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By Randy Hall | March 19, 2015 | 7:05 PM EDT

As NewsBusters has often reported, MSNBC's line-up has led the cable news channel to a freefall in the ratings, with Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik blasting the schedule as “unwatchable” and “24 hours a day of mess.”

In an article posted on Thursday, Politico columnist Dylan Byers reported that the channel's daytime year-to-date viewership “is down 21 percent overall and 41 percent in the coveted 25- to 54-year-old demographic.”

By Tom Johnson | March 19, 2015 | 6:10 PM EDT

“The [European] continent is no longer a subject of liberal pining and aspiration,” remarks Benjamin Wallace-Wells. “Europe and Israel have…been examples of alternative ways in which American society might be arranged, if it were less individualistic, more communal. But after the news of the past few weeks, and in many ways the past decade, these dreams for Europe and Israel have rarely looked more like a fantasy than they do now. America and Europe seem to be moving in different directions.”

By NB Staff | March 19, 2015 | 6:04 PM EDT

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell joined the Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto Thursday afternoon during his show Your World to blast the biased media coverage against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “the height of unprofessionalism” and challenged Republican presidential contenders to demand the “end [to] this hostility towards Israel.”

By Kyle Drennen | March 19, 2015 | 5:02 PM EDT

Starting off her interview with newly reelected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, NBC's Andrea Mitchell acknowledged his win – then told him how bad it was: "Prime Minister, congratulations on your victory. But – there's always a but – critics and analysts here and around the world are saying, 'At what cost?' Your hard turn right on the Palestinian issue, what you said about the Arab voters coming out in droves, they say, are costing you, costing you support around the world."

By Katie Yoder | March 19, 2015 | 4:41 PM EDT

Planned Parenthood found Margaret is revered by liberal journalists revered by journalists – but a new NYT blog has taken its praise to a whole new level. 

Roxane Gay, Purdue University professor and Bad Feminist author, wrote a March 18 piece for the New York Times Opinion pages entitled, “Margaret Sanger, a Women’s Fighter.” In it Gay argued that the Planned Parenthood founder should appear on the twenty-dollar bill to “remind us of what she has done for women and our reproductive health” as well as “how the fight for reproductive freedom is an ongoing one.” 

By Matthew Balan | March 19, 2015 | 4:34 PM EDT

On Thursday's CNN Newsroom, Brooke Baldwin actually pointed out that both Democrats and Republicans are "pretty angry" with Senator Dick Durbin for his incendiary "back of the bus" attack on Senate Republicans, after they delayed the confirmation vote of Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch. Republican guest Margaret Hoover attacked Durbin for his "incredibly divisive" remarks, and underlined that "this has absolutely nothing to do with her race."

By Scott Whitlock | March 19, 2015 | 4:09 PM EDT

According to Katie Couric, "plenty of politicians" use private e-mail for work and it's not a big a deal. The veteran journalist interviewed Mitt Romney for Yahoo on Thursday and pressed the 2012 Republican nominee on why Hillary Clinton's secret e-mail system is a source of concern.  

 

By Tim Graham | March 19, 2015 | 3:53 PM EDT

Chuck Todd appeared on a podcast called The Mike O’Meara Show on Tuesday, and made several jaw-dropping claims. When O’Meara asked about charges of liberal bias, and whether he gets blowback about the point of view of Meet the Press, he denied one: “There’s no point of view to Meet the Press.”

Then he added a slam of MSNBC: “I think advocacy journalism, sort of the Fox and what MS[NBC] primetime, those models, that hasn’t been healthy for politics.” (Daytime, where Todd used to have a show, is healthy; but primetime is poisonous.)

By Katie Yoder | March 19, 2015 | 3:30 PM EDT

The Hyde Amendment doesn’t treat abortion as “completely legal,” or so comedian Jon Stewart lamented in a recent show.

During the Daily Show on March 17, host Jon Stewart referenced human trafficking bill S. 178 with Hyde Amendment language. The amendment, he joked, bars federal funding for abortion because “just because the procedure is completely legal, doesn’t mean it has to be treated that way.”

By Julia A. Seymour | March 19, 2015 | 2:30 PM EDT

Although the Associated Press recently claimed the jobs situation in the U.S was looking “robust” and “healthy,” one South Carolina woman called that a “slap in the face.”

The woman, Alice Lang from Spartanburg County, South Carolina, wrote to Forbes contributor John Zogby to share her story. She also condemned the practice of not counting long-term unemployed as unemployed.

By Matthew Balan | March 19, 2015 | 1:07 PM EDT

Thursday's CBS This Morning celebrated the introduction of a transgender character to its network's long-running soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful. Jeff Glor trumpeted the "'bold' move for daytime drama," and hyped how "the fictional plot twist on a CBS soap that is starting a real conversation about tolerance." The morning newscast touted actress Karla Mosley, who plays the character, singing the praises of her Big 3 employer: "It's brave of CBS."

By NB Staff | March 19, 2015 | 1:01 PM EDT

In response to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) decision to implement so-called "net neutrality" and in the wake of the FCC releasing details on the new regulations, the Free Speech Alliance (FSA), a project of the Media Research Center (MRC), announced the formation of the "Free the Internet!" Campaign, which will draw attention to and push back against the egregious assault on free speech by left-wing organizations and the Obama administration.

By Kyle Drennen | March 19, 2015 | 11:45 AM EDT

Thursday's NBC Today seized on President Obama's seeming advocacy for mandatory voting in the United States during a town hall event on Wednesday, with fill-in news anchor Tamron Hall declaring: "The President said the U.S. should be making it easier to vote, not harder. He says if everyone voted, it would completely change the political map."

By Scott Whitlock | March 19, 2015 | 11:31 AM EDT

ABC and CBS on Wednesday night and Thursday morning ignored Democratic Senator Dick Durbin's smear that Republicans are keeping attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch in the "back of the bus." NBC mentioned the liberal politician's attack, but featured no critical analysis or questioning of the remark. 

By Joseph Rossell | March 19, 2015 | 11:20 AM EDT

You get what you pay for. The liberal Soros and Ford foundations spent $196 million advocating for increased Internet regulation. New FCC rules revealed a shocking reliance on liberal activist groups those foundations funded, citing them a total of 206 times.

The 320-page document, released March 12, referenced groups like Common Cause, Free Press and Public Knowledge -- all which received Ford Foundation or Soros money. Public Knowledge was referenced 72 times and Free Press 61 times. Congress began grilling top FCC officials in multiple hearings about the controversial new Internet regulations March 17.