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By Curtis Houck | February 19, 2015 | 3:30 AM EST

While his fellow network news colleagues all but ignored any criticism of President Obama’s speech on Wednesday afternoon and his avoidance of using the term Islamic extremism, NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel ripped the current U.S. strategy for defeating ISIS during NBC Nightly News. “ISIS is spreading like a virus and months of U.S.-led air strikes don't seem to be containing it,” declared Engel at the onset of his report.

By Curtis Houck | February 19, 2015 | 2:42 AM EST

Hours after it was reported by The New York Observer that HBO star Allison Williams would not be addressing the situation surrounding her father and suspended NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams at a Michael Kors event on Wednesday night, Williams reversed course hours later and responded to questions during a Q&A at New York’s 92Y. According to the New York Post, Williams told event moderator and Late Night host Seth Myers that her father is “an honest man, a truthful man,” and “I know you can trust him.”  

By Curtis Houck | February 18, 2015 | 11:22 PM EST

In their Wednesday night coverage of President Obama’s speech on “violent extremism,” CBS and NBC did the best they could to ignore the criticism surrounding the President’s speech in addition to his conscious and repeated inability to refer to the beliefs of terrorist groups such as ISIS and al-Qaeda as Islamic extremism.

By Tim Graham | February 18, 2015 | 10:59 PM EST

Although a Texas judge issuing an injunction against Obama’s “executive action” on illegal immigrants came late Monday, national newspapers all put that ruling on the front page on Wednesday. Some headlines buried the judge. USA Today had “Obama immigration plan blocked.” The Wall Street Journal ran with “Obama Dealt Setback on Immigration.” None of the headlines mentioned “illegal” immigrants.

USA Today’s entire nine-paragraph story avoided the “I-word,” using “undocumented immigrants” four times, and “migrants” once. NPR scrubbed the word "illegal" in favor of "unauthorized" immigrants.

By NB Staff | February 18, 2015 | 10:09 PM EST

Dan Rather is standing up for Brian Williams, which seems like a dubious endorsement.  That’s like Bill Clinton standing up for Bill Cosby! -- NewsBusted's Jodi Miller.

By Tom Johnson | February 18, 2015 | 10:01 PM EST

Esquire’s Pierce writes that the judge who just ruled against President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, as well as many other conservatives on the federal bench, are “moving silently within the judicial underbrush, their camouflage nearly perfect, invisible until the strike and deadly when they do.”

By Curtis Houck | February 18, 2015 | 9:39 PM EST

The “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC each devoted full segments on their Wednesday evening newscasts to a speech given by possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush in Chicago and how the former Florida Governor would be the latest member of the Bush family dynasty to run for president. In focusing on the dynasty angle, however, ABC and NBC failed to even note that Hillary Clinton’s possible Democratic presidential run would make her the second Clinton to occupy the Oval Office.

By Ken Shepherd | February 18, 2015 | 8:21 PM EST

Railing against Speaker Boehner's decision to invite Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on his concerns about Iran, Hardball host Chris Matthews sneered that the Ohio Republican essentially attempted to "sneak" the Israeli Prime Minister into the country with the president completely unawares, and that all to curry favor with "crazy right-wing" evangelical Christians.

But of course the facts conflict with Matthews's simplistic narrative.

By Matthew Balan | February 18, 2015 | 5:43 PM EST

For the second time in just over a week, CNN aired a misleading on-screen graphic. On Wednesday's The Lead With Jake Tapper, during live coverage of President Obama's speech to a White House summit on "countering violent extremism," a lower third chyron stated, "Obama: Must 'Stigmatize' Muslim Community."

By P.J. Gladnick | February 18, 2015 | 5:21 PM EST

So what could be creepier than inappropriately placing your hands on the wife of a new cabinet official? How about inappropriately placing your hand on the leg of a gruff police chief during a solemn ceremony. Joe Biden did both but the first act is all over the news and the classic photo of the latter was buried by the mainstream media. Why? The reason seems to be timing. It is okay now to have a laugh at the expense of Biden since his days in office are numbered and few, perhaps not even Biden himself, believe he has any chance of being nominated for president in 2016.

However, the incredible photo of Biden with his hand on the leg of W.C. Fields lookalike, New Castle Police Chief Kevin McDerby at the Delaware Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony in Dover was taken taken on May 3, 2010. That date gives us a clue as to why the incredible photo went down the memory hole.

By Kyle Drennen | February 18, 2015 | 5:14 PM EST

Introducing a segment on Wednesday's NBC Today that portrayed Iranian citizens studying at a U.S. college as victims of prejudice, co-host Savannah Guthrie proclaimed: "And now we move to the growing backlash over a new policy at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Iranian nationals are being banned from studying certain science and engineering courses there."

By Tom Blumer | February 18, 2015 | 3:36 PM EST

Several outlets have looked over the Facebook posts of Craig Hicks, who was indicted Monday for the February 10 murders of three Muslims in North Carolina.

Hicks's alleged murderous motivation appears to have had nothing directly to do with religion, but instead is said to have involved "a dispute over parking spaces at the condo community where Hicks and two of the victims lived." Whether we need to know anything else about the guy is an open question, but since it was inevitable that people would go there, it's worth noting that most outlets (examples here, here, and here) have focused on Hicks's Facebook-expressed atheism and an accompanying hostility towards all forms of religion. As will be seen, that take wasn't satisfactory to Associated Press reporters Allen G. Breed and Michael Biesecker.

By Jeffrey Meyer | February 18, 2015 | 3:16 PM EST

HBO’s Allison Williams, who recently engaged in a sexually provocative scene on the show Girls, seems to be too embarrassed to talk about her father Brian Williams’ repeated lies surrounding his reporting in Iraq. According to the New York Observer, Williams was scheduled to attend an event in New York celebrating the launch of an eyewear line but a publicist for the event told the press that they “request no questions about her personal life be asked.” 

By Jeffrey Meyer | February 18, 2015 | 2:40 PM EST

On February 5, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told nearly 400 people at an event in Aspen, Colorado that in order to save lives, police should actively take guns away from all male minorities between the ages of 15 and 25. The full audio was released on February 17, but the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks, who repeatedly promote Bloomberg’s anti-gun activism, have yet to report on his controversial anti-gun comments.

By Kristine Marsh | February 18, 2015 | 2:39 PM EST

Didn’t you know? Hashtags and publicity stunts are “changing the world” for the better? Thank God the Huffington Post is here to remind liberals of all the good they do – or would do, if empty gestures and moral preening actually accomplished something. Hash tags, silly street theater, bumper-sticker profundity, spewing cooked statistics and hypersensitivity to “micro-aggressions" – they’re all in the modern liberal toolbox. And now, HuffPo writer Nina Bahadur wants to add cartoons to that mix in her piece, “How Women are Changing the World, Shown in Gorgeous Illustrations.” Cartoonish pictures about cartoonish gestures. How post-modern.