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TOP STORY: What do the liberal media do when their man is down? Blame Bush! In a new book that will underwhelm bookstores nationally, former CIA analyst Paul Pillar wants to argue that Bush foreign policy initiatives were not led by intelligence. MSNBC doesn’t care if he contradicted himself before. Roger Aronoff reports: “[E]ven then Pillar acknowledged to Wolf Blitzer that ‘There was a strong consensus, not only here in the United States but overseas, that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.” http://bit.ly/rhpxY8
NEW VIDEO: Accuracy in Media released the new interview series, Bar Stool Confessions, that takes decision makers, political players and media pariahs to the bar for a real conversation – no sound bites allowed. NPR castaway and Fox News Contributor Juan Williams has the first round.
MEDIA WATCH: Glenn who? Fox News today announced that the quirky 5 p.m. show with five pundits called “The Five” will be the next winner for the cable juggernaut. “[R]atings have increased by 16 percent since its debut and picked up by 26 percent in the adults 25-54 demographic.” Ailes feels that the blue chip ads are coming back. http://bit.ly/pPyJ7i
TARGET RICH ENVIRONMENT: Whodathunk that a big box retailer, known for supporting conservative causes in northern Virginia would be ideal shopping for FLOTUS? Don Irvine has more: “Four days after a photo of First Lady Michelle Obama shopping in a Target store rocketed around the world; the mystery still remains as to exactly how an Associated Press photographer managed to be in the same store at the same time as Mrs. Obama.” Oh right, Team Obama needs Virginia in 2012. http://bit.ly/mR0d4d
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ELECTION 2012: The Rick Perry is RAAAAACIST! Meme continues today with a shocking revelation that the Texas Governor is a-ok with Confederate symbols. “Texas had a pair of bronze plaques with symbols of the Confederacy displayed in its state Supreme Court building. Perry, then lieutenant governor, said they should stay put, arguing that Texans ‘should never forget our history.” While non-Candidate Christie and The Godfather bank headlines, Perry is stuck between a rock and bronze place. http://bit.ly/pxsPvi
FORGET ABOUT IT: After saying no, threatening to commit suicide, ditching Iowa supporters, and dodging Home Depot cash, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie today told all that he’s not running: “I went to bed last night for the first time in the last few days knowing exactly what I wanted to do.” http://bit.ly/nZn6Aq
BACK TO THE HOUSE: How do you test the viability of a presidential run when your top staff is going back to your DC office? Tea Party presidential insurgent Michele Bachmann can tell you: “Pollster Ed Goeas plans to leave the campaign after upcoming debates in New Hampshire and Nevada, and senior adviser Andy Parrish is returning to the Minnesota congresswoman’s office where he served as chief of staff…Doug Sachtleben, a deputy press secretary, had transferred back to the congressional office after only a couple months with the campaign. So has Bachmann’s scheduler, Kimberley Rubin.” http://bit.ly/puOfBe
WHAT WE’RE READING: Do Not Call List advocates cannot be happy with President Obama today due to his latest proposal: “To the dismay of consumer groups and the discomfort of Democrats, President Barack Obama wants Congress to make it easier for private debt collectors to call the cellphones of consumers delinquent on student loans and other billions owed the federal government.” We’re patiently awaiting an angry response from Elisabeth Warren or Ralph Nader. http://bit.ly/ruobPz
PLUG OF THE DAY: Former Accuracy in Media intern Betsi Fores today offers more reason to question decision makers at the United Nations: “Angelina Jolie, a current United Nations goodwill ambassador to the High Commissioner for Refugees, has accepted an expanded position of Special Representative on the Afghan refugee situation…she is expected to work with the governments of Pakistan, Iran and Afghanistan on the Afghan refugee issue. “ We doubt she’ll be wearing her Laura Croft outfit. http://thedc.com/oroQyM