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By Matthew Balan | July 17, 2015 | 1:40 PM EDT

On Friday's New Day, CNN's Alisyn Camerota set up Michael Douglas to sing the praises of the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran. Camerota asked, "This week was the historic deal with Iran that...reportedly, will cut down on nuclear proliferation. Are you convinced by this deal?" Douglas replied by going after the critics of the deal: "I think it's just so presumptuous of everybody to jump on this...negatively. I see the positive aspects of it."

By Tom Johnson | July 17, 2015 | 1:34 PM EDT

Whether or not Chattanooga shooter Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez was a jihadist, opined Esquire’s Pierce in a Friday blog post, the key to Thursday’s murders is that he had a quintessentially American trait: he was gun-crazy.

“He had a grudge. The basis of that grudge, whether it was rooted in a bloody-minded version of religion or an anger at the country's policies across the seas, is beside the point,” wrote Pierce. “Abdulazeez was angry at someone or something. He had a problem he could not solve and, being an American, he reached for that most American of solutions. He reached for a gun.”

By Brad Wilmouth | July 17, 2015 | 12:29 PM EDT

On Friday's CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, during a discussion of "lone wolf" terrorists and how to combat them, CNN national security analyst Juliette Kayyem declared that it would be "absurd" to arm people in "soft targets" like schools and movie theaters. At one point, she also oddly included the word "church" in the list of places where one might be "radicalized."

By Ken Shepherd | July 17, 2015 | 12:12 PM EDT

Really, CNN?!

By Tim Graham | July 17, 2015 | 12:10 PM EDT

There had to be someone in the liberal media who looked at the Planned Parenthood sting video and decided it meant nothing. That it was all the Big Lie. Meet Washington Post columnist Petula Dvorak. 

Her Friday column in the paper was headlined “Planned Parenthood deserves to be supported, not attacked.” She dismissed the whole video as just another distasteful pro-life protest poster. 

By Tim Graham | July 17, 2015 | 10:43 AM EDT

The Hollywood Reporter pored over Hillary Clinton’s financial statements to determine just how enthusiastic the Hollywood left is for the apparent Democratic nominee-in-waiting. 

Plenty of well-known liberal celebrities are on the list: Ben Affleck, Leonardo DiCaprio, Richard Gere, Rob Reiner, Barbra Streisand, Tobey Maguire, Kate Hudson, Magic Johnson, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen, Richard Gere, Meredith Baxter, Glee alum Chris Colfer, and Chloe Grace Moretz.

By Kyle Drennen | July 17, 2015 | 10:24 AM EDT

On Friday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie touted Donald Trump leading in recent polls as a problem for the 2016 Republican field: “He is having a bigger impact than a lot of people expected and that is leading to a growing war of words between the real estate mogul and his political rivals.”

By Mark Finkelstein | July 17, 2015 | 8:29 AM EDT

Andrea Mitchell had the chance to ask John Kerry, on live national TV, any question she wanted about the Iran deal. She could, for example, have confronted him over the lifting of the conventional arms and ballistic missile embargoes that were included as a nice little parting gift to Iran.

Instead, in a moment of media malpractice, Mitchell lobbed up the mushiest of softballs on today's Morning Joe, asking Kerry "what that moment meant to you" when at the final negotiation meeting, he reminisced about going to Vietnam as a 22-year old "and that you never wanted to go to war without having exhausted the diplomacy."  A shame Andrea and John weren't in the same room so they could have exchanged a heartfelt hug.

By Tom Blumer | July 17, 2015 | 12:09 AM EDT

As usual, much of the press has responded to scandalous behavior by leftist sacred cows by making the story about Republicans criticizing the actions instead of the scandal itself.

On the one hand, are we really supposed to believe that only pro-lifers are horrified by the evidence that Planned Parenthood, aka Planned Parthood, sells the body parts of aborted preborn babies? Gosh, I hope not. So it's more than fair to turn the question around on anyone who tries to isolate the objections in that way. Mark Halperin at MSNBC tried that on Rick Perry, asking him, "Why are you so troubled by this video?" — as if the former Texas governmor is the one with a problem.

By Tim Graham | July 16, 2015 | 10:44 PM EDT

On Wednesday, posted a report from Steve Almasy and Eliott C. McLaughlin on the sting video on Planned Parenthood selling the body parts of aborted babies. A new angle emerged within the story when CNN medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen talked to liberal medical ethicist Arthur Caplan.

He suggested from watching the videotape that Planned Parenthood was unethically putting its plans for harvesting intact organs ahead of the health of the women seeking abortions. That’s “a big no-no.” So it’s not surprising that Caplan didn’t make the cut for CNN on air in the two stories Cohen appeared in on Wednesday and Thursday.   

By Ken Shepherd | July 16, 2015 | 8:56 PM EDT

Both ABC's World News Tonight and NBC's Nightly News on Thursday evening devoted full stories to Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner's acceptance speech at last night ESPY Awards. Although Jenner's receiving the award was controversial even among liberal supporters of transgender rights -- critics charged there were far more deserving potential recipients  -- neither ABC's Elizabeth Vargas nor NBC's Hallie Jackson explored that angle.

By Yuri Perez | July 16, 2015 | 8:24 PM EDT

Reporting on a recently released survey by Rasmussen Reports that indicates that 62% of Americans oppose sanctuary city policies, Telemundo, the nation’s second largest Spanish-language network, slanted its coverage in favor of maintaining the controversial policy.

By Jack Coleman | July 16, 2015 | 7:34 PM EDT

It ranks high among the assorted amusements provided by MSNBC -- Rachel Maddow's invariably skewed recollection of campaigns past.

On her cable show Tuesday, Maddow served up her signature brand of revisionism on the ways in which the Vietnam War was an issue for presidential candidates in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2008. Those who were awake and paying attention during the campaigns may find their recollections not aligning with hers.

By Matthew Balan | July 16, 2015 | 6:32 PM EDT

On Thursday's The Lead, CNN analyst Tom Fuentes was unwilling to conclude that the perpetrator of a mass shooting against servicemen in Chattanooga, Tennessee was Muslim. John Berman asked the former FBI assistant director, "Now that we have the name [Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez], the key questions are what?" Fuentes replied, "I know...what the name sounds like, but we don't know that it's a Muslim name. We know it's an Arabic name."

By Tom Johnson | July 16, 2015 | 6:00 PM EDT

The New York Times reported last weekend that one line of attack American Crossroads and other Republican-leaning groups are likely to use against Hillary Clinton is that she’s far too wealthy to relate to average Americans. Regarding such criticism, Steve Benen says, in effect: Bring it on.

Benen, a producer for MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and the primary writer for the TRMS blog, argued in a Monday post that the rich-and-out-of-touch charge won’t stick to Hillary the way it did to Mitt Romney because “Romney was extremely wealthy while pushing a policy agenda that would benefit people like him,” whereas Hillary’s economic program would help those nowhere near as well-off as she is.