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By Tom Johnson | April 7, 2015 | 1:32 PM EDT

In a Tuesday post, The Nation blogger Dave Zirin argued that it’s politically unseemly for Gov. Scott Walker to root publicly for certain Wisconsin sports teams, including the University of Wisconsin basketballers, who came up just short in last night’s men’s national title game against Duke.

Zirin claimed that it’s “almost flagrantly irresponsible” for the media to publicize Walker’s support of the Badger hoops team “while ignoring that…Walker has made it his mission to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the very public university system bringing glory to the state.” In Zirin’s view, Walker is “a soulless vessel for Koch brothers cash who in the name of a career advancement to the White House, is willing to both mercilessly attack any and all expressions of public life while at the same time using sports to shamelessly bank on what he imagines to be the ignorance of the US electorate.”

By P.J. Gladnick | April 7, 2015 | 1:27 PM EDT

Have you noticed how we have been bombarded recently in the mainstream media about a push to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with a woman? The organization behind this drive is Women On 20s. What you almost never hear or read, with the exception of the New Yorker, is that the woman who founded that organization, Barbara Oritiz Howard, was a Hillary Clinton political operative. Also all of the women who made the final, and also the preliminary list, were PC. Nary a conservative in the bunch although one such woman to be discussed below is more qualified than any of the finalists in terms of accomplishment.
 

By Matthew Balan | April 7, 2015 | 12:52 PM EDT

Alexey Eremenko spotlighted "teen weight-lifting wunderkind and ardent Communist" Maryana Naumova in a Tuesday item on NBCNews.com. Eremenko, NBC News's Moscow producer, played up how "sports is only part of Naumova's agenda. As a member of the youth arm of Russia's Communist Party...she tours schools and orphanages across Russia to promote weightlifting." However, the journalist never mentioned the brutality of Soviet-era communism.

By Scott Whitlock | April 7, 2015 | 12:45 PM EDT

Two days after Christians celebrated Easter, NBC trotted out the claim that the tomb and burial site of Christ has been found. The segment only included one brief clip of a skeptic. Instead, journalist Katy Tur, reporting live from Jerusalem, excitedly explained, "...A journalist and a geologist said they have new evidence that this right here, underneath this concrete slab is Jesus's tomb." 

By Katie Yoder | April 7, 2015 | 11:40 AM EDT

It’s the latest fad in the entertainment world right now: poking fun at conservative Christians defending Indiana’s RFRA. 

During The Daily Show on April 6, host Jon Stewart mocked the rhetoric presented by Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) supporters – by comparing their situation to “making a Jew slow-dance with Hitler.” 

By Kristine Marsh | April 7, 2015 | 11:22 AM EDT

One would think the editorial boards of the nations’ top newspapers – journalism’s brightest and best – wouldn't lightly throw around inflammatory language, slurs and insults.

But it appears that an Indiana law protecting the religious freedom of businesses and individuals is so beyond the pale it had the journalistic high-priests at many of America’s top 20 papers sputtering “bigot,” “homophobia” and “anti-gay.” 

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 7, 2015 | 11:13 AM EDT

On Tuesday, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul became the second Republican to officially enter the 2016 presidential race, following Senator Ted Cruz’s announcement on March 23. However, on the morning of their respective presidential announcements, the “Big Three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks went out of their way to label Cruz a “conservative” 13 times, compared to zero conservative labels for Senator Paul.

By Tim Graham | April 7, 2015 | 10:34 AM EDT

A favorite historical claim of Ronald Reagan-bashers is that he showed signs of senility in office. The New York Times is still fiddling around on this with the latest “scientific” proof in a March 30 article headlined “Parsing Ronald Reagan’s Words for Early Signs of Alzheimer’s.” The author, Dr. Lawrence K. Altman, was a Times medical correspondent for 40 years.

Craig Shirley, a longtime friend of the MRC, has written two historical books on Reagan and is finishing a third, titled Last Act: The Final Years and Enduring Legacy of Ronald Reagan. He wrote a letter to the editor strongly protesting this article and was refused. In fact, the Times stiffly wrote in return he would not be published, and "We received a couple of personal accounts (a caregiver's story) but did not choose to publish them."

By Geoffrey Dickens | April 7, 2015 | 9:43 AM EDT

Since newly announced presidential candidate Rand Paul first arrived on the national scene, as part of the Tea Party wave of 2010, the Kentucky Republican Senator has been depicted as a racist, sexist and heartless slasher of programs for the poor by the liberal media.

By Mark Finkelstein | April 7, 2015 | 9:34 AM EDT

Much of today's Morning Joe was devoted to a discussion of Rolling Stone's failed journalism on the UVa story. Maybe Mika Brzezinski should look in the mirror: she began her interview of Wendy Sherman, the chief US negotiator on the Iran deal, by offering her "congratulations."  Even Sherman herself had the sense to suggest that congratulations were not yet in order.

In contrast, Joe Scarborough actually tried to get Sherman to answer an important question: how much advance notice of inspections does the deal give Iran? Sherman skated away faster than Apolo Ohno, refusing to answer other than to claim that "we will have the access we need to ensure that we have the time to make the decisions that we need."  Very reassuring, coming from the architect of the disastrous North Korean negotiations, which of course led to the Norks going nuclear.  Readers are urged to read the linked article: who knew, e.g., that Sherman is a former Emily's List director?

By Curtis Houck | April 7, 2015 | 12:41 AM EDT

After NBC’s Today touted the latest hire for Hillary Clinton’s expected presidential campaign, Monday’s NBC Nightly News also gushed over the move while blasting Republican Jeb Bush for creating an “embarrassing situation” by identifying as a Hispanic on a voter registration form. Peter Alexander reported Clinton has hired “a former aide to First Lady Michelle Obama” in Kristina Schake, who, he gushed, “is credited with helping soften Mrs. Obama’s public image. She’s the aide behind that undercover shopping trip to Target, the First Lady’s cameo at the Oscars, even those unforgettable dance moves with Jimmy Fallon.”

By Clay Waters | April 6, 2015 | 11:35 PM EDT

New York Times reporter Jonathan Mahler covered the damning indictment of Rolling Stone magazine's story of a gang rape at the University of Virginia, but skipped his own paper's disgraceful coverage of a previous campus rape hoax -- involving the Duke lacrosse team in 2006.

By Tim Graham | April 6, 2015 | 11:20 PM EDT

Racially obsessed USA Today on Friday wrote this headline: “Wisconsin doesn't hide from 'white guys' reputation.”

Josh Peter assembled current and former Badger players,  former assistant coaches, and “authorities on the African-American experience” to answer: “Why is the Badgers' roster predominantly white?”

By Curtis Houck | April 6, 2015 | 9:49 PM EDT

During its coverage of the Iran framework on Monday, NBC Nightly News touted the hopes of proponents and the Obama administration that the “details of a deal may be changing” the minds of “some” critics as President Obama and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz began selling the agreement in press conferences, interviews, and calls with world leaders. Lester Holt began by promoting Obama’s recent interview with NPR in which he said forcing Iran to recognize Israel’s existence as part of a final nuclear deal (as Israel has insisted) would be a “fundamental misjudgement.”

By Ken Shepherd | April 6, 2015 | 9:46 PM EDT

"Social group whose primary activities include lewdness & intemperance, & whose recruits suffer humiliation & sadism, sues for defamation." That was a tweet from Washington Post "newspaperman" Dan Zak at 7:39 p.m. Monday evening.