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By P.J. Gladnick | January 21, 2015 | 5:21 PM EST

What a sweet story. A local struggling mom writes a letter to the President and she gets not only a lunch meeting with him but later gets featured in his State Of The Union speech. A very touching story about a regular woman...who "coincidentally" was a Democrat operative. However, the Minneapolis Star Tribune very "mysteriouusly" left this very important fact out of the story about her written by Allison Sherry.

By Tim Graham | January 21, 2015 | 4:38 PM EST

The State of the Union coverage on PBS last night had a slightly bizarre analysis as the speech ended. PBS NewsHour anchor Gwen Ifill jumped in over the applause and said Obama “talked about this being a breakthrough year for America and he seems to be taking on a victory lap.”

Later, David Brooks said it was a "very liberal speech" and professed amazement that Obama pretended he hadn't been crushed in the midterms.

By Scott Whitlock | January 21, 2015 | 4:33 PM EST

Comedienne and 9/11 truther Rosie O'Donnell mocked Republican Senator Joni Ernst as stupid on Wednesday. The View co-hosts were discussing Ernst's rebuttal to the State of the Union and O'Donnell said of the woman who is also a lieutenant colonel in the National Guard: "Proving that anyone in the world can be a senator."

By Joseph Rossell | January 21, 2015 | 4:21 PM EST

Media outlets and politicians often fall for junk science and misleading statistics. This happened recently with alcohol-related death statistics, which The Washington Post exposed as factually incorrect.

Post reporter Glenn Kessler writes the newspaper's Fact Checker column. He debunked the claim that more than 1,800 college students die from "alcohol-related causes" or "alcohol poisoning" every year, in a January 15, piece. In fact, he gave the claim three out of four "Pinocchios" which meant the claim contained a "[s]ignificant factual error and/or obvious contradictions."

By Ken Shepherd | January 21, 2015 | 3:46 PM EST

A funny little graphics fail from the crew of MSNBC's The Cycle on Wednesday afternoon. In a color-coded electoral map for 2012, Alabama and Texas, among other states, were erroneously shown in Democratic blue rather than Republican red.

By Kyle Drennen | January 21, 2015 | 3:23 PM EST

Appearing on PBS's Charlie Rose Tuesday night following President Obama's State of the Union address, Bloomberg View columnist Al Hunt praised it as "one of the best speeches of his presidency" and "remarkably effective," before admitting: "I don't think he's going to get much done....This is not a cycle where you get much done. He may get a little stuff on trade and infrastructure."

By Joseph Rossell | January 21, 2015 | 2:10 PM EST

During his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama said he wanted to “simplify” the tax paperwork required for small businesses, but CNBC’s Jim Cramer pointed out that Obamacare is doing just the opposite.

Obama had said during his State of the Union speech on Jan. 20, that a small business owner should be able to file taxes “based on her actual bank statement instead of the number of accountants she can afford.” However, Cramer, co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street,” said on Jan. 21, that Obama’s very own health insurance initiative had already increased, rather than decreased, the complexity of tax accounting for small businesses.

By Matthew Balan | January 21, 2015 | 12:51 PM EST

Wednesday's CNN Newsroom aired an ESPN-style highlight reel of "some of the moments that got us talking" from President Obama's State of the Union address. The mash-up featured dramatic music and bold graphics, and zeroed in on the Democrat's "burn" of congressional Republicans during his speech. Bizarrely, the program also repeatedly played clips of the President winking and Vice President Biden blowing kisses during the joint session of Congress.

By Jeffrey Meyer | January 21, 2015 | 12:27 PM EST

Prior to Tuesday’s State of the Union, President Obama sat down for an annual lunch with various journalists, including the network news anchors and hosts of several Sunday morning talk shows. During his Shepard Smith Reporting program on Tuesday afternoon, the Fox News anchor revealed that during the lunch with President Obama, unlike the anchors of ABC, NBC and CBS, his place card “doesn’t say anything about news, it just says ‘Fox.’ And I looked at Bret Baier’s, and it said, ‘Bret Baier, Fox. And all the rest of them said news.” 

By P.J. Gladnick | January 21, 2015 | 12:26 PM EST

The Huffington Post thinks it has some big scoop about Senator Ted Cruz's response to Barack Obama's State Of The Union address last night. However, after all the hype, the scoop falls laughably flat when you actually see his response.
 

By Tom Johnson | January 21, 2015 | 12:07 PM EST

The Daily Kos founder and publisher argues that the recent jump in Obama’s approval rating shows that Obama should have governed as a staunch liberal “from Day One, instead of wasting years of his life trying to make nice with an intractable and hostile Republican Party…Republicans are on a holy war to destroy everything that is good and noble about government. They have no interest in peace.”

By Kyle Drennen | January 21, 2015 | 12:02 PM EST

In a softball interview with Joe Biden on Wednesday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer fretted over there being "more tension than normal" during Tuesday's State of the Union address with Republicans in control of Congress and slammed GOP reaction to a line in the speech: "...the President was talking about having arguments that are worthy of the body and the country, and then he said, 'I've run my last campaign,' and there was a smattering of applause, maybe even laughter from some Republicans and the President shot back. Did you see that as a moment of disrespect? Was it a symptom of the very pettiness that the President was referring to?"

By Melissa Mullins | January 21, 2015 | 11:41 AM EST

On his HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night, the host addressed the students who protested his invitation to give a  University of California commencement address in December: "You have to tell me, where do I go to protest you?"

Maher also went on to say that he’s bothered by the “extreme bullying” techniques used to define free speech so speech doesn’t offend them (how is it free speech then?).He said he was far more troubled by liberals who cannot tolerate speech that challenges their ideas, and referenced groups that want conservative talk show hosts, such as Rush Limbaugh, off the air.

By Scott Whitlock | January 21, 2015 | 11:37 AM EST

Joe Biden appeared on all three morning shows, Wednesday, to tout the President's call for new taxes. ABC and CBS both quizzed the Vice President on the process of getting new laws passed, but didn't offer much analysis on the tax hikes. Instead, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King found time to wonder about football. 

By Jeffrey Meyer | January 21, 2015 | 11:33 AM EST

On Tuesday night, President Obama gave his sixth State of the Union address, and on Wednesday morning, ABC and CBS did their best to boost his speech and tout his liberal agenda to their audiences. During their respective broadcasts, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today made sure to play up Obama’s “renewed swagger” by giving an “aggressive speech” to Congress and America. ABC’s Jonathan Karl, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent, went so far as to declare Obama “seemed so confident you would have thought he had just won another election.”