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By Mark Finkelstein | April 6, 2015 | 9:21 AM EDT

Last week, NewsBusters brought you "Stumped," as April Ryan struggled to cite a single foreign policy success by her super-fave, President Obama. In the best Hollywood tradition, this morning we bring you a sequel--Stumped II: Syria!

On today's Morning Joe, lugubrious lefty Eric Alterman of The Nation mag was stumped when Joe Scarborough asked him what the US should do about Syria. After humming, hawing and a couple of false starts, Alterman asked how much time they had.  Right, as if if only he had more time.  Shades of that SNL skit in which President George H.W. Bush tries to skate away from a question only to be informed by the moderator that he had plenty more time. 

By Rich Noyes | April 6, 2015 | 9:01 AM EDT

This week liberal reporters welcomed Ted Cruz to the 2016 presidential race by blasting him as "hardline," "right-wing," "radical," "dumb," "scary," "dangerous" and "slimy" -- all in the first 24 hours. And: the networks hype the "growing outrage" over Indiana's religous freedom law, with one pundit saying that Republicans who came out in support Mike Pence were having a "premature intolerance ejaculation."

By Tom Blumer | April 5, 2015 | 11:19 PM EDT

Earlier this evening, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism issued its report on Rolling Stone Magazine's November "A Rape on Campus" story. The report follows up on the magazine's request of Columbia to conduct an independent review of how the disastrously false 9,000-word story made it through to publication.

USA Today is reporting that for all the harsh criticism the piece's author and the others at the magazine received, and despite the fact that RS has now formally and fully retracted the story, no one is losing their job or suffering any other visible consequences. In fact, the magazine considers the whole affair "an isolated and unusual episode" (bolds are mine):

By Tim Graham | April 5, 2015 | 10:02 PM EDT

On Holy Saturday, The Washington Post took an old Sally Quinn interview (posted 36 days earlier, on February 27) so they could rip Christians on Easter weekend for their allegedly persistent anti-Semitism. Not the Muslims – no, the Christians. The original headline was “Jesus Was a Jew — Get Over It: A Q&A with award-winning writer James Carroll on how Christians misunderstand Jesus.”

Carroll's book is titled Christ Actually: The Son of God for the Secular Age. In the Saturday paper, they presented it as a standard Jesus article with the headline: “Something astonishing about Jesus.” Yes, everyone who worships him is nearly a Nazi.

By P.J. Gladnick | April 5, 2015 | 8:11 PM EDT

Does anybody know what Barack Obama was doing during his college years? We know that he was the president of the Harvard Law Review but do we even know what articles, if any, he wrote for it? Beyond that his college years are almost completely blank as to his grades or activities to the extent that his time at Columbia University has been almost completely erased from memory. Compare that big MSM yawn to the recent mainstream media frenzy which included a 2223 word front page Washington Post story devoted to Scott Walker's college career which ended before graduation. And now we have something of an MSM Crime Scene Investigation carried out by Politifact Wisconsin about Scott Walker's claim that he recently purchased a sweater at Kohl's department store for only a dollar.

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 5, 2015 | 1:53 PM EDT

Filling in for Bob Schieffer as moderator of Face the Nation, CBS’s Norah O’Donnell conducted two vastly different interviews regarding multiple religious freedom laws being debate across the nation, by treating Sarah Warbelow of the Human Rights Campaign to a softball interview but repeatedly pressing former Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA) over his support for such laws. 

By Tim Graham | April 5, 2015 | 1:22 PM EDT

Former CBS employee Kenneth Lombardi, 29, who quit the network last November, is suing CBS claiming sexual harassment. The New York Post reports he claims he “was repeatedly drunkenly groped and kissed by powerful men at the network — including the director for the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.

“I have symptoms of PTSD from this,” Lombardi told the Post on Thursday, comparing CBS to “the Catholic Church or Penn State” for allegedly sweeping his complaints under the rug. Where have we heard that charge before?

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 5, 2015 | 12:17 PM EDT

On Sunday’s Meet the Press, an all liberal panel repeatedly took shots at the Republican Party over its support for religious freedom laws with Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report going so far as to suggest that on the issue on the issue of gay marriage “if we took everybody over the age of 50, and just moved them out of this country, this wouldn't be an issue at all.” 

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 5, 2015 | 9:12 AM EDT

On CBS This Morning: Saturday, reporter Elizabeth Palmer did her best to channel the sentiments of Iran following the preliminary nuclear agreement between them and the United States. The CBS reporter proclaimed that “at Friday prayers there was the usual chant of death to America, but more habit than conviction. 

By Tim Graham | April 5, 2015 | 8:55 AM EDT

Pseudo-conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks on gay rights in red states: "To me, the issue is progress. It's like Abraham Lincoln. I'm not drawing the parallel. But Abraham Lincoln knew when to push abolitionism. It was clearly a moral right. But sometimes you got to push it gently."

By Tom Blumer | April 4, 2015 | 11:28 PM EDT

UPDATE, April 6: An email sent by "Virginia Commonwealth University News" insists, despite the November 2014 tweet originally found at the link about Bryan's "GoFundMe" effort, that Alix Bryan "has not been employed by Virginia Commonwealth University." Accordingly, the text in this post's final sentence now refers to Bryan's claim in her WTVR bio and at her LinkedIn profile to have received a "Master’s in Multimedia Journalism from Virginia Commonwealth University."

Opening up a new frontier in the left's ongoing effort to intimidate opponents into silence, a Virginia TV reporter tweeted on Wednesday that "I have reported the GoFundMe for Memories Pizza for fraud. Just in case." In doing so, social media reporter Alix Bryan of CBS affiliate WTVR-TV in Richmond, Virginia, effectively admitted that she had no factual basis upon which to file such a report — but did so anyway.

To the surprise of very few, after she was publicly criticized for this disgraceful behavior, Bryan went to a wide variety of failed defenses before she ended up very inadequately "apologizing."

By P.J. Gladnick | April 4, 2015 | 10:38 PM EDT

You know how Hillary Clinton can make a big splash when she announces that she is running for president? Not with some old fashioned message. No, the key to making herself the inevitable nominee according to New Republic senior editor Elspeth Reeve is to use the right apps for the announcement. 

By Bryan Ballas | April 4, 2015 | 6:09 PM EDT

New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters was asked on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Thursday about the difference between the Indiana religious-freedom law as it was originally written and as it stood now. Peters decided to unveil the bigger issue with the RFRA laws themselves: "these laws look as if they're coming from a dark place. They are designed in many cases to express a disapproval about gay relationships. And that's what's so upsetting to people about this."

By Tim Graham | April 4, 2015 | 2:54 PM EDT

Daily Caller political reporter Patrick Howley is reporting that ABC is refusing to run a political ad against Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Real Chicago PAC, run by William Kelly, who ran as a Republican statewide for Illinois comptroller in 2010, put together an ad charging Emanuel and his brother has enriched themselves from his position:

By Jeffrey Lord | April 4, 2015 | 1:21 PM EDT

CNN's Chris Cuomo married in the Catholic Church. George Stephanopoulos has a father who is a minister and a mother who was a longtime official in the Greek Orthodox Church. If they really believe, as their media bias suggests, that conservative churches are centers of bigotry, should they be fired? Or should they denounce and renounce their personal association with these "bigoted" churches?