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By Joseph Rossell | May 1, 2015 | 3:10 PM EDT

One socialist coalition is inadvertently relying on capitalism to protest just that.

The World Socialist Web Site and other groups sponsored the International May Day Online rally, which will feature live speeches streaming around the world on May 3, 2015.  The event has many slogans including, “Down with capitalism and imperialism,” and “Unite the working class internationally against war, dictatorship and poverty!”

By Tim Graham | May 1, 2015 | 2:43 PM EDT

On Monday night, NPR’s newscast All Things Considered did a fact-check on the Clinton family’s claims about their own foundation’s transparency. Money-and-politics correspondent Peter Overby found both Chelsea Clinton and Bill Clinton weren’t entirely factual, exaggerating how transparent their foundation was. But NPR quoted watchdogs that this could just be an “innocent mistake.”

Overby strangely concluded this was like other Clinton controversies, “not terribly clear, shaped by exaggerations on both sides.” Both sides? Overby failed to list any anti-Clinton exaggerations

By Kyle Drennen | May 1, 2015 | 12:20 PM EDT

In a scathing article for Politico Magazine on Thursday, senior media writer Jack Shafer wrote an obituary for the career of suspended NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams: "At this point, Brian Williams knows he's dead: He's simply negotiating the terms of his burial."

By Curtis Houck | May 1, 2015 | 12:09 PM EDT

During a segment about Twitter, NBC’s Late Night host Seth Meyers on Thursday night praised Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s reaction to series of tweets from Republican Senator Tom Cotton (Ark.) as “well-done” and admitting that he was “very impressed” with Zarif’s use of “reverse criticism.” 

By Bryan Ballas | May 1, 2015 | 12:04 PM EDT

For the first time since Norman Thomas, America finally has a viable self-proclaimed socialist presidential candidate in the form of Senator Bernie Sanders. However, the Huffington Post tells us not to panic. After all, Sanders is not just a socialist.  He’s a “democratic socialist.” That makes it okay.

By Scott Whitlock | May 1, 2015 | 11:22 AM EDT

While the journalists at Good Morning America on Friday hyped details on the "devastating" Bridgegate scandal that is creating a "headache" for Chris Christie's 2016 presidential bid, they avoided the latest on the unfolding revelations enveloping the Clinton Foundation and its foreign donors. However, CBS This Morning reporters actually followed up with Nancy Cordes alerting viewers that "the foundation acknowledged the week it did not disclose 1,100 mostly foreign donors" and that the organization "did not inform State Department ethics officials when foreign governments increased their donations." 

By Tim Graham | May 1, 2015 | 10:33 AM EDT

In his Friday column, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman launches into the press for failing to honor Hillary Clinton as a learner for flip-flopping on the drawbacks of trade agreements.

"The press, I’m sorry to say, tends to punish open-mindedness, because gotcha journalism is easier and safer than policy analysis. Hillary Clinton supported trade agreements in the 1990s, but now she’s critical. It’s a flip-flop! Or, possibly, a case of learning from experience, which is something we should praise, not deride."

By Curtis Houck | May 1, 2015 | 12:14 AM EDT

English-language networks ABC, CBS, and NBC and Spanish networks MundoFox, Telemundo, and Univision  covered the news on Thursday night that independent Senator Bernie Sanders (Vt.) will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, but only NBC Nightly News chose to label him a “socialist” after ABC and CBS had previously done so on Thursday morning. While correspondent and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell characterized Sanders as a “socialist,” Mitchell offered some fawning words for him when she declared that he was “not your typical blow-dried politician.” 

By Tom Blumer | April 30, 2015 | 10:51 PM EDT

On Wednesday, Fox News reported that "a senior law enforcement official" who has since emerged from anonymity told them that Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake "gave an order for police to stand down as riots broke out Monday night."

That source, Michael Lewis, currently the Sheriff in Wicomico County and a former Sergeant with the Maryland State Police, appeared on the Norris and Davis show in Baltimore today and repeated his assertion, while adding that the orders included commands to retreat. Those who listen to the interview following the jump will have little doubt that Mr. Lewis is telling the truth, leaving all to wonder how it can be that, from what I can tell, no one in the nation's establishment press at this point has reported what he is saying:

By Melissa Mullins | April 30, 2015 | 10:16 PM EDT

By now, most of us have seen "Baltimore Mom" Toya Graham take matters into her own hands when she saw her son participating in Monday’s rioting in Baltimore.  The video of Graham going after her 16-year-old son went viral, making her somewhat of a celebrity, others would say hero.  Many have applauded Graham and her actions, while some in the media – particularly in liberal outlets like Salon.com and The Washington Post -- have condemned those who praise Graham for having "chased down, cursed and beat her 16-year-old son in the middle of a riot."

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

An Associated Press report on small businesses hit with looting, fires and property destruction in Baltimore during the past several days wraps up with a final paragraph only a historically ignorant person could possibly believe.

Without getting too personal, David Dishneau and Joyce M. Rosenberg, the two AP writers responsible for that final sentence, appear to be old enough and learned enough to know better than to have written that final paragraph. But here it is:

By Curtis Houck | April 30, 2015 | 9:23 PM EDT

On Thursday, the Clinton Foundation scandal blackout stretched into a full week since it was last covered on ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir and NBC Nightly News while the CBS Evening News covered twice in the same time span. Following a 20-second news brief on Monday, Thursday's CBS newscast devoted a full segment to some of the latest developments, including the fact that a Clinton charity never informed the State Department of its foreign donations for any of Clinton’s four years as Secretary of State. 

By Ken Shepherd | April 30, 2015 | 9:21 PM EDT

For someone supposedly adept at ferreting out bigoted code-words and racist dog whistles in American political discourse, Chris Matthews was incredibly careless with a turn of phrase on tonight's Hardball: he asked an African-American actor whether the Congressional Black Caucus needs to "crack the whip" when it comes to pushing its agenda for improving America's black communities in the inner city.

By Jack Coleman | April 30, 2015 | 7:54 PM EDT

Unstated though strongly implied provision in job description for MSNBC pundit -- propagandizing as necessary to generate large crowds/mobs to protest whatever liberals are angry about that week.

Dutiful as ever, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow did her part to honor this during her show last night. Protests over the death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray while in police custody have spread to cities beyond Baltimore, Maddow reported.

By Tom Johnson | April 30, 2015 | 6:06 PM EDT

Apple Inc. is not merely a tech company; it’s also a destroyer of right-wing doctrine. That was the main argument of a Tuesday blog post by Daily Kos founder and publisher Markos Moulitsas.

Kos asserted that the huge success of the California-based Apple refutes the “conservatives [who] bray incessantly about the Golden State's ‘high taxes and burdensome regulations.’” He also lauded the company for supporting gay rights (“unlike conservative orthodoxy, tolerance and respect for people's private life are good for business”) and “tak[ing] global climate change seriously.”