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By Jeffrey Meyer | January 20, 2015 | 9:45 AM EST

On Tuesday, Joy Behar, former co-host on ABC’s The View, appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe to discuss a variety of political issues as the 2016 presidential field takes shape and decided to take a cheap shot at Mike Huckabee for his comments directed at pop singer Beyonce. Speaking to co-host Mika Brzezinski, Behar proclaimed “the overriding thing about this conversation with Huckabee is, you know, there's a certain mental midgetness to it that.” 

By Tom Blumer | January 19, 2015 | 11:50 PM EST

Your truly noted yesterday (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog) how Michael Moore tweeted, in part, that "We were taught snipers were cowards." Earlier today, Geoffrey Dickens at NewsBusters observed that Seth Rogen, whose "The Interview" movie was at least partially salvaged financially by freedom-of-speech supporters on the left and right who watched it online and in person in select areas, tweeted that "American Sniper kind of reminds me of the (Nazi propaganda) movie that's showing in the third act of Inglorious Basterds."

Tonight, both Moore and Rogen are in keister-covering walkback mode. Predictably, both are pretending that they didn't imply and say what they really implied and said.

By Tim Graham | January 19, 2015 | 11:09 PM EST

Paul Bedard at The Washington Examiner reported that potential GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee finds the media “laughable” and sometimes playing the “idiot” role when covering America and his probable campaign. The media are out of touch with "Bubbaville." His new book God, Guns, Grits, and Gravy comes out on Tuesday. He recalled charged conversations on guns with an AP reporter and with Katie Couric on NBC.


By Curtis Houck | January 19, 2015 | 9:58 PM EST

Ahead of President Obama’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, the networks offered previews of his speech during their Monday evening newscasts with ABC and NBC working particularly hard to paint a rosy picture for Obama with rising poll numbers and having “redefined” the “model of how to sell the State of the Union.”

By Tom Johnson | January 19, 2015 | 9:57 PM EST

New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait says reform conservatives such as Peter Wehner are “trying to coax the Republican Party back toward sanity” but argues that Wehner undervalues the “apocalyptic strain” in right-wing rhetoric.

By Ken Shepherd | January 19, 2015 | 8:47 PM EST

Nothing says celebrating nonviolent civil-rights icon Martin Luther King Jr. Day than calling for someone's "head on a platter," either literally or figuratively.

Enter Charles Ellison of the Philadelphia Tribune. In a panel discussion on the January 19 edition of MSNBC's Hardball, the liberal journalist lamented how the Congressional Black Caucus was not demanding the resignation of  Steve Scalise (R-La.) and how the Pelican State's lone Democratic congressman had defended Scalise against charges of racism.

By Jack Coleman | January 19, 2015 | 8:31 PM EST

Isn't it sad when those willing to inconvenience thousands of people for hours at a time are asked to sacrifice to moment or two answering questions from pesky reporters? Oh the humanity!

The biggest story coming out of Boston this past Thursday involved a major highway getting shut down during the morning commute in two locations by protesters alleging to profess abiding empathy for black people involved in altercations with police.

By Tim Graham | January 19, 2015 | 7:36 PM EST

New York Times columnist David Brooks shows up every Friday on NPR and PBS to sound very moderate in the microphones, which usually means taking an immoderate swipe at conservatives. On both All Things Considered and the NewsHour on Friday, he slammed House conservatives by associating them with Fox News and their fans.

On PBS, Brooks compared to the House vote to block funding for Obama’s executive actions on immigratino to Pickett’s disastrous charge into Union guns at Gettysburg:

By Scott Whitlock | January 19, 2015 | 6:07 PM EST

Ed Schultz on Monday bashed American Sniper as "disturbing" and contributing to the culture of "normalizing Islamophobia." The MSNBC anchor warned that the late Chris Kyle was "far more complicated than the hero portrayed in Eastwood's movie." 

By Ken Shepherd | January 19, 2015 | 5:12 PM EST

Let's face it, watching MSNBC coverage of the State of the Union is not all that exciting. It's going to be a predictable slobbery love-fest for President Obama and lack any serious consideration of conservative critiques of the president's left-wing laundry list.

So maybe that's why network producers whipped up a promo video featuring a montage of MSNBC anchor over top a hard-rocking music bed. As Tara Ariano of quipped, it's as if network suits were trying to evoke NHL hockey playoffs.

By Kyle Drennen | January 19, 2015 | 4:51 PM EST

At the top of NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, moderator Chuck Todd wondered if a Republican rising star could overcome a major obstacle that has occurred "year after year" for the GOP: "Can Iowa's Joni Ernst avoid becoming the latest victim of the curse of the State of the Union response?" 

By Mike Ciandella | January 19, 2015 | 3:50 PM EST

As media outlets focused on the World Economic Forum’s plans to address climate change it ignored the hypocrisy of the huge number of private jets flying world leaders and celebrities to that conference.

Roughly 1,700 private planes will head to Davos, Switzerland for the 2015 World Economic Forum. That doesn’t include commercial air travel or any other method of transit to the conference. Ironically, the top article featured on the “Agenda” section of the World Economic Forum website on Jan. 19, boldly stated that “[d]ecarbonising the global economy in a matter of decades is the number one priority.”

By Julia A. Seymour | January 19, 2015 | 3:18 PM EST

The broadcast networks hustled to report NASA and NOAA data that claimed 2014 was a record hot year. But now both government agencies are being criticized by scientists accusing them of “deception” over the statistics.

Investor’s Business Daily noted in a recent editorial that debate is over minute details. If 2014 was the hottest, it was “by no more than four-hundredths of a degree” and is based on surface temperatures. Some scientists have said that difference is so tiny it is “scientifically meaningless.” Satellite data showed 2014 as only the third-warmest year in the past 36 years, IBD said.

By Tim Graham | January 19, 2015 | 2:17 PM EST

If the notion of an “MSNBC Catholic” sounds like a complete non sequitur, you could be thinking of Mike Barnicle. In a foam-flecked Daily Beast attack on conservative Catholic Cardinal Raymond Burke -- "Catholicism’s Most Offensive Mansplainer" -- Barnicle and the Beasties highlighted how his “mother the nun” would call Burke an “a**hole” in Gaelic.

Barnicle also uncorked a completely crackpot line: “The cost of his gilded, ornate vestments could feed a family of four across a decade.”

By Ken Shepherd | January 19, 2015 | 1:08 PM EST

MSNBC plays the race card 365 days a year, but on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, you can be sure they'll really ham it up. Witness writer Jane Timm's pathetic attempt to bash the GOP as racist by bringing up decades-old votes on whether or not to make the civil-rights leader's birthday a federal holiday.

"GOP haunted by anti-MLK Day votes," blares a teaser headline on the home page. "Amid highly publicized racial tension in areas like Ferguson, Missouri and New York City, these nay votes have received renewed scrutiny and attention," adds the caption beneath a black-and-white photo of President Reagan signing into law a bill to make MLK Day a federal holiday.