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By Matthew Balan | August 31, 2015 | 12:41 PM EDT

Jeffrey Tayler of The Atlantic offered more of his anti-theist – and especially, anti-Catholic – vitriol in a Sunday item for the left-wing Salon. Tayler likened God to Don Corleone of The Godfather, and then spent most of his column ranting about how Pope Francis is akin to the fictional Mafia boss.  The atheist claimed that "Don Corleone could only have dreamed of committing crimes on the scale on which the Vatican operates," and contended that "the Pope stands firmly on the side of medievalism."

By Tom Blumer | August 31, 2015 | 12:32 PM EDT

In the course of evaluating a claim made by the Alliance Defending Freedom, a prolife group, PolitiFact Georgia's crack investigators learned from a spokesperson for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America that the organization "does not provide mammograms at any of its health centers." Since such facilities must be licensed by the Food and Drug Administration, no PPFA facility can legally perform a mammogram.

The claim ADF made in a tweet is that "ZERO @PPFA facilities are licensed to do mammograms." On August 21, despite PPFA's de facto acknowledgment that ADF is correct, PolitiFact Georgia determined that ADF's claim is only "Half True."

By Scott Whitlock | August 31, 2015 | 12:14 PM EDT

Barack Obama bypassed Congress yet again, Sunday, but NBC and ABC barely noticed or offered much of an objection. The President unilaterally changed the name of Alaska's Mount McKinley to Mount Denali. Republicans swiftly objected, including Speaker of the House John Boehner and Senator Rob Portman, among others.

By Kyle Drennen | August 31, 2015 | 12:05 PM EDT

On Monday, NBC’s Today devoted a full report to Donald Trump and Republican members of Congress criticizing longtime Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. Fill-in co-host Willie Geist declared: “One of Hillary Clinton's top aides, Huma Abedin, is in the headlines this morning, with Republican lawmakers and Donald Trump taking aim at her position, and in Trump’s case, her marriage.”

By Kristine Marsh | August 31, 2015 | 11:57 AM EDT

This past Friday, a deputy in Houston, TX was gunned down “execution style” after an unprovoked altercation with 30-year-old Shannon Miles, who is black. ABC, NBC and CBS dutifully reported the tragedy during their Saturday and Sunday broadcast news shows while noting the increase of police officer deaths in 2015. But they left out that death threats against officers are a frequent occurrence at Black Lives Matter rallies, often preceding or following acts of violence against police.

Such was the case on Saturday afternoon when Black Lives Matter activists gathered at Minnesota’s State Fair. As they marched, they deemed cops “pigs” and called for them to “fry” while they were, ironically, protected by police escorts.

By Jeffrey Meyer | August 31, 2015 | 11:49 AM EDT

During an appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation, Washington Post reporter Ed O’Keefe argued that Hillary Clinton’s decision to compare Republicans with terrorists on the issue of women’s issues was a sign of weakness coming from her presidential campaign. O’Keefe suggested that Clinton’s comments were meant to “solidify the Democratic base and sort of remind that she's willing to be that partisan warrior that they're seeking...But I saw that sort of as a sign of desperation or at least an attempt to sort of tamper down the idea that others are surging or that they're going to get in.” 

By NB Staff | August 31, 2015 | 11:20 AM EDT

MRC president Brent Bozell was interviewed by Rush Limbaugh for the latest issue of The Limbaugh Letter. Rush asked: "You started the Media Research Center in ’87, a year before me. You’ve got 28 years in, 
trying to stop the media, or alert people to the media, or educate people to the media. Honestly, how do you see your mission to date? And going forward, how do you stay enthused?"

Bozell said "Your'e never going to stop the press from being left-wing," but there is a battle you can wage every day. 

By Rich Noyes | August 31, 2015 | 9:11 AM EDT

This week, Univision "news" anchor Jorge Ramos uses a press conference to berate Donald Trump on his immigration plan: "It's full of empty promises. You cannot deport 11 million undocumented immigrants....[A border wall is] a completely unnecessary waste of time and money and resources." At the same time, CNN finds "fun" in Hillary Clinton's dismissive approach to the growing scandal about her personal e-mail server, with anchor Carold Costello giggling: "You had to laugh."

By Mark Finkelstein | August 31, 2015 | 8:59 AM EDT

You wish he had named names . . . On today's Morning JoeJoe Scarborough flatly stated "I do blame it on cable news" for "people wearing uniforms being a lot less safe today than they were before Ferguson."

So just which cable networks did Scarborough have in mind? Until last week [when he was relegated to the Sunday morning desert], Joe's own MSNBC was the Al Sharpton network. So surely Scarborough was pointing the finger at least partially at MSNBC itself.  But as he continued, Scarborough also identified other unnamed cable networks that he accused of "glorifying" Vester Flanagan and "promoting the next Roanoke-style shooting" by displaying his Twitter feed and other such info, which is what killers like Flanagan seek. 

By Melissa Mullins | August 31, 2015 | 1:26 AM EDT

Yet again a liberal media outlet is trying to engender controversy in a completely non-controversial and commonplace gesture by Pope Francis.

By Tom Blumer | August 30, 2015 | 11:47 PM EDT

Miami Herald sportwriter and columnist Greg Cote, whose career has entered or is about to enter its third decade, seems to have incorporate da sideline into his work: glib, ignorant political commentary.

One such example surfaced at the end of his August 25 Random Evidence blog post. Apparently, Cote believes that anyone who has ever received any kind of government benefit or has made use of a government service at any time in their life is a flaming hypocrite if they believe that Uncle Sam and other public entities should be able to survive on less money than they currently spend. They're also hypocrites if they believe that the federal government has become far too intrusive in our everyday affairs and threatening to the fundamental freedoms identified in the naton's Constitution. Greg, who clearly should stick to sportwriting, has convinced himself that such people are "anti-government":

By Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | August 30, 2015 | 11:04 PM EDT

Actress Rebel Wilson did a comedic police bit on the MTV 2015 Video Music Awards and the Black Lives Matter activists were none too pleased. 

By Brad Wilmouth | August 30, 2015 | 10:45 PM EDT

Appearing in a pre-recorded interview on Sunday's Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN, English actress Helen Mirren -- known for portraying the part of Queen Elizabeth II -- lavishly praised Hillary Clinton as someone with "enormous intelligence," "brilliance," and a "very, very, very fast-moving" brain.

And, although she ended up hedging on whether she would actually vote for Clinton if she could, Mirren declared that it would be "absolutely fantastic" if a woman were elected President next year because she believes it would give a boost to actresses looking for more distinguished characters to play.

By Tom Blumer | August 30, 2015 | 9:49 PM EDT

One of the odder pieces appearing during the past week in connection with the Hillary Clinton email and private server scandal was David Ignatius's attempt to deny that it's a scandal at all in Thursday's Washington Post.

Ignatius devoted four of his first five paragraphs to relaying the allegedly expert assessments of Jeffrey Smith, who Ignatius described as "a former CIA general counsel who’s now a partner at Arnold & Porter, where he often represents defendants suspected of misusing classified information." Sounds like an arms-length guy, doesn't he? He's not. He has been a security adviser to Hillary Clinton's previous presidential campaign, defended John Kerry against criticism of the Massachusetts senator's national security negligence in 2004, and served on Bill Clinton's presidential transition team in late 1992 and early 1993.

By Tom Johnson | August 30, 2015 | 8:33 PM EDT

In March 2013, the Republican National Committee released what soon became known as the “autopsy report,” which looked at how the GOP might reverse trends that recently had caused the party to lose the popular vote for the fifth time in six presidential elections. Washington Monthly blogger Martin Longman believes that conservatives’ hostile response to the report’s big-tent ideas paved the way for the disruptive candidacy of Donald Trump.

“This was all supposed to turn on a dime when the presidential election started,” wrote Longman in a Tuesday post. “All this hate and resentment and bigotry was supposed to just get turned off and Jeb Bush would waltz in with his sunny Reaganesque nobility and his love of amnesty and Common Core and his Mexican wife and family…and the hive would settle down and get back driving around that ideological cul-de-sac like good little stormtroopers. But these aren’t good little stormtroopers. These are genuine ruffians. And they’re having a block party and they’ve got their own music provided by Donald Trump.”