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By Tom Johnson | | July 30, 2016 | 1:48 PM EDT

Is media bias just smart marketing? Yes, suggests Taibbi, who claims it’s “irrelevant” that “most individual reporters” are liberals given that their profit-driven, audience-conscious corporate overlords keep them on a short leash. “Whatever their personal leanings, influential reporters mostly work in nihilistic corporations, to whom the news is a non-ideological commodity, to be sold the same way we hawk cheeseburgers or Marlboro Lights,” argued Taibbi in a July 22 article. “Wars, scandals and racial conflicts sell, while poverty and inequality do not. So reporters chase one and not the other. It's just business.”

By Tom Blumer | | July 30, 2016 | 1:34 PM EDT

Now we know why Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's de facto dictator, recently handed over responsibility for food production to the military: He's going to need soldiers on farms and elsewhere in the food distribution chain to keep conscripted workers in line.

That's because on July 22, now over a week ago, Maduro's government decreed "... that any employee in Venezuela can be effectively made to work in the country’s fields as a way to fight the current food crisis." Those words are from a July 28 Amnesty International press release. Amnesty correctly contends that the move "is unlawful and effectively amounts to forced labour." Amnesty appears to have taken six days to respond because the first reports from the world's press did not appear until Thursday. As of shortly after 9 a.m. Eastern Time Saturday morning, the Associated Press, despite having at least four reporters in Venezuela, still hasn't covered Maduro's order. Neither has the New York Times.

By Christian Toto | | July 30, 2016 | 12:15 PM EDT

Johnny Carson delivered, and he did so without revealing his party affiliation. That was then. Now, we have late night comics choosing sides. Some, like Trevor Noah, Larry Wilmore and Seth Meyers, are essentially signing up for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. 

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | | July 30, 2016 | 8:09 AM EDT

For more than a year, the cable-news networks have feasted on Donald Trump, covering him live, day after day, for hours and hours. Republican contenders couldn’t hope to get a fraction of his TV time. Now that Trump’s secured the nomination, is it possible that the networks will “suddenly” lose interest in every Trump speech?

It certainly looked that way when Trump spoke to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention. CNN gave Hillary 19 minutes of live coverage. Trump got zero. They promoted Democrats while he was talking.

By Melissa Mullins | | July 30, 2016 | 7:48 AM EDT

In addition to being known as the Vice President of the United States and his penchant for putting his foot in his mouth, Joe Biden is also known for doing a cameo on a TV show. He played himself as the man-crush of the local politician on the NBC comedy show Parks and Recreation and is now taking on a more seriously role – still playing himself on NBC’s Law & Order: SVU. It’s hard to imagine Biden as anything but serious, so maybe he really will be acting this time around.

By Tim Graham | | July 30, 2016 | 6:31 AM EDT

The shocking Wikileaks e-mails wrenched from the Democratic National Committee added more weight to something we already knew: Democrats and the "objective" media closely coordinate and cultivate a joint set of images and messages.

But that's not all. Supposedly nonpartisan, independent "satirists" in late-night TV have been the darlings of the Left, but pretended to mock both sides. Comedy Central stars Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert held a "Rally to Restore Sanity" in 2010 that pretended to endorse more civility and compromise. But now all the ironic distance has vanished, as anyone can see from observing Trevor Noah, Stewart's replacement.

By Tim Graham | | July 29, 2016 | 10:10 PM EDT

Republican National Committee spokesman Sean Spicer put on his media-critic hat on the GOP.com blog  on Thursday to complain that ABC, CBS, and NBC gave several hours more live coverage of their conventions, largely the overflow into the local-news hour at 11 pm Eastern time. The GOP says across the three networks, it drew 47 minutes of overtime, compared to 261 minutes for the Democrats.

Our own research on the Thursday nights show Trump spoke longer, and drew slightly more overtime on the three networks, 119 minutes to 112.

By Tom Blumer | | July 29, 2016 | 9:59 PM EDT

Wednesday night's coverage of protests outside the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia delivered by Fox Business Network and the Associated Press could hardly have differed more.

FBN reported "thousands" of angry protesters oustide who were in no way mollified by Bernie Sanders' endorsement of Hillary Clinton or calls for unity. Geoff Mulvhill and Megan Trimble at the AP only described "tension ... that lingered in pockets of Philadelphia" during a "mostly quiet Day 3," and claimed there were only "hundreds" outside.

By Tom Johnson | | July 29, 2016 | 9:42 PM EDT

In a few months, Barack Obama will become the fifth post-World War II president to serve two full terms. The Washington Monthly’s Martin Longman thinks Obama tops the other four in terms of “popularity and moral credibility,” as indicated not only by the positive reception Obama got for his Wednesday-night DNC speech boosting Hillary Clinton, but by the public’s curiosity beforehand about what he’d have to say. In a Thursday post, Longman contrasted Obama with the other two-termers at their last convention as POTUS.

By Matthew Balan | | July 29, 2016 | 9:24 PM EDT

ABC's World News Tonight on Friday revisited the health care scandal at the Veterans Administration and pointed out the recent revelation that the federal agency spent millions of taxpayer money on abstract art. Correspondent Mary Bruce spotlighted how the V.A. defending the spending by claiming that the art pieces foster "a healing environment."

By Randy Hall | | July 29, 2016 | 7:07 PM EDT

Remarks by Hillary Clinton about her use of a private email server she made during last Sunday's edition of CBS's 60 Minutes program have now come back to haunt her as the Judicial Watch organization has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Democratic presidential candidate.

According to an article by Rachel Stockman of the Mediaite website, the conservative watchdog group “has been seeking to depose Clinton” on the subject in order to find out if any Freedom of Information Act laws were violated.

By Matthew Balan | | July 29, 2016 | 6:18 PM EDT

Maja Czarnecka hyped in a Monday item for AFP that unnamed "experts" predict that Pope Francis "will have a hard time winning over hearts and minds" in Poland due to the legacy of Pope John Paul II. Czarnecka played up that "howls of criticism -- and even hate speech -- went up in ethnically homogenous, conservative Poland when the Catholic faithful saw Francis washing the feet of three Muslim asylum seekers." The journalist repeatedly emphasized the supposedly "arch-conservative" and "rightwing" climate among Catholics in the country.

By Karen Townsend | | July 29, 2016 | 6:05 PM EDT

A group of D-List celebrities gathered on Netflix’s Chelsea to discuss their time on NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump and "commiserate" about "Trump f*cking up the country." 

By Sarah Stites | | July 29, 2016 | 4:52 PM EDT

Bashing Trump presumably took on a whole new meaning at a recent DC party where a “trumpiñata” was sighted. Yet, apparently, Politico did found that other news “trumped hate,” as coverage of the whackable Trump caricature was only briefly mentioned far down the page.   

Democratic Party political strategist and former State Rep. Vin Roberti and his wife Amy hosted a “midnight breakfast” along with Roberti’s colleagues Izzy Klein and Ashley O’Sullivan, and former Serbian Ambassador Vladimir Petrovic. Numerous congressmen and staffers, a governor and various business leaders were among the attendees; yet, a reader would have discovered the presence of the trumpiñata at the party only by slogging through the extensive guest list. Beating on Trump must not have upset Politico contributor Isaac Arnsdorf, as the journalist mentioned the piñata last in his detailed list of those “spotted” at the event.  

By Dylan Gwinn | | July 29, 2016 | 4:27 PM EDT

The war on North Carolina is a long, slow quagmire, with no exit strategy…apparently.