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By Tom Blumer | July 31, 2015 | 11:22 AM EDT

Christopher Rugaber at the Associated Press and the "expert" he quoted in his writeup on the government's awful Employment Cost Index report seemed to be taking their cues from Steven Wright's deadpan comedy act. The problem, of course, is that they were writing and saying isn't funny at all.

Rugaber, with his "expert" help, assembled an impressive array of understatements and misstatements in the wake of the smalles reported quarterly increase in U.S. worker pay on record. His worst characterization: "[T]he job market is not yet back to full health."

By Alatheia Larsen | July 31, 2015 | 11:16 AM EDT

In response to a series of incriminating under-cover videos from The Center for Medical Progress about the major abortion provider, organizations have been cutting ties -- or denying ties -- to Planned Parenthood. But where nonprofits are concerned, tax records keep the story straight.

Between 2010 and 2013, no fewer than 966 individual organizations donated to Planned Parenthood. Of those, 31 gave more than $1 million each during those four years, totaling $374,199,059. The seven highest donors made up $324.8 million of that.

By Scott Whitlock | July 31, 2015 | 11:07 AM EDT

On Friday, CBS This Morning actually highlighted the "tough, new questions" Planned Parenthood is facing, showcasing the "latest and most graphic video." ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today, despite a combined running time of six hours, ignored the story. This Morning Co-anchor Norah O'Donnell, in addition to showing footage, alerted, "Planned Parenthood is facing tough new questions this morning. A fourth undercover video is out, showing a doctor at the women's health provider, talking about selling fetal body parts." 

By Kyle Drennen | July 31, 2015 | 11:01 AM EDT

On Friday both NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America ignored the State Department releasing thousands more of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails as well as a federal judge demanding the agency do a better job of making all of the former Secretary of State’s communications public.

By Curtis Houck | July 31, 2015 | 10:05 AM EDT

Continuing the effort on the now-cancelled MSNBC’s Now to defend Planned Parenthood from its video scandal, National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill joined host Alex Wagner on Thursday to gush over how the “beloved” provider of abortions and alleged seller of body parts from aborted babies “has nothing to apologize for” and mocked female GOP senators who want to defund the taxpayer-funded group.

By Geoffrey Dickens | July 31, 2015 | 9:30 AM EDT

Due to extremely poor ratings, MSNBC formally announced Thursday it will bring down the ax on Ed Schultz and Alex Wagner. It turns out hate-mongering against conservative Republicans and sucking up to far-left Democrats is not a great way to attract large audiences. 

 

By Mark Finkelstein | July 31, 2015 | 9:22 AM EDT

Joe Scarborough chose to couch his criticism in exculpatory explanation, claiming that reporters "try to be as fair as possible" and that their bias is "unintended."  But Scarborough's bottom line was still this: that media bias is at its worst when it comes to the issue of abortion.

Speaking on today's Morning Joe, Scarborough took his critique a significant step further, asserting that if a conservative group were caught doing what Planned Parenthood has done, "there would be indictments already going down." 

By Melissa Mullins | July 31, 2015 | 6:11 AM EDT

Fox & Friends host Elisabeth Hasselbeck got some passionate support from an old friend for a recent question she asked that turned into a Twitter frenzy. On Monday morning, Hasselbeck asked a former NYPD officer if it were possible that Sandra Bland could’ve used her lit cigarette as a weapon against her arresting officer.  

Twitter went crazy, with many calling Hasselbeck a racist for asking such a question.  Her former colleague at The View, Whoopi Goldberg, wasn’t having any of that on Wednesday – she shut down the Twitter haters:

By NB Staff | July 31, 2015 | 1:26 AM EDT

For the second time in a week, Fox News Channel (FNC) host Bill O’Reilly turned to statistics from the “very accurate” Media Research Center to form the basis of a segment of The O’Reilly Factor concerning the major broadcast network coverage of the Planned Parenthood scandal with Thursday’s mention comparing it with the droves of coverage given to the shooting death of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. 

By Tom Blumer | July 30, 2015 | 11:46 PM EDT

Ohio's newspapers have reported that two state legislators, one Democrat and one Republican, are cosponsoring a bill to defund Planned Parenthood in the Buckeye State. But they have mostly failed to note the key points made by Cleveland Democrat Bill Patmon in his inspiring, passionate speech at an Ohio Right to Life rally announcing his cosponsorship.

You see, Mr. Patmon is black, and he has had it up to here with the hypocrisy of the "Black Lives Matter" movement, especially in their failure to denounce the disproportionate slaughter in the U.S. of black babies through abortion.

By NB Staff | July 30, 2015 | 10:07 PM EDT

"Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s campaign is off to a slow start.  Six weeks after announcing his candidacy, he’s still trying to shore up his base: Mrs. O’Malley." -- NewsBusted anchor Jodi Miller.

By Curtis Houck | July 30, 2015 | 9:50 PM EDT

After almost nine day of silence on the Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal, CBS and NBC ended their coverage blackout with full stories following the release of a fourth horrifying video from the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) while ABC and Spanish-language networks Telemundo and Univision ignored it. However, the stories on the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News were anything but impressive as the duo largely played defense for the abortion providers in bemoaning the defunding “attack in Congress.”

By Tim Graham | July 30, 2015 | 9:42 PM EDT

The Washington Post’s ongoing series of articles aggressively promoting the acceptance of the science-deniers who practice transgenderism continued with a sprawling 3,133-word article on the front of Thursday’s Style section. The headline was “LIFE AS SARA: What it’s like to be a transgender woman when you’re not Caitlyn Jenner.” In other words, when you’re black and almost homeless. 

The Post had a massive color photo of “Sara” Simone that took up the entire half of the paper above the fold. The story (and five additional photos, two of them almost a half-page each) took up all of pages C-6 and C-7. There is no space in this article for a critic, as usual.

By Ken Shepherd | July 30, 2015 | 9:30 PM EDT

Chastised by former GOP chairman Michael Steele for her haughty, condescending attitude towards"low[est] common denominator middle-class Republican voters who are at the very least giving Donald Trump a fair hearing, Salon editor-at-large Joan Walsh shot back, "I'm much more one of them than he is," adding, "I wasn't born to wealth, for God's sake, Michael Steele!"

By Melissa Mullins | July 30, 2015 | 8:07 PM EDT

According to The New York Times, Will Dana, the managing editor who oversaw Rolling Stone’s trumped up UVA gang rape story, is leaving the magazine.