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By Matt Philbin | September 25, 2015 | 3:47 PM EDT

For journalists, it was the best of popes and it was the worst of popes. News outlets were often negative when Pope Benedict visited the United States in 2008, calling him an “enforcer,” “God’s Rottweiler,” and “very conservative.”

Not so this time around for Pope Francis. The current pontiff shares the media’s views on climate change, immigration and inequality, and seems ambivalent at best about capitalism. Even better, his language on certain social issues has been less than precise, leading them to speculate that the Church might change its teaching on homosexuality, contraception and other near-and-dear lefty issues.

In short, the media suspects Francis is really one of them.

By Jorge Bonilla | September 25, 2015 | 3:43 PM EDT

Judging from some of the coverage of the papal visit to the United States, it would appear that our media have been miraculously blessed with the gift of interpreting the thoughts behind Francis' words. The national Spanish-language media have also been prone to this phenomenon.

By Curtis Houck | September 25, 2015 | 3:31 PM EDT

Mere moments into House Speaker John Boehner’s press conference on Friday discussing his resignation on October 30, the “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC were quick to chastise conservative House members on Boehner’s “far right flank” that compose the “no compromise crowd” and “some grassroots conservatives who happened to be elected members of the House.”

By Michael Greibrok | September 25, 2015 | 3:11 PM EDT

Associated Press (AP), the arbiters of style for journalism, issued new rules related to global warming and climate change coverage, infuriating liberal environmentalists.

Their anger stemmed from AP’s guidance which said to use the label “climate change doubters” or “those who reject mainstream climate science” when discussing those that do not accept man-made climate change, rather than “skeptics” or “deniers.”

By Curtis Houck | September 25, 2015 | 1:14 PM EDT

During MSNBC’s live coverage Friday morning of Pope Francis in New York City and the sudden announcement that House Speaker John Boehner will resign October 30, liberal personality Rachel Maddow couldn’t help but speak in admiration for Boehner, describing him as a “refreshing and lovable” politician as he’s dealt with “a fractious and self-righteously combative caucus.”

By Melissa Mullins | September 25, 2015 | 12:56 PM EDT

Comedian and Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead threw a hissyfit when initially Apple rejected her feminist app “Hinder,” a satirical rip-off of the dating app “Tinder”: it allows a user to swipe “anti-women” politicians, much like Tinder users can reject potential dates they find objectionable.

Apple has since backed away from its initial ban on the app after Winstead went and whined to the Daily Beast that she was “short-shrifted” by the company.

By Scott Whitlock | September 25, 2015 | 12:50 PM EDT

Reacting to the resignation of John Boehner, MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Friday assessed the state of the modern Republican Party. After Brian Williams wondered, “who is the Republican establishment,” the cable host insisted that the GOP has been supplanted “by the sun belt because of the civil rights passage in ‘64.” He sneered, “Now, we have a Solid South which is pro-white in the South and we have a Western party in the Mountain states, which is Mormon and conservative.” 

By Scott Whitlock | September 25, 2015 | 12:04 PM EDT

ABC’s breaking news coverage of John Boehner’s resignation from the House included George Stephanopoulos describing the Speaker as fighting “guerrilla war” against conservatives.  Analyst Cokie Roberts on Friday lamented “But it is going to be much, much harder for President Obama to make deals with the Republicans in Congress.”

By Curtis Houck | September 25, 2015 | 11:41 AM EDT

Promoting a new movie on Thursday’s CNN Tonight, View co-host Whoopie Goldberg gushed that Pope Francis has made her “reinterested and reinvigorated” in the Catholic Church because she believes that he’s told parishioners they “don’t...need to be obsessed with gay people” and should “quit hurting women’s feeling about having gotten an abortion.”

By Mike Ciandella | September 25, 2015 | 11:31 AM EDT

He’s only been in the US for a few days, but the Pope has already accomplished what 16 GOP presidential candidates haven’t been able to for months: getting more network coverage than Donald Trump. 

During the first three days Pope Francis was in the U.S., the news broadcasts on ABC, CBS and NBC spent eight times the amount of coverage on the Pope than they did on presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

By Kyle Drennen | September 25, 2015 | 11:03 AM EDT

An hour before news broke that House Speaker John Boehner would be resigning from Congress at the end of October, on CBS This Morning, Face the Nation moderator John Dickerson declared that the Republican leader “had the high and the low yesterday, spending time with the Pope and then three hours with those conservatives who are giving him a lot of trouble on trying to keep the government open and funded...”

By Tom Blumer | September 25, 2015 | 10:56 AM EDT

Thursday morning at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, Christopher Rugaber opened his coverage of the Census Bureau's New Residential Sales report as follows: "Buoyed by steady job gains and low mortgage rates, Americans purchased new homes in August at the fastest pace in more than seven years."

Sorry, pal, it was the "fastest pace" in — wow — three months. The bureau's not seasonally adjusted home sales table told us that:

By Tim Graham | September 25, 2015 | 10:52 AM EDT

Here’s another sign of reporters trying way too hard to make President Obama and Pope Francis some kind of political twins.

Gary Emerling at the U.S. News & World Report website wrote an article headlined: “Pope Francis Just Echoed Obama's 'Offensive' Prayer Breakfast Remarks: The pontiff said all religions are susceptible to extremism and violence, just like Obama said in February.”    

By Scott Whitlock | September 25, 2015 | 10:41 AM EDT

Brian Williams, now demoted to breaking news anchor for MSNBC, on Friday lamented that John Boehner had to “put up” with the Tea Party as Speaker of the House. His colleague Chris Matthews cheered, “Everybody likes John Boehner. I can tell you the media like him.” Talking to NBC political editor Mark Murray, Williams blurted, “Talk about what John Boehner has had to put up that is unique to his Speakership. I guess I'm mostly thinking of the Tea Party revolution.” 

By NB Staff | September 25, 2015 | 9:47 AM EDT

Jennifer Steinhauer of The New York Times displayed bias even in the breaking news, that Speaker John Boehner was resigning due to "extreme pressure from the right wing of his conference" over Planned Parenthood.