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George Will Slams New York Times for Joe Ricketts Story

Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- ABC News’ George Will slammed the New York Times on Sunday for its story this week outlining a proposed advertising campaign to link Rev. Jeremiah Wright and President Obama.

Will argued on the This Week roundtable that the story did not accurately reflect the actions of  Joe Ricketts—the founder of TD Ameritrade and the head of the super PAC that the New York Times’ article alleged was considering backing a plan to raise the ties between President Obama and his former pastor. After the story was published, Ricketts rejected the plan outright.

“Joe Ricketts didn’t end up repudiating it (the plan). He repudiated it the instant he saw it,” Will said. “He asked through some of his people for someone to produce a plan, but what they got was a plan that ignored what he’s interested in and went after Reverend Wright and all this other stuff. Ricketts took one look at it and said ‘no.’”

“Now, the New York Times—that didn’t fit their narrative, ‘billionaire behaving responsibly,’” Will added. ”So they said ‘he’s studying it, they have commissioned this.’  They’ve neglected the whole fact which was that this is a small story with a nice ending, which is a responsible affluent man said no.”

Radio host Laura Ingraham agreed, and offered that this controversy may hint at things to come this election year.

“This to me was a shot across the bow that if you are a wealthy … If you are a wealthy, wealthy person in the United States, you happen to be conservative, you’re going to get involved in this election, then we are going to watch everything that you do, and you sort of step over the line, you talk about past associations with President Obama, anything like that, we will try to destroy you,” Ingraham said. “The idea that he (Ricketts) was considering it was a total false narrative put forward by the New York Times to send a message to other people, don’t you dare get involved in this election, in any type of, quote, ‘controversial’ way.”

For his part, California Lieutenant Governor and Current TV host Gavin Newsom defended the New York Times, suggesting that there may be “gray area” between what the New York Times reported and Will’s version of events.

“I’m not convinced that this wasn’t further along,” he said.

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Obama Campaign: CBS/NYT Poll "Significantly Biased"

ABC/Ida Mae Astute(WASHINGTON) -- The Obama campaign is on the offensive against the findings of a New York Times/CBS News poll, which shows Romney up among women and two-thirds saying Obama's marriage shift was politically motivated.

Deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter on Tuesday repeatedly blasted the methodology as "significantly biased."

"We can't put the methodology of that poll aside because the methodology was significantly biased. It is a biased sample," she said on MSNBC. "They sampled a biased sample, so they re-biased the same sample. So I think that the results of that poll are pretty odd."

Monday night, Obama campaign press secretary Ben LaBolt called the methodology "weird."

"Aside from being outlier, CBS/NYT poll used weird methodology -- same voters as last month, reached fewer of them, more IDed as GOP," he tweeted.

"Latest CNN poll showed @BarackObama up 16 among women. State polls show big advantage among women. Be wary of any poll that doesn't," he said.

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Santorum Defiant After Lashing Out at Reporter

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rick Santorum defended his outburst leveled at a New York Times reporter over the weekend, who had asked the candidate to comment on a statement he made about Mitt Romney.

“If you haven’t cursed out a New York Times reporter during the course of the campaign, you’re not really a real Republican is the way I look at it,” Santorum said during an interview on Fox and Friends Monday morning.  “It was just one of these harassing moments and after having answered the question a few times and you know sort of comes back with the same question, same old spin.”

The incident occurred after a rally in Franksville, Wis., Sunday night, when Santorum was approached by Jeff Zeleny of The New York Times asking him to clarify what he meant when he labeled Romney as the “worst Republican in the country” to run against President Obama.  That sparked the former senator to yell an expletive and accuse the reporter of “distorting my words.”

“To run against Barack Obama on the issue of health care because he fashioned the blueprint.  I’ve been saying it in every speech.  Quit distorting my words.  If I see it, it’s bulls**t!  C’mon man.  What are you doing?” Santorum said.

After repeated questions from reporters, Santorum contended he made the comment in regards to Romney’s position on health care, nothing else.

“They had the Romney press secretary in the back of the room spinning these guys and you know he’s out there just sort of parodying this, and you know I already answered the question a couple of times and then he comes back at me again and I’m thinking you know I’m just not going to keep doing this,” Santorum said on the Fox show.

The Santorum campaign sent an e-mail to supporters saying they were trying to fight The New York Times and “liberal media.”

“Earlier today, while campaigning in Wisconsin, I criticized Romney and Obama for their outrageous health care legislation.  Predictably, I was aggressively attacked by a New York Times reporter all too ready to defend the two of them, and all too ready to distort my words.  Let me assure you, I didn’t back down, and I didn’t let him bully me.  I think it is high time that conservatives find the courage to expose the liberal press for what they are, a defender and enabler of Romney’s and Obama’s liberal agendas,” the supporter e-mail reads.

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Book Highlights Michelle Obama and White House Tensions

Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- A new book about the first family shows the evolution of Michelle Obama.

The book, The Obamas written by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, will be released on Tuesday and delves into the evolution of the First Lady and her struggles to forge a role in her new position.

In an excerpt published by the New York Times on Friday, Michelle Obama is said to have been reluctant to move immediately into the White House and preferred instead to wait until the children's school year ended. This and other incidents served to paint the First Lady as a reluctant participant in her new role.

The Obamas declined to be interviewed for the book though the author interviewed over 200 former and current aides and staff.  Reports of tensions between Michelle Obama and the White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as well other members of the president's inner circle revealed a less than cohesive unit than appeared to the public. Emanuel reportedly offered to resign after Michelle Obama expressed annoyance at advisors' handling of the health care legislation.

White House spokesman Eric Schultz responded to the book saying: "This is the author's take, reflecting her own opinions, on a remarkably strong relationship the President and First Lady – both of whom share an unwavering commitment to each other, and to improving the lives of Americans. The book, an over dramatization of old news, is about a relationship between two people whom the author has not spoken to in years. The author last interviewed the Obamas in 2009 for a magazine piece, and did not interview them for this book.  The emotions, thoughts and private moments described in the book, though often seemingly ascribed to the President and First Lady, reflect little more than the author's own thoughts.  These second-hand accounts are staples of every Administration in modern political history and often exaggerated."

The author portrays Michelle Obama eventually embracing her new role and becoming active in several causes including combating childhood obesity.

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Rumsfeld Cancels 'New York Times' Subscription Over 9/11 Blog Post

Paul Krugman. File Photo. Goh Seng Chong/Bloomberg(WASHINGTON) -- Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has canceled his office subscription to The New York Times after an online blog item by columnist Paul Krugman described the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks as “an occasion for shame.”   

Earlier Monday, Rumsfeld tweeted, “After reading Krugman’s repugnant piece on 9/11, I canceled my subscription to the New York Times this AM.”

Rumsfeld’s Chief of Staff Keith Urbahn confirmed to ABC News that the tweet had come from Rumsfeld’s Twitter account. He says Rumsfeld normally tweets himself, but Rumsfeld and Urbahn had discussed Rumfeld’s decision beforehand and decided it should be tweeted out.

Urbahn says Rumsfeld canceled his personal subscription to the Times years ago, but after reading Krugman’s column this weekend, decided, “We would no longer have an office subscription, so he canceled it.”

Krugman’s short blog post titled “The Years of Shame" appeared Sunday -- on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks -- on, decrying how 9/11 had become a “wedge issue.”

Krugman wrote, “What happened after 9/11 -- and I think even people on the right know this, whether they admit it or not -- was deeply shameful.”  He continued, “The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.

"The atrocity should have been a unifying event, but instead it became a wedge issue,” Krugman continued. “Fake heroes like Bernie Kerik, Rudy Giuliani and, yes, George W. Bush raced to cash in on the horror. And then the attack was used to justify an unrelated war the neocons wanted to fight, for all the wrong reasons.”

Urbahn said Rumsfeld described Krugman’s column "as being beyond the pale.”

Asked how his office would do without a subscription to the paper of record, Urbahn said, “I think we’re going to do just fine.  We’re not going to be missing much.”

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