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By Katie Yoder | | April 11, 2016 | 4:00 PM EDT

Planned Parenthood has always used the media for messaging – but it’s rare that the abortion giant publicly admits it.

Before attending a fundraising luncheon in Texas, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards sat down for an interview with local news outlets last week. Speaking with D Healthcare Daily editor Matt Goodman and Dallas Voice news writer James Russell, Richards called the media “incredibly important” for Planned Parenthood. She also blamed limited “access” to abortion on a “lack of empathy.”

By Nicholas Fondacaro | | April 11, 2016 | 2:53 PM EDT

Joe Scarborough spent Monday morning fanning the flames of fear that all the political mechanisms in America are "rigged." Some of Joe’s rants were dedicated to the Hillary e-mail probe and "super-delegates" on the Democratic side, as my colleague Mark Finkelstein wrote about. But when Joe set his sights on the Republican nomination process it was to boost the guy he has been “campaigning” for, Donald Trump.

By NB Staff | | April 11, 2016 | 1:30 PM EDT

The Media Research Center’s Rich Noyes appeared with Neil Cavuto, Monday, to slam the “sophomoric,” “absurd” Boston Globe for printing a fake front cover that speculated on what a future Trump presidency might be. Noyes derided the effort to pass off a stunt editorial as real news “As a political hit job, this is pretty sophomoric. It's absurd.” 

By Brad Wilmouth | | April 11, 2016 | 1:16 PM EDT

On Monday's New Day on CNN, co-host Michaela Pereira hosted a segment that slanted in favor of those on the left who are opposing current initiatives like the bathroom bill in North Carolina and the religious freedom bills in Georgia and Mississippi, with Pereira at one point fretting that the boycotts by businesses and entertainers will not be enough to thwart the measures. Speaking to Sarah Kate Ellis of GLAAD, the CNN anchor worried: "But, Sarah Kate, is that enough? Right? Is that enough? Is that going to build the momentum that you're looking for?"

By Scott Whitlock | | April 11, 2016 | 12:20 PM EDT

ABC and CBS on Sunday night and Monday skipped the fact that Barack Obama chided Hillary Clinton as “careless” for the way she handled her private e-mail server. Only NBC reporters noticed the development and the network mentioned it only in passing. Appearing on Fox News Sunday, the President told Chris Wallace: “There’s a carelessness, in terms of managing e-mails, that she [Clinton] has owned, and she recognizes.”

By Mark Finkelstein | | April 11, 2016 | 12:09 PM EDT

The words of the day at Morning Joe today were "rigged, rigged, rigged, rigged." The reference was to the delegate selection process in both parties and the FBI investigation/Justice Department decision-making process regarding Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information on her private server.

While the panel discussed problems in the Republican process, the most glaring example given of a rigged system was the situation in Wyoming, where over the weekend Bernie Sanders scored a double-digit win among actual voters over Hillary Clinton . . . but came away with fewer delegates. As to the email scandal, clips were played from President Obama's Fox News interview with Chris Wallace, in which the president claimed that he did not communicate with the Attorney General or FBI Director. But as an agitated Joe Scarborough pointed out, by going on TV and declaring that Hillary hadn't compromised national security, he communicated loudly with both, rigging the system by letting the world know he had concluded there was no security breach.

By Tim Graham | | April 11, 2016 | 11:54 AM EDT

In a sympathetic interview by Isaac Chotiner at, Rachel Maddow gushed all over Chris Matthews, about how he’s this “kinetic guy who’s very different than everyone elseo n TV, but that apparently is the Kryptonite for interviewing Trump.” He was “born to interview Donald Trump.”

A more cynical person might read this as corporate cheerleading with a bit of rivalry thrown in since, Maddow says Matthews is so “kinetic” he “interrrupts himself,” and says he beats Trump because he has “the same bluster.”

By Kyle Drennen | | April 11, 2016 | 11:15 AM EDT

In a softball exchange with Anita Hill on Monday to promote the new HBO film commemorating her sexual harassment claims against Clarence Thomas, co-host Savannah Guthrie touted the law professor as a “reluctant witness” during the 1991 hearings that attempted to sink the nomination of the future Supreme Court justice.

By Mairead McArdle | | April 11, 2016 | 10:27 AM EDT

The Atlantic dismissed all moral charges against pornography as largely irrelevant but admitted that it poses a public health crisis.

“Surveying the world around me, it just doesn’t seem as if the men in younger generations are more likely than their forbearers to use and abuse women,” said the Atlantic’s Conor Friedersdorf. “In fact, just the opposite seems to be true.”

By Erik Soderstrom | | April 11, 2016 | 2:17 AM EDT

In an episode about America’s porous borders in which 18 FBI recruits successfully slip across the border undetected without any proper planning, Quantico’s writers made sure to slip in a few digs at President George W. Bush and former Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

By Curtis Louder | | April 11, 2016 | 12:56 AM EDT

In case you missed it (lucky you), MTV held its 25th Annual MTV Movie Awards hosted by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Chris Ro-- I mean, Kevin Hart. This dynamic duo managed to throw down no less than 18 curse words in the opening 9 minutes of the show. Johnson and Hart were so foul-mouthed even Amy Poehler joked that she would keep her acceptance speech clean in order to get more airtime. 

By Dylan Gwinn | | April 11, 2016 | 12:08 AM EDT

Very little needs to be said about Sunday night’s edition of ‘I Am Cait,” other than the fact that the ratings must be every bit as bad as reported if the producers felt the need to pull this stunt.

By Tom Blumer | | April 10, 2016 | 11:55 PM EDT

On Tuesday, shortly after Governor Jerry Brown signed California's $15-an-hour minimum wage legislation, the Associated Press's Michael R. Blood and Don Thompson called the move "a victory for those struggling on the margins of the economy and the politically powerful unions that pushed it."

As seen in a NewsBusters post on March 31, it's definitely a win for union members whose wages are set at a multiple of the state's minimum wage. But it's not a "victory" for "struggling" workers who will lose their jobs or not be able to become employed at the higher rate. The AP pair would only concede that "the overall goal of helping the working poor might be lessened if some employers cut jobs or, worse, leave the state." Forget the "if" on employers cutting jobs, guys. That's because, as Jeb Graham at Investor's Business Daily reported on Friday (HT Hot Air), two states which have only raised their minimums to just over $10 have already seen seasonally adjusted job losses (bolds are mine):

By Dylan Gwinn | | April 10, 2016 | 11:44 PM EDT

So quite possibly the worst idea in the history of foreign relations happened on a show modeling itself after Hillary Clinton.

By Clay Waters | | April 10, 2016 | 10:01 PM EDT

The New York Times can’t get enough of a new study published in Science suggesting door-to-door canvassing can enlighten troglodyte citizens into supporting progressive policies like gay marriage, abortion (alongside Planned Parenthood), and gun control. The Times had just embraced the study in its news pages a few days before, and now contributing writer Benoit-Denizet Lewis devoted 5,000 words to the study helping liberals push their social issues.