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By Mairead McArdle | February 9, 2016 | 9:42 AM EST

That Beyonce released her politically charged song, “Formation,” over the weekend is one thing. That the NFL allowed her to perform it at the Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday was quite another..

 

The singer used the Super Bowl, the most watched TV event of the year, as a platform for her controversial message: that racism against blacks in the United States has led to white on black violence, especially by corrupt law enforcement.

By Brad Wilmouth | February 9, 2016 | 9:25 AM EST

As Utah GOP Representative Jason Chaffetz -- who has endorsed Marco Rubio for President -- appeared as a guest on Monday's The Situation Room on CNN, host Wolf Blitzer repeatedly questioned Rubio's fitness for office, with seven out of his first nine questions and setup statements challenging the Florida Senator on issues ranging from his repetition of lines during Saturday's debate, to his level of experience and number of missed votes in the Senate.

Blitzer at one point suggested that the Florida Republican's debate performance "could be a Rick Perry 'oops' moment for him," and brought up his opponents derisively comparing him to Barack Obama as a first-term Senator.

By Tom Blumer | February 9, 2016 | 8:56 AM EST

On Friday, in its January Employment Situation Summary, the government's Bureau of Labor Statistics served up a stack of lemons disguised as lemonade. President Barack Obama declared in a tweet that "We've recovered from the worst economic crisis since the 1930s," and the press dutifully fell in line.

The BLS reported that the economy added seasonally adjusted 151,000 payroll jobs and that the unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent. As has been their habit for years, business reporters failed to label either key data point as "seasonally adjusted," even though they routinely apply that label to most other government data in their dispatches on the economy. The business press almost never looks at the raw (i.e., not seasonally adjusted) figures in any area. If they had looked at last Friday's raw jobs data, they would have wondered how the BLS could possibly have reported such a large number of additional seasonally adjusted jobs.

By Rich Noyes | February 9, 2016 | 8:45 AM EST

A Media Research Center study of ABC, CBS and NBC evening news coverage finds Ted Cruz has actually received a negative bump in the week since Iowa, garnering fewer minutes of total TV news airtime (16 minutes, vs. 21 minutes before the caucuses) and a significantly smaller share of GOP campaign coverage than he had in the week leading up to the caucuses (17.8%, vs. 24.8% earlier). Not only did Cruz take a back seat to Iowa runners-up Marco Rubio and Donald Trump in overall coverage, much of the attention the Texas Senator did receive was negative.

By Mark Finkelstein | February 9, 2016 | 8:41 AM EST

About to begin her word-asociation game about the other candidates with Donald Trump, Mika Brzezinski said "I'm scared to do this." Prescient on Mika's part. Because although Trump had been in a relatively light-hearted mood during his Morning Joe appearance today, things suddenly got deadly serious.

When it came time to give his word on Hillary, and despite having been reminded that she had attended his wedding, Trump said: "in a certain way evil."  Making clear it was no slip of the tongue, Trump repeated himself: "in a certain way, evil." Mika's "whoah!" in response probably spoke for a lot of people in attendance.

By Curtis Houck | February 9, 2016 | 8:07 AM EST

After tying a large noose while calling Senator Ted Cruz a “fish-faced, horses*** salesman,” new TBS host Samantha Bee proclaimed fellow GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio’s pro-life stance in Saturday’s debate was “literally the stupidest thing I've ever heard” and backed by a “cabal of fetus fanatics.” Bee also urged Rubio to continue telling supporters that Hillary Clinton believes in late-term abortions so women can “deliver our babies directly” into a glorified blender “so that Planned Parenthood can sell it to Whole Foods.”

By Curtis Houck | February 9, 2016 | 3:01 AM EST

The premier of former Daily Show correspondent Samantha Bee’s TBS program Full Frontal arrived on Monday night and for liberals seeking more anti-conservative rants disguised as humor, Bee provided just that as she berated Iowa caucus winner Ted Cruz as a “fish-faced, horseshit salesman” while playing with a noose.

By Jorge Bonilla | February 9, 2016 | 12:32 AM EST

Liberals seeking to ethnically vitiate Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio on Univision's Al Punto were shut down and embarrassed.

By Tim Graham | February 8, 2016 | 11:06 PM EST

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd was a regular scold of the Clintons during the Year of Our Intern (1998) and actually won a Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. The Pulitzer juries almost never gave out an award for exposing Clinton scandals, but maybe something about Monicagate pushed them over the edge.

Dowd is still causing fist-shaking at Clinton headquarters with a Sunday column that impolitely accused Hillary of “sucking the teat” of Wall Street. The Times headline was “Hillary Battles Bernie Sanders, Chick Magnet.”

By Curtis Houck | February 8, 2016 | 10:50 PM EST

Monday’s CBS Evening News continued to bask in the supposed glory of CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King’s pre-Super Bowl interview with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama with additional excerpts and anchor Scott Pelley gushing over the “terrific interview.” Of course, CBS continued to make no mention of King’s connections to the Obamas as both a personal friend and donor to Obama’s candidacy (as my colleague Scott Whitlock thoroughly chronicled in a post that can be found here). 

By Ken Shepherd | February 8, 2016 | 10:20 PM EST

Discussing rumors of a possible Hillary Clinton campaign shakeup in an attempt to right the ship after a close race in Iowa and what looks to be like a Sanders blowout in New Hampshire, CNN’s Anderson Cooper on his eponymous program tonight made a humorous comparison to how struggling cable TV executives handle programs that just aren’t cutting it in the ratings.

By Tom Johnson | February 8, 2016 | 10:15 PM EST

If the eventual Republican presidential nominee takes the advice of The Washington Monthly’s D.R. Tucker, he’ll choose Michigan governor Rick Snyder as his running mate, not in spite of what happened to Flint’s water supply, but because of it.

“Snyder never gave a damn about the residents of Flint, and still doesn’t,” claimed Tucker in a Saturday post. “The Snyder vision—the Republican vision—is that if you don’t have money, you’re not really a citizen…Think about what animates the right today: Contempt for the mainstream media. Contempt for racial minorities. Contempt for government. Contempt for those outside of the right-wing tribe. Snyder would appeal to all of the right’s darkest impulses.”

By Curtis Houck | February 8, 2016 | 10:14 PM EST

In the latest example of double standards, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt used his one-on-one interview on Monday with Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio to boast of the “broad criticism of that Saturday debate performance” and calls that he’s “MarcoRobot” despite expressing concern to Hillary Clinton on January 29 about any critiques leveled her way.

By Randy Hall | February 8, 2016 | 7:55 PM EST

While players on the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos National Football League teams took a break in the middle of Super Bowl 50, the performers who took the stage in the center of the field at Levi's Stadium in the San Francisco Bay Area in Santa Clara, California, and their songs "subtly" promoted left-wing causes such as gay love and Black Lives Matter.

The singer whose full name is Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter made “a powerful statement on both racism and police brutality.” And as if that wasn't liberal enough, the British rock band Coldplay put on what was later called “a 12-minute tribute to LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) love.”

By Jack Coleman | February 8, 2016 | 6:56 PM EST

Looks like it might be time for Harvard to mandate remedial geography instruction for its students.

Following a grueling week of campaign coverage in Iowa, along with taking part in a friend's wedding, National Public Radio reporter Sam Sanders was told by his editors to take a day off -- and then get back to work by covering a Donald Trump rally in New Hampshire.