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June 2, 2015, 4:17 PM EDT

Just when you find yourself doubting the legitimacy of capital punishment, a liberal comes along and erodes that doubt.

On his HBO program Sunday night, former Daily Show correspondent John Oliver mocked the efforts of Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts to acquire the drugs needed for the lethal-injection execution of an inmate after the solidly Republican state legislature voted to end capital punishment in Nebraska. The new law won't take effect for three months.

June 2, 2015, 7:16 AM EDT

Amid the fanfare for CBS newsman Bob Schieffer upon his retirement, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh provided a helpful translation for some of the code in Schieffer's parting remarks.

Schieffer appeared on CBS This Morning on Friday and was asked how Washington and journalism have changed since he jumped in the game back in the '60s. While Schieffer was optimistic about the future of Face the Nation, the Sunday morning political show he hosted since the early '90s, he was troubled by what he described as vast disruptions from a "revolution in communications."

 

May 28, 2015, 6:15 PM EDT

Granted, it was done ever so obliquely and without mentioning Dear Leader by name. But when President Obama can no longer count on the venerable television newsmagazine that's been fawning in its coverage of his stint in office, the bloom is off the rose.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, 60 Minutes aired a program titled "War Stories" and first out of the gate was a report by correspondent Lara Logan on American efforts to train Afghan security forces in preparation for the eventual U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

May 25, 2015, 7:28 PM EDT

Future commencement speech invitations for Beltway media eminence grise Bob Woodward effectively evaporated, at least in the Northeast, after his appearance yesterday on Fox News Sunday.

Woodward, who'll be known in perpetuity as the stable half of the reporting duo who brought down Richard Nixon for a scandal that now appears paltry compared to the vast money-laundering scheme dignified under lofty title of Clinton Global Initiative, admirably did his part to puncture a sacred liberal myth -- that Bush lied and people died. As Woodward sees it, only the latter half of that equation is correct.

May 24, 2015, 9:51 PM EDT

Such are the perils of playing by the rules against people who don't.

An interesting discussion this morning on CNN's Reliable Sources between host Brian Stelter and Washington Free Beacon editor-in-chief Matthew Continetti about ABC News attempting to sabotage the Beacon's scoop on George Stephanopoulos's $75,000 in donations to the vast money-laundering operation otherwise known as the Clinton Foundation.
 

May 21, 2015, 10:12 AM EDT

You can read a lot from a person by the way she interprets polls and when it's Rachel Maddow doing the interpreting, what quickly becomes apparent is repugnant.

On her MSNBC show Tuesday night, Maddow's take on the waning popularity of potential Republican presidential candidates in the states where they serve as governor conveyed more about her than the purported subject at hand.

May 19, 2015, 7:44 PM EDT

Was there some kind of rarely-seen alignment of planets, stars and other cosmic entities coinciding with this commentary on NPR?

Conservatives listening to Fresh Air, one of the taxpayer-funded network's most popular shows, must have been startled to hear a University of California-Berkeley professor on May 14 cite a largely ignored culprit in the creation of segregated urban ghettos that erupted in frequent violence during the '60s -- and as shown by riots in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore over the last year, are at risk of going up in flames again.

May 19, 2015, 12:12 PM EDT

Last time around, liberals saw their incessantly touted "war on women" as a premise to embarrass Republican and gain advantage with voters. This time around, they're harping on an actual war, the one fought in Iraq, and yet again liberals are relying on a dishonest premise.

After Jeb Bush's meandering journey last week in answering questions about the start of the conflict, and Marco Rubio's combative interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday on the same subject, Rush Limbaugh is suggesting a better way for GOP candidates to respond -- reject the premise.

May 14, 2015, 8:04 PM EDT

Plenty of opinion to go around on whether ex-intelligence contractor Edward Snowden is a traitor or candidate for canonization.

But a liberal radio host who clearly opts for the latter is unwilling to concede that it wasn't just Americans who learned previously classified information about government surveillance and data mining from Snowden's leaks to the media in 2013.

 

May 14, 2015, 9:40 AM EDT

Since his Comedy Central show began back in January, Larry Wilmore has followed the heavily-trod path of his former boss, The Daily Show's Jon Stewart -- he directs 95 percent of his snark at conservatives, the remaining sliver at fellow liberals.

Seeing how Wilmore is so selective in his ridicule toward the left, the outrage in question must be indisputably egregious to draw his fire. Mark Halperin's are-you-truly-Cuban? cross examination of GOP Senator Ted Cruz easily meets that standard.

May 13, 2015, 9:20 PM EDT

A newly released Reuters online poll places left-wing court jesters Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert atop "the peak of American punditry."

While this will presumably come as welcome news for Stewart and Colbert, since the poll puts them ahead of pre-eminent conservative commentators Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly, it also reveals an unfortunate aspect of contemporary liberalism.

May 11, 2015, 8:00 PM EDT

How about that, it took MSNBC daytime news anchor Alex Wagner all of nearly three years to see the obvious.

Appearing on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher this past Friday, Wagner and other guests were discussing the ongoing trials of accused Aurora theater gunman James Holmes and Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, and how terrorism should be combated.

May 5, 2015, 6:59 PM EDT

Seldom does a liberal mention the prophetic document released 50 years ago known as the Moynihan Report. Rarer still is the liberal who praises it.

Officially titled The Negro Family: The Case for National Action, the report was largely written by a bureaucrat in the Department of Labor, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a future American ambassador to India and the United Nations and US Senator for New York from the mid-70s to 2000.

May 5, 2015, 12:38 PM EDT

The kneejerk response from MSNBC's Chris Matthews was boilerplate liberal apologia for the jihad -- yes, Atlas Shrugs blogger Pamela Geller and her American Freedom Defense Initiative have the right to organize a Draw Muhammad contest, but doing so was deliberately provocative and "caused" two fanatical Islamists to open fire outside the event.

Both gunmen were killed by a police officer, who was armed, this because the event was held in Texas and not France.

April 30, 2015, 7:54 PM EDT

Unstated though strongly implied provision in job description for MSNBC pundit -- propagandizing as necessary to generate large crowds/mobs to protest whatever liberals are angry about that week.

Dutiful as ever, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow did her part to honor this during her show last night. Protests over the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray while in police custody have spread to cities beyond Baltimore, Maddow reported.

April 30, 2015, 1:40 PM EDT

Only among liberals is it deemed newsworthy that spending unsolicited time in police custody doesn't resemble a weekend at Disney.

Speaking with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow last night, NBC reporter Rehema Ellis could barely contain her disgust that juveniles arrested in Baltimore on criminal charges aren't being treated with "kid gloves." After all, they're just "kids", right?

April 28, 2015, 7:17 PM EDT

You just knew Rush Limbaugh would provide a provocative and insightful take on the riots and looting in Baltimore and, sure enough, he didn't disappoint.

Wasting no time at the start of his radio show today, Limbaugh turned the left's paranoia about climate change on its head while pointing out that liberalism is responsible for an actual form of climate change -- of the political variety -- that poses a genuine threat to Americans.

April 28, 2015, 1:05 PM EDT

It is an alleged truth universally embraced on the left that only conservatives care about money. Little can be done to dissuade liberals from this core belief, not even the accumulation of vast wealth by liberals.

In the wake of damning revelations about the money-laundering scheme known as the Clinton Foundation, left-wing comic Bill Maher is adamantly unwilling to acknowledge that Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Democrats in general, are motivated by anything but belief in government.

April 19, 2015, 9:08 PM EDT

Sometimes the obvious eludes us. And all too often on MSNBC, the obvious appears deliberately avoided.

Case in point -- Rachel Maddow devoted a significant portion of her show on Thursday, two full segments, to railway accidents involving crude oil. In the last year alone, Maddow pointed out, trains carrying oil have derailed in Galena, Ill., Mount Carbon, W.V., and Lynchburg, Va., igniting huge fires that burned for days and forcing evacuations of local residents. Amazingly, no one was killed in the three incidents she cited, but a derailment and oil fire in Quebec in July 2013 claimed 47 lives.

April 18, 2015, 7:03 PM EDT

On his HBO show last night, comic Bill Maher made a dubious claim about the alleged lack of widespread reporting in the 1970s on global cooling, an assertion that even his core audience of confirmed stoners must have known was inaccurate.

Maher claimed that media accounts of the purported phenomenon were limited to a single story in a major news magazine for the entire decade -- which is true only if one ignores the scores of other stories across the spectrum of media during that period.