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TOP STORY: Accuracy in Media’s Roger Aronoff interviewed Tim Groseclose, author of Left Turn: How Liberal Media Bias Distorts the American Mind during his latest BlogTalkRadio show. Aronoff reports that “Groseclose is a professor of political science and economics at UCLA and has spent years constructing precise, quantitative measures of the slants of media outlets.” His column, including the full transcript and audio has been made available here:

MEDIA WATCH: Staying above partisan politics by sniping in a partisan manner through the media is a classic Clinton tactic; it’s just too bad they get to do it on our dime. Don Irvine reports: “ABC’s This Week host Christiane Amanpour took a shot at GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain yesterday before getting her interview rolling with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.” In the video, America’s top diplomat can’t help herself either from making fun of Herman Cain.

VIOLATED STATISTICS: VP Joe Biden doesn’t care if his claims about Republican congressional actions leading to violence and rape don’t add up, he’s Joe Biden. It seems that CNN’s Candy Crowley couldn’t even reason with him. Don Irvine contends: “Biden knows that hiring more police won’t dramatically alter the crime rate, but it’s a great scare tactic to convince taxpayers that they need to cough up another $447 billion to fund another Obama proposal.”

MORE NEWS CORP QUESTIONS: Do you have stock in News Corp? It appears that the first round of Parliamentary investigations in the UK have only led to MORE Parliamentary investigations. Murdoch’s son is on the hot seat this time: “James Murdoch, the clear heir apparent to his father’s News Corp before a phone hacking scandal engulfed the company in July, is to return before the British parliament for further questioning in November.”

GREAT DEBATES: The advertising cash may be small but cable networks continue to fall all over themselves to host more GOP presidential debates. Don Irvine reports: “The debates have been a rousing success for the networks with the MSNBC debate at the Reagan Library attracting 5.4 million viewers, which is more than six times what O’Donnell, Maddow and Schultz average on any given night.” Stay focused viewers; there are only 12 more to go.

CHEAP COPY: What is one of the first things The Washington Post chooses to cut when times get tough? Don Irvine’s answer probably won’t shock you: “As the newspaper industry suffered from the effects of the recession one of the positions that they cut back on was copy-editors even as the flow of news increased as papers expanded their online operations.”

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ELECTION 2012: The political media are twisting news of Gov. Rick Perry’s choice to add staff as a negative today, probably due to the lack of news in general: “His campaign struggling, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is beefing up his campaign staff with veterans of presidential elections.” With word that his flat tax proposal is expected to be unveiled tomorrow, we’re sure the Lefty press needs SOMETHING to attack.

WHAT WE’RE READING: No stranger to dabbling in politics, the Vatican today announced its support for a global economic authority of sorts: “The people on Wall Street need to sit down and go through a process of discernment and see whether their role managing the finances of the world is actually serving the interests of humanity and the common good.” There’s also a new phrase, “the idolatry of the market,” to keep an eye out for.

WESTERN SHARIAH: Westerners often look at the Muslim world with a variety of emotions, confusion usually being the most common. AIM guest columnist Alan Caruba reminds us why we keep scratching our heads when facing East: “While the Western world is defined by the spirit of inquiry, Islam is indifferent to it…’ the only thing worth knowing is whether a specific action is, according to Sharia: obligatory, recommended, permitted, discouraged, or forbidden. The rest is irrelevant.”

ACADEMIC NOSTALGIA: Would you be shocked to learn that higher education loves the Occupy Slumber Party Movement? Mal Kline reports: “Noted academics seem to view the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations as a means of recapturing the 1960s, particularly if they missed the latter decade on the first go-round.  For one thing, the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) has endorsed them.”

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