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TOP STORY: Accuracy in Academia continues to track how America’s higher education system is cheerleading Occupy Wall Street: “There is an odd sort of ying-yang going on between the Occupy Wall Street protests and institutions of higher learning. ‘Academics have become frequent visitors to Zuccotti Park, the 33,000-square-foot pedestrian plaza in the heart of New York City’s financial district that is now the site of a nearly month-long protest, Occupy Wall Street.’”

MEDIA WATCH: What do you do when your cable network’s ratings are taking a dive for being too liberal? MSNBC saw fit to dispatch daytime headline reader and spinner Chris Jansing to explain just how balanced the network is. Don Irvine reports that she’s not the best person to carry the message though: “Jansing doesn’t always play it straight down the middle. Earlier this year she cited a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) on ‘active U.S. hate groups,’ asking if the rise of radical right-wing groups had anything to do with Jared Loughner’s assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ).”

“MISERABLE”: That’s not a word you hear very often from media types about their jobs, unless they were fired first (see: Keith Olbermann). But it seems This Week host Christiane Amanpour is so desperate, she’ll even go back to CNN. Don Irvine adds: “She has also reportedly butted heads with executive producer Rick Kaplan and ABC News president Ben Sherwood over the direction of the show.”

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FLAT FIGHTING: With all tax plans placed on the table now, Republicans are fighting over who has the best flat tax option: “Flat tax plans by both Cain and Perry have provisions to protect low-income families from tax increases. But that raises questions about who will be left to pay the tab.”

WHAT WE’RE READING: Remember John Edwards? After leaving his terminally ill wife and taking up with his mistress, he still has more legal problems ahead of him: “Edwards, who has pleaded not guilty, is set to go to trial in January on charges of conspiracy, accepting illegal campaign contributions and making false statements. At issue is the $900,000 prosecutors said was provided by two of Edwards’ wealthy supporters to help him hide an affair and a child conceived with his former campaign videographer during his failed bid for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.” Classy, John.

ILLEGAL OUTRAGE: What do you think happens when felons are deported to their home country? AIM guest columnist Peter Gadiel reports: “In September the federal government reported that over half of all those sentenced to federal prisons in the first nine months of this fiscal year for committing felonies were Hispanic. And this month the Latin American news service, EFE, reported that Mexican President Calderon is angry at ‘U.S. officials for deporting Mexican criminals’ back to Mexico to ‘save on judicial costs.’ Expelling Mexican criminals from the U.S. back to Mexico says Calderon, ‘exacerbates’ violence in Mexico.” See, we’re the bad guys now.

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