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By Katie Yoder | February 25, 2015 | 2:25 PM EST

You can imagine the media outcry if a gunman attributed an attempted shooting to viewing “American Sniper.” What if “Fifty Shades” was cited in a real-world violent incident? That’s right: crickets. 

Mohammad Hossain, a 19-year-old University of Illinois at Chicago student charged with sexual assault of a classmate, credited E. L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” as his inspiration. ABC, CBS and NBC, once so eager to talk about all the details of the film adaptation, didn’t mention the story once during their broadcast news shows.

By Melissa Mullins | February 25, 2015 | 2:22 PM EST

National Review’s John Fund wrote an opinion piece Sunday about the way the media have gone after Rudy Giuliani’s recent comments questioning Obama’s love for America, and that the same standard of “gotcha” questions should also be held to the same standards for liberals as they are with conservatives.

By Jorge Bonilla | February 25, 2015 | 11:34 AM EST

Obama spinmaster David Axelrod recently went on (Univision sister network) Fusion’s America with Jorge Ramos and discussed immigration policy, among other things. In the process of rendering his accustomed Obama apologia, this time on immigration, Axelrod made quite the interesting revelation.

By Kyle Drennen | February 25, 2015 | 11:33 AM EST

Wrapping up an interview with actor Tom Hanks on Wednesday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer took time to promote a January op-ed Hanks wrote for The New York Times praising "free" community college: "I read this op-ed you wrote recently....I love that. Why was it so important for you to get that message out there?"

By Tom Johnson | February 25, 2015 | 11:13 AM EST

Apropos of President Obama’s refusal to use the terms “Islamic extremism” or “radical Islam,” Saletan opines, “If we’re going to start calling out religious and political groups for extremism, we could start at home with Republicans. Too many of them spew animus. Too many foment sectarianism. Too many sit by, or make excuses, as others appeal to tribalism. If Obama were to treat them the way they say he should treat Islam—holding the entire faith accountable for its ugliest followers—they’d squeal nonstop about slander and demagogy. They’re lucky that’s not his style.”

By Geoffrey Dickens | February 25, 2015 | 11:05 AM EST

Liberal journalists from CBS’s Norah O’Donnell to the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank have questioned Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker for not rejecting Rudy Giuliani’s comments about Barack Obama’s patriotism and for his response to a “gotcha” question about the President’s faith. But where were they when Walker himself was being called an un-American, tyrannical, racist woman-beater?         

By Jeffrey Meyer | February 25, 2015 | 11:01 AM EST

On Wednesday, both CBS This Morning and NBC’s Today did their best to promote a recent speech by Hillary Clinton in Silicon Valley in which the former First Lady stressed the importance of gender pay equity in the workforce. The two networks conveniently ignored the fact that under the media’s and her own definition of pay inequality, she paid her female Senate staffers 72 cents for each dollar her male staffers earned.

By Katie Yoder | February 25, 2015 | 10:38 AM EST

Abortion (n) The destruction of a ball of cells

Source: HBO’s “Girls.”

In its fourth season, Lena Dunham’s execrable “Girls” aired Feb. 22 on HBO. Entitled “Close-Up,” the episode featured one character, Mimi-Rose (Gillian Jacobs), who described how she “can’t go for a run” because she had an abortion the day before. In the show, she confronted her boyfriend, Adam (Adam Driver), with the news that she aborted the “ball of cells” without a “penis or a vagina.”

By Clay Waters | February 25, 2015 | 10:19 AM EST

Tuesday's New York Times featured a front-page "congressional memo" by Carl Hulse and Ashley Parker devoted to the paper's new favorite topic: How the GOP-led Congress is staining the party's reputation for 2016: "Funding Fight Poses Dangers For the G.O.P. -- Battle on Immigration Puts Security at Issue."

By Julia A. Seymour | February 25, 2015 | 9:56 AM EST

“Show me the money,” Jerry Maguire famously shouted in the 1996 film.

Hollywood wants everyone to show it the money. Hollywood wouldn’t have glitz and glamour if people weren’t plunking down their credit cards at the local theater or watching their home DVRs or streaming new episodes to other devices. Ironically, for a multibillion industry, TV and film frequently depict the individuals and businesses trying to make money as corrupt, immoral and even murderous. American teens and young adults are very likely to be influenced by soaking up those views.

By Jack Coleman | February 25, 2015 | 9:34 AM EST

Wow, that's pretty impressive sourcing.

Alarm bells are ringing among liberals in the media that Wisconsin governor and unflappable conservative Scott Walker could well pose a problem for Hillary Clinton's (second) presumptive coronation as president.

By Mark Finkelstein | February 25, 2015 | 9:31 AM EST

Who said: "I've always believed the decline of the middle class could be tied to the decline of unions. And when you have 7%, 8% of the work force in unions, when you have CEO pay going up to record heights, you're going to have a hollowing out of the middle class." Was it a. Elizabeth Warren; b. Robert Reich; or c. Ed Schultz?

Correct answer: d. None of the above.  It was Joe Scarborough on today's Morning Joe. Scarborough prefaced his lament over the decline of unions by saying "It's been well-documented on Twitter: I'm a right-wing Republican stooge."  Translation: to my liberal critics out there, see: my heart's in the right [left] place when it comes to unions.

By Tom Blumer | February 25, 2015 | 9:09 AM EST

In an almost completely expected decision, the Department of Justice yesterday announced that it "found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012."

In reporting on the announcement, Jennifer Kay and Eric Tucker at the Associated Press were predictably selective in recounting the details of the case while ignoring or downplaying others.

By Tim Graham | February 25, 2015 | 7:07 AM EST

No one looks to GQ for political analysis. It would be like looking to Rolling Stone for religion coverage. But they can still ape the rest of the liberal media and mock Fox News. As the Fox haters campaign to get Bill O’Reilly canned, GQ (not an abbreviation for Genius Quotient) has come up with a mocking list of “18 Things That Actually Would Get Bill O'Reilly Fired.”

It includes things like "Failing to attend Roger Ailes' annual oil baron retreat and virgin sacrifice."

By Curtis Houck | February 25, 2015 | 12:30 AM EST

While all three of the major broadcast networks on Tuesday night covered President Barack Obama's veto of the bill passed by Congress approving construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ABC, CBS and NBC failed to mention Obama's veto came despite a majority of Americans supporting the pipeline. Total coverage amounted to one minute and six seconds.