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By Tom Blumer | May 25, 2015 | 11:12 PM EDT

In a Thursday interview recorded for Megyn Kelly's Fox News show that evening, Charles Krauthammer provided stunning evidence rarely mentioned even on Fox — and almost never in the establishment press — relating to how unserious the administration's and the Pentagon's "strategy" has been in containing, let alone defeating, ISIS in Iraq and Syria.

The early portion of the interview included a repeat of Krauthammer's characterization of White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest as imitating Iraq's "Baghdad Bob" as U.S. troops closed in on Iraq's capital in 2003, consistent with Wednesday evening's "Special Report" (covered Thursday morning by Curtis Houck at NewsBusters). With Kelly, Krauthammer added important details, beginning at the 1:58 mark of the video which follows the jump, regarding the inadequacy of the American military effort, charging that President Obama is only "pretending to be doing something," and discussed the long-term consequences if the situation doesn't turn around.

By Tim Graham | May 25, 2015 | 10:22 PM EDT

Politico has just discovered something we at MRC have been noticing since 1996: women's magazines are a "liberal pipeline to soccer moms." Media reporter Hadas Gold announced “a Politico review of several of the magazines’ past few months of coverage suggests that readers will be getting a heavy dose of liberal cheerleading this campaign season along with their skincare, makeup and fashion tips.”

The headline was "Where the media loves Hillary Clinton." As if other establishment media outlets are anti-Hillary?

By Melissa Mullins | May 25, 2015 | 7:33 PM EDT

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews once famously said that Obama sent a “thrill up my leg,” and even announced on air that it was his job to make sure Obama succeeded.  With news that his wife, Kathleen Matthews, is expected to run for Maryland’s 8th District congressional seat, who’s to say he won’t use his status and show as a platform to do the same for her campaign?

Politico reporter Dylan Byers reported that Matthews has been involved with his wife’s campaign meetings, which have focused on campaign planning and strategy. Let's guess who does most of the talking...

By Jack Coleman | May 25, 2015 | 7:28 PM EDT

Future commencement speech invitations for Beltway media eminence grise Bob Woodward effectively evaporated, at least in the Northeast, after his appearance yesterday on Fox News Sunday.

Woodward, who'll be known in perpetuity as the stable half of the reporting duo who brought down Richard Nixon for a scandal that now appears paltry compared to the vast money-laundering scheme dignified under lofty title of Clinton Global Foundation, admirably did his part to puncture a sacred liberal myth -- that Bush lied and people died. As Woodward sees it, only the latter half of that equation is correct.

By Brent Bozell | May 25, 2015 | 5:57 PM EDT

The full text of Media Research Center founder and president Brent Bozell's commencement address to the Class of 2015 at his alma mater, the University of Dallas, on Sunday, May 17.

By Tom Blumer | May 25, 2015 | 4:58 PM EDT

Today at Arlington Cemetery, President Obama said — not kidding — "For many of us, this Memorial Day is especially meaningful; it is the first since our war in Afghanistan came to an end." He immediately added: "Today is the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the United States is not engaged in a major ground war."

At the White House's twitter account, one finds the first of those two sentences in a tweet — but not the second. Of course, Darlene Superville at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, cleaned it all up to avoid nationally embarrassing the wire service's beloved president (bolds are mine):

By Tom Johnson | May 25, 2015 | 12:57 PM EDT

In the early 1990s, politicians floated the term “peace dividend” regarding a hoped-for post-Cold War reduction in the U.S. defense budget, and Pentagon spending indeed fell somewhat in the mid- and late ‘90s. Sean McElwee, a research associate at the lefty think tank Demos, argues that America now needs a post-9/11, post-Afghanistan, post-Iraq peace dividend which would allow greatly increased spending on certain domestic programs.

“As violent deaths from war and terrorism decline,” wrote McElwee in a Sunday piece for Salon, “the greater threat to Americans is their failing infrastructure, costly healthcare system and incoherent environmental policy…In addition, [America’s] ability to lead by example is threatened by poverty, homeless[ness] and rampant inequality.”

McElwee concluded that “Americans need to realize that today, the larger threat they face is their own fear leading them to underinvest in vital services. As Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously warned, ‘the only thing we have to fear is… fear itself.’”

By Scott Whitlock | May 25, 2015 | 11:23 AM EDT

A lengthy expose in the new Vanity Fair claims veteran journalist Barbara Walters wasn't thrilled that Rosie O'Donnell would return to The View. Writer Suzanna Andrews asked the show creator and long-time star if bringing back the liberal comedienne was a good idea. Walters paused and then responded, "Rosie and Whoopi together was not peaches and cream... I don’t think we needed the two of them together." 

By NB Staff | May 25, 2015 | 9:40 AM EDT

Happy Memorial Day to our NewsBusters family. For us, it's easy to remember the late Noel Sheppard celebrating the "Rick Monday saves the flag" baseball-stadium video. Kudos to CNN host Jake Tapper for tweeting many faces of the fallen heroes this weekend.

By Tim Graham | May 25, 2015 | 8:19 AM EDT

Even when they revisit the Chandra Levy murder case, The Washington Post keeps scrubbing out the fact that the convicted murderer, Ingmar Guandique, a Salvadoran, is an illegal immigrant (and in some stories, a gang member with the vicious Salvardoran gang MS-13).

It happened again in a front-page story on Saturday on a new trial for Guandique, with 1,080 words but no usage of “illegal immigrant” anywhere:

By Tim Graham | May 25, 2015 | 6:39 AM EDT

The dramatic victory for “gay marriage” in Ireland has the “No” folks in part pointing fingers at foreign money. American foreign money. The "cultural imperialism" is coming from the Left.

A petition has been launched which says that “this push for same-sex marriage in Ireland has not at all been a ‘home-grown’ phenomenon, but, rather, a carefully-orchestrated and massively well-funded assault on the natural family, coming from private American funding.”

By Jack Coleman | May 24, 2015 | 9:51 PM EDT

Such are the perils of playing by the rules against people who don't.

An interesting discussion this morning on CNN's Reliable Sources between host Brian Stelter and Washington Free Beacon editor-in-chief Matthew Continetti about ABC News attempting to sabotage the Beacon's scoop on George Stephanopoulos's $75,000 in donations to the vast money-laundering operation otherwise known as the Clinton Foundation.
 

By Melissa Mullins | May 24, 2015 | 5:24 PM EDT

Rose Byrne (who recentluy starred in Bridesmaids, Neighbors, and Annie) is the latest actress to speak out about the “age” old issue of gender discrimination in Hollywood.

Byrne, who was busy promoting her new movie Spy, told PrideSource that women have long been discriminated against and are still intentionally discriminated against in film and television.

By Tom Johnson | May 24, 2015 | 1:36 PM EDT

Today’s conservative legislators may not be as dumb as a box of rocks or so dumb it takes them an hour and a half to watch 60 Minutes (HT: Rodney Dangerfield) but Daily Kos writer Hunter is willing to claim that they’re “the dumbest we've ever had. You have to credit the tea party Republicans for that one—they know what they want, and by golly if it can ooze its way into a suit and tie they'll vote for it.”

Unfortunately, added Hunter in a Wednesday post, many if not most Americans are unaware of this breathtaking GOP stupidity because the media have “ratchet[ed] down their own expectations [of Republicans]…The pundit class all just grits their teeth and tries their best to present all of this as the new normal.”

What set Hunter off were comments from Republican senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin that in regard to the Iran nuclear talks, he didn’t trust Iranian head of state Ali Khamenei but also was “not so sure I’m trusting President Obama.”

By Mark Finkelstein | May 24, 2015 | 11:47 AM EDT

Not the endorsement someone heading into the Republican primaries would normally want, but it's the one Rand Paul got.  On today's This Week [hosted by Jonathan Karl in the absence of Stephanopoulos], far-left Rep. Keith Ellison declared that on a variety of issues he is "proud to stand" with Rand Paul.

Roll the video and watch Bill Kristol look on beningly as Ellison praises Paul.  Let's read Bill's mind: every Ellison accolade was another chunk of GOP primary voters lost for Kristol's least-favorite Republican candidate. In the unkindest cut, Kristol claimed that it was Paul standing with Ellison, not the other way around,since Ellison and his fellow lefties were first to stake out those positions and Paul has now decided to become a "liberal Democrat" on them. Ouch!