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By Bryan Ballas | May 5, 2015 | 11:40 AM EDT

While covering the attempted murder of the attendees at the American Freedom Defense Initiative’s (AFDI) draw the Prophet Muhammad contest, MSNBC host José Díaz-Balart made sure on Monday that his audience was familiar the group’s "controversial" character.
 
In fact, the word "controversial" appeared no less than five times while the story was featured. Controversial NBC reporter Ayman Mohyeldin, the former al-Jazeera staffer who implied that American Sniper hero Chris Kyle was a racist who conducted killing sprees, called the assembly a "very highly controversial event" which was organized by "highly controversial figures."

By Mike Ciandella | May 5, 2015 | 9:45 AM EDT

Journalists help promote Hollywood celebrities while condemning average Americans for causing climate change. The same media go out of their way to ignore or excuse the hypocrisy of celebrity “environmentalists” who fly their private jets around the world, rent mega-yachts and live in massive mansions.

Avatar Director James Cameron warned of a future “world that’s in shambles” because of climate change, and said he believes “in ecoterrorism” yet, he owns an impressive private collection of motorcycles, cars, dirt bikes, a yacht, a helicopter, a Humvee fire truck and a $32-million submarine. ABC and CBS even praised Cameron for his submarine purchase, with CBS’s Gayle King saying she loved his “passion and curiosity.”

By Geoffrey Dickens | May 5, 2015 | 9:38 AM EDT

Former Arkansas Governor and Fox News host Mike Huckabee’s entry into the GOP 2016 presidential field is sure to bring attacks on his social conservatism by liberal elites if recent history is any guide. Despite his background as a former pastor, liberal journalists seem confounded by his sticking to religious tradition when it comes to issues like same-sex marriage, federally-funded birth control or even Christmas. 

By Jeffrey Meyer | May 5, 2015 | 9:13 AM EDT

On Tuesday, CBS This Morning swooned over President Obama’s final appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman Monday night, with the hosts heaping praise on the liberal comedian’s tenure at CBS. 

By Curtis Houck | May 5, 2015 | 1:20 AM EDT

In covering the failed terrorist attack at a Prophet Mohammad cartoon event in Texas, NBC neglected to describe the two gunmen on Monday evening as “Islamic extremists” or “terrorists,” while ABC, CBS, and NBC prominently touted the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) description of AFDI as an “anti-Muslim” or “anti-Islamic” “hate group.”

By Curtis Houck | May 4, 2015 | 11:35 PM EDT

On Monday night, English-language networks ABC and CBS joined Spanish-language networks MundoFox, Telemundo, and Univision in ignoring the news that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has finally agreed to testify before the House Select Committee on Benghazi regarding the 2012 terror attack in Libya and her usage of a private e-mail account while at the State Department.

By Ken Shepherd | May 4, 2015 | 10:25 PM EDT

Taking a classic blame-the-victim posture on his May 4 Hardball program, host Chris Matthews joined terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann in blaming The American Freedom Defense Initiative for the would-be terror attack at the Garland, Texas, event on Sunday.

By Curtis Houck | May 4, 2015 | 9:56 PM EDT

Following the announcements from Republicans Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina that they will each be running for president, the “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC showed no interest in giving extensive time to either candidate during their Monday evening newscasts with a combined one minute and 10 seconds of news briefs devoted to the new 2016 candidates. Clocking in with the least amount of time was the CBS Evening News with a scant 20 seconds.

By Tom Johnson | May 4, 2015 | 9:18 PM EDT

Salon’s Jim Newell doesn’t think Ben Carson will be the 2016 Republican presidential nominee, but he doesn’t see him as a garden-variety wanna-be. Rather, Newell believes that Carson is likely to incur one “spectacular humiliation” after another on the campaign trail. In a Monday article, Newell contended that the “free-flowing style [Carson] showed at the [2013] National Prayer Breakfast has been subject to diminishing returns in the last two years. The novelty is wearing off, and now he’s in a position where he makes a fool of himself just about every time his mouth opens.”

Also on Monday, Steve Benen, a former Salon and Washington Monthly blogger who’s now a producer for MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, opined on the show’s blog, "As a candidate for national office, [Carson is] likely to keep sharing ridiculous thoughts, which may endear him to some GOP factions, but which probably creates a ceiling for his presidential ambitions.”

By Ken Shepherd | May 4, 2015 | 8:47 PM EDT

According to MSNBC pundit Michelle Bernard -- best known at NewsBusters perhaps because of her insistence that there is a "war on black boys" in America -- savaged newly-announced GOP presidential aspirant Dr. Ben Carson tonight by alleging his success is all owed to "affirmative action." She also suggested that he's a disgrace to his enslaved ancestors and to the black community in Baltimore, where he's lived throughout his career as an acclaimed neurosurgeon.

By Matthew Balan | May 4, 2015 | 6:43 PM EDT

Taylor Wofford spotlighted how Pope Francis "publicly affirmed his stance on so-called traditional marriage between men and women" in a Wednesday item for Newsweek. Wofford did his best to indicate that the pontiff was commenting about the recent oral arguments on same-sex "marriage" at the Supreme Court: "Though he made no specific mention of the case before the court during his daily general audience, the pope reiterated his position that marriage is only between one man and one woman."

By Tom Blumer | May 4, 2015 | 6:14 PM EDT

At the Associated Press today, Martin Crutsinger's coverage of the Census Bureau's March Factory Orders report admitted that a leading economic forecasting firm currently believes that the economy will grow at an annualized rate of just 1.9 percent in the second quarter.

Despite the fact that just about everyone who is anyone had until very recently been saying that the figure will be 3 percent or more, Crutsinger wrote once that achieving that mediocre 1.9 percent result would constitute a "rebound," and another time that it would be "a significant rebound." So much for genuinely great expectations.

By Randy Hall | May 4, 2015 | 6:02 PM EDT

A Vienna-based magazine that calls itself Vangardist -- and a “progressive men’s magazine” -- is seeking to renew interest in the rise of HIV and AIDS around the world this week by printing a select number of magazine covers using ink infused with HIV-infected blood.

The 3,000 copies of the publication's special edition also features stories of "HIV heroes" at a time when the editors say too many people have grown complacent about the disease.

By Scott Whitlock | May 4, 2015 | 5:43 PM EDT

Andrea Mitchell opened her show on Monday by immediately insisting that an organization, targeted by Muslim gunmen in Texas on Sunday, was both "hateful" and "bizarre." Talking to journalist Ayman Mohyeldin, she fretted, "Do we know anything more about this, frankly bizarre, draw-the-prophet gathering? Is this the first time they've ever held something like this?" 

By Matthew Balan | May 4, 2015 | 5:31 PM EDT

On Monday's New Day, CNN's Alisyn Camerota played up how the leftist Southern Poverty Law Center labeled the group targeted by two suspected Islamists in Texas a "hate group." Camerota underlined that "other people say" that Pamela Geller's American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) is "even a hate group, and that they're vehemently anti-Islam....They talk about Islam, and they talk about it with, sort of, real repugnance, quite frankly."