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By Tom Blumer | October 4, 2015 | 11:11 PM EDT

One of the more tiresome criticisms the establishment press still levels at New Media from time to time is that they, unlike those awful bloggers, make sure their facts are right before they go to print or post a story online.

A story published at the New York Times on Wednesday about Donald Trump's wife Melania shows what obvious rubbish that claim often is. The Old Gray Lady had to issue six corrections over two days to (one would hope) finally get it right. One of the errors was so pathetically obvious that it's hard to imagine that Guy Trebay's story was subjected at all to the scrutiny of an editor.

By Dylan Gwinn | October 4, 2015 | 11:05 PM EDT

“Madam Secretary” is sworn in as President by the guy who narrated March of the Penguins, and basically everything else that has ever been narrated over the last 15 years (Morgan Freeman). Except when this swearing in takes place, there’s the notable absence of a certain phrase that has been a staple of the Oath of Office.

By Clay Waters | October 4, 2015 | 9:35 PM EDT

New York Times columnist Frank Bruni quailed in horror at the prospect of concealed firearms being permitted in college classrooms at the University of Texas: "Guns, Campuses and Madness." Bruni, a former White House correspondent for the Times, at least found a novel angle to attack gun rights after the killings on a college campus in Oregon, by bizarrely suggesting conservatives want to infiltrate campuses with gun-toters as a way to (metaphorically?) attack liberal colleges. Bruni goes along with the infantalizing liberal concept of college students as fragile, overgrown children who require coddling from "microaggressions" and frightening thoughts about firearms.

By Tim Graham | October 4, 2015 | 9:34 PM EDT

Movie critics were mostly impressed with the new Matt Damon movie The Martian, but a few critics took the movie’s boosterism of scientific nerdiness to make a point against those alleged science-hating conservatives.

By Jack Coleman | October 4, 2015 | 9:03 PM EDT

Rush Limbaugh has stayed on top of the radio game for decades because his listeners know that tuning in to hear what he has to say, especially in the wake of significant news, is rarely a waste of time.

Limbaugh demonstrated this again on Friday when he excoriated the left's kneejerk response to mass murder at a community college in Oregon with demands for more gun control -- despite the fact the rampage occurred at that epitome of liberal lunacy known as a "gun-free zone."

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 4, 2015 | 1:39 PM EDT

On Sunday’s State of the Union, CNN’s S.E. Cupp blasted the media for distorting Jeb Bush comments after the Oregon shooting in which the Republican presidential candidate argued that “stuff happens. There's always a crisis. And the impulse is always to do something and it's not necessarily the right thing to do.”

By Tom Johnson | October 4, 2015 | 1:18 PM EDT

Liberals and conservatives often differ over the concept of American exceptionalism, either on how to define it or whether there even is such a thing. Washington Monthly blogger Ed Kilgore recognizes a limited version of American exceptionalism, one which pretty much boils down to a mania for guns.

“America is mainly exceptional [italics in original] among advanced democratic nations not in our personal or economic liberty, but in our strange belief that letting everyone stockpile weapons is essential to the preservation of our freedom, and in the consequences of that strange belief,” wrote Kilgore in a Friday post that piggybacked on President Obama’s statement regarding the Oregon community-college shootings.

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 4, 2015 | 1:01 PM EDT

Following the horrific shooting at an Oregon community college last week, during an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday New York Times Magazine writer Mark Leibovich conveniently blamed the NRA for preventing gun control legislation from passing Congress. The liberal journalist complained that the issue of guns is “politicized because the NRA pretty much owns more than half of Congress. That is why this issue is basically immutable. You mentioned the constitution, public opinion. The other piece is the political impossibility...” 

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 4, 2015 | 11:35 AM EDT

On Sunday’s This Week, ABC’s Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos repeatedly hit GOP presidential frontrunner from the left over his tax plan and repeatedly scolded him for wanting to cut government spending. After the ABC host chastised Trump for his tax plan which Stephanopoulos claimed would mainly benefit the rich, he repeatedly demanded the Republican explain why taxes should be cut at all.


By Tom Blumer | October 4, 2015 | 11:11 AM EDT

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro presides over a country which is falling apart thanks to the socialist policies of his government and that of his predecessor Hugo Chavez. The Economist describes the period since Chavez took over in 1998 as that of "authoritarian misrule" characterized by "by shortages of everything from poultry to pharmaceuticals, by inflation approaching 200% and by rampant corruption and crime."

It also cites the country's "dwindling cash reserves." Given the situation, the fact that a U.S.-based PR firm has recently and eagerly taken on the task of trying to make Maduro look good should be seen as appalling. But that hasn't been the case. The apparent silence of some of this PR firm's leftist clients arguably indicates that they tacitly support obvious oppression as long as the one engaging in it is a socialist. What little press coverage there has been of this firm's association with Maduro has been neutral to mildly laudatory.

By Tim Graham | October 4, 2015 | 6:50 AM EDT

Pro-life activists around my home near Manassas, Virginia are celebrating that the town’s abortion clinic, Amethyst Health Center for Women, has closed. I wondered if this news had been located by The Washington Post, with wailing and gnashing of teeth. I hadn’t seen it on my own. A Nexis search confirms there’s been no discovery.

According to local Fox station WTTG, Amethyst is closing because the owner has decided to retire. The 76-year-old widow wanted to remain anonymous but told Fox her reason for shutting down. She said, “When you are in this line of work, you know, I have fought a battle for 27 years. And I did it with love in my heart to help the women. But comes a time in life that you retire.”

By Matt Philbin | October 4, 2015 | 12:34 AM EDT

As we have written here before, there is a gag order on God in the sports media. In the ending of Saturday night's Notre Dame vs. Clemsen game proved this point once again.

By Tom Blumer | October 4, 2015 | 12:13 AM EDT

In their coverage of government and other economic reports, the business press routinely tells readers that the figures they are relaying are "seasonally adjusted." That is, raw results are smoothed out to supposedly "remove normal, recurring variations" in data.

There's one notable exception: The government's monthly employment report.

By Tom Blumer | October 3, 2015 | 10:02 PM EDT

On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the United Nations. As described by George Jahn at the Associated Press, it was "an impassioned speech interspersed with bouts of dramatic silence."

Jahn failed to report the absence of U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power and Secretary of State John Kerry. So did Rick Gladstone and Judi Rudoren at the New York Times. An unbylined Reuters report drily noted that U.S. representation at Netanyahu's speech consisted of "Ambassador Samantha Power's deputy, David Pressman, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro." Breitbart also noted the presence of "Richard Erdman, Alternate Representative to the UN General Assembly." Reuters uniquely explained why Power and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who was in town, did not attend (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Brad Wilmouth | October 3, 2015 | 5:04 PM EDT

In the aftermath of the Umpqua Community College mass shootings in Oregon, CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello on Friday hosted gun control activist Andy Parker, father of murder victim Alison Parker, to bash the National Rifle Association and Republicans for their opposition to more gun laws.

After being asked about an op-ed he published in USA Today in which he suggested that the NRA and Republicans are on the side of "evil," Parker went on in the interview to accuse the NRA of "terrorizing this country." A bit earlier, he also accused Texas GOP Rep. Michael McCaul of having "blood on his hands."