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By Luke Broadwater | March 26, 2011
@Reporterroblang: Zirkin condemns quality of Manischewicz wine on Senate floor. Editors note...He's right :0     @AnnieLinskey :  Miller to OM in the senate chamber after the prayer: While the pastor was praying for us [O'M] was praying for his wind bill.     @HipsterMermaid:  I chose this college assuming we'd spend our days painting Rachel Maddow portraits- Turns out my definition of 'Liberal Arts' was way off...
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2013
You know what, maybe there is some justice in this world. I was angry Monday when I saw David Axelrod, the latest Obama partisan hired by MSNBC, dare to take on Bob Schieffer, of CBS News. At issue was a statement Schieffer made on his "Face the Nation" show Sunday in which he questioned not only Team Obama's lack of respect for the press and First Amendment, but the overall communications competence of the administration. You can see it here . Schieffer is right, of course.
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July 24, 2011
MSNBC is built on a lie, and it's one that the cable channel is never going to be able escape as long as sticks to its leftist ideological guns. That's what I kept thinking as I watched Keith Olbermann's strange, coded, wink-wink interview with Cenk Uygur last week on the new version of "Countdown. " (That's the nightly show that is doing so well that Olbermann and Current TV  have not released any ratings since the first week of July -- and those showed a 30 percent drop for Olbermann from his premiere week.)
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By Cal Thomas | February 18, 2012
When one writes about moral convictions, it's probably a good idea to consistently live up to them. That way people can still disagree with your convictions, but they have a difficult time accusing you of hypocrisy. Last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, I failed to live up to one of my highest principles. Here's the background. The story about the Obama administration's attempt to force Catholic and other faith-based institutions to offer employees free contraception in their health care coverage was still fresh.
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By Peter Jensen | April 25, 2009
Everyone knows 21st-century children are weak-willed, mush-brained slugs addicted to television and video games and no more capable of unhooking themselves from their electronic stimuli than a tick swearing off mammals. So when National Turn-Off-Tune-In Week began on Monday, two youngsters of my acquaintance - ages 10 and 13 - decided to meet the challenge. As I noted on the Second Opinion blog this week: Why is the family room barricaded? The youngest - no doubt sensing his own frailty in this arena - blocked the door leading to the big-screen TV. He taped "do not watch" notes over every video display in the house and picked up a challenging chapter book from the library in preparation.
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By Tom Moriarty | February 2, 2010
Conservatives are outraged. And liberals are dismayed. That's the state of political discourse in America, at least for now, at least in the age of nonstop punditry and political commentary. And that's one of the reasons why Air America, the liberal alternative to Rush Limbaugh and the other denizens of right-wing radio, recently went out of business. It turns out that dismay doesn't play as well as outrage, at least on the radio. Radio is better suited to outrage because it's a medium that thrives on voice.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2012
With a caucus vote so close that the cable channels had to wait until all the votes were finally tallied at 2:34 a.m. Wednesday to declare a winner, Iowa was no place to be Tuesday night for media amateurs and ideologues. Which is to say there was only one TV place to be: CNN. Forget all the technological razzle-dazzle of "the flick" and a new and improved Magic Wall. Ignore the utterly confusing social-media map and the silliness of virtual "Weebles" to try and explain how caucuses work.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | May 29, 2013
You know what, maybe there is some justice in this world. I was angry Monday when I saw David Axelrod, the latest Obama partisan hired by MSNBC, dare to take on Bob Schieffer, of CBS News. At issue was a statement Schieffer made on his "Face the Nation" show Sunday in which he questioned not only Team Obama's lack of respect for the press and First Amendment, but the overall communications competence of the administration. You can see it here . Schieffer is right, of course.
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By Cal Thomas | February 18, 2012
When one writes about moral convictions, it's probably a good idea to consistently live up to them. That way people can still disagree with your convictions, but they have a difficult time accusing you of hypocrisy. Last week at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, I failed to live up to one of my highest principles. Here's the background. The story about the Obama administration's attempt to force Catholic and other faith-based institutions to offer employees free contraception in their health care coverage was still fresh.
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May 8, 2013
I am really getting tired of the invective and sarcasm shown by the likes of The Sun and MSNBC ("Don't save the planet" May 3). It is less and less logic and more just "shouting down the enemy". I guess Andrew Green , Rachel Maddow, and others are reading from the same playbook. I am for a balanced budget, the 2nd Amendment, the death penalty in some circumstances, and a fetus' right to live in the third trimester (or later as some liberals seem to think it's OK to terminate kids outside the womb)
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2012
With a caucus vote so close that the cable channels had to wait until all the votes were finally tallied at 2:34 a.m. Wednesday to declare a winner, Iowa was no place to be Tuesday night for media amateurs and ideologues. Which is to say there was only one TV place to be: CNN. Forget all the technological razzle-dazzle of "the flick" and a new and improved Magic Wall. Ignore the utterly confusing social-media map and the silliness of virtual "Weebles" to try and explain how caucuses work.
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July 24, 2011
MSNBC is built on a lie, and it's one that the cable channel is never going to be able escape as long as sticks to its leftist ideological guns. That's what I kept thinking as I watched Keith Olbermann's strange, coded, wink-wink interview with Cenk Uygur last week on the new version of "Countdown. " (That's the nightly show that is doing so well that Olbermann and Current TV  have not released any ratings since the first week of July -- and those showed a 30 percent drop for Olbermann from his premiere week.)
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By Luke Broadwater | March 26, 2011
@Reporterroblang: Zirkin condemns quality of Manischewicz wine on Senate floor. Editors note...He's right :0     @AnnieLinskey :  Miller to OM in the senate chamber after the prayer: While the pastor was praying for us [O'M] was praying for his wind bill.     @HipsterMermaid:  I chose this college assuming we'd spend our days painting Rachel Maddow portraits- Turns out my definition of 'Liberal Arts' was way off...
NEWS
By Tom Moriarty | February 2, 2010
Conservatives are outraged. And liberals are dismayed. That's the state of political discourse in America, at least for now, at least in the age of nonstop punditry and political commentary. And that's one of the reasons why Air America, the liberal alternative to Rush Limbaugh and the other denizens of right-wing radio, recently went out of business. It turns out that dismay doesn't play as well as outrage, at least on the radio. Radio is better suited to outrage because it's a medium that thrives on voice.
NEWS
By Peter Jensen | April 25, 2009
Everyone knows 21st-century children are weak-willed, mush-brained slugs addicted to television and video games and no more capable of unhooking themselves from their electronic stimuli than a tick swearing off mammals. So when National Turn-Off-Tune-In Week began on Monday, two youngsters of my acquaintance - ages 10 and 13 - decided to meet the challenge. As I noted on the Second Opinion blog this week: Why is the family room barricaded? The youngest - no doubt sensing his own frailty in this arena - blocked the door leading to the big-screen TV. He taped "do not watch" notes over every video display in the house and picked up a challenging chapter book from the library in preparation.
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By Luke Broadwater | June 15, 2011
In a major vote that no one seems to be talking about, the U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday to defund and end the war in Libya, unless President Barack Obama decides to follow the War Powers Act -- which requires Obama to get congressional approval within 60 days of launching a military action.  The amendment, introduced by U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), to a military funding bill passed convincingly, by a vote of 248-163.  "Why is this amendment necessary?"
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2012
Forget the broadcast networks of ABC, NBC and CBS. And forget PBS, too, unless you are part of the minority that doesn't have cable or online access. Public television simply doesn't have the resources any longer to do any kind of original, first-rate coverage of hardly anything -- even a pre-planned event like a national convention. If you want to use TV to get the best information and to engage as fully as possible with the Republican convention that begins Monday in Tampa and the Democratic convention next month in Charlotte, go with cable.
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