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By Kyle Drennen | May 21, 2015 | 11:37 AM EDT

On Wednesday’s NBC Today, co-host Tamron Hall stumbled upon conservative economic philosophy as she defended a hot dog vendor’s right to charge customers whatever he wanted, even if it was overpriced: “But why can’t he set his own prices? I mean, if a restaurant sells their hot dog, steak, or whatever for the price they want, why is his price regulated?”

By Mike Ciandella | May 21, 2015 | 11:32 AM EDT

On CNBC’s Squawk Box on May 21, GOP presidential hopeful Chris Christie argued that the media’s coverage of Hillary Clinton’s political scandals compared to his own was “absurd.” 

“If I had come out, the day after the BridgeGate thing was announced, and said ‘by the way, all my emails are on a private server, and I deleted a whole bunch of them, and I destroyed the server, but you need to take my word for it. The emails had nothing to do with the bridge stuff.” Can you even imagine what would the reaction have been?” 

By Joseph Rossell | May 21, 2015 | 11:29 AM EDT

The middle class is “getting nowhere” thanks to President Barack Obama, according to Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.

Christie criticized Obama’s economic policies on CNBC’s Squawk Box May 21, and emphasized the need for restoring economic growth, reforming entitlements and investing in national defense.

By Jack Coleman | May 21, 2015 | 10:12 AM EDT

You can read a lot from a person by the way she interprets polls and when it's Rachel Maddow doing the interpreting, what quickly becomes apparent is repugnant.

On her MSNBC show Tuesday night, Maddow's take on the waning popularity of potential Republican presidential candidates in the states where they serve as governor conveyed more about her than the purported subject at hand.

By Tom Blumer | May 21, 2015 | 9:45 AM EDT

The idea that the nation's largest cities are impenetrable Democratic Party strongholds took a serious hit Tuesday night. In Jacksonville, the nation's 13th-largest city, a Republican took back the mayor's office, unseating the incumbent Democrat who won four years ago.

Predictably, the Associated Press, when it sensed that Democrat Alvin Brown might hold on in his reelection attempt, treated the race as a national story the day before the election, identifying Brown as a 2011 beneficiary of an Obama campaign effort which "targeted ... 2008 and 2012 with the goal of making a solidly Republican area more competitive," and tagging him as "on a short list of Democrats seen as potential candidates for governor in 2018" if he won. Today, with Republican Lenny Curry winning the race, it's crickets at the wire service's national site:

By Jeffrey Meyer | May 21, 2015 | 9:37 AM EDT

On Thursday, CBS This Morning acted as an unofficial spokesperson for First Lady Michelle Obama as they eagerly promoted a video of her working out at the gym. For their part, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today did not cheerlead for Mrs. Obama during their broadcasts. 

By Connor Williams | May 21, 2015 | 9:16 AM EDT

Thomas Roberts didn’t stray an inch away from the liberal media narrative about conservative difficulties with Iraq War questions. On the May 20 edition of MSNBC Live, the host interviewed potential 2016 candidate and former New York governor George Pataki on the subject. 

By Mark Finkelstein | May 21, 2015 | 9:10 AM EDT

What would Donny Deutsch say if he did want to sound elitist?  Because for not wanting to sound elitist, Donny Deutsch came off an awful lot like the denizen of Manhattan and the Hamptons that he is.

On today's Morning Joe, reacting to comments from a focus group of Iowa Republicans who were less concerned about Jeb Bush's policy positions and more concerned about his last name, Deutsch declaimed "I don't mean to sound elitist but it's astounding how ignorant people are."

By Matthew Philbin | May 21, 2015 | 9:06 AM EDT

Time was, burning an American flag was a reliable way of getting on network TV, there to shock the taxpayers over their TV dinners.

But these days, the network news programs don’t seem interested in American flag desecration, unless it happens in the Middle East. In the last five years, there have been only two mentions of domestic flag desecration on ABC, CBS and NBC. Both of those were on ABC.

By Tim Graham | May 21, 2015 | 7:44 AM EDT

Andrew Stiles at the Washington Free Beacon – the original reporter that found the Stephanopoulos donations to the Clinton Foundation – has a new story Thursday on Richard Bates, the top lobbyist in Washngton for the Disney-ABC folks. Unsurprisingly, before joining the Mouse, Bates was executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee “under the chairmanship of Rep. Beryl Anthony (D., Ark.), a political ally of then-Governor Bill Clinton.”

This is not atypical. Top CBS lobbyist Martin Franks aided the network for 25 years before retiring in 2013, but was also executive director of the DCCC from 1981-86, after serving as issues director for the unsuccessful 1980 Carter-Mondale campaign.

By Melissa Mullins | May 21, 2015 | 6:12 AM EDT

On Monday, New York Times national political correspondent Jonathan Martin took a dig at Republicans and their distaste of Hillary Clinton’s silence toward media by tweeting the following:

"All the Rs mounting a high horse now about press access & Hillary will side w/the press when an R candidate starts dodging press, right?"

By Curtis Houck | May 21, 2015 | 12:29 AM EDT

The “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC showed no interest in covering on Wednesday night the optics of President Obama touting global warming as a “serious threat,” in a speech to graduates of the Coast Guard Academy, days after the Iraqi city of Ramadi fell to ISIS. While the networks avoided this story, the Fox News Channel (FNC) program Special Report offered a full segment on the President’s remarks and their timing in relation to the continued rise of ISIS. 

By Tom Blumer | May 20, 2015 | 11:57 PM EDT

Web and news searches at Google, as well as a search at the Associated Press's national site, indicate that there is very little interest in the establishment press in getting the reactions of current and former U.S. soldiers who defeated enemy forces in Ramadi during last decade's Iraq War to the loss of that city to Islamic State forces.

Sadly, that's not surprising. As usual, Fox News is doing work the rest of the press refuses to do. This morning, Debbie Lee, whose son Marc Alan Lee, the first Navy SEAL killed in the Iraq War, died at Ramadi, appeared on Fox & Friends. Video, plus an excerpt from a rare exception to the establishment press's indifference at the Daily Beast, follow the jump.

By Yuri Perez | May 20, 2015 | 10:40 PM EDT

The nation’s second largest Spanish-language network, Telemundo, was the only major network not to cover Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s long-awaited Q&A session with the news media in Iowa this week.

Strangely, during the course of the past month, Telemundo’s principal national evening newscasts have failed to even once inform its viewers about any of the controversies surrounding Clinton’s candidacy, including the former U.S. Secretary of State’s compliance with federal requirements and White House protocol for her e-mail communications, as well as potential conflicts of interest arising from donations from foreign governments and donors to the Clinton Foundation while she served as the nation’s chief diplomat.

By Tom Blumer | May 20, 2015 | 10:14 PM EDT

On Tuesday, I wrote that "Every day seems to bring in at least one new example of alleged journalists who are really propagandists insisting that what is obviously false is true."

Today's entry into that category will be extremely hard to beat, and may well stand as one of the worst attempts at an argument ever made by a leftist hack. Before I excerpt William Saletan's column at Slate and his attempt to describe it in detail, I'll ratify the observation in the column's current top comment: "So during WWII, Japan said they were at war with the USA. The USA agreed. So that means we were 'sounding a lot like Japan'?"