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By Connor Williams | August 4, 2015 | 12:08 PM EDT

Carol Costello took great offense to an ad from Ted Cruz showing the Texas senator humorously cooking bacon on a machine gun. Tuesday on CNN Newsroom, the host argued “we no longer respect our weapons. We forget that guns can actually kill.” Costello lamented “America’s cavalier attitude toward guns” and thought Cruz’s ad may have crossed the line. 

Thankfully, the CNN personality invited two conservative guests – Ben Ferguson and Amanda Carpenter – to the program to discuss the issue, and they both disagreed with Costello’s contention. Carpenter, a former Cruz communications director, said this was simply “a fun video” and couldn’t see how “this reduces his credibility” when it comes to various gun and mental health issues.

By NB Staff | August 4, 2015 | 11:58 AM EDT

At the Tenth Anniversary party for NewsBusters on Monday night at the Hamilton in Washington, DC, the first annual Noel Sheppard Media Blogger of the Year Award was presented to Mollie Hemingway, Senior Editor of The Federalist blog. 

Noel Sheppard, a founding blogger for NewsBusters who long served as our Associate Editor, passed away from cancer in March of 2014. Ann Coulter, a friend of Noel’s, spoke warmly of Noel’s work and handed the award to Hemingway. The award is earned by “the blogger who best reflects the spirit of Noel Sheppard’s energetic blog postings in pursuit of exposing the news media’s liberal political agenda."

By Scott Whitlock | August 4, 2015 | 11:48 AM EDT

ABC's Good Morning America, a two hour-long program, on Tuesday completely ignored the Senate's vote on Planned Parenthood, yet devoted 18 minutes of air time to boy band One Direction. Only CBS This Morning bothered with the Republican effort to defund the abortion group, allowing a meager 25 seconds. Even in that scant amount of time, co-host Norah O'Donnell managed to spin the undercover footage of the organization in a friendly way.  O'Donnell opined, "The health provider is under fire for the way it gives fetal tissue to medical researchers." Health provider? Not abortion provider? The group "gives" fetal tissue? 

By Jeffrey Meyer | August 4, 2015 | 10:36 AM EDT

On Tuesday, the “Big Three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) network morning shows all went to bat for comedian Amy Schumer and helped promote her call for greater gun control in the wake of a shooting at a Louisiana movie theater during a showing of her movie “Trainwreck.” 

By Rich Noyes | August 4, 2015 | 9:05 AM EDT

There are currently 17 declared candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but viewers of the three broadcast evening news shows this year have mainly heard about just two of them: former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and New York businessman Donald Trump. And even though Trump received virtually no TV news attention until he officially declared on June 16, he’s received far more network news coverage than Bush has received all year.

By Tim Graham | August 4, 2015 | 7:03 AM EDT

The Planned Parenthood scandal surprisingly came up in the Friday “Week in Review” segment on NPR’s All Things Considered. Both the liberal and the pseudo-conservative spoke up a bit  for the humanity of the unborn. But anchor Audie Cornish developed a bad case of the euphemisms.

“I want to turn to another issue that's been very much in the news the last few weeks,” she began. “That's Planned Parenthood. The group is in crisis mode after a video sting operation by a group opposed to abortion has put Planned Parenthood in the spotlight for the practice of fetal tissue in medical research.”

By Clay Waters | August 3, 2015 | 10:03 PM EDT

Strange new respect? Two days after the New York Times labeled real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a racist on its front page based on thin evidence, the Times is suddenly treating one of his Twitter pronouncements as newsworthy, with Ashley Parker devoting an entire story to Trump's tweet. Perhaps because he's attacking his fellow GOP candidates as "puppets" of the libertarian Koch Brothers, themselves a frequent target of the Times.

By Brad Wilmouth | August 3, 2015 | 9:12 PM EDT

On Friday's All In show, MSNBC host Chris Hayes hinted that there was similar credibility between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blaming the terrorist group Hamas for the murders of three Jewish students a year ago, and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat blaming the Israeli government for the recent murder of a Palestinian boy by Jewish extremists, even though Prime Minister Netanyahu forcefully condemned the attack.

After recounting the boy's death that occurred after his family's home in the West Bank was firebombed, Hayes showed a soundbite of Erekat indicting Israel:

By Tom Johnson | August 3, 2015 | 8:52 PM EDT

Almost a quarter-century ago, Seal sang, “We're never gonna survive unless we get a little crazy.” These days, suggests Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall, it’s awfully hard to survive in the Republican presidential race if you’re only a little crazy, now that Donald Trump “has flooded the market with a new, purer brand of Crazy that has left the other candidates scrambling and basically unable to compete.”

“Trump is in many ways the logical end result of seven years -- really two-plus decades -- of Republican cultivation of anger and grievance as a method of conducting politics,” asserted Marshall in a Monday post, adding that Trump “has managed to boil modern Republicanism down to a hard precipitate form, shorn of the final vestiges of interest in actual governing.”

By Dylan Gwinn | August 3, 2015 | 8:01 PM EDT

Former New England Patriot and SMU running back Craig James is suing Fox Sports for religious discrimination.

The former ESPN, and briefly Fox Sports, employee claims that his firing from Fox was due to comments he made opposing same-sex marriage while running for U.S. Senate. James’ suit was filed in Dallas County Court on Monday.

By Katie Yoder | August 3, 2015 | 3:59 PM EDT

Media coverage isn’t just about who writes the news – it’s also about who delivers the news.

Since last week, social media gurus have pumped out tweets about Cecil, the famed African lion shot by an American dentist. But the story of aborted baby parts sorted and dissected in the name of “research” by Planned Parenthood didn’t make the cut on Twitter. The broadcast networks tweeted updates about Cecil at least twice as much as they did about the abortion giant. Newspapers and online outlets followed suit. 

By Alatheia Larsen | August 3, 2015 | 3:56 PM EDT

The man called America’s “Boss of the Year” (at least, by ABC News) is facing problems, including a staff exodus, after giving a massive to boost to many of his employees’ salaries.

Seattle-based Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price announced in April 2015 that he would implement a minimum $70,000 salary for all his employees. Back then,  ABC, NBC and CBS pounced on the story and praised Price.

By Matthew Balan | August 3, 2015 | 3:48 PM EDT

Monday's CBS This Morning and NBC's Today both devoted a minimal amount of coverage to the Sunday bombings of two churches in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The two Big Three morning newscasts devoted 58 seconds to news briefs on the explosions at a Baptist church and a Catholic parish. By contrast, the programs set aide 12 minutes and 22 seconds of air time to segments related to the outcry over the slaying of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe.

By Kyle Drennen | August 3, 2015 | 3:21 PM EDT

In an interview with Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, host Chuck Todd demanded to know why the GOP contender had been critical of the left-wing “Black Lives Matter” movement: “...you were also, in an earlier interview this week, asked about the Black Lives Matter movement. And you called it ‘silly.’ Why did you call it silly?” Todd proceeded to parrot the liberal movement’s talking points.

By Jeffrey Meyer | August 3, 2015 | 2:41 PM EDT

On Monday, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell hosted Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards for a friendly interview to help the nation’s largest abortion provider defend itself from recent criticism over the alleged sale of fetal body parts for profit. Throughout the interview, the MSNBC host repeatedly stressed how four videos that showed Planned Parenthood employees discussing the sale of fetal body parts were “edited” and [t]aken out of context” and never truly questioned the practice done by the organization.