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By Ken Shepherd | September 29, 2014 | 4:35 PM EDT

"Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bulls***ting."

That's what a "former senior Pentagon official who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq" told Eli Lake of the Daily Beast subsequent to his watching President Obama's September 28 60 Minutes interview with Steve Kroft.

By Jack Coleman | September 29, 2014 | 4:13 PM EDT

How sad it's not when a dubious meme is rendered threadbare from overuse.

Liberals are desperately hoping that their deceitful "war on women" defamation of conservatives will help them shift momentum away from Republicans as the midterms approach. And if this requires that left wingers render themselves more laughable than usual, so be it. It's a sacrifice they're willing to make.

By Clay Waters | September 29, 2014 | 3:55 PM EDT

The reporter who broke the Rotherham sex abuse scandal, Andrew Norfolk of the Times (UK), first had to get over his misgivings that the awful facts would "be a dream story for the far right" in England.

By Katie Yoder | September 29, 2014 | 3:53 PM EDT

History is written by the victors – and, it would seem, the media.

CBS’ “Madam Secretary” outdid itself burnishing the fictional Hillary Clinton reputation with its second episode entitled, “Another Benghazi.” The Sept. 28 episode included everything from the Faux Hillary answering a 3 a.m. call (1:06 a.m. actually) to using extra State Department resources to ensure the safety of our ambassador – this time in Yemen. 

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 29, 2014 | 3:48 PM EDT

Last week, an Oklahoma man beheaded a former coworker after losing his job, but NBC, and its sister channel MSNBC, have ignored the role that his conversion to Islam may have played in the brutal murder. After NBC failed to acknowledge Alton Nolen’s Muslim faith during its sole report on Friday night, a Monday morning news brief on the murder by MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart also ignored the murderer’s recent conversion to Islam.  

By Tim Graham | September 29, 2014 | 3:27 PM EDT

The people at PolitiFact clearly don't like being used in Republican ads. PolitiFact Virginia has designated a new Republican ad against Sen. Mark Warner as "False" for underlining he promised he wasn't voting for any bill that would eliminate your health care plan....and then he voted for Obamacare.

Somehow, GOP challenger Ed Gillespie is judged as wrong to suggest Politifact called this the "Lie of the Year," or suggesting it applies to every Democrat pushing Obamacare, not just Obama.
 

By Tom Blumer | September 29, 2014 | 3:07 PM EDT

Democratic State Representative Christina Ayala has been arrested and charged with 19 felony charges of voter fraud. Eight of the counts are for fraudulent voting. Other Ayala family members are under investigation, and criminal charges have been recommended but not made against one of them.

The press is letting Connecticut's Secretary of State claim that the Ayala prosecution proves that the Nutmeg State's elections system works, even though the charges go back to elections held as far back as five years. Why are we supposed to be impressed?

By Tom Blumer | September 29, 2014 | 1:45 PM EDT

According to a poll which is described as the state's "gold standard," Republican U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst now leads Bruce Braley, her Democratic Party opponent, in the Iowa U.S. Senate race for the seat being vacated by Democrat Tom Harkin.

The Des Moines Register's "Iowa poll" has Ernst up by a six-point margin, 44% - 38%. That Ernst's lead isn't larger is apparently attributable to a statement she made to the Register's editorial board which has been treated as a misstep, but really wasn't. The truth is that the statement Ernst made — that she had "reason to believe there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq" — really wasn't strong enough.

By Matthew Philbin | September 29, 2014 | 1:35 PM EDT

In the Middle East, beheading is pretty much de rigueur, a favorite home video subject and a hallmark of the Islamic State. Thankfully in America, beheadings are rare – the horrifying work of serial killers or Mexican drug lords. 

So when a beheading occurred Thursday at a food plant in Moore, Oklahoma, reasonable people wondered if there was a connection to Islam. There was. 

By Scott Whitlock | September 29, 2014 | 12:27 PM EDT

The viewers of ABC News might not know it, but one of the network's senior reporters, Jon Karl, grilled White House press secretary Josh Earnest on Friday about claims that al Qaeda had been "decimated." From Friday to Monday, ABC ignored the contentious exchange and Earnest's doubling down. Yet, over that same period, the network's news programs devoted over 20 minutes to the deeply superficial topic of George Clooney's wedding in Venice. 

By Kyle Drennen | September 29, 2014 | 12:23 PM EDT

Even as President Obama clearly attempted during a Sunday 60 Minutes interview to blame others for his failure to recognize ISIS as a growing threat in the Middle East, Monday's NBC Today spun the buck-passing as a "very candid" admission by the commander-in-chief.

Co-host Matt Lauer opened the morning show by proclaiming: "Underestimated. The President admits his administration and U.S. intelligence officials misjudged the threat of ISIS." While that headline suggested to viewers that Obama was taking responsibility for the failure, a soundbite ran of the President distancing himself from blame: "I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria."

By P.J. Gladnick | September 29, 2014 | 12:02 PM EDT

Politico has noticed a lack of women in statewide office in Iowa for over 20 years. So who is promoted as the possible savior of this situation?  Not the obvious choice. Instead it is promoting Hillary Clinton who is might be running to win the Iowa primary for presidential nomination, not statewide office.

By Seton Motley | September 29, 2014 | 11:02 AM EDT

Jeff Bezos is a transcendent Internet entrepreneur.  He understands the way the Web works in a  way few others do.  He sees around the curve of the Earth just a little further than do most of us.

To wit: Bezos started in 1994 Amazon.com.

By Tom Blumer | September 29, 2014 | 10:16 AM EDT

As I noted Sunday evening, Fox News's Megyn Kelly, on her Friday show, characterized the beheading of Colleen Hufford at the hands of Alton Nolen, if true, as "the first American beheading on American soil reportedly in the name of jihad."

It turns out that someone allegedly tried to beat Nolen out for that distinction, and failed. Take a look at what the Oklahoman's Nolan Clay described as a "bizarre coincidence" in a Friday report (HT Ed Driscoll; excerpted nearly in full because of the story's importance and the paper's subscription wall; bolds and numbered tags are mine):

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 29, 2014 | 10:05 AM EDT

While ABC and NBC have moved on from their over-the-top gushing over Chelsea Clinton’s baby, CBS felt the need to continue to obsess over the announcement on Monday’s CBS This Morning. Reporter Bill Plante offered up a healthy dose of Clinton cheerleading when he proclaimed the baby to be the “newest member of a family of political royalty.”