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By Ken Shepherd | August 20, 2015 | 8:59 PM EDT

Teasing his softball interview with Sen. Claire McCaskill, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews hailed as "gutsy" the Missouri Democrat's coming out today to endorse President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran. Missouri's nickname is the "Show-Me State," yet nowhere in his interview did Matthews ask McCaskill about the logic of jumping on board a nuclear deal by which, as NBC's own Andrea Mitchell reported, the International Atomic Energy Agency will allow the Islamic Republic to self-inspect a military installation.

By Katie Yoder | August 20, 2015 | 7:08 PM EDT

NBC and CBS are happily covering the “great news” of a “fetus” and unborn “baby” – but it’s not one of those torn apart in the recent Planned Parenthood videos. In fact, it’s not even human.

It’s been one full day, but ABC, NBC and CBS still haven’t covered the latest Planned Parenthood video detailing the cutting open of an aborted baby with scissors – a baby whose heart was still beating, according to a witness. Instead, the morning and event news shows from NBC and CBS gushed over the pregnancy of the National Zoo’s giant panda, Mei Xiang, beginning with showing an ultrasound of the “fetus.” 

By Randy Hall | August 20, 2015 | 6:50 PM EDT

Scott Walker's 2016 presidential campaign “is quickly building a reputation as the most press-averse group in the Republican field,” wrote Dylan Byers, a media reporter for the Politico website, this week.

“On Tuesday,” Byers stated, “Walker's policy team held a press call with reporters to discuss the Wisconsin governor's health-care plan, as well as his intention to repeal and replace ObamaCare.”

“But when reporters tried to submit a question, they were greeted by a press aide who demanded to know what question each reporter intended to ask,” he stated.

By Matthew Balan | August 20, 2015 | 5:20 PM EDT

Jill Filipovic unleashed against Twitchy in a Wednesday item on Cosmopolitan's website. Filipovic decried how she had been "Twitchied," after she defended Planned Parenthood immediately after the Center for Medical Progress released its first undercover video on the abortion giant's harvesting of unborn babies' organs and tissue. She underlined that the conservative site's "role as an organized harassment tool is almost never discussed," and contended that "going after liberals seems to be a part of their mission, but they also tend to single out women and people of color."

By Kyle Drennen | August 20, 2015 | 5:08 PM EDT

While Fox News anchor Bret Baier led off Wednesday’s Special Report by declaring that the latest shocking revelation about the Iran nuclear deal “sounds like a joke” to congressional critics, ABC’s World News Tonight and CBS Evening News ignored the story completely. Meanwhile, NBC Nightly News only allowed a minute of air time for the breaking news.

By Scott Whitlock | August 20, 2015 | 5:03 PM EDT

Liberal Washington Post political reporter Ben Terris on Thursday offered a sneering article on Rick Perry, deriding the presidential candidate as a "zombie" "specimen." The story mocked Texas's longest-serving governor for having trouble raising money: "Due to a relatively recent political experiment known as super PACs, Perry’s zombie campaign lurches forward."  

By Spencer Raley | August 20, 2015 | 4:22 PM EDT

MSNBC attempted to discredit conservative media on Thursday when Richard Lui brought on Joy Reid, a national correspondent for the network, to eviscerate right-wing news outlets for allegedly exposing Black Lives Matter organizer Shaun King as white. The Daily Caller, Breitbart News,The Blaze, blogger Vickie Pate, and CNN’s Don Lemon have all contributed evidence which strongly suggests the activist is lying about his race.

By P.J. Gladnick | August 20, 2015 | 4:17 PM EDT

It isn't completely official yet but when an employee has been removed from a company's list of staff bios, is publicly badmouthing his bosses, and is threatening to sue his employer, it is almost a sure sign that he has in fact been fired. Such is the case with lethargic labor reporter Mike Elk who has apparently (probably) been fired by Politico. New York Magazine lends Elk a sympathetic ear yet he still comes off as a rather nasty piece of work:


By Melissa Mullins | August 20, 2015 | 3:11 PM EDT

CNN host Wolf Blitzer interviewed #BlackLivesMatter founder Daunasia Yancey and activist Julius Jones on Tuesday about the recent backlash the movement has been receiving with the tactics used to protest, that it's not polite. Blitzer went easy on them – especially when it came to some of the ridiculous comments made taking offense to the concept that "all lives matter." Jones called that a "violent statement."

By Tim Graham | August 20, 2015 | 1:38 PM EDT

Our Media Research Center counts of Planned Parenthood coverage have not counted PBS, since we like to focus first on ABC, CBS, and NBC. But coverage on the PBS NewsHour matches the general trend of scandal coverage. Only the first video mattered much. 

On July 17, the NewsHour beat the regular networks by airing a thorough 4-minute, 25-second review by political editor Lisa DesJardins, followed by two minutes and 39 seconds of analysis by Mark Shields and David Brooks. But since those seven minutes, there’s been only 64 seconds of coverage as six other videos came out. 

By NB Staff | August 20, 2015 | 1:07 PM EDT

"Hillary Clinton finally turned over her home computer server to the FBI.  She says the reason she took so long is because she accidentally deleted the subpoena." -- NewsBusted anchor Jodi Miller.

By Matthew Balan | August 20, 2015 | 1:01 PM EDT

Chris Hayes scolded Jeb Bush on the Wednesday edition of his MSNBC program for using the term "anchor babies." Hayes played a clip of Bush calling for "greater enforcement, so that you don't have these anchor babies, as they're described, coming into the country." He continued by pointing out that "Hillary Clinton responding with a Tweet: 'They're called babies' – which seems like a better term for those small human beings."

By Kyle Drennen | August 20, 2015 | 12:48 PM EDT

After former President Jimmy Carter criticized “the government of Israel” during a Thursday press conference for having “no desire for a two-state solution” with the Palestinians, MSNBC Hardball host and former Carter speechwriter Chris Matthews hailed his old boss: “...he stuck it to [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu. Why not?...He might as well stick it to the guys who’ve caused him trouble, as he’s seen it, especially Netanyahu. Why not stick it to Netanyahu? He deserves it.”

By Scott Whitlock | August 20, 2015 | 12:16 PM EDT

ABC on Thursday again skipped the latest details on the widening Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal. Yet, CBS This Morning offered full coverage on the "trouble" the Democrat's campaign is facing. NBC's Today skimped on the "political problem" and the evolving FBI investigation.

By Scott Whitlock | August 20, 2015 | 10:57 AM EDT

On Good Morning America, ABC reporter Tom Llamas decided that the term "anchor baby" is now offensive. The journalist yelled at Donald Trump, for a story that appeared Thursday, lecturing the candidate: "That's an offensive term! People find that hurtful."