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By Tim Graham | August 3, 2015 | 6:57 AM EDT

On Monday, Emily Yahr at The Washington Post pointed out one group of privileged Americans who are never asked tough questions on television "news" shows about their personal behavior: bankable movie stars and musicians. Yahr's most prominent example is Tom Cruise, now doing an interview tour for his new film Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, but facing no questions about his prominent place in the "church" of Scientology.

"[S]everal months after HBO’s Scientology documentary Going Clear accused the church (and by extension Cruise, its most famous member) of some horrific behavior. The church denied everything, yet Cruise hasn’t been able to answer or dodge any questions about the film — because he hasn’t been asked about it at all."

By Tom Blumer | August 2, 2015 | 11:48 PM EDT

One of the more outrageous chapters during presidential campaign season so far, the press harassment of 2016 GOP candidate and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in February over his statement that he "doesn't know" whether President Barack Obama is a Christian, is back.

Nobody in the press seems interested in asking Obama himself how he can still profess to be a Christian and support homosexual marriage, especially when he referenced his Christian beliefs as a basis for his stated opposition to it in 2008. Nor are they curious in learning how Obama can square his self-professed Christianity with his support for abortion at every in utero stage — and arguably beyond that. And of course, nobody is asking Hillary Clinton to declare whether she believes any of her potential November 2016 opponents is a genuine Christian. Yet here was Philip Elliott, who recently left the Associated Press for Time.com, getting a case of the vapors on Saturday when Walker, asked again, basically said, "I don't know, but I presume he is":

By Clay Waters | August 2, 2015 | 8:17 PM EDT

The New York Times Magazine cover story by political correspondent Jim Rutenberg, "A Dream Undone -- Inside the 50-year campaign to roll back the Voting Rights Act," is a 10-part, 10,000-word doorstop (issued with the baleful threat "The first in a series") comparing current attempts to stop voter fraud as a return to Jim Crow, with particular focus on North Carolina. Rutenberg also relayed more Times misinformation about Ronald Reagan's 1980 campaign and his appeal to "states rights" in Mississippi.

By Tim Graham | August 2, 2015 | 3:24 PM EDT

Two years ago, Washington Post Magazine “Work Advice” columnist Karla L. Miller lectured at a questioner asking about a trans woman using the women’s room to get over it.

But when a reader complained that her boss was a conservative Christian who listened to conservative talk radio, Miller cited Scripture to suggest the conservative might not be who he claims to be. So Christians might be inauthentic, unlike a man who thinks he's a woman.

By Jeffrey Meyer | August 2, 2015 | 1:45 PM EDT

Reacting to the news that Jon Stewart and President Obama had secret meetings at the White House, media critic David Zurawik argued that the Daily Show host has become a “tool really of the Obama administration.”  

By Mark Finkelstein | August 2, 2015 | 12:43 PM EDT

Shakespeare can sleep easy. His reputation as creator of some of the English language's greatest poems is in no danger of being overtaken. At least not by the likes of former Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak, whose "poem" the DNC chose to use in a fund-raising email today.

Rybak's shtick is tweeting out his doggerel.  His poem, if such it can be called, can be read after the break.  Rybak is a guy, by the way, who thinks Cheney-shoot-you-in-the-face cracks are cool.

By Jeffrey Meyer | August 2, 2015 | 12:31 PM EDT

During a conversation with Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd conceded that, like police, journalists will protect each other from criticism no matter what. 

By Jeffrey Meyer | August 2, 2015 | 11:23 AM EDT

On Sunday’s This Week, political commentator Cokie Roberts continued to praise Hillary Clinton for playing the grandmother card throughout her presidential campaign. During a discussion about Joe Biden’s potential White House bid, Roberts cheered Clinton for going after the GOP on “climate change for instance when she says everybody says I'm not a scientist. She says I'm not a scientist either, I'm just a grandmother with two eyes and a brain. That's brilliant.” 

By P.J. Gladnick | August 2, 2015 | 11:18 AM EDT

Are you a professional comedian or someone who just wants to entertain your friends by doing a Donald Trump impression? Well I have huge news for you. HUUGE!!!

Voice impressionist Eric Harthen has produced a How To video for folks wanting to do an impression of The Donald. This instructional video will probably come in handy right after this Thursday's presidential debate among the Repulican candidates. Harthen's video explains how to position your mouth with pronounced bottom front teeth while talking. In addition, he covers the proper decibel level of the voice. Finally, don't forget to get the correct Queens borough (not guttural Bronx) accent correct when doing the impression.

By Ken Oliver-Méndez and Yuri Perez | August 2, 2015 | 11:17 AM EDT

During a recent interview on CNN, Univision anchor María Elena Salinas made the bold claim that her network’s news coverage is "fair and balanced." The credibility of Salinas’ claim, however, is seriously undermined by the network’s recent track record covering U.S. political news.

By Tom Johnson | August 2, 2015 | 11:09 AM EDT

Arthur Chu, best known as one of the all-time biggest money-winners on Jeopardy!, is also a writer who frequently contributes to Salon. In a Thursday article, Chu saluted departing Daily Show host Jon Stewart for, among other things, keeping him sane during his college days. Unfortunately, recalled Chu, back then America as a whole had lost its mind.

Meanwhile, in the August issue of Vanity Fair, James Wolcott gave props to Stewart for “all that he’s been through on our behalf, subjecting himself to a radiation bombardment of mostly right-wing idiocy."

By Jeffrey Meyer | August 2, 2015 | 9:52 AM EDT

On Sunday’s Good Morning America, ABC reporter Mary Bruce went to bat for Vice President Joe Biden as he contemplates a potential White House run in 2016. The ABC reporter heavily spun for Biden regarding is numerous gaffes as she proclaimed “[h]e's also had his fair share of stumbles. From back rubs to BFD’s. Biden is a gaffemaking machine. But those oh that Joe moments are part of his political charm.”

By Tim Graham | August 2, 2015 | 7:44 AM EDT

Liberals are already getting verklempt over Jon Stewart retiring from The Daily Show. On the front of Sunday’s Arts & Style section of The Washington Post, the headline is “Shrug it off. John would want it that way.”

“The longer the run and more devoted the fan base, the louder the wails,” proclaimed TV critic Hank Stuever as “Jon Stewart’s incomparable, culturally significant run as the host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show cuts deeper than the usual sign-off.” His devotees “still speak the language of denial: How can he leave us?

By Brent Baker | August 1, 2015 | 11:58 PM EDT

Lieutenant Clay Higgins, of the St. Landry, Louisiana Parish Sheriff’s Department, delivered a tough video message to a thief who, FNC’s Bret Baier noted, had “targeted his favorite restaurant.” Baier ended his show this past Tuesday night with the “crime stoppers” video Jimmy Fallon had played on the Tonight Show.

By Tim Graham | August 1, 2015 | 11:17 PM EDT

In a chat this week with a roomful of TV critics, incoming Daily Show host Trevor Noah upset his liberal audience base by suggesting he’s going to be different than Jon Stewart by hammering less on Fox News Channel in the future.

One liberal complained to The Washington Post: "Isn't that like ignoring the 5000 lbs of Elephant Dung in the Middle of the Room?"