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By Curtis Houck | September 30, 2014 | 12:19 AM EDT

On Monday’s ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, the program not only spent the fewest time covering the democracy protests in Hong Kong than fellow networks CBS and NBC, but it spent nearly twice as much time gushing over the newest member of the Clinton family than the protests that now number in the tens of thousands.

ABC’s evening newscast ran a news brief on the Hong Kong protests for greater electoral independence from Communist China that lasted for a scant 15 seconds, while two teases plus a mention during the program’s “Instant Index” segment totaled 32 seconds.

By Tom Blumer | September 29, 2014 | 11:45 PM EDT

ABC's Jonathan Karl is on a tear — and his editorial bosses at ABC seem determined to ignore him.

As Scott Whitlock at NewsBusters noted earlier today, Karl on Friday "grilled White House press secretary Josh Earnest ... about claims that al Qaeda had been 'decimated,'" mainly because it hasn't been. Instead, it seems like there are at least ten times as many versions. The network televised none of the exchange. Tonight, NB's Curtis Houck wrote that ABC was among the networks which ignored how "several sources in the intelligence community disputed President Obama’s comments" about how they had supposedly underestimated the ISIS/ISIL threat. It turns out that ABC was silent even though Karl wrote a scathing column this afternoon which named specific names (bolds are mine):

By Curtis Houck | September 29, 2014 | 9:44 PM EDT

Throughout the day on Monday, several sources in the intelligence community disputed President Obama’s comments in an interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes that aired on Sunday night that the intelligence community and Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper are to blame for not recognizing the threat posed by ISIS.

On the Monday evening newscasts of the major broadcast networks, ABC World News Tonight with David Muir chose to ignore the story all together while the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley simply re-aired Obama’s comments from 60 Minutes the night prior without acknowledging the criticisms since the interview aired. NBC Nightly News offered a stark contrast as it aired a two-and-a-half-minute segment that included not only Obama’s comments, but congressional testimony from intelligence officials over the past year warning of ISIS and reports from NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel going back to January that both cited the falling apart of the Iraqi army in being able to hold territory and losses in territory to terrorists that U.S. troops had secured during the Iraq war.

By Tom Blumer | September 29, 2014 | 9:41 PM EDT

Early voting in Ohio was supposed to start tomorrow, a full 35 days before Election Day. But today, the U.S. Supreme Court, by a 5-4 majority allowed the state to carry out voting law as passed by the legislature instead of what a group of misnamed "civil rights" groups wanted.

The final paragraph of Ann Sanner's Associated Press coverage of the ruling illustrated how absurd this controversy has become. It related to the lower court ruling the Supremes reversed, and showed that to so many members of the press and public, world history apparently started less than a decade ago.

By Tom Johnson | September 29, 2014 | 9:29 PM EDT

A symposium addressing the question “Where Is Liberalism Going?” produced what several online pundits considered nutty and ignorant ideas about topics including sex and the supposedly growing authoritarian tendencies of the left.

By Ken Shepherd | September 29, 2014 | 9:04 PM EDT

Video of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky leaving the hospital with their newborn daughter apparently reminds CNN anchor Erin Burnett of when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took home their newborn son last year.

By Randy Hall | September 29, 2014 | 8:33 PM EDT

During Saturday morning's edition of the Cashin' In program on the Fox News Channel, host Eric Bolling called for people in the military to be paid far more than the $15 per hour minimum wage “burger flippers” are looking for -- even though it means he'll be attacked by “the liberal posse” of Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher.

While neither of the Comedy Central hosts have yet to respond, a blogger at the Crooks and Liars website charged that Bolling -- who also serves as a co-host of the channel's weekday program The Five – “has to resort to just making stuff up out of whole cloth to get his digs in these days.”

By P.J. Gladnick | September 29, 2014 | 8:09 PM EDT

Despite a tremendous amount of Mainstream Media hype given to the Coffee Party at its conception four years ago, it remains stuck in utter insignficance. Its only lasting legacy is comedic in the form of perhaps the lamest rap video ever made.
 

By Randy Hall | September 29, 2014 | 7:19 PM EDT

Matt Bai, a columnist for Yahoo News, has written a “look-back book” entitled “All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid,” and while the new release focuses on the 1987 incident that ended Gary Hart's quest for the presidency, it also lists John Kerry as one of the victims of the media's new motivation “to find character problems, hypocrisies that will drive web traffic and segments on cable news.”

According to Washington Post blogger Erik Wemple, one example of this change in covering politicians took place in 2004, when Bai interviewed Kerry -- while he was a presidential candidate -- for the New York Times Magazine.

By Matthew Balan | September 29, 2014 | 5:54 PM EDT

Open Obama supporter Gayle King made sure she got her liberal viewpoint across on Monday's CBS This Morning as she interviewed Rep. Paul Ryan. King spotlighted an excerpt from the congressman's new book: "You said, 'In order for the Republican Party to save the country' – some people don't think it needs saving, by the way – but you said the GOP has to change from within. What do you mean by that?"

By Kyle Drennen | September 29, 2014 | 5:10 PM EDT

In an interview with Ben Affleck on Monday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer observed that the actor's new murder mystery thriller Gone Girl was "a little hostile to the institution of the media." Affleck agreed but reassured Lauer: "Yeah, it's not media broadly. It's not you guys or The New York Times or even the news. It's about that stripe of media that's the sort of the cable, 24-hour, 'Who killed somebody today?,' you know, kind of hustle."

Affleck – who plays a husband suspected of murdering his wife amid a media frenzy in the film – listed various real-life murder cases the press became obsessed with: "...Scott Peterson or Laci Peterson or whatever, Amanda Knox, or that girl whose daughter died. You know, whatever horrible thing happens, there's somebody kind of really sanctimonious running a show twenty four hours a day trying to make money off of it..." Of course NBC was saturated with sensational coverage of all of those stories as well.

By Scott Whitlock | September 29, 2014 | 4:50 PM EDT

Under threat of a lawsuit, the liberal Daily Show altered a highly controversial ambush segment revolving around the Washington Redskins team name. A severely edited version of the story aired Thursday night, but still contained more overt editorializing and less comedy. Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones berated team owner Dan Snyder, railing, "He who stands on the wrong side of history, change the f***ing name!" 

By Ken Shepherd | September 29, 2014 | 4:35 PM EDT

"Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bulls***ting."

That's what a "former senior Pentagon official who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq" told Eli Lake of the Daily Beast subsequent to his watching President Obama's September 28 60 Minutes interview with Steve Kroft.

By Jack Coleman | September 29, 2014 | 4:13 PM EDT

How sad it's not when a dubious meme is rendered threadbare from overuse.

Liberals are desperately hoping that their deceitful "war on women" defamation of conservatives will help them shift momentum away from Republicans as the midterms approach. And if this requires that left wingers render themselves more laughable than usual, so be it. It's a sacrifice they're willing to make.

By Clay Waters | September 29, 2014 | 3:55 PM EDT

The reporter who broke the Rotherham sex abuse scandal, Andrew Norfolk of the Times (UK), first had to get over his misgivings that the awful facts would "be a dream story for the far right" in England.