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By Curtis Houck | June 22, 2015 | 8:50 PM EDT

In his first night as the permanent weekday anchor of NBC Nightly News, Lester Holt took time at the conclusion of Monday’s newscast to mention his new job by stating that he’s “honored” to be the “new anchor” and thanked “my friend and colleague Brian Williams for his kind words of support.” With Holt’s name now added to the show’s title, opening graphics, recorded introduction, and profile pictures on the program’s Facebook and Twitter pages, Holt took a few moments to acknowledge that “as of tonight, this program has a new name, and I'm honored to say a new anchor.”

By Brent Bozell | June 22, 2015 | 8:05 PM EDT

For years liberals have used a supportive national news media who intimidate anyone who dares question their global-warming agenda. Now these liberals believe Pope Francis has endorsed their ideological imperatives through Laudato Si. His encyclical elevates their agenda to dogma.

Those who analyze this encyclical through the perspective of politics see this as a gift to the American left. Liberals will use this paper to silence the conservative Catholic vote. Your position on global warming is not just wrong, it's immoral. Conservatives also see the damage this will do.

By Jack Coleman | June 22, 2015 | 7:56 PM EDT

Remember that great scene from the 1987 movie "Broadcast News" when nebbish TV reporter Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks) was at home watching breaking news of a military flareup involving Libya while he phoned in tips for coverage to producer Jane Craig (Holly Hunter), who conveyed them word for word to neophyte anchor Tom Grunick (William Hurt), leading Altman to utter the best line in the movie -- "I say it here, it comes out there."

Something along these lines happened on Rush Limbaugh's radio show last week after he cited a Wall Street Journal story on the San Francisco 49ers cutting short their team meetings by 10 minutes to provide time for the players to check social media sites through their cell phones or tablets.

By Tom Blumer | June 22, 2015 | 7:07 PM EDT

A terse, five-paragraph June 14 Associated Press report on the results of San Antonio's mayoral election the previous day gave no indication of the party affiliation or political outlook of the winner or loser.

Readers could only determine that the winner, Ivy Taylor, became "the first African-American elected to the post," which of course had to mean that the handpicked candidate to succeed Julian Castro, who left to the post to become President Obama's Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, had triumphed. But it didn't. The AP report gave no indication that the Democrats' handpicked Hispanic candidate had lost a race they thought they were on track to win six weeks earlier.

By Sarah Stites | June 22, 2015 | 4:20 PM EDT

A comedian and a college student walk into a bar … but what follows had to be censored, since it wasn’t politically correct.

By Scott Whitlock | June 22, 2015 | 4:06 PM EDT

All three network morning shows on Monday ignored the revelation that Jonathan Gruber, an ObamaCare architect who called Americans "stupid," had closer ties than the administration previously let on. According to the Wall Street Journal, there were 20,000 pages of e-mails. Writer Stephanie Armour expalined, "The emails show frequent consultations between Mr. Gruber and top Obama administration staffers and advisers in the White House and the Department of Health and Human Services on the Affordable Care Act." 

By Katie Yoder | June 22, 2015 | 3:48 PM EDT

Pro-choice doesn’t mean “anti-life,” but “improves life,” according to one abortionist amplified by The Guardian. That is, if you don’t count the unborn baby’s life.

The Guardian recently published a piece by an anonymous abortionist arguing that, “Being an abortion doctor has taught me a lot about life.” In it, the female “doctor” wrote that her work makes her feel “elated” – work that includes removing a 23-week-old unborn baby “part by part” and searching for the “jelly-fish-like gestation sac” surrounding a five-week-old.

By Connor Williams | June 22, 2015 | 2:33 PM EDT

Writing for Salon, political theorist Sean Illing dismissed wealthy people as entitled and vile, primarily using the California drought as an example. The headline of the article reads, ‘Rich people are the f**cking worst: The 1 percent’s vile new war on us all’. Illing started his piece with the ominous statement that rich people “rarely tell you how you how they really feel about poor people.” 

By P.J. Gladnick | June 22, 2015 | 2:32 PM EDT

Are you so gullible as to place your faith in the credibility of the current White House? If so, you might have to find yourself end up eating crow and apologizing to the skeptics for your gullibility as happened to Bloomberg Politics managing editor Mark Halperin on Morning Joe today. Halperin's apology came on the heels of a report yesterday in the Wall Street Journal that despite previous White House denials, it actually had quite extensive contacts with Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber.

Here are some of the details that made Halperin feel foolish for placing his blind faith in the White House:

By Tim Graham | June 22, 2015 | 1:37 PM EDT

The Washington Post is enjoying making Republicans struggle with the new Vatican document on the environment. On Friday’s front page, Post reporter Karen Tumulty highlighted how the new encylical “poses a dilemma for GOP hopefuls” and channeled Rush Limbaugh’s view that Pope Francis is encouraging all Democrats to vote Democrat for a climate change solution.

Are journalists trying to put Limbaugh and other skeptics on their ash heap of history? On Sunday, free-market activists were about to be exiled, since one headline was “For climate-change doubters vs. pope, ‘this was their Waterloo’.”

By Alatheia Larsen | June 22, 2015 | 1:19 PM EDT

Tucked away in an article about how recycling has become a losing proposition and recycling companies and facilities are deeply in the red, was a surprising reason.

“Trying to encourage conservation, progressive lawmakers and environmentalists have made matters worse. By pushing to increase recycling rates with bigger and bigger bins — while demanding almost no sorting by consumers — the recycling stream has become increasingly polluted and less valuable, imperiling the economics of the whole system,” Aaron C. Davis of The Washington Post wrote on June 20.

By Brent Bozell | June 22, 2015 | 12:51 PM EDT

Just days after a horrific shooting that took nine lives, the AP has the gall to unapologetically display a gun aimed at the head of a presidential candidate. They would never do this to Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. Nor should they. This was not an accident and the AP owes Sen. Cruz, his wife and children, an immediate and unqualified apology.

By Matthew Balan | June 22, 2015 | 12:34 PM EDT

On Monday, the Washington Post's Express tabloid ran a blatantly anti-Catholic ad on its front page. The full-page advertisement from the far-left "Catholics For Choice" group spoofed the famous World War I-era "I Want You" military recruiting poster, and evoked the worst of 19th century Know-Nothingism. Instead of Uncle Sam, a caricature of a Catholic bishop with a miter on his head points at the viewer, and asks, "We Want You To Help Us Discriminate."

By Kristine Marsh | June 22, 2015 | 12:28 PM EDT

In a bizarre move, Angel Soft toilet paper ran an ad this past Sunday wishing moms a “Happy Father’s Day.” The ad featured men and women telling their stories, through tears, of how their moms had to be “both parents” while raising their family by themselves.

It’s hard to fault the sweet stories told in the commercial of single moms raising their kids, but surely this ad could’ve been run on Mother’s Day?

By Tom Blumer | June 22, 2015 | 12:09 PM EDT

The Associated Press, although it has apparently removed the primary photo involved from where it was posted last night at its APimages.com web site, is showing no remorse over having published what it has now admitted are five photos of 2016 Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz containing "guns seen on a wall in the background so that it appeared a pistol was pointed at Sen. Cruz’s head."

AP Media Relations Director Paul Colford, in a statement seen at the Politico and Mediaite which he has not mentioned at his Twitter feed and (as far as I can tell) hasn't posted at any official wire service page, wants us to know that they had no bad intentions — so would everyone please leave them alone so they can continue purveying their "unintended" filth? It's hard to have any reaction other than that to Colford's lame and completely unacceptable statement, which follows the jump.