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By Tom Johnson | July 31, 2015 | 2:29 PM EDT

David Roberts has penned a tale of two media, dealing first with how a profusion of conservative outlets has pulled the Republican party to the right -- the subject of a recent Harvard study -- then pivoting to analyze the mainstream media’s belated (and still incomplete) awakening to the GOP’s “radicalism.”

“One of the longstanding critiques of mainstream media on the left,” wrote Roberts in a Thursday article, “was that reporters in the Beltway ‘Village’ failed to grasp modern conservatism and wrote about it in such a way as to sand down and mute its extremity…[T]here are still plenty of mainstream political reporters who cling to the both-sides illusion to this day…But as the far right sends the Republican Party through an ever-more-absurd series of showdowns and tantrums, the illusion is fading.”

By Andrew Miller | July 31, 2015 | 2:14 PM EDT

Anti-2nd Amendment activist group New Yorkers Against Gun Violence has come up with a new mission: to get rid of visual representations of guns in text messages. To this end, they wrote an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook, and published a video meant to tug at the heartstrings, no doubt.

By Clay Waters | July 31, 2015 | 1:29 PM EDT

In the second part of her 16,000-word Harvard report on the dangerous extremes of "conservative media," New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes offered a skewed history of talk radio, seeing the dark shadow of right-wing hate hovering over its birth, and lamented that "However frustrated Republican leaders are by this piling on from the far right, they have little choice but to pay head." And popular radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Steve Deace? Why, they're both "college dropouts." And when did Geraldo Rivera become a "conservative" radio host?

By Katie Yoder | July 31, 2015 | 1:03 PM EDT

Imagine if ABC’s news shows covered the videos exposing Planned Parenthood 15 times more than they actually did. But, to ABC executives, a taxpayer-funded abortion giant harvesting aborted baby parts doesn’t warrant the same attention as the shooting of Cecil the Lion.

Since the release of the first Center for Medical Progress video on July 14, ABC covered the story in a mere 46 seconds. In contrast, ABC spent 12 minutes and 14 seconds on the story of Cecil, a famed African lion shot by an American dentist. 

By Brad Wilmouth | July 31, 2015 | 12:43 PM EDT

As if one had to be "far right wing" to oppose giving legal status to most of the country's millions of illegal immigrants, CNN political analyst Margaret Hoover on Friday's New Day asserted that the "far right wing of the Republican Party" will oppose Donald Trump's plan to allow the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants already in the U.S. to acquire legal status.

By Tim Graham | July 31, 2015 | 12:01 PM EDT

In the latest journalistic reiteration of Republicans Created the Trump Monster, New York Times political analyst John Harwood struggles like every other liberal reporter who wants to warn the conservatives are going to destroy the Republicans. 

Doesn’t it seem discordant to say the conservatives are going to be disastrous, even as you note the Tea Party energy has led to GOP takeovers of the House and Senate? Instead, Harwood just lectures that the Republican leaders need to work on “anger management” – which is a cute term which implies “forcing moderation, both rhetorical and ideological.” 

By Sarah Stites | July 31, 2015 | 11:53 AM EDT

Cosmo loves to highlight women like The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead: sex-obsessed, profane, offensive and unabashedly pro-abortion. 

In an article published July 30, the women’s magazine lauded Winstead for potentially sacrificing her career in order to be a “USO of reproductive rights, visiting clinics and boosting the morale of the ‘troops.’” After all, her “vocal advocacy for reproductive rights can make it more difficult to get mainstream work.” Yes, you read that correctly.

By Connor Williams | July 31, 2015 | 11:44 AM EDT

In a recent piece for Slate, Mark Joseph Stern argued that videos released showing Planned Parenthood to be trafficking fetal body parts gives him hope. Is it the possible defunding of the ‘reproductive health’ organization that gives him hope, you might ask? Nope. Stern opined: “The graphic images of aborted fetuses are meant to disgust me, to convince me that abortion is a barbaric act of killing. But I don’t see death in these videos. I see hope.” Later in the piece, after outlining the supposed medical benefits, he claimed abortion “is not an act of killing. It is an act of altruism.”

By Andrew Miller | July 31, 2015 | 11:32 AM EDT

Infamous ambush documentary filmmaker and left-wing political hack Michael Moore has been secretly producing a film for the past six years. Filled with anti-American, anti-military propaganda, Where To Invade Nex

is scheduled to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

By Tom Blumer | July 31, 2015 | 11:22 AM EDT

Christopher Rugaber at the Associated Press and the "expert" he quoted in his writeup on the government's awful Employment Cost Index report seemed to be taking their cues from Steven Wright's deadpan comedy act. The problem, of course, is that they were writing and saying isn't funny at all.

Rugaber, with his "expert" help, assembled an impressive array of understatements and misstatements in the wake of the smallest reported quarterly increase in U.S. worker pay on record. His worst characterization: "[T]he job market is not yet back to full health."

By Alatheia Larsen | July 31, 2015 | 11:16 AM EDT

In response to a series of incriminating under-cover videos from The Center for Medical Progress about the major abortion provider, organizations have been cutting ties -- or denying ties -- to Planned Parenthood. But where nonprofits are concerned, tax records keep the story straight.

Between 2010 and 2013, no fewer than 966 individual organizations donated to Planned Parenthood. Of those, 31 gave more than $1 million each during those four years, totaling $374,199,059. The seven highest donors made up $324.8 million of that.

By Scott Whitlock | July 31, 2015 | 11:07 AM EDT

On Friday, CBS This Morning actually highlighted the "tough, new questions" Planned Parenthood is facing, showcasing the "latest and most graphic video." ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today, despite a combined running time of six hours, ignored the story. This Morning Co-anchor Norah O'Donnell, in addition to showing footage, alerted, "Planned Parenthood is facing tough new questions this morning. A fourth undercover video is out, showing a doctor at the women's health provider talking about selling fetal body parts." 

By Kyle Drennen | July 31, 2015 | 11:01 AM EDT

On Friday, both NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America ignored the State Department releasing thousands more of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails as well as a federal judge demanding the agency do a better job of making all of the former Secretary of State’s communications public.

By Curtis Houck | July 31, 2015 | 10:05 AM EDT

Continuing the effort on the now-cancelled MSNBC’s Now to defend Planned Parenthood from its video scandal, National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill joined host Alex Wagner on Thursday to gush over how the “beloved” provider of abortions and alleged seller of body parts from aborted babies “has nothing to apologize for” and mocked female GOP senators who want to defund the taxpayer-funded group.

By Geoffrey Dickens | July 31, 2015 | 9:30 AM EDT

Due to extremely poor ratings, MSNBC formally announced Thursday it will bring down the ax on Ed Schultz and Alex Wagner. It turns out hate-mongering against conservative Republicans and sucking up to far-left Democrats is not a great way to attract large audiences.