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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.

By Mira Ebersole | | July 29, 2016 | 4:12 PM EDT

CNBC’s business news coverage took a humorous turn when Squawk Box anchors Joe Kernen and Andrew Ross Sorkin’s conversation turned to social media. On July 27, after reporting that Twitter shares were down following a disappointing quarter, Kernen revealed what he likes about Twitter and who he follows.

By Sarah Stites | | July 29, 2016 | 3:24 PM EDT

How enthusiastic is the Democratic Party about abortion? So enthusiastic that felt compelled to debunk a satire story stating that former Philadelphia abortionist and convicted murderer Kermit Gosnell addressed the DNC by video from prison. Yes, that was satire. However, considering other DNC incidents, it’s easy to see why the fake story was convincing.

In what Yahoo News called a “convention first,” NARAL president Ilyse Hogue proclaimed her past abortion loud and clear in her nationally televised DNC speech. Yet, the resounding cheers and applause from her Philly audience were not loud enough to reach the networks’ ears. In fact, neither NBC, ABC nor CBS provided any coverage of Hogue’s July 27 speech or the crowd’s shamefully ecstatic response to her personal history. 

By Geoffrey Dickens | | July 29, 2016 | 3:18 PM EDT

Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and every other presidential candidate in history were pikers compared to Hillary Clinton when it comes to experience. That, at least, was the determination of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin when she appeared, on Friday’s CBS This Morning, for a panel discussion about the historic importance of Clinton’s nomination. This Morning co-anchor Norah O’Donnell asked the author and presidential historian to “fact-check” President Obama’s assertion that nobody was as qualified to be President as Clinton.

By Kyle Drennen | | July 29, 2016 | 1:46 PM EDT

On Friday’s NBC Today, correspondent Stephanie Gosk devoted a full report to hyping concerns that Russia could somehow rig the U.S. presidential election in November. In the wake of the hacking of Democratic National Committee e-mails, Gosk warned viewers: “The incident is raising new questions about the security of our country's overall electoral system. Could voting booths or voting tallies themselves be vulnerable?”

By Rich Noyes | | July 29, 2016 | 12:45 PM EDT

With both the Republican and Democratic conventions now concluded, it’s time to judge the news media on how fairly they covered the two parties. Media Research Center analysts looked at various aspects of coverage, all of which demonstrate that journalists obviously favored the Democratic gathering.

By Clay Waters | | July 29, 2016 | 12:41 PM EDT

The ultimate night of the Democratic National Convention saw the coronation of Hillary Clinton as the first female presidential nominee, celebrated on whole top half of the front page of Friday's New York Times. Meanwhile, Patrick Healy and Amy Chozick did their best to both humanize and historicize Hillary, "who sacrificed personal ambition for her husband’s political career and then rose to be a globally influential figure....a prize that generations of American women have dreamed about for one of their own."

By Tim Graham | | July 29, 2016 | 12:33 PM EDT

Hillary Clinton’s speech on Thursday was a test of the media’s honesty. If you presented the speech itself as a wonderful oration, then you’re clearly reading from the DNC press release. If you’re acknowledging, hedging, that Hillary is no Obama-raising-the-oceans orator, then you’re acknowledging the political reality outside the DNC-staff bubble.

CBS stayed inside the bubble on Thursday night, and the laugh line of the night trying to turn Hillary into some kind of Rambo came from CBS anchorman Scott Pelley, who suggested at one point, “she mentioned Trump and stared into the camera with a look so menacing it probably stirred Trump's Secret Service detail.” 

By Kristine Marsh | | July 29, 2016 | 11:31 AM EDT

After the networks spent the morning going crazy over Clinton’s "emotional" and "historic" speech last night at the DNC, the cable news shows proved they couldn’t get enough either. Carol Costello on CNN’s Newsroom, provided one of the more over-the-top examples from the media’s fan club, calling Clinton women's "white knight."

By Maggie McKneely | | July 29, 2016 | 10:29 AM EDT

Last week, celebrities took to Twitter to mourn the future of America following Donald Trump’s acceptance speech. Their reaction after Hillary’s celebrity-filled moment was the complete opposite. The convention hall was filled with the Hollywood elite – from Morgan Freeman’s voiceover on the Shonda Rhimes Hillary video to politicking from actress Chloe Grace Moretz. Here are some the most outrageous of those who stuck to Twitter.

By Kyle Drennen | | July 29, 2016 | 9:05 AM EDT

Acting more like a doorman than a journalist during PBS coverage of the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose invited former Attorney General Eric Holder to blast Donald Trump: “You also said that Donald Trump, you questioned his gray matter. You mean he’s not smart enough to be president?”

By Alatheia Nielsen and Katie Yoder | | July 29, 2016 | 8:36 AM EDT

​Thursday spells the end of two weeks of tumultuous party conventions -- conventions which the media have treated more like tabloid gossip than events of national importance.

Newsbusters reporters Alatheia “Alli” Nielsen and Katie “Kat” Yoder found that the morning shows from ABC, CBS and NBC never covered Democratic Party Platform changes approved Monday night -- just like they virtually ignored the Republican Party Platform last week.