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By Matthew Balan | | May 5, 2016 | 1:18 PM EDT

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough faced off with Rob Reiner on Thursday's Morning Joe, after the liberal Hollywood producer/writer explained Donald Trump's base of support by underlining that "there are a lot of people who are racist in this country." Scarborough shot back, "Could this not be about working-class Americans being left behind by [the] Republican Party?" Reiner acknowledged that "they're not all racist," but contended that "there's racism in this country that has been submerged for a long, long time....He's unearthed a lot of it."

By Kyle Drennen | | May 5, 2016 | 12:47 PM EDT

At the top of Thursday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer proclaimed: “Game on. Clinton and Trump gear up for their likely general election showdown....They’re two of the most unpopular candidates in recent history.” He then promised an examination of the flaws of both candidates: “This morning, the major obstacles facing both campaigns.”

By Scott Whitlock | | May 5, 2016 | 11:49 AM EDT

With no sense of irony or humor, a new MSNBC ad claims the network “seeks different perspectives.” Yes, the cable channel home to some of most liberal hosts and journalists on the planet, touted, “We seek different perspectives, connect the dots, approach the story from all the angles.” 

By Dylan Gwinn | | May 5, 2016 | 11:42 AM EDT

NBC’s Heartbeat is a show that deals with conflict. A main character, who is a female, runs around acting like a man. An ex-husband of the main character, who is so incredibly over the idea of getting back together with his former wife, becomes gay. And on Tuesday night’s episode, titled ‘Permanent Glitter,’ a man who is convinced he’s a woman defies his genetic gender, in order to continue taking hormones that he thinks make him a woman.

By Mark Finkelstein | | May 5, 2016 | 11:35 AM EDT

If it's sauce for the goose, it's sauce for the Hillary . . . Question for MSNBC's Katy Tur: of all the epithets Donald Trump pinned on his primary opponents, which was the first and arguably most effective? Bet you answered "low-energy," with which Trump of course famously jabbed Jeb. It stuck, and helped drive Jeb from the race.

Did people suggest at the time that Trump was hitting below the belt? Nope. So why is it suddenly unfair for Trump to say something very similar about Hillary? On today's Morning Joe, discussing Trump's critique of Hillary, Tur claimed: "there's this veiled sexism they have been accused of, somebody that doesn't have the strength and stamina, somebody who should not be president." 

By Tom Blumer | | May 5, 2016 | 11:24 AM EDT

Almost any time a government agency or program fails to perform, those involved complain that they don't have enough money to properly do their jobs. Unless the matter involves national defense, the press gullibly swallows their contentions.

The Transportation Safety Administration is the latest case in point. Lines at airport security checkpoints are already getting noticeably longer, and we haven't yet hit the summer travel season, with "all signs" predicting that "queues will far surpass those of years past." Items at, among other places, the New York Times ("tight budgets"), Bloomberg News ("budgetary limits"), and WABC News in Newark ("budget cuts") are all trying to help the agency get its hands on more taxpayer money. A Tuesday editorial at Investor's Business Daily — as usual, reporting facts beat journalists somehow never get around to reporting — tells us that more money hasn't solved the problem before, and that there's a better answer (links are in original; bolds are mine):

By P.J. Gladnick | | May 5, 2016 | 11:00 AM EDT

Yummy! Doesn't the idea of eating newsprint and ink sound absolutely delicious? Okay, maybe not so great but Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank is making the best of his promise to eat his column if Donald Trump won the nomination. To Milbank's great credit he is following through on his promise which he made last year and will be dining on his column, prepared by a chef, next Thursday. To find out how Milbank has ended up perhaps munching on Op-Ed Spring Roll, let us visit his October 2015 promise:

By Clay Waters | | May 5, 2016 | 9:42 AM EDT

ESPN, not content to cover sports, wants in on the burgeoning social-justice market as well. In “Waiting for LeBron," an ESPN magazine essay, Washington Post reporter Eli Saslow pondered why Cleveland Cavaliers basketball legend LeBron James backed off his brief anti-gun activism. Saslow’s histrionic analysis of James “the athlete and the activist” makes it clear that LeBron has (somehow) let both a grieving father and his home city down, by only going halfway in fighting racism and police shootings and gun violence in general, while noting in a single sentence that James, who lives in a gated mansion surrounded by bodyguards, likes to fire guns himself.

By Dylan Gwinn | | May 5, 2016 | 9:09 AM EDT

If you ever wondered why Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, ISIS, Al Qaeda, and the Taliban all believe that they can collectively, or individually, kick our butt…this might explain it.

By Mark Finkelstein | | May 5, 2016 | 8:14 AM EDT

Of everyone in the MSM, Joe Scarborough has been widely seen as the most ardent Trump supporter--starting from the day Donald descended that escalator with Melania. Scarborough would argue he was merely offering dispassionate political analysis--saying that Trump's chances should be taken seriously while others were disdainfully dismissing him. But for those of us who watched Joe day in and day out during the primary season, there seemed to be something much more than green-eyeshade analysis going on. Scarborough revelled in every poll and primary result favorable to Trump.

Which makes Scarborough's statement on today's Morning Joe so strange. Joe first expressed disappointment that yesterday, Trump "stuck by the Muslim ban." Scarborough then proclaimed "I'm never going to vote for a guy that is saying he is going to ban somebody just because of the God they worship." Note to Joe: from the beginning, Trump has said the ban would remain in place only until we can "figure out what is going on." Trump is not proposing to ban Muslims because they worship Allah, but because virtually all of the mass terrorists attacks in Europe and the US have been carried out by Muslims. As the San Bernadino slaughter demonstrated, US authorities manifestly have not "figured out" what's going on, since the Muslim murderers were supposedly screened and entered our country legally.

By Melissa Mullins | | May 5, 2016 | 6:41 AM EDT

Uh oh.  It looks like someone’s in trouble for suggesting beloved Sesame Street stars Bert and Ernie were wise to check for sexually transmitted disease.

Mately, a company that creates at-home HIV/STD testing kits, used the kid-friendly Muppet duo in a new campaign aimed at spreading sexual health and sexual disease awareness.

By Karen Townsend | | May 5, 2016 | 12:29 AM EDT

In Wednesday’s installment of the Lyons family saga, Lucious (Terrence Howard) explains why he lied about his mother's death. And he blamed former President Ronald Reagan along the way for the fact that his mother was out of a mental health facility.

By Karen Townsend | | May 4, 2016 | 11:48 PM EDT

On Wednesday night’s episode of Fox’s Rosewood, titled “Sudden Death and Shades Deep,” a woman being interrogated in the murder investigation of her boyfriend redefines the definition of family. She tells Detective Villa (Jaina Lee Ortiz) she was in a relationship with two men, you see – the deceased and his friend/working partner – and, while she acknowledges that this is weird, hey, it works for them!

By Curtis Louder | | May 4, 2016 | 11:32 PM EDT

HULU's new series The Path picked up right where it left off last week in regards to the illegal immigration debate. As helicopters circle the compound creating a sense of imminent danger to the Honduran refugees, the leaders of the Meyerist movement are stuck with the unenviable choice to hand them over to authorities or stand on principle. The principle, of course, being that these poor families have done nothing wrong, much like many of the Meyerists themselves who were once outsiders before being welcomed into “the light.” 

By Nicholas Fondacaro | | May 4, 2016 | 9:15 PM EDT

With conventional wisdom pointing to both the Democrats and the Republicans having presumptive nominees the media is hyping a major fight brewing between the parties. ABC spent their Wednesday evening newscast touting how prepared the Clinton election machine was for a general election bout. “Tonight, Hillary Clinton launching her first general election attack … Backing it up with a new video,” ABC’s Cecilia Vega began the over three-minute segment.