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By Kristine Marsh | | April 12, 2016 | 8:51 PM EDT

NBC’s Nightly News Tuesday did itself a disservice by spreading “facts” about pay inequality that have been debunked for years. Anchor Lester Holt opened the program by trotting out the tired old “Women make seventy-nine cents for every dollar a man makes” line before delving into the report, which relies on celebrities and disenfranchised civilians repeating faulty statistics as “proof” that the wage gap is a legitimate and serious issue.

By Curtis Houck | | April 12, 2016 | 8:31 PM EDT

As part of an interview with GOP presidential candidate John Kasich that aired on Tuesday’s CBS Evening News, anchor Scott Pelley fretted that Kasich might “tear out ObamaCare, root and branch, start all over again” and signal to the American people that they will be “going to war” to defeat ISIS. 

By Tom Johnson | | April 12, 2016 | 6:05 PM EDT

There’s a crucial difference between the Loch Ness Monster and any Republican health-care-reform plan worthy of the name: Nessie almost certainly does not exist, but the GOP plan cannot exist. That, essentially, was the message of a Monday blog post by New York magazine’s Chait.

“It is impossible to design a health-care plan that is both consistent with conservative ideology and acceptable to the broader public,” asserted Chait. “People who can’t afford health insurance are either unusually sick…unusually poor…or both…You can cover poor people by giving them money. And you can cover sick people by requiring insurers to sell plans to people regardless of age or preexisting conditions. Obamacare uses both of these methods. But Republicans oppose spending more money on the poor, and they oppose regulation, which means they don’t want to do either of them.”

By Nicholas Fondacaro | | April 12, 2016 | 5:32 PM EDT

Did you know that Tuesday was “Equal Pay Day,” the day that a woman’s pay supposedly catches up to a man’s from the previous year? Well don’t worry, Andrea Mitchell has got you covered. Mitchell brought on Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney and Hollywood star Patricia Arquette to bemoan the plight of the oppressed and push their new congressional study.

By Randy Hall | | April 12, 2016 | 5:00 PM EDT

During a recent weekday episode of The Ellen Degeneres Show, the lesbian host used her opening monologue to criticize Mississippi's new Religious Freedom Law as “something wrong” she felt the need to talk about because she claims it allows people to discriminate against members of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) community.

Degeneres stated that the law “might sound good because the word 'freedom' is in it,” but it really means that for religious reasons, “you can deny gay people marriage, adoption and foster care services, fire or refuse to employ them and decline to rent or sell them property,” which she called “the definition of discrimination.”

By Kyle Drennen | | April 12, 2016 | 4:07 PM EDT

In the sixth segment in less than two weeks promoting HBO’s movie rehash of the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings, on Tuesday’s NBC Today, weatherman Al Roker spoke to the stars of the film and proclaimed: “Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and Anita Hill are back in the headlines thanks to Confirmation. It’s a dramatized version of the controversial Senate hearings, premiering this week on HBO.”

By Brad Wilmouth | | April 12, 2016 | 3:48 PM EDT

Appearing as a panel member on Monday's CNN Tonight, during a discussion of proposed religious freedom laws in states like Mississippi and the bathroom law in North Carolina, CNN political commentator Margaret Hoover slammed the measures as "draconian laws that dismiss LGBT people."

For his part, host Don Lemon labeled the laws as "crazy" after liberal Republican Hoover recalled polling that suggests most Republicans prefer to back down from opposing same-sex marriage in the aftermath of the Supreme Court ruling.

By Geoffrey Dickens | | April 12, 2016 | 3:31 PM EDT

On Monday’s edition of The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, the Comedy Central host couldn’t get through a rant against Bill and Hillary Clinton without taking a cheap shot at GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Wilmore noted the former First Lady once used the politically incorrect term “super-predators.” Wilmore reported that even the criminologist who coined the term had disavowed it: “He’s ashamed of his creation, like Dr. Frankenstein or Ted Cruz’s parents.”

By Melissa Mullins | | April 12, 2016 | 3:26 PM EDT

Twitter doesn't find anything abusive or threatening about Azealia Banks tweeting a call for former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin to be gang banged.  At least, that's what one assumes as they recently came out in defense of the filthy mouthed rapper.

To quickly recap, Banks tweeted that Palin, "'get headf****d by a big, veiny, ashy black d**k' and for 'the biggest burliest blackest n*****s' to 'run a train on her.' This tweet was in response to a story Banks saw where Palin allegedly said, ".black people willingly accepted slavery." That "story" was from a satirical website where Banks apparently gets her news.

By Tom Blumer | | April 12, 2016 | 3:17 PM EDT

Add this to the seemingly endless list of "Imagine what would happen if Republicans or conservatives did the same thing" items.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary "I don't feel no ways tired" Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio rolled out a very tired, old and insulting racist stereotype this weekend. The headline at Stephanie Condon's report on the related event at CBS News only described it as a "race-based joke." Meanwhile, the Associated Press kept the nature of the "joke" out of its headline, and the wire service's Jonathan Lemire would only concede that "some people feel" that the "comedy skit" in which the pair engaged "was racially insensitive." Here's what happened, from the first four paragraphs of Condon's report (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Matthew Balan | | April 12, 2016 | 12:48 PM EDT

Esquire's Charles Pierce unleashed on Paul Ryan on MSNBC's All In on Monday during a panel discussion on a possible presidential bid by the House speaker: "I think he's as ambitious as Satan. I think he doesn't want to go out in the country where he was already deemed not worthy of the vice presidency, and try to run for president. But if they offer him the crown, he would loathe to lay his hands off it. So, yeah, I think he's running."

By Daniel Garza | | April 12, 2016 | 12:28 PM EDT

In a recent radio interview for BigBoyTV, comedian George Lopez let us all know that he’s endorsing Senator Bernie Sanders, while paradoxically, making it known he doesn’t want to pay any more taxes.

By Scott Whitlock | | April 12, 2016 | 11:50 AM EDT

The co-hosts of CBS This Morning on Tuesday devoted an exhaustive seven minutes to Republican presidential candidate John Kasich. What Charlie Rose really wanted to know, however, is just why GOP voters are following “the path to darkness.” 

By Kyle Drennen | | April 12, 2016 | 11:30 AM EDT

On Tuesday, all three network morning shows surprisingly hit Hillary Clinton and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for making a “racially charged joke” during a failed comedy skit at a press dinner.
 

By Mairead McArdle | | April 12, 2016 | 11:18 AM EDT

Morgan Freeman disappointed some fans during Sunday’s episode of National Geographic’s “The Story of God” when he downplayed Islamic terrorism, saying Islam aims for peace.

News reports of Islamic extremism by “a tiny percentage of Muslims” do not reflect the mindset of the majority of Muslims, Freeman said.