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By Kyle Drennen | December 10, 2014 | 12:08 PM EST

Appearing on Wednesday's NBC Today, former CIA Director Michael Hayden went after the network for hyping the so-called "torture report" released by Senate Democrats on Tuesday. After Hayden denounced the partisan report as something that "reads like a prosecutorial screed rather than an historical document," co-host Savannah Guthrie pressed him on what he disagreed with. Hayden replied: "Well, I disagree with the fact that you're claiming it to be news. These topics and subjects were all out there."

By Tom Blumer | December 10, 2014 | 11:58 AM EST

Yesterday at 4:11 p.m. ET, Eugene Volokh at the Washington Post's Volokh Conspiracy blog sharply criticized's Eliza Berman for not being "quite fair" — i.e., being quite unfair, given the author's penchant for understatement — to's John Nolte, the reporter who investigated the veracity of Lena Dunham's detailed claims about and descriptions of her alleged Oberlin College rapist.

Volokh's critique was based on language in Berman's original writeup which Time pulled at some point after Volokh's post without any notice that it had done so. Berman, as Volokh noted, "casually dismiss(ed) an investigation ... that actually succeeded in getting a publisher to correct a statement," and in the process betrayed fundamental tenets of journalism as it's supposed to be practiced.

By Jeffrey Meyer | December 10, 2014 | 11:54 AM EST

Jose Diaz-Balart, host of MSNBC’s The Rundown, sat down with President Obama for an exclusive interview that aired during his Wednesday morning broadcast. The discussion touched on several key issues including immigration reform and the liberal MSNBC host pushed the president to expand his executive action to cover more illegal immigrants. Speaking to Obama, Diaz-Balart wondered “about the future. Are you actively looking into the possibility of further executive actions that could maybe help the people that didn't qualify this time in the near future?”

By Julia A. Seymour | December 10, 2014 | 10:46 AM EST

Climate science is “settled” according to the news media, that is, unless scientists conclude climate change is not connected to a specific climate occurrence.

That was precisely the conclusion of a team of federal scientists came to when they studied California’s three-year drought. They determined “natural cycles” and “sea surface temperatures” were “main drivers” of that ongoing dry spell. NBC’s website responded by saying the science wasn’t settled about the cause of the drought. The New York Times buried the news far back in its A section and none of the broadcast networks news programs mentioned the findings on Dec. 8 or Dec. 9.

By Clay Waters | December 10, 2014 | 9:20 AM EST

"Why was he holding back?" The New York Times sniped at President Obama from the left on the front of Tuesday's edition, disappointed by the insufficient fire displayed by the president over the recent incidents of black men being killed by police officers, with no conservative criticism or commentary offered.

By NB Staff | December 10, 2014 | 8:55 AM EST

NewsBusters executive editor Tim Graham appeared Tuesday night on “Cavuto” on the Fox Business Channel to discuss former ABC reporter Ann Compton’s revelation that President Obama unleashed angry, even “profanity-laced” tirades at the press in off-the-record briefings.

"My guess in this case, it's safe to uncork a profanity laced tirade when you’re off the record,” Graham said. “I would argue that it was probably designed to get them to stop saying anhing about so-called Obama scandals on the air or in their newspapers. It’s winning through intimidation.”

By Mark Finkelstein | December 10, 2014 | 8:23 AM EST

Who were those guys on Morning Joe today—two Feinstein staffers? Nope, they were Mark Halperin and Jeremy Peters, making like Dem aides in defending the report on the CIA that Dem Senator Diane Feinstein released yesterday.

Halperin, head of Bloomberg Politics, had the chutzpah to claim that the report was not "political."  Peters of the New York Times then chimed in to say that in releasing the report, the Senate conducted itself in a "very sober" way.

By Melissa Mullins | December 10, 2014 | 7:21 AM EST

Lena Dunham – the 28-year-old writer, actress, director – seems to be getting more attention for the writing in her “memoir” Not That Kind of Girl in the past two months, than she has for the writing that won her two Golden Globe Awards and eight nominations for the Emmy Awards for her HBO series Girls.

But this attention isn’t the “good” kind.  As a matter of fact, the amount of negative attention this book has gotten due to investigations by various news outlets is beginning to unravel one of the chapters of her book that centers on an alleged rape from a “campus Republican” named “Barry”, that it outed an innocent man who has racked up a tremendous amount of debt in legal fees trying to clear his name – even AFTER reaching out to Dunham and her publisher Random House a few months ago.

By Curtis Houck | December 10, 2014 | 7:17 AM EST

During an exclusive interview with former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden on Tuesday’s NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams felt that it was worth creating a moral equivalency by asking Hayden to explain “how” the United States is “better than our enemies morally” following the release of a report about the CIA’s use of “torture” following the attacks on September 11, 2001. 
Minutes later, Williams also attempted to bait Hayden into condemning the CIA and its actions by proposing a scenario where, “god forbid, members of your family, had to undergo some of the treatments we are reading about in this report.”

By Curtis Houck | December 10, 2014 | 1:10 AM EST

On Tuesday night, CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley did little to hide his liberal bias when it came to supporting the release of the report by Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee detailing the use of “torture” by the agency on terrorists following the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

In addition to asking CBS News contributor and former acting CIA Director Mike Morell if he felt “ashamed” after the release of the report Tuesday, the program aired over two minutes of a 2007 interview Pelley conducted for 60 Minutes in which he clashed with former CIA Director George Tenet on the subject of enhanced interrogation methods.

By Ken Oliver-Méndez | December 10, 2014 | 12:34 AM EST

President Obama and Univision anchor Jorge Ramos engaged in an early round of verbal sparring over the President’s record on immigration during a Noticiero Univision interview Tuesday. However, by the end of the interview, the President was back to enlisting Ramos as part of his team, tasking him with “making sure that people [unauthorized immigrants] understand what their opportunities are” as a result of the administration latest amnesty initiative.

By Tom Blumer | December 10, 2014 | 12:31 AM EST

It's more than fair to wonder why the Associated Press waited until 9:41 p.m. ET Tuesday evening to recognize the existence of Lena Dunham's most recent problems with the truth.

The AP's first recognition of the days-old story came roughly two hours after Dunham's first detailed response to convincing allegations that the account in her most recent book of being raped in college by someone named "Barry" can't possibly relate to any real human being here on earth. The AP's delay, and the slovenly unbylined report it has filed, opens the wire service up to allegations that it has chosen to participate in a coordinated attempt to pull Dunham's keister out of the fire.

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | December 9, 2014 | 11:20 PM EST

In mid-November, all the networks lunged when Rolling Stone magazine published a horrific account of an alleged gang-rape in September 2012 by seven men at a fraternity house at the University of Virginia. The word “alleged” wasn’t used by Rolling Stone. There was a presumption of guilt. The reporter, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, was celebrated. The networks reported it when the story fell apart, but why did they report it sight unseen?

By Tim Graham | December 9, 2014 | 10:51 PM EST

Inside Tuesday’s Washington Post, their new gay “manners” columnist, Steven Petrow, demonstrated once again that he isn’t really devoted to “Civilities,” as his advice/political column is titled. It’s all about forcing a homosexual revolution, and if someone finds that rude or uncivil, then they can politely stuff it.

A surprising letter was picked up, under the headline “Did a lesbian couple bully Christian innkeepers over the right to marry on their farm?” Petrow had no sympathy for those Christian bigots.

By Curtis Houck | December 9, 2014 | 10:19 PM EST

After a month in which NBC Nightly News gave more prominence to ugly Christmas sweaters, grape salad, Al Roker's 34-hour weather report, and a live broadcast of Peter Pan starring Brian Williams' daughter, Allison, the broadcast finally discovered Jonathan Gruber.

On Tuesday evening, NBC’s evening newscast acknowledged the name Jonathan Gruber for the first time and his insulting comments regarding ObamaCare a full 32 days after the group American Commitment unearthed the first Gruber video on November 7.