Former newspaper reporter and editor from Massachusetts, distance runner, Red Sox fan

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July 16, 2015, 7:34 PM EDT

It ranks high among the assorted amusements provided by MSNBC -- Rachel Maddow's invariably skewed recollection of campaigns past.

On her cable show Tuesday, Maddow served up her signature brand of revisionism on the ways in which the Vietnam War was an issue for presidential candidates in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2008. Those who were awake and paying attention during the campaigns may find their recollections not aligning with hers.

July 12, 2015, 9:43 AM EDT

In their headlong rush to remove all public monuments to the Confederacy, its warriors, and the dead-enders who fought on its behalf after the Civil War ended, liberals are curiously overlooking a prime offender -- one of their own.

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh wasn't going to let this pass unnoticed.

On his show Friday, Limbaugh talked about the Memphis city council voting unanimously to move the remains of Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife, along with a statue of Forrest, from a public park to a location still undetermined.

July 11, 2015, 8:51 PM EDT

Among the traits that liberals share is a committed aversion to deploying US military power abroad, unless of course a Democrat is president and he's mired in scandal.

Which makes it all the more odd to hear liberal radio host Thom Hartmann suggest it might be time to send American troops -- to the South.

July 8, 2015, 2:59 PM EDT

Hillary Clinton's campaign literally encircling reporters with a rope during an Independence Day parade to prevent them from approaching Clinton and asking pesky questions, and the reporters acquiescing -- a scenario tailor-made for Rush Limbaugh to mock.

Limbaugh didn't comment on this during his radio show Monday, saying he didn't want to, uh, "get roped in." But on his program yesterday, Limbaugh compared it to a scene from one of the funniest comedies of the last half-century, and one so persistently incorrect that it could never get made today -- Blazing Saddles.

July 4, 2015, 4:39 PM EDT

Rachel Maddow neglecting to state on her show that presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is a socialist -- surely an oversight. Maddow not mentioning this again the following night -- must be a coincidence. Maddow not doing it three nights in a row -- is there a pattern here?

Once more from Maddow and it's clearly a trend.

July 3, 2015, 9:23 PM EDT

You've surely seen it by now, and often enough to induce nausea -- the hashtag #LoveWins that quickly trended after the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage.

Judging by the juvenile reactions to the ruling from gay marriage proponents, one doubts that genuine love would spew such venom in victory.

July 1, 2015, 8:19 PM EDT

Bernie Sanders has a branding problem -- and Rachel Maddow is doing what she can to help.

If the Vermont senator is known for any one thing, it's this -- the man is unabashedly socialist, unlike so many on the left who claim to be liberal only to reveal their actual collectivist ardor when they get to gushing over Sanders.

June 30, 2015, 11:06 AM EDT

Something you'll seldom see if the left's jingoistic victory dance over the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage is any indication -- supporters of same-sex marriage acknowledging that opponents express valid criticism that can't be ignored.

A seldom-seen example of this was on display during The McLaughlin Group over the weekend as expressed by Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page.

June 27, 2015, 9:21 PM EDT

The heated debate over the Confederate battle flag has drawn a partisan but not on the side you might expect -- longtime libtalker Ed Schultz.

Before appearing in his hour-long MSNBC show on weekday afternoons, Schultz posts a podcast on his website, as he's done since ending his radio show in the spring of 2014. It was during Thursday's podcast that Schultz provided surprising commentary about efforts to eradicate symbols of the Confederacy following the massacre of nine African-American churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., by a white supremacist.


June 24, 2015, 8:32 PM EDT

Once again, it's not what it appears with liberals. Their exploitative effort in the wake of the Charleston church massacre to eradicate the Confederate flag is masking a larger target they'll go after soon enough, warns radio host Rush Limbaugh.

With trademark clarity and perception on his show Tuesday, Limbaugh described liberals' latest obsession as yet another example of misdirection while they are purportedly enraged about one thing while possessing an ulterior motive they cannot acknowledge.

June 22, 2015, 7:56 PM EDT

Remember that great scene from the 1987 movie "Broadcast News" when nebbish TV reporter Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks) was at home watching breaking news of a military flareup involving Libya while he phoned in tips for coverage to producer Jane Craig (Holly Hunter), who conveyed them word for word to neophyte anchor Tom Grunick (William Hurt), leading Altman to utter the best line in the movie -- "I say it here, it comes out there."

Something along these lines happened on Rush Limbaugh's radio show last week after he cited a Wall Street Journal story on the San Francisco 49ers cutting short their team meetings by 10 minutes to provide time for the players to check social media sites through their cell phones or tablets.

June 20, 2015, 10:18 PM EDT

Watched Fox News today? Taken a look at what's posted on Drudge Report or The Daily Caller? Doing any of this makes you a thought criminal and potentially violent, at least according to liberal comic Bill Maher.

Wasting no time politicizing the mass murder of nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., Maher on his show last night literally pointed a finger at one of his guests, Daily Caller columnist Matt Lewis, and suggested that Lewis's website, along with Drudge and Fox News, are complicit in the massacre at the historic house of worship.

June 14, 2015, 7:48 PM EDT

Careful what you wish for, Bill Maher, lest you give off the impression of indifference to genocide.

Never one to shy away from the outrageous or asinine, the liberal comic said something on his HBO show Friday night that qualifies as both.

June 11, 2015, 7:28 PM EDT

You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore, Richard Nixon famously declared after losing the race for governor of California in 1962. Little could he have known that liberals would delight in kicking him around in perpetuity, regardless of whether he deserved it.

Latest example of the beloved left-wing pastime known as Nixon bashing based on liberal mythology that can never die -- Rachel Maddow dusting off the moldy oldy of Nixon's alleged "secret plan" to end the war in Vietnam, purportedly divulged while Nixon was running for president in 1968.

June 9, 2015, 7:49 PM EDT

Looks like MSNBC's Rachel Maddow got the memo on comparing likely GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker to unfortunate previous Democrat nominee Michael Dukakis. The ever-dutiful Maddow promptly complied and did her part to perpetuate a meme that hasn't a prayer of surviving otherwise.

As is surely seared in your memory forever, Dukakis made the ill-fated decision during the 1988 campaign to be photographed riding in a tank as a way of flexing nonexistent national security chops against George H.W. Bush, a former head of the CIA who saw combat in World War II as one of the youngest pilots in the Navy.

June 8, 2015, 7:37 PM EDT

Heck, who'd miss the Super Bowl anyway? And the World Series too for that matter.

Never let it be said that MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry is unwilling to float provocative ideas, regardless of whether doing so confirms suspicions that she harbors a Maoist within that's raging to get out.

June 7, 2015, 6:02 AM EDT

Plenty wrong with the public schools in our country but they aren't to blame for Bill Maher not becoming multilingual. Shocking as it will sound to Maher, responsibility for this rests squarely with him. 

On his HBO show Friday night, Maher was chatting it up with angry liberal (yeah, it's redundant) comedian Lewis Black about their experiences performing stand-up in Europe.

June 4, 2015, 7:49 PM EDT

Perhaps you've seen it -- the photo of Noah Galloway, a double-amputee veteran of the Iraq war and crowd-pleasing contestant on Dancing With the Stars, with this caption -- "Caitlyn Jenner won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The runner up was this guy: Army Veteran Noah Galloway, who lost an arm and leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq, and now competes in Crossfit events, runs marathons, and competed in the 58-hour Death Race."

The photo went viral across social media after ESPN announced on Monday that it will present an ESPY Award to '76 Olympic decathlon winner, Kardashian stepdad and miracle of makeup artistry formerly known as Bruce Jenner.

June 4, 2015, 11:44 AM EDT

Yet another deadly incident in the United States involving suspected jihadists, yet another excuse for a liberal in media to blame anti-Islamist warrior Pamela Geller.

In the wake of Boston police killing a Muslim extremist who allegedly lunged at them with a military-style knife, CNN's Erin Burnett wasted little time contacting Geller after her network reported that the man is believed to have conspired with others to decapitate Geller.

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.