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By Ken Shepherd | September 25, 2014 | 2:18 PM EDT

Deeply liberal Maryland -- where they tax, I kid you not, the rain -- has announced a tax revenue shortfall of $405 million. This news arrives in the middle of a gubernatorial election year and following years of tax hikes and casino openings which the state's Democratic establishment promised would solve the state's fiscal woes. 

So naturally the Washington Post shielded Democratic gubernatorial nominee Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown by burying the development at the bottom of page B3 of Thursday's Metro section in a story headlined, "Tax revenue forecasts are cut by $405 million."

By P.J. Gladnick | September 25, 2014 | 1:50 PM EDT

It looks like a crazy prediction from a sanity challenged blog such as the Democratic Underground or the Daily Kos. Instead it is the New York Times embracing their inner moonbat with an article predicting that "Alaska is going to be the next Florida by the end of the century. Of course no data backing up the wild assertion is provided.

 

By Scott Whitlock | September 25, 2014 | 1:23 PM EDT

The three major networks have obsessed over every detail of the football scandal involving Ray Rice and what the NFL knew. Yet, ABC, NBC and CBS have ignored the compelling story of Shaneen Allen, a single mother who faced prison for taking her legally-owned firearm into the state of New Jersey. The football connection? The prosecutor who declined to go after Rice for punching his then-fiancee is the same man who wanted to send Allen to jail for 11 years. 

By Curtis Houck | September 25, 2014 | 1:18 PM EDT

CNN joined ABC and CBS on Wednesday night by offering up its own softball sit-down interview with former President Bill Clinton and promoting his Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) organiztion. This time, CNN went beyond ABC and CBS in running a tapped, hour-long program entitled President Bill Clinton: A CNN Special Town Hall.

Outfront host Erin Burnett hosted the program in prime time and asked plenty of easy questions, including asking Clinton how he will “baby-proof the White House” with their daughter Chelsea’s pending birth to her first child and the assumption that Hillary Clinton will become President after the 2016 presidential election.

By Tim Graham | September 25, 2014 | 11:53 AM EDT

New York Times reporter Amy Chozick is one of a plethora of reporters assigned to the Hillary beat far in advance of any presidential campaign announcement. So it’s obvious she would be ensconced at the Clinton Global Initiative meetings. But even sympathetic reporters like to roam and question people.

Chozick complained on the Times website on Wednesday that the Clintons tasked press aides to accompany reporters to the restroom:

By Kyle Drennen | September 25, 2014 | 11:45 AM EDT

Appearing on MSNBC's News Nation on Thursday to react to Attorney General Eric Holder announcing his resignation, NBC's Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd had the audacity to proclaim that Holder "wasn't political at all" during his tenure at the Justice Department. [Listen to the audio]

This is the same Eric Holder who declared America to be a "nation of cowards" on race, was held in contempt of Congress for not handing over documents related to the Fast and Furious gun running scandal, and who just in April implied to Al Sharpton's National Action Network that Republican criticism of him and President Obama was racially motivated.

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 25, 2014 | 9:56 AM EDT

Leave it to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough to eagerly defend President Obama following his speech to the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday. Appearing on Thursday’s Morning Joe, Scarborough insisted that on foreign policy Obama’s "been criticized from a lot of, you could say conservative circles, mainly neo-con circles for not doing enough and going into Syria a year or two ago. But he certainly has followed public opinion, hasn't he? In that respect, conservative with a small c?”

By Tim Graham | September 25, 2014 | 7:39 AM EDT

Under Obama, the Federal Communications Commission has done pretty much nothing on broadcast obscenity. So it’s utterly baffling why Washington Post metro columnist (and former Metro section editor) Robert McCartney would try to pretend it’s any kind of a threat that the FCC will punish broadcasters for using that alleged obscenity....”Redskins.”

“Professor's FCC filing should worry Snyder” was McCartney’s headline. The professor threatening Redskins owner Daniel Snyder  is liberal John Banzhaf III, best known for anti-tobacco crusading many years ago.

By Tom Blumer | September 24, 2014 | 9:43 PM EDT

The Politico's Josh Gerstein wants readers not to have a problem with President Barack Obama singing the praises of American exceptionalism when in front of U.S. audiences but deep-sixing it when speaking at the United Nations. Though Obama has almost always avoided actually using the E-word, he has recenlly taken to speaking of this nation's "unique" abilities and capabilities, and for some time has described the U.S. as "the one indispensable nation."

But Gerstein, in his column today, indicated that it's okay that "Obama watered down his noble-America rhetoric" at the U.N. today. Oh, and in the Politico reporter's fantasy world, Obama's back-and-forth foreign policy postures — it's hardly accurate to call them genuine "positions" — are really no different than what we saw under George W. Bush. Excerpts follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

By Ken Shepherd | September 24, 2014 | 9:15 PM EDT

MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews periodically goes on a tear about his disdain for the term "homeland" to refer to the United States of America. On his September 24 program, Chris Matthews groused it was "ominous" language. But it seems his colleague Al Sharpton never got the memo as he used it just prior to the lead-in to tonight's Hardball. What's more, it seems Matthews himself sometimes uses the term "homeland" in a matter-of-fact, uncritical manner.

By Curtis Houck | September 24, 2014 | 8:59 PM EDT

During his speech to the United Nations (U.N.) General Assembly on Wednesday, President Barack Obama made a striking, unusual and ridiculous comparison between the reign of terror taking place in the Middle East at the hands of the brutal Islamic terrorist group ISIS and the unrest that took place in Ferguson, Missouri last month after the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

As far as the any of the major broadcast networks bringing up this absurd comparison on their evening newcasts, neither ABC, CBS, or NBC gave that portion of the President’s speech any attention or allowed it to see the light of day.

By Randy Hall | September 24, 2014 | 7:15 PM EDT

Remember the good old days of 2008, when then-presidential candidate Barack Obama promised his administration would be “the most transparent in history”? Apparently, the Democratic occupant of the White House and his press staff don't, which has led to reporters accusing them of disrupting the balance between government transparency and freedom of the press.

In an article written by Paul Farhi on Tuesday in the Washington Post, he stated: “White House press-pool reports are supposed to be the news media’s eyes and ears on the president, an independent chronicle of his public activities.” However, sometimes the administration “plays an unseen role in shaping the story” by steering coverage in “a more favorable direction.”

By Scott Whitlock | September 24, 2014 | 6:00 PM EDT

In case you didn't know, there's a "conservative" school board in Colorado that is facing protests. In just 17 paragraphs, New York Times reporter Jack Healy worried about "conservatives" five times. The writer explained that "A new conservative school board majority here in the Denver suburbs recently proposed a curriculum-review committee to promote patriotism, respect for authority and free enterprise..." 

By Matthew Balan | September 24, 2014 | 5:37 PM EDT

The Washington Post on Wednesday revealed a U.S. Forest Service plan that would "fine photographers who shoot on federal wild lands without a permit." Reporter Hunter Schwarz noted how "critics have characterized the rules as too vague and say it infringes on the First Amendment's free speech clause," and quoted from a U.S. senator who raised his concerns about the "troubling questions about inappropriate government limits on activity clearly protected by the First Amendment."

By Matthew Johnson and Julia A. Seymour | September 24, 2014 | 5:18 PM EDT

Author and columnist Naomi Klein is still having trouble getting her facts straight. This time, in an interview with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” she tried to argue China is not a communist country, even though it is run by the Communist Party of China.

In that Sept. 24 interview, Klein was promoting her new book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate.” She claimed that “we have an economic system that has essentially waged war” on the planet.