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By Mark Finkelstein | April 25, 2015 | 1:18 PM EDT

Of all the rotten reasons not to execute Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, we'll give the booby prize to the one offered by Paul Raushenbush, a HuffPo religion editor and ordained American Baptist minister. On today's Melissa Harris-Perry show, Raushenbush imagined that in twenty years, Tsarnaev might become "a spokesperson for reconciling Islam with America. We don't know what this life is going to lead to." Anything's possible, but surely Tsarnaev's sentence should not be based on this sort of idle speculation.  

What made Raushenbush's argument particularly galling was his statement that "the idea of ending any life for any reason is for me just not something I want done in my name."  I Googled, and sure enough Raushenbush supports abortion rights. You don't want "any life" ended in your name?  You don't know what a life that is ended might lead to, Rev. Raushenbush?

By Scott Whitlock | April 25, 2015 | 12:05 PM EDT

Nicolle Wallace was supposed to be the "conservative" voice for The View, but on Friday she proved again why that's silly. Veteran liberal journalist Diane Sawyer appeared to promote her new profile of Bruce Jenner as he undergoes transgender surgery. 

By P.J. Gladnick | April 25, 2015 | 11:36 AM EDT

Surpise! Surprise! Another week and another Brian Williams fib uncovered. This one had to do with his reporting on the Arab Spring protests at Cario's Tahrir Square in February 2011. As reported by the New York Times, Williams claimed to Jon Stewart on the Daily Show to have been up close near pro-government forces on horseback and camels while they were whipping protesters. One problem: Brian Williams was actually delivering his report from a balcony near Tahrir Square.

By Tim Graham | April 25, 2015 | 11:33 AM EDT

A revolt is happening against one of Washington's biggest parties. Luke Mullins at Washingtonian magazine found the idea this White House Correspondents Association dinner is all about scholarships for young journalists is a bad joke.

Patrick Gavin, a media reporter at Politico, left his job to make a documentary on what they call Nerd Prom. Here's a video (that didn't make the film) with White House correspondents explaining that the hunt for celebrity guests at their tables gets quite ridiculous, and is ultimately meaningless:

By Katie Yoder | April 25, 2015 | 10:09 AM EDT

If you make your living off killing, it’s helpful to pretend any “stigma” attached to your profession is old-fashioned and hopelessly behind the times. 

That’s what a media-hyped abortion “spa” in Washington, D.C. is trying to do with the release of a video ad. In 30 seconds, the ad shows three women from the 60s gossiping over tea about a friend who left because of “appendicitis” or for a trip “to the countryside” – that is until a modern woman on her cell phone interrupts, “You guys are talking about abortion.” 

By Tom Blumer | April 25, 2015 | 10:05 AM EDT

At a March 4 press conference, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder grudgingly bowed to the truth relating to the events surrounding the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri in August of last year: "Michael Brown’s death, though a tragedy, did not involve prosecutable conduct on the part of Officer (Darren) Wilson."

In doing so, Holder effectively acknowledged the falsity of the claim, repeated hundreds of times in broadcast, online, and print media reports, that Brown cried "hands up, don't shoot!" before he was killed. The Attorney General also (cough, cough) wondered "how the department’s findings can differ so sharply from some of the initial, widely reported accounts of what transpired" and "how such a strong alternative version of events was able to take hold so swiftly, and be accepted so readily."

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | April 25, 2015 | 8:04 AM EDT

The North Korean e-mail hack of Sony continues to haunt Hollywood. The leftist group WikiLeaks recently posted a searchable set of the documents and the London Daily Mail found a new scandal subject: Ben Affleck....and PBS.

Featured on the show Finding Your Roots, Affleck demanded (and got) the censorship of a slave-holder in his family tree, creating a scandal for the public-broadcasting network. The show that aired in November only honored his mother for her Freedom Rider activism during the black civil rights movement in the Sixties.

By Bryan Ballas | April 25, 2015 | 7:36 AM EDT

Apparently the media’s overt sympathy for Democratic candidates is so taken for granted that anything less than glowing adoration and cooperation is viewed as hostile. That’s at least one explanation for John Heilemann’s odd evaluation of Hillary Clinton’s campaign launch.

According to Heilemann (of Bloomberg Politics), Hillary is fighting a two front war. "She’s running against herself And she’s running against the press...the Clintons’ relationship with the press has never been great. She’s believes the press corps is incredibly hostile to her. She has some reason to believe that the press corps is unduly or disproportionately hostile to her...she is been subject to not that flattering of press coverage....[S]he got something in that week that I don't think I've seen her ever have before....[S]he had mockery."

By Tim Graham | April 25, 2015 | 6:22 AM EDT

This week’s edition of People magazine is a double issue on the “Most Beautiful” people. To hit their progressive quota, People was merely the latest magazine to honor transgender actor (Charles) Laverne Cox as a “most beautiful” woman. He was “The Trailblazer.”

There were also several nods toward same-sex marriage.

By Tom Blumer | April 24, 2015 | 10:52 PM EDT

Today's Census Bureau report on durable goods orders was like a poorly made cake with delicious frosting: tasty at first, but awful when fully experienced.

The frosting in today's report was that overall orders increased in March by a seasonally adjusted 4.0 percent. The trouble is that an important, widely recognized element of that report — what the Associated Press's Martin Crutsinger vaguely described as "a key category that serves as a proxy for future business investment" — came in with yet another minus sign. That category's 0.5 percent decline, though noted, had far more significance than Crutsinger gave it.

By Matthew Balan | April 24, 2015 | 10:04 PM EDT

Friday's NBC Nightly News stood out for its coverage of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which began on April 24, 1915. Anchor Lester Holt gave a 27-second news brief on the "somber hundredth anniversary being marked around the world today – remembering what Pope Francis recently called the first genocide of the 20th century." ABC's World News Tonight and CBS Evening News both failed to cover the centenary of the mass murders.

By Bryan Ballas | April 24, 2015 | 9:29 PM EDT

While Mika Brzezinski is leftist enough to be an Elizabeth Warren fan girl, this has not stopped her from being a vocal critic of Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal. However, if her treatment of John Boehner's attack on Hillary's e-mail practices is any indication, Brzezinski seems to believe that only a select few can legitimately criticize Hillary.

Brzezinski kicked off the discussion by noting that "it does seem like there are a lot of politics involved" with Speaker Boehner's openness to the possibility of subpoenaing Hillary's e-mails for the sake of the Benghazi investigation.   

By Yuri Perez | April 24, 2015 | 8:19 PM EDT

The first major network news program to take notice of the National March for Marriage that will take place in the Nation’s Capital on Saturday was not on one of the English-language networks, but on Spanish-language MundoFox.

What apparently drew the attention of MundoFox to the event, which is being held three days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments to either uphold or strike down state marriage laws defining marriage as a male-female relationship, was the expected high-level of participation in the March by pro-traditional marriage Latinos.

By Matthew Balan | April 24, 2015 | 8:07 PM EDT


On Friday's CBS Evening News, a NASA scientist made a surprising admission about climate change during a report about an erupting volcano in South America. Correspondent Michelle Miller turned to Dr. Allegra LeGrande, who detailed how the gases from a volcanic eruption can lead to a reduction in the amount of sunlight that reaches the Earth. Le Grande added that "this is a small component of why we're not as warm today as the climate models predicted we would be seven years ago."

By Tim Graham | April 24, 2015 | 5:21 PM EDT

Alex Griswold of the Daily Caller reports that on Thursday, “Press secretary Josh Earnest dodged no less [sic] than ten consecutive questions in a span of five minutes. Nine of the 10 questions came from ABC’s Jonathan Karl, the 10th from CNN’s Jim Acosta. Karl demanded transparency – a very belated request – for the 2009 memorandum that somehow made the Clintons responsive to the administration on Foundation activities: