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By Bryan Ballas | May 2, 2015 | 7:36 AM EDT

The mayhem in Baltimore provoked many responses from many people. Perhaps most outrageous, however, is MSNBC’s Joy Reid claim that a man on the street compared the situation to Israel and the Palestinians living in the Gaza strip.

By Matthew Balan | May 1, 2015 | 11:16 PM EDT

ABC and NBC's evening newscasts on Friday both spotlighted how a former New Jersey government official pled guilty as a result of Bridgegate. On World News Tonight, ABC's Ron Claiborne touted how "this scandal has taken a tremendous toll on Governor [Chris] Christie's presidential prospects," even after pointing out how "nowhere in today's indictments is Governor Christie said to have known about the alleged plot." By contrast, both programs continued their week-long blackout on the Clinton Foundation scandal.

By Tom Blumer | May 1, 2015 | 10:04 PM EDT

The so-called experts supposedly took March's worse than usual weather in many parts of the country into account when they predicted that this morning's March Construction Spending report from the Census Bureau would come in with a seasonally adjusted increase of 0.4 percent or 0.5 percent. Instead, the result was a decline 0.6 percent, "unexpectedly" sending that metric to a six-month low.

Nevertheless, the Associated Press's Martin Crutsinger, clearly having run out of substantive reasons to be optimistic, cited the weather as either a factor in March's result or its improvement as a reason why things really, really will get better later this year three different times (weather-related citations in bold):

By Matthew Balan | May 1, 2015 | 8:07 PM EDT

As of Friday evening, ABC, CBS, and NBC's morning and evening newscasts have yet to report on the targeting of Asian-owned businesses by the rioters/looters in Baltimore on Monday. To their credit, CNN and NPR covered this disturbing component of the unrest in Maryland's largest city. Less than 24 hours after the unrest, on Tuesday's The Lead with Jake Tapper, CNN's Joe Johns spotlighted how an "Asian-owned liquor store" fell prey to looters, but a nearby hardware store was spared after "guys in the community" intervened.

By Yuri Perez | May 1, 2015 | 7:26 PM EDT

​The financial and ethical controversy surrounding the charitable foundation run by Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton finally received attention this week from the nation’s largest Spanish-language network.

Univision, whose executive chairman, Haim Saban, is a top Clinton campaign and Clinton Foundation financial backer, aired a full report on the Foundation’s admitted financial reporting lapses and included the controversy over Hillary Clinton’s emails and alleged influence peddling as part of the mix.

By Curtis Houck | May 1, 2015 | 6:07 PM EDT

During an exclusive interview with former Baltimore Mayor and Maryland Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley on Thursday’s edition of The Lead on CNN, host Jake Tapper asked the possible presidential candidate for what he thinks of “conservatives who say, this shows that liberal policies are failing urban America.” In addition to discussing the protests and rioting in Baltimore and what was then known about the investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, Tapper shifted to discussing his record as mayor in context of what’s taken place over the last week in the Charm City. 

By Randy Hall | May 1, 2015 | 5:44 PM EDT

Just when you think you've heard it all from the Rev. Al Sharpton, who combines his liberal activism with hosting the weekday PoliticsNation program afternoons on the MSNBC cable channel, he comes up with another absurd demand that leaves people of all races shaking their heads in disbelief.

His latest outrageous comment came on Thursday, when Sharpton met with Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore's Democratic mayor, and other local officials to address the issues behind the riots and looting that took place after 25-year-old Freddie Gray died while in police custody for allegedly possessing a switchblade on April 12.

By Kyle Drennen | May 1, 2015 | 4:30 PM EDT

Apparently voters can expect to see Rick Harrison of History Channel's Pawn Stars hitting the campaign trail for Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio.

By Ken Shepherd | May 1, 2015 | 3:44 PM EDT

On Thursday evening I blogged about how Chris Matthews clumsily used the phrase "crack the whip" when asking a black actor about why the Congressional Black Caucus doesn't do more to push their agenda items in the U.S. Congress.

Well today I discovered that Matthews used similar language in an interview with President Obama from Dcember 2013.

By Katie Yoder | May 1, 2015 | 3:32 PM EDT

Baltimore experienced terrorism – but not from abroad, according to Morgan Freeman. 

In an April 30 Newsweek interview, Morgan Freeman supported the recent Baltimore riots following the death of Freddie Gray. The Academy-Award winning actor blamed “police terrorism” for the “unrest in Baltimore,” and backed the protestors. 

By Joseph Rossell | May 1, 2015 | 3:10 PM EDT

One socialist coalition is inadvertently relying on capitalism to protest just that.

The World Socialist Web Site and other groups sponsored the International May Day Online rally, which will feature live speeches streaming around the world on May 3, 2015.  The event has many slogans including, “Down with capitalism and imperialism,” and “Unite the working class internationally against war, dictatorship and poverty!”

By Tim Graham | May 1, 2015 | 2:43 PM EDT

On Monday night, NPR’s newscast All Things Considered did a fact-check on the Clinton family’s claims about their own foundation’s transparency. Money-and-politics correspondent Peter Overby found both Chelsea Clinton and Bill Clinton weren’t entirely factual, exaggerating how transparent their foundation was. But NPR quoted watchdogs that this could just be an “innocent mistake.”

Overby strangely concluded this was like other Clinton controversies, “not terribly clear, shaped by exaggerations on both sides.” Both sides? Overby failed to list any anti-Clinton exaggerations

By Kyle Drennen | May 1, 2015 | 12:20 PM EDT

In a scathing article for Politico Magazine on Thursday, senior media writer Jack Shafer wrote an obituary for the career of suspended NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams: "At this point, Brian Williams knows he's dead: He's simply negotiating the terms of his burial."

By Curtis Houck | May 1, 2015 | 12:09 PM EDT

During a segment about Twitter, NBC’s Late Night host Seth Meyers on Thursday night praised Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s reaction to series of tweets from Republican Senator Tom Cotton (Ark.) as “well-done” and admitting that he was “very impressed” with Zarif’s use of “reverse criticism.” 

By Bryan Ballas | May 1, 2015 | 12:04 PM EDT

For the first time since Norman Thomas, America finally has a viable self-proclaimed socialist presidential candidate in the form of Senator Bernie Sanders. However, the Huffington Post tells us not to panic. After all, Sanders is not just a socialist.  He’s a “democratic socialist.” That makes it okay.