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By Tom Blumer | August 26, 2015 | 11:07 PM EDT

I'm sure we all feel better now that Hillary Clinton, as reported by the New York Times late Wednesday afternoon, "took responsibility" for "her decision to use only private email while she was secretary of state."

Well, no — and Times reporter Maggie Haberman should (and probably does) know why that doesn't cut it. Mrs. Clinton still maintained on Wednesday that investigations currently in process "will prove that I never sent, nor received, any email that was marked classified." Information already known shows that contention to be false, and the noise about "markings" is irrelevant in any event.

By Mark Finkelstein | August 26, 2015 | 10:07 PM EDT

When it comes to fake news stories, if anyone's an expert it's Dan Rather . . . The disgraced former CBS News anchor has a new twist on the vast right-wing conspiracy. Instead of plotting against poor innocents like Bill and Hillary, those conspiratorial conservatives are now creating phony feuds among themselves! 

On Rachel Maddow's show tonight, Rather declared himself "suspicious" about the battle between Donald Trump and Fox News, suggesting that Trump and Roger Ailes might have "gotten together and planned out" the feud for their mutual benefit.

By Curtis Houck | August 26, 2015 | 9:41 PM EDT

The “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC again promoted on Wednesday night the three-round bout between 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump and liberal Fusion/Univision anchor Jorge Ramos from the night before as ABC and CBS failed to note Hillary Clinton addressing her e-mail scandal Wednesday afternoon in Iowa.

By Ken Shepherd | August 26, 2015 | 9:35 PM EDT

Does MSNBC host Chris Matthews give ANY thought to the structure of his interviews? In a chat on Wednesday night's Hardball with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) about her memoir, Matthews shifted from talking Klobuchar growing up with an alcoholic father to asking her thoughts on what it was like to, I kid you not, what it was like to work with the late Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.). 

By Tim Graham | August 26, 2015 | 9:11 PM EDT

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported President Obama spoke at a Nevada State Democratic Party fundraiser for Catherine Cortez Masto, who is running for Harry Reid’s Senate seat in 2016. “The event was held at the Henderson home of Las Vegas Sun editor and publisher Brian Greenspun. Contributions at the event hit a high of $33,400. The event, which drew more than 100 people, raised more than $300,000.”

What kind of newspaper is the Las Vegas Sun that its editor and publisher hosts Democratic Party fundraisers with the president? A routinely partisan one. 

By Ken Shepherd | August 26, 2015 | 8:07 PM EDT

"Al Sharpton is leaving MSNBC's weekday dayside lineup, and moving to Sunday mornings," Politico's Alex Weprin reported this evening at

By Tom Blumer | August 26, 2015 | 8:06 PM EDT

Over at the Associated Press this afternoon (later updated), Ken Dilanian, with the help of four other reporters, prepared a lengthy dispatch attempting to defend 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's email and private-server practices. Boiled down to its essence: Boiled down to its essence: "[D]iplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the past two administrations."

Nice try, guys, but there are two problems with your "many others did it" defense. First, Dilanian and his team quietly admitted that Mrs. Clinton has been lying when claiming in recent weeks that she never sent any classified emails. Additionally, they ignored a December 2009 Executive Order from President Obama which, as Catherine Herridge at Fox News reported this morning, specifies that only "intelligence agencies who own that information in the first place have the authority to declassify it."

By Tom Blumer | August 26, 2015 | 5:39 PM EDT

Almost four years ago, solar energy manufacturer Solyndra filed for bankruptcy, leaving the federal government with a loan guarantee-related loss of up to $535 million.

The Energy Department's inspector general released a report on the debacle today. At the Associated Press, reporter Kevin Freking made sure readers knew that the loan guarantee program began under President George W. Bush, but somehow "forgot" to note, as the Weekly Standard did at the time, that the Energy Department under Bush made a "unanimous decision to shelve Solyndra's application two weeks before Obama took office."

By Jeffrey Meyer | August 26, 2015 | 3:07 PM EDT

On her self-titled MSNBC show Tuesday night, Rachel Maddow used the current feud between Fox News and Donald Trump to attack the news network as nothing more than an arm of the Republican Party. Maddow admitted that Fox was a “competitor of ours at MSNBC” but dismissed them as a news outlet and merely “Republican Party television. So we not only compete with them but we also cover them as a political entity, you have to if you want to cover Republican politics. So, in that context I have been covering FOX News as a Republican political entity for years now.” 

By Brent Bozell and Ken Oliver-Méndez | August 26, 2015 | 2:52 PM EDT

Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell and MRC Latino Director Ken Oliver-Mendez issued the following statements in the wake of Univision/Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos’ crass abandonment last night of professional journalism standards and protocol.

By Matthew Balan | August 26, 2015 | 2:48 PM EDT

On Wednesday's New Day, CNN's Chris Cuomo refreshingly pressed Univision's Jorge Ramos over his Tuesday face-off with Donald Trump. Cuomo noted that Trump's "point is, it wasn't a question – it was a comment. You wanted to get into a fight with him." Ramos played up that "this is very important for the Hispanic community; and this is personal...we're talking about...destroying the lives of millions of people." The CNN anchor later spotlighted how Ramos insulted Trump as "the face of hate and division," and pointed out that Ramos's daughter "works for Hillary Clinton."

By Jorge Bonilla | August 26, 2015 | 2:23 PM EDT

Tuesday night’s surreal exchange between Univision/Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos and GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was the greatest single example of what happens at the intersection of journalism, agenda advocacy, political partisanship, and special business interests. 

By Dylan Gwinn | August 26, 2015 | 2:18 PM EDT

Just in case anyone still doubts that American sports media (aka Frustrated Athletes for Change, aka MSNBC Sports, aka the Take Us Seriously Caucus) is reflexively left-wing, let’s see what a member in good standing had to say about Wednesday morning’s murder of two journalists in Virginia.

I give you Bart Hubbuch, NFL writer/columnist for the New York Post. While most people were still reeling in horror at the video of the murder, Hubbuch ghoulishly and unabashedly politicized the murders:

By Kristine Marsh | August 26, 2015 | 2:16 PM EDT

Isn’t it ironic how liberals are the first ones to tell you how “bigoted” and “close-minded” conservatives are, but then they’re the first ones to bash individuals who think for themselves?

The Washington Post should be commended for publishing an articulate op-ed Aug. 25 by  freshman Duke University student Brian Grasso, who explained his reasoning for refusing to read one book on his school’s summer reading list. The graphic novel, called Fun Home by lesbian author Alison Bechdel, depicted graphic illustrations of masturbation and lesbian sex. Grasso cited his Biblical beliefs as the primary reason he objected to reading the “pornographic” material.

But of course the liberal media loved the book – so they were the first ones to mock the student who led the charge against it.

By Dylan Gwinn | August 26, 2015 | 1:45 PM EDT

You can surgically repair the heart of the boy, but you better not reprogram it to be a Michigan fan.

Our feel good story of the day comes from Ohio, where according the Sporting News, a young Buckeye fan is very concerned about his upcoming heart surgery. Understandably. Though, not for the reason you might suspect: