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By Scott Whitlock | April 20, 2015 | 11:46 AM EDT

George Stephanopoulos and the crew of Good Morning America on Monday hailed the "political statement" of a "daring," "passionate" pilot who landed his gyrocopter on the grounds of the Capitol last week in order to lobby for campaign finance reform. At no time in the segment did Stephanopoulos refer to Doug Hughes as "liberal." Instead, as he interviewed the postal worker, the GMA host offered softballs such as this one: "Why did you become so passionate about the issue of money in politics?"

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 20, 2015 | 10:27 AM EDT

During an appearance on Monday’s CBS This Morning to promote her annual Women in the World summit, former Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown did her best to sidestep questions about the Clinton Foundation’s practice of taking money from foreign countries with abysmal women’s rights records.

By Tim Graham | April 20, 2015 | 10:13 AM EDT

The Hollywood Reporter publicized that CNN boasts it hired 40 new political reporters to beef up for the 2016 campaign. What was less factual was the argument that CNN is the “neutral” or fact-based channel in cable news. They reported CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist “hopes the network's comparatively neutral status on the political spectrum will work to its advantage in a race with no incumbent.”

By Rich Noyes | April 20, 2015 | 8:57 AM EDT

This week, reporters attempt to manufacture excitement over how newly-declared Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton used Twitter, rode around in a van and ate lunch at a Chipotle ("fun and new," opined Bloomberg's Mark Halperin). And, even as the media drooled over Hillary, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski disparaged GOP candidate Marco Rubio as a "little boy," while fellow MSNBC host Ed Schultz trashed Rand Paul as someone who is "arrogant, demeaning, disrespectful and clearly doesn't know how to run for president."

By Tom Blumer | April 19, 2015 | 10:35 PM EDT

At Mason High School in Ohio this past week, the school's administration originally supported but has now cancelled a "Covered Girl Challenge." The goal, according to a school email captured in full at Jihad Watch and almost nowhere else, was to "celebrate ... diversity and promote open mindedness" by promoting the Muslim Student Association's invitation to "all female students to ... wear a headscarf for the whole school day."

Jihad Watch, unlike every Ohio-based establishment press outlet report I have seen, including one found in the Cincinnati Enquirer, also linked readers to a reminder that collegiate chapters of the Muslim Student Association, which also encourages the creation of high school chapters under its aegis, have served as breeding grounds for terrorism (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Clay Waters | April 19, 2015 | 9:35 PM EDT

The apparent political neophytes at the New York Times are constantly appalled to discover that non-supportive things are often said about prominent Democrats during Republican gatherings. Patrick Healy and Jonathan Martin in New Hampshire, "At Republican Gathering, All Talk Is of Clinton (None of It Is Good)". The Times performed a little pushback on Hillary's behalf, warning that delivering anti-Clinton "red meat" to supportive audiences might make candidates seem "minor league."

By Jack Coleman | April 19, 2015 | 9:08 PM EDT

Sometimes the obvious eludes us. And all too often on MSNBC, the obvious appears deliberately avoided.

Case in point -- Rachel Maddow devoted a significant portion of her show on Thursday, two full segments, to railway accidents involving crude oil. In the last year alone, Maddow pointed out, trains carrying oil have derailed in Galena, Ill., Mount Carbon, W.V., and Lynchburg, Va., igniting huge fires that burned for days and forcing evacuations of local residents. Amazingly, no one was killed in the three incidents she cited, but a derailment and oil fire in Quebec in July 2013 claimed 47 lives.

By Scott Whitlock | April 19, 2015 | 6:30 PM EDT

Nicolle Wallace, the former Sarah Palin staffer who made a name bashing her ex-boss, on Thursday yet again failed to offer the conservative perspective. The View co-host touted the liberal postal worker, a man who flew a gyrocopter into restricted Washington D.C. airspace in order to lobby for more left-wing campaign finance laws. 

By Tim Graham | April 19, 2015 | 6:11 PM EDT

Most Americans can see there is a vast difference between a time in America where racist mobs lynched innocent black men, and today. But NPR is full of liberals who like to engage in the slur that nothing has changed in American race relations. Now, apparently, the racist mobs are the police.

On Friday’s Morning Edition, NPR did a story on the revival of anti-lynching plays in the wake of the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Walter Scott.

By Tom Blumer | April 19, 2015 | 2:19 PM EDT

As yours truly noted on April 12, actress Gwyneth Paltrow made a bit of a splash earlier this month when she announced that she would add her name to the list of ignorant politicians, advocates and celebrities taking on the deceptively designed "Food Stamp Challenge."

The idea is to "try to survive" eating for a week on the average benefit a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipient receives. The objective is to prove that it really can't be done, thereby "proving" that food stamp benefits are too low. Of course, that's what Paltrow claims occurred, with MSNBC.com hyping how she "succeeded by failing." As was the case with an Indiana journalist several months ago, based on the spending figure Paltrow herself disclosed, she was not failing at all. Based on how the program really works, she would have succeeded had she stuck with it.

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 19, 2015 | 2:06 PM EDT

On Sunday’s This Week, several members of the show’s political panel took some cheap shots at the GOP and CNN contributor LZ Granderson argued that the 2016 GOP presidenttal contenders look like an “intolerant field.” The anti-GOP discussion started with political commentator Cokie Roberts proclaiming that the GOP may have 19 potential presidential candidates, but they “don’t appeal to diverse America.”

By Mark Finkelstein | April 19, 2015 | 1:29 PM EDT

Sure, it was tongue in cheek. But still, it revealed an underlying truth . . . On today's Face the Nation, when Bob Schieffer wondered why the Dems have fielded only one presidential candidate, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank responded by suggesting that Schieffer himself should go for it.

Milbank said there was a "real opportunity" for someone to run against Hillary by filling the Elizabeth Warren slot and then observed that Schieffer would "have some free time after this summer" [since he has announced his retirement.] Schieffer began a Shermanesque response: "if nominated I would not" before dissolving in laughter. Yes, Milbank was kidding, but the notion wasn't absurd in the sense that he knows that Schieffer is a solid liberal. The joke would have fallen flat had he suggested Schieffer fill a conservative slot in the Republican primary.

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 19, 2015 | 12:15 PM EDT

On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker sharply criticized Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign rollout and insisted that “[s]he has to let this inner ayatollah get out of her head.”

By Tom Johnson | April 19, 2015 | 12:12 PM EDT

According to Jon Stewart, cable news is so awful that Daily Show staffers who keep tabs on it are essentially “turd miners.” That said, Stewart believes that the most foul-smelling poop comes from Fox News.

In a Saturday profile in the left-wing British newspaper The Guardian, Stewart told writer Hadley Freeman that MSNBC is preferable to Fox “because [MSNBC isn’t] steeped in distortion and ignorance as a virtue. But they’re both relentless and built for 9/11. So, in the absence of such a catastrophic event, they take the nothing and amplify it and make it craziness.”

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 19, 2015 | 10:36 AM EDT

On Sunday’s Inside Politics on CNN, New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin eagerly used a controversial speech by NRA president Wayne LaPierre to argue that part of the GOP base is driven by “white resentment politics.”