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By Curtis Houck | October 13, 2015 | 10:25 PM EDT

Rallying to the aid of fellow 2016 Democratic presidential opponent Hillary Clinton during the first debate Tuesday night, Democratic socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) angrily lamented the focus on Clinton’s e-mail scandal and berated the media for covering Clinton’s “damn e-mails.”

By Scott Whitlock | October 13, 2015 | 9:44 PM EDT

With her first debate question of the night, CNN’s Dana Bash wondered if Hillary Clinton’s vote on the Iraq War could simply be forgiven. Talking to another Democratic candidate, Lincoln Chafee, Bash lectured, “You were the only Republican in the Senate to vote against the Iraq War. You say Secretary Clinton should be disqualified from the presidency because she voted in favor of using force in Iraq.” Bash added, “She has since said her vote was a mistake. Why isn't that good enough?”

By Tom Blumer | October 13, 2015 | 8:28 PM EDT

Life is so unfair. "The rich" live in nicer places, have nicer amenities, drive nicer cars, etc., etc.

Here's the last straw: Now they even have better breakfast sandwiches. But never fear: The press's inequality police are on patrol to supply the outrage.

By Scott Whitlock | October 13, 2015 | 8:26 PM EDT

Tuesday may be the Democratic debate night, but that didn’t stop an angry Chris Matthews from trashing Marco Rubio as a “pathetic” “sock puppet.” Before the CNN debate began, the MSNBC Hardball anchor derided conservative donor Sheldon Adelson as a “sugar daddy” who will likely endorse the Republican.

By Curtis Houck | October 13, 2015 | 8:18 PM EDT

On Tuesday night ahead of the first 2016 Democratic presidential debate, ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News put forth their best efforts to paint a favorable scene for Hillary Clinton by touting her as “relatable” while “need[ing] to show voters a different side” as she shoulders the “burden” of trying “to protect her front-runner status.”

By Jorge Bonilla | October 13, 2015 | 8:01 PM EDT

In the run-up to the first debate among the Democratic presidential candidates, frontrunner Hillary Clinton sat down with Telemundo anchor María Celeste Arrarás for a tough, hard-hitting…ah, who are we kidding? The whole thing was practically a Hillary campaign commercial.

By Ken Shepherd | October 13, 2015 | 7:57 PM EDT

After momentarily berating Bernie Sanders flack Tad Devine over the socialist's prickliness about being questioned about his technically being an independent, not a registered Democrat, Hardball host Chris Matthews tonight praised the Vermont senator's dovish tack on foreign policy, hailing how he would keep the U.S. out of "all those goddamn wars!"

By Randy Hall | October 13, 2015 | 6:50 PM EDT

During Monday evening's edition of The Daily Show on the Comedy Central cable network, new host Trevor Noah mocked the efforts by the Cable News Network not only to promote the first Democratic debate in the 2016 presidential contest on Tuesday, but also to add another participant to the event: vice president Joe Biden.

Noah rattled off the current candidates: former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton, junior senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders, former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, former U.S. senator from Virginia James Webb and former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee.

By Katie Yoder | October 13, 2015 | 6:40 PM EDT

What a perfect fit: Conservative-bashing Sheryl Crow will be performing at the Democratic primary debate.

Singer Sheryl Crow will sing the National Anthem for the first Democratic primary debate Tuesday night in Las Vegas, Nevada. In anticipation of the event hosted by CNN, she spoke with the network about being a Democrat and weeding out “people who have no business being pundits” – even though she frequently acts like one herself. 

By Curtis Houck | October 13, 2015 | 6:22 PM EDT

Just hours ahead of Tuesday’s 2016 Democratic presidential debate on CNN, the network was already in spin mode for Hillary Clinton down to the most minute detail as senior Washington correspondent Jeff Zeleny marveled during The Situation Room at the sight of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin surveying the stage for Clinton to gather “a sense of what this evening is going to be.”

By Mark Finkelstein | October 13, 2015 | 6:16 PM EDT

First Sanders, now Trumka—are there any capitalists left on the left? On the most recent Meet the Press, Bernie Sanders made news when Chuck Todd asked him if he was a capitalist.  "No," shot back Sanders, "I'm a democratic socialist." Mark Halperin was obviously taken enough by the question as to pose it on today's With All Due Respect to Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO.

"No, I'm a trade unionist, quite frankly," retorted Trumka.  When Halperin tried to pursue the issue, Trumka laughed it off, calling it  a "silly question." Silly? The biggest union boss in America opposes the economic system that made this country great and which creates the private sector jobs his members fill?  Employers have to bargain with people who reject the very premise upon which their businesses rest? Silly? You're killing us, Richard.  Or should we say "Mr. President," which was the obsequious way in which Halperin and co-host John Heilemann addressed Trumka. But kudos to Halperin for posing and then pursuing the question.

By NB Staff | October 13, 2015 | 6:14 PM EDT

The official NewsBusters Open Thread for the CNN Democratic debate held on October 13, 2015.

By Scott Whitlock | October 13, 2015 | 5:52 PM EDT

CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday was forced to respond to an accusation that he is too close to the Clintons. As first noted on the Weekly Standard (and highlighted on the Drudge Report), the anchor was listed as a “notable past member” for a 2007 conference he moderated at the Clinton Global Initiative. Cooper assailed, “With all due respect to the Weekly Standard, this is total bunk.”

By Matthew Balan | October 13, 2015 | 5:34 PM EDT

On Tuesday's New Day, CNN's Alisyn Camerota interviewed everyday people on Las Vegas's Strip, and revealed that most people have heard of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders among the Democratic presidential candidates, while hardly any could name the remaining three. Out of seven people featured during the segment, only one could name Martin O'Malley and Jim Webb. None knew former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee.

By Michael McKinney | October 13, 2015 | 5:02 PM EDT

On Tuesday's Live with Thomas Roberts, the MSNBC host relayed the recent decision by Planned Parenthood to no longer seek "reimbursement" for tissue from aborted fetuses. Roberts asked NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell if the move was simply to “calm critics out there and ease pressure off of Planned Parenthood?” O'Donnell pointed out that this has been a "summer of rhetoric" and that Planned Parenthood was seeking a way to alleviate Congressional pressure. O'Donnell would read on air the Planned Parenthood written statement that the new policy "takes away the smokescreen that extremists have been using to attack Planned Parenthood."