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By Clay Waters | | April 22, 2016 | 8:44 AM EDT

The New York Times had a mediocre Pulitzer Prize haul this week. Among the Times selections that didn’t win the prize for editorial writing (thought it made the final three) were a package of gun control editorials. Mark Hemingway at The Weekly Standard eviscerated one particularly ignorant, wildly hyped Times gun-control editorial in that package, while accusing the Pulitzers of “a pathetic attempt to further burnish the reputation of the New York Times." Hemingway wrote under the headline "New York Times Is Pulitzer Finalist for Wildly Inaccurate Gun Editorials."

By Tim Graham | | April 22, 2016 | 6:46 AM EDT

On Monday, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll painted a dreary picture for Hillary Clinton. "Sen. Bernie Sanders has all but eliminated Hillary Clinton’s polling lead among Democratic voters nationwide...offering signs that she continues to struggle with the primary electorate at a time when she wanted to build strength for the general election. Mr. Sanders for the first time is close to tying Mrs. Clinton, as 48% of Democratic primary voters picked him as their first choice for president, while 50% picked her."

Guess what? NBC News has failed to pass along this depressing part of the poll on television.

By Erik Soderstrom | | April 22, 2016 | 1:30 AM EDT

Last night’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy, “Trigger Happy,” went all in on anti-gun messaging. The episode opens with the shocking announcement that the emergency room must prepare to receive an 8-year-old patient with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Speculation begins immediately with hospital staff wondering if the child was hurt in a drive by, or some other crime, but the audience quickly learns the real cause: Brandon’s mother was a gun owner.

By Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | | April 22, 2016 | 12:33 AM EDT

Inside Amy Schumer began its fourth season tonight on Comedy Central, and apparently the "Inside" part of the show title is literal. If there's one thing Amy Schumer wanted everybody to know in the premiere, it's that she is obsessed with her vagina. 

By Tom Blumer | | April 21, 2016 | 11:58 PM EDT

I didn't realize this, but then again I played youth sports back in the Mesozoic Era. When an exasperated coach called us "sissies" for not trying hard enough, whining about routine bumps and bruises, or (in baseball) not sliding, they were, according to today's ignorant PC police, hitting us with an anti-homosexual slur. Horse manure; no they weren't. They simply didn't want us to act "timid or cowardly" (Definition 2 at Dictionary.com), two traits which are not positives in competitive situations.

In researching this post, I learned that the PC police succeeded in excising the idea of calling any single person or specifically named group of persons a "sissy" or "sissies" from civil conversation five to seven years ago. What I didn't realize is that they object even if the word is not directed at specific people. That explains why Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame baseball announcer Marty Brennaman became a recipient of their ire on Wednesday.

By Brad Wilmouth | | April 21, 2016 | 9:33 PM EDT

As former ABC This Week co-anchor Cokie Roberts appeared as a guest on Thursday's Morning Joe on MSNBC, she expressed agreement as liberal host Mika Brzezinski declared that GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz "seems like a terrible choice" for Republicans to support to stop Donald Trump from winning. Brzezinski proclaimed: "I'm sure it is a little bit of, for me, my world view, ideology, but it just seems like Ted Cruz seems like a terrible choice to try and use -- am I wrong? Help me out with some objectivity."

By Tom Blumer | | April 21, 2016 | 9:18 PM EDT

As the Washington Free Beacon reported today (confirmed here in a chart published two weeks ago), the number of Americans enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), traditionally known as Food Stamps, dropped below 45 million for the first time in almost five years (actually, 57 months) in January.

This is hardly cause for cheer, and does nothing to change the fact that in the vast majority of states, the Food Stamp program has been fundamentally transformed during the past eight years into a guaranteed income program. But to former longtime Washington Post reporter Eric Pianin, who has toiled at The Fiscal Times web site during the past six years, it was cause to go after House-led budget "cuts" and efforts at structural reform in an April 14 report riddled with laziness, errors and bias.

By Nicholas Fondacaro | | April 21, 2016 | 8:57 PM EDT

With the recent firing of Curt Schilling from ESPN and the fight over North Carolina’s transgender bathroom ban still looming, many were shocked to hear Donald Trump’s liberal position on the issue that a person who considers themselves transgendered can use any bathroom they wish, not just the one corresponding with what is on their birth certificate. they rushed to label him a moderate. “Trump's comments appear to signal a more moderate shift and some are asking is it a sign of things to come,” speculated NBC’s Lester Holt.

By NB Staff | | April 21, 2016 | 8:57 PM EDT

On Thursday’s O’Reilly Factor, an ongoing media study by the MRC’s Rich Noyes was cited. Depauw University’s Professor of Media Studies, Jeffrey McCall cited the March report, which details how much airtime the media have given Donald Trump, in comparison to other GOP candidates, and what stories they obsess over, to the neglect of others.

By Curtis Houck | | April 21, 2016 | 8:54 PM EDT

MSNBC’s Hardball host Christ Matthews was joined on Thursday night by Democratic Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy to discuss the 2016 election, but quickly devolved into the pair lamenting the lack of nationwide gun control with Malloy taking a veiled but vicous shot at the late Chris Kyle and his efforts to take troubled veterans to the gun range wher ehe would also counsel them.

By Randy Hall | | April 21, 2016 | 6:18 PM EDT

While a guest on Howard Stern's radio show, Anderson Cooper of the Cable News Network surprised the host when he stated: “I don't think I'm going to vote. I don't think reporters should vote.”

Amazed co-host Robin Quivers then asked if he really doesn't cast any ballots in elections before stating: “That's like you're not a citizen!”

By Mark Finkelstein | | April 21, 2016 | 6:09 PM EDT

From bathrooms to abortions, Bloomberg's John Heilemann believes that in his heart, Donald Trump is a social liberal. Heilemann made his assertion on today's With All Due Respect in the context of discussing Trump's comments on a Today town hall this morning in which he was critical of the North Carolina transgender bathroom law, and said he'd have no problem letting Caitlyn Jenner choose any bathroom.

Heilemann: "Trump is probably, I think in his gut, a social liberal. I think his position on abortion, for instance, the ["very pro-choice"] position he held for most of his life, is the real position . . . I think on this issue he's like most Manhattanites or most New Yorkers: he's basically a social liberal."

By Daniel Garza | | April 21, 2016 | 5:23 PM EDT

Univision is now the sole owner of Fusion, one of our favorite sources for totally fair, honest and unbiased reporting here at MRC Latino. The parting of ways with Disney comes after much speculation dating all the way back to December.

By Tom Blumer | | April 21, 2016 | 4:47 PM EDT

On Sunday, I noted how the Associated Press wouldn't let the awful national news from the Federal Reserve on Industrial Production (second straight month of 0.6 percent contraction) stand alone without trying to offset it with phony evidence that U.S. manufacturing is showing "signs of stability." That "evidence" was primarily a positive manufacturing survey result from just one state: New York. The AP also dedicated a separate national story to that New York Federal Reserve-published result.

So when the Philadelphia Federal Reserve published its manufacturing survey earlier today, one might have expected that AP would have given it a story, especially since today wasn't a particularly big day for other impactful economic releases. Of course, AP ignored it — because the result was negative, defying expecations that it would remain positive for a second straight month. From what I can determine, the Philly Fed's release is not even a local AP story.

By Kyle Drennen | | April 21, 2016 | 4:11 PM EDT

On Thursday, both NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America reveled in ESPN firing baseball analyst Curt Schilling after the former all-star pitcher objected on social media to liberal demands that transgender people be allowed to use whichever bathroom they choose. At the top of Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie announced: “He's out. Former all-star pitcher Curt Schilling fired by ESPN after another controversial post to social media. What he said this time that could cost him his job.”