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By Tom Blumer | June 28, 2015 | 3:37 PM EDT

On Friday, Curtis Houck at NewsBusters reported that "the Harrisburg, PA newspaper The Patriot News announced that both they and their online site PennLive.com 'will very strictly limit op-Eds and letters to the editor in opposition to same-sex marriage.'"

As of three years ago, the newspaper claimed weekly circulation of 476,000. Its current hype to advertisers boasts of "500,000 unique visitors and 22 million page views each month." Faced with what quickly and obviously became a move with the potential to cause significant losses in readership, the paper abruptly reversed course Saturday morning.

By Jeffrey Meyer | June 28, 2015 | 1:38 PM EDT

On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Chuck Todd did his best to play up Republican criticism of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal following the start of his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination. The Meet the Press moderator stressed how following Jindal’s campaign announcement he wasn’t “getting a favorite son send-off” and how his approval rating in Louisiana was “actually lower than President Obama’s job rating” in the state. 

By P.J. Gladnick | June 28, 2015 | 1:04 PM EDT

I am sure that when John Cameron Swayze began anchoring the Camel News Caravan at NBC in 1949 he never in his wildest imagination would have thought that there ever could be a day when a flag covered with dildos and butt plugs at a gay pride parade would become the focus of a television news broadcast. However such was the case on Saturday when a CNN reporter confused a parody ISIS flag with the real deal at a London gay pride parade and "treated" the audience to a detailed analysis, including an interview with a national security analyst, for over six minutes. As funny as that was, it might have been exceeded in inadvertent humor by Vox writer Max Fisher "Voxsplaining" the blunder in which the term "butt plugs" was used seven, count them, seven times.

An embarrassed CNN took down their dildo flag blunder but, fortunately, Mediaite recorded it from CNN and posted the video on YouTube for us to laugh at for all eternity. Let us now look at CNN's coverage of the Isis dildo flag before beginning the Vox butt plugs countdown:

By Tom Johnson | June 28, 2015 | 12:58 PM EDT

Presidential nominees sometimes choose one of the candidates they defeated during primary/caucus season as their running mate for the general election. In that tradition, the Washington Monthly's D.R. Tucker recommends that Hillary Clinton, assuming she’s the Democratic nominee, name Bernie Sanders to the ticket, adding that Hillary “would have to signal that [Sanders] would be something of a co-President, the progressive answer to Dick Cheney.”

Tucker sneered that “a Clinton-Sanders ticket would, of course, put the American right on suicide watch” and asserted that if the two were elected, it would “finally put the corpse of Reaganism into the ground once and for all. Sanders is the living refutation of Reaganism, and the Vice Presidency would provide an effective bully pulpit to push back against the false arguments made by those who still worship the false idol who was the 40th president of the United States.”

By Jeffrey Meyer | June 28, 2015 | 11:03 AM EDT

On Sunday’s State of the Union, CNN’s Van Jones accused those who oppose the Supreme Court's decision to ignore the normal legislative process on gay marriage of pushing “the old state’s rights rhetoric that was anti-civil rights rhetoric of the past than embracing the future.” Jones bemoaned that his “heart was broken” after he heard Mike Huckabee’s comments on the Supreme Court ruling especially because he “put more African-Americans in high position in office as governor than Bill Clinton did.” 

By Jeffrey Meyer | June 28, 2015 | 9:14 AM EDT

During a discussion on CNN’s Inside Politics about the political impact of the Supreme Court ruling legalizing same sex marriage, National Journal reporter Ron Fournier rushed to compare Mike Huckabee to segregationist former Democratic Governor Orval Faubus of Arkansas.  

By Tim Graham | June 28, 2015 | 8:16 AM EDT

Last year, The Washington Post gave a gay activist named Steven Petrow a regular column called “Civilities.” This quickly became a farce, since Petrow was a fan of outing...and Dan Savage.

The original conceit was that this gay Mr. Manners was going to explain to the readers how to negotiate the Brave New World of mangled pronouns and how to address gay newlyweds on your Christmas cards and so on. Instead, Petrow often just pounds the table complaining about the slow pace of the “revolution.” On Saturday, he wrote a trash-talking column about “The Supreme Court’s Sore Losers.”

By Brent Baker | June 28, 2015 | 12:01 AM EDT

Following Senator Ted Cruz’s “Center Seat” session on Wednesday’s Special Report, FNC’s Bret Baier ended his program with some YouTube clips showing Cruz “has a hidden talent on the campaign trail, apparently.” Cruz watched along with the audience and, afterward, offered an assessment of his talent.

By Tim Graham | June 27, 2015 | 11:08 PM EDT

For Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine, humor columnist Gene Weingarten professes he admires Caitlyn Jenner, but is willing to ask “tough but necessary follow-up questions” unlike other journalists. He starts by questioning the “y” in Kaitlyn, which he finds profoundly annoying.

Coming in second to that was his disgust that this icon of the LGBT agenda would still claim to be Republican.

By Jack Coleman | June 27, 2015 | 9:21 PM EDT

The heated debate over the Confederate battle flag has drawn a partisan but not on the side you might expect -- longtime libtalker Ed Schultz.

Before appearing in his hour-long MSNBC show on weekday afternoons, Schultz posts a podcast on his website, as he's done since ending his radio show in the spring of 2014. It was during Thursday's podcast that Schultz provided surprising commentary about efforts to eradicate symbols of the Confederacy following the massacre of nine African-American churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., by a white supremacist.

 

By Brad Wilmouth | June 27, 2015 | 4:46 PM EDT

On Friday's New Day, during a discussion of the then-upcoming funeral for South Carolina State Senator Clementa Pinckney, CNN host Alisyn Camerota brought up issues of high poverty in South Carolina's black population and invited Democratic Rep. Jim Clyburn to use the recent church massacre as a springboard to push for diverting more federal money into high-poverty areas.

By Jeffrey Lord | June 27, 2015 | 4:32 PM EDT

What did Univision expect would happen?

By Tom Johnson | June 27, 2015 | 3:59 PM EDT

There's a major opinion gap between white Catholics and Latino Catholics in the U.S. regarding climate change. A recent poll found that by margins of approximately 20 percent, Latino Catholics are likelier than white Catholics to believe that there is such a thing as global warming; that it’s “due to human activity”; and that it “constitutes a crisis or a major problem.” What’s causing this discrepancy? A false god, suggests writer Patricia Miller.

“White Catholics don’t accept the scientific consensus on climate change because it clashes with their other god: the free market,” declared Miller in a Thursday piece for Salon. “Over the last 15 years…much of institutional American Catholicism has become hopeless[ly] intertwined with a conservative, liberation [sic] ideology that has trickled down to Catholics in the pews.”

By Tim Graham | June 27, 2015 | 2:16 PM EDT

Stephen Colbert celebrated the Supreme Court decision mandating gay marriage in a YouTube video aimed at his natural audience: secular liberal Democrats. (Forget all that hooey about “devoutly Catholic” Colbert. You can’t be that and be a CBS star....or anywhere else in the media elite.)

"June Is a Lovely Month for a Wedding" was the video's title. “Congratulations, gays!” he declared. “You now have the right to marry in all 50 states. So if you’re a homosexual and living in North Dakota, all your problems are solved!”

By Tom Blumer | June 27, 2015 | 12:39 PM EDT

While the press looks to twist even the most innocuous statements made by Republicans and conservatives into something scandalous or outrageous (e.g., Mitt Romney's "binders full of women"), they routinely ignore intemperate remarks by leftist politicians and activists. If known, they would likely damage the credibility and public perception of those making such statements. Of course, the left-dominated media can't abide by that. So they censor it.

One recent example involves Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. Despite the unexplained and unexpected 18-year pause in global warming, the senator is convinced that the world as we know it will end without draconian measures to reduce carbon pollution and keep the earth from turning into a ball of fire. One of the strategies on his wish list is suing climate skeptics into poverty and silence.