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By Ken Shepherd | July 6, 2015 | 9:00 PM EDT

Back in the 2012 Republican presidential primary race, Chris Matthews slammed former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) as a "theocrat" and a "Cro-Magnon" man. On tonight's Hardball program, however, the MSNBC host was actually cordial and low-key. In fact, at no point did he rudely interrupt Santorum mid-sentence or badger his guest by trying to talk him into a corner with a gotcha question. 

That said, as you can see from the agenda of questions transcribed below, Matthews by no means abandoned his liberal conventional wisdom nor his left-wing bias. What's more, for his part, Santorum gently but firmly pushed back against some of Matthew's talking points about immigration and the liberal media's fascination with the Confederate flag issue

By Randy Hall | July 6, 2015 | 7:32 PM EDT

On Monday, soon after the New York Times slammed Florida senator Marco Rubio as Cuba's “least favorite son,” the 2016 GOP presidential candidate fired back, accusing reporter Jason Horowitz of using the “Castro regime's propaganda” in his article, which was entitled “Marco Rubio Is Hardly a Hero in Cuba. He Likes That.”

In a Twitter message, Rubio asserted that the newspaper was following up its “scoops” attacking him for getting 17 speeding tickets -- most of which were actually received by his wife – and its article accusing him of owning “a luxury speedboat” that is only one-third as long as secretary of state John Kerry's $7 million yacht.

“For the record,” the Republican official added, “I'm proud that the Castro regime feels threatened by us. They fear freedom and democracy.”

By Brad Wilmouth | July 6, 2015 | 4:48 PM EDT

On Monday's New Day, CNN again reminded its viewers that the news network's idea of a politically balanced group of voters is to have Democrats who articulate liberal viewpoints paired with Republicans who themselves sound liberal with few conservative views expressed by anyone. After being bumped from the June 26 show in favor of breaking news, the third planned segment featuring a group of six voters from Charleston, South Carolina, finally aired, and again featured political talk heavily slanted to the left in spite of the presence of two self-identified Republicans with two Democrats and two independents. One Republican in particular, Ashley Caldwell, complained that South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is "super conservative," and fretted that he has not supported a "woman's right to choose."

By Tory McClintock | July 6, 2015 | 4:37 PM EDT

To the abortion absolutists of the left, it isn’t enough that a woman kill off the life inside of her. She then has to be happy about it. Case-in-point, liberal journalist Samantha Allen attacking post-abortion counseling in her recent piece for the Daily Beast.

By Tom Blumer | July 6, 2015 | 4:31 PM EDT

Regardless of one's stance on these issues, it should be obvious that if the legalization of same-sex "marriage" is a national story, the determination by the radical left and its government "civil rights" enforcers to brutally punish those who won't support it because it violates the religious beliefs of the "offenders" should also be.

The former dominated the news last week. But the Associated Press failed to give national treatment to the arguably most outrageous instance of the latter, the $135,000 fine levied against Aaron and Melissa Klein and their now-shuttered Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Oregon for refusing to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding. The New York Times, perhaps not wishing to kill the positive buzz over the Supreme Court's ruling last week, has not published a story at all — even though it did cover an administrative judge's late-April finding that the couple violated Oregon's anti-discrimination laws.

By Scott Whitlock | July 6, 2015 | 4:05 PM EDT

It was announced on Monday that Hillary Clinton's first national TV interview will go to CNN's Brianna Keilar, a journalist who previously fawned over the Democrat's appearance at Chipotle. Keilar also attended the wedding of a top Clinton aide two weeks ago. On April 14, Keilar hyped, "Yesterday she stopped at a Chipotle, a campaign aide sharing with us that she had a chicken burrito bowl with black beans and guacamole and an iced tea. And you know what that kind of detail tells you — it says, ‘She's just like us. She eats at Chipotle.'"

By Katie Yoder | July 6, 2015 | 3:53 PM EDT

Is Malia Obama Lena Dunham’s new intern? The media sure think so.

Celebrity sites recently spotted 17-year-old Malia Obama on location during the filming of HBO’s Girls in Brooklyn and hyped her internship with the show. Written and directed by Lena Dunham, the show boasts sex and nudity – but that didn’t stop the media from praising the “cool” first daughter’s “dream internship.”

By Yuri Perez | July 6, 2015 | 3:47 PM EDT

Small business owners often complain about being “choked” by ever-increasing mandated benefits, but rarely do you see their complaints presented in a clear and compelling way. An exception took place during coverage of the very latest mandated benefit in California: sick leave for part-time employees, which just took effect this month. 

By Jeffrey Meyer | July 6, 2015 | 3:29 PM EDT

On Sunday, the political panel on CNN’s State of the Union with Jake Tapper blasted the Clinton campaign for the horrible optics of Mrs. Clinton use of a moving rope line to separate herself from the media during a 4th of July parade in New Hampshire. 

By Kyle Drennen | July 6, 2015 | 2:45 PM EDT

In the wake of Hillary Clinton’s campaign roping off members of the press at a 4th of July parade in New Hampshire, ABC’s This Week host George Stephanopoulos appeared on Sunday’s Good Morning America to proclaim: “...right now I think the Clinton campaign sees the press, in some ways, as their major opponent. They think that’s where a lot of the trouble is gonna come from.”

By Andrew Miller | July 6, 2015 | 1:17 PM EDT

Where can you find graphic depictions of kidnapping, nudity, torture, vandalism, forced drug use, drowning, and murder? Probably not even in the worst horror movie, but Rihanna’s new seven minute music video somehow manages to fit in every one of these things. 

By Sarah Stites | July 6, 2015 | 1:13 PM EDT

“To me suggesting I should treat gay marriage opposition as legitimate seems to me like suggesting I should have been unbiased about Jim Crow,” tweeted Hunter Walker, the Senior Political Correspondent for Business Insider. 

Walker, the son of two lesbians, said last week that he generally likes “to think I am fairly objective and unbiased in my reporting and even my comments on this personal Twitter.” However, he declared, “I make absolutely no effort to hid [sic] the fact I am totally, completely pro-gay marriage.”

By Matthew Philbin | July 6, 2015 | 1:05 PM EDT

If nothing else, the media’s triumphalism over the SCOTUS gay “marriage” decision proves they’re sore winners. True, they deserve a victory lap – they and their pals in the entertainment industry made this constitutional and civilizational abomination possible. But you’d think that with victory secured, they’d ease up on traditional marriage supporters, maybe go back to pretending they’re journalists.

But no. On FNC’s MediaBuzz, host Howard Kurtz asked his panel about it, noting that “I can't remember another time in my career where I felt that coverage has been so one sided for a position that until three years ago Barack Obama held and until two years ago Hillary Clinton held, which is they were for traditional marriage.”

By Katie Yoder | July 6, 2015 | 12:56 PM EDT

It’s easy to imagine the media publicizing threats directed at a black 12-year-old after calling out “racist comments” – except in a case like this, that is.

CJ Pearson, a 12-year-old conservative, made headlines earlier this year after criticizing President Obama for “downright hatred” of America on YouTube. He’s again in the news after telling actor George Takei to “shut up and sit down” for “racist, bigoted comments” directed at Justice Clarence Thomas – a move that resulted in threats against him and his family. 

By Brad Wilmouth | July 6, 2015 | 12:36 PM EDT

Monday's New Day on CNN featured a debate between CNN law enforcement analyst Harry Houck and former Clinton administration official Ana Maria Salazar over the shooting death of a woman in San Francisco, Kate Steinle, by an illegal immigrant -- a repeat offender who had been previously released by city police rather than sent away for deportation due to the city's "sanctuary" policy on illegal immigrants. Houck blamed San Francisco's "stupid sanctuary law" and the politicians who supported it as being responsible for Steinle's death. Houck: