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By Tom Johnson | October 11, 2015 | 8:42 PM EDT

Esquire’s Charles Pierce seemingly would like a time machine to take him back a quarter-century so he could advise the Tom Foley/George Mitchell-era Democratic party. Failing that, Pierce wishes today’s Dems would at last act on his idea to persuade the American people that the Republican party is “thoroughly, deeply, banana-sandwich loony,” thereby “beat[ing] the crazy out of [the GOP] so the country can get moving again.”

“Republican extremism should have been the most fundamental campaign issue for every Democratic candidate for every elected office since about 1991,” argued Pierce in a Friday post. “The mockery and ridicule should have been loud and relentless. It was the only way to break both the grip of the prion disease, and break through the solid bubble of disinformation, anti-facts, and utter bullshit that has sustained the Republican base over the past 25 years.”

By Tim Graham | October 11, 2015 | 4:53 PM EDT

Planned Parenthood is delighted with Rolling Stone magazine. They’re sending around a link to the hippie rag. Andrea Grimes penned what might be the most deluded clause of the year: “the myth that Planned Parenthood is a baby-killing behemoth persists, despite all evidence to the contrary.”

That makes as much sense as the magazine's false tale of gang rape at the University of Virginia.

By Mark Finkelstein | October 11, 2015 | 12:51 PM EDT

Yeah, that's been our big beef with the New York Times: it's too tough on top Democrats . . . 

So we'll all sleep better now that Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet has assured us that the paper is not "too aggressive" or "unfair" in its coverage of Hillary Clinton. On CNN's Reliable Sources today, Bacquet, as proof of the paper's even-handedness, noted to host Brian Stelter a Times story on Benghazi that "did not point a finger at her" and another story probing problems within the Benghazi committee.

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 11, 2015 | 12:24 PM EDT

On Sunday’s Face the Nation, National Journal reporter Ron Fournier accused Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson of “putting a target on government officials” after the retired neurosurgeon stressed the need for Americans to have the right to protect themselves from an oppressive government. 

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 11, 2015 | 11:45 AM EDT

On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker did her best to give Hillary Clinton the “benefit of the doubt” after she has flipped her position on a number of policy issues, most recently her sudden opposition to TPP. Parker acknowledged that Clinton would never admit to changing her positions for “political expedience” in order to satisfy Bernie Sanders' supporters, but she stressed that you “can give her the benefit of the doubt too.”

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 11, 2015 | 9:19 AM EDT

Last night, Saturday Night Live used its cold opening skit to wade into the Planned Parenthood scandal and the “stomach churning” undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress. SNL opened with a skit featuring a recreation of Fox and Friends and cast member Vanessa Bayer initially tried to downplay the videos. While portraying Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Bayer joked that Planned Parenthood was “selling baby parts on Snapchat.”

By Tim Graham | October 11, 2015 | 8:20 AM EDT

At the NBC-owned black website, Lincoln A. Blades suggested he has a “police officer friend,” as in “some of my best friends are cops,” but he was “sick to his stomach” over a simple “Blue Lives Matter” billboard as “racist b—s—“ “propagating white supremacy.”

The headline was “Blue Lives Matter billboards don’t honor fallen officers, they discredit black humanity.”

By Brent Baker | October 11, 2015 | 1:16 AM EDT

Comedian Amy Schumer got a surprise during Saturday Night Live when the Manhattan audience didn’t display much enthusiasm for Hillary Clinton. In her monologue, she set up a series of jokes by relaying how “I just met Hillary – yeah, I was pretty psyched about that.” After a smattering of applause, she noted her disappointment with the audience: “A little discouraging, the amount of applause.”

By Jeffrey Lord | October 10, 2015 | 11:01 PM EDT

The Washington Post was shocked. “Ben Carson said Thursday that Adolf Hitler’s mass murder of Jews 'would have been greatly diminished' if German citizens had not been disarmed by the Nazi regime."

From the Huffington Post to ABC  to Time and more (and more!) the liberal media was out there to dismiss Carson’s comments to Wolf Blitzer’s quite legit question as somehow as wacko as it was inflammatory. Even the Anti-Defamation League jumped in to say that Carson’s remarks were "historically inaccurate and offensive.” Stop.

By Clay Waters | October 10, 2015 | 10:55 PM EDT

The surprise withdrawal of Rep. Kevin McCarthy from the race for Speaker gave the New York Times an excuse to issue a series of front-page stories larded up with hostile "hard-line" and "hard-right" labels mocking the apparent chaos surrounding congressional Republicans, being held "hostage" by the party's conservative wing.

By Jack Coleman | October 10, 2015 | 9:58 PM EDT

You never know what to expect on HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher, but last night's show included a guest saying something genuinely startling.

Former Democrat congressman Patrick Kennedy has been making the rounds to plug his new book, "A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction." Much of the media reaction to the book focuses on its unflattering revelations about the Kennedys, such as a failed family intervention in the early 1990s to stop Ted Kennedy from drinking.

By Tim Graham | October 10, 2015 | 6:58 PM EDT

The radical lefties at The Nation magazine are panicking about MSNBC. They posted an article titled “I Want My Progressive TV! What If MSNBC Dumps the Left? The cable answer to Fox News is slowly shrinking from the fight.”

Between MSNBC firing Ed Schultz and other hosts and Jon Stewart retiring from The Daily Show, they're more than a little worried.

By Bryan Ballas | October 10, 2015 | 3:46 PM EDT

In the aftermath of the murderous rampages like the recent one in Oregon, some weep for the dead and pray for the wounded. Others, such as the Huffington Post feminist Soraya Chemaly, exploit such barbaric acts of violence to push their own political narratives. As stated in Chemaly’s headline, the real culprit behind mass shootings like the one in Oregon is “Masculinity, Masculinity, Masculinity.”

By Tom Johnson | October 10, 2015 | 12:22 PM EDT

“Keep your eyes on the prize” is a phrase widely associated with the civil-rights movement, but Talking Points Memo editor and publisher Josh Marshall implies that it’d be a good one for liberals to keep in mind regarding gun control. In this case, the prize would be, in Marshall’s words, “a society where there were radically fewer guns, where buying a gun meant getting a license…where you had to carry insurance to own a weapon (like you do with a car and most everything else), etc.”

By Tim Graham | October 10, 2015 | 11:31 AM EDT

USA Today tried to start a squabble on the top of Wednesday’s front page with the headline “Grammar slammers: Dems crush GOP.” Paul Singer’s article began: “Yes, these are fighting words, but here goes: Republicans mangle the English language at twice the rate of Democrats.”

Here’s the interesting part: the ratings were calculated by measuring positive comments – and filtering the negative ones out. Then they took a random sample of comments, looking for errors like bad punctuation or misspellings. Another grammar website denounced Grammarly as a terrible grammar hammer.