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By P.J. Gladnick | March 22, 2015 | 1:11 PM EDT

A federal judge angrily blasted the Department of Justice in court for deception on Thursday. In contrast to normal federal court proceedings it was quite emotional and included a rather sheepish response from the Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney General. Great fireworks but guess what? It was only barely touched in the MSM. No coverage on this from the alphabet networks and most of the major newspapers.

By Tom Blumer | March 22, 2015 | 10:37 AM EDT

From all appearances, only Fox News, CNS News, and a few Israel-based outlets and U.S.-based center-right blogs care about the fact, acknowledged by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, that Iran and Hezbollah, in the words of Fox's Greta Van Susteren, "are suddenly MIA from the U.S. terror threat list."

DNI apparently has no plans to change its report, having told CNS News that “This year’s Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. intelligence community report was simply a format change,” while contending that "There is no ‘softening’ of our position." DNI's excuse-making tacitly acknowledges the absence of Iran and Hezbollah from this year's terror threat list.

By Matthew Philbin | March 22, 2015 | 9:42 AM EDT

Should we be shocked that according to reviews Sean Penn’s new movie, The Gunman, is turning out to be the Venezuelan economy of action thrillers? Not at all. After all, Penn, the Hugo Chavez fan boy, co-wrote the screenplay.

And just as Chavez/Madurro socialist tropes inevitably led to a workers’ paradise chronically short of toilet paper, Sean Penn’s anti-corporate instincts led to a thriller chronically short of thrills.

By Tim Graham | March 22, 2015 | 8:42 AM EDT

This local story is only interesting in a national-media way when you recall how our national media are hypersensitive to art that Muslims find offensive. We know from experience that the liberal media generally supports art that offends Catholics and other Christians as a giddy exercise of the First Amendment.

In Trumbull, Connecticut, they’re showing a painting at the public library, reports the National Catholic Register: “Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta stands prominently in the first row of women in a painting called Women of Purpose. She holds one end of a banner that proclaims, ‘Onward We March.’ The other end is held by Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood.”

By Tom Blumer | March 21, 2015 | 11:49 PM EDT

The Associated Press's most recent story on the controversial Starbucks USA Today "Race Together" campaign came out Wednesday evening.

In that story, AP Food Industry Writer Candice Choi quoted Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz at his company's annual shareholders' meeting predicting that "Some in the media will criticize Starbucks for having a political agenda," but that "Our intentions are pure." Perhaps they are, but I suspect that certain materials company and USA Today have produced in connection with the campaign won't pass any readers' "pure intentions" test. Take USA Today's "How Much of What You Know About Race Is True?" test. Full contents follow the jump.

By Christian Toto | March 21, 2015 | 10:41 PM EDT

Many Hollywood stars protested Michael Brown’s death after an altercation with police officer Darren Wilson by striking the now famous “hands up” pose. Brown allegedly had his hands up when Wilson fatally shot him, or so the media repeatedly told viewers based on unconfirmed accounts. News anchors and star athletes also played upon the meme.

They all were dragged into a lie, or as The Washington Post describes it, a “four Pinocchios” level lie. Do these celebrities owe us an apology? An explanation at the very least?

By Melissa Mullins | March 21, 2015 | 4:44 PM EDT

On Monday, The New York Times ran an online story about Jeffrey Williams, the 20 year old Ferguson resident suspected of shooting two Ferguson officers, in which they first reported that Williams was in fact protesting during the night of the shooting incident.  Tuesday morning, the same URL that the online story appeared no longer had that little (but very crucial) piece of information that confirmed Williams was one of the Ferguson protestors.  (This important detail has since been returned.)

By Randy Hall | March 21, 2015 | 2:21 PM EDT

During one of his rare television appearances since stepping down as host of NBC's Tonight Show on February 6, 2014, Jay Leno discussed a wide variety of topics with the host of Late Night With Seth Meyers, including the dramatic rise of political correctness on college campuses.

The topic came up when Meyers congratulated Leno for winning the Mark Twain Award for Humor -- a bronze bust of the 19th-Century novelist, essayist and humorist -- which is presented annually by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing arts “to an individual who has made a significant contribution to American humor.”

By Jeffrey Lord | March 21, 2015 | 2:01 PM EDT

Mark Levin was plain. And the question is now on the table for discussion.

Both on his own eponymous radio show and in an appearance on Sean Hannity’s TV show, in discussing President Obama’s treatment of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Mark specifically and in detail accused the Obama administration of anti-Semitism and liberals in general of flat-out racism, all of this protected by what he called the “Praetorian guard media.”

By Mark Finkelstein | March 21, 2015 | 11:54 AM EDT

Bracket busted? How about a nice Marxist critique of the NCAA tournament? Call it the theory of surplus value in high-tops . . . 

On Melissa Harris-Perry's MSNBC show today, David Zirin, sports guy at the far-left Nation mag, called the NCAA tournament nothing less than "the organized theft of black wealth."

By Jack Coleman | March 21, 2015 | 11:16 AM EDT

Two victories this week for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, one seismic, the other minor though not insignificant. First, he won a solid re-election victory that affirmed his dire warning of the peril from a nuclear-armed Iran. Secondly, he persuaded an influential American liberal that his campaign warning that Israel's Arab citizens might swing the election against him was not a despicable, race-baiting tactic as alleged by other liberals.

Netanyahu may never learn of this second vote of approval from liberal comedian Bill Maher, but it remains worth savoring for conservatives here in the U.S.

By Tom Johnson | March 21, 2015 | 11:01 AM EDT

Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig claims that the use of “taxpayers” (rather than "people") in discussions of fiscal and economic issues benefits conservatives for reasons including that it “seems to subtly promote the idea that a person’s share in our democratic governance should depend upon their contribution in taxes” and bolsters the makers-vs.-takers argument that became associated with Republicans during the 2012 campaign, so "we should eliminate it from political rhetoric and punditry."

 

By P.J. Gladnick | March 21, 2015 | 10:50 AM EDT

Mike Elk of Politico has written a grand total of five stories in five months. The extreme lethargy of the "labor" reporter has become notorious as exemplified by his quote for the ages when the 28 year old Elk complained that “I can’t work the kind of hours I did when I was 24.” And now we have Elk claiming that those who died at Haymarket sacrificed themselves for his right to goof off.

By Tom Blumer | March 21, 2015 | 10:28 AM EDT

Coffee retailing giant Starbucks is getting an earful of outrage and ridicule over its "Race Together" campaign. Its intent, according to chain CEO Howard Schultz, in a joint interview with USA Today's Larry Kramer, is to do something about what he claims is "the divisive role unconscious bias plays in our society and the role empathy can play to bridge those divides."

USAT's Kramer claims that its interest arose because, "while covering those dramatic news stories in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City, among others, we committed to telling the story of the changing face of America."

By Tim Graham | March 21, 2015 | 10:14 AM EDT

Carl Koslowski at Hollywood In Toto reports leftist actor Ed Asner recently took an hour from his busy schedule to discuss both his career and political involvements with The Campaign with Ernie Powell on the Radio Titans podcast network.

Asner played  journalist Lou Grant, but he bizarrely thinks the media are not liberal at all. There’s only right-wing newspapers and “at best centrist TV networks.”