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By Jorge Bonilla | | June 23, 2016 | 9:16 AM EDT

It has often been said that politics is downstream from culture. But when it comes to Spanish-language media, politics and culture are virtually joined at the hip, as evidenced by recent coverage of an anti-Trump tweetstorm from Mexican actress Kate del Castillo.

By Nicholas Fondacaro | | June 23, 2016 | 12:48 AM EDT

Donald Trump delivered a condemning speech against his opponent Hillary Clinton Wednesday, explaining why he calls her “Crooked Hillary.” The “big three” networks rushed to her defense, mostly picking on the easy targets among his allegations. But NBC’s Hallie Jackson went the farthest in bending the truth to counter Trump, and make Clinton look good. “Trump never one to mince words, though today not all of them were true,” Jackson reported during Nightly News

By Tom Blumer | | June 22, 2016 | 11:46 PM EDT

Here's a new item for the sarcasm-laden "Our country is in the very best of hands" stack of embarrassments Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds has been accumulating during the past several years. The headline at media aggregator Grabien.com is: "AG LYNCH ADMITS THE FBI HAS LOST TRACK OF OMAR MATEEN’S WIFE."

If this admission had occurred during any non-leftist presidential administration, the establishment press would jump at the chance to publish and broadcast embarrassing law enforcement news such as this far and wide. But in this case, a review of stories at the Associated Press's main national site, its Big Story site, and at the New York Times found no indication that the nation's two primary establishment news gatekeepers have noted Attorney General Lynch's admission concerning Noor Salman, the wife of Orlando massacre terrorist Omar Mateen.

By Nicholas Fondacaro | | June 22, 2016 | 10:56 PM EDT

On Wednesday, House Democrats staged a sit-it on the House floor trying bring their failed Senate bills to a vote in the House. Many are calling their actions a publicity stunt, and they seem to be right. All three of the liberal networks were glued to Capitol Hill during their evening broadcasts. “The dramatic sit-in on Capitol Hill,” ABC’s David Muir touted on World News Tonight, “Sitting down, demanding action on gun control.” The sit-in also gave them the opportunity to trash House Republicans.

By NB Staff | | June 22, 2016 | 10:21 PM EDT

On Monday, Tim Graham reported that NPR was wrong to suggest gun activist Shannon Watts was one of those accidental activists who were “just regular people....folding the kids’ laundry...who had never done anything political before.” But in reality, Watts was a longtime PR specialist with a record of political contributions to Barack Obama and national Democrats.

On Tuesday, NPR ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen announced on Twitter that complaints to NPR had spurred the taxpayer-supported network to post a correction online. NPR and Jensen are to be commended for posting a correction and making it known, which is fairly rare in our national broadcast media.

By Tim Graham | | June 22, 2016 | 10:01 PM EDT

ABC’s Good Morning America spent four minutes on Tuesday morning promoting a new birth-control app where doctors can dispense contraceptives without a face-to-face visit. ABC even promoted it for what’s controversial about it.

Co-host Lara Spencer began:  But right now –  the way girls as young as 13 may be getting the pill. The New York Times reporting it is happening with new apps and websites.”

By Tom Johnson | | June 22, 2016 | 9:21 PM EDT

With developments including the Democratic sit-in on the House floor and Sen. Chris Murphy’s yeah-he-went-there allegation that “Republicans have decided to sell weapons to ISIS,” it’s been a busy and highly theatrical week among anti-gun forces. Michael Tomasky thinks the tide on gun issues is turning in favor of liberals, but expects they won’t win decisively until there’s “a tragedy” -- a deadly mass shooting -- “that will make everyone, even the number of Republicans who’d be needed to break a filibuster, say ‘enough.’” Tomasky imagined that such an incident “would have to…click all the demographic boxes just right—a white man who bought an assault weapon with no background check and went on a rampage and killed many white people in a heavily Republican part of the country.”

By Brad Wilmouth | | June 22, 2016 | 8:54 PM EDT

Appearing as a guest on Wednesday's Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield to react to GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump's speech attacking Democrat Hillary Clinton, CNN political commentator David Gergen fretted over charges that the Clinton duo had been "corrupt" in their handling of the Clinton Foundation, with the CNN commentator calling the charge "slanderous." After dismissing Peter Schweizer's book, Clinton Cash, as "discredited," he worried that some of the attacks on Clinton are motivated by "gender" and recalled that a "civil war" came not long after divisive White House campaigns involving President Andrew Jackson in the 1800s.

By Matthew Balan | | June 22, 2016 | 7:30 PM EDT

On Wednesday's MSNBC Live, Luke Russert fawned over Rep. John Lewis, as he and his Democratic colleagues staged a pro-gun control sit-in inside the well of the chamber of the House of Representatives. Russert first asked Lewis, "You are a civil rights icon. Your stories are remarkable — beaten within one inch of your life, it has been said. How important is this moment for you?" Russert later wondered, "Put this in history for me....Where does this stack up for you, in terms of what you've been able to accomplish in this life?"

By P.J. Gladnick | | June 22, 2016 | 6:57 PM EDT

The crew on NBC's Today Show had a rather unpleasant revelation this morning. Despite the fact that Donald Trump supposedly had a bad few weeks in stark contrast to Hillary Clinton, he is still in a virtual tie with her in the polls in the key battleground states of Ohio and Pennsylvania. Watch them as they seem to awake from the insistent media narrative that Trump is in a really bad slump. 

By Randy Hall | | June 22, 2016 | 6:50 PM EDT

Neil Steinberg of the Chicago Sun-Times decided last week to purchase an AR-15 following the Pulse night club shooting in Orlando, Florida. His purpose, he said, was to demonstrate how simple it was and to explore Illinois’ gun laws concerning assault weapons. When he bought the gun, Steinberg planned to sell it back to the store. However, his purchase was stopped by the gun store, which canceled the transaction during Illinois’ required 24-hour waiting period after discovering he had lied on his background check about his history of alcohol abuse and domestic violence.

By Samantha Cohen | | June 22, 2016 | 5:08 PM EDT

As the fight for gun-control legislation continues on Capitol Hill, so too does the hypocrisy of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. On Wednesday, the show criticized Senator Susan Collins’ bipartisan legislation that would prevent people on two government watch lists from buying firearms.  Host Joe Scarborough is so accustomed to attacking Republicans that he quickly chastised Senator Lindsey Graham for making his point on the need for greater constitutional restrictions regarding firearms.

By Karen Townsend | | June 22, 2016 | 4:31 PM EDT

The highly anticipated fourth season of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black launched last Friday and I have to believe that true fans of the show were not disappointed. The story remains true to life in a minimum security prison, as you might imagine it to be, and managed to get all the way to the twelfth episode (out of thirteen) before politics entered. 

By Remso Martinez | | June 22, 2016 | 3:44 PM EDT

While reporting on Taylor Swift’s open letter to Congress regarding a drastic reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, CBS This Morning focused the story primarily on how Swift, along with many other high-profile entertainers such as Paul McCartney and Trent Reznor, felt YouTube was exploiting the artists' music by not taking a more proactive role in targeting and removing videos and other content that play licensed music without explicit permission from the artist or their record company.

By Maggie McKneely | | June 22, 2016 | 3:36 PM EDT

She’s no singer, but our overexposed FLOTUS is about to give karaoke a whirl on national television. The wildly popular segment on The Late Late Show, Carpool Karaoke, involves host James Corden driving around for ten minutes while he tries to sing karaoke to his guests’ own songs. The segment has featured a range of professional singers and musicians such as Selena Gomez, Carrie Underwood, Adele, J-Lo, and Lin-Manuel Miranda.