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TOP STORY: While the media is consumed with the alleged, rumored or bogus (take your pick) “sex scandal” leading to Herman Cain’s campaign suspension, POLITICO has happily ignored the scandals of another high profile pol. Cliff Kincaid reports: “Politico, a Washington, D.C.-based political publication, has been under fire from the conservative Daily Caller for a liberal bias that has undermined its credibility and caused it to rapidly lose readers. The Politico story about Frank depicts the congressman as one of Congress’s ‘most able legislators.’ The author is a former staffer to a Democratic member of Congress.”

MEDIA WATCH: Who doesn’t love a good cable news feud? Not only do they make anchors look like fools, but an MSNBC employee typically gets the ax as a result. Don Irvine reports: “Last week, after being named to GQ magazine’s ‘25 Least Influential People Alive’ list, MSNBC anchor Ed Schultz took to the airwaves telling GQ to kiss his ass and in a bizarre twist blamed CNN’s Anderson Cooper for his inclusion on the list.”

LEAN FORWARD: Don Irvine reports on questionable statements from Defense Secretary Leon Panetta that invoke the MSNBC mantra: “Addressing an issue that is in the primary domain of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Panetta urged Israel to ‘lean forward’ to achieve peace with the Palestinians.” Quick tip: don’t use MSNBC slogans to beef up your message, they’re terribly flawed.

RESIST WE MUCH: Al Sharpton’s MSNBC comedy hour continues its tradition of bad news broadcasting with a new tactic: crawler advocacy. Don Irvine explains: “[D]uring Sharpton’s interview with Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) on the payroll tax plan extension that was scheduled for a vote Thursday evening, the news ticker changed into a running list naming each state and the number of millionaires that were being protected by the Republicans and how many workers could be helped if the extension was passed.”

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ELECTION 2012: With Godfather Cain out of the race, early speculation about Cain’s endorsement of Newt Gingrich spread like wildfire today. But it’s not the case, yet: “Cain said on Saturday he would endorse one of the contenders for the nomination. The Fox television station in Atlanta that first reported allegations that Cain had had an extramarital affair said he was preparing to endorse Gingrich on Monday.” Still no word on who gets the nod.

WHAT WE’RE READING: AIM guest columnist and retired Colonel James G. Zumwalt finds sad irony in the latest review of terror threats against the nation: “In delivering his first Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) to Congress last year, Obama—in an effort not to offend moderate Muslims—mandated no reference be made to ‘Islam,’ ‘Islamic extremism,’ or ‘jihad.’” How many times do we need to be reminded of the dangers of political correctness?

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