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By Scott Whitlock | September 18, 2014 | 12:55 PM EDT

A government report claiming that there was no conclusive proof that long wait times led to deaths at Veterans Affairs hospitals was altered. Yet, for the second day in a row, NBC ignored this revelation. ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday allowed a scant 21 seconds, despite news reader Amy Robach hyping the "stunning admission." 

 

By P.J. Gladnick | September 18, 2014 | 12:53 PM EDT

Occupy Wall Street is now suing one of its leaders for taking over its Twitter account and locking out the activists. They also suspect him of financial improprieties. No surprise since that leader, Justin Wedes, was earlier exposed as a scam artist forger who tried to cheat taxpayers to fraudulently obtain a government grant.
 

By Tom Johnson | September 18, 2014 | 12:37 PM EDT

Ayers talks with Salon about topics such as his interview with Kelly; the Tea Party’s supposedly mistaken ideas about freedom; and would-be privatizers of public education.

By Kyle Drennen | September 18, 2014 | 11:53 AM EDT

Starting off a gentle interview with United Nations Ambassador Samantha Power on Thursday's CBS This Morning, co-host Norah O'Donnell began to pitch what could have been a hardball question on the Obama administration's slow response to violence in Syria giving rise to the ISIS terrorist threat, but instead tossed out this: "When you first became ambassador, you pushed for air strikes in Syria. Now we have lawmakers on record supporting engagement in Syria. How do you see this playing out?"

No question about whether the President was wrong to not take Power's recommendation on Syria, just simply, "How do you see this playing out?"

By Tianna DiMartino and Matthew Philbin | September 18, 2014 | 11:32 AM EDT

On his blog, Huffington Post Gay Voices, Op-Ed writer Michelangelo Signorile made the outrageous claim that: “Professional football, perhaps more than any other male team sport, is based on misogyny and homophobia, built on it from the ground up.” 

Hmmm. It’s a sport women are physically unequipped to play at high levels – that must be the misogyny. And it so far hasn’t allowed itself to be bullied into pretending that two percent of the population that tends to self-select away from the game really matters to it: Homophobia. 

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 18, 2014 | 10:53 AM EDT

CBS has a new drama called “Madam Secretary” where the main character, played by Tea Leoni, is a newly appointed Secretary of State and on Thursday, CBS This Morning did their best to swoon over the new show. The character is said to be a cross between Hillary Clinton and Kirsten Gillibrand and as a result co-host Gayle King eagerly hyped the inspiration for the show. The CBS host enthusiastically wondered “so did you call Hillary Clinton and say pajama party at your house, tell me everything?” 

By Geoffrey Dickens | September 18, 2014 | 10:03 AM EDT

The mother of ISIS beheading victim James Foley told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, on September 11, that she was “embarrassed and appalled” by the White House’s handling of her son’s kidnapping. On September 8 a spokesman for the family of ISIS victim Steven Sotloff claimed that both families were “bullied and hectored” by the administration.

So how many Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network stories have been devoted to helping these families tell their shocking stories of a White House that let them down and even intimidated them? Just three (CBS 2, ABC 1, NBC 0).
 

By Tom Blumer | September 18, 2014 | 9:41 AM EDT

Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has become a darling of the left for being an early promoter of the "you didn't build that" meme President Obama used during the 2012 presidential campaign, and for generally espousing positions to the left of Hillary Clinton.

The press rushed to Warren's defense in 2012 when compelling evidence that she had used her barely present Indian ancestry to "cheat on affirmative action" to advance her academic career went public. So it shouldn't surprise anyone that they have paid little attention to her recent outrageous attempt to establish her leftist bona fides as a harsh critic of Israel, seen in the video after the jump:

By Tom Blumer | September 18, 2014 | 12:09 AM EDT

As been its habit since Barack Obama took office in 2009, the Associated Press has, whenever possible, considered the impact of news developments on the President and his party as far more important than what's actually happening in the lives of real people.

The latest example is the wire service's coverage of Tuesday's Census Bureau report on income, poverty and health insurance coverage in the U.S. Nothing — not even fundamental accuracy, as will be seen shortly — was more important to reporter Jesse J. Holland, the AP's "Race and Ethnicity writer," than telling readers that a half-point fall in the poverty rate from 15.0 percent to 14.5 percent constituted "a bit of encouraging news about the nation's economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for midterm elections." The fact that the Obama Era has brought us levels of poverty not seen in 20 years — this year's figure matches 1994's — apparently doesn't matter.

By Curtis Houck | September 17, 2014 | 10:56 PM EDT

The major broadcast networks on Wednesday refused to cover the first hearing held by the House Select Committee on Benghazi to begin assessing what happened in the 2012 attack that left U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith, and CIA contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty dead.

Between their morning and evening newscasts, the “big three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC neglected to offer any stories on the bipartisan hearing chaired by Congressman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), who promised that: “[O]ur fellow citizens deserve all of the facts of what happened before, during, and after the attacks in Benghazi and they deserve an investigative process worthy of the memory of those who died and worthy of the trust of our fellow citizens.”

By Curtis Houck | September 17, 2014 | 9:13 PM EDT

On Wednesday, CBS and The New York Times made the point of omitting results from their own poll which show President Obama’s job approval at 40 percent and his approval on foreign policy at only 34 percent from the newscasts and print newspaper, respectively.

CBS This Morning and the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley only mentioned the latest CBS News/New York Times poll in regards to how 57 percent of Americans do not feel as though the President is being tough enough in dealing with the threat posed by the Islamic terrorist group ISIS. At the other end of the spectrum, only 31 percent of those asked said they approved of his handling of ISIS.

By Tom Johnson | September 17, 2014 | 9:12 PM EDT

The GOP wildly exaggerates problems like voter fraud because its solutions would move the country to the right.

By Ken Shepherd | September 17, 2014 | 9:04 PM EDT

Iowa's primary industry is agriculture, but Iowa farmers are more "worldly," "educated," and "sophisticated" than their counterparts elsewhere in the United States, according to the Huffington Post Media Group's Howard Fineman. While he didn't explicitly make the connection, the inference is that red-state, socially-conservative farmers were not so intelligent.

By Matthew Balan | September 17, 2014 | 5:42 PM EDT

CNN and MSNBC viewers on Wednesday would have to switch channels if they wanted to watch the first hearing of the House Select Committee on Benghazi. CNN aired a 15-second news brief at the top of the 10 am Eastern hour, mere minutes before the nearly three-hour meeting began, but didn't cover the proceedings live. MSNBC set aside 12 minutes worth of segments to the event, and sometimes showed split-screen video, but didn't provide the audio. By contrast, Fox News Channel provided nearly 41 minutes (40 minutes, 51 seconds) of live coverage of the congressional committee's hearing during the 10 am and 11 am Eastern hours.

By Tim Graham | September 17, 2014 | 5:03 PM EDT

The pollsters at Gallup reported on Wednesday that Americans' confidence in the media's ability to report "the news fully, accurately, and fairly" has dropped to its previous all-time low of 40 percent. That number was at 55 percent in 1999, but hasn’t been above 50 percent since 2005.

The media is really struggling among Democrats, who have “traditionally expressed much higher levels of confidence in the media than Republicans have,” but their confidence (“great deal or fair amount of trust”) dropped to a 14-year low of 54 percent. Republican confidence dropped to 27 percent.