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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 HealthCare.gov 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.

By Scott Whitlock | September 30, 2014 | 5:40 PM EDT

Polls and prognosticators suggest a Republican takeover of the Senate in the 2014 midterm elections. Yet, the networks continue to offer scant coverage of the various races. The CBS Evening News on Sunday managed to look at the Senate elections in Kansas and Colorado. Regarding incumbent Pat Roberts, Nancy Cordes warned, "He's being dragged down by a very conservative governor who even some Republicans feel has pulled the state too far to the right." 

By Kyle Drennen | September 30, 2014 | 4:55 PM EDT

On Tuesday, NBC's Today seized on accusations of anti-Muslim bias in the NFL after Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah was hit with a 15-yard penalty after appearing to pray in the end zone after scoring a touchdown against the New England Patriots Monday night. This was the same network that censored any mention of the Islamic extremism of an Oklahoma man who beheaded a co-worker on Thursday.

By Ken Shepherd | September 30, 2014 | 4:02 PM EDT

Bob Cusack and Jessica Taylor of The Hill newspaper have an excellent piece today documenting a feud between current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and a predecessor of his, former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.). The contentious argument between the two is apparently over how Reid refuses to be a party loyalist and endorse the South Dakota Democratic Party's nominee for U.S. Senate.

By Matthew Balan | September 30, 2014 | 3:58 PM EDT

On Monday's Fox News's Hannity, Islamist cleric Anjem Choudary accused the Western media and Blackwater of framing ISIS for the atrocities that the terrorist group has freely admitted to. When host Sean Hannity raised the beheading of British aid worker David Haines, Choudary contended that "the information that we received...is very biased....I don't take my news from Fox News or the BBC. If you look at the people on the ground, I think you'll find that they have a completely different story. The Christians and Jews are living quite peacefully, in fact, in the Islamic State."

By Tim Graham | September 30, 2014 | 3:56 PM EDT

 The Blaze relayed that Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Meg Kissinger was insulted that aides to Michelle Obama and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke told her she could not talk to the crowd at a Milwaukee event.

"To say that I was creeped out is an understatement," she said. "This is what reporters do in America: we speak to people."

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 30, 2014 | 3:53 PM EDT

With the 2014 midterm elections just five weeks away, MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow thought it was the perfect time to give a state Democrat a six minute platform to promote her campaign. On Tuesday afternoon, Farrow spoke to Leticia Van de Putte of Texas, the Democratic nominee for Lieutenant Governor, and provided her with unchallenged airtime to hit her Republican opponent on numerous issues including, in the words of the MSNBC host, his “harsh rhetoric on undocumented immigrants.”