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By Randy Hall | | July 13, 2016 | 6:21 PM EDT

"Blow-by-blow coverage that gives disproportionate attention to one or two candidates. Some getting short shrift or gratuitously negative coverage. A press obsession with tactics and strategy that outpaces policy differences and leadership characteristics.”

“Sound familiar?” asked James Warren, chief media writer for the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida, when describing a Harvard University study regarding the 2016 presidential primary campaigns.

By Bruce Bookter | | July 13, 2016 | 6:19 PM EDT

ESPN continued its love affair with all things Black Lives Matter on Tuesday’s edition of Around the Horn.

By Tom Blumer | | July 13, 2016 | 6:04 PM EDT

It's a safe prediction that there will be renewed interest in the federal government's perilous financial situation if the country elects someone not named Hillary Clinton as its next president in November.

One reason why this prediction is so safe is how little interest there has been in even covering today's news about Uncle Sam's troubling June surplus of only $6.3 billion. The Associated Press, via Martin Crutsinger, devoted three whole paragraphs to the news during the first two hours after its release before lengthening it with the usual static analysis pablum about the presidential candidates' tax plans. A 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time Google News search on "deficit," which encouraged users to "Explore in Depth (9 more articles)," returned only three additional items when I followed that suggestion.

By Samantha Cohen | | July 13, 2016 | 6:02 PM EDT

On Wednesday the liberal host of Andrea Mitchell Reports jumped to the defense of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after her recent comments that Donald Trump is a “faker.” Many have spoken out against her decision to launch a partisan attack, as it is highly inappropriate for a member of the high court to comment on the presidential election. When Donald Trump responded to the judge and suggested she “has embarrassed all by making very dumb political statements” about him, Andrea Mitchell had to step in and “set the record straight.”

By Melissa Mullins | | July 13, 2016 | 5:31 PM EDT

Actor Matt Damon thinks the United States should follow Australia’s example and have a mass confiscation of guns in order to rob Americans of their Second Amendment rights. It’s ironic that Damon made this claim while in Australia promoting the latest gun-toting action Jason Bourne movie (where he plays the lead role of an American spy).

By Mira Ebersole | | July 13, 2016 | 4:04 PM EDT

Although he is frequently attacked by the mainstream media, Rush Limbaugh’s conservative radio show continues to flourish and maintain an audience of loyal followers. The radio show host’s $79 million income earned him the number 10 ranking on Forbes’ recently released list of top celebrity earnings of 2016.

By Sam Dorman | | July 13, 2016 | 4:01 PM EDT

Donald Trump officially launched his presidential bid in 2016, but according to an NBC producer the campaign started “decades” earlier in NBC appearances. For years, Trump campaigned on NBC and CBS late night shows reiterating talking points similar to ones he’s used in his presidential campaign, according to former Tonight Show producer Dave Berg’s July 11, USA Today op-ed.

By Elliot Polsky | | July 13, 2016 | 3:56 PM EDT

The Atlantic correspondent Ta-Nehisi Coates is getting wealthy race baiting with thoughtful-sounding writing liberals love to nod their heads to. The professional memoirist—who confessed no sorrow for the police and firefighters killed on 9-11 because, “they were not human to me”— turned his attention to the shootings in Dallas in a July 12 article. 

By Matthew Balan | | July 13, 2016 | 3:52 PM EDT

On Tuesday's CNN Tonight, Mark Preston touted President Obama's supposed ability to bring people together in the wake of the mass murder of the police officers in Dallas: "He is uniquely qualified right now...to create a legacy for himself...He is uniquely positioned, given the fact of where he came from...the history that he made; and his ability to bring people together." Preston also predicted, "This could be quite a moment for Barack Obama; and, honestly, probably a moment that this nation needs."

By Sarah Stites | | July 13, 2016 | 1:52 PM EDT

Remember how the networks obsessed over Russia’s 2014 anti-gay legislation? Turns out, the country’s newest draconian law is not worth mentioning even once. Why? This time, it’s Christians who are affected. 

By Curtis Houck | | July 13, 2016 | 1:33 PM EDT

As part of the same show in which Indiana Republican Governor Mike Pence was declared to be “almost horny for the job” as Donald Trump’s running mate, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews oozed on multiple occasions during Tuesday’s show that the day would be known as President Barack Obama’s “finest hour” as he spoke at an interfaith memorial service for the slain Dallas, Texas police officers. 

By Kyle Drennen | | July 13, 2016 | 1:15 PM EDT

In a surprisingly tough series of interviews on all three network morning shows on Wednesday, Bernie Sanders was grilled over his endorsement of Hillary Clinton. The hosts suggested he was simply supporting the “lesser of two evils” in the campaign and fretted that the socialist senator was “capitulating” his left-wing “values.”

By Scott Whitlock | | July 13, 2016 | 12:47 PM EDT

After ignoring the story on Monday and Tuesday, the ABC and NBC morning shows on Wednesday finally noticed that a United States Supreme Court judge has been going on a partisan, anti-Donald Trump tirade. Good Morning America’s Tom Llamas stacked the deck, describing the dispute as Trump having “a new fight with an 83-year-old, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.” Of course, Ginsburg started the war of words. 

By Tim Graham | | July 13, 2016 | 11:25 AM EDT

As he endorsed Hillary Clinton yesterday, Bernie Sanders comforted himself by asserting his campaign had brought the Clintons to creating “the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party.” You wouldn’t find those words in The New York Times on Wednesday, but they did carry this story: “Emerging Republican Platform Goes Far to the Right."

By Kristine Marsh | | July 13, 2016 | 11:24 AM EDT

This past week, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made negative comments to several media outlets about Donald Trump, calling him a “faker” and joking that she would move to New Zealand if he was elected. A SCOTUS Justice violating her assumed role as an impartial, nonpartisan judge was completely downplayed by the networks, which characterized it as a petty feud. However, even the two most liberal newspapers in the country blasted Ginsburg for calling “her own commitment to impartiality into question.”