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By Tom Blumer | | September 23, 2016 | 11:37 PM EDT

The absurd headline at a September 20 story at the New York Times is a sight to behold: "How Bad Off Is Oil-Rich Venezuela? It’s Buying U.S. Oil."

As formulated, the headline is clearly meant to communicate something that is supposedly a surprising new development in that country, which, thanks to 17 years of Bolivarian socialist rule, has turned into a financially destitute humanitarian disaster area. But then, deep into the story, readers finally learn that "Early this year, the United States began shipping more than 50,000 barrels a day of the light crude that Venezuela needs to prepare its own oil for export, joining a handful of suppliers that have become vital to keeping the country’s oil industry afloat." In other words, this is only big news to Times readers because the Old Gray Lady didn't think it was worth reporting when it began happening.

By Karen Townsend | | September 23, 2016 | 9:41 PM EDT

In ABC’s season opener of  Last Man Standing, “Papa Bear,” spotlights the tendency of parents to worry about their children, whether the children are grown adults or not. In this case, it is Mike Baxter’s (Tim Allen) daughter Kristin (Amanda Fuller) preparing for the first brunch at the Outdoor Man Grill, her first project without supervision. He frets and keeps long hours as the preparation is underway for days, just in case he is needed.

By Clay Waters | | September 23, 2016 | 8:11 PM EDT

As the country heads into an election where control of both Congress and the White House hangs in the balance, reporter Emmarie Huetteman wrote a “three act” comedy in loosey-goosey style mocking conservatives, for Friday’s New York Times: “What the House Spends Time On, Before Its Recess.” Paul Ryan can't find his agenda, "Democrats are thrilled" at the prospect of being penalized for June's sit-in, and a defeated conservative representative is compared to a "recalcitrant student trashing the principal’s office after he learns he’s been expelled."

By P.J. Gladnick | | September 23, 2016 | 8:07 PM EDT

Hillary Clinton does not lie! Got that? She does not lie! Okay, right now your reaction is about the same as the audience that heard Charlie Crist claiming the other day in Florida that Hillary is honest. That means you are probably already laughing. Unfortunately for Donny Deutsch on With All Due Respect today, he made the same claim about Hillary today. No sooner were the words out of his mouth than you could tell that Deutsch realized that he would be mocked for that claim so he quickly qualified it but, of course, it was too late. Sorry, Donny, but you should expect at least a full weekend of well-deserved mocking. 

By Erik Soderstrom | | September 23, 2016 | 7:26 PM EDT

In its season two opener, NBC’s big box store comedy, Superstore, continued its sharp left turn left. At the end of the show’s first season, a majority of Cloud 9’s employees went on strike after the store manager was fired for “suspending” an employee, with pay, who had just given birth in the store because the corporate office had refused to offer maternity leave to its associates.

By Jorge Bonilla | | September 23, 2016 | 4:41 PM EDT

In what is clear reversion to form, Univision has chosen to air one-sided coverage that could best be described as Islamist apologia. The most recent instance comes in the wake of the terrorist attack at a shopping center in St. Cloud, Minnesota.

By Kyle Drennen | | September 23, 2016 | 3:49 PM EDT

On Friday’s NBC Today, the hosts of the 9 a.m. ET hour ran to the defense of NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt in the wake of Donald Trump questioning the political views of the presidential debate moderator. Weatherman Al Roker proclaimed: “Lester Holt is moderating it, and if there's anybody who can withstand the pressure and be down the middle and cool and calm and take this thing on, it is Lester Holt.”

By Callista Ring | | September 23, 2016 | 3:36 PM EDT

With the media and Hollywood constantly bashing Christians, it’s refreshing to see a celebrity speak out about his faith – even if it’s young pop star turned bad boy turned devout Christian Justin Bieber. Religion News Service reported that on September 20, Bieber sang the Christian worship song “I Could Sing of Your Love Forever” to tens of thousands of fans on his Purpose Tour in Paris. 

By Tim Graham | | September 23, 2016 | 2:53 PM EDT

Deep in the A-section of Thursday's USA Today was this surprising headline: "Obama's half-brother supports Donald Trump." None of the networks (and none of the other elite liberal newspapers) seemed to find this tidbit interesting. Obama used his half-siblings in Kenya for dramatic effect in his memoir Dreams from My Father, but as president, the media have been very quiet about their activities or opinions.

By Tom Johnson | | September 23, 2016 | 2:46 PM EDT

A current hot topic in campaign coverage is Hillary Clinton’s underperformance among millennials, an unusually large number of whom favor the second-tier candidates, Gary Johnson and Jill Stein. Brian Beutler thinks those 18-to-29-year-olds who aren’t #WithHer don’t grasp what happened the last time a significant portion of the left was lukewarm about the Democratic nominee: 2000, when lefty votes for Ralph Nader cost Al Gore the White House. Should some millennials’ non-support of Clinton lead to a Donald Trump presidency, argued Beutler, “it will be the consequence of a liberal failure to build an oral tradition around the Bush administration…[the] plutocratic fiscal policy; the 9/11 intelligence failure; the war of choice in Iraq sold with false intelligence and launched without an occupation plan; the malpractice that killed hundreds in New Orleans; the scandalousness that makes the fainting couch routine over Clinton’s emails seem Oscar-worthy; and finally to the laissez-faire regulatory regime and ensuing financial crisis that continues to shape the economic lives of young voters to this day.”

By NB Staff | | September 23, 2016 | 1:45 PM EDT

A day after the Media Research Center’s 2016 Gala, MRC president Brent Bozell dropped by Fox Business Network’s Cavuto: Coast to Coast to provide his predictions of the first presidential debate as well as slam the left for already “working the refs” using a page from “the Clinton playbook” dating back to the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky scandals.

By Brad Wilmouth | | September 23, 2016 | 12:57 PM EDT

Appearing as a guest on Thursday's Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN for a discussion of recent high-profile police shootings in which the suspect killed was black, Georgetown University Professor and former MSNBC political analyst MIchael Eric Dyson at one point asserted that "the police are the manifestation of terror against black life" which he claimed "has been rendered vulnerable and disposable in America."

By NB Staff | | September 23, 2016 | 12:40 PM EDT

In a year marked by many profoundly stupid comments by liberal celebrities, HBO’s Bill Maher emerged as the winner of the “Celebrity Dumbass Award” for the Media Research Center’s 2016 DisHonors Awards, Thursday night. Most definitely earning the award’s title, the Real Time host sneered that the Constitution “sucks” and that it “needs a page one re-write.” 

By Kristine Marsh | | September 23, 2016 | 11:38 AM EDT

On Friday’s Good Morning America, anchor Robin Roberts interviewed President Obama and the First Lady from the new addition to the Smithsonian, the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Roberts used the museum’s theme as a starting point to ask the president what the thought about the rioters, looters and protesters in Charlotte, North Carolina. Except Roberts didn’t set it up like that. Instead, she compared the rioters to the Civil Rights Movement, and called them “Young people rising up and showing their frustration."

By Clay Waters | | September 23, 2016 | 11:30 AM EDT

On Thursday's Morning Edition, National Public Radio host Steve Inskeep interviewed New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet regarding the paper’s provocative decision to overturn journalistic convention in the wake of Donald Trump’s success and to start reporting his alleged misstatements as “lies.” But when asked about HIllary, Baquet apparently forgot Clinton's 25 years of public prevarication: “I think all politicians obfuscate, exaggerate, etc. I think that that's what I would say about Hillary Clinton and most other politicians....I don't think Hillary Clinton, to be honest, has crossed the line the way Donald Trump did with the birther issue.”