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By Tom Blumer | April 12, 2015 | 2:38 PM EDT

Imagine if a Republican or conservative U.S. president told an audience — on foreign soil, no less — that he didn't properly warn Americans about how long it would take for the economy to recover from a recession. "So-and-so Admits He Lied About the Economy" would be headlined everywhere.

At the University of the West Indies in Jamaica on Thursday, President Barack Obama essentially admitted that the he knew that the economic recovery would take far longer than advertised, but chose not to tell us. There's no other way to interpret the following answer to a student's question seen in the video following the jump. But somehow, this isn't news.

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 12, 2015 | 2:25 PM EDT

On Sunday, Bob Schieffer announced that John Dickerson, CBS News Political Director and Slate Magazine Chief Political Correspondent, will succeed him as moderator of Face the Nation when he retires this summer. 

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 12, 2015 | 1:31 PM EDT

Newly declared Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul sat down with CBS’s Bob Schieffer on Sunday’s Face the Nation and was asked if some in the Republican Party do not want to be inclusive. The soon-to-be retired Schieffer asked Paul: “Do you think there are some in the Republican Party who are not as interested in becoming more inclusive than you are? And I say that because after all, when the Republican Party became dominant across the south, it was right after the 1965 civil rights law was passed.”

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 12, 2015 | 12:24 PM EDT

With Hillary Clinton set to officially announce her presidential campaign on Sunday, Saturday Night Live used the occasion to poke fun at her campaign, with a cameo from former President Bill Clinton, played by SNL alum Darrell Hammond. 

By Tom Blumer | April 12, 2015 | 11:33 AM EDT

A Reuters report published late Saturday evening ("Obama meets Venezuela's Maduro at time of high tensions") is astonishing for what it ignores.

The unbylined report from Panama City opens by referring to how "the United States recently placed sanctions on Venezuela." Indeed, President Barack Obama did just that in an executive order on March 9, stating that he was "declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States posed by the situation in Venezuela." But Reuters completely ignored the fact that Obama told the world this week that he didn't mean it.

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 12, 2015 | 11:28 AM EDT

On Sunday, NBC’s Meet the Press spent considerable time analyzing Hillary Clinton’s soon-to-be presidential announcement but Chuck Todd found time to ask if the GOP spends too much time trying to defeat the Clintons. Speaking to conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt, Todd wondered “I look at sort of an obsession on the right of beating Obama and beating Clinton, Bill Clinton, over the years and I think, they're zero for fourIs there a point where you do this too much?”

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 12, 2015 | 10:35 AM EDT

In previewing Hillary Clinton’s expected presidential announcement on Sunday, ABC’s Good Morning America turned to George Stephanopoulos, former White House Communications Director for Bill Clinton, to supposedly provide objective analysis of her soon-to-be candidacy.

By Tim Graham | April 12, 2015 | 7:37 AM EDT

On the PBS NewsHour on Monday, political analyst Amy Walter spoke just like the “mainstream” media as a whole, seeing all the peril for Hillary Clinton in how she’s too centrist – both on domestic and foreign policy.

As they discussed an analysis by Dan Balz of The Washington Post about how Hillary is going to be affected by Obama’s Iran deal, Walter announced the media line: She's not only too Wall Street-friendly, she's too hawkish.

By Brent Baker | April 12, 2015 | 12:27 AM EDT

Picking up on the Draft Biden 2016 group’s “I’m Ridin with Biden,” a short and amusing clip, with a more accurate alternative slogan, created by NBC’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon which Bret Baier played at the end of his Friday show on FNC.

By Tom Johnson | April 11, 2015 | 11:33 PM EDT

Esquire’s Pierce considers the web site/newspaper Politico an embarrassment to journalism (he habitually refers to it as “Tiger Beat on the Potomac”). Recently, Pierce found more fuel for his ire, a Politico story that to his disgust 1) merely hinted, rather than stated, that Scott Walker is an “unprincipled scoundrel,” and 2) virtually endorsed Walker’s “fundamental mendacity” as long as it’s effective -- in other words, if it helps him to “lie his way into the presidency.”

Pierce added that Walker’s shiftiness won’t matter to the GOP base, which “is filled with crazoids, Bible-bangers, and people with short-wave radios for brains. All they know is that Walker knuckled all the people of whom The Base is terrified. The only way Walker's bone-deep dishonesty can hurt him is if the people who stoke the plutocratic engine of the party believe that it might make him a loser. So far, they seem quite happy with the way he's done business for them.”

By Clay Waters | April 11, 2015 | 10:12 PM EDT

Eric Lichtblau and Alexandra Stevenson made the front of the New York Times by taking pains to make a major donor to Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, sound suspicious, even sinister, digging up unflattering (and irrelevant) details and finding two liberal Democratic congressmen to criticize him.

By Brent Baker | April 11, 2015 | 9:56 PM EDT

It’s a rarity when anything breaks through the media-produced “Camelot” myth of the Kennedy White House years, but one instance came, in of all places, HBO’s Sinatra: All or Nothing At All documentary which highlighted President Kennedy’s racism. He demanded that Frank Sinatra remove Sammy Davis Jr. from the inaugural gala because he was dating a white woman.

By Tom Blumer | April 11, 2015 | 9:38 PM EDT

A Friday editorial at the Second Amendment-despising New York Times thought it had caught blatant hypocrisy at the NRA relating to gun-carrying rules at its national convention in Nashville, Tennessee. What was really blatant was the editorial's ignorance and the writers' failure to fact-check.

After getting caught, the Times should have decided to retract the editorial. Of course, that didn't happen. Then, in a pathetic "correction," the Times threw yet another error into the pile.

By P.J. Gladnick | April 11, 2015 | 7:58 PM EDT

"How do you live with yourself?"

Probably about as well as those many 60 Minutes reporters over the years who conducted numerous ambush interviews. What 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft didn't like was that he was on the receiving end of an interview on the fly by a New York Post reporter. Call it karmatic kickback but it all started back in January when it was revealed that Steve Kroft had been having an affair with a mistress notable for the way he slurped champagne. For some background let us review some of the highlights (or lowlights) of the scandal which broke in January before we take a look at Kroft's extreme anger at being treated the way mere mortals often are on 60 Minutes:

By Melissa Mullins | April 11, 2015 | 6:56 PM EDT

On Thursday’s The Kelly File, host Megyn Kelly jumped all over MSNBC’s Ed Schultz for having the audacity to lecture Rand Paul, or anyone for that matter, on the subject of sexism.

Schultz claims, “There is evidence Rand Paul has a real problem with women reporters.” Kelly and her guest Ann Coulter laughed away at Schultz since it was about four years ago Schultz called conservative radio talk-show host Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut.”