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By Matthew Philbin | May 21, 2015 | 9:06 AM EDT

Time was, burning an American flag was a reliable way of getting on network TV, there to shock the taxpayers over their TV dinners.

But these days, the network news programs don’t seem interested in American flag desecration, unless it happens in the Middle East. In the last five years, there have been only two mentions of domestic flag desecration on ABC, CBS and NBC. Both of those were on ABC.

By Tim Graham | May 21, 2015 | 7:44 AM EDT

Andrew Stiles at the Washington Free Beacon – the original reporter that found the Stephanopoulos donations to the Clinton Foundation – has a new story Thursday on Richard Bates, the top lobbyist in Washngton for the Disney-ABC folks. Unsurprisingly, before joining the Mouse, Bates was executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee “under the chairmanship of Rep. Beryl Anthony (D., Ark.), a political ally of then-Governor Bill Clinton.”

This is not atypical. Top CBS lobbyist Martin Franks aided the network for 25 years before retiring in 2013, but was also executive director of the DCCC from 1981-86, after serving as issues director for the unsuccessful 1980 Carter-Mondale campaign.

By Melissa Mullins | May 21, 2015 | 6:12 AM EDT

On Monday, New York Times national political correspondent Jonathan Martin took a dig at Republicans and their distaste of Hillary Clinton’s silence toward media by tweeting the following:

"All the Rs mounting a high horse now about press access & Hillary will side w/the press when an R candidate starts dodging press, right?"

By Curtis Houck | May 21, 2015 | 12:29 AM EDT

The “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC showed no interest in covering on Wednesday night the optics of President Obama touting global warming as a “serious threat,” in a speech to graduates of the Coast Guard Academy, days after the Iraqi city of Ramadi fell to ISIS. While the networks avoided this story, the Fox News Channel (FNC) program Special Report offered a full segment on the President’s remarks and their timing in relation to the continued rise of ISIS. 

By Tom Blumer | May 20, 2015 | 11:57 PM EDT

Web and news searches at Google, as well as a search at the Associated Press's national site, indicate that there is very little interest in the establishment press in getting the reactions of current and former U.S. soldiers who defeated enemy forces in Ramadi during last decade's Iraq War to the loss of that city to Islamic State forces.

Sadly, that's not surprising. As usual, Fox News is doing work the rest of the press refuses to do. This morning, Debbie Lee, whose son Marc Alan Lee, the first Navy SEAL killed in the Iraq War, died at Ramadi, appeared on Fox & Friends. Video, plus an excerpt from a rare exception to the establishment press's indifference at the Daily Beast, follow the jump.

By Yuri Perez | May 20, 2015 | 10:40 PM EDT

The nation’s second largest Spanish-language network, Telemundo, was the only major network not to cover Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s long-awaited Q&A session with the news media in Iowa this week.

Strangely, during the course of the past month, Telemundo’s principal national evening newscasts have failed to even once inform its viewers about any of the controversies surrounding Clinton’s candidacy, including the former U.S. Secretary of State’s compliance with federal requirements and White House protocol for her e-mail communications, as well as potential conflicts of interest arising from donations from foreign governments and donors to the Clinton Foundation while she served as the nation’s chief diplomat.

By Tom Blumer | May 20, 2015 | 10:14 PM EDT

On Tuesday, I wrote that "Every day seems to bring in at least one new example of alleged journalists who are really propagandists insisting that what is obviously false is true."

Today's entry into that category will be extremely hard to beat, and may well stand as one of the worst attempts at an argument ever made by a leftist hack. Before I excerpt William Saletan's column at Slate and his attempt to describe it in detail, I'll ratify the observation in the column's current top comment: "So during WWII, Japan said they were at war with the USA. The USA agreed. So that means we were 'sounding a lot like Japan'?"

By NB Staff | May 20, 2015 | 9:42 PM EDT

"Hillary Clinton will soon separate herself from Republicans, traditionally thought of as the party of the old and rich.  She plans to do this by lying about her age, and her income." -- NewsBusted anchor Jodi Miller
 

By Curtis Houck | May 20, 2015 | 9:32 PM EDT

The Wednesday editions of ABC’s World News Tonight and CBS Evening News ignored the news that Republican Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Rand Paul (Ky.) launched a new marathon speech on the Senator floor hours earlier in protest of the federal government’s collection of phone records. While ABC and CBS failed to cover this story, NBC Nightly News offered a 26-second news brief on the issue. 

By Mark Finkelstein | May 20, 2015 | 9:08 PM EDT

Jeb Bush: genocidal Arab killer and torturer. That was the portrait of the prospective Republican presidential candidate that Joe Wilson, husband of former CIA employee Valerie Plame, has painted.

Appearing on Chris Hayes's MSNBC show this evening, Wilson claimed that the "conclusion you come to," looking at his foreign policy advisers, is that Jeb's plan is "to kill all Arabs we find on the streets," and if we can't kill them, "to torture them."

By Ken Shepherd | May 20, 2015 | 8:25 PM EDT

U.S. News & World Report's Susan Milligan wildly spun for Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton on the May 20 edition of Hardball when she insisted that the fact that her supporters cannot name a single accomplishment of hers as Secretary of State is, well, "unfair."

By Curtis Houck | May 20, 2015 | 8:23 PM EDT

On Wednesday, a federal grand jury indicted liberal activist and Florida postal worker Douglas Hughes on a total of six felony and misdemeanor charges in relation to his April 15 landing of gyropcopter on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol that, if convicted, could result in up to a nine-and-half-year prison sentence. When it came to the major broadcast networks covering this story on their Wednesday night newscasts, CBS and NBC neglected to devote even a second to this story.

By Melissa Mullins | May 20, 2015 | 8:11 PM EDT

The Clinton cohorts are out to defend Hillary, and their maxim is that no Democratic scandal is really a scandal. Former Obama spokesman Bill Burton was on Fox News Channel’s The Kelly File Tuesday night, where he was pressed by Megyn Kelly on the “cloud of corruption that follows” Clinton everywhere she goes.

By Randy Hall | May 20, 2015 | 7:26 PM EDT

During a presidential campaign visit to Beaumont, Texas, on Tuesday, U.S. senator Ted Cruz finally became so exasperated with the constant barrage of reporters' inquiries about homosexuals' rights that he suggested Kevin Steele of KMBT-TV refrain from getting his questions “from MSNBC. They have very few viewers, and they are a radical and extreme partisan outlet.”

Cruz also referred to the U.S. Supreme Court's upcoming decision on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage and said that Democrats are “so devoted to mandatory gay marriage that they've decided there's no room for religious liberty.”

By Matthew Balan | May 20, 2015 | 6:36 PM EDT

CNN's Gloria Borger asserted on Wednesday's Wolf program that the latest revelation involving a potential conflict of interest for Hillary Clinton – her e-mail exchanges with Sidney Blumenthal on Libya when she was secretary of state – wasn't much of a scandal: "I don't think this rises to a huge level, but it does show you that when you've been in public life for decades, you do collect a lot of people...who still want to get your ear." This came moments after Borger acknowledged that this issue was "kind of embarrassing."