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By Tom Blumer | October 25, 2014 | 9:20 AM EDT

One can only imagine how much grief the national press would have given Laura Bush had she gone on the midterm congressional campaign trail during her husband's presidency and mispronounced the name of a Republican senatorial candidate, or if she had presented part of the bio of a Democratic opponent as that of the incumbent Republican for whom she was stumping.

First Lady Michelle Obama has done both things — reversing parties, of course — in recent weeks. The national press is largely pretending that these things never happened, and, when they do notice the gaffes, making excuses for her.

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | October 25, 2014 | 8:02 AM EDT

The Metropolitan Opera in New York City is hardly a site for hundreds of angry protesters. But they have erupted over their current selection, an opera called “The Death of Klinghoffer.” Leon Klinghoffer was the 69-year-old paralyzed New Yorker who in 1985 was aboard the hijacked cruise ship Achille Lauro, then executed by Islamic terrorists because he was a Jew. The  terrorists forced the ship's barber and a waiter to throw his body and his wheelchair overboard off the coast of Egypt.

Klinghoffer’s daughters, Lisa and Ilsa, have objected to this opera for decades.

By Mark Finkelstein | October 25, 2014 | 7:15 AM EDT

Let she who is without geography sin cast the first globe!  On her MSNBC show last night, Rachel Maddow mercilessly mocked Darrell Issa for confusing Guinea with Guyana. The Republican congressman made his mistake during a discussion of the country in which the latest Ebola outbreak began.  Issa said it was "Guyana," a South American country, whereas in fact it was Guinea, a West African one.

Fair enough.  Issa should have gotten his countries straight.  But of all the hosts in the MSNBC lineup, Rachel Maddow should have been the last to have the chutzpah to highlight Issa's blooper.  For you see, just last month, Maddow made a big geography blooper of her own.  During a discussion of President Obama's then-impending trip to Estonia--a Baltic country--Maddow went on—repeatedly and at length—about the last time a president had visited . . . the Balkans.

By Tim Graham | October 25, 2014 | 7:08 AM EDT

The “Monkey Cage” blog at The Washington Post asked an unusual question on Friday: “Could non-citizens decide the November election?”

Jesse Richman and David Earnest, associate professors at Old Dominion University suggest the answer could certainly be yes.

By P.J. Gladnick | October 24, 2014 | 9:25 PM EDT

"Where the Boys Are" is not only an entertaining 1960 movie about Spring Break in Fort Lauderdale as well as a catchy Connie Francis song but it now appears to be one of the best inadvertent presentations of why the sea level in South Florida has not risen for over fifty years. The opening credits of the film shows us an aerial shot of Fort Lauderdale beach and in relation to State Road A1A the beach is exactly as wide now as it was in 1960. Therefore no noticeable sea level rise despite the fearmongering by the usual suspects.
 

By Clay Waters | October 24, 2014 | 9:25 PM EDT

Two New York Times columnists took turns recently insulting Republican leaders as "dim bulbs" and plutocrats, while throwing around accusations of stolen democracy. Paul Krugman claimed "the political right has always been uncomfortable with democracy" because it believes "only the wealthy should have political rights," while former reporter Timothy Egan said that thanks to the Supreme Court decision Citizens United, Americans no longer have "free and fair elections."

By Mark Finkelstein | October 24, 2014 | 9:16 PM EDT

"Well, it is Friday night."  That was Al Sharpton's sheepish way of excusing the not-suitable-for-network-TV line that a guest had just uttered on this evening's Politics Nation.  Australian satirist Josh Zepps' zinger came during a discussion of a video ad in which young girls drop repeated f-bombs, supposedly in furtherance of feminism.

The ad was produced by a clothing company trying to cash in with t-shirts bearing PC messages against sexism and racism.  Zinged Zepps: "I'm offended by the shamelessness of the cheap ploy of the people that got them to do it  . . . There's something about this company that rubs me the wrong way. They sell t-shirts for men that say 'This is What a Feminist Looks Like.'" Read the racy rest of Zepps' comment after the jump.

By Jack Coleman | October 24, 2014 | 8:22 PM EDT

Hard to believe Rachel Maddow would let this pass had it been the Wall Street Journal or Washington Times instead.

Responding to news of the death of former Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee, Maddow recounted Bradlee's three-decade long tenure at the Post, the sole daily newspaper in his career. The paper's masthead on Tuesday still included Bradlee's name, Maddow pointed out, with the masthead being shown.

By NB Staff | October 24, 2014 | 6:16 PM EDT

"As we’ve reported before, MSNBC is suffering from record-low ratings.  To give you an idea how bad it is, Hardball with Chris Matthews is now Solitaire with Chris Matthews." -- Jodi Miller

By Curtis Houck | October 24, 2014 | 6:13 PM EDT

During his MSNBC show on Thursday night, Chris Matthews discussed a soundbite of Iowa Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst stating her stance on the Second Amendment from two years ago and interpreted it as “pretty radical” to the point that “[s]he has talked about killing politicians she doesn't agree with.”

First, here is what Ernst actually said (which was uncovered in a Huffington Post story from Wednesday): “I have a beautiful little Smith & Wesson, nine millimeter, and it goes with me virtually everywhere, but I do believe in the right to carry, and I believe in the right to defend myself and my family, whether it's from an intruder, or whether it's from a government should they decide that my rights are no longer important.”

By Kyle Drennen | October 24, 2014 | 6:01 PM EDT

Since the Media Research Center first published its study on Wednesday showing a glaring double standard in how the network evening newscasts covered the anti-Republican wave in the 2006 midterm election vs the likely anti-Democratic wave in 2014, various liberal pundits and journalists took to the airwaves in an effort to dismiss the findings.

By Matthew Balan | October 24, 2014 | 5:25 PM EDT

CNN's Alisyn Camerota promoted a liberal talking point about the Obama administration's response to the Ebola outbreak on Friday's New Day, as she interviewed Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Camerota spotlighted "many Democrats...say that Republicans in the Senate have blocked the President's nominee for a surgeon general that we could have had one year ago – but Republicans have been an impediment."

By Ken Shepherd | October 24, 2014 | 3:59 PM EDT

MSNBC.com today portrayed supermodel Chrissy Teigen as the victim of "cyberbullying" by virtue of the backlash she received on Twitter for a tweet in which she exploited the terroristic murder of Canadian armed forces Cpl. Nathan Cirillo to complain about guns in America. 

By Scott Whitlock | October 24, 2014 | 3:13 PM EDT

For a show called The View, the program's hosts on Friday all have the same opinion: The Catholic Church needs to change. Co-host Whoopi Goldberg highlighted pop singer Ariana Grande's decision to leave her church because of alleged intolerance towards her gay brother. Fellow-co-host Rosie Perez announced, "I'm a recovering Catholic."   Rosie O'Donnell explained, "I, like you, am a recovering Catholic." 

By Tim Graham | October 24, 2014 | 2:56 PM EDT

Thursday’s Washington Post was riddled with contradictions. On the front page, the Post reported “more than a half-dozen black witnesses” supported police officer Darren Wilson’s account of a fight before he shot Michael Brown.

But on the front page of the Style section, the Post championed how the leftist “human rights” group Amnesty International was citing the United States as a human-rights violator based on its police brutality. That’s unfortunate timing.