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By Tom Blumer | October 31, 2014 | 9:26 PM EDT

Chris Houck at NewsBusters noted late Thursday that on that evening’s NBC Nightly News, incumbent Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu told NBC's Chuck Todd that President Barack Obama is unpopular in the South because the region “has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans” and thus “[i]t’s been a difficult time for the President to present himself in a very positive light as a leader." Landrieu also said that "It’s not always been a good place for women to present ourselves. It’s more of a conservative place."

Houck described the race-based portion of Landrieu's lament as a "gaffe." The Senator apparently disagrees, as she doubled down on both aspects of her "woe is me" remarks in a statement today. Politico's James Hohmann waited an incredible 11 paragraphs to get into her embarrassing double-down:

By Tom Blumer | October 31, 2014 | 5:59 PM EDT

New Jersey Governor Christie rebuked a heckler during his visit to the area affected by Superstorm Sandy on Wednesday.

His rebuke is still a major headline item at ... the Weather Channel. The headline ("Gov Loses It During Speech") also makes a claim not supported by the circumstances, or Christie's history of dealng with such critics:

By Randy Hall | October 31, 2014 | 5:03 PM EDT

With the midterm elections only days away, the pressure of Democrats probably suffering major losses apparently caused New York representative Charlie Rangel to make a scary assertion on Thursday that some Republicans “believe that slavery isn't over, and they won the Civil War.”

During a panel discussion on the Cable News Network This Hour program on Halloween morning, CNN analyst and commentator Elzie "LZ" Granderson was just as blunt in his reply: “If you think what he said is true, then I’m just going to tell you the truth: 'You’re an idiot!'” He continued by stating “slavery, and that time period, does not exist today!”

By P.J. Gladnick | October 31, 2014 | 3:53 PM EDT

The New York Times had a Halloween trick but no treat for the Texas Tribune. Today the Texas Tribune has announced that its partnership with the Times will be terminated with extreme prejudice. Is this just a coincidence that this is happening just before the election in which it appears that the campaign of Democrat gubernatorial candidate, Wendy Davis, appears to have imploded?

By Mark Finkelstein | October 31, 2014 | 3:35 PM EDT

Comedy gold! As the co-founder of the Daily Show, Lizz Winstead might be a funny lady. But what she came up with today was surely an unintentional laugh line. Appearing on Joy Reid's MSNBC show this afternoon, Winstead blamed Wendy Davis' impending thrashing in her race for Governor of Texas on . . . "redistricting."  

Lizz, last time we looked, there is no districting—"re" or otherwise—when it comes to statewide races. The entire state is one big district that gets to vote for Governor. Oh, and for good measure, Lizz laid the rest of the blame on "the media." Right.  In a state where the major newspaper in three of the four largest cities have endorsed Davis.

By Geoffrey Dickens | October 31, 2014 | 1:30 PM EDT

When Charlie Rose, on his Thursday PBS show, asked the current Bloomberg View columnist why Obama had become “such a liability” to the Democratic Party in this 2014 election cycle, Lewis responded that it was “unfair” and then predicted: “I think history is going to be very kind to him...the year after he’s out people are going to miss him.

By Scott Whitlock | October 31, 2014 | 12:00 PM EDT

ABC's The View, a show featuring a woman who believes the United States government may have been involved in the September 11th, 2001 attacks, will now be overseen by the network's news division, according to Variety. ABC News President James Goldston announced, "Moving ‘The View’ to our non-fiction programming group now allows it to fully draw on the vast resources of ABC News and our team in New York, where the show is based right next door." 

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 31, 2014 | 11:07 AM EDT

MSNBC loves to run ads promoting its liberal “Lean Forward” programs but its latest celebratory commercial championing Morning Joe’s ratings “success” seems a bit odd. Over the last few days a new MSNBC ad hilariously has been running proclaiming that “2014 marks the fifth straight year Morning Joe continues to beat CNN. Since 2010 Morning Joe has out-delivered CNN as the place to get the top news headlines, comprehensive analysis, and election coverage.” 

By Tim Graham | October 31, 2014 | 10:02 AM EDT

Politico isn't holding back its tilt at the end of this campaign. Here's a headline: "The return of mean John McCain." Reporter Burgess Everett began: "Mean John McCain is back on the campaign trail."

Return to mean? Everett dug up AP bias from 2008: "He’s called fellow Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa a 'f——- jerk' and former Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici, also of the GOP, an 'ass——' — just two examples from a 2008 Associated Press story about 'Senator Hothead.'”

By Kyle Drennen | October 31, 2014 | 9:59 AM EDT

As the chances of Republicans gaining control of the Senate in the upcoming midterm election remained high, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd appeared on Friday's NBC Today to pour cold water on the possibility: "...definitely feels like a hold-your-nose election....talking to voters that I did, they'd like to punish the President's party without rewarding the Republicans. And in many cases, they're sort of sitting on their hands, they're not sure what to do....They're probably leaning against the President, but they're not happy about it."

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 31, 2014 | 9:57 AM EDT

On Wednesday, the Fox News show The Five tackled the controversial video showing a New York City woman repeatedly receiving catcalls from random men over a 10-hour period. While most of the Fox hosts felt that as long as the men weren’t being obnoxious and following the woman for a long period of time the comments were harmless, liberal Bob Beckel predictably took things to a whole new level. After Dana Perino called out one guy that “walks with her for five minutes, that is creepy. And I wouldn't like that” Beckel chimed in by disgustingly saying “I just think she got 100 catcalls. Let me add 101. Damn, baby, you're a piece of woman.” 

By Joseph Rossell | October 31, 2014 | 9:49 AM EDT

Media outlets spent years bashing for-profit colleges and universities, calling for regulation, claiming they provided “woefully inadequate education,” all while ignoring these institutions’ efforts to educate underprivileged students.

On Oct. 30, 2014, the Department of Education announced new regulations on for-profit colleges that would strip them of financial aid unless these institutions proved graduates achieved “gainful employment.”

By Mark Finkelstein | October 31, 2014 | 7:24 AM EDT

Did the editor of Politico's Daily Digest notice that the arrangement of the two top stories this morning played directly into the Dem playbook?  We sure did.

The first headline is "Democratic donors prepare for disappointment," and the sub-headline reads "The plan is to shift focus to 2016, when Democrats face a much more hospitable Senate map."  And sure enough, Politico's very next story obliges Dem desires.   The headline: "Why a GOP Senate could be short-lived," and the sub-headline reads "A half-dozen blue-state Republicans could be in trouble during the 2016 elections."

By Tim Graham | October 31, 2014 | 7:23 AM EDT

Ed Morrissey at Hot Air ably announced that liberal reporters and analysts are breaking out the latest spin – that victory will be terrible for Republicans. I’d call it the Mary Tillotson special: after the GOP took the house in 1994, CNN’s Tillotson suggested this 52-seat landslide was bad news for 1996.

Morrissey calls it “the media’s Sour Grapes Index, in which analysts posit that a big win is really a loss, or that a loss is really a big win.” Alexander Bolton at The Hill offers the classic take, “Civil war looms for the GOP":

By Tom Johnson | October 31, 2014 | 1:14 AM EDT

The Esquire blogger Charles Pierce says Elizabeth Warren’s economic message is popular, but, for reasons that include a Republican “campaign of vandalism” and Democratic ineptitude, she doesn’t get the credit she deserves for it.