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By Matthew Balan | September 22, 2014 | 6:46 PM EDT

On Sunday's Reliable Sources, CNN's Brian Stelter touted a disgraced former representative as a non-partisan pundit and as an expert on media bias: "Now, I could bring in two partisan commentators now to argue about the media, but I'd rather from someone who's been in the glare of the news media – someone who's all too familiar with what happens when you go from darling to bad boy – then, maybe, back and forth. That's former Congressman Anthony Weiner."

By Kyle Drennen | September 22, 2014 | 4:32 PM EDT

In an interview with Ken Burns on Sunday's web-based Meet the Press feature Press Pass, moderator Chuck Todd asked the historian and film-maker about his PBS documentary on the Roosevelts: "It's amazing what the press didn't cover....I mean, and if they had, obviously it could have changed history." Burns responded:

It could. But I think we focus too much – we presume that because there was a gentleman's agreement to turn off the cameras as he [FDR] started to stand up or when he started to sit down, that we know less...."Wasn't that quaint an arrangement? They sort of looked the other way when JFK did that or they, you know, didn't really notice Franklin Roosevelt's illness." They actually did and they actually knew more and had better and more intimate access to power, and that's an important thing. [Listen to the audio]

By Ken Shepherd | September 22, 2014 | 4:10 PM EDT

It turns out the politician who called colleague Sen. Kirsten Gillebrand (D-N.Y.) "chubby" and admonished her not to lose too much weight is none other than the late Sen. Daniel Inouye. So naturally when covering the story, MSNBC.com's Michele Richinick made sure to soften the blow against the late Hawaiian Democrat by tagging him as a longtime "advocate of women."

By Kristine Marsh | September 22, 2014 | 2:52 PM EDT

Editor’s Note: This article contains offensive language.

“There is a network of American extremists who work tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world at every turn. They spew venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories, and discredited science.” Sounds terrifying.  Actually, these ominous words are in a new report profiling Christian and conservative pastors, writers and other media as “radical extremists” who need to be shamed and monitored.

The Sept. 15 report entitled “Exposed: The Export of Hate” by the Human Rights Campaign, a gay “civil rights organization” has highlighted several members of “the radical right” they want to demonize as dangerous criminals.

By Katie Yoder | September 22, 2014 | 2:48 PM EDT

For CBS, it isn’t enough to cover Hillary Clinton merely in the news.

Madam Secretary” premiered Sunday, Sept. 21, on CBS. The show stars Tea Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, a CIA agent turned Secretary of State, and boasts Lori McCreary and Morgan Freeman as executive producers. While the creators and producers sent mixed signals on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s influence on McCord’s character, the media didn’t, noting “inevitable comparisons” and the “obvious inspiration.”

By Julia A. Seymour | September 22, 2014 | 1:48 PM EDT

Not only did the broadcast networks spent more time on the People’s Climate March, than the March for Life, they portrayed it positively, ignoring all the radicalism promoted by participants.

NBC “Nightly News,” ABC “World News Tonight” on Sept. 21 and CBS “This Morning” and ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Sept. 22 gave a combined 3 minutes and 27 seconds to the climate march. That was four-and-a-half times the 46 seconds of stories that NBC and ABC evening news shows gave to the March for Life in January 2014.

By Tianna DiMartino | September 22, 2014 | 1:11 PM EDT

Twelve years after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and with anti-Semitic sentiment once again on the rise around the world, terrorism is once more coming to New York City. But this time it’s been set to music and sold as art.

In a disgusting move, New York City’s Metropolitan Opera is staging a highly anti-Semitic, controversial opera composed by John Adams, “The Death of Klinghoffer,” based on the 1985 Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro. During the ordeal, the terrorists shot and killed Leon Klinghoffer, an elderly, wheelchair-bound American Jew, before tossing him and his wheelchair overboard.

By Scott Whitlock | September 22, 2014 | 12:52 PM EDT

Nicolle Wallace, The View's new "conservative" co-host, on Monday trashed Sarah Palin and defended Hillary Clinton against alleged sexism. Wallace, who worked for Palin in 2008, has previously attacked her former boss. Asked to talk about an alleged brawl that broke out at a Palin family party, the ex-political operative mocked, "I have political staffer version of PTSD. So, whenever I hear she's breaking her silence...my heart stops." 

By Tom Johnson | September 22, 2014 | 11:29 AM EDT

D.R. Tucker alleges that Christie’s opposition to cap-and-trade shows he’s a "slave" of the Koch brothers and “no longer a man in any real sense of the word.”

What set Tucker off was Christie’s opposition to New Jersey’s rejoining a regional cap-and-trade program, supposedly because Christie doesn’t want to displease righty anti-cap-and-trade groups such as the Koch-backed Americans for Prosperity

By Kyle Drennen | September 22, 2014 | 11:26 AM EDT

The hosts on NBC's Today spent over a minute of air time on Monday applauding Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu for helping a fan tailgating at an LSU football game do a keg stand. Co-host Matt Lauer touted how Landrieu "may do just about anything to get your vote" given that she was "in the middle of a really tough reelection campaign."

Substitute co-host Hoda Kotb concluded: "I think that wins her votes, personally....I do guarantee you, in Louisiana, that definitely helps. I mean that helps in the vote department. For sure, right?" [Listen to the audio]

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 22, 2014 | 11:10 AM EDT

Starting Friday night, CBS began previewing an exclusive 60 Minutes interview with Leon Panetta, which aired on Sunday night, where the former Secretary of Defense said he had advised President Obama to arm the Syrian rebels as early as 2012. Despite Panetta’s criticism of President Obama’s strategy to combat ISIS, ABC and NBC have ignored the story altogether despite having multiple opportunities since the preview for the interview first aired on Friday’s CBS Evening News w/ Scott Pelley

By P.J. Gladnick | September 22, 2014 | 10:21 AM EDT

Chuck Todd has been brutally mocked for his description of the midterm elections as 'Starbucks Nation vs Chick-Fil-A Country.' From Left to Right, almost all have united on one issue: Chuck's description is laughably ridiculous.
 

By Mark Finkelstein | September 22, 2014 | 9:19 AM EDT

Could the "Islamic" in "Islamic State" be a clue?  Not for John Kerry.  Appearing on today's Morning Joe, our clueless Secretary of State insisted that what drives ISIS is a "radical, extremist, cultish" philosophy, but not—perish the thought!—a "religious attitude."

Kerry was of course echoing the analysis of that noted theologian, Barack Obama, who two weeks ago declared that ISIS is "not Islamic."  In fairness, Presidents George W. Bush and Clinton have expressed similar sentiments.  For a thorough debunking of the ISIS/Islam-deniers, see here.

By Rich Noyes | September 22, 2014 | 8:40 AM EDT

Instead of worrying whether President Obama’s planned Executive Order on amnesty might violate the Constitution, journalists upbraid the President for delaying the step until after the election. “A promise is a promise,” Univision anchor Jorge Ramos scolded on Twitter.

By Tim Graham | September 22, 2014 | 8:36 AM EDT

Some remember NPR as the network that happily hosted (fake) Muslim extremist funders and told them of how horrifying America’s Christian conservatives were.

That Islam-indulging attitude also comes through in their “news” content. On September 15, NPR’s “Goats and Soda” blog carried this attention-grabbing headline: “Covering Up With The Hijab May Aid Women's Body Image.”