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Shahzad's Motive 'Unclear' to CBS, Cites Money Pressure Since He 'Hasn't Realized Any American Dream'

Botched bomber Faisal Shahzad's failure to achieve the "American dream" may have been an important motive for his terrorist act, CBS's Bob Orr contended Wednesday night in a story in which he ...

Matthews Tracks Down True Culprit in Oil Spill Mess - Dick Cheney

The Dick Cheney obsessed Chris Matthews, on Wednesday's Hardball, served up a softball to liberal Democratic Congressman Ed Markey as he pondered if the former vice president could, in any way, be ...

Washington Post Cherry-picks Poll to Portray Tea Parties as on Defensive About Racism Charges

"Tea party groups battling allegations of racism," reads a May 5 page A3 Washington Post print headline. The online version header softened the word choice a tiny bit, substituting the word ...

MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan Gives 'Kudos' to Arizona Basketball Team for Protesting Immigration Law, 'a Slam Dunk'

MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan on Wednesday gave "kudos" to the Phoenix Suns basketball team for protesting Arizona's tough new policy on illegal immigration. The host touted, "The team is set to wear Los ...

AP Humanizes Times Square Terror Suspect, Cites 'Unraveled' Life

John Christoffersen's article for the Associated Press on Tuesday night highlighted the life woes of Faisal Shahzad, the suspect in the failed Times Square bombing plot, citing how "his life ...

Flashback: Newsweek as Obamaweek; Might It Help Explain Their Downfall?

News today that the Washington Post Company has put the money-losing Newsweek up for sale reminded me of how during the last presidential campaign the "news" weekly repeatedly showcased their ...

MSNBC and NYT Surprised Black GOP Candidates Aligned With 'Racist' Tea Parties

Near the end of Wednesday's 10AM ET hour of live coverage on MSNBC, correspondent Luke Russert highlighted a report in Tuesday's New York Times about the number of African-Americans running for ...

ABC Sees Optimistic Terrorist: Wife Enjoys American Sit-Coms While He Dots 'i' with a Heart

Before "a disturbing change" of character in early 2009, Faisal Shahzad, ABC's Chris Cuomo asserted Tuesday night, "seemed to be living the American dream" with a wife who "says she loves ...

On Hardball: Worried Next Terror Attack Could Strengthen Tea Party

Chris Matthews agreed with Hardball guest Robert Baer who feared another attack could lead to "the Tea Party being strengthened," which could lead to "people blaming the White House for a ...

Misleading NYT Poll Doesn't Stop People from Favoring AZ Immigration Law

The New York Times initially spun a 60%-36% pro-enforcement gap as a "slim margin." And the law doesn't give "police the power to question anyone they suspect is in the country illegally," as a ...
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