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June 7, 2014, 8:09 PM EDT

Update, June 8: one of the sources for PunditFact's reporting on Maddow, Media Myth Alert blogger W. Joseph Campbell, cited in this post.

Rachel Maddow prides herself as a stickler for accuracy, though she's more than willing to shed that inclination if it gets in the way of a good meme.

Her persistent penchant for the tall tale caught the attention of media watchdog PunditFact, a spin-off from frequent Maddow nemesis PolitiFact.com. After Maddow ran a lengthy segment on her MSNBC show Tuesday about long-since discredited reporting from the start of the Iraq war on Army private Jessica Lynch, PunditFact deemed her claim that the Pentagon "made up" an account of Lynch's heroism as "false." (Video after the jump)

June 3, 2014, 5:41 PM EDT

In the endearing but largely forgotten film "Heaven Can Wait", Los Angeles Rams quarterback Joe Pendleton is killed in an accident and sent to the afterlife, prematurely as it turns out due to a snafu by the celestial powers that be. They can't return him to his previous life, since Pendleton has been cremated, so he is sent back to the body of a wealthy industrialist who's been murdered by his wife and her lover.

Pendleton, now living as corporate titan Leo Farnsworth, is anxious to return to the Rams. He realizes that his best shot at getting back on the team is to buy it outright. After he manages to do so, the embittered owner of the Rams is shown with one of his friends. (Video after the jump)

May 28, 2014, 8:11 PM EDT

There he goes again, fantasizing about inflicting violence. Back in March, left-wing radio host Mike Malloy went off on a characteristically unhinged rant and threatened that "I will shoot you!" to an unnamed National Rifle Association board member.

This time it's former GOP congressional candidate Joe Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, in Malloy's sights after Wurzelbacher wrote a response to a grief-stricken man whose son was shot in the killing spree at UC Santa Barbara over the weekend. The parent blamed "craven, irresponsible politicians and the NRA" for his son's death. (Audio after the jump)

May 26, 2014, 4:01 PM EDT

Don't you love it when a liberal concedes your point, then claims that your criticism merely proves what he was saying to begin with? O-kay ...

An example of this occurred on Thom Hartmann's radio show last week when he responded to a NewsBusters post that questioned whether he benefited from President Ronald Reagan cutting the capital gains tax in 1981. (Audio after the jump)

May 23, 2014, 8:39 PM EDT

Dog bites man -- conservative criticizes National Public Radio for liberal bias. Man bites dog -- liberal criticizes National Public Radio for insufficient liberalism.

The liberal in question is radio host Thom Hartmann, who's likely to become a more prominent voice in liberal radio thanks to Ed Schultz's abrupt announcement this week that he's ending his decade-long radio show for a shorter webcast. (Video after the jump)

May 22, 2014, 5:41 PM EDT

Less than a week after Air America Radio refugee Randi Rhodes signed off with her last broadcast, libtalker Ed Schultz announced that he too is ending his radio show.

Schultz began his decade-old radio program today by saying he will air his last three-hour weekday broadcast on Friday and start an hour-long weekday show accessible from the Internet on May 27, the day after Memorial Day. (Audio after the jump)

May 21, 2014, 8:48 PM EDT

Sure looks like it, based on what the liberal radio host recently told his listeners.

Anyone listening to Thom Hartmann won't have to wait long for him to blame the malevolent political monster known as Ronald Wilson Reagan for nearly every pathology to befoul America in the last three decades -- which makes it all the more odd that Hartmann appears to have benefited considerably from Reagan's tax policies. (Audio after the jump)

May 16, 2014, 7:29 PM EDT

Thom Hartmann is a rarity among liberal radio hosts. Not only does he frequently invite conservative guests on his show, and engage them in debate that is often contentious but rarely unpleasant, he did something this week that many liberals are ideologically incapable of doing.

Hartmann was speaking with fellow radio talker and author Michael Smerconish on Wednesday about changes in the radio industry over recent years when he credited Rush Limbaugh with a valid insight about the state of liberal radio. (Audio after the jump)

May 15, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

Don't you love it when liberals look back through history? Who knows what novel interpretations will follow!

Radio host and former California Democratic Party chief Bill Press provided a stellar example of this while talking about the decades-long alleged imminent threat posed by climate change, previously known as global warming until the climate characteristically refused to cooperate. (Audio after the jump)

May 15, 2014, 5:50 AM EDT

Sen. Marco Rubio expresses doubt that human activity is driving climate change and Bill Press, liberal radio talker and co-host of an early version of CNN's "Crossfire," labels him deranged. Just a matter of time before Press also labels Rubio as racist for this.

Now well into its third decade as an allegedly imminent catastrophic threat, global warming is among liberals' most beloved issues because they see so much potential from it -- more government control, higher taxes, vilification of oil companies and the cursed gas-powered engine, and the pretext to shut down debate because those disagreeing with them are "totally nuts" -- and what's the point of talking with crazy people? (Audio after the jump)

May 13, 2014, 7:07 PM EDT

Ed Schultz briefly revealed what he actually thinks on his radio show yesterday, then quickly retreated to the comforting confines of the nonsensical.

Schultz was talking about embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his interview with Anderson Cooper of CBS about racist remarks made by Sterling and recorded by a gold-digger girlfriend working for him as an "archivist." (Audio after the jump)

May 9, 2014, 9:05 PM EDT

Ed Schultz has once again demonstrated his unerring penchant for opening mouth and inserting feet, this time on his radio show while talking with Rep. Adam Schiff, Democrat of California and a member of the House Intelligence Committee.

Schultz and Schiff were in vigorous agreement on Tuesday that the new House committee investigating the deadly attack in Benghazi in September 2012 is nothing but a partisan effort to smear the Obama administration. (Audio after the jump)

May 8, 2014, 6:07 AM EDT

Whenever I watch the live-action cartoon on MSNBC known as "The Ed Show," I particularly enjoy its most comical element, Schultz's nightly polling of his almost entirely like minded viewers to determine whether they agree with him.

On Wednesday, for example, the poll question was this -- "Will Washington ever quit pushing bad trade agreements and start protecting American jobs?" The results were hugely lopsided, as they almost always are -- 89 percent said no, compared to a meager 9 percent saying yes. You half-expect a third choice -- "hell no!" -- in keeping with Schultz's ongoing challenges at anger management. (Audio clips after the jump)

May 6, 2014, 4:00 PM EDT

Ask a conservative to name the American leader who comes to mind when they think of the Vietnam War, he or she will almost surely cite Lyndon Baines Johnson. Ask a liberal and you may also hear LBJ in response -- but more likely you'll hear Richard Milhous Nixon instead. Long before the left began blaming George W. Bush for everything, Nixon filled that role.

Nearly four decades since it ended, the Vietnam War still has the power to polarize, especially when a major network looks back at a specific event from that tumultuous era. (Video after the jump)

May 4, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

On the bright side, the reporter didn't write "blah blah blah blah from racist" while the candidate spoke.

Mark Callahan, a Republican running for the US Senate in Oregon, slammed a reporter from the Willamette Week newspaper for what sure looks like an example of liberal bias. During a candidates' forum, Callahan criticized the reporter, Nigel Jaquiss, for writing "blah blah blah blah" in his notes while another Republican spoke. (Video after the jump)

May 2, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT

Just imagine, there are actually people out there who see this as amusing and not obscene. And yes, they watch lots of MSNBC.

It can be stated with a fair degree of certainty that a liberal Democrat has gone beyond the pale when other Democrats ... in Wisconsin ... condemn his conduct. That's the case after the latest bizarre stunt involving Brett Hulsey, a state representative "running a long-shot campaign for governor" against Republican Mary Burke, according to the Associated Press.

May 1, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

Ed Schultz might be the only man in America who engenders sympathy for LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling by the mere act of opening his mouth.

On his radio show Wednesday, Schultz revealed himself to be a staunch opponent of thought crime -- even when it occurs "behind closed doors" -- and quickly drew resistance from a caller who described himself as a longtime listener. (Audio clips after the jump)

May 1, 2014, 1:33 PM EDT

Just a hunch, but I'm guessing that George Orwell would get a huge kick out of Orwellian interpretation of his work.

Such a travesty occurred on MSNBC's "The Cycle" this past Tuesday when one of its hosts, Krystal Ball -- yes, that's actually her name and, no, apparently she's not a stripper -- weighed in on what Orwell's novella "Animal Farm" actually means. (Video after the jump)

April 30, 2014, 5:10 PM EDT

Yeesh, talk about politics making for strained bedfellows.

Fresh from his short-lived engagement as an MSNBC pundit, dedicated paparazzi foe Alec Baldwin appears fully engaged in an effort to rehabilitate his public image after anti-gay rants and tweets got him banished from every respectable salon on the Upper West Side. As part of that effort, Baldwin is executive producer of a new documentary on -- wait for it -- Barney Frank, the openly gay former congressman from Massachusetts.

April 30, 2014, 12:11 PM EDT

Did you know that many conservative commentators are also consummate ventriloquists? Or so Ed Schultz seems to believe.

Schultz, who loves going out on a limb that invariably collapses under the weight of his hypocrisy, is blaming "right-wing talkers" such as Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, his two favorite targets in the genre, for racist remarks made by LA Clippers' owner Donald Sterling. (Audio after the jump)