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By Ken Shepherd | October 13, 2015 | 7:57 PM EDT

After momentarily berating Bernie Sanders flack Tad Devine over the socialist's prickliness about being questioned about his technically being an independent, not a registered Democrat, Hardball host Chris Matthews tonight praised the Vermont senator's dovish tack on foreign policy, hailing how he would keep the U.S. out of "all those goddamn wars!"

By Randy Hall | October 13, 2015 | 6:50 PM EDT

During Monday evening's edition of The Daily Show on the Comedy Central cable network, new host Trevor Noah mocked the efforts by the Cable News Network not only to promote the first Democratic debate in the 2016 presidential contest on Tuesday, but also to add another participant to the event: vice president Joe Biden.

Noah rattled off the current candidates: former U.S. secretary of state Hillary Clinton, junior senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders, former Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, former U.S. senator from Virginia James Webb and former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee.

By Katie Yoder | October 13, 2015 | 6:40 PM EDT

What a perfect fit: Conservative-bashing Sheryl Crow will be performing at the Democratic primary debate.

Singer Sheryl Crow will sing the National Anthem for the first Democratic primary debate Tuesday night in Las Vegas, Nevada. In anticipation of the event hosted by CNN, she spoke with the network about being a Democrat and weeding out “people who have no business being pundits” – even though she frequently acts like one herself. 

By Curtis Houck | October 13, 2015 | 6:22 PM EDT

Just hours ahead of Tuesday’s 2016 Democratic presidential debate on CNN, the network was already in spin mode for Hillary Clinton down to the most minute detail as senior Washington correspondent Jeff Zeleny marveled during The Situation Room at the sight of top Clinton aide Huma Abedin surveying the stage for Clinton to gather “a sense of what this evening is going to be.”

By Mark Finkelstein | October 13, 2015 | 6:16 PM EDT

First Sanders, now Trumka—are there any capitalists left on the left? On the most recent Meet the Press, Bernie Sanders made news when Chuck Todd asked him if he was a capitalist.  "No," shot back Sanders, "I'm a democratic socialist." Mark Halperin was obviously taken enough by the question as to pose it on today's With All Due Respect to Richard Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO.

"No, I'm a trade unionist, quite frankly," retorted Trumka.  When Halperin tried to pursue the issue, Trumka laughed it off, calling it  a "silly question." Silly? The biggest union boss in America opposes the economic system that made this country great and which creates the private sector jobs his members fill?  Employers have to bargain with people who reject the very premise upon which their businesses rest? Silly? You're killing us, Richard.  Or should we say "Mr. President," which was the obsequious way in which Halperin and co-host John Heilemann addressed Trumka. But kudos to Halperin for posing and then pursuing the question.

By NB Staff | October 13, 2015 | 6:14 PM EDT

The official NewsBusters Open Thread for the CNN Democratic debate held on October 13, 2015.

By Scott Whitlock | October 13, 2015 | 5:52 PM EDT

CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday was forced to respond to an accusation that he is too close to the Clintons. As first noted on the Weekly Standard (and highlighted on the Drudge Report), the anchor was listed as a “notable past member” for a 2007 conference he moderated at the Clinton Global Initiative. Cooper assailed, “With all due respect to the Weekly Standard, this is total bunk.”

By Matthew Balan | October 13, 2015 | 5:34 PM EDT

On Tuesday's New Day, CNN's Alisyn Camerota interviewed everyday people on Las Vegas's Strip, and revealed that most people have heard of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders among the Democratic presidential candidates, while hardly any could name the remaining three. Out of seven people featured during the segment, only one could name Martin O'Malley and Jim Webb. None knew former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee.

By Michael McKinney | October 13, 2015 | 5:02 PM EDT

On Tuesday's Live with Thomas Roberts, the MSNBC host relayed the recent decision by Planned Parenthood to no longer seek "reimbursement" for tissue from aborted fetuses. Roberts asked NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell if the move was simply to “calm critics out there and ease pressure off of Planned Parenthood?” O'Donnell pointed out that this has been a "summer of rhetoric" and that Planned Parenthood was seeking a way to alleviate Congressional pressure. O'Donnell would read on air the Planned Parenthood written statement that the new policy "takes away the smokescreen that extremists have been using to attack Planned Parenthood."

By Jack Coleman | October 13, 2015 | 4:39 PM EDT

Back in September 2004, blogger Charles Johnson over at Little Green Footballs helped defuse an explosive allegation from Dan Rather on 60 Minutes II -- that then-President George W. Bush went AWOL from the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War -- by pointing out the embarrassing fact that documents obtained by Rather to prove the claim were written in Microsoft Word font that wasn't invented until decades after Bush served in the military.

The bias-driven blunder resulted in CBS firing Rather's producer, Mary Mapes, and three other employees, with Rather making an unceremonious departure from anchor work on the CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes II shortly after.


By NB Staff | October 13, 2015 | 4:38 PM EDT

Gushing that Hillary Clinton  "might be the most overqualified candidate" for president since polymath Thomas Jefferson, liberal actress Ashley Judd was a no-brainer to win the 2015 Media Research Center's Celebrity Dumbass Award at last Thursday's MRC Gala and DisHonors Awards.

By Michael Greibrok | October 13, 2015 | 3:54 PM EDT

Although there is not an openly avowed socialist in the White House yet, one banking expert told CNBC “we’re well on the road to socialism.”

Richard Bove, vice president of equity research with Rafferty Capital, did not mince words on CNBC’s Squawk Box Oct. 12, and he criticized government meddling in the banking system.

By Katie Yoder | October 13, 2015 | 3:50 PM EDT

Pop star Katy Perry wants to ask the presidential candidates about Planned Parenthood – and how to defend it, rather than the babies it destroys.

In preparation for the Democratic debate Tuesday night, CNN Opinion asked celebrities “what would you ask” the presidential candidates. CNN hyped the celebrities’ “thought-provoking” responses, including that of Katy Perry.

By P.J. Gladnick | October 13, 2015 | 3:22 PM EDT

It looks like we have yet another Flying Pigs Alert. Reliably liberal Eleanor Clift has praised Donald Trump's performance at the No Labels convention yesterday. Yes, you read that right. Not only that, Clift was also surprisingly critical of Bernie Sanders at the same event. Will political wonders never cease? Of course, Clift did deliver a bit of obligatory liberal slam against Trump in the first paragraph of her Daily Beast column so let us get that out of way before proceeding to her glowing praise of The Donald:

By Tim Graham | October 13, 2015 | 3:20 PM EDT

While the pundits wonder how the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal will be raised by CNN moderators tonight, it’s worth noting the networks have been skipping out on two AP scoops on the e-mail scandal since Thursday.

NBC and the PBS NewsHour are missing in action. On CBS This Morning, Face the Nation host John Dickerson vaguely mentioned today’s AP story in passing.