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September 26, 2016, 8:16 PM EDT

In an effort to revive Hillary Clinton's lackluster campaign, the New York Times yesterday published an interesting "oral history" of the first presidential debate in the year 2000 that pitted Vice President Al Gore against Texas Gov. George W. Bush.

Provocatively titled "Debacle: What Al Gore's First Debate Against George W. Bush Can Teach Hillary Clinton," the story includes quotes unlikely to endear Gore senior adviser Bob Shrum to Gore but may endear Shrum to conservatives, if only briefly. This comes only weeks after Shrum's spectacularly premature prediction that the election was over as of Labor Day weekend.

September 14, 2016, 4:38 PM EDT

Politico reporters Glenn Thrush and Brianna Ehley wasted little time demonstrating bias and their willingness to mislead readers in a story with the more-revealing-than-intended headline, "The Inside story of Clinton's sick day." Both were on display right out of the gate, in the first paragraph of the story.

Here's their lede -- "Hillary Clinton never lost consciousness, and never stopped talking on her phone -- and never put anyone else in danger -- after her near swoon at a Sept. 11 memorial on Sunday in New York, according to accounts offered by several people close to the candidate."

September 10, 2016, 7:36 PM EDT

Don't expect to see much of author and Boston University history professor Andrew Bacevich on MSNBC anytime soon.

The retired Army colonel was among the "resources and assets" -- Rachel Maddow's euphemism for talking heads -- who appeared on her show after Wednesday's "historic" commander-in-chief forum on NBC featuring the two major party candidates separately taking questions from moderator Matt Lauer and from an audience comprised mainly of veterans.

September 9, 2016, 12:41 PM EDT

It was just a matter of time before the piling-on from denizens of MSNBC's Morning Joe after Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson's goofy Aleppo gaffe caught up with someone else on the show.

Johnson drew a blank in response to MJ regular Mike Barnicle's gotcha question, a flub that quickly went viral and dominated discussion during the rest of Thursday's broadcast.

September 8, 2016, 9:58 AM EDT

If I've lost Cronkite, I've lost middle America, President Lyndon Johnson allegedly complained in February 1968 while watching CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite pronounce from Vietnam during the Tet Offensive that the war was a clearly a stalemate and hence pointless for the United States to remain in the fight. Turns out this oft-cited tale is probably apocryphal, as American University professor and Media Myth Alert blogger W. Joseph Campbell has persuasively argued. On the night of Cronkite's report, Johnson was in Texas attending a birthday party for Gov. John Connally and could not have seen Cronkite's reporting, back in a nascent high-tech era before videocassette recorders and DVRs.

September 7, 2016, 2:25 PM EDT

When it comes to liberals, what they omit from their narratives can be just as misleading as what they include.

Case in point: Rachel Maddow reporting on MSNBC last night about President Obama's visits to the nations of Laos and China. As the destination of a presidential visit, China makes sense but why Laos, you may wonder.

September 6, 2016, 5:00 PM EDT

Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski wants it both ways. The extended coughing jag suffered by Hillary Clinton during a campaign appearance in Cleveland on Labor Day was, to Brzezinski's discerning eye, merely a "cough."

But no sooner had she tut-tutted away the latest example of Clinton showing she's hardly the picture of good health did Brzezinski excoriate Clinton's running mate, Virginia senator Tim Kaine, seated behind Clinton on that stage in Ohio, for not galloping to Clinton's rescue.

September 6, 2016, 12:36 PM EDT

As GOP nominee Donald Trump attempts to draw black voters away from their decades-long allegiance to Democrats by accurately pointing out that African-Americans have little to show for their kneejerk support for the party, liberals will resort to creative interpretations of history to keep blacks in the fold. An example of this was seen on Fox News Sunday when host Chris Wallace was interviewing Democrat House member Gregory Meeks of New York about Trump's pitch to black voters.

September 4, 2016, 6:32 PM EDT

Even by the fluid ethics of a liberal pol, this was brazen, and repeated for obvious emphasis. Appearing on ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos this morning, Democrat vice presidential candidate Tim Kaine did what he could to limit damage from last week's release of FBI notes from the agency's "interview" with Hillary Clinton over her scofflaw decision to use private, unsecured (and hence inherently vulnerable) email servers while she was secretary of state.
 

August 28, 2016, 6:34 PM EDT

David Plouffe isn't a doctor but he plays one on Sunday morning television, as viewers of NBC's Meet the Press saw today. Plouffe, a former senior advisor to President Obama and his campaign manager in 2008, was so harsh in his vilification of Donald Trump that even MTP host and closet ideological ally Chuck Todd felt compelled to defend the GOP nominee.

August 27, 2016, 6:30 PM EDT

Citizens of the United Kingdom voting in favor of departure from the European Union was an unmitigated disaster of epic scale, Rachel Maddow hyperventilated right after the vote in late June.

By late August, Maddow was looking back at the referendum as a road bump you've probably already forgotten and not quite the "global crisis" she initially claimed.

August 12, 2016, 5:24 PM EDT

What a difference a year can make if those 12 months are spent no longer working for MSNBC. In the case of Ed Schultz, it means he'll now occasionally demonstrate a capacity for common sense.

In addition to his nightly News with Ed Schultz on the Kremlin-backed RT (Russia Today) network, the ex-MSNBCer also puts out a daily podcast and YouTube video titled Ed Schultz News and Commentary. As was the case with most of the media, Schultz this week responded to Donald Trump's comments about Hillary Clinton's opposition to the Second Amendment. Where Schultz parted company with most other media was in his even-handed assessment.

August 12, 2016, 12:28 PM EDT

At last, an answer to that burning question you've asked yourself at least once or twice in recent decades -- whatever happened to TigerBeat magazine?

Drum roll, please -- it now takes the form of MTV News. And its "senior political correspondent" is none other than Ana Marie Cox, the former Wonkette who seems to work for a different media outlet every time she surfaces on cable.

July 30, 2016, 8:07 PM EDT

Turns out it didn't come from Hill, didn't come from Bill, though not for lack of trying. Drawing from an embarrassment of riches, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh cited the point during Thursday's final night of the Democrats' convention when millions of viewers gasped in unison, you've got to be kidding.

That precious moment -- there are just so many from the Clintons, aren't there? -- came during actor Morgan Freeman's hagio-voiceover of the gooey video about Hillary Clinton just before she appeared on stage, bedecked in a white pantsuit while the Democrat faithful feigned adoration.

July 27, 2016, 8:56 PM EDT

Over-the-top hyperbole is par for the course at any party's convention, especially when it's former president Bill Clinton extolling the virtues of his wife. But there came a point last night when the former president's gushing for Hillary crossed the line into Twilight-Zone absurdity.

It was clear from the start that Mr. Clinton set a daunting task -- to sell the notion of Hillary as "the best darn change maker I've ever met," a dubious proposition when the subject at hand represents change to the same extent that Leonid Brezhnev did upon assuming power in the Soviet Union.

July 25, 2016, 5:16 PM EDT

Makes you wonder how often glaring inaccuracies like this go unchecked whenever liberals gather to talk politics.

Fortunately for the public record, Republican House member Tom Cole of Oklahoma was on hand during yesterday's This Week with George Stephanopoulos when Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison tried to pass off his preferred version of history in lieu of the real thing.

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.