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By Randy Hall | September 29, 2015 | 8:01 PM EDT

During Monday's edition of CNN Tonight With Don Lemon, the host lost control of a discussion about what Republican presidential candidates Ben Carson, Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have said about not accepting a Muslim as the nation's commander in chief.

Referring specifically to Carson's comment on the potential for a Muslim president -- which he said he would not support because of Islam’s ties to rigid Sharia law -- Rula Jebreal, a foreign policy analyst, slammed the GOP candidates, going so far as to assert that if someone took a gun into a mosque and killed the people inside, the Republicans “would have blood on their hands.”

By Brad Wilmouth | September 29, 2015 | 7:14 PM EDT

On Tuesday's New Day, CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto tagged the Obama administration efforts to train Syrian rebels as an "utter failure" and he as CNN substitute co-anchor John Berman recalled the scant results of trying to build up Syrian rebels as opposed to the more substantial troops and weapons Russia has supplied to Syrian President Bashar Assad. The CNN correspondent saw a similar "indictment" of the Obama administration in the aftermath of the Taliban's recent seizure of Kunduz in Afghanistan.

By Curtis Houck | September 29, 2015 | 6:18 PM EDT

In the rarely fruitless world of MSNBC’s Hardball, host Chris Matthews groaned at the top of Monday’s show about the ongoing Benghazi and e-mail scandals enveloping Hillary Clinton that have become “termite bites” for the Democratic presidential candidate as Vice President Joe Biden could still join the 2016 race.

By Scott Whitlock | September 29, 2015 | 5:00 PM EDT

MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts got a big surprise on Tuesday when he tried to use the mother of a stillborn child to attack a pro-life organization’s effort to defund Planned Parenthood. Roberts talked to Lexi Oliver Fretz about her deceased son Walter. Roberts attacked, “How do you feel about Walter's picture used to discredit Planned Parenthood?” Fretz explained that while she was surprised to see her son used to illustrate a grisly description in the video, “My husband and I are actually extremely pro-life.” 

By Katie Yoder | September 29, 2015 | 4:21 PM EDT

They must be getting desperate. Planned Parenthood is pulling out all the stops to defend itself, including celebrity backers – from Scarlett Johansson to Lena Dunham.

Tuesday morning, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards testified before the House Oversight Committee in regards to the videos exposing the abortion giant’s harvesting of aborted baby parts. In anticipation, Planned Parenthood published a video of 20 actresses declaring “why they will always stand with Planned Parenthood.” 

By Tim Graham | September 29, 2015 | 4:00 PM EDT

NBC touted a spin out of its latest poll: “The GOP's Planned Parenthood Problem.” Carrie Dann and Andrew Rafferty oozed “After months of controversy in the wake of a series of sting videos about its operations, Planned Parenthood is -- as popular as ever.”

What? “Yep, you read that right: In fact, Planned Parenthood is the most popular entity in our brand new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, registering a positive rating of 47 percent compared to a negative rating of 31 percent. That's virtually unchanged from the last time our pollsters asked about the group in July, even though a majority (65 percent) of Americans now say that they have heard about the videos, which pictured Planned Parenthood employees discussing the use of tissue from aborted fetuses.”

By Tom Blumer | September 29, 2015 | 2:45 PM EDT

The Washington Post's Fact Checker blog, after years of usually sincerely prepared though not always accurate posts, appears to have descended to the level of hackery typically found at Politifact.

One recent example demonstrating that the effort has turned into a weapon dishonestly employed against Republicans and conservatives comes from Michelle Ye Hee Lee, who on Friday called 2016 Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina's true story about once being a secretary and eventually becoming a Fortune 20 CEO "bogus," giving it "three Pinocchios." That means, according the paper's description, that Fiorina's claim is either a "Significant factual error and/or" that it contains and/or "obvious contradictions." What rubbish.

By Matthew Balan | September 29, 2015 | 2:08 PM EDT

On Tuesday's CNN Newsroom, Carol Costello treated Planned Parenthood's own talking points about "three percent" of its services are abortions as "facts." Costello emphasized that "$500 million in federal funds goes to Planned Parenthood. None of that money...pays for abortions....Planned Parenthood says only three percent of their services are dedicated to abortion. The group says 97 percent of its services are for things like...breast exams...cancer screenings and contraception."

By Katie Yoder | September 29, 2015 | 1:30 PM EDT

Funny how sometimes those in the pro-choice movement condemn themselves more than the pro-life movement could ever hope to.

Late Tuesday night, liberal actress and comedian Margaret Cho took to Twitter in a rage against the call to defund Planned Parenthood. After she shared a picture of herself wearing Planned Parenthood apparel she insisted that “God created abortion” and insisted that a “child” was really just a “bunch of cells.”

By Alatheia Larsen | September 29, 2015 | 1:11 PM EDT

Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer has taken to doctoring his own biographical history to make himself seem more genuine.

In a Sept. 28, interview on MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes, Steyer told Hayes that his climate “conversion” happened a full ten years earlier than it actually did. Unfortunately for Steyer -- but fortunately for everyone who cares to know the truth -- he told a very different story in June 2014.

By Kristine Marsh and Matt Philbin | September 29, 2015 | 12:45 PM EDT

If you’re a certain Democratic presidential frontrunner and desperate for good press, look no further than Hollywood to meet those needs.

Hillary Clinton sat down for an interview (and took some “we”fies) with “hardline journalist” Lena Dunham (Girls) recently and the gushing that ensued would make even the biggest fangirl blush.

By Jeffrey Meyer | September 29, 2015 | 12:29 PM EDT

On Tuesday, ABC’s The View hosted Republican presidential candidate Senator Lindsey Graham and co-host Paula Faris desperately attempted to get him to smear his fellow Republicans in Congress. After Graham outlined why he refused to drop out of the presidential race despite his low poll numbers, Faris asked “don’t you feel that Republicans are sabotaging their own party right now?”

By Brad Wilmouth | September 29, 2015 | 11:58 AM EDT

As Representative Daniel Webster appeared as a guest on Tuesday's New Day on CNN to discuss his intention to run for Speaker of the House of Representatives, substitute co-host John Berman pressed the Florida Republican to vow to work against a government shutdown in the face of calls by some GOPers to defund Planned Parenthood.

By Scott Whitlock | September 29, 2015 | 11:41 AM EDT

All three networks on Tuesday hyped Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards appearing before Congress, insisting the pro-abortion leader will “staunchly defend” her organization in the wake of the sting videos. During the news briefs, ABC and CBS didn’t show any of hidden videos. 

By Mark Finkelstein | September 29, 2015 | 11:00 AM EDT

Our NewsBusters readers are a prescient bunch.  On an item posted earlier this morning about Nicolle Wallace calling Hillary a "terrible" candidate, one reader commented "Nicolle is pretending to be conservative again. Not to worry, she'll be back to her normal liberal self soon."

And sure enough, just seven minutes later, Wallace was letting her bleeding-heart side show.  Discussing the news that Joyce Mitchell—the accomplice who helped two convicted murderers escape—had been sentenced to prison, Wallace said "I feel bad for her.  Can't she just wear an ankle bracelet?" Nicolle even threw in an empathetic "awww" for the plight of "romancer" Mitchell.