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By Curtis Houck | | July 30, 2016 | 10:43 PM EDT

For the small handful of people who stayed up late past midnight Eastern Thursday into Friday on CNN, the conclusion of its Democratic National Convention (DNC) coverage saw some very strange scenes break out. The first such derailment of the network’s DNC analysis came upon returning from commercial break just past 12:20 a.m. Eastern when senior political correspondent Brianna Keilar was seen next to CNN Tonight host Don Lemon’s panel dancing and leading the entire CNN Grill at Xfinity Live in Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline

By Jeffrey Lord | | July 30, 2016 | 9:17 PM EDT

It was inevitable. Forget the way Roger Ailes departed from Fox News. Had there been no kerfuffle over a sexual harassment lawsuit, somewhere down the road lay the inevitable  - as it hangs out there for us all. This would be called “mortality.” And it knocks on the door of every human being, even for the creators of Fox News.

Fox News has met The Transition.

By Jack Coleman | | July 30, 2016 | 8:07 PM EDT

Turns out it didn't come from Hill, didn't come from Bill, though not for lack of trying. Drawing from an embarrassment of riches, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh cited the point during Thursday's final night of the Democrats' convention when millions of viewers gasped in unison, you've got to be kidding.

That precious moment -- there are just so many from the Clintons, aren't there? -- came during actor Morgan Freeman's hagio-voiceover of the gooey video about Hillary Clinton just before she appeared on stage, bedecked in a white pantsuit while the Democrat faithful feigned adoration.

By Tom Blumer | | July 30, 2016 | 6:52 PM EDT

Yesterday's news about the economy was the latest in a 7-1/2 year series of mostly regular disappointments. The government reported that nation's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew at an annual rate of just 1.2 percent in the second quarter, half or less of what most alleged "experts" expected. Additionally, the first's quarter's originally reported 1.1 percent growth was revised down to 0.8 percent.

The economy has grown barely 1.2 percent during the past four quarters. So even before yesterday's news, reasons to be impressed with the economy were hard to find. That didn't stop Mark Zandi, who "just so happens" to have contributed the maximum allowable individual amount to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign in 2015, from going way over the top with praise. As reported by the Associated Press's Martin Crutsinger shortly before the GDP report's release, Zandi proclaimed that "It is amazing how resilient the U.S. economy has been," and the "The job market is just incredible."

By Curtis Houck | | July 30, 2016 | 5:30 PM EDT

Amidst all the overwhelming media coverage gushing over President Barack Obama’s Wednesday night speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), there were a few points during MSNBC’s coverage in the early hours of Thursday that couldn’t go by without being chronicled for NewsBusters readers. 

By Clay Waters | | July 30, 2016 | 3:48 PM EDT

The New York Times post-convention political roundup praised Democratic stage-craft, Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech, and forwarded complaints about bias at Fox News (but not CNN). Adam Nagourney’s “Stark Contrasts in Style and Substance” praised Democratic convention stagecraft and says that as a speaker who can “move a crowd, seize a moment...Barack Obama laps the field.”

By Tim Graham | | July 30, 2016 | 2:24 PM EDT

Liberals are unhappy at this point that Hillary Clinton isn’t trouncing Donald Trump, so there must be an obvious culprit: Sexism. Especially among white males, the most likely Republican voters. On Thursday night’s PBS NewsHour, they interviewed their own correspondent Daniel Bush on their question “Does gender bias explain why Hillary Clinton has fared so poorly with white male voters?”

Bush wrote an article for the NewsHour website titled “The hidden sexism that could sway the election.” He interviews people who say they can’t trust her, citing the fiasco in Benghazi. Bush isn’t convinced. Say she’s not trustworthy? It’s because she’s a woman.

By Tom Johnson | | July 30, 2016 | 1:48 PM EDT

Is media bias just smart marketing? Yes, suggests Taibbi, who claims it’s “irrelevant” that “most individual reporters” are liberals given that their profit-driven, audience-conscious corporate overlords keep them on a short leash. “Whatever their personal leanings, influential reporters mostly work in nihilistic corporations, to whom the news is a non-ideological commodity, to be sold the same way we hawk cheeseburgers or Marlboro Lights,” argued Taibbi in a July 22 article. “Wars, scandals and racial conflicts sell, while poverty and inequality do not. So reporters chase one and not the other. It's just business.”

By Tom Blumer | | July 30, 2016 | 1:34 PM EDT

Now we know why Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's de facto dictator, recently handed over responsibility for food production to the military: He's going to need soldiers on farms and elsewhere in the food distribution chain to keep conscripted workers in line.

That's because on July 22, now over a week ago, Maduro's government decreed "... that any employee in Venezuela can be effectively made to work in the country’s fields as a way to fight the current food crisis." Those words are from a July 28 Amnesty International press release. Amnesty correctly contends that the move "is unlawful and effectively amounts to forced labour." Amnesty appears to have taken six days to respond because the first reports from the world's press did not appear until Thursday. As of shortly after 9 a.m. Eastern Time Saturday morning, the Associated Press, despite having at least four reporters in Venezuela, still hasn't covered Maduro's order. Neither has the New York Times.

By Christian Toto | | July 30, 2016 | 12:15 PM EDT

Johnny Carson delivered, and he did so without revealing his party affiliation. That was then. Now, we have late night comics choosing sides. Some, like Trevor Noah, Larry Wilmore and Seth Meyers, are essentially signing up for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. 

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | | July 30, 2016 | 8:09 AM EDT

For more than a year, the cable-news networks have feasted on Donald Trump, covering him live, day after day, for hours and hours. Republican contenders couldn’t hope to get a fraction of his TV time. Now that Trump’s secured the nomination, is it possible that the networks will “suddenly” lose interest in every Trump speech?

It certainly looked that way when Trump spoke to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention. CNN gave Hillary 19 minutes of live coverage. Trump got zero. They promoted Democrats while he was talking.

By Melissa Mullins | | July 30, 2016 | 7:48 AM EDT

In addition to being known as the Vice President of the United States and his penchant for putting his foot in his mouth, Joe Biden is also known for doing a cameo on a TV show. He played himself as the man-crush of the local politician on the NBC comedy show Parks and Recreation and is now taking on a more seriously role – still playing himself on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU. It’s hard to imagine Biden as anything but serious, so maybe he really will be acting this time around.

By Tim Graham | | July 30, 2016 | 6:31 AM EDT

The shocking Wikileaks e-mails wrenched from the Democratic National Committee added more weight to something we already knew: Democrats and the "objective" media closely coordinate and cultivate a joint set of images and messages.

But that's not all. Supposedly nonpartisan, independent "satirists" in late-night TV have been the darlings of the Left, but pretended to mock both sides. Comedy Central stars Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert held a "Rally to Restore Sanity" in 2010 that pretended to endorse more civility and compromise. But now all the ironic distance has vanished, as anyone can see from observing Trevor Noah, Stewart's replacement.

By Tim Graham | | July 29, 2016 | 10:10 PM EDT

Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer put on his media-critic hat on the GOP.com blog  on Thursday to complain that ABC, CBS, and NBC gave several hours more live coverage of their conventions, largely the overflow into the local-news hour at 11 pm Eastern time. The GOP says across the three networks, it drew 47 minutes of overtime, compared to 261 minutes for the Democrats.

Our own research on the Thursday nights show Trump spoke longer, and drew slightly more overtime on the three networks, 119 minutes to 112.

By Tom Blumer | | July 29, 2016 | 9:59 PM EDT

Wednesday night's coverage of protests outside the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia delivered by Fox Business Network and the Associated Press could hardly have differed more.

FBN reported "thousands" of angry protesters oustide who were in no way mollified by Bernie Sanders' endorsement of Hillary Clinton or calls for unity. Geoff Mulvhill and Megan Trimble at the AP only described "tension ... that lingered in pockets of Philadelphia" during a "mostly quiet Day 3," and claimed there were only "hundreds" outside.