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July 19, 2016, 7:39 PM EDT

Translation: Maybe it's awkward and inconvenient, at least to a high-profile media liberal reluctant to condemn those poor, horribly misunderstood jihadists.

As is her wont, Rachel Maddow likes to schmooze with late-night television hosts as part of MSNBC's strenuous efforts to brand as a major brainiac who lives to pontificate about politics.

July 17, 2016, 6:28 PM EDT

Only a week after returning to the airwaves after deciding that even for a liberal she was too young to retire in her mid-50s, Randi Rhodes has staked a firm claim on the churlish end of left-wing commentary.

The ex-Air America Radio host, now venting via podcasts and a Kickstarter-funded website, let loose last week with what those deemed more balanced would consider a peculiar irritation.

July 12, 2016, 8:00 PM EDT

Back in August 2015, Donald Trump drew predictable derision from the left for citing the Bible and his own "The Art of the Deal" as his favorite books.

Don't hold your breath waiting for liberals to react with anything remotely similar to Hillary Clinton making an even loftier claim. Asked during an interview with Vox to cite books on policy that have influenced her, Clinton first named "It Takes a Village," her largely ghost-written tome published in the mid-'90s.

July 12, 2016, 3:00 PM EDT

Remember the unhinged frequency with which liberals denounced George W. Bush for prematurely declaring "mission accomplished" in Iraq? Curiously enough, less than three years after Barack Obama succeeded Bush, liberals were trumpeting their own version of the slogan. And now one of the left's most influential figures is trying to hide her role in the cheerleading.

On her MSNBC show last night, Rachel Maddow reported on Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announcing that 560 more troops will be sent to Iraq, bringing the total for American military personnel there to more than 5,000. Which is odd considering that Maddow insisted back in 2011 that Obama "ended the war" in Iraq, a claim she made with Manchurian-candidate repetition.

July 10, 2016, 6:36 PM EDT

Remember Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, aka Baghdad Bob, the Baathist propaganda minister who insisted that all was hunky dory even when the rumble of approaching tanks could be heard in the background? Supposedly al-Sahhaf was detained and released by US military forces after the invasion and then sought refuge under an assumed name in United Arab Emirates, but this should be taken with a grain of salt. Based on what was heard over the weekend, al-Sahhaf apparently escaped to the United States, underwent sex-change surgery -- sorry, gender enhancement therapy -- and now appears regularly on The McLaughlin Group under yet another name, that of Eleanor Clift.

July 6, 2016, 6:51 PM EDT

Talk about timing -- a liberal radio host arguably best known for once labeling Hillary Clinton "a big f***ing whore" relaunches her show on the same day Clinton dodges prosecution after putting national security at risk through the use of private, vulnerable email servers while secretary of state.

If you remember Randi Rhodes, most likely it's for vilifying Clinton (and Geraldine Ferraro, the Dems' VP candidate in 1984), during the '08 campaign. The resulting uproar got Rhodes in hot water with the now-defunct Air America Radio, the same network that spawned Rachel Maddow and Al Franken, followed by Rhodes getting fired or moving on of her own accord, depending on who can be believed.

July 4, 2016, 5:42 PM EDT

Ever since its creation in 1935 by Franklin Roosevelt as the key achievement of his New Deal, liberals have staked a proprietary claim to Social Security, which is amusing given the left's innate aversion to property rights. And with that sense of entitlement to the quintessential federal entitlement program comes the default liberal tendency to dissemble.

A recent example comes by way of leading left-wing radio host Thom Hartmann on his program last week while reeling off the planks in the Democrat party platform.

June 29, 2016, 7:56 PM EDT

Best criticism this month of aspiring Scold-in-Chief Elizabeth Warren comes by way of former conservative turned liberal bullhorn Ed Schultz.

Ed Schultz is probably best known to NewsBusters readers from his five-year run at MSNBC until given the boot last summer. He also hosted one of the top-ranked liberal radio shows -- agreed, it's a short list -- for a decade before putting it behind him two years ago, though he's continued to post News and Commentary videos on YouTube when not spouting the Kremlin line at the Putin-backed propaganda organ RT, also known as Russia Today.

June 27, 2016, 6:56 PM EDT

Just often enough to catch your attention, loose-cannon lefty comic Bill Maher demonstrates why conservatives still remain in his audience.

One of the guests on his HBO show Friday night, veteran Clinton apologist/Democrat consultant Paul Begala made a claim about Republicans so insipid that Maher -- who enjoys nothing more than bashing the GOP -- immediately challenged.

June 15, 2016, 8:11 PM EDT

Those early wake-up calls for NBC foreign correspondent Richard Engel on the other side of the world can lead to refreshing candor.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow interviewed Engel from Instanbul, 4:40 a.m. local time, on her show Monday night about the terrorist massacre in Orlando and breaking news of the murder of a French police officer and his wife by another ISIS-inspired jihadist. 

June 1, 2016, 5:18 PM EDT

H. Ross Perot was many things back in the '90s -- wealthy businessman with a penchant for charts and conspiracy theories, insistent prophet warning of fiscal ruin, two-time presidential candidate, and the basis for one of Dana Carvey's best impersonations on Saturday Night Live -- but one thing he was not was a libertarian.

Which made it surprising to hear Perot described this way from someone who should know better, reporter Katy Tur, who's covering the Trump campaign for NBC.

May 26, 2016, 8:14 PM EDT

Rachel Maddow did something remarkable on her show last night -- she actually blamed violence committed by anti-Trump protesters on violent anti-Trump protesters. Then she quickly reverted to form.

For MSNBC's marquee host to make such an unexpected admission means that liberals are clearly more worried about the presidential campaign than they're letting on.

May 24, 2016, 7:33 PM EDT

On this, all can agree -- when Rachel Maddow stumbles, it's not for lack of intelligence. Through relentless branding, MSNBC has convinced its viewers and many others who should know better that Maddow is the smartest person in television, or at least on MSNBC at any given moment.

Which leads to an awkward conclusion -- when Maddow commits not one but two egregious errors of omission in the same report, it is not through stupidity. That is simply not possible. Such are the pitfalls of embodying her specific brand.

May 18, 2016, 4:19 PM EDT

Congenitally unhinged comic Lewis Black is willing to purchase vast stretches of swampland utterly lacking in market value, providing that the salesman is Bill Clinton.

Appearing on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore last night, Black gushed about his boundless admiration for the former president's purported skills in persuasion, a trait with the unfortunate side effect of having long convinced Clinton that he can talk his way out of anything.

May 2, 2016, 11:00 PM EDT

Hundreds of thousands one year, hundreds of thousands more the next. At some point all those dead babies start adding up, regardless of whether Eleanor Clift looks the other way. The Daily Beast columnist, in her recurring gig as a panelist on The McLaughlin Group, did her part over the weekend to defend the industrial-scale abortionists at Planned Parenthood.

April 25, 2016, 7:52 PM EDT

It was almost enough but not quite to elicit a twinge of sympathy for the 39th president of the United States.

In addition to his HBO show that airs Friday nights, comic Bill Maher posts on "Overtime" segment on YouTube that's often worth checking out, as was the case this weekend.
 

April 18, 2016, 9:14 PM EDT

There are fewer more sacred cows in entertainment than rock singer and indefatigable do-gooder Bono, but over the weekend he sustained a well-deserved skewering courtesy of Bill Maher.

On his HBO show Friday night, Maher cited testimony from the U2 singer before a congressional panel on the subject of "Combating Violent Extremism," more accurately known as Islamic fanaticism.
 

March 21, 2016, 7:27 PM EDT

Those watching CNN's Race For the White House last night presumably weren't expecting hilarity to ensue, but that's what they got. Thank you, CNN!

This week's installment of the documentary mini-series revisited the '88 campaign battle between then-Vice President George H.W. Bush, the GOP nominee, and Democrat nominee Michael Dukakis, governor of Massachusetts.
 

March 16, 2016, 7:06 PM EDT

Appearing in a podcast currently on the New Yorker magazine website, longtime staff writer and author Malcolm Gladwell crossed the line into liberal heresy before quickly returning to the fold.

Gladwell, whose best-selling books include "The Tipping Point", "Outliers" and his most recent "David and Goliath," spoke with New Yorker executive editor Dorothy Wickenden about school shootings as a kind of slow-motion riot, a theme he first described in a story for the magazine back in October.

 

March 15, 2016, 1:36 PM EDT

To his credit, comic Bill Maher is more than willing to part company from the liberal herd over radical Islam. But when it comes to Dear Leader and his signature legislative achievement, Maher bleets with the best of them.

During a discussion with guests on his HBO show Friday night, Maher exhibited a fine specimen of liberal illogic that delighted his overwhelmingly like-minded audience.