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By Mark Finkelstein | May 21, 2015 | 8:29 PM EDT

Dem strategist Steve McMahon prefaced his remarks with the standard tongue-in-cheek disclaimer about not intending to hurt, by praising him, the prospects of someone from the other party. On this evening's With All Due Respect, McMahon then proceeded to gush over Marco Rubio, saying that listening to him recount his life story as the son of immigrants "melts my heart."  McMahon predicted that Rubio would be the Republican nominee.

So . . . does McMahon's praise mean anything? Is Rubio really the Republican the Dems fear, or is it a don't-throw-us-in-the-briar-patch pitch on McMahon's part?

By Yuri Perez | May 21, 2015 | 7:43 PM EDT

Although they hold very similar positions on the issue of immigration, the contrast in the coverage Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush have received so far on Univision is like the difference between night and day.

When it comes to immigration, from the get-go Rubio has been depicted to Univision viewers as the bad guy. Rubio’s initial interview as a presidential candidate on the subject with anchor Jorge Ramos was presented to the audience with the fear-mongering headline, “Rubio says that if he becomes President, at some point, he would eliminate DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). 

By Ken Shepherd | May 21, 2015 | 7:06 PM EDT

Imagine, if you will, that a conservative Republican legislator in Texas who played a role in preventing direct-to-consumer sales of Tesla electric automobiles in the Lone Star State was on the record telling the media that he blamed "Mr. Tesla" for failing to do his part to make nice with the powerful car dealership lobby in Texas. But alas, it was a Democratic state legislator, Rep. Senfronia Thompson, who made the relevant remarks. 

By Matthew Balan | May 21, 2015 | 6:39 PM EDT

Patricia Miller ecstatically touted that the apparent "demographic free-fall" of the Catholic Church is "good news for the country" in a Thursday item for Salon. Miller bemoaned the American Catholic bishops' "outsize role in U.S. politics" in the past, given their opposition to abortion, contraception, and same-sex "marriage," and asserted that "with their flock fleeing and Pope Francis espousing a more conciliatory form of Catholicism less focused on the pelvic zone, the U.S. bishops don't look so powerful."

By Randy Hall | May 21, 2015 | 6:16 PM EDT

Even though the 2016 presidential election is more than 16 months away, two cable news outlets announced on Wednesday the criteria for the first two GOP debates.

The initial event, which will be hosted by the Fox News Channel and take place on Thursday, August 6, at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, will be moderated by network anchors Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace.

By Connor Williams | May 21, 2015 | 5:33 PM EDT

Thursday, with the release of many emails to and form Hillary Clinton regarding the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attacks, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports largely came to the defense of the former Secretary of State. Guest anchor Luke Russert argued that the emails Clinton received from Sidney Blumenthal could give her an “out if in fact she took this information and pushed it forward. If anything, she can kind of say, ‘I was saying these things. What the administration did with it, that’s their prerogative.’”

By Scott Whitlock | May 21, 2015 | 5:29 PM EDT

CBS This Morning on Thursday returned to a favorite topic of the network's journalists: Legalized pot. This time, reporter Barry Petersen hyped an all marijuana radio station. With no hint at any downside, co-host Norah O'Donnell introduced, "A Colorado radio station is fine-tuning its format to reach a higher audience in the land of legalized marijuana." 

By Matthew Balan | May 21, 2015 | 5:03 PM EDT

On Thursday's New Day, CNN's Chris Cuomo wondered if some in the 2016 Republican presidential field might be making the possible redeployment of U.S. troops into Iraq a political issue. When GOP strategist Kevin Madden underlined that "so many Republicans disagree with the President's [Obama's] approach on combating ISIS that so many of these candidates are going to want to draw as stark a contrast as possible," Cuomo replied, "You playing politics, though – with the troops, though?"

By Jeffrey Meyer | May 21, 2015 | 2:48 PM EDT

In the wake of the ongoing controversy surrounding ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos and his failure to disclose $75,000 worth of donations to the Clinton Foundation, and now news of his $105-million contract with the network, Politico decided to tout the “frugal habits of his wife,” actress Ali Wentworth. 

By P.J. Gladnick | May 21, 2015 | 2:26 PM EDT

One fringe benefit of the George Stephanopoulos Clinton Foundation scandal in which ABC's This Week host failed to disclose that he donated $75,000 (plus lots of time) to that organization while interviewing "Clinton Cash" author Peter Schweizer  is that it has inspired some really hilarious street art. The poster art appears to be the work of the conservative street artist who goes by the name of "Sabo." Not only was it just the art that served as comedy relief but also where it was located as revealed in a tweet this morning by the Weekly Standard senior writer, Mark Hemingway.

 

By Connor Williams | May 21, 2015 | 12:51 PM EDT

Add Richard Engel – NBC News’ chief foreign correspondent –  to the growing number of voices in the media who have criticized the United States’ strategy to defeat the Islamic State. On the May 21 edition of The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart, Engel found no reason to dispute that ISIS was a de facto nation and argued that U.S. efforts to repel the terror group have been largely ineffective. 

By Katie Yoder | May 21, 2015 | 12:41 PM EDT

Editor’s note: This article contains graphic and objectionable content.

The things liberals spend time and energy on … The Huffington Post has a new mission: to fight media bias through clitoris education.

By Clay Waters | May 21, 2015 | 12:23 PM EDT

What would America do without socialist European experts to guide us? New York Times reporter Nicola Clark delivered the latest Euro-flavored knee-jerk response to the deadly Amtrak crash. Clark assumed the crash was caused by insufficient funding, even though findings indicate the train was going double the speed limit around a tight curve when it derailed: "Low U.S. Rail Spending Leads to Poor Safety, Experts Say."

By Scott Whitlock | May 21, 2015 | 11:52 AM EDT

All three networks on Thursday again skipped Barack Obama lecturing the Coast Guard Academy that ignoring the "serious threat" of climate change is a "dereliction of duty." The President somehow blamed the rise of Boko Haram on global warming. He did this on the same week that the terrorist group ISIS claimed the city of Ramadi. By ignoring this controversial address, ABC, NBC and CBS thus rendered it uncontroversial. 

By Matthew Balan | May 21, 2015 | 11:47 AM EDT

The media's reputation for bias was confirmed in a poll released Thursday by Rasmussen Reports, which found 61 percent of "likely U.S. voters do not trust the political news they are getting. That's a 16-point jump from 45% last October." Rasmussen also asked the 965 likely voters, "When it comes to the [2016] presidential campaign, will most reporters try to help or hurt Hillary Clinton, or will they try to offer unbiased coverage?" Not even a quarter of the group (23 percent) replied that "most reporters will try to offer unbiased coverage."