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By Scott Whitlock | February 18, 2015 | 11:18 AM EST

All three morning shows on Wednesday covered the latest example of Joe Biden's awkward, close talking with women in public. However, the hosts of CBS This Morning went out of their way to excuse the Vice President's caressing touch and whispering into the ears of the new Secretary of Defense's wife. 

By Kyle Drennen | February 18, 2015 | 10:10 AM EST

Responding to a question on Facebook Tuesday about left-wing pundit Howard Dean attacking Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as "unknowledgeable" for not graduating college, Mike Rowe, host of CNN's Somebody's Gotta Do It, dismantled Dean's assertion and wondered if America had "confused qualifications with competency."

By Jeffrey Meyer | February 18, 2015 | 9:50 AM EST

On Wednesday, CBS This Morning provided some free publicity for the White House as its three co-hosts gushed over a new video featuring First Lady Michelle Obama promoting her healthy eating initiative with comedian Billy Eichner and Big Bird. After playing a lengthy clip of Mrs. Obama running around a supermarket and dancing with Big Bird, co-host Charlie Rose proclaimed “I love her” and that her video was “just great.”

By Mark Finkelstein | February 18, 2015 | 9:23 AM EST

Latest dispatch from President Obama's Department of Terrible Deeds in the Name of Christ . . . Morning Joe invited the State Department spox Marie Harf on today to give her a chance to clarify what she said to Chris Matthews about the US being unable to "kill our way" out of the ISIS problem and the need to focus on the "root causes" of terrorism.

After brushing off the suggestion by General Michael Hayden that she'd like a "mulligan" on those remarks, Harf attempted to distract from the focus on Islamic terrorism. Discussing this week's White House summit on "extremism," Harf cited the Lord's Resistance Army led by Ugandan Joseph Kony. Huffed Harf: "I don't remember people talking about that as much anymore, but that's a Christian militant group."

By Mark Finkelstein | February 18, 2015 | 7:13 AM EST

There are still 10 months to go in 2015, but Mike Barnicle is a strong frontrunner for Clumsiest Comment of the Year.

In a Morning Joe segment today on ISIS outrages, and shortly after mentioning the atrocity in which ISIS burned dozens of people to death in Iraq, Barnicle said that the complexity of dealing with ISIS makes "you want to set your hair on fire."

By Curtis Houck | February 18, 2015 | 2:00 AM EST

During the swearing-in ceremony of new Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden grasped the shoulders of and whispered something to Carter’s wife, Stephanie, in what made for the latest awkward Biden gaffe and predictably spread on social media throughout the remainder of the day. The Tuesday evening newscasts, however, ignored the embarrassment.

By Tom Johnson | February 18, 2015 | 1:11 AM EST

The American Prospect’s Paul Waldman argues that “anti-intellectualism has often been an effective way for Republicans to stir up class resentment while distracting from economic issues. It says to voters…[d]on't aim your disgruntlement at Wall Street, or corporations that don't pay taxes, or the people who want to keep wages low and make unions a memory. Point it in a different direction, at college professors and intellectuals (and Hollywood, while you're at it).”

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | February 17, 2015 | 11:42 PM EST

The safest bet you can possibly make at the beginning of a presidential election cycle is that the “objective” national media will savage the Republican contenders with “investigative” journalism. Not just one Republican contender, but all the Republican contenders.

It’s a bit amazing to look back at 2012 and remember that every Republican candidate was punched in the kisser by “journalism” if and when he or she inched into the lead. Sarah Palin never declared, but she was slimed in 2011 by NBC star Savannah Guthrie, who casually tossed out author Joe McGinniss’s claims that she was a bad mother, that she and her husband used cocaine, and she had sex with an NBA star. Proof? Who needs it?

By Tom Blumer | February 17, 2015 | 10:45 PM EST

In a rundown of the deteriorating situation in Libya in its February 23 issue, New Yorker Magazine's Jon Lee Anderson quoted "a senior (Obama) Administration official" (the capital "A" is Anderson's) who, incredibly, claimed that the country's descent into virtual chaos resulted from "the politicization" of the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack which killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others.

You see, because of that alleged politicization, Team Obama-Hillary claims that it, in the Administration official's words, "reduced our geographic scope and presence in the country," and, in Anderson's words, that it "wound down its diplomatic presence and essentially abandoned its role" there. A "senior Administration official" chimed in with how Benghazi "brought a 'broader chill'" to U.S. efforts.

By Curtis Houck | February 17, 2015 | 10:06 PM EST

Just shy of 24 hours after a federal judge halted President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty, the major broadcast networks displayed their palpable opposition to the ruling during their Tuesday night broadcasts, lamenting that it “dashes American dreams for millions of families under the threat of deportation” after Wednesday was set “to be a historic day for millions of illegal immigrants” when they could apply for legal status. 

By Ken Shepherd | February 17, 2015 | 9:18 PM EST

Appearing on the February 17 edition of All In with Chris Hayes, liberal radio talk show host Bob Kincaid essentially argued that the CSX freight-rail company was a graver threat to Americans than ISIS. Kincaid was on the program to discuss an oil-train derailment and fire in West Virginia.

For his part, Hayes did not attempt to reel Kincaid in from such an outlandish statement.

By Jack Coleman | February 17, 2015 | 7:58 PM EST

Longtime Obama confidant David Axelrod is making the rounds to flog his new book, "Believer: My Forty Years in Politics."  Along the way, he has parroted a textbook liberal myth, confident it will go unchallenged by simpatico buddies in the media and surely aware that low-information voters who comprise the Democrats' base won't have a clue anyway.

Appearing on Sunday's Meet the Press, Axelrod took part in a panel discussion on Jon Stewart's impending departure from The Daily Show when he tossed out a whopper about a controversial American priest of the last century --

By Tim Graham | February 17, 2015 | 7:17 PM EST

“During a CNN internal town hall Tuesday, network chief Jeff Zucker said it’s not a conflict of interest for an executive of the network to host the president and First Lady in their home,” an insider familiar with the event told

The fuss was apparently over a dinner with the Obamas at the home of CNN vice president Virginia Moseley, who's married to Thomas Nides, a former aide to Hillary Clinton at the State Department.

By Matthew Balan | February 17, 2015 | 5:53 PM EST

Don Lemon turned to Inna Shevchenko on Monday's CNN Tonight for her account of surviving the recent terrorist attack in Copenhagen, Denmark. However, the CNN anchor failed to point out that Shevchenko is a prominent member of the radical feminist group Femen, which has a history of targeting social conservatives in general, and especially the Catholic Church, for their opposition to same-sex "marriage."

By Jorge Bonilla | February 17, 2015 | 4:55 PM EST

I’ve always said that one of the characteristics of conservatism is a willingness to identify a thing by its proper name, and we know that conservative tendencies do not exactly run rampant throughout our newsrooms. So you can imagine my shock when I heard Univision’s late-night anchor properly refer to President Obama’s executive amnesty action as…President Obama’s executive amnesty. Here it is, in all its narrative-destroying glory: