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By Scott Whitlock | October 30, 2014 | 11:28 AM EDT

Good Morning America's Jon Karl on Thursday couldn't help but contrast Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton as "lashing out" vs. the "softer side." Featuring the two possible 2016 contenders, George Stephanopoulos chided, "We're going to turn to politics now and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie lashing out on the stump." An ABC graphic underlined, "Caught on Camera: Chris Christie Lashes Out." 

By P.J. Gladnick | October 30, 2014 | 11:28 AM EDT

A New York judge has ruled that frequent MSNBC Morning Joe guest, Donny Deutsch, scammed over a million dollars in commission from his real estate broker in the sale of a $30 million home in the Hamptons. For those who don't remember, Deutsch was the one who stated on Morning Joe that the Occupy Wall Street movement needs a Kent State moment to "articulate this clash."
 

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 30, 2014 | 10:50 AM EDT

After ABC and NBC played up Governor Chris Christie’s (R-N.J.) confrontation with a heckler at an event marking the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy during their Wednesday night broadcasts, all three network morning shows (ABC's Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, and NBC's Today) predictably continued to pile on against the Republican on Thursday morning. On CBS This Morning, reporter Jan Crawford began her report by noting how on Wednesday, Christie “went at it with a constituent… When a former New Jersey councilman [Jim Keady] showed up Wednesday to criticize the pace of the restoration after the storm, Chris Christie let him have it.” 

By Mark Finkelstein | October 30, 2014 | 9:12 AM EDT

You really have to watch the clip of President Obama strutting his self-righteous anger at states that are imposing Ebola quarantines.  I, Barack thunders that such quarantines reflect a lack of leadership, and "that's not who I am."  Thank you, sir, for letting us know what a strong leader you are.  

On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough scalded President Obama's self-righteous hypocrisy.  Mockingly quoting the President, Scarborough said "'This is America. And we do things differently'—unless it's in Barack Obama's own government, the military." Where of course a quarantine is being imposed on soldiers returning from Ebola hot zones. In the unkindest cut, Scarborough cast Obama's hypocrisy as "a Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker moment."  Ouch.

By Melissa Mullins | October 30, 2014 | 8:04 AM EDT

Sharyl Attkisson, the ex-CBS investigative reporter who has called out CBS’s liberal bias since her resignation earlier this year, continues the attack in her new book, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington, set to be released next Tuesday, November 4.

And just where is CBS’s comment on Attkisson’s accusations of media bias she charges in her book? The New York Post reported CBS “stuck their heads in the sand” and rather than address this potential public relations disaster and save a shred of whatever integrity they had left

By Curtis Houck | October 30, 2014 | 1:06 AM EDT

CBS News congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes profiled the North Carolina Senate race during Wednesday night’s CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley and devoted much of her report highlighting the fact that the race between incumbent Democratic Senator Kay Hagan and Republican challenger and State House Speaker Thom Tillis has become the most expensive Senate race of the cycle.

Specifically, Cordes blamed “[t]he Supreme Court” as it “paved the way for unlimited outside spending in a 2010 decision commonly known as Citizens United, which overturned parts of a campaign finance law authored by Republican John McCain.”

By Tom Johnson | October 30, 2014 | 12:09 AM EDT

Steven Waldman, a former Newsweek reporter and Obama adviser to the FCC, concedes that liberal bias can have an effect, but says that overall it’s a “minor factor,” far less important than journalists’ interest in advancing their careers.

By P.J. Gladnick | October 29, 2014 | 11:27 PM EDT

Until recently the mainstream media has portrayed the opponents of Common Core to be just a bunch of conservative yahoos incapable of understanding what a wonderful education program it is. However that might now be changing. Last night, NBC Nightly News surprisingly broadcast a segment highly critical of Common Core.
 

By Tom Blumer | October 29, 2014 | 11:17 PM EDT

M.D. Kittle at Watchdog.org's Wisconsin Reporter scooped everyone covering the Badger State Governor's race on Tuesday when he reported that Democratic candidate Mary Burke's resumé is not what her campaign's web site says it is.

Burke's campaign bio claims that she "played a central role in Trek’s expansion as the Director of European Operations." Kittle found "multiple former Trek executives" who told him that, in Kittle's words, she "was fired by her own family following steep overseas financial losses and plummeting morale among Burke’s European sales staff." The real question to me is why it took until a week before Election Day to learn this.

By Curtis Houck | October 29, 2014 | 10:08 PM EDT

ABC and NBC failed to cover the upcoming midterm elections during their Wednesday evening broadcasts, but instead devoted over three-and-a-half minutes to going after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) for confronting a protestor earlier in the day during an event marking the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy.

Christie, who has received some rare praise from the mainstream media for a Republican, was not that person this evening as ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir reported he was “unscripted” and “lashing out” as he engaged in “a war of words” with the heckler in what “was supposed to be a mission accomplished moment” for promoting the rebuilding of the Jersey Shore.

By Tom Blumer | October 29, 2014 | 9:02 PM EDT

On Saturday, Erika Rawes at USA Today's Wall Street Cheat Sheet engaged in some impressive gymnastics as she discussed the middle class and identified seven things its members "can't afford anymore" (the headline) or that "a larger percentage of people have trouble paying for" (the content).

It's a sloppy list. One of the items — debt — isn't a "thing" at all, but rather the result of buying too many "things" without paying for them. Rawes also managed to avoid citing any government policies or practices which might be contributing to the problem. It's not like there's a shortage of items in the past 6-1/2 years (since the recession as normal people define it began), or the past dozen (if you want to go back to where the housing bubble began to inflate in earnest), or even the past 25 (if you want to talk about roughly when the mad rush to have things made in Communist China began). One of the six legitimate "things" on the list is of far more recent origin (HT Political Outcast; bolds are mine):

By Ken Shepherd | October 29, 2014 | 8:21 PM EDT

For the second night in a row, MSNBC's Chris Matthews gratuitously attacked Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus as someone who is almost singlemindedly devoted to disenfranchising black voters.

By Tom Blumer | October 29, 2014 | 7:57 PM EDT

Tuesday's CBS This Morning show was an especially disgraceful display of media bias.

Late yesterday morning, NewsBusters' Jeffrey Meyer noted how the show's Nora O'Donnell admitted to throwing "a softball of a question" at Democratic Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. The question: “What's going to happen if Republicans take control (of the Senate)?” NB's Scott Whitlock additionally observed that the program "alternated between confusion as to why Barack Obama may be driving Republicans to a big midterm victory and strident declarations that the GOP would have no mandate." Still another item needs to be cited: Warren's tired, refuted, but unchallenged assertion that Ebola is the GOP's fault, specifically (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By NB Staff | October 29, 2014 | 7:47 PM EDT

"President Obama voted on the first day of midterm elections.  And because he was in Chicago, his vote has already been counted 27 times." --Jodi Miller

By Ken Shepherd | October 29, 2014 | 6:32 PM EDT

"Maine's governor traps Kaci Hickox," insists editors of the Daily Beast.