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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

By Rich Noyes | October 16, 2014 | 3:45 PM EDT

Radio talk show host Dennis Miller had a few choice zingers for NBC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman after Snyderman was caught breaking a voluntary 21-day quarantine after a member of her crew in Liberia contracted Ebola.

By Matthew Balan | October 16, 2014 | 3:45 PM EDT

As of Thursday morning, NBC's morning and evening newscasts have yet to cover the New York Times's front-page article on Wednesday about Saddam Hussein's chemical weapons stockpiles in Iraq, which were discovered by U.S. forces after the Iraq War. NBC was quick to cast doubt on the existence of these WMD's during the immediate aftermath of the U.S.-led invasion.

By Dan Gainor | October 16, 2014 | 1:22 PM EDT

Houston’s attack on the religious liberty of five pastors created a nationwide uproar among conservatives. And not one second of attention from the broadcast news outlets.

Fox News broke the story on Tuesday about Houston’s extreme reaction to opponents of a new “nondiscrimination law.” “The law, among other things, would allow men to use the ladies room and vice versa,” according to The Christian Post. Many Christians have opposed it and had collected an estimated 50,000 signatures to bring it to a vote.

By Ken Shepherd | October 16, 2014 | 1:12 PM EDT

On Monday the Bechtel Corporation announced it was pulling up stakes from Frederick, Md., and moving a "substantial" portion of its Maryland-based jobs across the Potomac to Reston, Virginia. Of course the Washington Post, which on Monday endorsed Maryland Democratic gubernatorial nominee Anthony Brown, refused to carry the story in its print pages. High taxes and a sluggish economy that is failing to compete with neighboring states are among the top issues in the campaign.