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By NB Staff | October 17, 2014 | 1:52 PM EDT

Katy Conrad is a booker and producer with CBS This Morning, but conservatives quickly made fun of her on Twitter when she mocked Rand Paul's medical opinion, as if he was a doctor. (Oops, he is -- an opthalmologist, to be precise.)

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 17, 2014 | 12:22 PM EDT

Charlie Crist, Republican turned Independent turned Democrat, is challenging Governor Rick Scott (R-FL) in the upcoming November election and on Thursday night he was treated to a softball interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews following the “Fangate” controversy from a recent gubernatorial debate with his Republican opponent. Appearing on Hardball, Matthews obnoxiously called Scott’s actions during the debate “a clown act” before enthusiastically telling his Democratic guest that he’s “got to beat" Rick Scott in November. 

By Jorge Bonilla | October 17, 2014 | 11:47 AM EDT

Univision continues its long, storied history of depicting border-security conservatives in an unfavorable light, regardless of the soundness of their proposals or the reasoning behind them. A most recent example is the coverage by Noticiero Univision of the debate between the candidates for an open congressional seat in Northern Virginia.

By Tim Graham | October 17, 2014 | 11:37 AM EDT

Thursday was the annual "Spirit Day" festivities of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and no one was more cooperative than MSNBC. Gay activist/anchor Thomas Roberts participated in a Twitter chat on Thursday afternoon with GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis (or as he called her, "Madame President SKE.")

In the chat, someone asked about electing candidates to legislate for the gay agenda, which naturally, Roberts tweeted was "Step #1" for "equality and justice" to prevail in Americ

By Mark Finkelstein | October 17, 2014 | 8:18 AM EDT

The last time we looked, Barack Obama was President of the United States, not of some other country.  So if a ban on travel into the United States by people from Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa would help America, isn't it President Obama's obligation to impose it, even if it might hurt those African countries?

On today's Morning Joe, HuffPo's Sam Stein twice acknowledged that the ban might "help America." Yet he argued against the ban on the grounds that it would hurt West Africa and make it harder to track people fleeing those countries. You sensed Sam's heart wasn't entirely in it, and when he finished Joe Scarborough thanked him, saying he was going to hit Stein's weak offering out of the park, as that SF Giants batter did last night in the ninth.

By Clay Waters | October 16, 2014 | 11:37 PM EDT

Two abortion stories in Thursday's New York Times, one on a fight over Texas abortion clinics that could wind up at the Supreme Court, the other a local story about a Planned Parenthood..."health clinic for women" opening in Queens, put on display the paper's broad and deep bias on the topic.

By Curtis Houck | October 16, 2014 | 10:54 PM EDT

CBS and NBC continued on Thursday night to harp on the so-called refusal of Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott to initially debate his opponent, Democrat and former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, on Wednesday because of Crist’s usage of a fan that broke the rules of the debate.

After each of the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) mentioned it on their morning newscasts, the CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News aired new segments and included NBC’s Brian Williams stating that what transpired on Wednesday night “may say more about the broken state of our politics these days than we'd like to admit.”

By Tim Graham | October 16, 2014 | 10:47 PM EDT

Eli Lake at The Daily Beast built on the big New York Times article on the weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq over the last ten years. The headline was "Insiders Blame Rove for Covering Up Iraq’s Real WMD."

Rove mysteriously wanted no waves made over WMDs, even as Democrats surged toward taking back majorities in the 2006 congressional elections.

By Tim Graham | October 16, 2014 | 7:47 PM EDT

Former Newsweek political reporter Howard Fineman – now at The Huffington Post – appeared on Wednesday as he occasionally does on The Tony Kornheiser Show on ESPN 980 Radio in Washington. Kornheiser, a longtime Washington Post sports columnist before becoming an ESPN host, asked about how Ebola and ISIS were playing into the elections.

Fineman decided to unload on former Senator Scott Brown, now running in New Hampshire, as a “test bed of fearmongering among Republican candidates” combining ISIS and Ebola into a “nightmarish ball of fear” to the anti-government crowd in the Granite State.

By Jack Coleman | October 16, 2014 | 7:25 PM EDT

Cable giants Bill O'Reilly and Jon Stewart enjoy squaring off against each other, as they occasionally do when one is a guest on the other's show, and it often makes for great TV.

Last night's slugfest was no disappointment as O'Reilly appeared on "The Daily Show" for the ostensible purpose of discussing his new book, "Killing Patton." Stewart quickly dispatched with that and steered toward a single topic -- white privilege. The conversation soon turned into a heated confrontation.

By Mark Finkelstein | October 16, 2014 | 6:26 PM EDT

Here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area where I live, the Ebola outbreak is very much a local issue. Playing tennis with some buddies this morning, I remarked during a break: "can you imagine what a disaster this Ebola thing must be for Texas Presbyterian?  Who's going to want to go there?  The whole hospital could go out of business!"

Pretty obvious, no?  It would be akin to the financial disaster that would befall a restaurant if someone who dined there died of food poisoning. Well, obvious to you and me, perhaps.  But not to Ed Schultz.  On his MSNBC show this afternoon, Schultz repeatedly blamed the profit motive for the hospital's shortcomings.

By Matthew Balan | October 16, 2014 | 6:14 PM EDT

TVNewser's Chris Ariens spotlighted in a Thursday post how the anchors and crew at CNN's New Day possibly had a little too much fun. Network senior producer John Griffin uploaded a picture of the morning show cast on Twitter sitting at their desk. Two unidentified men in medical scrubs with full face shields stood behind Alisyn Camerota, who is smiling; Chris Cuomo, is who covering his face with both hands; and Michaela Pereira, who appears to be horrified by the suited personnel.

By Ken Shepherd | October 16, 2014 | 5:16 PM EDT

Last Friday, National Public Radio standards editor Mark Memmott handed down an edict all but banning the term "Redskins" from the left-leaning taxpayer-financed network. On Tuesday, NPR's ombudsman gave his hearty approval of the move, waxing about the need for editors and management to not "shirk" their "responsibility" to "[define] morality."

 

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 16, 2014 | 4:01 PM EDT

On Wednesday night, former Washington Post sports reporter Dave McKenna published a scathing hit piece for the sports website Deadspin, an affiliate of the blog Gawker, in which he claimed that Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO) lied about playing high school football. With early voting underway in a race that could determine control of the U.S. Senate, McKenna thought he had an angle aimed at destroying the Republican Congressman’s electoral hopes. Unfortunately for the former Post reporter, within one hour the Deadspin smear campaign began to unravel as the sloppiness of the story quickly emerged. 

By NB Staff | October 16, 2014 | 3:45 PM EDT

"When the government mandates what a pastor can or cannot say, and criminalizes preaching the Bible, we’re no different than Red China. How in the name of God is that not national news?" -- Media Research Center founder and president Brent Bozell