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By P.J. Gladnick | May 28, 2015 | 2:53 PM EDT

The appropriately named Vulture section of New York magazine has circled over what all proof indicates is a rape hoax and swooped down to gorge itself on speculation about the museum art future of the mattress carried around by the infamous Columbia University "Mattress Girl," Emma Sulkowicz. Amid all the really bizarre fascination by writer Andy Battaglia in the mattress as an art piece, not a bit of thought is even given as to the legitimacy of the rape charges by Sulkowicz despite very strong documentary evidence that it was a hoax.

Battaglia's determination to avoid the facts of the case and indulge in his fanboy fascination with the mattress as art begins with the title, "Will Emma Sulkowicz’s Protest Mattress Wind Up in a Museum?" and goes straight downhill from there:

By Tom Blumer | May 28, 2015 | 2:37 PM EDT

"Science" has a problem — or more accurately stated, those who produce and publish "scienitific" studies — have a problem. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, one of the leading weekly peer-reviewed general medical journals, caused quite a stir last week when he said that "much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue." That may be an underestimate.

One of the more recent such examples involves a paper published late last year in Science Magazine, which calls itself “The World’s Leading Journal of Scientific Research, Global News and Commentary."

By Joseph Rossell | May 28, 2015 | 2:26 PM EDT

The truth about recycling according to a waste disposal company may come as a shock. It is “unprofitable,” according to Waste Management (WM) CEO David Steiner.

On May 28, Steiner told CNBC’s Squawk Box that recycling had proved to be “unprofitable” and his company has stopped investing in recycling operations. WM revenues were down 10 percent just because of losses from recycling, according to Stein, even though this only represented a small fraction of the company’s overall business.

By Katie Yoder | May 28, 2015 | 2:15 PM EDT

Half a cheer for HBO! It turns out the network’s graphic Game of Thrones TV series doesn’t feature nearly as much sexual violence as it could. Far from the usual Hollywood pattern of sexing up a story when bringing it to the screen, a fan has discovered the series actually shows many fewer rapes than George R.R. Martin’s books contain.

But the reason we know this is the violent rape scene featured in an episode earlier this month captured attention – and not the good kind. Many viewers were outraged and sparked a debate about whether the series had gone too far. 

By Tim Graham | May 28, 2015 | 1:36 PM EDT

Dan Joseph at our MRCTV website reports that Mother Jones dropped a little bomb on the Bernie Sanders campaign: an essay that Sanders wrote in 1972 about the “typical” rape fantasies of men and women.

Joseph made the point that if “Ted Cruz or Rick Santorum wrote something along these lines -- even 40 years ago -- the media wouldn't stop talking about it for weeks.” The proof of that assumption is the Todd Akin "legitimate rape" hullaballoo of 2012.

By Connor Williams | May 28, 2015 | 12:39 PM EDT

In the wake of the sexual abuse controversy surrounding the Duggar family, CNN Tonight host Don Lemon brought on CNN political commentators Mark Lamont Hill and Ben Ferguson to discuss the family’s previously close relationship with the Republican Party. While Hill and Ferguson agreed that the GOP must distance themselves from the Duggars, things got heated when Ferguson said that the family should be held to a higher standard. 

By Kyle Drennen | May 28, 2015 | 11:26 AM EDT

In an interview with newly announced Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday’s Good Morning America, co-host George Stephanopoulos tried to put the former Pennsylvania senator on the spot: “Rand Paul had something interesting to say about ISIS this morning.” A clip followed of Paul declaring on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday: “ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS.”

By Tim Graham | May 28, 2015 | 10:58 AM EDT

AP reported that CEOs in the media industry earn more because the celebrities in the media industry earn more, and our Tom Blumer noted from a conservative perspective that there may valid business reasons for pay hikes.

But let’s turn it around and look at it from the Left for a minute and explore the angle of media hypocrisy. Did anyone at the networks pick up the story if liberals felt CEO pay was excessive, the media itself was Exhibit A? Nope, not at ABC, CBS, NBC, or CNN.

By Joseph Rossell | May 28, 2015 | 10:22 AM EDT

Despite media denials that “specific weather events” can be linked to overall climate patterns, that is exactly what several major news outlets have done in the wake of deadly floods in Texas.

MSNBC, Huffington Post, The Dallas Morning News and other media have suggested global warming played a role in the torrential rain and consequent, deadly flooding in Texas during Memorial Day weekend. A year earlier many were blaming Texas’ drought on global warming.

By Kristine Marsh | May 28, 2015 | 8:55 AM EDT

Last night, the evening news found time to talk about an airliner ordering pizza for passengers during a flight delay, but spoke not a word on a new report by Amnesty International detailing war crimes by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. The damning report released early May 27 detailed Hamas’ use of torture, kidnapping and murder on ordinary civilians during last summer’s Gaza conflict with Israel.

The Washington Post and BBC News reported on it but not ABC, CBS, or NBC. But it’s not that surprising since the networks join the majority of the lefty media in taking issue with calling Hamas “terrorists.” CNN’s Christiane Amanpour even audaciously called Hamas, “activists.”

By Curtis Houck | May 28, 2015 | 12:22 AM EDT

On Wednesday night, the major broadcast networks ignored a series of new regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the agency claims will better explain regulations in the Clean Water Act, but are seen by many as a power grab by the Obama administration to further control America’s waterways. While the story received zero mention on ABC, CBS, or NBC (but full stories from the AP wire on their respective websites), the Fox News Channel’s Special Report devoted a 15-second news brief to the story on its Wednesday program. 

By Tom Blumer | May 27, 2015 | 11:07 PM EDT

This has to be the month's top entry in the "Just when you think you've seen it all" category — and it will be more than a little interesting to see how the nation's press handles it.

As the Associated Press reported a week ago, the City Council in Los Angeles, by a vote of 14-1, ordered the drafting of a law mandating a citywide minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2020, noting that "the support of Mayor Eric Garcetti virtually guarantee its eventual adoption." Now that it's almost a done deal, labor unions whose members earn less want to be exempt from the law. Seriously. And it's not that the unions were caught off guard, because the person who is most visibly arguing for the exemption "helps lead the Raise the Wage coalition"! Apparently caught completely flat-footed, three Los Angeles Times reporters, in a rare break from the paper's non-stop leftist bias, filed a fair and balanced report on the truly offensive situation.

By Curtis Houck | May 27, 2015 | 9:40 PM EDT

Following Rick Santorum’s announcement Wednesday that he will mount a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, CBS and NBC largely punted on news of a seventh Republican candidate entering the field with a combined 37 seconds of airtime on their Wednesday evening newscasts. Over on the Spanish-language networks, however, the coverage was even less as there was zero mention of Santorum’s announcement on the evening newscasts of MundoFox, Telemundo, and Univision.

By Tom Johnson | May 27, 2015 | 8:46 PM EDT

Last Friday, author and historian Garry Wills, who blogs occasionally at the New York Review of Books site, praised Michelle Obama for challenging, in her recent Tuskegee University commencement address, conservatives’ complacency about race in America. Specifically, Wills approved of the first lady’s “breaking all of the four rules of racial discourse the right wing now wants to enforce.”

“The celebrators of rugged individualism will not allow successful blacks to reach back and help others up the ladder of achievement. That is just rewarding the ‘takers over the makers,’” wrote Wills. “But when we see or read the speech of Michelle Obama, stingy individualists melt down into their pooled little meannesses, and this tall black woman of achievement calls on us all to mount into the sky, following the Tuskegee Airmen. This is not playing the race card. It is playing the American card.”

By Ken Shepherd | May 27, 2015 | 8:24 PM EDT

Leave it to MSNBC host Chris Matthews to inject an absurd political angle into a completely apolitical story involving international soccer. In the midst of a panel discussion about today's revelations regarding a Justice Department case against FIFA corruption, the Hardball host wondered why on Earth former Attorney General Eric Holder didn't stick around at the DOJ long enough to bask in the glow of the klieg lights at the press conference announcing the corruption indictments.