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By Matthew Balan | September 23, 2014 | 12:20 PM EDT

The New York Times fessed up in its Tuesday edition about an erroneous claim it made nearly two weeks earlier. Mark Lander, in his reporting on President Obama's September 10, 2014 prime time address on ISIS, asserted in an article the following morning that "unlike Mr. Bush in the Iraq war, Mr. Obama has sought to surround the United States with partners."

By Scott Whitlock | September 23, 2014 | 11:48 AM EDT

Ed Schultz's ratings continued to plummet last week, falling to just 41,000 in a key demographic. So, how did the MSNBC host respond? He opened his show on Monday by demanding that journalists focus more on climate change. Regarding a global warming protest in New York City, he demanded, "Ask yourself a question. How can so many people gather, such little attention?"

By Kyle Drennen | September 23, 2014 | 11:47 AM EDT

Sitting down with CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose at Monday's Clinton Global Initiative conference, former President Bill Clinton fawned over the longtime PBS interviewer: "The reason I like your program is you interview everybody the same. And you ask hard questions, just like you threw a few zingers at me, but you always give people the chance to tell their story....You never go into an interview...with the purpose of really just screwing the person you're interviewing..." [Listen to the audio]

Perhaps Clinton's high praise was a thank you to Rose for doing such a friendly softball exchange with Hillary Clinton a couple months earlier. On his July 17 PBS program, Rose began an interview with the former secretary of state by calling her a "friend" and reciting a glowing Mayo Angelou poem about her.

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 23, 2014 | 11:12 AM EDT

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly appeared on Tuesday’s CBS This Morning to promote his latest book “Killing Patton” and was met with a barrage of questions for insisting that a mercenary army needs to be established to defeat the terrorist group ISIS. During the interview, O’Reilly maintained that we need a 25,000 “man force to be deployed to fight on the ground against worldwide terrorism.” In response, CBS co-host Gayle King obnoxiously asked her Fox News guest “why do you always say all the things, you say, Bill, with such certainty?” 

By Tom Blumer | September 23, 2014 | 10:17 AM EDT

The two major-party Texas gubernatorial candidates, Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott, debated Friday night. I knew it didn't go well for Davis, once a national media darling, when I searched on "Wendy Davis Abbott debate" (not in quotes) and found no coverage of the event at the Associated Press's national web site, the New York Times and the Politico.

Davis, trailing significantly in the polls, did not acquit herself well. Her most awful moment, seen in the video after the jump, came when she insisted that Abbott, currently Texas's Attorney General, should stop defending the state against an education funding lawsuit, when doing so would violate a law Davis herself supported. After the Republican pointed out that inconvenient fact, Davis lost it, ranting out of turn for a solid 15 seconds, talking over the debate's moderator as he tried to bring the proceedings back to order.

By Kristine Marsh | September 23, 2014 | 9:34 AM EDT

In what must be a new record, at least 19 Fall TV shows will host transgender, lesbian and gay characters in lead roles.  And of course NBC is ready to hype these shows as “awesome” and “incredible TV.”

As if it wasn’t already obvious how obsessed with “alternate sexuality” NBC is, talking endlessly about gay football players, and transgender beauty queens, Sept. 22’s Today show highlighted a new TV show all about a transgendered man.

Premiering Sept. 26, Amazon’s new original series “Transparent” features Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”) as Mort, a Jewish father who comes out as a woman, Maura, to his adult children, and the drama that follows. 

By Tianna DiMartino | September 23, 2014 | 8:25 AM EDT

Move over Farrah Abraham! There’s a new contender for “worst mom of 2014.” Rita Templeton is a stay at home mother of four young boys, who range in age from two to nine, and she is a blogger who calls herself an “over sharer.” That is putting in mildly.

One specific article of hers was picked up by, no surprise here, the Huffington Post and it was posted on HuffPo “Parents” on Thursday, September 18. Then, to make sure she got extra attention for her twisted views, she also appeared in a Huffington Post Live interview. The topic HuffPo and Rita felt the need to over share with us? Parental nudism. Yep, you read that correctly. The article and interview are titled: ‘Why I Want My Sons to See Me Naked.” You really can’t make this stuff up.

By Tim Graham | September 23, 2014 | 8:24 AM EDT

Like every other group of Democratic boot-lickers, NBC stars are moving the eye of their adoration from Obama to the next alleged president, Hillary Clinton. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that NBC late-night star Seth Meyers hosted the opening of the annual Clinton Global Initiative on Sunday night.

“President Clinton is here! And so is Bill!” Meyers joked after Hillary opened the glitzy awards banquet. “Bill grinned and applauded from the audience,” reported the Post.

By Curtis Houck | September 23, 2014 | 12:19 AM EDT

Starting on Monday night, a series of town hall meetings in Ferguson, Missouri began taking place in light of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in conjunction with the Department of Justice (DOJ) that will be closed to the media. When it came to the major broadcast networks reporting this censoring of the press, none of them chose to cover it.

According to an article posted on MSNBC’s website, an agency within the DOJ known as the Community Relations Service (CRS) has been “working behind the scenes to cool racial tensions in the city” by coming in and closing “the meetings to the media and non-residents.”

By Curtis Houck | September 22, 2014 | 9:57 PM EDT

On Monday night’s NBC Nightly News, the program took a look at how Utah is now allowing teachers to obtain concealed carry permits to have firearms in their schools after training and continually passing background checks. As the media has done countless times, they found a way to turn it into coming across as a bad thing.

NBC News senior legal and investigative correspondent Cynthia McFadden interviewed special education teacher Casey Hanson and seemed intrigued by her decision to purchase a pistol “to defend my students” after being shaken by the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012.

By Ken Shepherd | September 22, 2014 | 9:38 PM EDT

In a segment on the September 22 edition of Hardball, MSNBC's Chris Matthews was informed by guest Carol Leonnig, a staff writer for the Washington Post, that Friday's White House fence-jumper, Omar Gonzalez, was found to have been carrying a serrated knife on his person, not a switchblade. 

Yet about 30 minutes later, in a separate panel discussion, Matthews referred to the knife as a switchblade, demonstrating how little Mr. Matthews listens to his guests. 

By Tom Blumer | September 22, 2014 | 7:08 PM EDT

Politico's Kenneth Vogel and Byron Tau filed a long Friday article moaning about how influential opposition research has become in the conduct of this year's political campaigns. My takeaway is that they really don't like it this time around — not because the money involved has increased, and not because supposedly lax campaign-finance laws have accommodated this increase. No, they're really upset because, according to Joe Pounder, a cofounder of the conservative American Rising, "so far, at least — Democrats had endured more such hits than Republicans."

So I guess the next step for the Politico pair inevitably had to be to minimize the importance of hits against Democrats. Here's their one-sentence evaluation of one of them: "[S]maller scoops have proliferated as well — an Ohio gubernatorial candidate caught driving without a license, for example." You've got to be kidding.

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 Gillibrand (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."