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By Tom Blumer | | September 11, 2016 | 5:30 PM EDT

Apparently just arriving after over a year spent in a virtually news-free, hermetically sealed cave, New York Times reporter Matt Flegenheimer pretended that former President Bill Clinton has, until he recently began complaining about the treatment of the Clinton Foundation, had "more than a year of uncharacteristic restraint." In the real world the rest of us inhabit, Clinton has benefited from over a year of the establishment press downplaying or ignoring his angry responses to challenges and his elitist statements, including his two most recent gaffes: a sneering reference to "coal people" and a claim that the Donald Trump campaign's "Make America Great Again" slogan is racist. The national press's consistent disinterest in reporting his remarks explains how the Times reporter can write what he did with a straight face.

By Brad Wilmouth | | September 11, 2016 | 3:30 PM EDT

Appearing as a panel member on Sunday's Face the Nation, Slate's Jamelle Bouie -- also a CBS political analyst -- asserted that Hillary Clinton was "correct and accurate" to deride half of Donald Trump supporters as "deplorables," linking them to racism, sexism, and xenophobia.

By Nicholas Fondacaro | | September 11, 2016 | 1:34 PM EDT

On Sunday NBC’s Meet the Press pondered the possibility of a new “realignment” of America’s two party system following the 2016 election. Moderator Chuck Todd and his panel fretted that the realignment would be based on education, with Republicans getting the short end of the stick. “And I can just point you to this break down of our New Hampshire poll, among college educated voters, she's up 20,” reported Todd, “Among non-college educated voters, he's up 20. There’s your realignment.”

By Dylan Gwinn | | September 11, 2016 | 11:19 AM EDT

The title Dumb & Dumber would fit as the title to any movie made about the NFL’s handling of player protests, and attempts at support around the Fifteenth Anniversary of 9/11.

By Nicholas Fondacaro | | September 11, 2016 | 9:46 AM EDT

September 11 is a sacred day for America where we try to put our political squabbles aside and come together to moan an unbelievable tragedy. But not on CNN’s New Day Sunday where they complained that American’s don’t know the “empathetic leader” Hillary Clinton was after the attack. “A British newspaper and New York radio station are claiming the Clinton of today is vastly different than the Clinton we got to know during the 9/11 tragedy, specifically that New Yorkers got to know,” stated co-host Christi Paul leading off the segment. 

By Tim Graham | | September 11, 2016 | 9:16 AM EDT

As Hillary Clinton is offered air time to recall her heroic actions for 9/11 victims and survivors, no one will recall the Clintons showing support for terrorists.

On August 11, 1999, the Associated Press reported on President Clinton’s decision to offer clemency to 11 members of FALN – Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional ("Armed Forces of National Liberation") – a militant “Puerto Rican independence group if they sign agreements renouncing the use of violence. Their group staged some 130 bomb attacks on political and military targets in the United States from 1974 to 1983.”

By Tim Graham | | September 10, 2016 | 11:31 PM EDT

The Friday night “week in politics” segments on NPR and PBS both investigated whether Matt Lauer was biased against Hillary Clinton in NBC’s commander-in-chief forum on Wednesday night. On NPR, Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne picked the Clinton-toady spin that Lauer spent too much time on the e-mail scandal instead of “substantive issues.”

By Brad Wilmouth | | September 10, 2016 | 8:14 PM EDT

On Friday's CNN Tonight, during a discussion of public attitudes toward Hillary Clinton, host Don Lemon was oddly set off when GOP guest and Donald Trump supporter Boris Epshteyn declared that Clinton is viewed as untrustworthy because "she's committing so many crimes," as the CNN host jumped in and spent almost two minutes insisting that it is somehow unacceptable to claim that someone "committed" a crime if the person has never been convicted, as if it were a journalistic violation even for a guest to give such an opinion about anyone.

By Jack Coleman | | September 10, 2016 | 7:36 PM EDT

Don't expect to see much of author and Boston University history professor Andrew Bacevich on MSNBC anytime soon.

The retired Army colonel was among the "resources and assets" -- Rachel Maddow's euphemism for talking heads -- who appeared on her show after Wednesday's "historic" commander-in-chief forum on NBC featuring the two major party candidates separately taking questions from moderator Matt Lauer and from an audience comprised mainly of veterans.

By Tom Johnson | | September 10, 2016 | 4:50 PM EDT

Journalists are cynical grouches who like dragging people down, suggests author and former Fox News Watch panelist Gabler. The rich and famous are inviting targets, especially if journos sniff a scandal. Take Hillary Clinton and Tom Brady, who in Gabler’s view "have been victims of the media’s strong predisposition to presume guilt, whether there is evidence for it or not."

By Jeffrey Lord | | September 10, 2016 | 3:18 PM EDT

Bill who? At a time when Mrs. Bill Clinton is running a race for president and suggesting husband Bill will play a role in her administration “in charge of revitalizing the economy, because, you know, he knows how to do it,” the media has been happy to cover he story as seen here in The New York Times.

By Tom Blumer | | September 10, 2016 | 3:07 PM EDT

At a Friday night fundraiser serendipitously open to the press, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton characterized half of Donald Trump's supporters as a "basket of deplorables," and further described an undetermined number of these "deplorables" are "irredeemable."

As has so often been the case, the headline and opening paragraph of the initial report at the Associated Press about her remarks, seen in a running "The Latest" series, wasn't really about her. It was about Donald Trump's reaction. A later headline, desperately trying to cover up Mrs. Clinton's critical mistake for people who won't click through to read Catherine Lucey's report, said that she only called "many" Trump supporters "deplorables," not "half."

By Tom Blumer | | September 10, 2016 | 1:23 PM EDT

Leftist reporters and commentators have been tagging the "Make America Great Again" slogan of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign as bigoted and hateful virtually since his candidacy began. Somehow, even though many of them surely recall it without having to do any research, they've managed to fail to note that Bill Clinton used those very words in 2008 to promote his wife Hillary's presidential candidacy against then-Illinois Senator Barack Obama. Clinton himself characterized Trump's slogan as racist earlier this week, even though he also used that exact phrase on at least four occasions to promote his own presidential candidacy in 1992.

Leave it to Fox News's Juan Williams, who has now admitted that he's among those who recalls Bill Clinton's past use of the phrase, to try to pathetically excuse all of this hypocrisy based on "context."

By Tim Graham | | September 10, 2016 | 1:22 PM EDT

Now that the Obamas really are lame ducks, their media adorers have turned to assessing their legacy -- even on tangential issues like the arts. A large chunk of the Sunday Arts & Style section of The Washington Post on September 4 was devoted to assessing the Obama arts legacy. While there was some complaining that the president didn't visit the local galleries enough, there was also the typical celebration of the Obamas in popular culture.

None of this quite came full circle and noted that an obsequious media was eternally devoted to presenting the Obamas in the most positive light, that they knew they could count on Hollywood (and Jimmy Fallon and so on) to sell their agenda and raise their approval ratings.

By Curtis Houck | | September 10, 2016 | 1:07 PM EDT

The Federalist senior editor and 2015 Noel Sheppard Media Blogger of the Year Award recipient Mollie Heminway was at it again on Friday with a masterful takedown of the media for their double standard in mocking Mitt Romney’s warning about Russia in 2012 but expressing alarm in 2016 at Donald Trump’s infatuation with the oppressive country and their president in Vladimir Putin.