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By Joseph Rossell | October 1, 2014 | 3:36 PM EDT

Oscar-winner Ben Affleck told NBC’s Brian Williams that the city of Detroit would be a more deserving recipient of U.S. foreign aid than the countries currently receiving funds.  Affleck discussed several of his new film roles in an interview broadcast on “Nightly News” Sept. 30, including his leading role in the Batman movie being filmed in Detroit because of its “post-apocalyptic” feel, according to NBC.  

He said of Detroit: “And you know, we get invested in, in nation building elsewhere, and I think sometimes for good or ill, but we have nation building to do at home for sure.”

By Tim Graham | October 1, 2014 | 3:01 PM EDT

Monica Sanchez at our sister site reports that Rear Adm. John Kirby, the press secretary over at the Pentagon, lectured the media on Tuesday that the media elites need to “share a sense of strategic patience” with the military on the anti-ISIS front.

"I'm not criticizing that there is a public discussion," Kirby said. "I'm just simply saying that some of the coverage, I think, has been needlessly shrill and the expectations have been, I think, inappropriately high on what can be accomplished just through military power alone."

By Katie Yoder | October 1, 2014 | 1:56 PM EDT

Christianity isn’t the faith that comes to mind as a “religion by the sword” – that is, unless you’re a Richard Dawkins. 

Outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins, along with Robyn Blumner, the executive director of the Richard Dawkins Foundation, recently penned a piece for TIME entitled, “Atheists Aren’t the Problem, Christian Intolerance Is the Problem.” In response to former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee’s speech at the Values Voter Summit, Dawkins accused some Christian conservatives of “religion by the sword” and deemed the conference attendees a “Jesus-loves-us debauch of Homophobia, Intolerance and Militarism.” 

By Matthew Balan | October 1, 2014 | 1:07 PM EDT

Fans of the zany Tom and Jerry cartoons from the golden age of animation might be in for a shock, as the classic shorts now carry a politically-correct warning on Amazon's streaming video service. On Tuesday, BBC correspondent Sean Coughlan reported that on Amazon Prime, the "Tom and Jerry: The Complete Second Volume is accompanied by the caution: 'Tom and Jerry shorts may depict some ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society. Such depictions were wrong then and are wrong today.'"

By Scott Whitlock | October 1, 2014 | 1:05 PM EDT

From Saturday through Tuesday, the three networks devoted 14 and a half minutes of coverage to hyping Chelsea Clinton's new baby and Hillary's role as grandmother. Yet, ABC, CBS and NBC, over the entire month of September, didn't bother to cover the Benghazi investigation into the 2012 terror attacks. Many of the baby reports framed the story less about a new child and more as a benefit to Hillary Clinton's potential 2016 run for president. 

By Kyle Drennen | October 1, 2014 | 12:53 PM EDT

In a report for Tuesday's CBS Evening News, correspondent John Blackstone touted California passing a law to ban plastic bags from grocery stores as "a victory for those who've declared the single-use plastic bag an environmental enemy." Leading off a similar segment on Wednesday's CBS This Morning, he declared: "You see them everywhere, plastic bags by the road, by the water, in landfills. But now you won't see them at any California grocery stores."

After Blackstone's This Morning report, co-host Norah O'Donnell excitedly endorsed the nanny state government overreach: "You know, in Washington, D.C. they did this several years ago. They didn't ban them outright, but they said if you want a bag, you gotta pay the extra five or ten cents and that money would go to cleaning up the Anacostia River. And it's worked. People use less plastic bags." Fellow co-host Gayle King chimed in: "I think it's a great idea." [Listen to the audio]

By Tom Johnson | October 1, 2014 | 12:32 PM EDT

Charlie Pierce at Esquire complained that Democrats refuse to make the case that the Republican party has thrown its marbles gleefully to the four winds,” which among other things means that “crackpot” Joni Ernst has a good chance to win a Senate seat.

"She shouldn't be allowed into the United States Senate on a tour, let alone as one of its 100 members," he wrote. "This is more than just a message sponsored by the Committee To Not Electing [sic] Morons."

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 1, 2014 | 11:09 AM EDT

Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi has been jailed in a Mexican prison for the past nine months for accidentally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border with several firearms. Since his arrest, the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks have barely covered his story on their morning or evening newscasts despite the numerous efforts by the public to get him freed. On Wednesday, Sergeant Tahmooressi’s mother appeared before a House committee asking Congress to support a resolution calling for her son’s safe return to the United State and unsurprisingly all three network morning newscasts ignored her upcoming testimony on Capitol Hill. 

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 1, 2014 | 10:07 AM EDT

Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.) sat down with Gayle King for an interview that aired on Wednesday’s CBS This Morning and was met with a barrage of questions over his handling of the “Bridgegate” scandal of 2013. While King accused the New Jersey Governor of blaming others for “Bridgegate,” her colleague Steve Kroft lobbed numerous softball at President Obama during their interview on Sunday’s 60 Minutes and even allowed him to blame the intelligence community for his administration failing to deal with the ISIS threat sooner. 

By Katie Yoder | October 1, 2014 | 9:41 AM EDT

The liberal feminist media have a special knack for defining “War on Women:” lack of free tampons,fights for abortion sitcoms and the demolition of Hobby Lobby (aka the “religious civil war” with female “slavery”). Forget the other war out there – the one that does threaten women’s lives. 

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-MN, spoke at Family Research Council’s (FRC) Values Voter Summit on Sept. 26. Following her address, Bachmann discussed the “brutal” treatment of women by the Islamic State in an interview with the Media Research Center. From being equated to “dogs” to having their “genitals mutilated,” “women don’t have a voice under Islamic law,” she stressed. 

By Tim Graham | October 1, 2014 | 9:07 AM EDT

The network news divisions still leap to cover grisly crimes in the heartland. But some crimes are much more interesting than others. Take, for example, the beheading of a woman at a Vaughan Foods factory in Moore, Oklahoma on September 26. All three networks reported the story on Friday night, but surprisingly, they quickly lost interest within 24 hours. They barely noticed Saturday morning.

Newspapers were one-and-done. Saturday’s New York Times printed one story on page A-12, although it included the beheader’s Facebook rants. “The page is filled with criticism of American culture, and dire warnings for those who do not follow that religion.” His most recent post, three days before the murder said “This is the last days.'' In July he wrote (capitals his) ''AMERICA AND ISRAEL ARE WICKED. WAKE UP MUSLIMS!!!''

By Mark Finkelstein | October 1, 2014 | 8:27 AM EDT

Imus would call it a "tension convention." There was palpable friction among members of the Morning Joe team today on the question of whether Secret Service Director Julia Pierson was an affirmative action hire. By the end, the almost unfailingly affable Willie Geist was smirking in frustration at Mika Brzezinski.

When Brzezinski first broached the sensitive-for-liberals subject, she suggested that she was going to go further than her male colleagues dared. But by the time she circled back to the topic, Mika had for some reason lost her nerve. She was suddenly so cautious that Donny Deutsch chided her for raising the issue "softly." Things came to a head when Mika, suddenly trying to sound tough, asked Willie whether it was "illegal" for her to ask why Pierson got her job. Willie, having suggested no such thing, could only smirk and look off camera for support in response to Mika's non sequitur of a question.

By Tim Graham | October 1, 2014 | 7:09 AM EDT

HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher is hopping mad at Clay Aiken for distancing himself from Barack Obama in a New York Times interview (as we reported). Aiken’s opponent, Rep. Renee Ellmers, had been a finalist in Maher’s GOP-bashing “Flip A District” contest.

The Times has an “insider” feature called “Reading the Times With,” and they asked Maher about “what story incited the most fury” in the Sunday edition:

By Curtis Houck | October 1, 2014 | 12:05 AM EDT

On Tuesday night, NBC Nightly News concluded its program by pushing an over four-minute-long fawning segment on Hollywood actor and activist Ben Affleck that included banter between anchor Brian Williams and Affleck on New York and Boston sports teams, gushing over Affleck’s life and “restless mind,” and his disappointment about the United States “nation-building elsewhere” when it should be doing that in places like Detroit.

Williams’s coverage of Affleck came as the show refused to cover the growing protests for greater democratic rule in Hong Kong and any news regarding the midterm elections, which are five weeks away from Tuesday.

By Tom Blumer | September 30, 2014 | 10:44 PM EDT

Bill O'Reilly's opening talking points on his show tonight went after President Obama's claim that the intelligence community underestimated and did not adequately communicate the dangers of ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and Syria with both barrels.

As documented in several NewsBusters posts in the 48-plus hours since Obama's Sunday night "60 Minutes" interview, O'Reilly's no-holds-barred analysis assessment, as seen in the video which follows the jump, is a stark contrast to what has been seen on other broadcast networks: