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By Jeffrey Meyer | September 10, 2014 | 1:57 PM EDT

President Obama is set to address the country on Wednesday night to announce plans to take action against the terrorist group ISIS. In anticipation of the president’s speech, Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director and moderator of Meet the Press, had some strikingly harsh comments regarding President Obama’s falling poll numbers.

Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday morning, Todd maintained that President Obama is “on the precipice of doing Jimmy Carter-like damage to the Democratic brand on foreign policy if he’s not careful.” 

By Matthew Balan | September 10, 2014 | 1:04 PM EDT

CNN senior vice president Sam Feist announced on Wednesday that former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, who left the Obama administration in June 2014, will be joining the liberal news network as a political commentator. Feist praised Carney's "unique experience as both a journalist and a White House press secretary" which will supposedly "make him an invaluable voice for the network as we cover the final two years of the Obama Administration and look ahead to the coming campaigns." The former Obama flack's "unique experience" is actually all too common in the news media. Prior to serving in the West Wing, Carney had a two-decade record as a liberal journalist for Time magazine.

By Tom Johnson | September 10, 2014 | 12:59 PM EDT

For now, President Obama’s “no-drama” handling of the ISIS situation counters both Americans’ fondness for “the same kind of bloody-shirt waving that got us into” Iraq and “the usual gang of conservative jingoists” now pushing for war.

By Scott Whitlock | September 10, 2014 | 12:59 PM EDT

Chris Matthews on Wednesday urged the American people to "grow up" and accept that war against ISIS will be a long, bloody struggle. At first, the cable host offered what sounded like a recitation of the cycle of violence argument: "You can't just keep killing people and not expect them to try to get even with us. You know what I mean? They're beheading people, they say, because we used air strikes against ISIS." He continued, "This is a cycle. So, we hit them with more air strikes. They'll do more against us." 

By Geoffrey Dickens | September 10, 2014 | 12:33 PM EDT

An aide to Eric Holder, who thought he was calling Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings’ office for help on leaking documents to selected reporters, accidentally spilled the beans of the latest IRS spin job because he called House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s office instead. This newest twist in the IRS targeting scandal, that broke last night, was not covered on ABC, CBS or NBC’s Wednesday morning shows.

By Kyle Drennen | September 10, 2014 | 12:24 PM EDT

At the end of a report on Wednesday's NBC Today about President Obama's upcoming speech on combating ISIS terrorists, correspondent Peter Alexander sympathetically observed: "The primetime nature of this speech really underscores its stakes, but also a significant shift for this President, who wanted to leave the White House as a peacetime president. But now...is likely to commit the country to what some say could be another potentially costly military campaign." [Listen to the audio]

In the segment that followed, co-host Matt Lauer led off a discussion with Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd on that sentiment: "Peter just said the President wanted to leave office as a peacetime president. ISIS makes the decision whether he leaves as a wartime president." Todd replied: "He's been reluctant and we know over about a ten-day period he seemed to be the last one in his administration acknowledging that there needed to be a military campaign."

By Tom Blumer | September 10, 2014 | 11:29 AM EDT

The Politico email Tuesday night announcing incumbent Andrew Cuomo's primary victory in New York over a far-left opponent described the incumbent Democratic governor as having an "at-times centrist governing style."

Surely that nonsense wouldn't make it into the online publication's actual story, I thought. But of course, it did. This about a governor who has openly advocated confiscating guns, and who has said that "extreme conservatives" who believe in the sanctity of life and understand the Second Amendment's clear meaning "have no place in the State of New York." Excerpts from Elizabeth Titus's travesty follow the jump (bolds are mine):

By Katie Yoder | September 10, 2014 | 11:18 AM EDT

What’s with the feminist left and abortion humor these days?  First there was a film billed as an “abortion romantic comedy,” then the assertion that abortion is the “perfect topic” for sitcoms. Now comes Lena Dunham with a tasteless tweet. 

The “Girls” star found an inventive way to celebrate the news of the Duchess of Cambridge’s pregnancy with baby number two. “Kate Middleton is pregnant! Will she keep it?” Dunham joked on Twitter Sept. 9.

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 10, 2014 | 10:53 AM EDT

In the wake of new video surfacing showing former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice hitting and knocking his wife out, many in the media have been quick to indict the NFL as fostering a culture of violence.

During a Wednesday morning appearance on CBS This Morning, "New York Times" sports columnist William Rhoden blasted the NFL and argued that any player, even those who have not been convicted of domestic abuse, should be banned from the NFL. The Times columnist added that America “can't continue to be addicted to this game.”

By Scott Whitlock | September 10, 2014 | 10:10 AM EDT

As of September 10, 2014, it's been 300 days since Nightline, a once serious news program, covered ObamaCare. In the 43 weeks since November 14, 2013, the show has avoided problems with the health care law and instead focused on extremely superficial topics, such as nude reality shows and the royal baby. 

By Tim Graham | September 10, 2014 | 8:20 AM EDT

Politico reports that Sen. Ted Cruz argues that parodies on “Saturday Night Live” could be illegal under a new campaign-finance constitutional amendment proposed by Democrats trying to cracking down on political speech by corporations.

“Well, NBC which airs Saturday Night Live, is a corporation,” Cruz said, reminding other Senators of all the satirized politicians, from Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan to George H.W. Bush and Al Gore.

By Curtis Houck | September 10, 2014 | 12:40 AM EDT

On Tuesday night, ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir and NBC Nightly News omitted from their coverage any mention that President Obama’s upcoming speech to the country on Wednesday night will not include some crucial details on how he plans to go about defeating the Islamic terrorist group ISIS.

In contrast, the CBS Evening News offered a more detailed report with CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett telling viewers that the President’s speech “appears short on specifics.” Garrett reported in a one-minute-and-two-second segment that “[t]here will be no timetable for defeating ISIS and no cost estimates for the emerging military campaign.”

By Tom Blumer | September 9, 2014 | 11:25 PM EDT

On August 22 — a Friday, of course — the Obama administration's Department of Health and Human Services issued a brand-new version of the Obamacare contraception mandate supposedly "accommodating" organizations with religious belief-based objections to providing such coverage.

The new version is a facile variant of the subterfuge the Obama administration failed to slide by the Court in the recent Hobby Lobby case. It now says that organizations which oppose providing their employees abortifacient contraceptive coverage can notify the government of their objections; previously, objectors informed their insurers. The government will then tell the insurance companies to pay any claims involved. Anyone can see that nothing has substantively changed, and that affected employers are still associating themselves with practices they believe are abhorrent. Nevertheless, CNBC's Dan ("Obama-who-cares") Mangan described the administration's move as a "compromise."

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | September 9, 2014 | 11:05 PM EDT

It is amazing the degree to which the media can politicize -- always from a leftist perspective -- just about anything in the news.

No matter what the issue, there's the spin, always the spin, especially in the "analysis" reports where "journalists" go in screech advocacy mode while projecting a sober, dispassionate evaluation.

By Randy Hall | September 9, 2014 | 10:35 PM EDT

During an interview with Joel Keller that was posted Tuesday on the Parade magazine website, “libertarian” comedian Bill Maher hammered the liberal MSNBC cable channel for having “just way too much conformity” and a mantra of “never say anything that will upset our own audience.”

“I’m usually in agreement with what they say over there,” the host of the Friday evening Real Time with Bill Maher HBO series stated. “But I do think there is just too much cheering for your own team, sometimes without being very informed about the issue itself.”