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By Scott Whitlock | | July 26, 2016 | 12:37 AM EDT

Chris Matthews on Monday could barely restrain his excitement at the Democratic National Convention, declaring it a “sluggers row of wonderful sentiment.” Who did the MSNBC host love more? He could barely decide. Matthews cheered, “I think the Democrats's first night may turn out to be more successful than the Republicans's last night. I thought it had a lot of charm and happiness.” 

By Bruce Bookter | | July 25, 2016 | 11:46 PM EDT

Leave it to the leftists at ESPN to take a perfectly benign, meaningful, and constructive statement and deride it for not being radical enough. Well, leave it to one leftist. ESPN analyst Kevin Blackistone.

By Tom Johnson | | July 25, 2016 | 11:40 PM EDT

One of NewsBusters’ most prominent readers, Rush Limbaugh, gave us a shout-out Monday during his radio program as he reflected on his success and longevity (next Monday, The Rush Limbaugh Show marks its 28th anniversary in national syndication). Limbaugh discussed a Sunday NB post which centered on a Washington Monthly blogger’s allegations that he has left a “sick stain” and a “loathsome legacy,” and that he has “removed all traces of logic, reason, decency, civility and compassion from the party of Abraham Lincoln.” In citing our post, Rush called NewsBusters “one of our favorite websites…part of the show prep” before commenting on the origins of his show as well as on blogger D. R. Tucker’s invective.

By Tom Blumer | | July 25, 2016 | 11:38 PM EDT

Though they haven't yet completed covering things up, Hillary Clinton's journalistic defense team at the Associated Press has swung into gear at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

The headline at the wire service's 10:00 p.m. Monday evening story by reporters Julie Pace and Ken Thomas — "AFTER DISPUTES, DEM STARS TURN THEIR CONVENTION POSITIVE" — falsely told readers that the contentiousness was over. Far from it. The pair's cleanup isn't complete yet (I expect we'll see that by early Tuesday morning), because their early paragraphs still betray the widely-reported disarray which occurred throughout the day. Pace and Thomas also need to work on their hearing, because they're claiming that a chant which became popular at the Republican convention last week relating to Hillary Clinton — "Lock her up!" — hasn't been heard in Philadelphia. They're wrong.

By Scott Whitlock | | July 25, 2016 | 11:08 PM EDT

Sarah Silverman may be a comic known for using the words “fag,” “retarded” and calling Jesus fictional, but the journalists at MSNBC were absolutely entranced over her speech on Monday to the Democratic Convention. At one point, Silverman admonished the Bernie Sanders crowd for being reluctant to support Hillary Clinton: “Can I just say to the Bernie or bust people, you're being ridiculous.” 

By Curtis Houck | | July 25, 2016 | 10:49 PM EDT

In the short time between speeches during Monday’s primetime schedule of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), CNN and MSNBC went out of their way to absolutely swoon over Senator Cory Booker’s speech that they deemed “brilliant,” “a home run,” and “powerful” that the assembled pundits claim they hadn’t seen since then-Illinois State Senator Barack Obama at the 2004 DNC. 

By Nicholas Fondacaro | | July 25, 2016 | 10:24 PM EDT

CNN Political Commentator Van Jones, who on the first day of Republican convention decried it as a “hate-fest,” praised the Democratic convention’s tone on illegal immigration on Monday. “What I saw last week, whenever you talked about immigration, it was almost a criminalization of that whole community,” Jones stated, “Tonight you're seeing a humanization of that community.” Most of the Anderson Cooper 360 panel agreed with Jones and paid little mind to the humanization of the victims of illegal immigrants. 

By Matthew Balan | | July 25, 2016 | 9:36 PM EDT

Michelle Miller gushed over Michelle Obama and her seven and a half years as first lady on Monday's CBS Evening News. Miller trumpeted Mrs. Obama as "her husband's biggest advocate; a mother fiercely protective of her daughter's privacy; champion for healthy eating and staying fit — using her bare arms to redefine fashion; and her voice to comfort the country." Miler later spotlighted how the first lady's "climb has not always been up a crystal stair," but also played up how "now, with an approval rating of 68 percent...you'll see more of her personality."

By Tom Blumer | | July 25, 2016 | 9:22 PM EDT

Throwing Debbie Wasserman Schultz under the bus apparently wasn't enough to calm the atmosphere at the opening of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Today, it became clear that like many others, Bernie's fans are not persuaded by the establishment press's predictable pro-Hillary posturing about how the convention will be "magic," with "perfect chemistry" between Hillary Clinton and her VP pick Tim Kaine, the "most qualfied ticket in history."

By Scott Whitlock | | July 25, 2016 | 9:13 PM EDT

Despite the resignation of DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, as well as a cascade of booing, MSNBC journalists touted the Democratic convention as “fun” and “exciting.” Host Rachel Maddow basically told Sanders supporters to stop whining. But first, Brian Williams insisted, “This won't be [like the Republican convention in] Cleveland, but it won't be boring.”

By Curtis Houck | | July 25, 2016 | 8:53 PM EDT

Closing out Monday’s NBC Nightly News at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), national correspondent Peter Alexander found it pertinent to heap effusive praise on far-left activist and illegal immigrant Astrid Silva being able to address the DNC as someone “living the American Dream” but “all you’re missing is being an American” because she came across the U.S. border illegally. 

By Scott Whitlock | | July 25, 2016 | 7:56 PM EDT

Don’t let the booing, the resignation of the Democratic National Committee Chairwoman and the general chaos at Hillary Clinton’s convention fool you. No matter what happens, it will be magic. That’s according to Chris Matthews. The liberals MSNBC host on Monday dismissed the leaked e-mails showing that Hillary Clinton sabotaged Bernie Sanders and gushed, “I think Thursday night's going to be magic, no matter what happens tonight or tomorrow night.” 

By Curtis Houck | | July 25, 2016 | 6:51 PM EDT

Meet the Press moderator and MSNBC’s MTP Daily host Chuck Todd offered some intriguing thoughts early Monday evening on the Democratic National Convention (DNC) thus far that ranged from admitting that the first day of the DNC is both “messier” and “worse” than the start of the Republican National Convention (RNC) but later wondered if Hillary Clinton is held to a different standard when it comes to big speeches then men. 

By Brad Wilmouth | | July 25, 2016 | 5:54 PM EDT

Appearing as a panel member on Monday's New Day on CNN, during a discussion of the possibility that GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's proposed immigration restrictions to prevent Muslim terrorists from entering the country could effect immigration from European countries, CNN political analyst David Gregory tried to undermine the idea by bringing up anti-Semitic State Department officials from the 1940s who lobbied against allowing German Jews to immigrate into the U.S., resulting in more Holocaust victims who otherwise could have been saved. It was not mentioned that, in the same NBC Meet the Press interview that was cited for the CNN discussion, Trump promised to help set up safe havens for Syrian refugees rather than just abandon them to Muslim extremists.

By Samantha Cohen | | July 25, 2016 | 5:31 PM EDT

Over the weekend, Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was exposed for favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. It was also revealed that she sent an angry email to Chuck Todd – headlined “Chuck, This Must Stop” – demanding better coverage on MSNBC’s Morning Joe after they called the DNC system “rigged” and Mika Brzezinski called for the party leader to resign on May 18.