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By Mark Finkelstein | October 24, 2014 | 7:54 AM EDT

You've probably seen the video.  A man boards a bus and twice tries to rip a purse away from a woman.  When he fails, he tries to flee, only to get his arm stuck in the door. Whereupon the driver subdues him with a few swings from his handy bat.  When the bus finally stops, the police are there to greet the miscreant and lead him away.

When Jimmy Kimmel played the clip on his show, the audience reacted with cheers.  But when Morning Joe aired it today, Mika declared herself "disturbed." When Mika asked why the clip was enjoyable, Joe Scarborough explained the obvious: "because justice won out."

By Tom Blumer | October 24, 2014 | 6:21 AM EDT

Imagine the pile-on that would be occurring from other members of the nation's establishment press if a Republican or conservative U.S. Senate candidate went after an individual member of the press as Alison Grimes just has against NBC/MSNBC reporter Chuck Todd. The "How dare you?" cries would be everywhere.

It's hard to see how employing such a tactic works to get votes, but Grimes, the Democrats' candidate for U.S. Senate in Kentucky, seems to think that acting as if she's standing up to playground bullies might get her some mileage. Todd, along with incumbent Republican Senator Mitch McConnell, is one of the supposedly all-powerful bullies. Video follows the jump:

By Curtis Houck | October 24, 2014 | 12:59 AM EDT

On Thursday night, ABC and NBC continued to make no mention of a damning report by USA Today that the Obama administration covered up the release of illegal immigrants from prisons who had committed numerous violent crimes, including rape and murder. 

At the conclusion of the morning newscasts of the major broadcast networks, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today had no coverage while CBS This Morning mentioned it in a news brief that lasted for just 21 seconds. By the time the evening newscasts had aired, ABC's World News Tonight with David Muir and NBC Nightly News followed their morning counterparts and said nothing about the report.

By Clay Waters | October 23, 2014 | 11:53 PM EDT

Having pretty much conceded big Republican gains of the U.S. Senate, the New York Times is working to strangle any ideological gains the GOP might make, whether the issue be immigration or economics. The latest example: Jackie Calmes' front-page story Thursday, "Economists See Limited Gains in G.O.P. Plan."

By NB Staff | October 23, 2014 | 10:05 PM EDT

On Thursday, the Fox News Channel’s (FNC) The Five spent part of its program discussing the latest study from the Media Research Center, which detailed the vast disparity in stories filed by the “big three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC on their evening newscasts in the lead-ups to both the 2006 and 2014 midterm elections. 

Co-host Eric Bolling introduced the study and its findings in the show’s second segment: “A new Media Research Center study shows the network evening newscasts have essentially blacked out bad election news for Democrats.” 

By Tim Graham | October 23, 2014 | 9:59 PM EDT

People magazine dragged out its goo bucket again to praise ultraliberal Senator Elizabeth Warren in the latest (November 3) issue. The headline is “The YouTube Senator: As she fought the big banks, she never expected that Senate hearings would go as viral as cat videos – and make her a political star.”

Reporter Sandra Sobieraj Westfall began: “As she is not a dyspeptic pop star or a starlet dumping ice water on her head for charity, Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren is an unlikely Internet sensation.”

By Ken Shepherd | October 23, 2014 | 9:52 PM EDT

On his Oct. 23 Hardball program, MSNBC's Chris Matthews excoriated New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie for highlighting in a recent speech the importance of swing-state Republican governors getting reelected this November in order to pave a smoother road for the eventual Republican nominee in the 2016 presidential campaign. Matthews took the worst-possible interpretation of Christie's remarks -- that he endorses partisan voter suppression -- rather than the more logical and charitable interpretation -- every presidential candidate wants as many swing states as possible to have governors of his party running the show.

By Jack Coleman | October 23, 2014 | 8:19 PM EDT

How about that, maybe those wild-eyed assertions that Barack Obama isn't who he claims to be aren't far off the mark after all. Once liberals hear his latest remarks on voter ID laws, they just might conclude that Obama is a Manchurian candidate -- for conservatives.

The president was a guest on Al Sharpton's radio show Tuesday -- yes, "the Rev" has a radio program but hardly anyone listens because it's even more dreary and predictable than the awful dreck he serves up on MSNBC.

By Randy Hall | October 23, 2014 | 6:16 PM EDT

During Tuesday night's edition of Hardball on MSNBC, liberal host Chris Matthews vented his exasperation regarding the many Democratic candidates running across the country in this year's election who are distancing themselves from the unpopular current occupant of the White House.

“It's like Obama's got Ebola,” he said, referring to the deadly disease that originated in West Africa and has spread to the United States and other nations around the world.

 

By Mark Finkelstein | October 23, 2014 | 6:10 PM EDT

On her MSNBC show today, Alex Wagner found it "surprising" and "distressing" that some were seeing the attack on the Canadian Parliament by a Muslim convert as a "terrorist act."  Wagner was joined by CAIR's Nihad Awad who said that anyone claiming "that there is an islamic component" in the attack shows either "ignorance or hostility" toward Islam.

Another guest claimed the attack was "much more like ordinary crime."  Right.  No Islamic extremism here.  Zehaf-Bibeau was probably just planning to get the Members of Parliament to empty their pockets.

By Ken Shepherd | October 23, 2014 | 6:00 PM EDT

Daily Beast liberal columnist Sally Kohn took to her keyboard today to insist that Christian clergy who own a wedding chapel do not have a constitutionally-guaranteed religious-freedom right to refuse to conduct business with same-sex couples.

By Tom Blumer | October 23, 2014 | 5:45 PM EDT

Taking the web site even further down the path of useless, pretentious collection of hackery than it already is — and that's quite far — Vox.com has tweeted (HT Twitchy) that "Our obsession with the Ottawa shooter's religion reveals more about us than about him." It must be a shock to their system to learn that a lot of "us" would rather not be cut down by a member of the alleged "Religion of Peace."

The site's underlying writeup by Amanda Taub accuses "us" of jumping to conclusions, when there was plenty of evidence from the get-go that the attack was jihadist in nature:

By Geoffrey Dickens | October 23, 2014 | 5:08 PM EDT

After being “roundly criticized” for laughing at audio of Bristol Palin’s account of being assaulted by a man and thrown to the ground, CNN’s Carol Costello issued an apology to the Palin family. 

By Scott Whitlock | October 23, 2014 | 4:51 PM EDT

Talking to a Canadian member of Parliament on Thursday, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell wondered about the threat of bigotry in that country's reaction to a terrorist shooting. Comparing Canada to the United States, she worried, "But do you fear, do you worry that there is going to be this reaction as, frankly, we had after 9/11?" 

By Matthew Balan | October 23, 2014 | 4:47 PM EDT

On the early Wednesday edition of Nightline, ABC's Byron Pitts zeroed in on how Adam Daniels, the organizer of a Satanic ritual in Oklahoma City, claims to be a "religious leader," and is yet a "convicted sex offender." The correspondent bluntly turned to Daniels and said, "You get how, for most people, those two things don't line up." Pitts also pointed out another controversy that the Satanic leader is involved in: his plan to build an altar to Satan that incorporates debris from the Oklahoma City bombing.