? You have no idea how badly I want to do that, but 1) family members use it to communicate from all over the country, and 2) TPC readers tell me how much they love our FB page. So, for now, I'll just have to fume. Paddy joins me regularly in the fumitude, as do others, so that helps, minimally.

Speaking of which, somebody please remind me why I ever watch the very- often-biased Sunday talk shows. This morning I made the mistake of tuning into "This Week" (the even more annoying "Meet the Press" wasn't on today) during which they played, out of context, every possible negative clip they could dig up of President Obama and his surrogates. Did I mention they didn't include the full context? The theme-o'-the-day was framed as something like "Obama's worst week EVER!!!!" Okay, it wasn't that extreme, but close. Know what made it worse? Ann Coulter and Mike Huckabee were on the panel. You read that correctly: Ann Coulter. The Dem commentators were Ed Rendell and Van Jones. I switched back to the Melissa Harris-Perry show in order to lower my blood pressure.

But up it went again, because sponsoring just about every newsy show on the Tee Vee Machine are the incessant, ubiquitous, morally deficient advertisers ever created in the history of ever: Pharmaceutical ads. Ads that interrupt this program to peddle drugs. Drug ads. Ads that deal drugs. Ads that transform even the mellowest among us into raging hypochondriacs. And by raging I mean wanting to throw objects at the screen. Hard. With much force.

And this concludes today's rant.

Remember, you don’t have to keep it in. Sometimes you just gotta bitch… or you’ll burst.

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CHART, VIDEO: And by jobs, Republicans mean abortions

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The so-called librul media is doing everything they can to scream "Devastating!" as loudly and as often as they can to spread Bad Obama Economy fear far and wide. Gotta keep that presidential horse race going, gotta increase those ratings, gotta wake up those inattentive viewers.

It's just that all that DEVASTATING news for Obama's DEVASTATING economy? Well, actually, "devastating" is what it would be under a President Romney and GOP Congress. Think Ryan Plan.

On second thought, don't. You'll get nauseous.

Here's a compare-and-contrast chart of Bush and Obama private and public sector job creation (remember, Willard Romney wants to go back to Bush's policies):

Via Think Progress:

40 months into his presidential term, there are currently more private sector jobs in the economy than when Obama came into office. At the same point in President Bush’s term, the total number of private sector jobs was still down 1.7 percent from where it began. [...]

But there is one area of job creation where President Bush clearly outshines President Obama: the public sector. Public sector employment is now down 608,000 workers...

And that is exactly whats the GOP wants: Government shrinkage, or as any sane person calls it, firing government workers. Which of course means firing employed people who bring home paychecks that are used to pay for things, which, in turn, boost the economy.

Which would mean success for the president. Which wold mean Republicans would lose elections.

If all those public sector workers had not lost their jobs, there would be 1.4 million more employed people right now, which would bring the unemployment rate down by nearly a full percentage point.

Which would mean success for the president. Which wold mean Republicans would lose elections.

Then again, Republicans don't care about jobs, they care about taking away women's reproductive rights:

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"Public sector jobs continue to be THE major drag on employment."

"Shrinking government... [means] they're gonna fire someone who works for the government."

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What? Media Bias Sunday is back again? And by “media bias” I mean GOP.

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Hey kids! Tomorrow is Media Bias Sunday! Or as I like to call it, Librul Media My Ass Sunday.

Let’s take a sneak preview of what’s coming up on the Big Sunday Talker Line-Up, per The Seattle Times, okay? Okay.

This is not a complete list; Paddy provides that to you tomorrow. Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the lists include panel members, so bear with me if sometimes those commentators are included… or not. I try not to because panels usually include mostly Republicans, and if there are “Democrats,” they’re about as “liberal” as, well, Harold Ford.

And as you may have noticed, ClusterFox is not included, because, well come on, what’s the point?

ABC’s “This Week” – John Boehner (R); Nancy Pelosi (D).

NBC’s “Meet the Press” - Dick Durbin (D); Paul Ryan (R).

CBS’ “Face the Nation” – Mitch McConnell (R); Mark Warner ( D); Lindsey Graham (R).

CNN’s “State of the Union” – Barbara Boxer (D); Kay Bailey Hutchison (R); David Axelrod (D); Reince Priebus (R); Anders Fogh Rasmussenm, NATO Secretary-General.

It’s time to do the math:

Red Rs + Red Rs, carry the pi, divided by D, times Bias, minus even-handedness… calculating…

Total: 6 Rs, 5 Ds. Please feel free to check the addition and political affiliations.

There it is: Your librul media at work.

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After a welcome break, unfortunately Media Bias Sunday is back! And by “media bias” I mean GOP.

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Hey kids! Tomorrow is Media Bias Sunday! Or as I like to call it, Librul Media My Ass Sunday.

Let’s take a sneak preview of what’s coming up on the Big Sunday Talker Line-Up, per The Seattle Times, okay? Okay.

This is not a complete list; Paddy provides that to you tomorrow. Sometimes it's hard to tell if the lists include panel members, so bear with me if sometimes those commentators are included... or not. I try not to because panels usually include mostly Republicans, and if there are “Democrats,” they’re about as “liberal” as, well, Harold Ford.

And as you may have noticed, ClusterFox is not included, because, well come on, what’s the point?

This week, I suspect a couple of the party affiliations will be irrelevant given that the topic will be marriage equality. For example, Ted Olson, a Republican, is fighting for it.

ABC’s “This Week” – Barney Frank (D);  Marsha Blackburn (R); Ralph Reed (R); Hilary Rosen (D).

NBC’s “Meet the Press” -Carl Levin (D); Reince Priebus (R); Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase (D- Barely).

CBS’ “Face the Nation” – Mike Rogers (R); Deval Patrick (D); Evan Wolfson (D);  Ted Olson (R); Mark McKinnon (R); Clay Aiken (D); Ralph Reed (R).

CNN’s “State of the Union” – Dick Durbin (D); John Cornyn (R); Joe Lieberman (virtual R, but I); Rep. Peter King (R); Gov. John Hickenlooper (D); Tony Perkins (R); Gary Bauer (R)

It’s time to do the math:

Red Rs + Red Rs, carry the pi, divided by D, times Bias, minus even-handedness… calculating…

Total: 11 (12 if you count Lieberman) Rs, 9 (8 if you don't count Dimon) Ds. Please feel free to check the addition and political affiliations.

There it is: Your librul media at work.

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Video- Republicans Are “Us” On Fox News Again

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Yeah, keep that one in your back pocket the next time they start screaming about bias at NBC news. Via the underloved NewsHounds.

At the end of Special Report’s “All-Star” Panel Wednesday (5/2/12), panelist Charles Krauthammer ended with this sentence. “Jimmy Carter is the Republican(s') Herbert Hoover. The Democrats flogged Hoover for 30 years, we’ve got just about a few years left to go after Carter.”

Krauthammer is supposed to be a syndicated columnist. He’s referring to Republicans as “we”? This is at least the second time Republicans are “us” on Fox News lately.

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Major Media Bias Alert! Again.

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If you're a regular reader, you're aware of my Media Bias Sunday posts in which I preview the Sunday talk shows and point out the preponderance of GOP guests over Democratic ones. Not even liberal Dems, just ... Dems. Kind of. If you count commentators like Harold Ford as Democrats.

The typical count of Republicans to Democrats in those posts is about five to three, or eight to five, sometimes it's even a two to one spread (8-4) or worse (8-3 or 6-2). Once it was 11-0.

Occasionally a troll will pop into Comments and scoff or accuse me of stretching the truth, saying things like, "Well of COURSE there are more Republicans. We're in the middle of primary season. There's no bias, you scummy libtard!"

And of course, I've scoffed back more than once in fact, have backed up my observations in all kinds of ways, and reminded them that I've addressed that by referring to posts that show there's always been lopsided guest lists.

Which brings us to the latest evidence that proves my claim of media bias via Entertainment Weekly and L.A. Times pieces about a report from Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR).

Sadly, I've been vindicated... again:

Sunday morning news are “failing miserably” at booking diverse guests, politically speaking. In looking at Face the Nation on CBS, ABC’s This Week, Fox News Sunday, and NBC’s Meet the Press (moderator David Gregory pictured, right) from June 2011 to February 2012, FAIR found that 86 percent of guests in one-on-one interviews were male, 92 percent were white, and 70% of the guests with avowed ties to a particular political party identified as Republican. [...]

The study took into account the ongoing Republican primaries during the time frame examined, but found that a similar study of the 2003 Democratic primaries still showed a conservative bias on Sunday news shows. Added [Peter] Hart, “It seems that whatever the political climate or stories of the moment, Sunday TV gives us viewers an overwhelmingly white, male and conservative perspective on the world.” [...]

Further, the few liberal voices in the mix tended to be moderates like Fox’s Juan Williams. Said Hart, “It’s likely that the politically connected corporations who sponsor these shows prefer a center/right spectrum of debate that mostly leaves out strong progressive voices who might raise a critique of corporate power.”

I rest my case.

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