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By Tom Johnson | February 15, 2015 | 2:10 PM EST

Nicole Hemmer argues that right-wingers trash the so-called objective media with an eye toward “making room for their own explicitly ideological” outlets “like Fox News, Breitbart, and talk radio…In an era when ideologues increasingly choose their own facts, the partisan policing of accuracy threatens to do in factuality altogether.”

And where is the Media Research Center in this article?

By Jeffrey Meyer | February 15, 2015 | 12:36 PM EST

On Sunday, NBC’s Meet the Press discussed liberal comedian Jon Stewart’s announcement that he will be departing the Daily Show after 17 years. During the program’s panel discussion, Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker eagerly championed Stewart and insisted that he has been successful because “liberals put funny first. And I think conservatives put politics first.”

By Jeffrey Meyer | February 15, 2015 | 11:11 AM EST

On Sunday, ABC’s This Week promoted Vice President Joe Biden’s recent visit to Iowa, fueling speculation that he might seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016. While the Sunday show was quick to play up Biden’s Iowa trip, fill-in host Jonathan Karl and his panel ignored a gaffe he made during a speech at Drake University on Thursday in which he referred to former Iowa Democratic Representative Neal Smith as his “old butt buddy.” 

By Tom Blumer | February 15, 2015 | 9:56 AM EST

Libya's descent into chaos troubles the New York Times editorial board. Naturally, the Old Gray Lady's Sunday editorial, even as it referenced the 2011 "civil war," didn't even try to make any association between the current mess and the administration which initiated it.

The editorial's recitation of the current situation, without any mention of President Obama, NATO, or the United States leaves one wondering why the Times even bothered publishing the piece (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Tim Graham | February 15, 2015 | 9:31 AM EST

A team of Washington Post reporters did more myth-busting in the claims of Brian Williams in a Sunday front-page story that continued to two whole pages inside the paper. The headline was “Williams undone by his gift of storytelling: Anchor’s love of a good yarn played a role in his downfall.” Wild exaggerations? “That’s Brian being Brian” was the “newsroom shorthand.”

Reporters Manuel Roig-Franzia, Scott Higham, and Amy Brittain forwarded supportive statements from former NBC chief executive Bob Wright, but also added more rebuttal of Williams tall tales, like one we suggested on NewsBusters about Slim Jims:

By Tim Graham | February 15, 2015 | 8:25 AM EST

T. Becket Adams at The Washington Examiner drew up a list of people shocked, shocked, that Scott Walker punted on a “gotcha” evolution question at a London Q&A.

Adams noted that these same liberal journalists don’t blink when liberal politicians punt on gotcha abortion questions. Conservatives are "climate deniers" or Darwin deniers, but when liberals are baby deniers? The media can only laugh along with them when that hardly tricky matter of science comes up.

By Tim Graham | February 15, 2015 | 7:24 AM EST

At 56, Madonna is still trying to sound like Public Sexpot No. 1 and still trying to rattle the cages of her Catholic upbringing – literally, by suggesting the Catholics oppressed and abused her.

Billboard magazine interviewed her about her latest, soon-to-be-forgotten disc, Rebel Heart. She claimed "Catholicism feels like my alma mater. It's the school I used to go to, and I can go back any time I want and take whatever I want from it because I suffered all the oppression, and all the abuse..."

By Brent Baker | February 14, 2015 | 11:54 PM EST

David Axelrod’s admission, that Barack Obama dissembled on his real position on same-sex marriage, “is prompting a whole new round of fact-checking,” fill-in host Shannon Bream noted on Friday’s Special Report on FNC. She was setting up a clip from NBC’s Tonight Show applying a “truth” versus “lie” test to other statements by Obama.  

By Tom Blumer | February 14, 2015 | 11:47 PM EST

What an ironic title New York Times op-ed columnist and former editorial page editor Gail Collins used — "Scott Walker Needs an Eraser" — in her February 13 opinion piece blasting Wisconsin's Republican governor.

In her nitpicky, selective mind, Walker must already have an eraser, one that's so powerful that it could reach back to the year before he became Badger State chief executive and eliminate teachers' jobs (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Jack Coleman | February 14, 2015 | 6:33 PM EST

MSNBC is rightly considered among the more fetid branches of the left-wing fever swamp, alongside the Daily Kos blog, Dennis Kucinich's fan club, and just about any fundraiser for Elizabeth Warren. But what MSNBC airs on weekends exceeds its often dazzling levels of left-wing lunacy.

This morning on the network's Melissa Harris-Perry show, for example, guest host and Columbia University poli-sci professor Dorian Warren spoke about the murders of three Muslim residents of Chapel Hill, N.C., this week with a panel of fellow liberals, all of them Deeply Concerned, the requisite emotional state for anyone spending time in Harris-Perry's empathic presence.

By Tim Graham | February 14, 2015 | 6:06 PM EST

“Reverend” Al Sharpton isn’t too big on the Bible, certainly not on the tale that God created the world and everything in it. MSNBC tweeted out Sharpton’s Thursday night segment where he wished his viewers and guests “Happy Darwin Day” three times, and mocked Gov. Scott Walker for skipping an evolution question in a London interview.

A snarky commenter on noted that Sharpton was pushing Darwin, whose book The Origin of Species was also titled The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Uh-oh, Rev.

By Jill Stanek | February 14, 2015 | 2:26 PM EST

The Bloomberg headline was shocking: “Grisly Language Propels Kansas Anti-Abortion Bill as U.S. Model.”

Bloomberg journalist Esme E. Deprez was tasked with informing readers about the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Act, which last month was introduced in both Kansas and Oklahoma. The writing experience obviously wasn’t pleasant for her.

By Rich Noyes | February 14, 2015 | 2:25 PM EST

There was a telling media moment on Friday’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, as the Fox Business host dissolved into a fit of uncontrollable laughter as he recounted the latest questionable claims from suspended NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams. By the time Dobbs had finished reading the 30-second update, he was laughing so hard he could barely speak.

By Tom Johnson | February 14, 2015 | 2:08 PM EST

In her Talking Points Memo column, Marcotte writes that King v. Burwell itself is ridiculous but par for the course: “Exploiting the obsessions and fantasies of rightwing cranks…has [been] the standard operating procedure of conservative leadership for decades now. But that the Supreme Court is elevating this kind of talk radio madness to the highest court in the land takes this to another level.”

By Christian Toto | February 14, 2015 | 12:38 PM EST

Adam Carolla wants President Barack Obama and Sen. Elizabeth Warren to take a knee. The podcaster says their economic rhetoric sends the wrong message to Americans.

Both Obama and Warren warn about an unfair playing field and how the government should make the necessary “corrections.” So "How is it possible for everyone to have exactly the same opportunity?” asks Carolla.