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By Ken Shepherd | March 11, 2015 | 9:12 PM EDT

Yet again Hardball host Chris Matthews insisted that 47 Republican senators the other day violated federal law by penning an open letter to the government of Iran regarding ongoing nuclear talks between that regime and the Obama administration. In a March 11 segment on the matter, Matthews played video of Secretary of State John Kerry criticizing Republicans for sending the open letter.

By Mark Finkelstein | March 11, 2015 | 6:41 PM EDT

Could you use some "Hill-arity" after a long day? On the Ed Show Barbara Boxer claimed Republicans are going after Hillary "because they know she's exciting the public."  Right.  For good measure, Boxer said that she "unequivocally" trusts Hillary.

David Corn of way-left Mother Jones was surprisingly skeptical, saying that "whether Barbara Boxer trusts her or not," Hillary critics have a point because she "tainted the chain of custody."

By Curtis Houck | March 11, 2015 | 6:40 PM EDT

In dual columns Tuesday and Wednesday, National Journal columnist Ron Fourier tore into Hillary Clinton and her email scandal, declaring her to be “[a] pay-phone candidate in an iPhone world” and having utterly failed to answer numerous questions as to why “she seized control of documents that were supposed to be on a government server.”

By Ken Shepherd | March 11, 2015 | 5:33 PM EDT

Perhaps because it's becoming harder and harder to defend Hillary Clinton on the merits, MSNBC.com has turned to the tried and true "hypocrisy" card to try to undercut Republican complaints about the former secretary of state's lack of transparency.

By NB Staff | March 11, 2015 | 5:10 PM EDT

MRC president Brent Bozell is urging conservatives from coast to coast to sign up for the inaugural Media Research Center / Tea Party Patriots Caribbean cruise on Holland America's Westerdam cruise ship.

“This 7-day Caribbean cruise is a wonderful opportunity for us to talk face to face about the important issues of the day, business, and life, while sailing the beautiful Caribbean islands,” Brent said in inviting guests.

By Scott Whitlock | March 11, 2015 | 5:10 PM EDT

According to View co-host Nicolle Wallace, supposedly the "conservative" voice on the show, members of the media "hate" Hillary Clinton more than "my party." On Wednesday, Wallace offered a bewildering analysis of the likely 2016 Democratic candidate: "The media, they hate her the most, okay? More than my party. They hate her." 

By Kyle Drennen | March 11, 2015 | 5:01 PM EDT

Appearing on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports on Wednesday, Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer lectured the liberal journalist for daring to ask about the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal: "Either you're going to listen to her and believe her that, in fact, she complied with the spirit and the letter of the law or you're not going to trust anything she says....And all of this, I think, is politics. I think it is sad. And most people want to hear what Hillary Clinton has to say about the issues."

By Tom Blumer | March 11, 2015 | 4:11 PM EDT

A Google News search at 3 p.m. Eastern Time today for stories published in March about "Eva Carmichael" (in quotes; sorted by date) returned only 11 items.

Who is Eva Carmichael? She is a 94 year-old woman who was murdered in Meridian, Mississippi on March 1. Based on the complete lack of press coverage outside of the immediate area, it's reasonable to believe that the nation's journalists don't think, in the popular parlance, that "her life mattered" all that much. And why is that?

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."