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By Tom Johnson | September 6, 2014 | 4:45 PM EDT

A study finds that if you're not thinking too hard, you're probably a right-winger.

Slate's Katy Waldman reported turning off "deliberative mental circuits" made one more likely to be conservative.
 

By Tim Graham | September 6, 2014 | 4:21 PM EDT

The Huffington Post laid it on thick when the electric-car company Tesla picked Nevada instead of Texas for a new plant. The headline was “Rick Perry Lost Big With Tesla Deal.”

Huff-Post reporter Alexander C. Kaufman began by underlining just what a “loss” this was to the outgoing governor and potential presidential contender.

By NB Staff | September 6, 2014 | 3:46 PM EDT

Feel free to comment today on the plethora of college football action, or ponder what Todd Starnes at Fox News found (as relayed by our Blondegator): The Obama administration wants to talk you out of your S’mores.

By Rich Noyes | September 6, 2014 | 2:25 PM EDT

While promoting a book of news photography on CBS This Morning on Saturday, Sir Harold Evans, editor at large of the Reuters news agency, called the electric chair a “monstrosity” and said seeing a picture of one was “almost as appalling, in its sense, as these barbarians who have taken the heads off journalists in the desert.”

By NB Staff | September 6, 2014 | 11:07 AM EDT

MRC president Brent Bozell appeared on The Kelly File on Fox News Channel on Friday night to address how State Department deputy spokesman Marie Harf whacked Fox star Bill O’Reilly on Twitter.  

After O’Reilly knocked chief State press aide Jen Psaki as out of her depth of Fox, Harf  tweeted that Psaki "explains foreign policy w/ intelligence & class. Too bad we can't say the same about @oreilly factor."

By Curtis Houck | September 6, 2014 | 10:48 AM EDT

The major broadcast networks continued their month-long plus streak of not covering the IRS scandal on Friday night and Saturday morning as ABC, CBS, and NBC all omitted from their evening and morning newscasts two major developments. The new details on the scandal involving the agency that targeted conservative groups include the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informing congressional staffers that a possible 760 IRS computer servers exist that could contain lost e-mails from Lois Lerner.

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | September 6, 2014 | 8:22 AM EDT

Five years ago, Pope Benedict arrived in London to erupting controversy. Around 10,000 people took to the capital's streets for a rally against the Holy Father's “intolerance,” and as the Guardian reported, against “the child abuse scandal for which so many hold the pontiff personally responsible, for both accelerating it and then covering it up.”

The abuse in question centered for the most part on incidents that were 40 years old or more. So where are the media on the child sex abuse scandal in Rotherham, England?

By Mark Finkelstein | September 6, 2014 | 7:38 AM EDT

Rachel Maddow frets about all President Obama has on his plate and concludes: "aren't you glad you're not President?"

By Jeffrey Lord | September 6, 2014 | 7:26 AM EDT

In a bizarre twist of reality, the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) has demanded The Five co-host Andrea Tantaros and Fox apologize for “Islamophobia.”

Why is Ms. Tantaros in the dock? (She actually made her remarks on another Fox show, Outnumbered.) And Fox too?

By Tim Graham | September 6, 2014 | 6:33 AM EDT

The Hollywood Reporter announced that Jon Stewart’s new film “Rosewater” debuted at the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado. Their headline was “'Rosewater' Director Jon Stewart Receives Hero's Welcome.”

Apparently, Stewart is a hero when he shows up at film festivals where liberals cluster. Or he’s a hero for regularly banging away at Fox News on “The Daily Show.” Or he’s a hero for having a sense of nuance about the “greatly differing worldviews” in Iran. Writer Scott Feinberg does proclaim he’s a “fan of @BarackObama” on his Twitter bio.

By Tom Johnson | September 5, 2014 | 10:39 PM EDT

Had you noticed that media outlets just can’t stop adding conservative talking heads to spout conservative viewpoints that will appeal to conservative viewers for whom liberalism “upsets their tum tums”? Well, Daily Kos writer Hunter did, and he blogged about it on Thursday.

Hunter quoted from and then reacted to a New York Post report on the latest manifestation of this recurring problem: NBC’s announcement that Joe Scarborough will become a regular contributor to Meet the Press in order to “bring a right-leaning voice to the program to appeal to viewers turned off by the show’s famously left-leaning former hosts including the ousted David Gregory.”

By P.J. Gladnick | September 5, 2014 | 6:59 PM EDT

Psst! Psst! Sunday news show hosts are mere conduits for executive producers whispering questions into their earpieces according to a New Republic editor.

By Curtis Houck | September 5, 2014 | 6:25 PM EDT

After Congressman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday inquiring the whereabouts of a former Department of Justice (DOJ) attorney and one-time Lois Lerner employee and Judicial Watch released new IRS emails on Thursday revealing a “secret research project” on donors to non-profit political groups, two additional IRS bombshell broke on Friday. Upon these stories breaking today, the question is: Will the major broadcast networks cover these stories?

By Scott Whitlock | September 5, 2014 | 5:44 PM EDT

What's a sign that a liberal media outlet has made a disastrous hire? Having fellow Keith Olbermann publicly lambaste you for doing so. The former MSNBC anchor, now on ESPN, assailed Huffington Post for hiring a 9/11 conspiracy theorist to cover national security. An outraged Olbermann quoted the tweets of former football player Donte Stallworth, including this one: "No way 9/11 was carried out by dying bin Laden, 19 men who couldn't fly a damn kite. Still have no evidence Osama was connected, like Iraq."     

Olbermann noted that, despite dismissing his own tweets as something that he doesn't believe anymore and that occurred five years ago, Stallworth was tweeting 9/11 truther propaganda nine months ago. The sports anchor mocked, "So, your supposed news website just hired to cover national security a still theoretically active NFL player with no journalism experience, who is a 9/11 truther, supposedly reformed about being a 9/11 truther, but lying about when he reformed." 

By Ken Shepherd | September 5, 2014 | 4:37 PM EDT

Amanda Marcotte's crusade against stovetops continues apace. TIME magazine's Belinda Luscombe today picked up the baton from the Slate writer, grousing about how "We Need to Stop Guilting Parents into Cooking Dinner."

While less strident in tone than the ever-joyless Ms. Marcotte, Luscombe nevertheless has a flair for the melodramatic as she shares her annoyance at the prep time and serial ingratitude she gets for her culinary efforts.