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By Ken Shepherd | September 17, 2014 | 4:59 PM EDT

Last year the deeply liberal Democratic state of Maryland had an absolutely atrocious rollout of its ObamaCare website. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D), who is running this November for governor, was in charge of the ObamaCare rollout.

The website has since been completely overhauled, at the staggering cost of $40 million, but all the same, health department officials are planning "to limit access... so that any glitches can be worked out and the system won't be overwhelmed with requests," Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post reported today. Editors buried the story on page B5.

By Kyle Drennen | September 17, 2014 | 4:19 PM EDT

As reported by Politico, recently dumped Meet the Press moderator David Gregory moderated a panel for the No Labels Strategic Agenda conference in Washington on Wednesday and lectured his media colleagues: "[I]n Washington political journalism the narrative gets set, and it gets set early and built on. And things that fight the narrative get harder to report out, I think, often because of laziness in media."

Given that Meet the Press on his watch was routinely a place to promote the conventional wisdom of Washington, Gregory is hardly one to accuse other journalists of lazily accepting inside-the-beltway spin in political coverage.

By P.J. Gladnick | September 17, 2014 | 4:00 PM EDT

Global warming is caused by colder and snowier winters according to AOL. If the weather is warmer, the cause is global warming but if it becomes colder, global warming is also the culprit. No matter how the climate changes, the reason will always be global warming.
 

By Dan Gainor | September 17, 2014 | 3:43 PM EDT

Notice how when liberals say insane things, they never make the news? Former New York Times Middle East Bureau Chief Chris Hedges has become open about his lunacy in recent years. Hedges went on a massive anti-Israel rant during a recent liberal event in Wisconsin where he also predicted that a “revolt” is on the way.

While Hedges claimed he didn’t support revolution, he wasn’t optimistic about avoiding it. “I do not say this because I am a supporter of revolution. I am not,” he said. “Revolt is the only option left.”

By Tom Blumer | September 17, 2014 | 3:29 PM EDT

President Obama cited American exceptionalism at least ten times in his speech at MacDill Air Force Base Tampa today.

Early in his administration, Obama went out of his way to downplay the nature of U.S. exceptionalism, claiming that it was really no different than how any other nation's citizens saw their own country's uniqueness. So his speechwriters knew better than to use that word. But Obama cited how America is "unique" (read: superior) six separate times, and told his audience — and the rest of the world — that "when the world needs help, it calls on America." Time's Zeke J. Miller is one of the first among many who are choosing or will choose to ignore this change in posture, choosing primarily to obsess over whether U.S. ground troops will be called upon to quash the ISIS/ISIL threat.

By Kristine Marsh | September 17, 2014 | 3:15 PM EDT

Catherine Deveny is an Australian writer and comedian who has previously written for the Australian daily “The Age” and the UK daily “The Guardian.”  She is also an outspoken atheist and feminist. Her strong left-wing viewpoints denouncing marriage and motherhood have garnered much criticism including a tweet she posted Sept. 16.

 

By Kyle Drennen | September 17, 2014 | 3:00 PM EDT

Appearing on Wednesday's CBS This Morning, Barak Barfi, spokesman for the family of beheaded journalist Steven Sotloff, ripped the Obama administration over it's handling of the kidnapping of Sotloff and fellow journalist James Foley by ISIS terrorists: "We never really believed that the administration was doing anything to help us. We had very, very limited contact with senior officials..."

Moments later, Barfi accused the White House of intimidating the families of the hostages: "The families sat with this National Security Council official and basically he bullied and hectored them and they were scared....I sat in other meetings with mid-level State Department officials and the FBI and I basically heard the same thing." [Listen to the audio]

By Tianna DiMartino | September 17, 2014 | 2:46 PM EDT

To say that Nick Jonas lives by a double standard is an understatement. His views on faith, family, sex and homosexuality are so convoluted it makes one’s head spin trying to comprehend them. One need only consider his latest project, a DirecTV show called “Kingdom,” to see just how far Nick has fallen from his time on Disney’s “Jonas,” show as a respectable role model for younger kids in regards to faith, purity and strong family ties.

The three Jonas brothers, Nick, Joe and Kevin, were a pop boy band which started in 2005 and starred in their own Disney Channel show “Jonas,” for two seasons in 2009 and 2010. The brothers were perhaps most well-known for their stance on virginity; donning purity rings as “promises to ourselves and to God that we’ll stay pure till marriage.” Focus on the Family’s movie review site, Plugged-In, called their show a “product of a more innocent time,” which taught “outrageously old-fashioned lessons based on how family members should treat one another.”

By Tim Graham | September 17, 2014 | 2:36 PM EDT

The Washington Post demonstrated a sudden interest in the political bias of local TV news on Wednesday. WJLA-TV, the ABC station in D.C., was purchased by Sinclair Broadcasting, which is now airing its conservative commentator Mark Hyman in Washington. They warned in a headline, "Under new owner, WJLA airs more conservative content."

Media reporter Paul Farhi  organized a parade of horrified liberals – except he didn’t identify any of them as liberals. In large type on the front page of the Style section was Charles Lewis of the leftist Center for Public Integrity: “They are stuck with an idiosyncratic owner with its own political views and agenda. It’s a nightmarish scenario for journalists.”

By Katie Yoder | September 17, 2014 | 2:34 PM EDT

Looks like the media need their own distribution – of dictionaries. 

Columnist Sarah Gray recently highlighted, “The Satanic Temple’s hilarious response to a pro-religion court ruling” in a Sept. 16 piece for Salon. That “ruling” was a Florida judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit when the Orange County school board agreed atheist groups could offer pamphlets to schoolchildren alongside Christian groups distributing Bibles. In response, The Satanic Temple decided to join in by distributing “The Satanic Children’s Big Book of Activities.” 

By Mike Ciandella | September 17, 2014 | 12:46 PM EDT

Facts, people. They’re not that hard.

Naomi Klein, the best-selling author and columnist taken too seriously by American media, decried conservative groups for opposing “wealth redistribution.” Klein argued that North America and Europe need to pay reparations to poorer nations for causing climate change. Her new book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate,” used flawed facts, exaggerations and misrepresentations to promote her brand of climate-change alarmism.

By Scott Whitlock | September 17, 2014 | 11:04 AM EDT

All three network morning shows on Wednesday ignored Joe Biden using a term many consider to be anti-Semitic. Giving a speech on Tuesday about legal issues facing veterans, the Vice President decried "these Shylocks who took advantage of these women and men while overseas."

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 17, 2014 | 10:40 AM EDT

On Wednesday, September 17, the House is scheduled to hold a hearing on the latest surrounding the scandal plagued Veterans Administration, specifically questions about the inspector general’s recent report on patient deaths at VA facilities. Despite the new revelations from a VA whistleblower that the VA changed its final report to downplay any connection between patient deaths and long wait times, CBS This Morning was the only network morning show to cover the story on its Wednesday morning broadcast. ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today ignored the story altogether. 

By Tom Blumer | September 17, 2014 | 9:58 AM EDT

Both Old Media and Old Medea were at it again yesterday.

Old Medea is Medea Benjamin, the head of Code Pink, who led the disruption of a Senate hearing on ISIS and was eventually hauled away. Old Media demonstrated its double standards by giving Ms. Benjamin's temper tantrum little attention. That treatment sharply contrasts with that seen in September 2002, when, with a Republican in the White House, a similar petulant Code Pink display received front-page photo coverage in three major U.S. newspapers.

By Tim Graham | September 17, 2014 | 9:18 AM EDT

In a shocker, New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley panned "The View" and new "conservative" co-host Nicolle Wallace.

Stanley found she missed Elisabeth Hasselbeck – “opinionated, emotional, and easily drawn into ideological spats – and dismissed Nicolle Wallace, who “didn’t say a word when Ms. Perez joked about Mitt Romney having a vagina.”