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By Tom Johnson | May 29, 2015 | 10:46 AM EDT

In a Tuesday post for Slate, lefty pundit Marcotte explored the religious right’s fascination with (and perhaps exploitation of) the Duggar family and how it might change in light of the Josh Duggar sexual-abuse scandal. “The Duggars' [religious] extremism elicited admiration and maybe a little envy among the ranks” of Christian conservatives, Marcotte commented, “but perhaps now Republicans will learn a lesson about the dangers of embracing religious extremists.”

Marcotte thinks the GOP’s affinity for the Duggars exemplifies the religious right’s misogynistic race to the bottom: “Just as urban liberals compete to see who can eat the most organic food and libertarian types race to see who can have the most polluting truck, Christian conservatives compete to see who can deny women's autonomy the hardest.”

By Mark Finkelstein | May 29, 2015 | 9:53 AM EDT

Willie Geist wondered out loud what would happen to a Republican candidate who had written that women fantasize about being raped--and Joe Scarborough questioned whether he would he still be in the race.

But when it's a candidate for the Dem presidential nomination who had written those words, well, that's a different story. On today's Morning Joe, when Scarborough raised the matter of Bernie Sanders having written that women fantasize about being raped, Mika Brzezinski repeatedly tried to shut him down and turn the page.

By Melissa Mullins | May 29, 2015 | 8:52 AM EDT

For its June 5 magazine issue, The Hollywood Reporter features a story on “Six of TV’s most provocative female comedians” that discussed everything from sexism, sex scenes, and pay equality.

With the likes of HBO star Lena Dunham and Comedy Central star Amy Schumer being two of the six comedians, it’s a safe bet to say the story would be a raunchy one. They didn’t disappoint. “I stopped wearing the nude patch after the first season of Girls…There’s not one guy who works on that show who hasn’t seen the inside of my vagina."

By Tim Graham | May 28, 2015 | 10:50 PM EDT

Former Newsweek and New York Times writer Matt Bai has a column at Yahoo spinning furiously against anyone suggesting the Clintons are too wealthy to be in touch with those “everyday Americans.” His headline was frank: “Hillary Clinton’s not like the rest of us? Good!”

By Yuri Perez | May 28, 2015 | 10:10 PM EDT

Pro-amnesty activist Jorge Mario Cabrera, spokesman for an ostensibly non-partisan, non-profit organization in Los Angeles, let loose with full-throated partisan rage on MundoFox, in reaction to the latest federal court ruling blocking implementation of President Obama’s Executive Amnesty for upwards of five million unauthorized immigrants currently living in the country.

“The reason why we are in this problem is because of the anti-immigrants and the Republicans who initiated this lawsuit and put a stop to these programs. They have to be made to pay a very high price for this abuse that they have done to us,” raged Cabrera, in an interview with MundoFox.

By Curtis Houck | May 28, 2015 | 9:42 PM EDT

Continuing the media narrative that climate change is the cause of flooding in Texas, NBC Nightly News did its part on Thursday night in not only accomplishing that but also linking climate change to the drought in California and a “weather whiplash” that’s being seen across the country. Anchor Lester Holt began by observing “[t]he relentless rain, while enormously destructive, seemed to have helped reverse years of drought in Texas” while Californians now “are wondering” if it’s their turn “for an abrupt weather whiplash of their own from dry to deluge.” Miguel Almaguer declared: “Scientists say climate change is exacerbating the wild swings.”

By Ken Shepherd | May 28, 2015 | 8:49 PM EDT

Chris Matthews has already scripted his dream scenario for the post-convention portion of the 2016 presidential race. Hillary Clinton is up 5 to 10 points in the polls and she selects, as a gracious move to prove she's about bringing all Americans together, Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) as her running mate.

Matthews offered this gem somewhat out of the blue during a segment on the May 28 edition of Hardball.

By Tom Blumer | May 28, 2015 | 8:31 PM EDT

Old stereotypes die hard — especially the ones which have long been false.

The June 1 cover of The New Yorker Magazine depicts the Republican Party's current crop of declared and undeclared 2016 presidential candidates as an all-white-boys affair, showing seven of them in different locker-room postures, with Hillary Clinton peeping in through a window. How is this possible, you ask? Where are Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina? Obviously, presenting a segregated, chauvinistic image of the GOP is more important than dealing with reality (HT Patterico):

By NB Staff | May 28, 2015 | 7:19 PM EDT

"Hillary Clinton is considering granting an interview to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.  The announcement came from her campaign spokesman: ABC’s George Stephanopoulos." -- NewsBusted host Jodi Miller

By Curtis Houck | May 28, 2015 | 6:23 PM EDT

New York Times best-selling author Ann Coulter stopped by Sean Hannity’s eponymous Fox News Channel (FNC) show on Wednesday night to preview her upcoming book Adios America and slammed both the government and news media for failing to provide “basic information about the people they are bringing into this country in order to change it into a direction that is more favorably disposed to vote for the Democrats.”

By Jack Coleman | May 28, 2015 | 6:15 PM EDT

Granted, it was done ever so obliquely and without mentioning Dear Leader by name. But when President Obama can no longer count on the venerable television newsmagazine that's been fawning in its coverage of his stint in office, the bloom is off the rose.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, 60 Minutes aired a program titled "War Stories" and first out of the gate was a report by correspondent Lara Logan on American efforts to train Afghan security forces in preparation for the eventual U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

By Matthew Balan | May 28, 2015 | 5:48 PM EDT

Paul J. Weber of the Associated Press made his liberal slant clear in a Wednesday article detailing how a pro-traditional marriage bill failed to pass in the Texas state legislature. Weber played up the supposedly "divisive efforts by Texas Republicans to defy the U.S. Supreme Court if same-sex marriage is legalized." He clearly labeled the proponents of the bill as conservatives, but failed to identify the socially liberal agenda of opponents.

By Tom Blumer | May 28, 2015 | 5:16 PM EDT

As noted in my previous related post, one of the authors of a late-2014 study which made the nonsensical claim that “a single conversation (can) change minds on divisive social issues, such as same-sex marriage,” causing "a cascade of opinion change," issued a retraction last week, because the data supporting it was faked. Since it was published in Science Magazine — and because it conveniently fit a leftism-advancing agenda — numerous press outlets ran stories on the study's results.

Now they're all having to run retractions and corrections. Besides the obvious problem that the lies have gotten a long head start, let's look at how the seven original publishers identified by Retraction Watch, as well as the Associated Press, have handled the matter. All too often the answer has been: "Not very well."

By Ken Shepherd | May 28, 2015 | 5:14 PM EDT

Leave it to taxpayer-subsidized NPR to subtly shade its reporting on a federal government data breach in a way that softens the blow for the Internal Revenue Service.

By Randy Hall | May 28, 2015 | 4:58 PM EDT

While a guest on the Dana Loesch radio show, Wisconsin governor -- and likely 2016 presidential candidate -- Scott Walker defended a state law requiring women seeking abortions to get an ultrasound because if “more people saw” their “unborn child, they would choose to protect and keep the life of that unborn child.”

That comment drew fire from Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood pro-abortion organization, who abandoned the usual liberal claim to be for “science” and encouraged people to tell Walker that “Forced Transvaginal Ultrasounds Are Cruel, Not Cool,” even though the GOP official never made that comment.