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By Tom Johnson | March 9, 2015 | 1:15 PM EDT

For the University of Chicago’s Harold Pollack, this past weekend’s commemoration yielded a “fairly astonishing” juxtaposition of President Obama’s “largeness of spirit” and Republican apathy, or worse. In a Washington Monthly blog post, Pollack argued that the low GOP turnout for “an event sacred to African-Americans sent an unavoidable message: These are not our people...Such discomfort with a widening circle of ‘others’ still works for many in the congressional GOP, especially in non-presidential years. On a national level, it is increasingly out of step with a changing society.”

By Kristine Marsh | March 9, 2015 | 12:11 PM EDT

On CNN’s Reliable Sources March 8, media correspondent and host Brian Stelter interviewed radical gay activist Dan Savage about author and neurosurgeon Ben Carson’s comments about homosexuality.

After Carson told CNN's Chris Cuomo last week he thought being gay was “absolutely a choice,” Savage lashed out at Carson on Twitter. Stelter brought up Savage’s scathing tweet to Carson where he invited the potential GOP candidate to “suck his d**k.” Stelter then asked Savage why he thought it was "appropriate or necessary to lower yourself to that level?”

By Jeffrey Meyer | March 9, 2015 | 12:04 PM EDT

On Friday, March 6, liberal columnist Mark Shields used his weekly appearance on PBS NewsHour to harshly criticize Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress. Speaking to co-host Judy Woodruff, Shields proclaimed that Netanyahu “made a very impassioned, I would say, eloquent indictment, criticism of the president’s policy. The Republicans were rapturous. They were adulatory. Even they were post-orgasmic.”

By Scott Whitlock | March 9, 2015 | 11:37 AM EDT

The media's decades-long love for all things Kennedy continued on Monday's CBS This Morning. Co-host Norah O'Donnell reported from Japan to fawn over U.S. ambassador Caroline Kennedy. Previewing an upcoming 60 Minutes story, O'Donnell enthused, "She's almost greeted like a head of state here in Japan. Incredibly popular."

By Tim Graham | March 9, 2015 | 10:34 AM EDT

In Entertainment Weekly cover story that's basically a list of tributes to ABC late-night host Jimmy Kimmel, Ben Stein claimed the host is a "genius," and also a man of the people: "Jimmy is the only comedian who could be president. If he were president, I would trust him to do the right thing, even though he's a Democrat." 

By Rich Noyes | March 9, 2015 | 9:25 AM EDT

This week, journalists lash out at ex-NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani for saying he doesn't think Obama loves America, even as Bloomberg's Mark Halperin agrees Democrats said similar things about George W. Bush: "It's a huge double standard in the media." Also, CNN's Christiane Amanpour scoffs at Benjamin Netanyahu's "Strangelovian" speech warning of the dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran, while Netflix star Kevin Spacey outlines how his character would handle GOP obstructionism: "I'd just kill everybody. Just kill them all."

By Tom Blumer | March 8, 2015 | 11:19 PM EDT

It has been eleven months since the firestorm over Mozilla co-founder and just-promoted CEO Brendan Eich ended in his resignation. Eich's "offense" had nothing to do with how he planned to run the business. What led to his departure shortly after he was named CEO was that six years earlier he had given $1,000 to those who supported the California Proposition 8 ballot measure prohibiting same-sex marriage in that state. Proposition 8 won the approval of a majority of the Golden State voters in November 2008.

Those who remained at the firm, which produces the Firefox web browser and the Thunderbird email program, appear to have convinced themselves that they had to do what they did to stay in the good graces of users, who they must have figured almost universally accept politically correct precepts and sanctions against those who won't bow to them. How's that working out? The answer is "not well."

By Jack Coleman | March 8, 2015 | 7:53 PM EDT

In the immortal words of the drill sergeant played by Warren Oates in "Stripes" -- lighten up, Francis.

Back in January when House Speaker John Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress and warn the world of the peril from Iran building nuclear weaponry, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Boehner breached diplomatic protocol by not first getting approval from President Obama.

By P.J. Gladnick | March 8, 2015 | 5:54 PM EDT

Did you know that Brian Williams avoided stories that were critical of the Obama administration? So what vicious "rightwing" organization is making such a claim? Actually this was a charge coming from NBC News reporters themselves in an lengthy New York Magazine article about the troubles at NBC News.

By Mark Finkelstein | March 8, 2015 | 3:39 PM EDT

Was he serious? It certainly wasn't obvious that conservative commentator Ben Domenech was kidding when on today's Up With Steve Kornacki he said that "the only person I think who could beat Hillary Clinton is Michelle Obama."

Domenech's comment came during a segment devoted to the subject of who might jump into the race should Hillary decide not to run.  The mere fact that there was such a segment suggests that the controversy over Hillary's email might not be the "a lot about nothing" that some claim. 

By Tim Graham | March 8, 2015 | 1:54 PM EDT

Ben Smith of the Daily Signal tweeted out a shocking visual: the New York Times front page on Sunday cropped George W. and Laura Bush out of its photo of a Selma anniversary march. They cropped it just to include President Obama. (Notice the Bushes didn't try to crowd right next to the president to get into the frame.)

By Jeffrey Meyer | March 8, 2015 | 1:24 PM EDT

While Bloomberg TV’s Mark Halperin suggested on ABC's This Week that the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal could disqualify Mrs. Clinton from 2016, Nicolle Wallace, former Communications Director for President George W. Bush, downplayed their significance and instead bizarrely claimed that “the media hyperventilation over everything that the Clintons do reminds me so much of how they treated Bush and Cheney.”

By Jeffrey Meyer | March 8, 2015 | 11:34 AM EDT

On Sunday, Fox News Sunday moderator Chris Wallace repeatedly hammered former White House special counsel Lanny Davis for his repeated defense of Hillary Clinton’s sole use of a private email account while working at the State Department. Wallace pressed his guest to defend Clinton’s insistence that her employees use a email address when she did not and even wondered if Davis was “saying it's such a burden to have to use”  

By Jeffrey Meyer | March 8, 2015 | 10:14 AM EDT

On Sunday, George Stephanopoulos appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America to discuss the 2016 presidential election and what impact Hillary Clinton’s use of private emails might have on the race. Stephanopoulos did his best to cast doubt on the importance of the Clinton emails and argued that “it’s not going bring down her campaign and I think it does raise questions about a pattern of kind of hunkering down in the Clinton world. We'll also see if her critics overreact on this one." 

By Jeffrey Meyer | March 8, 2015 | 9:40 AM EDT

On Sunday, Chuck Todd, moderator of Meet the Press, appeared on NBC’s Today to provide some political cover for Hillary Clinton following revelations that she used only a private email account while serving as Secretary of State.