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By Tom Blumer | April 12, 2015 | 8:41 PM EDT

A Wednesday "Good Morning America" piece gave President Barack Obama an open mic to claim that, in ABC's words, "climate change became a personal issue for him when his older daughter Malia, now 16, was rushed to the emergency room with an asthma attack when she was just a toddler."

Somehow, ABC managed to avoid another possible contributor — besides the obvious possibility that Malia developed asthma independent of external influences — namely the President's 30-year smoking habit. He is said to have quit once and for all in 2011. USA Today columnist James S. Robbins wasn't impressed with the President's "reasoning," and with good cause, as he articulated in a Thursday evening column. He even managed to get a "there's been no warming for a long time" observation past USA Today's editors (links are in original; bolds are mine):

By Jack Coleman | April 12, 2015 | 5:49 PM EDT

Chatter among the pundits on today's McLaughlin Group centered around President Obama meeting with Cuban dictator Raul Castro during the Summit of the Americas, the first time in nearly 60 years that leaders of the two countries have met in person.

Unfailingly predictable paleo-lib Eleanor Clift depicted Cuba as a magnet for foreign investors, a claim that led to a devastating retort from Tom Rogan, columnist for National Review and The Daily Telegraph.

By Tom Blumer | April 12, 2015 | 4:50 PM EDT

On Saturday, CNN hyped actress and self-appointed "lifestyle guru" Gwyneth Paltrow's participation in the "Food Stamp Challenge." This is the fundamentally dishonest campaign which has been working for at least eight years to convince Americans that benefits provided under the federal government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are inadequate.

As usual, Paltrow has taken up the challenge to get by for a week on a drastically understated amount which does not reflect the program's real provisions. As has almost always been the case with journalists covering politicians, celebrities and others who have taken up the "challenge," CNN's Jareen Imam didn't question the correctness of the weekly amount involved:

By Tom Blumer | April 12, 2015 | 2:38 PM EDT

Imagine if a Republican or conservative U.S. president told an audience — on foreign soil, no less — that he didn't properly warn Americans about how long it would take for the economy to recover from a recession. "So-and-so Admits He Lied About the Economy" would be headlined everywhere.

At the University of the West Indies in Jamaica on Thursday, President Barack Obama essentially admitted that the he knew that the economic recovery would take far longer than advertised, but chose not to tell us. There's no other way to interpret the following answer to a student's question seen in the video following the jump. But somehow, this isn't news.

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 12, 2015 | 2:25 PM EDT

On Sunday, Bob Schieffer announced that John Dickerson, CBS News Political Director and Slate Magazine Chief Political Correspondent, will succeed him as moderator of Face the Nation when he retires this summer. 

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 12, 2015 | 1:31 PM EDT

Newly declared Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul sat down with CBS’s Bob Schieffer on Sunday’s Face the Nation and was asked if some in the Republican Party do not want to be inclusive. The soon-to-be retired Schieffer asked Paul: “Do you think there are some in the Republican Party who are not as interested in becoming more inclusive than you are? And I say that because after all, when the Republican Party became dominant across the south, it was right after the 1965 civil rights law was passed.”

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 12, 2015 | 12:24 PM EDT

With Hillary Clinton set to officially announce her presidential campaign on Sunday, Saturday Night Live used the occasion to poke fun at her campaign, with a cameo from former President Bill Clinton, played by SNL alum Darrell Hammond. 

By Tom Blumer | April 12, 2015 | 11:33 AM EDT

A Reuters report published late Saturday evening ("Obama meets Venezuela's Maduro at time of high tensions") is astonishing for what it ignores.

The unbylined report from Panama City opens by referring to how "the United States recently placed sanctions on Venezuela." Indeed, President Barack Obama did just that in an executive order on March 9, stating that he was "declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela." But Reuters completely ignored the fact that Obama told the world this week that he didn't mean it.

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 12, 2015 | 11:28 AM EDT

On Sunday, NBC’s Meet the Press spent considerable time analyzing Hillary Clinton’s soon-to-be presidential announcement but Chuck Todd found time to ask if the GOP spends too much time trying to defeat the Clintons. Speaking to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Todd wondered “I look at sort of an obsession on the right of beating Obama and beating Clinton, Bill Clinton, over the years and I think, they're zero for fourIs there a point where you do this too much?”

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 12, 2015 | 10:35 AM EDT

In previewing Hillary Clinton’s expected presidential announcement on Sunday, ABC’s Good Morning America turned to George Stephanopoulos, former White House Communications Director for Bill Clinton, to supposedly provide objective analysis of her soon-to-be candidacy.

By Tim Graham | April 12, 2015 | 7:37 AM EDT

On the PBS NewsHour on Monday, political analyst Amy Walter spoke just like the “mainstream” media as a whole, seeing all the peril for Hillary Clinton in how she’s too centrist – both on domestic and foreign policy.

As they discussed an analysis by Dan Balz of The Washington Post about how Hillary is going to be affected by Obama’s Iran deal, Walter announced the media line: She's not only too Wall Street-friendly, she's too hawkish.

By Brent Baker | April 12, 2015 | 12:27 AM EDT

Picking up on the Draft Biden 2016 group’s “I’m Ridin with Biden,” a short and amusing clip, with a more accurate alternative slogan, created by NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon which Bret Baier played at the end of his Friday show on FNC.

By Tom Johnson | April 11, 2015 | 11:33 PM EDT

Esquire’s Pierce considers the web site/newspaper Politico an embarrassment to journalism (he habitually refers to it as “Tiger Beat on the Potomac”). Recently, Pierce found more fuel for his ire, a Politico story that to his disgust 1) merely hinted, rather than stated, that Scott Walker is an “unprincipled scoundrel,” and 2) virtually endorsed Walker’s “fundamental mendacity” as long as it’s effective -- in other words, if it helps him to “lie his way into the presidency.”

Pierce added that Walker’s shiftiness won’t matter to the GOP base, which “is filled with crazoids, Bible-bangers, and people with short-wave radios for brains. All they know is that Walker knuckled all the people of whom The Base is terrified. The only way Walker's bone-deep dishonesty can hurt him is if the people who stoke the plutocratic engine of the party believe that it might make him a loser. So far, they seem quite happy with the way he's done business for them.”

By Clay Waters | April 11, 2015 | 10:12 PM EDT

Eric Lichtblau and Alexandra Stevenson made the front of the New York Times by taking pains to make a major donor to Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, sound suspicious, even sinister, digging up unflattering (and irrelevant) details and finding two liberal Democratic congressmen to criticize him.

By Brent Baker | April 11, 2015 | 9:56 PM EDT

It’s a rarity when anything breaks through the media-produced “Camelot” myth of the Kennedy White House years, but one instance came, in of all places, HBO’s Sinatra: All or Nothing At All documentary which highlighted President Kennedy’s racism. He demanded that Frank Sinatra remove Sammy Davis Jr. from the inaugural gala because he was dating a white woman.