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By Tom Johnson | July 22, 2015 | 11:12 AM EDT

NewsBusters readers likely are familiar with the saying “It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.” Conor Friedersdorf thinks Republicans have a propensity for certitude about false beliefs, and that as a result they’re susceptible to “demagogues” such as Donald Trump.

As for why GOPers are frequently mistaken in the first place, Friedersdorf blames, among others, “huckster entertainers like [Rush] Limbaugh.” He also notes that speaking truth to the party base “would be an unpleasant ordeal for most figures in the conservative movement.”

By Scott Whitlock | July 22, 2015 | 11:07 AM EDT

Good Morning America's George Stephanopoulos on Wednesday scoffed at a claim by John Kasich that he would care about the interests of African Americans. The new presidential candidate appeared on GMA and asserted, "...If you're black, if you're brown, if you're struggling, we care about you and we're going to work to make sure you're included in the American dream." A suspicious Stephanopoulos responded: "You think your party is ready to accept that message?"

By Jeffrey Meyer | July 22, 2015 | 10:45 AM EDT

On Tuesday, CBS Evening News promoted a new study by global warming alarmist and NASA’s former climate chief James Hansen that predicts a “dire forecast about the climate in the years ahead.” Fill-in host Charlie Rose introduced the broadcast by fretting “[a]n ominous forecast for more scenes likes this, surging floodwaters and rising sea levels.” 

By Julia A. Seymour | July 22, 2015 | 10:10 AM EDT

Acts of terror marked the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Terrorists cut a bloody path from Tennessee to Tunisia -- one that commanded much of the broadcast network’s attention. Only newscasts often ignored the religious timing of the threats by Muslim terrorists.

The Islamic terrorist group ISIS, which declared a Middle East “caliphate” a year ago on June 29, 2014, strongly encouraged violence during the Muslim holy month. Reuters and The Telegraph (UK) reported on June 23, that an ISIS spokesman called for Muslims to make Ramadan “a month of calamity for the infidels.” The “infidels” include non-Muslims and westerners, but also Shiite Muslims and those ISIS called “apostate Muslims.” Al-Shabaab, another Islamic extremist group, threatened Kenya’s non-Muslims even before Ramadan began, All Africa reported.

By Sarah Stites | July 22, 2015 | 9:05 AM EDT

Good news, America! You no longer have to pay Garrison Keillor to sneer at you. After his 30-city “America the Beautiful” tour, the Prairie Home Companion radio host is retiring for good (and good riddance). His tour should have been called “America the Liberal.”

Keillor is a malicious parasite who spent his career soaking up federal funding through NPR while wrapping his off-the-shelf anti-American leftism in a cloying Midwestern folksiness.

So, if you’re not one of Keillor’s 4 million listeners worldwide, count yourself lucky, and enjoy these top five ridiculous quotes from the man himself.

By Mark Finkelstein | July 22, 2015 | 8:52 AM EDT

Arianna Huffington is no pachyderm, politically speaking, but like the elephant, she apparently never forgets--or forgives.  Three years ago, Donald Trump called Huffington "unattractive both inside and out."  Arianna has now returned the favor, relegating HuffPo's coverage of Trump to its entertainment section.

On today's Morning Joe, HuffPo's Sam Stein was put in the unenviable position of defending his boss's decision, arguing that Trump is a mere "lounge act" whose position in the polls is simply "sustained by the media."  Joe Scarborough blasted the decision as "absolutely absurd," and Mika Brzezinski, in the unkindest-but-truest cut of all, said that many would argue that one Barack Obama was similarly sustained by the media in 2008.

By Jeffrey Meyer | July 22, 2015 | 8:07 AM EDT

During his final appearance Tuesday night on the Daily Show, with Jon Stewart as host, President Obama was treated to a softball interview in which the retiring Comedy Central host worried: “Are we [the media] demanding too much of you?” Stewart clearly seemed to sympathize with Obama over his poor relationship with the press and spoke of Obama's “frustration sometimes with the media -- is the media, myself included, are we focused on the wrong things?”

By Tim Graham | July 22, 2015 | 7:08 AM EDT

Dick Meyer was a producer at CBS for 23 years, many of them producing for biased blowhard Eric Engberg. After that, he was an editor for NPR and BBC America. He now works in the Washington bureau of Scripps and  Meyer thinks Barack Obama is wildly unappreciated. His latest op-ed: "Mr. President, on behalf of an ungrateful nation, thank you." He began: “Readers rarely believe it, but I am not on any political team.” He’s right. You shouldn’t believe it, as he easily proves: "Americans are lucky to have Barack Obama as president and we should wake up and appreciate it while we can."

By Curtis Houck | July 22, 2015 | 1:56 AM EDT

In yet another example of bias by omission, the “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC all refused to cover on Tuesday night a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing from hours earlier devoted to sanctuary cities and murders committed by illegal immigrants who benefitted from the policy. As it often does, FNC’s Special Report was there to pick up the pieces left by their network equivalents with a full segment on Tuesday’s program by chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel.

By Tom Blumer | July 21, 2015 | 11:45 PM EDT

After five days, President Obama finally today ordered "that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds" and at other official federal locations until sunset on Saturday to honor the five victims of Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez's murder spree in Chattanooga, Tennessee last Thurday.

Though the White House will never admit it, Congress shamed the President into doing what he did by unilaterally choosing to fly the Capitol flag at half-mast earlier this morning. Obama's order referred to "the victims of the senseless acts of violence." Sadly, the more we learn, the more we understand that Abdulazeez didn't see it as "senseless" at all. Yet he, those who work for him in the Executive Branch, and the press continue to pretend.

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | July 21, 2015 | 10:59 PM EDT

When the hardcore Left met in Phoenix for the Netroots Nation conference, the networks didn't see a problem when socialist Barnie Sanders gets bum-rushed off the stage early for not being leftist enough.

The Left assaulted Martin O'Malley as "tone deaf" for insisting that all lives matter, but they are the ones who don't realize most voters see "all lives matter" as the most reasonable and most humanitarian slogan.

By Curtis Houck | July 21, 2015 | 9:58 PM EDT

Following the release on Tuesday of a second video by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) depicting a Planned Parenthood executive discussing the selling of body parts from aborted babies, ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News teamed with the top Spanish-language networks to completely ignore the video. Stepping out from behind ABC and NBC and Spanish-language networks MundoFox, Telemundo, and Univision, the CBS Evening News offered a two-minute report on CMP’s second video.

By Brad Wilmouth | July 21, 2015 | 9:32 PM EDT

On Tuesday's The Situation Room on CNN, host Wolf Blitzer and correspondent Dana Bash followed the lead of CNN's New Day in forwarding accusations that Jeb Bush and other Republicans have been "hypocritical" in slamming Donald Trump's dismissal of John McCain's military record, while Republicans supported the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004 when they ran ads discrediting some of John Kerry's claims about his war record.

By Ken Shepherd | July 21, 2015 | 7:55 PM EDT

For the second segment of his July 22 Hardball program, MSNBC's Chris Matthews took a brief break from his priority on Trump-bashing to effusively praise the latest GOP presidential primary entrant, Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), whom he once dreamed on air of accepting a vice presidential nomination from Democrat Hillary Clinton.

By Tom Blumer | July 21, 2015 | 7:31 PM EDT

ESPN analyst and reporter Stephen A. Smith, apparently in reaction to seeing anyone who dares to say the words "all lives matter" in succession getting mercilessly attacked, pushed back hard today against the censorship and intimidation of the "Black Lives Matter" crowd in three tweets. The first: "Where is all the noise about #BlackLivesMatter when black folks are killing black folks?" The second: "There's nothing wrong when a presidential candidate says 'All lives Matter'!" The third: "I'm a black man. Of course I know #BlackLivesMatter. You can't boo a presidential candidate just b/c he says 'all lives matter'."

Only in the la-la land of the perpetually aggrieved would someone saying that "All lives matter" be interpreted as really meaning that they don't genuinely believe that black lives matter. But, as would be expected, Smith, who is black, is catching flak for this, just as he did when he went on the air and ranted against those who blame all of their woes in life on racism in May of last year. That video will appear at the end of this post.