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By Matthew Balan | October 19, 2014 | 10:40 AM EDT

CBS, USA Today, and the Associated Press all sang from the same sheet of music on Saturday, as they covered the end of the Catholic bishops' Extraordinary Synod on the Family. On CBS Evening News, Jim Axelrod played up a supposed "deep split over the direction Pope Francis wants to take the Church," after the Church's leaders rejected controversial language about homosexuals and divorced Catholics in an earlier draft report. Axelrod also underlined that the bishops "considered language in [the] document...that would welcome gays."

By Mark Finkelstein | October 19, 2014 | 10:39 AM EDT

Non-political junkies might not have noticed, but Reince Priebus got in a real zinger against Debbie Wasserman Schultz today. In a joint appearance on Fox News Sunday, DNC Chair DWS claimed that the key question for voters will be "who has my back?"

Shot back RNC Chairman Priebus: "the President hasn't had anybody's back: not even your back."  That was a reference to the Politico story, "Democrats turn on Debbie Wasserman Schultz," reporting on President Obama's disdain for Debbie. Since 2012, the White House has wanted to dump DWS as DNC Chair. She is so shut out of meetings with the president that, according to Politico [emphasis added] "the DNC chairwoman stakes out the President of the United States at the end of photo lines at events and fundraisers." DNC chair as virtual stalker?  Not a pretty picture.  And there was Reince to remind her about it.

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 19, 2014 | 9:57 AM EDT

During an appearance on Sunday’s Good Morning America, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos did his best to deflect criticism away from President Obama’s decision to name Ron Klain, former Chief of Staff to Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Al Gore, as his Ebola czar. Speaking to weekend GMA host Dan Harris, Stephanopoulos insisted that “Ron Klain is an expert in communications, he's an expert in management. That's what the government needs right now.”

By Tim Graham | October 19, 2014 | 8:15 AM EDT

Ajit Pai, a Republican appointee to the Federal Communications Commission, has an eye-opening opinion piece in The Washington Post on how the federal government is funding an initiative to monitor political speech on Twitter called....."Truthy," in homage to Stephen Colbert.

Congressional Republicans always run from any attempt to monitor the leftist content of public broadcasting as some sort of free-speech violation -- which is wrong, since taking taxpayer money from conservatives to fund leftist propaganda is the free-speech violation. So why is government content-monitoring acceptable?

By Brent Baker | October 19, 2014 | 12:36 AM EDT

Vice President Joe Biden visited Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago, prompting ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel to send a video crew out onto Hollywood Boulevard to ask: “Who is Joe Biden?” Of course, no one heard of him and several had some very creative, if ridiculous, answers.

By Tim Graham | October 19, 2014 | 12:05 AM EDT

The Washington Post was shameless again in the way it tried to hide its latest Washington Post-ABC News poll that showed a trend against President Obama and in favor of the Republicans. (For their part, ABC only mentioned it for 17 seconds on Wednesday morning.)

The story was placed below the fold on page A4, headlined: “Voter enthusiasm points to GOP advantage, poll finds.” The story by political reporter Dan Balz and pollster Dan Clement was bad news for Democrats:

By Tom Blumer | October 18, 2014 | 11:04 PM EDT

On October 8, Andrew Taylor at the Associated Press wrote that "(President Barack) Obama inherited a trillion-dollar-plus deficit after the 2008 financial crisis." In a NewsBusters post later that day, I pegged Obama's true inheritance at roughly $245 billion as of when he was first sworn into office, and at about $600 billion if projected over the full fiscal year. The actual deficit for fiscal 2009 came in at just over $1.4 trillion due to deficit-increasing actions by Obama and the Democrat-dominated Congress.

I guess we're supposed to forget about Taylor's egregious falsehood, because AP's national site has since replaced his story, perhaps more than one time. That's not happening.

By P.J. Gladnick | October 18, 2014 | 10:02 PM EDT

No matter what happens with the weather this winter, Salon will have an excuse ready to explain away any temperature condition as due to global warming. Too warm? Obviously global warming. Too cold? Also a result of global warming due to the polar vortex used to explain away the unusally cold temperatures of this past winter
 

By Tim Graham | October 18, 2014 | 9:44 PM EDT

The Washington Post's Style section occasionally publishes the online Q&As with its TV critic Hank Stuever...even when they get testy.

On Friday, someone lauding the "excellent" work of John Oliver on HBO mocking the Miss America pageant. Stuever's apparently heard this line too much among liberals, and insisted that Oliver (and Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert) get praise for "reporting" things that they could easily find in a newspaper or even an old Spy magazine (which stopped publishing in 1998, the Year of Lewinsky):

By Laura Flint | October 18, 2014 | 5:03 PM EDT

All of the liberal media seem to be pushing the same agenda: overhype the “Fangate” controversy to their political advantage.  On the October 16 episode of The Daily Show, Jon Stewart spent the first nine minutes of his half hour long Comedy Central time slot praising Governor Rick Scott for being the “pony” in the “horse s***” world” his very own President created. He called him "the hairless serpentine incumbent," and put his head on a snake.

By Tim Graham | October 18, 2014 | 2:31 PM EDT

Despite the Old Media's distaste for social media, NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd tried a hangout on Facebook on Friday afternoon, and found most of the harassment came from people who called him things like a "reich wing sympathizer." Todd called using that word "disgusting."

A conservative then asked, "How does it feel after years of cooperating with [the DNC], you get on one democrat and the liberal internet morons jump all over you? I find it funny." Todd replied, "i see what you did there...I am stubbornly neutral. Stop trying to put everyone into one of two columns."

By Tim Graham | October 18, 2014 | 12:55 PM EDT

The secular progressives deeply love Jon Stewart. The proof came again in last Sunday's New York Times Book Review, in which best-selling novelist Jodi Picoult was asked "What’s the one book you wish someone else would write?"

She picked Stewart to write a book on how America is unfortunately tangled in "archaic" religious ideologies that prevent the nirvana that is liberalism:

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | October 18, 2014 | 9:08 AM EDT

While the cultural commissars keep throwing praise and awards at raunchy shows on trendy Internet streaming channels, CBS has a series of highly-rated traditional police or military shows that get no attention or respect. “NCIS” keeps spinning off shows – this year in New Orleans – and “Blue Bloods” is a consistent Top 20 performer despite airing on Friday night. You won’t see its star Tom Selleck at Emmy awards time.

“Blue Bloods” deals with an Irish-Catholic family of cops, headed by New York police commissioner Frank Reagan, played by Selleck. But CBS just had to insist the Catholics are hopelessly "behind the times" in viewing homosexuality as a sin.

By Clay Waters | October 18, 2014 | 8:20 AM EDT

New York Times reporter Trip Gabriel discovered What's the Matter With Kansas? and his name is Kris Kobach, Kansas's worryingly activist and conservative secretary of state: "He Pushed Kansas to the Right. Now Kansas Is Pushing Back." Kobach is locked in a tough re-election race, and the Times smells blood in the water.

By Mark Finkelstein | October 18, 2014 | 8:07 AM EDT

It's clear that the liberal media will latch on to any argument, even the most patently nonsensical, to oppose a travel ban on people from Ebola-affected countries. Take today's Good Morning America where co-anchors Paula Faris and Dan Harris accused Americans of "hysteria" over Ebola and concoted an anti-travel ban argument flying right into the face of the facts.  

Speaking of flying, the oblivious duo asserted that a flight ban makes no sense since Ebola can only be passed via contact with bodily fluids. But surely Faris and Harris know that Thomas Eric Duncan had no such symptoms when he boarded a plane to the US, where he proceeded to infect at least two people before dying.  Thus the only way to ensure that infected people don't get into the US is to impose a general travel ban: hello?