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By Geoffrey Dickens | July 14, 2015 | 10:17 AM EDT

Scott Walker’s official entry into the 2016 presidential race has already been met with questions about his sophistication and readiness to be president by the liberal media. The day of Walker’s announcement The New York Times’ Patrick Healy portrayed the GOP governor as someone who isn’t ready for the world stage: “Two words these [Walker] voters do not use about him? ‘Smart’ and ‘sophisticated.’” 

By Joseph Rossell | July 14, 2015 | 9:50 AM EDT

Prominent scientists say genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are vital to feeding the world and solving undernourishment, but the broadcast networks were more focused on unproven claims about their “potential health risk.”

GMOs are back in the news since Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., proposed legislation “that keeps states from regulating food with genetically modified ingredients,” The Hill reported June 15.

By Katie Yoder | July 14, 2015 | 9:30 AM EDT

While the military uses drones to kill terrorists, feminist activists plan to use them to kill unborn babies.

A Dutch abortion activist group, Women on Waves, recently flew “abortion drones” loaded with abortion pills across the border from Germany into Poland, where abortion is prohibited in most cases. A willing audience, feminist media applauded the move, from Jezebel demanding an “abortion drone army” in the U.S. to Dame Magazine alluding to a “drone-led abortion revolution.”

By Jeffrey Meyer | July 14, 2015 | 8:24 AM EDT

During an appearance on Fox News’ The Kelly File on Monday, Carly Fiorina blasted Hillary Clinton over her dishonesty surrounding her use of a private e-mail server during her tenure as Secretary of State. 

By Clay Waters | July 13, 2015 | 10:25 PM EDT

Howell Raines, the controversial former editor of the New York Times and self-described "liberal to radical," notorious for using his perch to crusade against the all-male policies of Augusta National Golf Club and Fox News, is back with some helpful advice for the "punitive" political party he loathes in a guest column for the paper's Sunday Review: "Anecdotal evidence indicates that affluent Southern Republicans continue to believe that minority voters can be attracted with punitive polices based on the Paul Ryan model....The region’s most affluent citizens always resist the obvious at first....In the ’60s Birmingham’s business leaders allowed George Wallace to run amok in their town. It will take awhile for Southern and national Republicans to understand that, as Mr. Frey put it, 'Demographics is destiny.'"

By Curtis Houck | July 13, 2015 | 10:24 PM EDT

On Monday night, the major broadcast networks were out in full force to go after Republican Governor Scott Walker (Wisc.) during 2016 presidential announcement for his stance on illegal immigration, “no foreign policy experience,” and comments about union protesters along with an urging by ABC’s David Muir to criticize fellow presidential candidate Donald Trump. Muir scored an interview with Walker and, like his interview with Jeb Bush, Muir neglected to even mention issues such as the economy, distrust in government or ObamaCare. 

By Tom Blumer | July 13, 2015 | 10:12 PM EDT

The media instinct to trash all that is inspiring and noble was unmistakable in Monday morning's Today report on the new novel (Go Set a Watchman) by Harper Lee, the author of the widely celebrated, best-selling To Kill a Mockingbird, first published in 1960.

Debate has raged over whether Lee, who is in very poor health and whose mental competence has been questioned, ever wanted her manuscript to be released. "Today" totally ignored that important controversy. Wanted or not, the book officially hits the shelves on Tuesday. Watchman portrays Mockingbird hero Atticus Finch in his old age as "a racist" who is "opposed to that era's reforms, like desegregation, even attending a Ku Klux Klan meeting." Naturally, Today contends that "many feel" (media-speak for "we believe") that the new book's "broader moral themes" are "just as vivid now as they were in the 1950s" because of "racial tensions" in Ferguson and Charleston.

By Randy Hall | July 13, 2015 | 8:02 PM EDT

One of the biggest controversies spreading across the Internet on Monday was whether or not actor Sylvester Stallone will reprise his role as troubled Vietnam War veteran John Rambo in the fifth installment of the popular movie series, which is supposed to have Last Blood as its working title and terrorists from ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) as the villains.

However, Ryan Reed of the Rolling Stone website reported during Monday afternoon that “Stallone will not be battling ISIS in the next sequel, despite inaccurate reports circulating the Internet.”

By Matthew Balan | July 13, 2015 | 5:52 PM EDT

On Monday's New Day, CNN's Chris Cuomo minimized the problem of sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants. When Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's special counsel, touted how Trump "opened up the eyes to (sic) many Americans that didn't even know sanctuaries existed," Cuomo claimed that sanctuary cities are a "misnomer." He underlined that "those are cities...are in disputes with ICE about how you deal with people that they're holding....But they're not safe havens the way you're describing."

By P.J. Gladnick | July 13, 2015 | 5:35 PM EDT

Yeah! OH YEAHHH!!!! It's over. It's ALL OVER for Scott Walker!!! Watch our Rolling Stone victory dance in the end zone as we spike the football and proclaim an end to Walker's political career. Why? Because of the SLAM DUNK of the century which Scott Walker cannot survive!

So what happened? Did Walker perform a gross breach of ethics as bad as the publication of "A Rape on Campus?" Nope. Even worse. AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka wrote the six word slam dunk that will definitely ruin Scott Walker forever and ever and ever. When you read the "slam dunk" on Walker you will probably rub your eyes in disbelief that what you just read led to all this jubilation at the Rolling Stone but first let us savor some of the juvenile flavor provided by the writer, Simon Vozick-Levinson, who comes off with all the gravity of a giggling schoolboy scribbling riffs at a junior high school cafeteria lunch table:

By Tom Blumer | July 13, 2015 | 5:02 PM EDT

Here is an object lesson in how the perceptions of low-information voters are shaped to the disadvantage of Republican and conservative candidates.

In the daily email I receive from (subscribing to the web site’s missives is a necessary evil), the fifth item listed read: “Scott Walker Announces 2016 Presidential Run.” (Curiously, the web version of that email no longer links to the Walker item, perhaps indicating that someone at the web site is unhappy that it gave him any notice at all.) Two paragraphs near the end of the writeup tie back to the New York Times hit piece Tim Graham at NewsBusters critiqued earlier this afternoon. Rebecca Macatee's writeup makes it appear as if the Walker campaign itself is seriously concerned about how the nation perceives him (link is in original; bolds are mine):

By NB Staff | July 13, 2015 | 4:51 PM EDT

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell appeared on Fox News, Monday, to slam the New York Times for smearing Scott Walker as dumb. After Your World guest host Stuart Varney noted the paper claimed the Republican was "aiming for smart," Bozell informed, "They're targeting every Republican. It's the standard fare for the New York Times." He added, "Look at the way they treated Ronald Reagan. It's the constant narrative that conservatives really aren't very intelligent people." The MRC president explained that the paper constantly thinks conservatives need "tutorials." Regarding the double standard of how they treat liberals, Bozell joked, "You know, I wish Barack Obama had spent more time on tutorials and less time playing golf. His knowledge of foreign affairs might be enhanced." 

By Sarah Stites | July 13, 2015 | 4:24 PM EDT

During an interview following her July 11 Wimbledon victory, a radiant Serena Williams pointed to the sky and declared: “I have to give thanks to Jehovah God for today. I just really relied on His strength.” 

Religion News Service (RNS) had anticipated her words in the July 10 article, “Serena Williams' Secret Weapon: ‘Jehovah God.’” The story focused positively on the tennis star’s devotion and her views as a Jehovah’s Witness.

By Matthew Balan | July 13, 2015 | 3:27 PM EDT

On Monday's New Day, CNN's Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo hyped David Letterman coming "out of retirement" on Friday to issue a Top Ten list mocking Donald Trump. The two anchors were nearly brought to tears over Letterman's list. Camerota exclaimed, "We do miss David Letterman!" Cuomo seconded Camerota's sentiment and added, "We miss the social critique. It will be interesting to see who picks up the mantle."

By Kyle Drennen | July 13, 2015 | 3:01 PM EDT

On Monday, all three network morning shows eagerly touted the Obama administration’s long-delayed effort to reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear program. On NBC’s Today, news anchor Natalie Morales announced: “Negotiators from six world powers are finally making some encouraging progress with Iran on a deal over its nuclear program.”