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LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION

“I am opposed to the building of the ‘mosque’ two blocks from ground zero. I want it built on ground zero,” says filmmaker Michael Moore.

Uh-oh.

“Why? Because I believe in an America that protects those who are the victims of hate and prejudice. I believe in an America that says you have the right to worship whatever God you have, wherever you want to worship. And I believe in an America that says to the world that we are a loving and generous people, and if a bunch of murderers steal your religion from you and use it as their excuse to kill 3,000 souls, then I want to help you get your religion back. And I want to put it at the spot where it was stolen from you.”

AND IN SUMMATION …

“I believe we’ve gotten the Republican Party’s attention.”

FreedomWorks founder and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, during the tea party’s “Remember in November” rally on the National Mall on Sunday.

AND SO IT GOES

Makes one wonder if Tony Snow, Ari Fleischer, Mike McCurry, Marlin Fitzwater, Jody Powell, Ron Zeigler, Bill Moyers and Pierre Salinger — former White House press secretaries all — would have done the same thing.

“Story on Boehner covers some of his greatest hits, handing out checks from lobbyists on the House floor,” said current spokesman Robert Gibbs — aka “PressSec” — in a series of Tweets openly publicizing a lengthy New York Times piece purportedly linking House Minority Leader John A. Boehner with special interest groups. On top of that, journalists quickly scurried to proclaim that “Boehner blinked” after his acknowledgment on CBS News Sunday that he might have to give up some expiring tax cuts if Mr. Obama refuses to compromise.

“So the Times blasted Boehner in the Sunday paper with a line of attack taken up by President Obama last week and touted by the White House the morning of its publication, and teed up a week of Boehner-bashing by offering the laughable veil of objectivity to de facto Democratic talking points,” says Lachlan Markay, a Newsbusters.com analyst. “Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the mainstream media.”

THOSE LOYAL REPUBLICANS

“The Pew Research Center’s biennial news consumption survey offers some good news for the media for a change. Americans are spending more time with the news than over much of the past decade,” says Andrew Kohut, director of the organization.

The survey finds that 34 percent of Americans go online for news daily, 44 percent receive it through one or more Internet or mobile digital sources. Thirty six percent get news from both digital and traditional sources, while 39 percent go to “traditional sources,” with 9 percent relying on Internet and mobile technology alone. See the monster survey here: http://people-press.org.

“The survey finds that cable news continues to play a significant role in people’s news habits — 39 percent say they regularly get news from a cable channel. But Fox News is the only cable news outlet to maintain its audience share in recent years, thanks to its growing Republican audience,” Mr. Kohut observed.

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