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We are sad to report that Heather Nauert appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom on Thursday morning wearing a skirt that actually covered her knees.

We’re not saying it merely grazed her knees nor that it reached her knees. No, at the :18 mark of this video clip, it covered them like Katie Couric covers a Republican sex scandal.

This, of course, is in direct violation of Fox News’ strict dress code. We anticipate that Nauert’s blatant disregard for the high standards in short skirts that we’ve come to expect from Fox News hot news chicks will be dealt with harshly by the network’s programming executives.

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We have a reader in Iran. We don’t know exactly who he, but we have our suspicions.

We know this thanks to a website called StatCounter.com that provides a set of analytical tools that allow website owners to take a closer look their viewers. We can see things like total page views, unique page views, most popular pages, etc.

One of our favorite tools is the “Recent Visitor Map.” It shows the city and country of each of your website’s last 500 visitors, what IHTM page they landed on and their referring URLs.

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If this were your wife, you'd be Googling "Hot Fox News Babes," too

So Friday at 10:39 p.m., just before calling it a night, we checked the Recent Visitor Map. The image at the top of this story is a cropped screen capture of that map. As you might expect, most of our visitors came from the United States, but others came from Canada, Australia, Brazil, Turkey, India, China, The Phillipines, and oddly enough, Iran.

That’s right, someone in Iran, home of the world’s strictest Muslim theocracy, is reading IHateTheMedia.com.

We assumed that visitor would be reading one of our stories about Muslims (sorry for the stereotype, but our experience has been that most of our hits from Muslim countries land on stories involving Muslims).

Anyway, we were surprised to see that the Iranian visitor was located in Tehran. We were even more surprised to see that he had landed on our “Fox News Anchor Babes In Short Skirts” story that we did about two years ago. And then we got the biggest surprise of all. This reader found IHateTheMedia.com by doing a Google search for “lovely older black hot ladies.”

Now we don’t care what this Iranian’s personal proclivities may be. To each his own. Traffic is traffic, so we certainly welcome visitors from all around the world.

And in that spirit we say, “Welcome, Mahmoud.” Your secret is safe with us.

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This report from MediaBistro.com may explain why Keith Olbermann seems to be doing a Yosemite Sam impression every night.

“In total Viewers, Fox News was the #2 ranked cable network last week in primetime, averaging 233,000 viewers behind USA. MSNBC was #26, CNN was #32, and HLN was #37.”

The Cartoon Network was #13, despite the fact that MSNBC and CNN’s programming is much funnier.

Looks like the end of the line for the rivals of Fox News. Play Taps. Say sayonara. Kiss ’em goodbye. Or in the immortal words of Porky Pig, “Th-th-th–th-th-that’s all, folks.”

Source: MediaBistro.com

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Hilarious. Absolutely hilarious. Funniest thing ever on MSNBC.

Chris Matthews is upset – very upset – that Bret Baier had the temerity to repeatedly interrupt the Greatest President In History during his Fox News interview.

At least Matthews is consistent. After all, this is a guy who never allows his guests to interrupt his questions with answers.

Yeah, that Chris Matthews.

But Matthews’ comments pale in comparison to the plums that come out of the mouths of guests Joan Walsh and Cynthia Tucker. Listen to the whole segment.

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We’ve been out of town for a couple days and apparently missed the story about that horrible Hawaiian earthquake.

President Obama told Fox News’ Bret Baier that he supports “The Louisiana Purchase” in Obamacare because it will cover natural disasters like the recent Hawaiian earthquake.

Obama: It also affects Hawaii, which went through an earthquake. So that’s not just a Louisiana provision. That is a provision that affects every state that is going through a natural catastrophe.

Of course, there’s been no devastating Hawaiian earthquake. Did he mean Haiti? Or Chile? Or has he given up cigarettes and returned to the wacky tabacky?

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Would CNN's last viewer kindly turn out the lights?

CNN can’t figure out what it’s doing wrong. All they know is that viewers are abandoning them like they’re the Titanic and Fox News is the iceburg.

MediaBistro.com reports the chilling details:

CNN’s saw its worst primetime averages in a year as its primetime programs hit ratings lows.

… In February’s total day and primetime demo, CNN finished in fifth place for the first time ever, behind FNC, MSNBC, HLN, and CNBC. (Note: Includes Olympic coverage.)

“Campbell Brown” and “AC360” saw their lowest total viewers since their launch, and “Larry King Live” saw its lowest in at least 13 years. In the demo, it was Cooper’s lowest rated month ever and it was the second lowest rated months for King and Brown. CNN’s primetime was down -54% in total viewers (-57% demo) from last year. The biggest decrease of any network.

Competitively, CNN topped MSNBC in total day and daytime hours, but CNN was also down in total day compared to last year (-35% in total viewers and -40% in the demo).

In its first full-month since launching, “Rick’s List” averaged 560k total viewers and 111k in the demo, which is down -43% and -52% respectively in the time slot from last year.

Say good night, Campbell. Say good night, Larry. Say good night, Rick. Say good night, Cooper.

Source: MediaBistro.com

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Fox makes news, MSNBC reports it

by editor on March 14, 2010

Such is the dwindling stature of MSNBC that they’ve taken to reporting events that occur on Fox.

For example, MSNBC’s Morning Joe show devoted an entire segment to Glenn Beck’s interview with disgraced Democrat Congressman Eric Massa. And it was surprisingly even-handed.

“Let me tell you something,” said Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough. “[Beck] was not on his heels. He just, he played straight man and Donny Deutsch, he was, he did it very, very well.

Deutsch agreed saying, “Beck actually helped his brand a lot because he went from the crazy idiot to kind of a good interviewer. You know what I mean? And you know, you couldn’t help but not enjoy Glenn Beck yesterday, speaking from the extreme left.”

First of all, Deutsch doesn’t have to tell us he speaks from the extreme left because he’s a regular guest on MSNBC, so that’s just understood.

Second, nobody knows brands better than former ad genius Deutsch. So when he says Beck helped his brand, you know it’s true.

And third, well, we don’t really have a third point, but we needed to fill a little more space at the bottom of this story.

H/t: NewsBusters.org

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The morning crew at Fox News seethes with rage 24 hours a day. Even when they’re not on the air.

The President’s socialist agenda isn’t the problem. His horrible appointments aren’t the problem. And his massive deficits aren’t the problem. No. The problem is that just too many people watch that damn Fox News.

The Telegraph UK reports the denial on the Potomac:

“Obama’s big problem,” a senior Democrat told me, “is that four times as many people watch Fox News as watch CNN.” The Fox network is a remarkable cultural phenomenon which almost shocks those of us from a country where a technical rule of impartiality is applied in the broadcast media. With little rest, it pours out rage 24 hours a day: its message is of the construction of the socialist state, the hijacking of America by “progressives” who now dominate institutions, the indoctrination of children, the undermining of religion and the expropriation of public money for these nefarious projects. The public loves it, and it is manifestly stirring up political activism against Mr Obama, and also against those in the Republican Party who are not deemed conservatives. However, it is arguable whether the now-reorganising Right is half as effective in its assault on the President as some of Mr Obama’s own party are.

Got that? Fox pours out rage 24 hours a day. Because rage is really appealing and people are really drawn to watch it 24 hours a day.

Morons. That’s it. No other comment necessary.

Source: Telegraph UK

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It’s becoming increasingly difficult for the left to explain Fox News’ dominance every time new ratings come out. The most recent spin seems to boil down to, “Oh, #%$@.”

MediaBistro.com reports the ObamaCare Summit ratings rout:

Fox News Channel drew the most viewers during yesterday’s health care summit, by far. During the summit hours (9:45am-5:30pmET), FNC drew more Total Viewers and A25-54 demo viewers than CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and HLN combined.

FNC, which did not interrupt the feed from the summit’s start until the 1pm lunch break, drew its most viewers in the 11amET hour, as did MSNBC. CNN drew the most in the 4pmET hour.

CNN, which had the second most viewers, was up +98% against its year-to-date average for the 10am-5:30pmET hours. MSNBC was up +75% and FNC was up +45%.

The White House says 3.9 million users streamed the summit at its website.

(Note: MSNBC only carried the summit until 2pm, and HLN and CNBC did not carry it in full).

The left contends that only stupid Republicans watch Fox News. But they’re going to need a new argument since that one now leads to the inescapable conclusion that the country has more Republicans than Democrats.

Source: MediaBistro.com


Greg Gutfeld is funny, but CNN has become laughable

Read it here, because this story is unlikely to be reported at CNN.

At one time, the cable news pioneer owned the world of cable news. Now its primetime line-up has fewer viewers than Fox News’ 3 a.m. Red Eye show.

National Review’s Media Blog reports the details guaranteed to depress the folks at CNN:

The ratings for Fox News’ ribald Red Eye, a nothing-else-quite-like-it mash-up of news, comedy, and pop-culture commentary, celebrated its third anniversary by beating CNN’s Campbell Brown and Larry King, and tying Anderson Cooper, in the prized 25-54 demographic.

Fox News beating CNN wouldn’t be news, except that Brown, King and Cooper comprise CNN’s primetime lineup, and Red Eye airs at 3:00 A.M. All the more remarkable considering that most conservatives have, you know, jobs.

Ouch.

Source: National Review

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We’re not sure why former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle was out driving in the blizzard that hit Washington, DC this weekend, but driving he was. Until he got stuck, that is.

The Washington, D.C. Fox TV affiliate was covering the record-setting storm when it spotted Daschle trying to push his car out of the snow. The news crew helped Daschle out of the snow and back onto the road again.

D.C. officials had warned residents to stay indoors, but as a good liberal, it was only natural for Daschle to assume the rules didn’t apply to him.

Source: Fox News

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They told Rupert Murdoch he was crazy for starting a new TV network. They told him he was crazy for trying to compete with CNN. Looks like the wily Australian American has the last laugh once again.

Last week it was reported that his cable news network was the highest rated in the country. This week his TV network absolutely crushed the other broadcast networks.

TVByTheNumbers.com reports the remarkable ratings:

Start with the second most highly viewed NFC Championship game in history, add an American Idol show holding steady from last season, and you’ve got the recipe for an epic broadcast primetime ratings beatdown by Fox. The rest of the broadcast competition could only stand by as they got steamrolled. It will be interesting to compare this week’s results to CBS’s for Super Bowl week. Also, note how close Univision finished to NBC in adults 18-49.

Note that the chart includes RATINGS not VIEWERS as was typical in our weekly network ratings posts prior to July, 2009.

Each rating point is a percentage of the US TV population in that demographic group and equals: 2.90 million viewers, 1.32 million adults 18-49, 0.68 million adults 18-34 and 1.24 million adults 25-54.

Yeah, Murdoch is crazy. Crazy like a Fox.

Source: TVByTheNumbers.com

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Being called a liar by Keith Olbermann is high praise indeed.

Obviously, it’s driving poor Keith absolutely insane (a short trip, to be sure) that Fox News has buried him in the ratings. And now that Fox has been named “most trusted name in news” in a new poll, the guy’s about to burst a blood vessel.

C’mon, folks, Olbermann is damn near unwatchable, as 308,000,000 rational people prove every Monday through Friday night at 6 p.m. EST.

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The numbers are in. Fox News absolutely destroyed the competition the night of Scott Brown’s election in Massachusetts.

Gloat, O’Reilly, gloat. You deserve it. Fox News deserves it. And most of all, MSNBC deserves it.

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Fox News' Rupert Murdoch has a lot to smile about

Scott Brown wasn’t the only winner in the Massachusetts senate election. Fox News came out on top, too.

MediaBistro.com reports on the network’s remarkable ratings:

Fox News was the top cable network in primetime last week, averaging the most total viewers between January 18th-24th. The last time FNC topped USA and came in first was during the week of the 2008 presidential election.
In a week dominated by coverage of the earthquake in Haiti and the U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts, FNC drew an average of 3.2 million total viewers in primetime (Mon-Sun).

Fox was ranked 3rd in total day. CNN was 22nd in primetime and 19th in total day, and MSNBC was 25th in primetime and 31st in total day.

Fox News probably won’t be able to hang on to the top spot now that the election is over, but the thought of Keith Olbermann grinding his teeth over last week’s ratings is probably enough to keep Rupert Murdoch smiling for years.

Source: MediaBistro.com


The chant goes up at CNN: "We're number two! We're number two! We're number two!"

Damn it. Now what’s CNN going to do with all that stationery that says “The Most Trusted Name In News”?

Politico reports a survey that’s nothing but bad news for the original cable news network:

A Public Policy Polling nationwide survey of 1,151 registered voters Jan. 18-19 found that 49 percent of Americans trusted Fox News, 10 percentage points more than any other network.

Thirty-seven percent said they didn’t trust Fox, also the lowest level of distrust that any of the networks recorded.

There was a strong partisan split among those who said they trusted Fox — with 74 percent of Republicans saying they trusted the network, while only 30 percent of Democrats said they did.

CNN was the second-most-trusted network, getting the trust of 39 percent of those polled. Forty-one percent said they didn’t trust CNN.

Each of the three major networks was trusted by less than 40 percent of those surveyed, with NBC ranking highest at 35 percent. Forty-four percent said they did not trust NBC, which was combined with its sister cable station MSNBC.

Thirty-two percent of respondents said they trusted CBS, while 31 percent trusted ABC. Both CBS and ABC were not trusted by 46 percent of those polled.

The White House is expected to dispute the validity of the survey because, of course, Fox is not a real news network and, therefore, couldn’t possibly be trusted by anyone.

Source: Politico.com

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Damn that Fox News. It's all their fault. All of it.

Amid all the truly bizarre excuses that left wingers have offered up to explain the failures of The Greatest President In History, a website called Newshounds has jumped out in front of the pack.

Existing, apparently, to “watch FOX so you don’t have to,” the website finds anything and everything Fox related vile and evil and every other combination of those four letters. They hope that in 2010 President Obama “Will Do A Better Job Dealing With Fox News”.

They point out that an article in New Yorker contained “an admission that one of the reasons Sarah Palin’s ‘death panel’ remark was able to take hold is that the White House thought it too idiotic to deal with. One imagines they won’t be making that same mistake going forward.”

The article goes on to say “Let’s hope so. I’d argue that most, if not all, of Obama’s stumbling blocks last year were at least partly a by-product of his failure to adequately address the right-wing masters of media messaging.”

Really? All of those gaffes, blunders and downright disasters over the course of the last 12 months were because Obama didn’t attack Fox News enough?

Well, there’s hope (and maybe even some change) for the folks at Newshounds.

Dan Pfeiffer, the guy who replaced Anita Dunn as White House Communications Director and Official Fox News Basher, has apparently learned his job well, stating in an interview with the New York Times that, “I have the same view of Fox that Anita [Dunn] had, which is that Fox is not a traditional news organization. They have a point of view. That point of view pervades the entire network both the opinion shows, like Glenn Beck and Bill O’Reilly, but also through the newscasts during the day.” The Times added that “Pfeiffer also said that the White House doesn’t ‘feel an obligation to treat them like we would treat a CNN or an ABC or an NBC or a traditional news organization’ but will have officials appear on the network sometime.”

You go, Dan. With a little hard work, you may raise Fox News’ ratings even higher than Dunn did.

And we’re guessing that would make some heads explode at Newshounds.

Source: Newshounds, Politico

– Written by Patrick Michael

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ratings-graphForget everyone else. Just sit back and be cheered for the holidays by the two-year trend in cable news during the 8 p.m. (est) time slot.

In short, Fox/O’Reilly’s numbers (in red) are outrageous, MSNBC/Olbermann’s (in blue) are down and out.

Source: TVByTheNumbers.com

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glenn-beck That horrible gnashing of teeth you hear is Chris Matthews. The pathetic whimpering is Keith Olbermann. That plaintive wailing is Rachel Maddow. All because Fox News will finish 2009 as the number one cable news network thanks to the highest ratings in the network’s history.

Broadcasting & Cable reports the rosy details:

Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly provided Fox News' one-two punch in 2009

Glenn Beck and Bill O'Reilly provided Fox News' one-two punch in 2009

FNC topped the competition in all dayparts: morning (1 million Total Viewers, 340,000 viewers in news’ target demographic of 25-54-year-olds); total day (1.2 million viewers, 323,000 in the demo); primetime (2.2 million viewers, 551,000 in the demo). Those numbers mark year-to-year demo gains of 14% in the morning, 16% in total day and 10% in primetime (Mon-Sun), according to Nielsen.

FNC saw double-digit gains for all of its programs. Year-to-year, Glenn Beck is up 96% among total viewers (2.3 million) and 148% in the demo (612,000). Special Report with Bret Baier posted gains of 25% among total viewers (2 million) and 33% in the demo (454,000). The O’Reilly Factor is up 13% among total viewers (3.3 million) and 27% (801,000) in the demo, marking its tenth consecutive year as the No. 1 cable news program.

As Media Bistro points out, two Fox News success stories stand out:

Glenn Beck is up 96% in total viewers (averaging 2.3 million). He’s also up 148% in the A24-54 demo, averaging 612,000 viewers.

Bill O’Reilly, who now makes it 10 years as the top cable news program, was up 13% in Total Viewers with 3.3 million tuning in and 27% in the demo (801,000). In 2009, O’Reilly often outdrew programs on broadcast networks — just this week, “The Factor” had a larger audience than ABC’s “Better Off Ted” (“Ted” drew 3.183 million viewers, while O’Reilly drew 3.299 million at 8pmET.)

Amusingly, CNN and MSNBC are also touting their 2009 ratings. But that discussion is like the captain of the Titanic arguing with the captain of the Lusitania about which ship is sinking faster.

Source: MediaBistro.com, Broadcasting & Cable

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Scandal of the Century: Huffington Post proves that Gretchen Carlson is...uhhh...something

Scandal of the Century: Huffington Post proves that Gretchen Carlson is...uhhh...something

Well, it looks like the Huffington Post caught Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson in a blatant violation of journalistic ethics.

How dare Carlson interview New York Yankee Derek Jeter without revealing that her husband is the ballplayer’s agent? The fact that she did not mention this totally invalidates Jeter’s views on Iran’s nuclear weapons, North Korea’s aggressive posturing and Climategate.

Well, actually, she didn’t ask him any of those questions. Unlike some liberal networks who seem to believe that Danny Bonaduce’s thoughts on global warming or Ted Danson’s opinions on healthcare are somehow more valid than the average American’s, Carlson asked Jeter about baseball.

The interview did get somewhat controversial when she asked Jeter the burning question that everyone was hoping she would ask. “Do you make your bed in the morning?”

This was far too much for the Huffington Post who lambasted Carlson’s lack of journalistic integrity.

Is it just us, or is this softball interview with Jeter tougher than the one Harry Smith conducted with Barrack Obama. Shouldn’t Smith have mentioned his massive man-crush on The Greatest President In History?

Source: Huffington Post

– Written by Patrick Michael

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Rupert Murdoch has plenty of reasons to smile.

Rupert Murdoch has plenty of reasons to smile.

That hideous sound you hear is Keith Olbermann gnashing his teeth over nemesis Rupert Murdoch’s remarkable success.

Not only does Fox News continue to dominate the cable news ratings, but now, for the first time in history, Fox Television is expected to win the important November ratings.

We’ll step aside and let The Live Feed give you the details:

Thanks to a heavily viewed World Series and the network’s most stable fall lineup in years, Fox is averaging a 3.5 adult demo rating as of Wednesday afternoon.

Fox is up 17% from its November sweeps period last year in the advertiser-coveted adult demographic and is the only major broadcast network to post a gain. With viewing levels down 6% from last year, ABC is in second place with 3.2 (-9%). CBS is third with 3.0 (-12%). NBC is fourth with 2.6 (-16%) and the CW has a 1.2 (+9%). ABC would come out on top if sports programming were excluded. Fox previously tied NBC to win November sweeps in 2001, but has never won the outright.

They said Rupert Murdoch was crazy when he started a fourth television network to challenge ABC, CBS and NBC. Then history repeated itself and they said he was crazy again when he started a cable news network to challenge CNN.

Crazy, you might say, like a Fox.

Source: The Live Feed

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obama-double-talkWell, sure, he believes in free speech for Communists, but not so much for Republicans.

“Mr. Obama used the forum at Shanghai’s Museum of Science and Technology to make a plea for a free flow of information, saying it makes societies stronger and holds political leaders accountable. People in positions of power may bristle at criticism, he said, but open criticism ‘makes our democracy stronger, and it makes me a better leader because it forces me to hear opinions that I don’t want to hear.'”
– Wall Street Journal, November 16

“Speaking privately at the White House on Monday with a group of mostly liberal columnists and commentators, including Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann of MSNBC and Maureen Dowd, Frank Rich and Bob Herbert of The New York Times, Mr. Obama himself gave vent to sentiments about [Fox News Channel], according to people briefed on the conversation.”
– New York Times, October 23

Source: Best of the Web

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Anita Dunn even tilts to the left in her photos

Anita Dunn even tilts to the left in her photos

Remember when some wit said we should end the war in Vietnam by simply taking the troops home and announcing that we’d won? Former White House Communications Director Anita Dunn seems to be using the same philosophy in the President’s War on Fox.

Verum Serum has the details:

[S]he said that the White House criticism has been effective in preventing other networks from picking up stories broken by Fox.

“It did help people get a sense of perspective again,” Dunn said. “People took a step back and said, ‘Hmm, am I really wanting to go chase those stories?’”

Actually, Anita, what people did was take a step back and say, “Hmm, if Obama can figure out a strategy for a war with Fox, why can’t he figure out a strategy for the war in Afghanistan?”

Source: Verum Serum

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lou-dobbs Lou Dobbs, the guy who became “controversial” on CNN by saying things most Americans agree with, is heading for Fox News.

Dobbs announced Wednesday that he is leaving CNN, which set off rumors that he’ll be joining Fox News or Fox Business. While that hasn’t happened yet, he will join O’Reilly on Monday night for an extended interview.

If you can’t see it live, set your Tivo to record Monday night’s O’Reilly show.

This should be good.

Source: HuffingtonPost.com

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Obama blinks, will do interview on Fox News

by editor on November 12, 2009

Major Garrett, White House correspondent for a well-known non-news network, will interview President Obama

Major Garrett, White House correspondent for a well-known non-news network, will interview President Obama will interview

The war between President Obama and Fox News is over. And it ended exactly as most observers expected: President Obama surrendered faster than the French army.

According to Drudge, Major Garrett will conduct the interview next week during the President’s China visit.

Oddly enough, this happens the day after White House Propaganda Communications Director Anita Dunn, the Joseph Goebbels of the Obama administration, announced that she was leaving the White House.

But please do not make the mistake of thinking that Dunn’s “resignation” had anything to do with the Fox News dust up that she directed. Of course not.

In fact, she will return to the White House as a “consultant,” which allows the White House to count this as yet another job created or saved.

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