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By Tom Blumer | August 4, 2015 | 2:26 PM EDT

I noted on Sunday how former Associated Press reporter Philip Elliott, writing for Time Magazine's Time.com website, joined the Scott Walker pile-on brigade criticizing the Wisconsin Governor's reasonable — arguably to a fault — position that he doesn't personally know whether Barack Obama is a Christian.

A separate post by Elliott, which covered a weekend retreat hosted by Charles Koch, originally carried a headline so obviously outrageous that it should never have gotten past him (though, to be fair, he may not have been responsible for creating it) or Time's editors (if they exist) for more than a few minutes after it appeared. Readers will see that headline after the jump (HT Mary Katharine Ham at Hot Air):

By Katie Yoder | August 4, 2015 | 1:49 PM EDT

“It was a twin.” That was how one Planned Parenthood worker identified her victim in the latest video exposing the abortion giant’s trafficking of baby parts. It was in a video in which a Planned Parenthood official claimed that providing “intact fetal cadavers” are “just a matter of line items.”

The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released a fifth investigative video August 4 showing Planned Parenthood executive Melissa Farrell revealing that her affiliate can “get creative” while aborting babies for certain parts – for compensation. The video also caught Planned Parenthood workers laughing over baby parts “mixed up in a bag” before sorting through little arms and legs and lungs and eyeballs.

By Sarah Stites and Julia A. Seymour | August 4, 2015 | 12:59 PM EDT

Gracing the cover of August’s Bloomberg Businessweek was a smiling, daisy-garlanded head of a billionaire tycoon that suggested he is a “feminist icon.”

That tycoon was the “Oracle of Omaha” and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway himself: Warren Buffett, a huge donor to birth control, and the abortion industry through his Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation.

The magazine devoted a four-page spread to the story of “how the billionaire’s family secretly funded a revolution in birth control.” But that isn’t all he has funded. Buffett has given more than $1 billion to abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood which is currently embroiled in scandal due to a series of shocking undercover videos. Bloomberg Businessweek complete ignored that scandal and barely touched on the extent of Buffett’s support for the group.

By Kyle Drennen | August 4, 2015 | 12:55 PM EDT

On Monday, all three network evening newscasts touted President Obama signing an executive order ordering power plants to reduce carbon emissions. On NBC Nightly News, anchor Lester Holt proclaimed: “...a rare moment at the White House. President Obama got unexpectedly emotional as he unveiled a sweeping controversial plan to deal with climate change, which he called ‘one of the key challenges of our lifetime.’”

By Sarah Stites | August 4, 2015 | 12:26 PM EDT

Sometimes, imitation is not the sincerest form of flattery.

“Once again, cultural appropriation is igniting a flurry of controversy,” wrote The Huffington Post’s Julee Wilson. The writer referred to a hair tutorial featured in the August issue of Allure: “You (Yes, You) Can Have An Afro*.” The asterisk beneath read: “*even if you have straight hair.”  

“It’s no surprise that the article, presumably aimed toward white women, is causing quite the commotion,” continued Wilson. “The Afro style in particular would have been an amazing opportunity to use a black actress, and yet there were no actresses of color used in the feature.”

By Connor Williams | August 4, 2015 | 12:08 PM EDT

Carol Costello took great offense to an ad from Ted Cruz showing the Texas senator humorously cooking bacon on a machine gun. Tuesday on CNN Newsroom, the host argued “we no longer respect our weapons. We forget that guns can actually kill.” Costello lamented “America’s cavalier attitude toward guns” and thought Cruz’s ad may have crossed the line. 

Thankfully, the CNN personality invited two conservative guests – Ben Ferguson and Amanda Carpenter – to the program to discuss the issue, and they both disagreed with Costello’s contention. Carpenter, a former Cruz communications director, said this was simply “a fun video” and couldn’t see how “this reduces his credibility” when it comes to various gun and mental health issues.

By NB Staff | August 4, 2015 | 11:58 AM EDT

At the Tenth Anniversary party for NewsBusters on Monday night, attended by more than 100 at the Hamilton in Washington, DC, the first annual Noel Sheppard Media Blogger of the Year Award was presented to Mollie Hemingway, Senior Editor of The Federalist blog. 

Noel Sheppard, a founding blogger for NewsBusters who long served as our Associate Editor, passed away from cancer in March of 2014. Ann Coulter, a friend of Noel’s, spoke warmly of Noel’s work and handed the award to Hemingway. The award is earned by “the blogger who best reflects the spirit of Noel Sheppard’s energetic blog postings in pursuit of exposing the news media’s liberal political agenda."

By Scott Whitlock | August 4, 2015 | 11:48 AM EDT

ABC's Good Morning America, a two hour-long program, on Tuesday completely ignored the Senate's vote on Planned Parenthood, yet devoted 18 minutes of air time to boy band One Direction. Only CBS This Morning bothered with the Republican effort to defund the abortion group, allowing a meager 25 seconds. Even in that scant amount of time, co-host Norah O'Donnell managed to spin the undercover footage of the organization in a friendly way.  O'Donnell opined, "The health provider is under fire for the way it gives fetal tissue to medical researchers." Health provider? Not abortion provider? The group "gives" fetal tissue? 

By Jeffrey Meyer | August 4, 2015 | 10:36 AM EDT

On Tuesday, the “Big Three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) network morning shows all went to bat for comedian Amy Schumer and helped promote her call for greater gun control in the wake of a shooting at a Louisiana movie theater during a showing of her movie “Trainwreck.” 

By Rich Noyes | August 4, 2015 | 9:05 AM EDT

There are currently 17 declared candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but viewers of the three broadcast evening news shows this year have mainly heard about just two of them: former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and New York businessman Donald Trump. And even though Trump received virtually no TV news attention until he officially declared on June 16, he’s received far more network news coverage than Bush has received all year.

By Tim Graham | August 4, 2015 | 7:03 AM EDT

The Planned Parenthood scandal surprisingly came up in the Friday “Week in Review” segment on NPR’s All Things Considered. Both the liberal and the pseudo-conservative spoke up a bit  for the humanity of the unborn. But anchor Audie Cornish developed a bad case of the euphemisms.

“I want to turn to another issue that's been very much in the news the last few weeks,” she began. “That's Planned Parenthood. The group is in crisis mode after a video sting operation by a group opposed to abortion has put Planned Parenthood in the spotlight for the practice of fetal tissue in medical research.”

By Clay Waters | August 3, 2015 | 10:03 PM EDT

Strange new respect? Two days after the New York Times labeled real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a racist on its front page based on thin evidence, the Times is suddenly treating one of his Twitter pronouncements as newsworthy, with Ashley Parker devoting an entire story to Trump's tweet. Perhaps because he's attacking his fellow GOP candidates as "puppets" of the libertarian Koch Brothers, themselves a frequent target of the Times.

By Brad Wilmouth | August 3, 2015 | 9:12 PM EDT

On Friday's All In show, MSNBC host Chris Hayes hinted that there was similar credibility between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blaming the terrorist group Hamas for the murders of three Jewish students a year ago, and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat blaming the Israeli government for the recent murder of a Palestinian boy by Jewish extremists, even though Prime Minister Netanyahu forcefully condemned the attack.

After recounting the boy's death that occurred after his family's home in the West Bank was firebombed, Hayes showed a soundbite of Erekat indicting Israel:

By Tom Johnson | August 3, 2015 | 8:52 PM EDT

Almost a quarter-century ago, Seal sang, “We're never gonna survive unless we get a little crazy.” These days, suggests Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall, it’s awfully hard to survive in the Republican presidential race if you’re only a little crazy, now that Donald Trump “has flooded the market with a new, purer brand of Crazy that has left the other candidates scrambling and basically unable to compete.”

“Trump is in many ways the logical end result of seven years -- really two-plus decades -- of Republican cultivation of anger and grievance as a method of conducting politics,” asserted Marshall in a Monday post, adding that Trump “has managed to boil modern Republicanism down to a hard precipitate form, shorn of the final vestiges of interest in actual governing.”

By Dylan Gwinn | August 3, 2015 | 8:01 PM EDT

Former New England Patriot and SMU running back Craig James is suing Fox Sports for religious discrimination.

The former ESPN, and briefly Fox Sports, employee claims that his firing from Fox was due to comments he made opposing same-sex marriage while running for U.S. Senate. James’ suit was filed in Dallas County Court on Monday.