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By Mark Finkelstein | September 29, 2014 | 8:36 AM EDT

Score one for Joe Scarborough.  The Morning Joe host today unleashed a tirade against the FBI for treating as a case of "workplace violence" the beheading by a fanatical Muslim convert of a fellow worker in Oklahoma.  Scarborough lashed out at the FBI's political correctness in claiming that there was "no indication" that the suspect, Alton Nolen, was copying the recent ISIS beheadings.

Said Scarborough: "how stupid does the FBI really think we are? Who exactly are they afraid of offending?"  Political correctness, in its more innocuous manifestations, can be good fodder for humor.  But our government becomes so hobbled by PC that it cannot call Islamic fanaticism by its name, then political correctness becomes a grave threat to our national security.

By Tom Blumer | September 28, 2014 | 11:10 PM EDT

National Journal’s Ron Fournier was apparently among those who endured President Obama's appearance on "60 Minutes" this evening.

Fournier was able to succinctly summarize the contents of Obama's interview with Steve Kroft, the network's designated softball pitcher, in a tweet appearing shortly after its conclusion (HT Twitchy):

By NB Staff | September 28, 2014 | 9:44 PM EDT

Actor-director Rob Reiner won “The Celebrity Dumb Ass Award” at the Media Research Center’s 2014 Gala. Last November 1, he told Bill Maher on his HBO show that “Obama right now, where Obama is, is right around where Reagan was, right around where Nixon was. He’s no more left than those Republicans.”

By Tom Blumer | September 28, 2014 | 8:38 PM EDT

The story of alleged Moore, Oklahoma murderer Alton Nolen, who reportedly beheaded co-worker Colleen Hufford, is fading from the headlines. Barring further developments, I don't expect it to be a news topic on any of the Big Three networks' morning or evening news shows tomorrow.

That's because it has already disappeared from prominence at the Associated Press. At 10:20 this morning, the latest story on Nolen had already dropped to Number 6 on the AP's top list of U.S. stories. By 5:30 p.m., it was gone. The top story at 5:30 was oh so predictably about Ferguson, Missouri. The "big news": a police officer was shot in the arm, and "was treated and released from a hospital."

By Tim Graham | September 28, 2014 | 7:43 PM EDT

Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout took after two liberal New York Times art critics who disapproved of the new plaza in front of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, named for one David H. Koch. (He donated $65 million for the space, including more trees and twin fountains.)

Teachout thinks the critics shouldn't be so quick to just echo the demonizing rhetoric of Democrats like Harry Reid.

By Tom Johnson | September 28, 2014 | 7:16 PM EDT

The lefty blogger claims that Christian conservatives, given the chance to protect the liberty of others to practice different faiths, “turn right back into the theocrats they always were, interested only in having government endorsement of their religion.”

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 28, 2014 | 4:20 PM EDT

For the second time in two years, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria has been accused of plagiarism, for using other people’s words and claiming them to be his own, during his Fareed Zakaria GPS program. Despite the seriousness of the charges leveled against Zakaria, CNN’s Brian Stelter did his best to protect his colleague during his Reliable Sources program on Sunday. The CNN host defended Zakaria from plagiarism charges and insisted that his program merely “made some attribution mistakes.” 

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 28, 2014 | 2:20 PM EDT

Last week, an Oklahoma man, who recently converted to Islam, went on a violent stabbing spree at his former workplace, including beheading a coworker, but MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry was quick to dismiss his religion as being a factor in the killing. Appearing on her self-titled show on Saturday morning, Harris-Perry insisted that “it is a story that I read as a workplace violence story” and then proceeded to condemn any references to his Islamic faith when discussing the crime. 

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 28, 2014 | 12:18 PM EDT

Attorney General Eric Holder resigned this week after six years working for the Obama Administration and on Sunday morning's This Week w/ George Stephanopoulos ABC’s Matthew Dowd eagerly scolded Republicans for being “way too vociferous in their things about Eric Holder.” The so-called Republican dismissed the notion that Holder was  “the worst attorney general we’ve ever had” and proceeded to drag Edwin Meese, Attorney General for President Reagan, through the mud by insisting he was much worse than the scandal plagued Obama official. 

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 28, 2014 | 10:07 AM EDT

On Friday night, Chelsea Clinton gave birth to her first child, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, and ABC and NBC predictably swooned over the event and hyped the impact this could have on Hillary Clinton’s political future. On Sunday morning’s Good Morning America, ABC’s Mara Schiavocampo gushed “while America waits for Hillary’s decision if she'll run for president, a more important duty calls for now, diaper duty.”

By Tom Blumer | September 28, 2014 | 9:41 AM EDT

During the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman saga, the press was widely and deservedly criticized for repeatedly and almost exclusively using a photo of Martin as an innocent-looking 13 year-old over others more recently taken which were readily available.

Perhaps they're at it again with alleged murderer Alton Nolen. On Saturday morning, the Associated Press described Nolen as having "beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by a company official." Photos of Nolen from 2013, 2011 and 2010 have accompanied press reports, while the one which will be seen after the jump from Nolen's own Facebook page just three weeks ago has been absent (HT to an emailer):

By Tim Graham | September 28, 2014 | 9:15 AM EDT

Leftists have an extreme difficulty in differentiating between conservative Christians in the United States and Islamo-fascists in the Middle East. Somehow, letting your traditional religious views affect (infect?) our democracy is akin to beheadings and terrorism.

It's not surprising that this view would come stumbling out of GQ Washington correspondent Ana Marie Cox, one of the flightiest pundits on the left. There it came on Saturday morning's Up With Steve Kornacki on MSNBC. Somehow, the politicians and activists at the Value Voters Summit in Washington sound a lot like ISIS in Syria:

By Laura Flint | September 27, 2014 | 11:39 PM EDT

Steve Benen, the leftist blogger-turned-producer for The Rachel Maddow Show, could hardly contain his contempt in his September 25 post on MSNBC.com. Under the headline “New GOP ad campaign: ‘Republicans Have Feelings,’” Benen derided the newest efforts of Republican strategist Vinny Minchillo to bring some much needed perspective to the left wing’s hysterical slant against Republicans.

By Jack Coleman | September 27, 2014 | 9:20 PM EDT

Once again, Rush Limbaugh, aka America's Anchorman, has shown himself invaluable in cutting through the perpetual fog of dissembling that wafts from the White House.

Limbaugh responded to the Obama administration's disclosure of yet another roving band of rabid militants that threatens the West with his characteristic insight and withering sarcasm.

By Tim Graham | September 27, 2014 | 5:06 PM EDT

Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple seems to be placing himself in the Gabby Giffords Can Do No Wrong camp. One post this week carried the headline “ Politico: Gabby Giffords ‘gets mean.’ Really?”

Wemple ripped into an Alex Isenstadt Politico piece on very personal, very negative campaign ads from the Giffords “gun violence prevention super PAC.” We’re going to call gun control and confiscation “gun violence prevention.” Really?