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By Curtis Houck | June 19, 2015 | 12:33 AM EDT

O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly engaged in a heated battle with South Carolina Democratic Representative Todd Rutherford on Thursday evening over Ruthford’s dubious claims that he made hours earlier about how the alleged gunman in the deadly Charleston church shooting had sought guidance from “things like Fox News” as it supposedly offers “hate speech.” The roughly three-minute exchange revolved mainly around Rutherford’s belief that alleged shooter Dylann Roof was a viewer of the Fox News Channel (FNC) where it “continues to cover stories as to whether the President is truly the President” and inferred that it enabled him to claim during the massacre that “black people are raping white women.”

By Curtis Houck | June 18, 2015 | 10:39 PM EDT

As part of their coverage on the deadly shooting at the Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, Thursday’s CBS Evening News dedicated a segment to President Obama’s attempts to push through gun control measures after national tragedies. With no victories thus far, chief White House correspondent Major Garrett lamented that Obama “appears exhausted by gun violence and the political stalemate” with those prospects after Charleston.

By Clay Waters | June 18, 2015 | 9:47 PM EDT

Frank Bruni went petty to accuse the Republican candidates of backwards sexism in his latest New York Times column, "The G.O.P.'s Blinkered Contenders." Bruni, who previously served as a White House correspondent for the Times, used a single word by Sen. Rand Paul to bizarrely condemn the entire party for sexism – "a medieval metaphor" that "revealed an antiquated mind-set." The word? "wife."

By Curtis Houck | June 18, 2015 | 9:15 PM EDT

Hours after NBC News officially announced that Brian Williams will not return to anchoring NBC Nightly News following his six-month suspension, Thursday’s editions of NBC Nightly News and ABC’s World News Tonight gave news briefs to this decision as well as the move by the network to promote weekend anchor Lester Holt to the permanent weekday spot. It should be noted that while the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley did not cover this story on Thursday, CBS This Morning devoted a 23-second brief to the story by fill-in co-host Anthony Mason.


By Ken Shepherd | June 18, 2015 | 8:27 PM EDT

Seeking to make sense of what motivated Dylann Roof to shoot innocent worshipers at a historic black church in Charleston, S.C., to death, MSNBC contributor Eugene Robinson and MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews agreed that there was some mystical role that the "atmosphere" of hate in the Palmetto State played. For his part, Matthews likened it to JFK's assassination in November 1963, insisting that although he was a leftist politically, Lee Harvey Oswald was affected by the climate of "right-wing" antipathy towards the president.

By Randy Hall | June 18, 2015 | 7:26 PM EDT

As surely as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, whenever a gun-related mass murder occurs anywhere in the United States, former Cable News Network host and current editor-in-charge for the website Piers Morgan comes out swinging while demanding more stringent gun control.

Due to the tragic murder of nine people when a young, white gunman opened fire inside the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on Wednesday, Morgan declared: “Such a sickening outrage. Wake up, America. Your gun culture is disgusting."

By Ken Shepherd | June 18, 2015 | 6:39 PM EDT

The Daily Beast's Cheat Sheet Digest gave its thumbs-up to President Obama's talk of increased gun control in the wake of Wednesday night's deadly Charleston, S.C., church shooting. 

By Javier Zurita | June 18, 2015 | 6:10 PM EDT

The California legislature’s approval of a bill that enables undocumented children to obtain health insurance from the state’s Health Benefit Exchange was cause for celebration during a recent Univision morning show segment. In addition to covering minors, unauthorized immigrants 19 years of age or older are also slated to become eligible for enrollment upon determination by the state that “sufficient funding is available.”

By Matthew Balan | June 18, 2015 | 5:31 PM EDT

In a Thursday item on NBC News's web site, Chuck Todd, Mark Murray, and Andrew Rafferty asserted that "just like the issue of gay marriage, the Pope and the Catholic Church have gone from being wedge issues that benefitted the GOP in 2004 to ones that now favor Democrats." The three journalists cited Associated Press's reporting on Pope Francis's new encyclical on the environment, and concluded that "what this news does is guarantee that climate change is a conversation in GOP presidential debates, especially since several of the candidates...are Catholic."

By Scott Whitlock | June 18, 2015 | 5:26 PM EDT

MSNBC anchor Alex Wagner brought on two guests, Thursday, to broaden the tragic shooting in South Carolina to include a uniquely American culture. Wagner mentioned the fact that the state still flies the Confederate flag and University of Connecticut professor Jelani Cobb retorted, "If we could isolate this to the Confederate flag, we would be in good condition." 

By Ken Oliver-Mendez | June 18, 2015 | 5:11 PM EDT

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign announcement comments about Mexico and the quality of the current inflow of unauthorized Mexican immigrants to the U.S. have caused a firestorm in national Spanish-language media. 

Hasta ahora, Telemundo ha empleado más tiempo reaccionado a las declaraciones de Trump, y por su parte Rolando Nichols de MundoFox, las tomó a nivel personal.

By Katie Yoder | June 18, 2015 | 4:25 PM EDT

The broadcast news shows have hyped climate change in Pope Francis’s new encyclical – but did they hint at his arguments on abortion and gender identity? Short answer: No.

The Vatican released the pope’s media-hyped encyclical, Laudato Si’, on June 18. Out of the three broadcast networks, only NBC and ABC commented on the “climate change” publication from the “popular pope.” They also emphasized the church’s “moral call to action” on climate, skipping other moral calls to action networks ordinarily disdain – from prolife to traditional views on gender.

 Neither story mentioned the encyclical’s repeated recognition of the human embryo as a human being – or Pope Francis deeming “valuing one’s own body in its femininity or masculinity” as “necessary.”

By Curtis Houck | June 18, 2015 | 3:58 PM EDT

Appearing with journalist Carl Bernstein on Wednesday’s CNN Tonight to promote the upcoming episode of CNN’s The Seventies on Watergate, former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather decried the Republican Party’s “strong turn to the right” and blamed the size of party’s 2016 field on the Watergate scandal and the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

By Tom Blumer | June 18, 2015 | 3:24 PM EDT

2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, as seen in this March 10 Associated Press report, has claimed for several months that "No Classified Material (was) Sent via Her Personal Emails" from a home-based server she said "would remain private."

That claim, like so many other representations Mrs. Clinton has made, fell apart earlier this week, when, as Fox News reported, it was learned that Mrs. Clinton "used her personal email account to handle high level negotiations in 2011 for a no-fly zone to help topple Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi." Only Fox considers this a story. Apparently, the fact that icky Fox has reported it means that no one else in the establishment wants to. Video and the Fox story follow the jump.

By Kyle Drennen | June 18, 2015 | 3:18 PM EDT

On Thursday, NBC News officially named Lester Holt as the new anchor of NBC Nightly News, permanently replacing suspended anchor Brian Williams. In a just-released statement, Williams apologized for his dishonest accounts of news events: “I'm sorry. I said things that weren't true. I let down my NBC colleagues and our viewers, and I'm determined to earn back their trust.”