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By Tom Johnson | October 1, 2014 | 12:32 PM EDT

Charlie Pierce at Esquire complained that Democrats refuse to make the case that the Republican party has thrown its marbles gleefully to the four winds,” which among other things means that “crackpot” Joni Ernst has a good chance to win a Senate seat.

"She shouldn't be allowed into the United States Senate on a tour, let alone as one of its 100 members," he wrote. "This is more than just a message sponsored by the Committee To Not Electing [sic] Morons."

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 1, 2014 | 11:09 AM EDT

Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi has been jailed in a Mexican prison for the past nine months for accidentally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border with several firearms. Since his arrest, the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks have barely covered his story on their morning or evening newscasts despite the numerous efforts by the public to get him freed. On Wednesday, Sergeant Tahmooressi’s mother appeared before a House committee asking Congress to support a resolution calling for her son’s safe return to the United State and unsurprisingly all three network morning newscasts ignored her upcoming testimony on Capitol Hill. 

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 1, 2014 | 10:07 AM EDT

Governor Chris Christie (R-N.J.) sat down with Gayle King for an interview that aired on Wednesday’s CBS This Morning and was met with a barrage of questions over his handling of the “Bridgegate” scandal of 2013. While King accused the New Jersey Governor of blaming others for “Bridgegate,” her colleague Steve Kroft lobbed numerous softball at President Obama during their interview on Sunday’s 60 Minutes and even allowed him to blame the intelligence community for his administration failing to deal with the ISIS threat sooner. 

By Katie Yoder | October 1, 2014 | 9:41 AM EDT

The liberal feminist media have a special knack for defining “War on Women:” lack of free tampons,fights for abortion sitcoms and the demolition of Hobby Lobby (aka the “religious civil war” with female “slavery”). Forget the other war out there – the one that does threaten women’s lives. 

Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-MN, spoke at Family Research Council’s (FRC) Values Voter Summit on Sept. 26. Following her address, Bachmann discussed the “brutal” treatment of women by the Islamic State in an interview with the Media Research Center. From being equated to “dogs” to having their “genitals mutilated,” “women don’t have a voice under Islamic law,” she stressed. 

By Tim Graham | October 1, 2014 | 9:07 AM EDT

The network news divisions still leap to cover grisly crimes in the heartland. But some crimes are much more interesting than others. Take, for example, the beheading of a woman at a Vaughan Foods factory in Moore, Oklahoma on September 26. All three networks reported the story on Friday night, but surprisingly, they quickly lost interest within 24 hours. They barely noticed Saturday morning.

Newspapers were one-and-done. Saturday’s New York Times printed one story on page A-12, although it included the beheader’s Facebook rants. “The page is filled with criticism of American culture, and dire warnings for those who do not follow that religion.” His most recent post, three days before the murder said “This is the last days.'' In July he wrote (capitals his) ''AMERICA AND ISRAEL ARE WICKED. WAKE UP MUSLIMS!!!''

By Mark Finkelstein | October 1, 2014 | 8:27 AM EDT

Imus would call it a "tension convention." There was palpable friction among members of the Morning Joe team today on the question of whether Secret Service Director Julia Pierson was an affirmative action hire. By the end, the almost unfailingly affable Willie Geist was smirking in frustration at Mika Brzezinski.

When Brzezinski first broached the sensitive-for-liberals subject, she suggested that she was going to go further than her male colleagues dared. But by the time she circled back to the topic, Mika had for some reason lost her nerve. She was suddenly so cautious that Donny Deutsch chided her for raising the issue "softly." Things came to a head when Mika, suddenly trying to sound tough, asked Willie whether it was "illegal" for her to ask why Pierson got her job. Willie, having suggested no such thing, could only smirk and look off camera for support in response to Mika's non sequitur of a question.

By Tim Graham | October 1, 2014 | 7:09 AM EDT

HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher is hopping mad at Clay Aiken for distancing himself from Barack Obama in a New York Times interview (as we reported). Aiken’s opponent, Rep. Renee Ellmers, had been a finalist in Maher’s GOP-bashing “Flip A District” contest.

The Times has an “insider” feature called “Reading the Times With,” and they asked Maher about “what story incited the most fury” in the Sunday edition:

By Curtis Houck | October 1, 2014 | 12:05 AM EDT

On Tuesday night, NBC Nightly News concluded its program by pushing an over four-minute-long fawning segment on Hollywood actor and activist Ben Affleck that included banter between anchor Brian Williams and Affleck on New York and Boston sports teams, gushing over Affleck’s life and “restless mind,” and his disappointment about the United States “nation-building elsewhere” when it should be doing that in places like Detroit.

Williams’s coverage of Affleck came as the show refused to cover the growing protests for greater democratic rule in Hong Kong and any news regarding the midterm elections, which are five weeks away from Tuesday.

By Tom Blumer | September 30, 2014 | 10:44 PM EDT

Bill O'Reilly's opening talking points on his show tonight went after President Obama's claim that the intelligence community underestimated and did not adequately communicate the dangers of ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and Syria with both barrels.

As documented in several NewsBusters posts in the 48-plus hours since Obama's Sunday night "60 Minutes" interview, O'Reilly's no-holds-barred analysis assessment, as seen in the video which follows the jump, is a stark contrast to what has been seen on other broadcast networks:

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | September 30, 2014 | 10:22 PM EDT

They don’t hand out master’s degrees in revisionist history, but if they did, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman might deserve one.  Obama is mired in a geopolitical mess of his own making, from the Ukraine to the ISIS menace, yet Friedman’s decided to argue that Obama shouldn’t be harshly judged. His era is much more complicated than Reagan’s, you see.

“I’ll leave it to historians to figure out years from now who was the better president,” he claimed. Reagan’s era was defined by a capitalist-communist competition between “two organized superpowers,” while Obama’s era centers on a puzzling conflict “between a superpower and many superempowered angry men.”

By Ken Shepherd | September 30, 2014 | 9:18 PM EDT

During a panel discussion on the September 30 program, MSNBC Hardball panelists briefly discussed how some folks may feel that recent lapses in Secret Service security are not accidental but in some way intentional, borne out of a dislike or hatred for the president within the agency's ranks. 

By Curtis Houck | September 30, 2014 | 9:00 PM EDT

Tuesday marked the deadline for hundreds of thousands Americans with insurance through ObamaCare to provide proper verification of their income levels or risk losing their government subsidies used to purchase health care plans. When it came to marking this critical deadline for ObamaCare, the major broadcast networks dodged coverage of the story in both their morning and evening newscasts.

According to an article in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal, the Obama administration “told more than 300,000 individuals who obtained coverage through the federal site that they may lose some or all of the subsidies if they don't provide additional income information” that matches what the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has on file. 

By Tom Blumer | September 30, 2014 | 8:53 PM EDT

On Sunday, Trip Gabriel at the New York Times had the thankless task of concocting a report which would somehow make Ohio Democrats feel positive about winning at least one statewide office in November instead of getting skunked, which appears pretty likely at this point.

That's because the campaign of the Dems' gubernatorial candidate, affectionately known as the Wreck That Is Edward FitzGerald, has imploded over the fact that FitzGerald, a former FBI agent, somehow managed to drive without a valid permanent license for ten years. In the course of carrying out her mission — one she should have chosen not to accept — Gabriel made three errors. Two of them involve failing to check out two not-credible claims by Democrats. A third involves a basic fact about Ohio's electoral offices. Two of the three really require Times corrections. We'll see if they are forthcoming.

By Jack Coleman | September 30, 2014 | 7:50 PM EDT

Not a good sign for President Obama when his one of his most reliable cheerleaders in media turns into a skeptical fact-checker.

While MSNBC's token working stiff Ed Schultz remains reliably besotted with Dear Leader, he's also unwilling to let a misleading claim from Obama pass unchallenged. At least when Schultz is outside the narrow ideological confines of MSNBC and opining on his daily podcast.

By Ken Shepherd | September 30, 2014 | 5:46 PM EDT

Washington Post Supreme Court correspondent Robert Barnes gave readers of today's Washington Post an imbalanced, biased story regarding the Supreme Court's intervening to permit Ohio to reduce its early voting plan by one week.