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By Tom Blumer | September 9, 2014 | 2:11 PM EDT

The press is good at putting the most positive spin possible on the monthly job-market news. But at the same time, many of its members still claim that food stamp enrollment remains as high as it is because of the lingering effects of the (Bush did it) recession.

On Friday, following the release of August's employment numbers, Obama administration Labor Secretary Tom Perez celebrated how "businesses have added more than 10 million jobs over the last four and a half years," and have done so for "54 consecutive months of private-sector job growth, the longest streak on record." All true, though average job growth during that time has resembled an underperforming baseball player who somehow manages to go 1-for-5 or barely better every day. Meanwhile, food stamp enrollment has increased by 6.8 million.

By Matthew Balan | September 9, 2014 | 1:31 PM EDT

The New York Post's Jamie Schram reported on Tuesday that NBC News digital producer Carlo Dellaverson is facing criminal charges after "for secretly making a video of his girlfriend having sex with him on Valentines Day — and posting it on a porn web site." Schram cited anonymous sources in law enforcement, and detailed the alleged sexual misconduct by Dellaverson, who was charged with "disseminating unlawful surveillance and harassment."

By Scott Whitlock | September 9, 2014 | 12:30 PM EDT

A family spokesman for an American who was beheaded in Iraq appeared on CNN, Monday, and slammed the Obama administration's handling of the deaths. Barak Barfi accused the White House of playing a "game of bureaucratic infighting and Jim [Foley] and Steve [Sotloff] are pawns in that game and that's not fair." On Tuesday, ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today showed no interest in the condemnation of the Obama administration. 

By Kyle Drennen | September 9, 2014 | 11:29 AM EDT

On Tuesday, ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today, offered mere seconds on President Obama's approval rating hitting "near record lows" amid his reluctance to aggressively combat ISIS terrorists. CBS This Morning skipped any mention of the dismal poll numbers for the commander-in-chief.

On Good Morning America, after touting broad public support for the kind of military action against ISIS that Obama would likely announce in a Wednesday night address to the nation, co-host George Stephanopoulos noted: "It comes at a time when he's facing some real popularity problems. We see 56% of the country disapproving of how the President's handling foreign policy." [Listen to the audio]

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 9, 2014 | 10:57 AM EDT

During an appearance on Fox News’ The Kelly File on Monday night, radical left-wing professor Ward Churchill continued to demonize the victims of 9/11 by once again comparing them to infamous Nazi Adolf Eichmann. The former University of Colorado professor refused to back down from his previous statements when he called 9/11 victims “Little Eichmanns.”  

Churchill argued that the victims of 9/11 “are proactively involved and knowingly involved lending their proficiencies…which is served by the U.S. military.”

By Geoffrey Dickens | September 9, 2014 | 10:00 AM EDT

In the 2003 run-up to the Iraq war Eleanor Clift mocked George W. Bush’s 39-nation strong “coalition of the willing” as the “bullied and the bribed” but fast forward to today and The Daily Beast reporter is taking a much different tone with Barack Obama’s 9-nation grouping.

By Kristine Marsh | September 9, 2014 | 10:00 AM EDT

Imagine a sex scandal centered on a small area, involving decades of abuse, with hundreds of children raped, assaulted and prostituted. Authorities suspected or knew of the crimes but did nothing, preferring to protect the abusers than aid their victims or see justice done. 

If that city were in, say, Ireland, and the abusers Catholic priests, the U.S. networks would report it immediately and continuously. And rightly so. But move that city to northern England, and make the perpetrators Muslim men? Don’t look to ABC, NBC or CBS for details. 

By Ken Shepherd | September 9, 2014 | 8:30 AM EDT

In the midst of discussing the president's handling of the ISIS insurgency in Iraq and Syria on his Monday evening edition of Hardball, MSNBC's Chris Matthews railed against President Obama's use of the term "homeland" to describe America's home soil. But numerous presidents have used the term "homeland" in speeches, including Matthews's former boss, Jimmy Carter.

By Mark Finkelstein | September 9, 2014 | 7:24 AM EDT

All the members of the Morning Joe panel--Mika Brzezinski, Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist--speak approvingly of "SheRide," a new taxi service that hires only women drivers and accepts only women passengers.

By Randy Hall | September 9, 2014 | 7:14 AM EDT

One of Obama's staunchest journalistic supporters, New Yorker editor David Remnick, lamented he "must admit that the president has sometimes been a thick-tongued steward of his own foreign policy."

He's "compiling an anthology of botched pronouncements that have, at best, muddied his intentions."

By Tom Blumer | September 8, 2014 | 10:21 PM EDT

The Obama administration-prepared koolaid delivered to the Associated Press's economics writers on Monday must have been extraordinarily concentrated.

How else can you explain how the AP's Christopher Rugaber could have written the following — "The U.S. job market has steadily improved by pretty much every gauge except ... Pay" — without doubling over with laughter? No, Chris. The reason pay hasn't improved is because a whole lot of other "gauges" aren't where they should be.

By Curtis Houck | September 8, 2014 | 10:04 PM EDT

Beginning on Monday afternoon, Democrat and former Mayor of New Orleans Ray Nagin began a 10 year prison sentence for corruption charges that were as result of his actions following the landfall of Hurricane Katrina and subsequent flooding of the city in August 2005. When it came to reporting on the story during their evening newscasts, ABC World News Tonight with David Muir refused to cover the story while NBC Nightly News offered only a 15-second news brief. Over on CBS, the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley was preempted due to coverage of the men’s tennis final at the U.S. Open. 

By Ken Shepherd | September 8, 2014 | 9:45 PM EDT

The conservative Red Maryland Network blog detailed what it calls "a virtual news blackout" by the Hagerstown Herald-Mail for the campaign of conservative Republican and former Secret Service presidential detail agent Dan Bongino against Maryland Sixth Congressional District Rep. John Delaney.

By P.J. Gladnick | September 8, 2014 | 9:39 PM EDT

Be careful. Be very, very careful.

When the boss of Charlie Crist  screams foul language at what appears to be a a 420 Reefer Madness rally of the Choom Gang it is okay to report it on the news. However, what is taboo is to mention Charlie Crist's connection to his own boss, John Morgan, at the law firm of Morgan & Morgan where Crist serves not only as a rainmaker but receives big campaign contributions for his Florida gubernatorial run this year. As you can see, television station WFLA in the Tampa bay neglected any mention of Crist in its report on the wild antics of John Morgan.

By Tom Johnson | September 8, 2014 | 9:22 PM EDT

The Missouri legislature may override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a 72-hour abortion waiting period. If that happens, it's another victory for social conservatives' quest to impose religious law in America.