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By Ken Shepherd | January 22, 2015 | 6:58 PM EST

When a cable-news host concludes an interview, it's customary to thank his or her guest by saying something along the lines of "I appreciate you being here" or "Thank you for your time." 

But when MSNBC fill-in host Craig Melvin wrapped his January 22 Reid Report interview with Sarah Weddington, the pro-abortion rights counsel for "Jane Roe" in 1973, he not only thanked the former Texas state legislator for his appearing on the program but also added, "I do appreciate you." 

By Curtis Houck | January 22, 2015 | 5:44 PM EST

On Wednesday night, ABC’s World News Tonight and anchor David Muir restarted the media promotion of Chelsea Clinton’s new baby with Bill and Hillary Clinton as grandparents by spending 24 seconds informing viewers of the competition between Bill and Hillary for “who gets to read to Charlotte.”

Muir also took particular interest in how Hillary spends her time with the newest member of the Clinton family, remarking that Hillary has been “trying her hand at lullabies” and then joked that “we want the video of that.”

By Tom Blumer | January 22, 2015 | 5:28 PM EST

Earlier today (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), I posted on the establishment press's apparent determination to punish anyone who dares to mention the existence — in their view, the "myth" — of "no-go zones" in France and other European countries.

The tactic seems to be working. The Washington Post's Erik Wemple, who criticized CNN for allowing guests to use the term and failing to challenge them after the Charlie Hebdo massacre, is now praising the network, particularly Anderson Cooper, for backing away, even though one of those guests was a "former CIA official" who, it would seem, would have been asserting his position about their existence based on job experience and other acquired knowledge. Before the term completely disappears down the memory hole, readers should be reminded that it was being used even before the 2005 riots in Europe.

By Kyle Drennen | January 22, 2015 | 5:23 PM EST

In a nasty screed against American Sniper on Wednesday, Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi claimed the Oscar-nominated film was "almost too dumb to criticize" but proceeded to do so anyway, declaring: "Even by the low low standards of this business, it still manages to sink to a new depth or two."

By Ken Shepherd | January 22, 2015 | 4:10 PM EST

A few weeks ago I relayed blogger William Jacobson's story about how a federal judge was forcing the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., to release its arrest affidavit for former Meet the Press host David Gregory. Well, the MPD finally got around to doing so, and Jacobson has a follow-up blog entry with the aforementioned affidavit. 

By Jeffrey Meyer | January 22, 2015 | 2:35 PM EST

Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, has been reporting from Cuba since Wednesday, covering the first face-to-face meetings between U.S. and Cuban officials in decades, and has used her visit as an opportunity to promote the country of Cuba. On Thursday, Mitchell interviewed former Cuban diplomat Carlos Alzugaray on her daily MSNBC program Andrea Mitchell Reports. The NBC reporter seemed perplexed that her guest would dare compare Cuban President Raul Castro to President Obama because President Obama is a “youthful American president” and Castro is an “elderly Cuban president.”

By Scott Whitlock | January 22, 2015 | 2:20 PM EST

The three major networks have, so far, devoted a staggering 67 minutes and 49 seconds to obsessing over every aspect of whether the New England Patriots cheated in their AFC championship win on Sunday. Yet, only ABC allowed a scant 34 seconds to the Obama administration's release of five terrorists out of Guantanamo Bay and back to areas connected with extremist violence.

By Jack Coleman | January 22, 2015 | 2:00 PM EST

One of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh's most important assets -- a great memory.

While telling his listeners yesterday that he didn't waste time watching the laundry list of alleged accomplishments and proposals that seldom get enacted, aka the State of the Union speech, he did catch an excerpt afterward that conveyed a sense of deja vu.

By Tim Graham | January 22, 2015 | 1:14 PM EST

Like any women’s magazine selling pro-abortion feminism alongside cover girls wearing $1,800 earrings and $675 pumps, the February issue of Elle is bowing deeply to HBO star Lena Dunham as a "full-on cultural icon."

One lowlight came as she discussed pro-life protesters at an Austin, Texas Planned Parenthood center. “I think we’ve all learned it’s hard to change the minds of people who aren’t open and willing to grow and don’t have a certain level of decency.” This, in the same article where they hail her often-naked "rack" as a fifth girl on her show.

By Tom Blumer | January 22, 2015 | 1:03 PM EST

The leftist press's truth squads apparently believe they have successfully intimidated any news organization which henceforth wants to be considered respectable from ever again referring to any Muslim-heavy enclave in Europe as a "no-go zone," regardless of the facts and circumstances.

Snopes.com, the self-appointed, almost invariably left-driven debunker of supposed "urban legends," doesn't reach a specific conclusion, but the title of its post ("Caliph-Ain't") gives away their take. A Google search on "no go zones myth" (not in quotes) returns a slew of entries. Some of them include BusinessWeek, Talking Points Memo, the Atlantic, and MSNBC. The same search at Google News give us an additional self-satisfied item at the New York Times covering plans by Paris's mayor to sue Fox News. Well, before the censors complete their end-zone dance, they need to explain away a few quite inconvenient items. I don't believe they can.

By Kyle Drennen | January 22, 2015 | 12:56 PM EST

Introducing a segment on Thursday's NBC Today about parents saving for college, co-host Matt Lauer and the show's financial editor Jean Chatzky spent a scant twenty-four seconds on President Obama's recently announced proposal to hike taxes on college savings accounts. Lauer noted: "Talk to me a little bit about what President Obama was referring to when he gave the State of the Union address and he talked about proposing changes to 529 accounts."

By Tim Graham | January 22, 2015 | 11:34 AM EST

There wasn’t a lot of fact-checking of Obama’s State of the Union address, but NPR promised they would be eyeing the factual claims. In a ten-minute segment on Wednesday's Morning Edition, they investigated claims they insisted what Obama said was “true,” if a matter of political dispute.

But in "fact-checking" Sen. Joni Ernst's GOP response, NPR's Scott Horsley played a slippery game with the estimates of jobs created by the Keystone pipeline proposal.

By Jeffrey Meyer | January 22, 2015 | 11:23 AM EST

On Thursday, NBC’s Today gave Hillary Clinton some free publicity following a policy speech she gave in Canada on Wednesday. During a news brief in the 7:00 a.m. hour, Natalie Morales gushed how Mrs. Clinton “may try her hand at comedy. During a policy speech in Canada on Wednesday, Clinton described a mock conversation that Vladimir Putin had with himself about becoming Russia’s president again after initially leaving office.” 

 

By Jeffrey Meyer | January 22, 2015 | 10:31 AM EST

Following NBC Nightly News’ infomercial for Cuba on Wednesday night, on Thursday morning, NBC’s Today offered up more of the same as the network eagerly cheered the “historic talks” between the United States and Cuba. In a live report from Havana, Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, boosted the talks and touted how “for these American college students from Brown University, studying in Havana, born after the Cold War, it's a chance to witness history.” 

By Mike Ciandella | January 22, 2015 | 9:19 AM EST

The World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is supposed to be a place where world leaders solve the world’s economic and social problems. But, for the president of one Soros-funded group, it’s also a place to make a sales pitch for her plan to remake the global economy. And the name for that plan is identical to one that Soros pitched back in 2009.

Anne-Marie Slaughter, president of the New America Foundation, told attendees in Davos that the answers for many of the economic questions that the world was facing could be found in Bretton Woods II, an initiative being pushed by her group.