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By Joseph Rossell | April 29, 2015 | 11:55 AM EDT

Economic growth has stagnated so far this year, catching the broadcast news networks inexplicably off guard yet again.

The federal government’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) announced April 29 that gross domestic product (GDP) expansion slowed to only 0.2 percent in the first quarter of 2015. This meant the goods and services produced by the United States economy grew only minimally, lagging far behind growth in the previous two quarters.

By Scott Whitlock | April 29, 2015 | 11:46 AM EDT

Despite a combined eight hours of air time on Wednesday, all three network morning shows ignored the revelation that 6,400 "lost" e-mails from ex-IRS official Lois Lerner have been found. On cable, Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer alerted viewers, reminding, "The IRS claimed the emails were lost when learner's computer crashed three years ago. They will now be examined by the Senate Finance Committee." Rather than focus on an attempt to cover-up government targeting of conservative groups, GMA devoted four minutes to this: "Stranded on a deserted Island: Four keys to staying alive."

By Melissa Mullins | April 29, 2015 | 11:28 AM EDT

Given all the feminist hype for HBO star Lena Dunham, what she recently said about music is making her sound more like vintage Tipper Gore than a modern-day Gloria Steinem.

Dunham was speaking at Variety’s Power of Women 2015 lunch when she made the following comments attacking music (most notably hip-hop and rap), which she says, “celebrates the exploiters and hides the exploited.”

By Jeffrey Meyer | April 29, 2015 | 11:10 AM EDT

On Wednesday, CBS This Morning hosted HBO’s John Oliver for an extensive promotional interview that featured the three hosts heaping praise on the “amazing” liberal comedian. In an interview that totaled more than 13 minutes across two segments, co-host Charlie Rose fawned over Oliver and proclaimed “I have romance for you” which Oliver took as an opportunity to awkwardly praise the CBS host’s “intoxicating” smell later in the broadcast.

By Kyle Drennen | April 29, 2015 | 11:04 AM EDT

Introducing a segment on Wednesday's NBC Today about the Supreme Court set "to weigh the historic arguments in a case that could bring same-sex marriage to all fifty states," co-host Matt Lauer hyped the political implications of the ruling: "...the issue is quickly becoming a major factor in the 2016 presidential race."

By Tom Johnson | April 29, 2015 | 10:51 AM EDT

Late in the Reconstruction period and for many years thereafter, white-supremacist paramilitary groups often committed acts of terrorism in the southern United States. That much is clear. Also clear, at least to Daily Kos's Denise Oliver-Velez, is that the spirit of those groups lives today in American police departments and in the viewership of Fox News.

“They don't kill us in bunches anymore. Now they just murder us one by one,” argued Oliver-Velez in a Sunday post. “One by one, as we are murdered by red shirts in blue, the message is re-enforced by bullets in the back, and chokeholds around our necks, no different than the nooses hung from trees. The audience is now on Fox News, rather than standing around the bonfires of death.”

By Mark Finkelstein | April 29, 2015 | 10:05 AM EDT

Yesterday, we reported on how just after playing a clip of the pastor who delivered the eulogy at the Freddie Gray funeral leading the congregation in an impassioned chant of "no justice, no peace!"Joe Scarborough claimed that the riots that ensured were "something that no one inside that funeral could have ever have wanted." The chant wasn't the pastor's only incitement.  He also told the congregation that "somebody is going to have to pay" for Gray's death. 

So when that pastor, Jamal Bryant, appeared on today's Morning Joe, don't you think Scarborough would have challenged him over his incendiary remarks?  Think again. There was not a word of Bryant's incitement.  To the contrary, Scarborough gushed: "we were all moved by that extraordinary eulogy you gave a couple days ago," and a bit later former RNC Chairman Michael Steele thanked him for "your voice in this time in the city." 

By Bryan Ballas | April 29, 2015 | 6:30 AM EDT

Occasionally Morning Joe can be quite eclectic. When watching the show one could be following a clear trail of logic, only to be blindsided by a burst of absurdity. Such was the case with Monday’s broadcast, in which Joe Scarborough compared Republican voters to drunks.

While critiquing Hillary’s prospects for the presidency in the face of the Clinton Foundation scandals, Joe suddenly jumped onto a Republican bashing tangent, "I say this to Republicans all the time, cause we’re the ones who usually make really really bad choices. Please put down the whiskey and car keys...And we always make these horrible decisions every four years."

By NB Staff | April 29, 2015 | 12:24 AM EDT

On Tuesday afternoon, NewsBusters executive editor Tim Graham appeared on Newsmax TV to discuss leaked revelations from an internal investigation at NBC News regarding Nightly News anchor Brian Williams various tall tales told on air.

By Tom Blumer | April 28, 2015 | 11:19 PM EDT

At NewsBusters this morning, Matthew Philbin posted on how Michael Eric Dyson, in a guest appearance on MSNBC (where else?), placed a great deal of blame for Baltimore's blight on "the ways in which the Baltimore Ravens and Baltimore Orioles with their tax-exempt status were given tremendous goodies to stay into the city."

It would be reasonable to believe that Dyson, who has revealed a vengeful streak in the recent past, is quite pleased at the financial losses the Orioles, their employees, and businesses in the vicinity are being forced to absorb. Thanks to arguably necessary decisions made today, they will continue.

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | April 28, 2015 | 11:06 PM EDT

Liberals still glow when they talk about comedian Stephen Colbert ripping into President Bush at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner in 2006. He told Bush they were alike. “We're not brainiacs on the nerd patrol,” Colbert announced. “I give people the truth, unfiltered by rational argument. I call it the ‘No Fact Zone.’”

Nothing like that has happened to Obama at these dinners. At this late date in Obama’s tenure, the process seems entrenched: they giddily await his performance and when it’s over, salivate over it. It’s rather embarrassing, actually.

By Curtis Houck | April 28, 2015 | 10:46 PM EDT

ABC’s World News Tonight anchor David Muir appeared to take a swipe at President Barack Obama on Tuesday night when he juxtaposed the tense situation in Baltimore with the President holding a State Dinner roughly 40 miles away at the White House for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Muir anchored ABC’s evening newscast from Baltimore and led off the program with just under five minutes of reporting from the Charm City’s streets on the riots that took place Monday afternoon and evening and the clean-up efforts throughout the day on Tuesday. 

By Tom Blumer | April 28, 2015 | 9:45 PM EDT

It must be nice to be a leftist Washington politician representing congressional districts in or the entire state of Ohio.

You can serially fib about something for years on end, and ordinarily the folks back home won't know any better. Even when you're caught red-handed by the national press occasionally breaking down and doing its job, your area's or the Buckeye State's press will ignore it. A case in point is the Washington Post's finding on April 23 at its Fact Checker blog that Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown has for a dozen years completely fabricated statements about trade which he has attributed to President George H.W. Bush.

By Curtis Houck | April 28, 2015 | 9:42 PM EDT

All three of the network evening newscasts offered coverage on Tuesday of the Supreme Court’s oral arguments regarding the gay marriage that was proclaimed to be a “landmark case” that was certain to produce “a watershed ruling” on “marriage equality.” On ABC’s World News Tonight, anchor David Muir began the show’s coverage by declaring the “landmark case” will answer whether or not “gay couples have the constitutional right to marry in all 50 states” while using ABC News polling data to tout “a sea change” from a decade ago.

By Ken Shepherd | April 28, 2015 | 8:34 PM EDT

Left-wing Democratic Baltimore City Councilman Carl Stokes thinks that use of the word "thug" to describer the rioters and looters who rampaged through Baltimore Monday night is code word for, well, the N-word. Stokes  Burnett by saying "you wouldn't call your child a thug if they should do something that would not be what you would expect them to do."