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By Tim Graham | October 9, 2014 | 10:31 PM EDT

Like the other networks, the PBS NewsHour has been very slow to offer any stories or interviews to the midterm elections. In October, the closest thing to a candidate interview was a chat with Rep. Paul Ryan on October 1. On Tuesday, anchor Judy Woodruff promoted liberal Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a potential presidential candidate if you listen to the pundits -- but she's not on the ballot this year.

Woodruff was two weeks late to the party relaying Gillibrand’s claims that she was “harassed” by other Senators who made remarks about her appearance. However, Woodruff asked something rare. Reporters always underline Republicans have trouble with women voters, but who asks Democrats about their problems with men?

By Curtis Houck | October 9, 2014 | 10:04 PM EDT

According to a report in The Washington Post, senior White House officials knew that an individual with the White House advance team had a prostitute spend the night with him as part of the 2012 Colombian prostitution scandal despite the White House previously denying any involvement during the official investigation. 

After failing to cover the story on their morning newscasts, ABC and NBC continued that blackout into their Thursday evening newscasts as well. The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley ignored the story as well, despite the network having aired a full report on Thursday’s CBS This Morning.

By Ken Shepherd | October 9, 2014 | 9:39 PM EDT

Self-proclaimed "victims' rights advocate" and MSNBC contributor Michelle Bernard wasted no time on Thursday's edition of Hardball defending former White House volunteer Jonathan Dach -- now employed at the State Department in the Office on Global Women's Issues -- from charges that he patronized a prostitute while on official business as an Obama advance man in Cartagena, Colombia. 


By Randy Hall | October 9, 2014 | 7:48 PM EDT

While liberals always hate to “let a good tragedy go to waste,” Joan Walsh – editor at large of Salon magazine – might have set a new record for implementing that strategy just hours after Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan died on Thursday.

“It’s probably no accident,” she declared, that the Liberian's passing “happened in [governor] Rick Perry’s Texas. More than 1.5 million Texans, with a median income of $833, are going uninsured because Perry rejected Medicaid funding” when he and his administration turned down participation in the ObamaCare program.

By Matthew Balan | October 9, 2014 | 6:36 PM EDT

In a Thursday column for The Daily Beast, former CNN contributor Roland Martin attacked the supposed "cowardly bullies" at the National Rifle Association for opposing President Obama's surgeon general nominee. Martin's op-ed follows in the footsteps of MSNBC's Krystal Ball and NBC's Anne Thompson, who politicized the Ebola crisis nearly a week earlier when they bemoaned that due to "Senate dysfunction and NRA opposition, we don't have a surgeon general right now."

By Jack Coleman | October 9, 2014 | 6:03 PM EDT

ISIS ... in America? ... that's just crazy talk! At least if claimed by a Republican in Congress and heard at MSNBC, while a House Democrat making a comparably ominous warning is ignored at the same network.

It was all Rachel Maddow could do last night to contain her mirth at the apparently preposterous possibility that suspected ISIS terrorists have been caught at the US-Mexican border, as claimed by Congressman Duncan Hunter, Republican of California.

By Kristine Marsh | October 9, 2014 | 4:47 PM EDT

American women and homosexuals can really relate to the kind of treatment their Middle Eastern counterparts receive at the hands of Islamist terrorists. Oh sure, not the kidnapping, beheading, stoning, genital mutilation or acid attacks. Nobody’s toppling stone walls on them or burying them alive, and there’s pretty much zero chance of ending up face down in a ditch riddled with AK-47 rounds.

But that doesn’t mean American women and gays aren’t living through ISIS-style oppression at the hands of (wait for it!) Christians. Why, women have to pay for their own birth control and, in some places, getting an abortion is almost as much hassle as renewing your driver’s license. And there are people in the U.S. who don’t want to bake gay wedding cakes!

Just ask MSNBC talking heads Michael Eric Dyson and James Peterson. They lamented the Christian oppression on the Oct. 6 “Ed Show.” The hosts of Fox News’ ‘The Five’ didn’t let the comments slide by unnoticed, reacting with derision on the Oct.8 show.

By Tom Blumer | October 9, 2014 | 4:09 PM EDT

It's disconcerting, and occasionally infuriating, to watch facts originally reported in some national stories disappear or get sanitized in later versions.

What the Associated Press has been doing to its more recent reports on the September 25 beheading of Colleen Hufford in Moore, Oklahoma has moved firmly into the infuriating stage. Several examples after the jump will demonstrate this.

By Scott Whitlock | October 9, 2014 | 3:22 PM EDT

The three networks routinely fawn over Jimmy Carter as a wise and impressive voice, yet ABC, CBS and NBC were silent when the ex-President trashed his fellow Democrat, Barack Obama, on Tuesday. In an interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Carter complained about how Obama handled ISIS: "First of all, we waited too long. We let the Islamic state build up its money, capability and strength and weapons while it was still in Syria." 

By Brent Baker | October 9, 2014 | 3:00 PM EDT

ABC’s Scandal, which has a fresh episode tonight, last week featured “President Fitzgerald Grant,” supposedly a Republican, channeling Piers Morgan as he used the State of the Union address to plead for more gun control: “How many other people’s children are we going to let die before we put a stop to this?”

By Matthew Johnson | October 9, 2014 | 2:01 PM EDT

Editor’s note: Story contains graphic content and links to an explicit video.

Crude comedian Sarah Silverman is no stranger to politics and controversial topics. In her latest shock video, she weighed in on male/female pay disparity claiming she’s going to have a sex change because of the “vagina tax.”

Silverman joined the many lefties who complain about a pay gap between men and women and attribute it to discrimination without consideration for actual differences between individuals. Those claims have been largely discredited, but in her YouTube video, Silverman went into a doctor’s office to get a sex change so she can get paid as a man instead of a woman

By Jill Stanek | October 9, 2014 | 1:48 PM EDT

Pro-life activist Bryan Kemper was really looking forward to seeing his T-shirts on TLC. But he was shocked when viewing the October 2 episode of 19 Kids and Counting to see one of his pro-life shirts, but with the message "I survived Roe vs. Wade / Roe vs. Wade will not survive me" blurred out.

By Matthew Balan | October 9, 2014 | 1:30 PM EDT

Piers Morgan's former employers at CNN finally responded on Thursday to the former host's recent targeting of Anderson Cooper. Politico's Dylan Byers reported that in an e-mail, network publicist Megan Rivers "accused Morgan of making unjustified attacks on his former colleague [Cooper] in order to find a new job." The former CNN host is now editor-at-large at the Daily Mail.

By Katie Yoder | October 9, 2014 | 1:21 PM EDT

Abortion may not be the “perfect topic” for Mindy Kaling's sitcom, but anal sex is another story – Catholic jabs included.

Mindy Kaling, who came to fame with “The Office,” writes, produces and stars as an ob-gyn in the Fox comedy “The Mindy Project,” now in its third season. The Oct. 7 episode, “I Slipped,” focused on a new topic: anal sex. A topic not complete, as Kaling showed, without jokes that sexual “intent” means “they promote you to a Cardinal” as well as an eventful night of roofie-ing oneself.

By Ken Shepherd | October 9, 2014 | 1:08 PM EDT

Former Md. Governor Bob Ehrlich (R) pushed back against Howard Dean and Chris Matthews on Wednesday night's Hardball when the topic of voter ID laws came up and the liberal duo pushed the tired meme that such laws were Republican plots to disenfranchise poor and minority voters who tend to be Democrats. 

Ehrlich pushed back that such laws were common sense to establish a voter's identity and thus protect every voter's vote. The former Republican congressman also noted that MSNBC studios require a valid government-issued photo ID to visit.