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By Jeffrey Meyer | October 4, 2015 | 1:39 PM EDT

On Sunday’s State of the Union, CNN’s S.E. Cupp blasted the media for distorting Jeb Bush comments after the Oregon shooting in which the Republican presidential candidate argued that “stuff happens. There's always a crisis. And the impulse is always to do something and it's not necessarily the right thing to do.”

By Tom Johnson | October 4, 2015 | 1:18 PM EDT

Liberals and conservatives often differ over the concept of American exceptionalism, either on how to define it or whether there even is such a thing. Washington Monthly blogger Ed Kilgore recognizes a limited version of American exceptionalism, one which pretty much boils down to a mania for guns.

“America is mainly exceptional [italics in original] among advanced democratic nations not in our personal or economic liberty, but in our strange belief that letting everyone stockpile weapons is essential to the preservation of our freedom, and in the consequences of that strange belief,” wrote Kilgore in a Friday post that piggybacked on President Obama’s statement regarding the Oregon community-college shootings.

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 4, 2015 | 1:01 PM EDT

Following the horrific shooting at an Oregon community college last week, during an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday New York Times Magazine writer Mark Leibovich conveniently blamed the NRA for preventing gun control legislation from passing Congress. The liberal journalist complained that the issue of guns is “politicized because the NRA pretty much owns more than half of Congress. That is why this issue is basically immutable. You mentioned the constitution, public opinion. The other piece is the political impossibility...” 

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 4, 2015 | 11:35 AM EDT

On Sunday’s This Week, ABC’s Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos repeatedly hit GOP presidential frontrunner from the left over his tax plan and repeatedly scolded him for wanting to cut government spending. After the ABC host chastised Trump for his tax plan which Stephanopoulos claimed would mainly benefit the rich, he repeatedly demanded the Republican explain why taxes should be cut at all.


By Tom Blumer | October 4, 2015 | 11:11 AM EDT

Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro presides over a country which is falling apart thanks to the socialist policies of his government and that of his predecessor Hugo Chavez. The Economist describes the period since Chavez took over in 1998 as that of "authoritarian misrule" characterized by "by shortages of everything from poultry to pharmaceuticals, by inflation approaching 200% and by rampant corruption and crime."

It also cites the country's "dwindling cash reserves." Given the situation, the fact that a U.S.-based PR firm has recently and eagerly taken on the task of trying to make Maduro look good should be seen as appalling. But that hasn't been the case. The apparent silence of some of this PR firm's leftist clients arguably indicates that they tacitly support obvious oppression as long as the one engaging in it is a socialist. What little press coverage there has been of this firm's association with Maduro has been neutral to mildly laudatory.

By Tim Graham | October 4, 2015 | 6:50 AM EDT

Pro-life activists around my home near Manassas, Virginia are celebrating that the town’s abortion clinic, Amethyst Health Center for Women, has closed. I wondered if this news had been located by The Washington Post, with wailing and gnashing of teeth. I hadn’t seen it on my own. A Nexis search confirms there’s been no discovery.

According to local Fox station WTTG, Amethyst is closing because the owner has decided to retire. The 76-year-old widow wanted to remain anonymous but told Fox her reason for shutting down. She said, “When you are in this line of work, you know, I have fought a battle for 27 years. And I did it with love in my heart to help the women. But comes a time in life that you retire.”

By Matt Philbin | October 4, 2015 | 12:34 AM EDT

As we have written here before, there is a gag order on God in the sports media. In the ending of Saturday night's Notre Dame vs. Clemsen game proved this point once again.

By Tom Blumer | October 4, 2015 | 12:13 AM EDT

In their coverage of government and other economic reports, the business press routinely tells readers that the figures they are relaying are "seasonally adjusted." That is, raw results are smoothed out to supposedly "remove normal, recurring variations" in data.

There's one notable exception: The government's monthly employment report.

By Tom Blumer | October 3, 2015 | 10:02 PM EDT

On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the United Nations. As described by George Jahn at the Associated Press, it was "an impassioned speech interspersed with bouts of dramatic silence."

Jahn failed to report the absence of U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power and Secretary of State John Kerry. So did Rick Gladstone and Judi Rudoren at the New York Times. An unbylined Reuters report drily noted that U.S. representation at Netanyahu's speech consisted of "Ambassador Samantha Power's deputy, David Pressman, and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro." Breitbart also noted the presence of "Richard Erdman, Alternate Representative to the UN General Assembly." Reuters uniquely explained why Power and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who was in town, did not attend (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Brad Wilmouth | October 3, 2015 | 5:04 PM EDT

In the aftermath of the Umpqua Community College mass shootings in Oregon, CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello on Friday hosted gun control activist Andy Parker, father of murder victim Alison Parker, to bash the National Rifle Association and Republicans for their opposition to more gun laws.

After being asked about an op-ed he published in USA Today in which he suggested that the NRA and Republicans are on the side of "evil," Parker went on in the interview to accuse the NRA of "terrorizing this country." A bit earlier, he also accused Texas GOP Rep. Michael McCaul of having "blood on his hands."

By Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | October 3, 2015 | 4:36 PM EDT

Amidst all the shows with a blatant liberal agenda, “Last Man Standing” is a lone conservative voice on ABC; a gem hidden away in the 8pm Friday night slot. The latest episode of the sitcom, "Free Range Parents," hits scaredy-cat overprotective parents, leftwing news, and even Hillary Clinton. Mike Baxter (Tim Allen) is trying to get his son-in-law, Ryan, to allow his grandson to walk 6 blocks home from school by himself, but liberal Ryan worries too much about everything, from diabetes to free range parenting, or as Mike calls it, “childhood.”

By Scott Whitlock | October 3, 2015 | 4:30 PM EDT

For several days, the Today show has been hyping a special edition show that would feature Hillary Clinton for what NBC has promoted as “Pancakes & Politics: A Town Hall With Hillary Clinton.”  If the October 5 program is anything like ABC’s campaign 2008 town halls, it will be heavily stilted towards Democratic talking points. 

By Dylan Gwinn | October 3, 2015 | 4:18 PM EDT

Lebron James told reporters that there is no room for guns in America. But it seems the NBA star has found lots of room for guns in his own life.

By Tim Graham | October 3, 2015 | 2:02 PM EDT

Adjectives matter in politics. The latest release of Hillary Clinton e-mails produced a little embarrassment for CBS News. State Department public-relations chief P.J. Crowley assured Secretary of State Clinton in 2011 that they successfully “planted” questions and suggestions for experts to "balance" a 60 Minutes interview segment by Steve Kroft with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

By Jeffrey Lord | October 3, 2015 | 12:34 PM EDT

Mark Levin was relentless. Sean Hannity, too. They called for new Republican leadership in Congress. It is now abundantly clear that talk radio, not the elected GOP leadership, is the place conservatives are looking to for leadership on conservative principle. They aren’t looking to the GOP leadership in Washington, they are looking to talk radio.