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By Bruce Bookter | | May 17, 2016 | 6:28 PM EDT

Apparently maintaining the pretense of objectivity and neutrality has just grown entirely too tiresome.

By Curtis Houck | | May 17, 2016 | 6:25 PM EDT

Washington Post local columnist Petula Dvorak appears to have made it an firm habit of continually updating the life of a transgender child named Tyler for at least four years so she naturally returned to the child and his family on Tuesday to denounce the “hateful” and “mostly stupid” debate over transgender bathroom laws that they claim wasn’t started by the LGBT community. 

By Tim Graham | | May 17, 2016 | 5:05 PM EDT

While Philip Elliott bashed Fox News anchors as zombies and incest enthusiasts in his TIME interview with Megyn Kelly (a question that somehow didn’t make the print edition), when it came to Hillary, he was a Vox-style explainer of the liberal take on politics. At the front of the magazine was a story headlined “Hillary’s new plan to trump Trump – by being boring.”

Boring is a virtue, claimed Elliott and co-author Charlotte Alter (the daughter of longtime Newsweek Clinton-booster Jonathan Alter). Hillary’s top aides “have settled into a governing-over-glamour plan in a way that Trump’s Republican rivals never did, and the candidate has far more discipline and a thicker skin than any of the 16 Trump vanquished.” The Republicans didn’t try “governing over glamour”?

By Matthew Balan | | May 17, 2016 | 5:05 PM EDT

CNN's At This Hour on Tuesday spotlighted Senator Marco Rubio's attack on the Washington Post on Twitter. An on-screen graphic hyped how "Rubio Launches Bizarre Tweetstorm Against Media." The Florida Republican mocked the "genius line" in the liberal newspaper that "claims that I'm a bit at sea in terms of [my] next step politically." Rubio added, "Ummmm, not really. I have only said like 10,000 times I will be a private citizen in January."

By Kyle Drennen | | May 17, 2016 | 4:09 PM EDT

In an interview streamed on YouTube and Facebook Live on Monday, Buzzfeed News legal editor Chris Geidner grilled President Obama over his nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court: “...a large part of your legacy on judicial nominations has been diversifying the federal bench....You had an opportunity with this nomination to, for the first time in the nation’s history, if the justice was confirmed, to have a Supreme Court that was not a majority of straight white men. Why didn’t you take that opportunity?”

By Alatheia Nielsen | | May 17, 2016 | 3:53 PM EDT

Liberal actor and climate alarmist Mark Ruffalo is scaring Flint residents into not bathing or washing their hands, without cause.

Virginia Tech professor Dr. Marc Edwards ripped Ruffalo as an “A-List Actor But F-List Scientist” on May 16, 2016, for “pseudoscience and false alarms” created by Ruffalo’s activist group, Water Defense.

By Mairead McArdle | | May 17, 2016 | 3:53 PM EDT

It is not enough for a Huffington Post contributor to write a hit piece on someone who challenges the  Equal Rights Amendment. She made sure to throw in a slur.

On Monday, HuffPo’s Kimberley A. Johnson urged feminists of all stripes to embrace and push for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). She blamed its failure to pass in the 1970s on a “toxic gender traitor by the name of Phyllis Schlafly.”

By Scott Whitlock | | May 17, 2016 | 3:20 PM EDT

Fox’s Megyn Kelly on Monday said that if the New York Times doesn’t want to cover Bill Clinton’s problems with women, the so-called paper of record should be “shamed” into doing so. Appearing on Fox and Friends, Kelly highlighted the Times’s efforts to go after Trump’s issues with women: “They ought to do the same to her. Because Trump's allegations about Hillary's past with women and the role she played in trying to diminish ones who claim they had affairs or attacked by Bill Clinton is also relevant if we're going back 25 years on him and figure out what he did.” 

By Mairead McArdle | | May 17, 2016 | 3:06 PM EDT

Hell’s glory days could be over, according to National Geographic. The idea of eternal punishment is not as chic as it was in olden days.

In a NatGeo story published last week, senior science correspondent Mark Strauss explained a “campaign to eliminate hell” headed by a “new generation of evangelical scholars” who take issue with the idea that sinners are doomed forever.

By Curtis Houck | | May 17, 2016 | 2:50 PM EDT

Conservative talk radio host Mark Levin opened his Monday program by excoriating the media for their proverbial leap “into the sewer” by obsessively covering the Sunday New York Times piece on Donald Trump’s treatment of women and instead ignoring revelations that there’s disturbing details being withheld from the American people about the capture of U.S. sailors by Iran in January.

By Maggie McKneely | | May 17, 2016 | 2:48 PM EDT

Hillary Clinton: secretary of state, presidential candidate and, now, ghostbuster. 

Entertainment Weekly just announced that Clinton will be joining the all-female cast members of the upcoming Ghostbusters film on The Ellen DeGeneres Show airing May 25. 

By Mike Ciandella | | May 17, 2016 | 2:42 PM EDT

The broadcast news networks couldn’t get enough of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan – until a leading Democrat in town became the target of a corruption lawsuit. Despite spending 1 hour and 42 minutes discussing the Flint since the story broke onto the national stage in December, 2015, the evening news shows of ABC, CBS and NBC have completely ignored reports that Flint’s Democrat mayor allegedly funneled money from a charity meant to help victims of the crisis into her personal PAC.

By Matthew Balan | | May 17, 2016 | 2:20 PM EDT

ABC, CBS, and NBC's morning and evening newscasts punted on covering an openly-homosexual pastor dropping his lawsuit against Whole Foods on Monday, after accusing the grocery chain of including the word "fag" on a cake he ordered from a location in Austin, Texas in April 2016. Jordan Brown disclosed that "the company did nothing wrong" in a statement, and apologized to the "LGBT community for diverting attention from real issues." By contrast, CNN's New Day on Tuesday devoted a news brief to Brown "admitting the company did not actually decorate the cake that way."

By Brad Wilmouth | | May 17, 2016 | 2:13 PM EDT

Appearing as a guest on Monday's CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin to promote her book, Capital Dames, ABC News veteran Cokie Roberts -- also of NPR -- complained that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump "created a lot of hatred and hostility" after "a half century of us trying to bring people together" as she invoked the Jim Crow South and blamed reports of children making racist insults on Trump's presidential campaign: "Having this whole two generations trying to bring America together and be one country, and to suddenly have a leader come in and try to break that all apart and pit groups against each other is very discouraging."

By Tom Blumer | | May 17, 2016 | 1:50 PM EDT

In mid-April, as I noted in a NewsBusters post, the Associated Press, apparently desperate to find any kind of good economic news that might offset the impact of an awful national industrial production report from the Federal Reserve, cited a positive manufacturing survey from just one state to claim that "goods production in the U.S. could be stabilizing."

Lo and behold, yesterday that same one-state survey, the Empire State Manufacturing Index, showed that manufacturing in New York went into the tank in May, dropping into serious contraction after just two months of expansion. The wire service produced a terse four-paragraph report on the news, and appears to taken measures keep the bad news away from much of the nation.