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By Jeffrey Meyer | October 13, 2014 | 12:20 PM EDT

Marc Lamont Hill, liberal CNN contributor and host of HuffPost Live, appeared on Sunday’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley and did his best to smear former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta for daring to criticize President Obama on foreign policy. Appearing alongside Neera Tanden, Newt Gingrich and S.E. Cupp, Hill proclaimed that Panetta’s criticism of Obama was “the most disgusting example of Monday morning quarterbacking I have ever seen.” 

By Kyle Drennen | October 13, 2014 | 12:07 PM EDT

On Monday's NBC Today, 9 a.m. ET hour co-host Willie Geist actually tried to spin top Democratic Party surrogates like Michelle Obama and Bill Clinton mispronouncing the name of Iowa Senate candidate Bruce Braley as a boost to Braley's campaign: "But now he's getting a lot of name recognition. Maybe it was like evil genius move, who knows?"

So his biggest supporters not knowing his name helps with name recognition? In the clip of the First Lady that was featured, she even went so far as to direct people to the wrong website: "You need to elect Bruce Bailey to the U.S. Senate....vote.BruceBailey.com, that's vote.BruceBailey.com."

By Mark Finkelstein | October 13, 2014 | 11:21 AM EDT

"All our kids"—well, except for the ones who won't have a chance to build a life at all, thanks to Wendy Davis' ardent support of abortion . . .

As a loyal member of the Wendy Davis email list, I just received today's fundraising message from the campaign, touting the fact that First Lady Michelle Obama has cut a radio ad for Davis. The email highlights the portion of the ad in which Mrs. Obama says Davis supports education "because she wants to give all our kids a chance to build a better life for themselves and for their families."

By P.J. Gladnick | October 13, 2014 | 9:12 AM EDT

Tom Brokaw was the NBC news anchor for over 20 years yet "Meet The Chuck" aka "Meet The Press" had him sit at the table with the other panelists while Chuck Todd conducted solo interviews with the guests at a separate desk. As you can imagine, Brokaw was not pleased with that format and he visibly displayed his irritation when Todd returned to the panelists sitting uselessly at the "kiddies table."
 

By Tim Graham | October 13, 2014 | 8:27 AM EDT

Ira Stoll at Smartertimes.com reports that “For the price of $6,995, the New York Times is offering 13-day tours of Iran guided by Times journalist Elaine Sciolino.” It’s a pretty hard sell, but the Times tries to sell Tehran as a party town with “joie de vivre.”

"Tehran is an interesting fusion of old meeting new; conservative elders uphold the traditions of the illustrious Persian past while the young and fashionable adopt a new trendy joie de vivre. The city itself may be a little on the dusty and ugly side but it’s the grit that gives it flavor and even color." So that’s what the ayatollahs do, “uphold the illustrious Persian past”?

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 12, 2014 | 9:57 PM EDT

On Friday night, liberal late night host David Letterman mocked President Obama over is handling of ISIS. The CBS comedian joked “the administration now has a name for the war against ISIS. Have you heard the name?" The CBS host continued by pointing out that "every military operation has to have a name so people can get behind it and they now have a name for the war against ISIS: “Operation Hillary's Problem.’” 

By Clay Waters | October 12, 2014 | 9:49 PM EDT

New York Times reporters Monica Davey and Alan Blinder used protests over the weekend in St. Louis, which targeted the controversial shooting death of a young black man by a police officer in nearby Ferguson, to recreate its fawning coverage of the left-wing Occupy Wall Street movement.

By Tim Graham | October 12, 2014 | 8:08 PM EDT

The Democrats are looking desperate in Colorado. Chuck Plunkett of the Denver Post reported that “Arthur Kane, an award-winning journalist, posted a first-person account Friday of an encounter with the [Gov. John] Hickenlooper campaign in which he says he was threatened with arrest.”

Kane is a former Denver Post reporter and former local investigative TV producer now working for Watchdog.org. He's seeking the governor's tax returns. Mitt Romney Alert!

By Tom Blumer | October 12, 2014 | 6:06 PM EDT

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey's told Marth Raddatz on ABC's "This Week" that ISIS fighters got to within 16 miles of Baghdad's airport in Iraq earlier this week. Framing that distance in a way those in the nation's out of touch Beltway political class will understand, that's the driving distance from the U.S. Capitol Building to Tysons Corner Mall in Northern Virginia. The U.S. had to call in Apache helicopters to prevent Iraqi forces from being overrun.

ABC's Benjamin Bell, in preparing his 12:50 p.m. report on the Dempsey interview, saved that startling piece of information for his fourth paragraph and kept it out of his headline. It's almost as if he was hoping that no one will want to watch the report's accompanying video, which is nowhere near as blasé about that news.

By Randy Hall | October 12, 2014 | 4:11 PM EDT

Hot-tempered comedian Lewis Black has never been shy when it comes to taking on controversial topics, and his latest crusade has paired the foul-mouthed performer with the American Civil Liberties Union in an attempt to “F@&* Voter Suppression,” particularly through requiring voters to have IDs with their picture on them.

In a fake “photo shoot” with Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's voting rights program, Black declares: “Elected officials shouldn't get to choose who gets to choose elected officials! Look, people marched and fought and died for the right to vote, and they wanna legislate away that sacrifice to stay in power? Not on my watch, baby!

By Jack Coleman | October 12, 2014 | 4:03 PM EDT

The ominously growing Ebola outbreak has taken a turn for the Orwellian.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a ubiquitous media presence of late, made the talk show rounds again this morning to ease public anxiety about the possibility of the outbreak getting worse.

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 12, 2014 | 4:01 PM EDT

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly sat down with Media Buzz host Howard Kurtz for an interview that aired on Sunday morning had some harsh words for the liberal media, specifically MSNBC. When asked about MSNBC’s coverage of Leon Panetta’s criticism of President Obama, O’Reilly mocked the “Lean Forward” network and argued, “they basically said, oh, every administration has people who disagree. And, you know, I it was -- it was humorous. But let's be honest, MSNBC's ratings cannot really get much lower.” 

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 12, 2014 | 2:44 PM EDT

Last week, the Supreme Court declined to hear several Appeals Court cases on gay marriages, which resulted in bans on gay marriage being struck down in numerous states across the country. Following the Supreme Court’s decision to punt on the issue of gay marriage, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd saw this as a sign that social conservatism was declining and obnoxiously asked “is it time for conservatives to surrender in the culture wars?” 

By Tom Blumer | October 12, 2014 | 1:41 PM EDT

Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis's "wheelchair" ad, her latest and most despicable attempt to smear her Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, got favorable reviews in a Friday evening column by Jonathan Tilove at the Austin American-Statesman.

Tilove, the Statesman's chief political writer, wrote that the ad provoked "debate about whether it was an act of unseemly desperation or daring inspiration," and asserted that it "breathed new life" into Davis's flagging campaign. Cheerlead much, Jonathan? As seen in the excerpts which follow, Tilove also found a prominent University of Texas at Austin prof who characterized the Davis ad as "ballsy" (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

By Jeffrey Meyer | October 12, 2014 | 12:06 PM EDT

On Sunday’s This Week, ABC’s Jim Avila gave Democrat Julian Castro, newly appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, nearly 5 minutes of promotional airtime to play up his political ambitions. The ABC reporter began the Castro advertisement by declaring “he's just 77 days into his new job, but ever since his swearing in, so many Democrats have skipped ahead trying to figure out what's next for the rising star? Could he be on a presidential ticket in 2016?”