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By Mark Finkelstein | October 17, 2014 | 6:12 PM EDT

The web page for MSNBC's The Cycle has the chutzpah to describe co-host Abby Huntsman as a "conservative."  Whatever happened to truth in advertising?

On today's episode, Huntsman again demonstrated why the conservative tag doesn't fit.  As a guest offered up a laughably lame analogy in arguing against a travel ban on people from Ebola-affected countries, Huntsman was quick to weigh in with an approving comment.

By Matthew Balan | October 17, 2014 | 5:54 PM EDT

NPR made no secret of its left-wing bias on Monday's All Things Considered, as it covered the debate over a proposed bill in Italy that conservative critics warn would endanger free speech. Sylvia Poggioli hyped "right-wing opposition" to the legislation, and labeled their claim that it would restrict free expression an "alarmist position." The correspondent also slanted toward left-wing LGBT activists by playing six soundbites from them, versus only two from conservatives.

By Randy Hall | October 17, 2014 | 5:26 PM EDT

While a guest on Thursday's edition of NBC's Late Night With Seth Meyers, Rachel Maddow complained that she's disappointed with the Democrats' “weird strategic move” of avoiding contact with president Barack Obama and his signature legislation during the midterm election campaigns.

After stating that the odds are usually stacked against the president's party during midterm elections, the host of MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show said that Republicans have spent the last six years “decrying ObamaCare as the end of the world.” However, even though the Affordable Care Act is “kind of working,” Democrats have decided: “OK then. We don't want to talk about it, either.”

By P.J. Gladnick | October 17, 2014 | 4:51 PM EDT

There was some soul searching on the part of The New Republic editor Jonathan Cohn over whether a political hack like Ron Klain with no medical experience should be appointed as Ebola Czar. However, that period of doubt was quite brief once Cohn was reassured by fellow liberals that being a political hack in that position was perfectly okay even if one was engaged in financial scandal as Klain was.

By Kyle Drennen | October 17, 2014 | 4:15 PM EDT

Appearing on Friday's CBS This Morning, Republican pollster Frank Luntz reacted to the latest CBS News poll showing Americans having a "crisis of confidence" in government institutions: "The problem is that the institutions that have the greatest impact on us, the CDC, the FDA, the EPA, those that are responsible for our health and safety, are the ones that have had the biggest collapse. In fact, in some cases it's 20-30-point drop in just the last 15-18 months."

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 17, 2014 | 4:07 PM EDT

On Friday, CBS This Morning hosted CBS News Political Director John Dickerson and pollster Frank Luntz to discuss America’s declining trust in government including its recent handling of the Ebola crisis.  Despite two-thirds of Americans supporting a travel ban on Ebola stricken countries, co-host Charlie Rose did his best to dismiss such concerns by the public. Rose wondered if “public anger will play into the hands of people who want to call for radical answers, who will push for the most conservative, most, not in terms of Democrat Republican, but most toughest measures possible in terms of quarantine, in terms of inspection, in terms of all of that?”  

By Curtis Houck | October 17, 2014 | 4:07 PM EDT

On Thursday night, MSNBC host Chris Hayes took to bashing Republicans as the main culprits (and not the media) for causing fear in Americans over the current global Ebola outbreak during the first half of his show All In. Following an interview with Democratic Congresswoman Diane DeGette (Colo.) in which the two stated their oppositions to a ban on travel from West Africa and that DeGette was denied the request to have an Ebola hearing in early September, Hayes turned his attention to alleging Republicans of leading the emergence of “a kind-of Ebola trutherism” while “President Obama continues to resist Republicans’s calls for a travel band.”

By Ken Shepherd | October 17, 2014 | 4:05 PM EDT

MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell gave Republican-turned-independent and former South Dakota Senator Larry Pressler a relatively soft interview on the October 17 edition of her eponymous Andrea Mitchell Reports program. While Mitchell did press him on which party he would caucus with should he win election, the veteran journalist failed to even mention that Pressler, like fellow Midwesterner Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), is the subject of a residency controversy.

By Joseph Rossell | October 17, 2014 | 3:33 PM EDT

An NBC journalist has taken to social media to criticize “snarky posts” questioning whether apparently wasteful research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), like the one that spent $3.2 million studying drunken monkeys, was a worthwhile use of taxpayer funds. 

Phil Williams, Chief Investigative Reporter at NBC’s Nashville affiliate, defended these NIH studies in a Facebook post, urging his readers to “remember alcoholism kills 88,000 people EVERY YEAR in the U.S.”

By Matthew Balan | October 17, 2014 | 3:28 PM EDT

On Thursday's Erin Burnett OutFront, CNN's Tom Foreman zeroed in on representatives on "both sides of the aisle...[who] are also clearly frustrated by what they see as a lack of answers and accountability from the CDC." Foreman highlighted that "CDC Director Tom Frieden dodged even basic questions – like how did two hospital workers get the disease" at a congressional hearing on the federal government's response to Ebola entering the U.S.

By Tim Graham | October 17, 2014 | 2:48 PM EDT

Leftist British actor Russell Brand tried to create an anti-Fox News publicity stunt for his YouTube channel, but he was turned away by security who said he couldn't film on private property.

He went after Bill O'Reilly: "In this particular episode, Bill O'Reilly is helping us be more Islamophobic. You might not feel that Islamophobic today. You might think, ‘aw, people who are Muslim are the same as us, they just a different religious perspective. Bill will help you to find some hatred in your heart for people just like you."

By NB Staff | October 17, 2014 | 1:52 PM EDT

Katy Conrad is a booker and producer with CBS This Morning, but conservatives quickly made fun of her on Twitter when she mocked Rand Paul's medical opinion, as if he was a doctor. (Oops, he is -- an opthalmologist, to be precise.)

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 17, 2014 | 12:22 PM EDT

Charlie Crist, Republican turned Independent turned Democrat, is challenging Governor Rick Scott (R-FL) in the upcoming November election and on Thursday night he was treated to a softball interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews following the “Fangate” controversy from a recent gubernatorial debate with his Republican opponent. Appearing on Hardball, Matthews obnoxiously called Scott’s actions during the debate “a clown act” before enthusiastically telling his Democratic guest that he’s “got to beat" Rick Scott in November. 

By Jorge Bonilla | October 17, 2014 | 11:47 AM EDT

Univision continues its long, storied history of depicting border-security conservatives in an unfavorable light, regardless of the soundness of their proposals or the reasoning behind them. A most recent example is the coverage by Noticiero Univision of the debate between the candidates for an open congressional seat in Northern Virginia.

By Tim Graham | October 17, 2014 | 11:37 AM EDT

Thursday was the annual "Spirit Day" festivities of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and no one was more cooperative than MSNBC. Gay activist/anchor Thomas Roberts participated in a Twitter chat on Thursday afternoon with GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis (or as he called her, "Madame President SKE.")

In the chat, someone asked about electing candidates to legislate for the gay agenda, which naturally, Roberts tweeted was "Step #1" for "equality and justice" to prevail in Americ