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By Tom Blumer | January 30, 2016 | 9:24 PM EST

As has been its habit during the Obama administration when the economy turns in a poor performance, the press's coverage of yesterday's report on U.S. economic growth focused on how much better next quarter's news will supposedly be. Especially in this instance, the beat reporters and pundits should have looked at whether or not yesterday's initial result will hold up, or whether it's likely to be revised downward.

The government's Bureau of Economic Analysis reported yesterday that the economy grew at an annualized rate of 0.7 percent in last year's fourth quarter. That's bad enough, but statements published by a leading GDP prognosticator before the BEA's release, once applied to yesterday's data, foreshadow a distinct possilbity that February's or March's revision will come in with a minus sign preceding it.

By Curtis Houck | January 30, 2016 | 8:29 PM EST

In what should come as a shock to no one, The New York Times editorial board endorsed Hillary Clinton in the Democratic primary Saturday afternoon (for Sunday’s print edition) in a glowing piece that gushed in the subhead that Clinton is “one of the most broadly and deeply qualified presidential candidates in modern history.” Additionally, it only mentioned her e-mail server once with nothing on Benghazi or the Clinton Foundation scandal.

By Tim Graham | January 30, 2016 | 7:58 PM EST

A conservative critic can locate a fascinating ideological subtext in several articles in the Weekend Arts I section of Friday’s New York Times.

That subtext is that the Left’s warnings about impending corporate fascism are forever timely, even as they are wielded by dead Communist screenwriters, 75-year-old hippie folk singers still nostalgic for Vietnam, 70s rock singers who had wrote anthems for the Sandinistas, and cool-tempered crackpots from MIT.

By Jeffrey Lord | January 30, 2016 | 4:08 PM EST

Amid all the sound and fury over the Trump/Fox showdown, an interesting side bar to the story developed.  On a Breitbart radio show, I heard one caller, a Trump or Cruz supporter (I forget which) began by saying that he no longer watched Fox News or Fox Business either. The gist of his call was that he believed they were no longer conservative.

Interestingly, the Breitbart caller was saying something that no less than Rush Limbaugh had observed the other day. 

By Tim Graham | January 30, 2016 | 1:21 PM EST

Kevin Drum at Mother Jones highlighted an exchange about Trump overcoverage on Twitter between MSNBC host Chris Hayes and Washington Post economics correspondent Jim Tankersley. Liberals and journalists were disappointed that a network like MSNBC would highlight Trump’s quickly assembled event to compete with the presidential debate. Hayes waved a white flag about the need to fill the public appetite for “spectacle.”

By P.J. Gladnick | January 30, 2016 | 12:51 PM EST

The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails. ---Bernie Sanders

Actually the above quote was pretty much true for liberals, especially those at the Democrat Underground...until now. With the Iowa caucuses only a couple of days away and with much at stake, suddenly the DU supporters of Bernie have gotten very interested in those "damn emails" especially since a number of them have been labeled top secret at the very highest level. As you can see on this DU thread, the DUers now sound very much like "vicious rightwingers" on this topic:

By Tom Blumer | January 30, 2016 | 10:25 AM EST

Friday morning, the government reported that the economy grew at a pathetic annual rate of 0.7 percent in last year's final quarter.

As it did in covering the disappointing Christmas shopping season, the business press partially blamed yesterday's awful result on the weather, i.e., warm weather.

By Tim Graham | January 30, 2016 | 9:39 AM EST

Fr. Mark Hodges at LifeSite News offered an interesting roundup of how leftist websites offered only disgust that Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz would offer clean water to residents of Flint, Michigan.

The Cruz campaign gave out bottled water to "Flint women in crisis pregnancy centers, homeless shelters, and low-income high-rise apartment buildings. The campaign also plans to give out bottled water at housing projects and to off-campus college students." But highlighting pregnant women at pro-life centers drove the abortion advocates over the edge:

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | January 30, 2016 | 7:58 AM EST

For a conservative, perhaps nothing in popular culture is more amusing than watching leftist Hollywood beat itself up with the battle cry “Oscars So White.” For a group of people that can’t possibly assemble at awards shows without making egregious displays of what passes for “progressive thought,” this fight over putative racism is as entertaining as the movies themselves. Grab some popcorn.

By Dylan Gwinn | January 30, 2016 | 12:21 AM EST

Killing in the name of religion was the theme of Thursday night’s The Blacklist, titled ‘The Vehm.’ The young men of a religion, bent on the destruction of those it viewed to be sinners, believe they kill in the name of their God, and are willing to die in the process if need be.

It was a show about the religion of…well…Christianity of course.

By Tom Blumer | January 29, 2016 | 11:59 PM EST

This afternoon, Catherine Herridge at Fox News reported that "the intelligence community has deemed some of Hillary Clinton’s emails 'too damaging' to national security to release under any circumstances."

This eighth "smoking gun" — on top of the seven an Investor's Business Daily editorial identified last week — wasn't enough to move the Associated Press Bradley Klapper from the AP's default position virtually since Mrs. Clinton's private email server was discovered, naturally referencing unidentified "independent experts," namely that "it's unlikely Clinton will be charged with wrongdoing."

By Matthew Balan | January 29, 2016 | 11:56 PM EST

Friday's World News Tonight set aside the least amount of air time to the State Department's revelation that at least 22 of the e-mails on Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server contained top-secret information. The ABC program devoted a total of one minute and 28 seconds to the development. Jonathan Karl folded his coverage of the story into a segment about the Democratic presidential race in Iowa. Less than half of the correspondent's report — one minute and 10 seconds — dealt with the ongoing scandal.

By Dylan Gwinn | January 29, 2016 | 11:07 PM EST

It’s not too often that funny jokes at the expense of the left get made. At least outside of conservative circles. It’s even less often that it happens on network television. Yet, such a rare occurrence did in fact occur on Thursday night’s episode of NBC’s Shades of Blue, titled ‘Who Is It That Can Tell Me Who I Am?’

By Tom Johnson | January 29, 2016 | 9:25 PM EST

E.J. Dionne, the liberal Washington Post columnist, and Garry Wills, the author, scholar, and ex-conservative, disagree on whether the “hard right” has more or less permanent control of the Republican party. Dionne believes that so-called reform conservatives such as Ross Douthat, Ramesh Ponnuru, and David Frum might, in Wills’ words, “ride to the rescue.”

On the other hand, Wills, assessing Dionne’s Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism – From Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond in the February 11 issue of the New York Review of Books, contends that the GOP is solidly in the grip of movement conservatives who tend towards paranoia (“to be on the right is to feel perpetually betrayed”); hostility to “reason, facts, science, open-mindedness, tolerance, secularity, modernity”; and indulgence of racism.

By Brent Baker | January 29, 2016 | 8:29 PM EST

Reacting more as a supporter than an impartial observer, NBC anchor Lester Holt, during an interview with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, admitted he “winced” when he heard someone call her “dishonest.” He then worried: “Do you get your feelings hurt sometimes?”