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By Kristine Marsh | March 11, 2015 | 3:57 PM EDT

How low does left-wing hate-tank Southern Poverty Law Center have to go before the media stop sharing its “studies” as if they had objective merit? 

Even though the activist group uses easily disproven, bogus stats and a “hate map” that has inspired a potential mass murder at the Family Research Council in 2012, the media continue to cite them as a legitimate and neutral source.

By Tom Johnson | March 11, 2015 | 3:54 PM EDT

Laura Clawson of Daily Kos thinks the flap over Hillary Clinton’s private e-mails is a “nothing-burger.” Charles Pierce of Esquire, who may be on a meatless diet for Lent, says it’s simply “nothing.” That left each to blast the media for its supposedly egregious coverage of what DKos is calling “eGhazi.”

By Katie Yoder | March 11, 2015 | 3:32 PM EDT

Catholicism is fair game for comedy – unlike some other religions we could name but won’t for fear of beheading. That includes starring Stephen Colbert as a Catholic priest and former “virginity thief” who flaunts his sexual escapades from the pulpit and readily excommunicates. 

The nineteenth episode of the third season of The Mindy ProjectConfessions with a Catho-holic, aired March 10. Centering the plot on Dr. Danny Castellano (Chris Messina), a Catholic, Foxdescribed the episode as “When Danny's priest dies after hearing Danny's confession, he frantically tries to find a new priest so he can atone for his sins.” That “new priest” was a Father Michael O’Donnell, played by guest star Stephen Colbert.

By Tim Graham | March 11, 2015 | 2:39 PM EDT

It’s a NewsBusters win. On Tuesday, The Washington Post reported -- inside the Metro section on page B-3 -- that NPR and its Washington affiliate WAMU agreed with talk-show host Diane Rehm that she would stop being the star attraction at fundraising dinners for the leftist assisted-suicide lobbying group Compassion & Choices.

The Post account by Michael Rosenwald was only 524 words and carried the mild headline “Rehm scales back right-to-die efforts.” Unsurprisingly, the Post omitted the role of NewsBusters in this decision.

By Jack Coleman | March 11, 2015 | 12:55 PM EDT

If this was intended as a defense of discredited NBC Nightly News anchor/fabulist Brian Williams, ex-MSNBC ringleader Keith Olbermann should have bitten his tongue instead.

Appearing on Late Show with David Letterman last night, Olbermann described Williams as a friendly acquaintance of nearly 20 years and scrupulous newsman who takes "personal responsibility" for errors in his newscast, even if someone else makes them.

By Matthew Balan | March 11, 2015 | 12:49 PM EDT

On Wednesday, Jack Gillum and Stephen Braun of the Associated Press fact-checked five of Hillary Clinton's claims about her e-mail scandal from her Tuesday press conference. Gillum and Braun spotlighted that Clinton is "the only secretary of state known to have conducted all official unclassified government business on a private email address," and pointed out her "striking departure from the norm...to rely exclusively on private email for official business."

By Scott Whitlock | March 11, 2015 | 11:38 AM EDT

All three networks on Wednesday morning offered substantive coverage of Hillary Clinton's growing e-mail scandal. Yet, ABC's Good Morning America didn't bother to go to Republicans for response to the controversy. GMA boycotted the story on Tuesday. But on Wednesday, George Stephanopoulos trumpeted, "Hillary on the hot seat. The former Secretary of State finally answers questions about that private email controversy." 

By Kyle Drennen | March 11, 2015 | 11:29 AM EDT

To its credit, Wednesday's NBC Today actually brought on Republican Senator Rand Paul to react to Hillary Clinton's Tuesday press conference regarding the email scandal. However, co-host Matt Lauer used the second half of the interview to parrot Clinton's attacks on the GOP: "...she talked about this open letter that you and forty-six other Republican senators wrote and then signed and sent off to the leaders of Iran during very delicate negotiations over this nuclear deal. She said that you and the others were either trying help Iran or undermine...the commander-in-chief."

By Tom Blumer | March 11, 2015 | 11:11 AM EDT

The University of Notre Dame won an important victory at the Supreme Court Monday morning when the Court acted in its case involving Obamacare's contraception mandate. Its "GVR" order (grant, vacate, remand) granted Notre Dame a "writ of certorari," vacated a lower court ruling against the school which would have forced it comply or face severe penalties, and remanded the case back to that lower court for reconsideration in light of the higher court's Hobby Lobby ruling last year.

In response, the Associated Press issued a terse, unbylined four-paragraph "We have to cover it, but we'll be damned if we attach any importance to it" report later that morning. After the jump, I'll compare AP's output to a far more accurate and thorough writeup by NewsBusters alum Matt Hadro at Catholic News Agency which recognized the potentially far-reaching implications of the court's move.

By Jeffrey Meyer | March 11, 2015 | 11:05 AM EDT

Speaking to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night, NBC's Andrea Mitchell blamed the press coverage of Hillary Clinton in the 1990s for why she created a wall of secrecy. Mitchell also complained about having to cover Hillary’s self-inflicted e-mail controversy instead on a women's rights report: “The Clinton Foundation and Gates Foundation report on the no ceilings report was very important and had a lot of data in it, and I wish we had been working on that, frankly.”

By Tim Graham | March 11, 2015 | 9:50 AM EDT

Washington Post "fact checker" Michele Ye Hee Lee targeted Sen. Ted Cruz -- but she wasn't questioning his facts. She just didn't like they way he used the facts. It's correct to point out that there are more words in the tax code than the number of words in the Bible, but that's "utterly meaningless," she argued. It's somehow a "nonsense fact."

By Jeffrey Meyer | March 11, 2015 | 9:47 AM EDT

On Wednesday, CBS This Morning was the only network morning show to cover the Obama administration’s decision to drop their proposed ban on ammunition that is commonly used in the AR-15. After the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) all ignored the bullet ban reversal during their Tuesday night broadcasts, CBS’s Charlie Rose devoted a mere 20 seconds to the decision by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, And Explosives (ATF) to not ban the specific type of ammunition. ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today ignored the story altogether.

By Curtis Houck | March 11, 2015 | 1:42 AM EDT

On Tuesday, none of the major English or Spanish-language networks devoted any news coverage during their evening newscasts to the decision by the Obama administration to not follow through with a proposed ban on ammunition that is often used in AR-15s. The move by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) comes after an overwhelming response from gun owners, gun rights advocates, and members of Congress expressing opposition to the ban. FNC's Special Report did mention it during its Tuesday show.

By Curtis Houck | March 10, 2015 | 11:56 PM EDT

Following in the footsteps of Tuesday’s CBS This Morning, the CBS Evening News worked to paint the 47 Republican Senators who signed a letter to Iranian leaders in a negative light and portraying their actions as meddling in the Obama administration’s negotiations while making no mention of the moves that Democrats made to thumb their noses at Republican administrations.

By Ken Shepherd | March 10, 2015 | 11:26 PM EDT

Closing a panel segment with three fellow liberals about the open letter to the Islamic Republic of Iran by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and 46 Republican colleagues, MSNBC's Chris Matthews subtly hinted that the president's race was a motivating factor for the missive.