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By Katie Yoder | June 24, 2015 | 1:47 PM EDT

While the left and its media water carriers celebrate the purging of the Confederate battle flag from the public and private spheres, they’re hyping the decision of retailers to pull Confederate-themed merchandise. But maybe they should take a look at what other ideology-related swag these stores and websites are selling.

Following the South Carolina church shooting, stores including Amazon, Walmart and eBay stopped selling Confederate flag merchandise. Media from USA Today to ABC covered the move as well as the three broadcast networks, with CBS’ Adriana Diaz recognizing the “pressure” that is “mounting in the business community” on June 24.

By Matthew Balan | June 24, 2015 | 12:59 PM EDT

On Wednesday's New Day, CNN's Chris Cuomo repeatedly tried to get Republican presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson to attack conservatives, as well as his competitors, on the Confederate flag controversy. Cuomo asked, "Isn't it a part of leadership saying to people who don't want to call what happened in this Charleston church a hate crime – calling them out on that, and showing them that that is not a time to play politics and say that race colors too much of the public discussion?"

By Scott Whitlock | June 24, 2015 | 12:53 PM EDT

CNN's Don Lemon on Tuesday hinted that there will come a day when the United States will have to "rethink" tributes such as the Jefferson Memorial. Legal View host Ashley Banfield brought up the author of the Declaration of Independence. Lemon conceded: "There may come a day when we may want to rethink Jefferson, I don't if we should do that. But when we get to that point, I'll be happy to partake in that particular discussion."

By Joseph Rossell | June 24, 2015 | 12:14 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down a New Deal-era farm program on June 22, saying it was unconstitutional for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to force raisin farmers to give the government their crops without payment.

ABC, CBS and NBC never reported on air about the legal fight or the latest court decision, which was more than a decade in the making. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of California raisin farmers Marvin and Laura Horne, reversing the Ninth Circuit’s previous ruling favoring the USDA.

By Mark Finkelstein | June 24, 2015 | 11:46 AM EDT

Bill Kristol has supported the removal of the Confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol grounds for 15 years. But when he took to Twitter yesterday to criticize the left's "frenzy of self-righteousness" in the wake of Charleston, he brought down on his head a deluge of ugly criticism.

On today's Morning Joe, Jonathan Capehart and John Heilemann eschewed the kind of scatalogical suggestions that had been made to Kristol on Twitter, but engaged in a barrage of criticism of their own.  Capehart accused Kristol of "belittling" the families of the Charleston victims, while Heilemann—telling Kristol he was "trolling"—sarcastically said that the Left doesn't need his help.

By Connor Williams | June 24, 2015 | 11:32 AM EDT

In continuing their series of interviews with the announced 2016 presidential candidates, Morning Joe welcomed Bernie Sanders to the program. Co-host Mika Brzezinski lauded the Sanders campaign for its early success and large campaign events. Brzezinski gushed that it’s “looking pretty good too! Your crowds are humongous.” She then positively cited a piece from the Washington Post which suggested that the senator’s campaign – based on the crowd sizes – could indicate that a “growing movement” is brewing in America. 

By Sarah Stites | June 24, 2015 | 10:51 AM EDT

Megyn Kelly and Kevin Spacey have their eyes set on the White House. 

The Fox News anchor and the House of Cards producer recently announced their plan to co-create a new presidential drama called The Resident. This will be Kelly’s first foray in the entertainment world, but Spacey’s fourth production set in the White House.

By Jeffrey Meyer | June 24, 2015 | 10:43 AM EDT

On Wednesday, NBC’s Today devoted nearly three minutes to promoting some “never before-seen” photos of the Kennedy family while giving a mere 18 seconds to Governor Bobby Jindal’s presidential announcement, burying it in a story on the new U.S. policy on hostage negotiations.

By Scott Whitlock | June 24, 2015 | 10:23 AM EDT

After an uproar, the Associated Press backed down and removed a photo of a gun pointed at the head of Senator Ted Cruz. In a statement to Breitbart, AP Vice President and Director of Media Relations Paul Colford conceded, "Five of the photos show Mr. Cruz with images of a pistol pointing at his head and upon consideration we have decided to remove those photos from further licensing through AP Images, our commercial photo syndication business." 

By Geoffrey Dickens | June 24, 2015 | 10:06 AM EDT

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s expected jump into the 2016 GOP presidential nomination race is bound to be met by skepticism, if not an outright dismissal, by the liberal media if their reaction to his 2009 State of the Union response and his advocacy of fiscally and conservative views is any guide. Some in the media have even stooped to make an issue of his Indian-American heritage.

By Tim Graham | June 24, 2015 | 9:20 AM EDT

Monday’s New York Times hinted at a new golfing controversy for Obama from the Left: Why are you golfing on California courses during this drought? It was buried inside the paper.

On Monday’s CBS This Morning, co-host Charlie Rose just briefly mentioned it. The other networks skipped it.

By Tim Graham | June 24, 2015 | 6:54 AM EDT

In the wake of the Charleston church shooting, Republican candidates canceled events in South Carolina and altered their schedules. President Obama did no such thing, jetting off to four California fundraisers, golfing in Palm Springs, and doing a leftist podcast with former Air America host Marc Maron in a garage.

In Sunday’s Washington Post, White House reporter David Nakamura explored how Obama doesn’t change his schedule (if not noticing he’s rarely punished in the political press for it):

By Curtis Houck | June 24, 2015 | 1:41 AM EDT

During Tuesday’s edition of Fox News Channel's The Kelly File, host Megyn Kelly and liberal radio host Richard Fowler spared over a list from the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) that included drawings of women who have denounced radical Islam that include conservative authors Ann Coulter and Laura Ingraham. At numerous instances, Kelly and Fowler found themselves repeatedly talking over each other, with Kelly denouncing the SPLC as a “careless organization that cares not at all about the safety of the people it condemns” and uses “far left websites that hate these women” to bolster their claims.

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | June 23, 2015 | 10:58 PM EDT

There is a healthy discussion now underway within Catholic circles asking the improbable question: What is the message of Laudato Si, the pope’s new encyclical on the environment? The political left feels not just vindicated but triumphant. Global warming is not just sound science, it is dogma. Conservative skeptics are therefore not just ignorant, they are immorally ignorant.  

There are numerous unnecessary and annoying genuflections to liberal political ideology in the statement. But there are also passages in this encyclical that could be interpreted as endorsements of the social conservative agenda, and you can bet your bottom euro that the national news media will refuse to discuss them. 

By Tom Blumer | June 23, 2015 | 10:55 PM EDT

Two recent NewsBusters posts have demonstrated that the major broadcast networks other than Fox News have failed to cover new information reported Sunday evening at the Wall Street Journal. Newly available emails reveal that MIT's Jonathan Gruber "worked more closely than previously known with the White House and top federal officials to shape" the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

Monday afternoon, NB's Scott Whitlock noted that "All three network morning shows on Monday ignored" the clearly newsworthy revelations. Very early Tuesday morning, NB's Curtis Houck observed that "The top English and Spanish-language broadcast networks" did the same thing Monday evening. The Associated Press and the New York Times, the nation's de facto news gatekeepers during the Obama era (far more the former than the latter, in my view) were instrumental in this deliberate averted-eyes exercise. Neither outlet has printed a word about what the Journal found.