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By Tom Blumer | January 23, 2015 | 9:44 AM EST

In his State of the Union address — perhaps, based on the recommendations for government involvement and control he made therein, better described as his Statist of the Union address — President Obama referenced the "growing" U.S. economy at least three times, but "recovery" only once. Specifically, he claimed that "thanks to a growing economy, the recovery is touching more and more lives."

The recovery, which Obama acknowledged is still in progress over 5-1/2 years after the recession officially ended, has a great deal more "touching" to do. On January 12, the National Association of Counties released a detailed study which most of the press ignored, but which would have been front-page and broadcast-leading news in a Republican or conservative presidential administration. The NACo report showed that only 65 of the nation's 3,069 counties have fully recovered from the recession. That's bad enough, but even with that ugly statistic, the results involved are worse than they appear.

By Mark Finkelstein | January 23, 2015 | 8:18 AM EST

On today's Morning Joe, commenting on the arrest of Dem NYS Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver on bribery charges, Rattner claimed that "they don't pay these guys full-time salaries. They pay them, I think, $112,000 a year."  

By Tom Blumer | January 22, 2015 | 11:53 PM EST

A week ago, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, a Democrat, called homelessness in his city and the rest of King County a "full-blown crisis."

Based on the numbers presented in coverage of the area's situation, we can certainly add the Emerald City to the list of areas where homelessness has been on the rise. Odds are that many readers here didn't know that, because the national press hardly ever pays attention to homelessness when a Democrat occupies the White House. Now imagine the firestorm which would erupt if a Republican or conservative proposed the "solution," however allegedly temporary, Murray is advancing (bolds are mine):

By Curtis Houck | January 22, 2015 | 11:01 PM EST

On Thursday night, the “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC each covered the news that the United States-backed government in Yemen had fallen after rebels stormed the capital city of Sana’a and surrounded the presidential palace on Tuesday. 

While the networks gave this story airtime, they only gave it to the tune of one minute and 59 seconds and avoided any mention of how President Obama had, just months prior, declared Yemen to be a success story for the United States in fighting terrorism.

By Katie Yoder | January 22, 2015 | 10:00 PM EST

Left-wing activists arrested, say poor woman 'should get a f---ing abortion.'

It’s hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers versus 75 pro-abortion protesters – but whose message will the abortion-fawning media choose to focus on?

Protesters calling for abortion on demand blocked the pathway of the Washington, D.C. 42ndannual March for Life on January 22.  In front of the Supreme Court, they yelled in the faces of police, “Forced motherhood is female enslavement!” and “Will the real women of the world stand up?” Eight pro-abortion protestors were arrested.

By Tom Johnson | January 22, 2015 | 9:46 PM EST

Elias Isquith contends that “after eight years of George W. Bush,” America “was in such rotten shape that Obama had little time to do more than stave off the next crisis,” but that by this past Tuesday night, favorable economic developments gave Obama “an opportunity to boast of changing the ‘trajectory’ of the country like few presidents before him and none since Ronald Reagan.”

By Ken Shepherd | January 22, 2015 | 9:31 PM EST

In a segment on his January 22 Hardball program, MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews made perfectly clear his disdain for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and for House Speaker John Boehner for inviting him to address a joint session of Congress on March 3.

By P.J. Gladnick | January 22, 2015 | 9:19 PM EST

Barack Obama chose three YouTube stars to interview him at the White House following his State of the Union Address. One of those chosen was comedian Glozell Green. What makes this choice especially hilarious is that the White House vetters were apparently unawaware that Glozell performed some dead on mockery of faithful Obama supporters as well as Obama programs in the past.
 

By Ken Shepherd | January 22, 2015 | 6:58 PM EST

When a cable-news host concludes an interview, it's customary to thank his or her guest by saying something along the lines of "I appreciate you being here" or "Thank you for your time." 

But when MSNBC fill-in host Craig Melvin wrapped his January 22 Reid Report interview with Sarah Weddington, the pro-abortion rights counsel for "Jane Roe" in 1973, he not only thanked the former Texas state legislator for his appearing on the program but also added, "I do appreciate you." 

By Curtis Houck | January 22, 2015 | 5:44 PM EST

On Wednesday night, ABC’s World News Tonight and anchor David Muir restarted the media promotion of Chelsea Clinton’s new baby with Bill and Hillary Clinton as grandparents by spending 24 seconds informing viewers of the competition between Bill and Hillary for “who gets to read to Charlotte.”

Muir also took particular interest in how Hillary spends her time with the newest member of the Clinton family, remarking that Hillary has been “trying her hand at lullabies” and then joked that “we want the video of that.”

By Tom Blumer | January 22, 2015 | 5:28 PM EST

Earlier today (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), I posted on the establishment press's apparent determination to punish anyone who dares to mention the existence — in their view, the "myth" — of "no-go zones" in France and other European countries.

The tactic seems to be working. The Washington Post's Erik Wemple, who criticized CNN for allowing guests to use the term and failing to challenge them after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, is now praising the network, particularly Anderson Cooper, for backing away, even though one of those guests was a "former CIA official" who, it would seem, would have been asserting his position about their existence based on job experience and other acquired knowledge. Before the term completely disappears down the memory hole, readers should be reminded that it was being used even before the 2005 riots in Europe.

By Kyle Drennen | January 22, 2015 | 5:23 PM EST

In a nasty screed against American Sniper on Wednesday, Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi claimed the Oscar-nominated film was "almost too dumb to criticize" but proceeded to do so anyway, declaring: "Even by the low low standards of this business, it still manages to sink to a new depth or two."

By Ken Shepherd | January 22, 2015 | 4:10 PM EST

A few weeks ago I relayed blogger William Jacobson's story about how a federal judge was forcing the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., to release its arrest affidavit for former Meet the Press host David Gregory. Well, the MPD finally got around to doing so, and Jacobson has a follow-up blog entry with the aforementioned affidavit. 

By Jeffrey Meyer | January 22, 2015 | 2:35 PM EST

Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, has been reporting from Cuba since Wednesday, covering the first face-to-face meetings between U.S. and Cuban officials in decades, and has used her visit as an opportunity to promote the country of Cuba. On Thursday, Mitchell interviewed former Cuban diplomat Carlos Alzugaray on her daily MSNBC program Andrea Mitchell Reports. The NBC reporter seemed perplexed that her guest would dare compare Cuban President Raul Castro to President Obama because President Obama is a “youthful American president” and Castro is an “elderly Cuban president.”

By Scott Whitlock | January 22, 2015 | 2:20 PM EST

The three major networks have, so far, devoted a staggering 67 minutes and 49 seconds to obsessing over every aspect of whether the New England Patriots cheated in their AFC championship win on Sunday. Yet, only ABC allowed a scant 34 seconds to the Obama administration's release of five terrorists out of Guantanamo Bay and back to areas connected with extremist violence.