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By Curtis Houck | September 18, 2014 | 5:38 PM EDT

On Thursday morning, CBS continued to ignore key results of the latest CBS News/New York Times poll, which show President Obama’s approval rating at 40 percent and his foreign policy approval rating at only 34 percent. 

In contrast, the front-page New York Times article by Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Dalia Sussman included dire statistics about the President’s low domestic approval rating: “The results suggest a profoundly unsettled public mood, with two-thirds of Americans surveyed saying the country is on the wrong track and half disapproving of how Mr. Obama is doing his job, a negative assessment that threatens to be a substantial drag on Democrats in November.”

By Tom Blumer | September 18, 2014 | 5:33 PM EDT

The Census Bureau reported earlier today that seasonally adjusted housing starts and homebuilding permits fell by 14.4 percent and 5.6 percent, respectively, in August. The detail wasn't any better, as the two categories within each statistic — single-family and multiple-dwelling homes — also fell.

You can tell that the news wasn't seen as good at the Associated Press, because Josh Boak's related dispatch had already fallen to number nine in the list of the wire service's top ten business stories by 3:30 p.m. The headline and content at Boak's report tried to convince readers that apartment-building volatility was almost entirely to blame, and that things are all right in single-family homebuilding. As will be seen, nothing could be further from the truth.

By Scott Whitlock | September 18, 2014 | 5:05 PM EDT

What do the networks consider vital information for their viewers? ABC, NBC and CBS again on Thursday offered the latest about the "firestorm" engulfing the National Football League. Yet, these same outlets have ignored a shocking act of domestic terrorism within the United States. Ali Muhammad Brown allegedly murdered 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin on June 25th.  According to CNN, told police: "My mission is vengeance for the lives, millions of lives are lost every day: Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, all these places where innocent lives with being taken every single day." 

He chillingly added, "So, a life for a life." Brown gunned down Tevlin in New Jersey, shooting the college student multiple times. ABC, CBS and NBC have, thus far, not uttered a word on this act of terrorism. 

By Kyle Drennen | September 18, 2014 | 4:53 PM EDT

During a segment on Thursday's Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC, fill-in host Kristen Welker noted Joe Biden making a string of gaffes – which included using an anti-Semitic slur – during a trip to Iowa, but then she and her guests proceeded to excuse his offensive remarks as merely being part of his charm. [Listen to the audio]

The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza observed: "Joe Biden is probably the most 'real,' I suppose, politician you have these days. He does say what's on his mind. Unfortunately, what's on his mind often gets him in trouble."

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 18, 2014 | 4:07 PM EDT

On Thursday, September 18, a strange thing happened: ABC actually covered President Obama’s plummeting poll numbers. No, not ABC News, but the daytime ABC program The View which spent nearly four minutes discussing his falling poll numbers. Moderator Whoopi Goldberg proclaimed that President Obama “might be afraid…the latest approval ratings seemed to have sunk lower than George Bush's levels. Partly because more than half of Americans are disapproving of the way he seems to be handling terrorism.” 

By Katie Yoder | September 18, 2014 | 2:38 PM EDT

How a-peeling.

After noting how DC Comics and Marvel earned billions at the box office, comedian Stephen Colbert decided to sell his own superhero story. On his Sept. 17 “The Colbert Report,” the host joked that, instead of Jesus, a banana was crucified. He marketed his plot to San Diego’s Comic-Con attendees. “All of mankind is saved by the banana,” he explained. 

By Tom Blumer | September 18, 2014 | 2:18 PM EDT

Though things could always change, and often do, it appears that the Democratic Party is on track to lose majority control of the U.S. Senate in the fall elections, and to make little if any kind of dent in the Republican Party's majority in the House of Representatives.

Since the left never blames any of its own policies and positions for its woes, it must, Alinsky-style, find someone to demonize, even if it's one of their own. That "Koch Brothers are the root of all evil" campaign has fallen flat, and the bogus "war on women" meme is wearing thin. Organizing For Action emails are now so desperate that they've taken to claiming that Republicas love polluted water; not even they can really believe that nonsense. So it all must be Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz's fault, which explains the appearance of Edward-Isaac Dovere's lengthy, leak-driven, nasty hit piece at the Politico on Wednesday.

By NB Staff | September 18, 2014 | 2:07 PM EDT

Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner has been dogging the compilers of the formerly prestigious New York Times best-seller list for trying to deny best-seller status to conservative authors. First it was Dinesh D’Souza’s book America.

Now it’s David Limbaugh’s latest book Jesus on Trial. He reports the Times crew has “banished conservative legal author David Limbaugh’s latest, Jesus on Trial, from its upcoming best seller list despite having sales better than 17 other books on the list.”

By Scott Whitlock | September 18, 2014 | 12:55 PM EDT

A government report claiming that there was no conclusive proof that long wait times led to deaths at Veterans Affairs hospitals was altered. Yet, for the second day in a row, NBC ignored this revelation. ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday allowed a scant 21 seconds, despite news reader Amy Robach hyping the "stunning admission." 

 

By P.J. Gladnick | September 18, 2014 | 12:53 PM EDT

Occupy Wall Street is now suing one of its leaders for taking over its Twitter account and locking out the activists. They also suspect him of financial improprieties.

No surprise since that leader, Justin Wedes, was earlier exposed as a scam artist forger who tried to cheat taxpayers to fraudulently obtain a government grant.
 

By Tom Johnson | September 18, 2014 | 12:37 PM EDT

Ayers talks with Salon about topics such as his interview with Kelly; the Tea Party’s supposedly mistaken ideas about freedom; and would-be privatizers of public education.

By Kyle Drennen | September 18, 2014 | 11:53 AM EDT

Starting off a gentle interview with United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power on Thursday's CBS This Morning, co-host Norah O'Donnell began to pitch what could have been a hardball question on the Obama administration's slow response to violence in Syria giving rise to the ISIS terrorist threat, but instead tossed out this: "When you first became ambassador, you pushed for air strikes in Syria. Now we have lawmakers on record supporting engagement in Syria. How do you see this playing out?"

No question about whether the President was wrong to not take Power's recommendation on Syria, just simply, "How do you see this playing out?"

By Tianna DiMartino and Matthew Philbin | September 18, 2014 | 11:32 AM EDT

On his blog, Huffington Post Gay Voices, Op-Ed writer Michelangelo Signorile made the outrageous claim that: “Professional football, perhaps more than any other male team sport, is based on misogyny and homophobia, built on it from the ground up.” 

Hmmm. It’s a sport women are physically unequipped to play at high levels – that must be the misogyny. And it so far hasn’t allowed itself to be bullied into pretending that two percent of the population that tends to self-select away from the game really matters to it: Homophobia. 

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 18, 2014 | 10:53 AM EDT

CBS has a new drama called “Madam Secretary” where the main character, played by Tea Leoni, is a newly appointed Secretary of State and on Thursday, CBS This Morning did their best to swoon over the new show. The character is said to be a cross between Hillary Clinton and Kirsten Gillibrand and as a result co-host Gayle King eagerly hyped the inspiration for the show. The CBS host enthusiastically wondered “so did you call Hillary Clinton and say pajama party at your house, tell me everything?” 

By Geoffrey Dickens | September 18, 2014 | 10:03 AM EDT

The mother of ISIS beheading victim James Foley told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, on September 11, that she was “embarrassed and appalled” by the White House’s handling of her son’s kidnapping. On September 8 a spokesman for the family of ISIS victim Steven Sotloff claimed that both families were “bullied and hectored” by the administration.

So how many Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network stories have been devoted to helping these families tell their shocking stories of a White House that let them down and even intimidated them? Just three (CBS 2, ABC 1, NBC 0).