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By Tom Blumer | | August 2, 2016 | 1:02 PM EDT

Five years ago, the Associated Press was so excited about the imminent 85th birthday of Fidel Castro, Communist Cuba's dictator emeritus, that its Images Group promoted a package of "iconic images and videos" subscribing outlets could purchase and use. It described Castro as a "source of inspiration for many people throughout the world."

Thus, it should surprise no one that the wire service, which has been credibly accused of active cooperation with Adolf Hitler's Nazi propaganda machine during the eight years before the U.S. entered World War II, appears to be quite pumped up about El Jefe's 90th birthday. Reporter Andrea Rodriguez's July 29 story, published over two weeks ahead of the blessed event, portrays how Castro "has taken on a powerful new role ... as the inspiration for Cubans who want to maintain strict Communist orthodoxy." Oh boy.

By Kristine Marsh | | August 2, 2016 | 12:30 PM EDT

On Tuesday's CNN Newsroom, host Carol Costello repeatedly attempted to get Charles Woods, father of U.S. Navy S.E.A.L. Tyrone Woods, who died in Benghazi, to ask Trump to “apologize” for his comments to the Khans. Instead of taking the bait, Woods turned the tables and called on someone else to apologize instead: "When Hillary Clinton on several occasions has called the Benghazi victims' families liars, should she apologize for that?"

By Maggie McKneely | | August 2, 2016 | 12:07 PM EDT

Secret isn’t just selling deodorant these days; it’s also advertising the fabled ‘wage gap.’ In the company’s popular “Raise” commercial, a young woman stand in front of a bathroom mirror, nervously preparing to ask her boss for raise. But whether or not her deodorant can hold up against her anxiety takes a back seat to her battle for equal pay.

By Kyle Drennen | | August 2, 2016 | 12:04 PM EDT

Acting like an innocent bystander with no control over NBC’s reporting, on Tuesday, Today co-host Savannah Guthrie declared that the media focus on Donald Trump’s controversies made it impossible for journalists to also cover the scandals swirling around Hillary Clinton: “I mean, this story [of the Khan parents] has now been kept alive for four days...By the way, pushing off some otherwise negative stories about Hillary Clinton that might be leading all the headlines.”

By Brad Wilmouth | | August 2, 2016 | 11:05 AM EDT

As RNC chairman Reince Priebus appeared as a guest on Sunday's Face the Nation, CBS host John Dickerson -- using a comment from GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump about not wanting to be a "puppet" for Republican donors -- asked the RNC chairman if Republicans like Mike Pence, Scott Walker and Paul Ryan are "puppets" for the conservative Koch brothers.

By Elliot Polsky | | August 2, 2016 | 10:44 AM EDT

After the first trailers for the new fantasy, action adventure “The Great Wall” came out, it was only a matter of time before the complaints ensued. The lead actor in this Chinese blow-‘em-up film is a white guy, Matt Damon.

By Julia A. Seymour | | August 2, 2016 | 10:41 AM EDT

The U.S. economy “sputtered” again in the second quarter, according to The Wall Street Journal. However, that “disappointing” economic news, coming on the heels of the Democratic National Convention, wasn’t reported by the broadcast evening news shows. The Commerce Department announced July 29, that the economy grew at an annual rate of 1.2 percent annual in the second quarter. But ABC, CBS and NBC evening news programs said nothing about it that night or July 30 or 31. At least two of those three evening news shows found time to report on the brand new Harry Potter book released over the weekend.

By Clay Waters | | August 2, 2016 | 10:37 AM EDT

The New York Times covers Israeli politics much the way it does American politics:With bias toward conservatives. A headline over James Glanz’s story portrayed conservative Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a criminal who just hadn’t been caught (yet): “Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, Still a Step Ahead of Scandals, Faces a New Inquiry," smeared the PM with trumped-up scandals as being just a “Teflon-coated” step ahead of the law, a la Ronald Reagan. A day before, Netanyahu was falsely portrayed as “crushing Israel’s free press.”

By Mira Ebersole | | August 2, 2016 | 10:19 AM EDT

Venezuela’s economy continues to deteriorate under the rule of its socialist president Nicolas Maduro. The collapsing economy, combined with government regulations and price controls created a food shortage so severe some have taken drastic measures. One group of desperate Venezuelans broke into a zoo and butchered a horse for meat on July 24, according to Fusion’s Manuel Rueda.

By Maggie McKneely | | August 2, 2016 | 9:26 AM EDT

White is ok, so long as it’s worn by the Democratic nominee. Two weeks ago, Philadelphia Enquirer fashion critic Elizabeth Wellington bashed Melania Trump for daring to wear a white dress for her RNC speech. Wellington acknowledged that “on a strictly fashion note,” Melania pulled off an “angelic look.” But the white designer dress was a “scary statement,” and supposedly gave off the subliminal message “that in the G.O.P. white is always right.”

By Nicholas Fondacaro | | August 2, 2016 | 12:59 AM EDT

When the evening newscasts wrapped up on Monday night, ABC was still the only network of the “big three” to cover the latest saga in the scandal at the Department of Veterans Affairs. It recently came to light that the VA had spent roughly $20 million dollars on art for its facilities. “But while the administration was spending more than ever on veterans it was also spending more of your tax dollars on art for veteran facilities,” reported Fox News Correspondent Kevin Corke Monday evening. 

By Dylan Gwinn | | August 1, 2016 | 11:30 PM EDT

The Root, an online news site that claims to provide commentary from a “variety” of African-American perspectives, is apparently none too pleased about the perspective of one particular African-American, who is about to get his own TV show.

By Nicholas Fondacaro | | August 1, 2016 | 11:06 PM EDT

Hillary Clinton made a rare appearance on Fox News Sunday in a sit down interview with host Chris Wallace. When asked about the truthfulness of her statements to the public, regarding how she handled classified E-Mails, she asserted that FBI Direct James Comey vindicated her, when in fact he proved the opposite. And CBS was the only network in the “big three” to call her out on it in their evening broadcasts Monday.

By P.J. Gladnick | | August 1, 2016 | 8:49 PM EDT

Please Hillary! You must save us from the horrors of the impending TrumpenReich. However, um, in order to do that I beg you to do me just one little favor. Please stop lying.

That pretty much sums up the plea of Ron Fournier to Hillary Clinton in The Atlantic magazine. What's really laughable is the idea that she can somehow just snap her fingers and actually do this like simply stop eating, say, kidney beans. Unfortunately for Fournier, asking Hillary to stop lying is more like asking her to stop eating...period. Or even to stop breathing. However, Fournier is so panicked over the idea of a Donald Trump presidency that he makes his doomed plea and asks, Why Can't Hillary Clinton Stop Lying?

By Tom Johnson | | August 1, 2016 | 8:45 PM EDT

Kevin Drum has been blogging for a long time, so it’s not surprising that he’s got a flair for clickbait. You have to admit that the Monday headline “Hillary Clinton Is One of America’s Most Honest Politicians” is quite an attention-grabber. Of course, whether or not it’s true is another matter. Drum commented, “All politicians lie sometimes. That includes Hillary Clinton. But...Hillary is one of the most honest politicians on the national stage...I know it's in their partisan self interest for conservatives to insist that Hillary is the world's biggest liar. But she isn't. Not by a long, long way. Republicans need to get the beam out of their own eye before they keep banging on about the mote in Hillary's.”