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By Mark Finkelstein | October 1, 2015 | 8:03 AM EDT

There was Hillary Clinton, telling Al Sharpton of all people that she found Kevin McCarthy's comments about the Benghazi hearings "deeply distressing."  

That was too much for the Morning Joe panel, which just had to laugh.  As John Heilemann put it, far from being distressed, Hillary surely sees McCarthy's comments—implying a political motive behind the hearings—as a Christmas and birthday gift wrapped into one that sent her "skipping through the park."

By Curtis Houck | October 1, 2015 | 7:14 AM EDT

It was quite the scene on Wednesday night as the viewers of MSNBC’s All In and The Last Word saw extensive meltdowns by two different panels over the revelation that Pope Francis took time during his visit to the United States to secretly meet with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis with panelists decrying how “deeply disappointed” they were at the “bizarre” meeting.

By Curtis Houck | October 1, 2015 | 2:07 AM EDT

ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel took time out of his opening monologue on Wednesday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live to grumble over the news that Pope Francis secretly met with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis last week during his visit to the U.S. and quip that it would have been better if he met with Kim Kardashian or murderous North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un instead.


By Dylan Gwinn | October 1, 2015 | 12:46 AM EDT

ABC's Blackish is clearly not playing around this season. In the season premier they dealt with the n-word. On Wednesday night? Guns. If they keep up at this rate, by week six Dre’ (Anthony Anderson) is going to be self-identifying as a mermaid. Things are definitely escalating quickly. In an episode titled “Rock, paper, scissors, Gun,” the show jumped into the gun debate by showing a scene at a gun shop that could not possibly have been written by anyone who has ever actually gone to a gun shop.

By Curtis Houck | October 1, 2015 | 12:19 AM EDT

During his segment on the Wednesday edition of MSNBC’s All In attacking Speaker of the House candidate Kevin McCarthy for his comments about Hillary Clinton and the Benghazi Committee, host Chris Hayes made quite the choice of liberal pundits in none other than failed Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who compared McCarthy and the panel to the “witch-hunt” against Planned Parenthood.

By Tom Blumer | September 30, 2015 | 11:59 PM EDT

Apparently, the establishment press is waiting for its marching orders on how to handle what an Investor's Business Daily editorial has already called a "scandal."

This one's a joint effort involving Hillary Clinton, Sidney Blumenthal, a recently deceased former CIA operative named Tyler Drumheller who worked with Blumenthal — and CBS News. As Mark Hemingway at the Weekly Standard reported Tuesday afternoon (i.e., now approaching two overnight news cycles ago), "Drumheller, the former chief of the CIA’s clandestine service in Europe who was working directly with Blumenthal as a member of Clinton’s spy network, was concurrently working as a consultant to CBS News and its venerable news program 60 Minutes." IBD's question, reacting to Hemingway's report: "Who is more corrupt, Clinton or the mainstream media?"

By Brad Wilmouth | September 30, 2015 | 11:51 PM EDT

On Wednesday's CNN Newsroom, anchor Carol Costello defended federal funding for Planned Parenthood in a segment which included conservative CNN commentator S.E. Cupp and liberal CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill supposedly for balance, but was so slanted to the left that Cupp quipped that "I love doing your show because I know I'll get to debate two liberals."

By Melissa Mullins | September 30, 2015 | 11:05 PM EDT

President Obama may criticize and rail against those nasty one percenters, but he certainly loves them when he’s looking to raise money.

The Hollywood Reporter relayed that on October 1, a Q&A session will be held at the Los Angeles home of Hollywood producer/director J.J. Abrams and wife Katie McGrath to benefit the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.  The cost to enjoy the presence of such elitists?  A paltry $33,400 per person – for many people across America, that’s an annual salary.

By Curtis Houck | September 30, 2015 | 9:49 PM EDT

On Wednesday night, the CBS Evening News punted on the latest batch of Hillary Clinton’s State Department e-mails released hours earlier while their competitors at ABC and NBC did cover them, but only through the veil of defending Clinton against Speaker of the House candidate Kevin McCarthy’s comments on the Benghazi Committee that NBC’s Andrea Mitchell touted as “an unlikely political lifeline.”

By Melissa Mullins | September 30, 2015 | 9:23 PM EDT

Ultraliberal Senator Barbara Boxer appeared on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell show on Tuesday,  doing her darndest to try and create another fictional case of “the war against women” by defending Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards and her almost-$600,000 salary and taking pot-shots at presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina.
Mitchell gently asked Boxer “Do you think that that is an inappropriately high salary for someone working in women’s health services?” Boxer responded: “Absolutely, I do not think it is. If you look at CEO salaries across the board, and Cecile Richards essentially puts her life on the line in this job.”

By Tom Johnson | September 30, 2015 | 9:09 PM EDT

Esquire’s Charles Pierce is a graduate of a Jesuit university (Marquette). It’s among the many reasons he’s been a big fan of Pope Francis, the first-ever Jesuit pontiff, and it’s probably one factor in his vehement disappointment that Francis met with, and apparently encouraged, gay-marriage objector Kim Davis last week in Washington.

Pierce referred to the pope’s behavior regarding the “nutball” Davis as “a fcking [sic] blunder,” “a sin against charity,” and “the dumbest thing [he] ever has done.” He concluded, as if addressing Francis, “I will pray for you, because, damn, son, you need it.”

By Randy Hall | September 30, 2015 | 8:34 PM EDT

In an effort to resolve the ongoing debate about whether or not to fly the Confederate flag, Studio 30 -- a weekly public radio program -- commissioned 70kft, a Texas-based design firm, to come up with a new flag to represent "the modern South."

According to an article by John Hammontree – who writes features and opinion pieces for the Alabama website, the result of the project was a banner that combines the tried and true colors of red and blue diagonal stripes -- but no stars -- on a white background that represents “different people, with unique backgrounds, experiences and values. They are equal to each other, but different in color.

By Erik Soderstrom | September 30, 2015 | 7:58 PM EDT

Viewers of the second episode of NBC’s Blindspot, “A Stray Howl,” were treated to the same disdain for America’s military that permeated the new drama’s pilot. Fresh off blaming America for a plot to kill civilians by blowing up the Statue of Liberty, Blindspot then set its sights on veterans, specifically those who may be suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Rogue veterans screwed up by their service, a government cover-up of a secret drone program that had killed American citizens on American soil, intimidation of whistle blowers, this episode had it all. 

By Tom Blumer | September 30, 2015 | 7:29 PM EDT

In three previous posts yesterday and today, I have noted obvious distortions and untruths in Cecile Richards' testimony this week before a House committee.

I didn't mean to save the best (really the worst) for a fourth post, but I came across an jaw-dropping item at this afternoon. It covers an assertion Richards made during the House hearing that is either one of the biggest lies of the 21st century thus far or its most glaring example of hermetically sealed ignorance. Either way, the fact that it hasn't made its way into the establishment press virtually proves that their mission is to protect Richards and her organization, not to tell its readers, listeners and viewers what is really happening.

By Mark Finkelstein | September 30, 2015 | 6:22 PM EDT

How damaging to Republicans are Speaker-presumptive Kevin McCarthy's comments in which he tied the drop in Hillary's poll numbers to the Benghazi hearings? Very damaging, according to the With All Due Respect duo on today's show. John Heilemann called them a "disaster" for congressional Republicans and GOP presidential candidates alike.  Mark Halperin called them a "huge, huge problem" for the GOP.

Interestingly, Halperin praised committee chairman Trey Gowdy, saying that he had been "carefully preparing the hearings, trying to do what no Republican has done in a long time, run a politically effective, substantive hearing." But, said Halperin, there's "almost nothing he can do now."