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By Katie Yoder | October 2, 2014 | 1:30 PM EDT

Given the media’s recent fascination with rallies, let’s see how they (don’t) cover this one. 

On Sunday, Oct. 5, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Concerned Women for America CEO and President Penny Nance will host a “Stand with Israel Rally” in Washington D.C. In support of the Jewish State, the event will feature national speakers to “encourage sound defense 

By Matthew Balan | October 2, 2014 | 12:44 PM EDT

Brian Palmer revealed what many secularists feel about Christian missionaries in Africa in a Thursday piece on Slate, especially the role on the front lines of the ongoing fight against Ebola. Palmer acknowledged how "missionary doctors and nurses...have undertaken long-term commitments to address the health problems of poor Africans," but added that "for secular Americans...it may be difficult to shake a bit of discomfort with the situation....It's great that these people are doing God's work, but do they have to talk about Him so much?"

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 2, 2014 | 12:38 PM EDT

Kasie Hunt, MSNBC’s Political Correspondent, appeared on Thursday’s Morning Joe to promote her recent trip to Colorado, where she covered the highly contentious Senate contest between incumbent Democrat Mark Udall and his Republican challenger Congressman Cory Gardner. Hunt began her prepackaged report by playing up how “Washington Republicans were thrilled when Gardner decided to ran against Udall. His easy manner and moderate tone seemed like a good match for Colorado. It’s a purple state that rejected more inflammatory conservatives in 2010.” 

By Scott Whitlock | October 2, 2014 | 12:14 PM EDT

Why would PBS devote over six minutes to a midterm election race that looks to be headed towards a blowout? Perhaps it's because examining the Mississippi Senate race on the PBS NewsHour allows the network to dig into the bitter primary battle between Tea Party-backed Chris McDaniel and the victor, incumbent Thad Cochran. 

By P.J. Gladnick | October 2, 2014 | 10:53 AM EDT

New York magazine published an article dripping with condescension on how to psychologically fool conservatives into becoming believers in global warming. Its all a matter of using the correct "framing interventions" which, if done correctly, might perform the trick.
 

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 2, 2014 | 10:27 AM EDT

Following a Wednesday morning report in which the hosts of CBS This Morning celebrated California’s ban on plastic bags, on Thursday morning the hosts promoted a Seattle law that fines citizens for failing to compost properly. While co-host Norah O’Donnell skeptically argued that “garbage trucks may start to feel more like police cars” reporter Ben Tracy began his report by suggesting the fine for not composting didn’t go far enough and wondered “if you're really trying to incentivize people to do this, why is the fine only a buck?”  

By Mark Finkelstein | October 2, 2014 | 9:07 AM EDT

Not saying President Obama should be jittery about Andrea Mitchell jumping the White House fence anytime soon.  Even so, the prez would have reason to be concerned if such a generally staunch ally as Andrea openly laughed at his lack of credibility.

View the video and judge for yourself.  On today's Morning Joe, Republican Rep. Matt Salmon predicted that President Obama would send ground troops into Syria sometime after the November elections. Andrea asked "despite the president's promises?"  To which Salmon replied "he also promised if you like your insurance you can keep it.  Come on."  Much mirth and hilarity on the set ensued. Andrea can be seen laughing heartily.  Was she doing so at Salmon for spouting GOP talking points, or was she laughing at President Obama's lack of credibility?

By Tim Graham | October 2, 2014 | 7:35 AM EDT

As the Secret Service scandal swallowed director Julia Pierson on Wednesday afternoon, the home page of National Public Radio carried this exculpatory headline:

The White House Could Be Made A Fortress, But Should It? It turns out the Secret Service isn't too good at protecting the White House, and maybe one reason is that we don't want it to be.”

By Curtis Houck | October 2, 2014 | 12:42 AM EDT

After the major broadcast networks offered no coverage of jailed Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi’s mother testifying before Congress on Wednesday, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes concluded his primetime show All In by discussing the case with retired U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander and talk show host Montel Williams (who also testified). In describing the case, Hayes determined that Tahmooressi’s plight has become a “kind of cause célèbre in conservative media” (instead of suggesting that it deserves to be a national one).

By Curtis Houck | October 1, 2014 | 9:41 PM EDT

On Wednesday night, the major broadcast networks failed to report on news that an internal memo was sent to members of the intelligence community by Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper praising their efforts on identifying the rise of ISIS after President Barack Obama blamed them for not doing so in an interview on Sunday’s 60 Minutes.

The memo was able to be obtained by Fox News and its chief intelligence correspondent, Catherine Herridge and it detailed how government intelligence has, for two years, “monitored, assessed and called attention to the expansion of ISIS.” 

By Matthew Balan | October 1, 2014 | 7:11 PM EDT

Lauren Tuck unleashed against superhero-themed T-shirts that are supposedly "displaying blatantly sexist messages" in a Wednesday post in Yahoo's Style section. Tuck cited a blogger who ranted against one such shirt at Walmart that features the slogan, "Training to be Batman's Wife." The writer not only targeted "chauvinistic apparel" involving DC Comics characters, but also two shirts related to Marvel Comics' "The Avengers" series.

By Mark Finkelstein | October 1, 2014 | 6:23 PM EDT

On his MSNBC show today, Schultz gave an emphatic "yes" in answer to this question from a viewer: "do you think the hateful rhetoric from Republicans puts President Obama and his family in danger?"

Really? Are there any Republicans in particular that Schultz wants to see charged as co-conspirators with White House fence scaler Omar Gonzalez?  Does Ed favor restrictions on Republicans' free speech rights?  Can Schultz cite examples of the sort of "hateful rhetoric" he has in mind?  We don't have the answers to any of those questions.  Ed contented himself with blithely answering yes to the viewer's question, thereby making an ugly and unsubstantiated accusation.

By Scott Whitlock | October 1, 2014 | 5:22 PM EDT

The Washington Post on Wednesday highlighted Democratic campaign e-mails for the 2014 midterms, admitting that liberals are sending out "frantic" e-mails about potential losses in the House and Senate. Writer Ed O'Keefe reasoned, "With Democrats expected to lose seats in the House and slipping behind Republican opponents in key Senate races, a sense of frustration and near-panic would be understandable." 

Based on front-page stories in the Post over the last month, readers might not know that Democrats are in trouble.

By Tim Graham | October 1, 2014 | 5:21 PM EDT

Sometimes, public radio employees don’t seem to realize they rely on taxpayer support. Our former colleague Lachlan Markay of the Washington Free Beacon underlined that in a story on Congressman Chris Gibson (R-New York).

An unnamed employee of WIOX radio in the small town of Roxbury, New York (which runs NPR News programs overnight), dismissed Gibson as someone who should “find a real job like the rest of us and not live off the taxpayers [sic] money.”

By Ken Oliver-Méndez | October 1, 2014 | 5:20 PM EDT

Univision is out with another ad in partnership with the Obama administration. This time, U.S. taxpayer dollars are being spent for Univision morning show weatherwoman Ximena Córdoba to exhort beneficiaries of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to renew the permits exempting them from deportation proceedings for another two years.