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By Mark Finkelstein | April 7, 2015 | 8:44 PM EDT

Let's be clear: on today's With All Due Respect, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann were very complimentary about Kelley Paul's performance today in introducing her husband Rand at his presidential announcement speech.  They described her as a big asset and anticipate seeing a lot more of her on the campaign trail.

That said, the duo said something that boggled my mind, claiming that as good as she was, Kelley was "not at Michelle Obama's level."  Back in April, 2008, a full year later in that campaign cycle, this NewsBuster wrote about Michelle's shockingly angry performance on the stump [view the item and above all the video here], and asked if the MSM would report it.  Of course they didn't. As I recall, Michelle was "disappeared" from big public appearances for some time after that fiasco. IMHO Kelley is light years ahead of Michelle at this stage.

By Tom Blumer | April 7, 2015 | 8:25 PM EDT

The business press and the financial analysts and economists they consult continue to mostly blindly rely on the seasonally adjusted figures the government and other economic report generators hand them on a silver platter.

If these de facto stenographers had dug just a little deeper a month ago, they might have avoided the serious embarassment of predicting a level of seasonally adjusted March job growth that was only half of the quarter-million they confidently predicted.

By Curtis Houck | April 7, 2015 | 6:24 PM EDT

According to a new Vanity Fair exposé on the troubled NBC News, the Brian Williams scandal appears far from over as additional examples of fabrications by the suspended NBC Nightly News anchor have been uncovered and it’s unknown whether Williams will return to the network. Inside Bryan Burrough’s 8,400-word plus piece, he reported that the investigation into Williams’s numerous claims “is ongoing” and “people who have spoken to Esposito say his group has compiled a number of other incidents that, taken as a whole, paint a portrait of Williams as a man who has consistently burnished his stories.”

By Ken Shepherd | April 7, 2015 | 5:26 PM EDT

MSNBC's point-man on all things voter ID-related, Zachary Roth, has glommed on to Jeb Bush's accidentally check-marking himself as Hispanic on a voter registration form to argue essentially, that most Americans are dumb and unreliable to take the effort to register themselves to vote and, thereby, government should take over and automatically register all eligible citizens.

By Scott Whitlock | April 7, 2015 | 4:34 PM EDT

The networks on Monday night and Tuesday morning minimized Barack Obama's casual dismissal of the idea that any nuclear deal with Iran include an acknowledgment of Israel's right to exist. On Good Morning America, Amy Robach quickly touted the President's rejection: "[Obama] is not buying Israel's latest demand concerning the nuclear deal with Iran. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says any nuclear deal must require Iran to recognize Israel."

By Bryan Ballas | April 7, 2015 | 4:27 PM EDT

When Republicans make campaign announcements, the press usually grab their pitchforks, light their torches, and proceed to run them down. Such was the case with Mika Brzezinski, who typified the Morning Joe crew’s response to Rand Paul’s announcement trailer with the question, "Isn't that kind of setting yourself up to fail?"
Donny Deutsch also lamented the over-the-top rhetoric of the Paul trailer and longed for the day when the American people would be fortunate enough to hear "just [a] different tone, as opposed to this mindless 1950s ‘time for a new America’."

By Jack Coleman | April 7, 2015 | 3:05 PM EDT

Shhhhh -- hear that? OK, maybe you can't, but surely your pooch can. That's why she's looking at you with a perplexed expression, or what passes for one from canines. It's the sound of dog-whistle racism we've heard so much about since the outset of the Obama presidency -- nay, since Obama's 2008 campaign for president, especially after Hillary Clinton began to lose.

Liberals have repeatedly cited this purported phenomenon to compensate for the dwindling number of tangible examples of racism. (Cursed arc of history, always bending toward justice!).

By Tom Blumer | April 7, 2015 | 2:49 PM EDT

New Republic staff writer Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig has clearly run out of defenses for the conduct of those involved in the disgraceful, scandalous journalistic malpractice which gave rise to the now-retracted and thoroughly discredited "A Rape on Campus: The Struggle for Justice at UVA" at Rolling Stone.

So here's her last refuge: Conservatism deserves some of the blame, because Sabrina Rubin Erdely and others associated with the story supposedly "Used Rightwing Tactics to Make a Leftist Point" (links are in original; bolds and numbered tags are mine):

By Mike Ciandella | April 7, 2015 | 1:41 PM EDT

Even though they like to mock conservatives for being “anti-science,” apparently basic chemistry is hard for the media. The CBS Evening News mixed up its chemical formulas during a story about a tragic case of carbon monoxide poisoning. The broadcast not once, but twice, showed viewers a graphic displaying the symbol CO2 – the chemical formula for carbon dioxide – instead of CO for carbon monoxide.

By Tom Johnson | April 7, 2015 | 1:32 PM EDT

In a Tuesday post, The Nation blogger Dave Zirin argued that it’s politically unseemly for Gov. Scott Walker to root publicly for certain Wisconsin sports teams, including the University of Wisconsin basketballers, who came up just short in last night’s men’s national title game against Duke.

Zirin claimed that it’s “almost flagrantly irresponsible” for the media to publicize Walker’s support of the Badger hoops team “while ignoring that…Walker has made it his mission to cut hundreds of millions of dollars from the very public university system bringing glory to the state.” In Zirin’s view, Walker is “a soulless vessel for Koch brothers cash who in the name of a career advancement to the White House, is willing to both mercilessly attack any and all expressions of public life while at the same time using sports to shamelessly bank on what he imagines to be the ignorance of the US electorate.”

By P.J. Gladnick | April 7, 2015 | 1:27 PM EDT

Have you noticed how we have been bombarded recently in the mainstream media about a push to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with a woman? The organization behind this drive is Women On 20s. What you almost never hear or read, with the exception of the New Yorker, is that the woman who founded that organization, Barbara Oritiz Howard, was a Hillary Clinton political operative. Also all of the women who made the final, and also the preliminary list, were PC. Nary a conservative in the bunch although one such woman to be discussed below is more qualified than any of the finalists in terms of accomplishment.

By Matthew Balan | April 7, 2015 | 12:52 PM EDT

Alexey Eremenko spotlighted "teen weight-lifting wunderkind and ardent Communist" Maryana Naumova in a Tuesday item on Eremenko, NBC News's Moscow producer, played up how "sports is only part of Naumova's agenda. As a member of the youth arm of Russia's Communist Party...she tours schools and orphanages across Russia to promote weightlifting." However, the journalist never mentioned the brutality of Soviet-era communism.

By Scott Whitlock | April 7, 2015 | 12:45 PM EDT

Two days after Christians celebrated Easter, NBC trotted out the claim that the tomb and burial site of Christ has been found. The segment only included one brief clip of a skeptic. Instead, journalist Katy Tur, reporting live from Jerusalem, excitedly explained, "...A journalist and a geologist said they have new evidence that this right here, underneath this concrete slab is Jesus's tomb." 

By Katie Yoder | April 7, 2015 | 11:40 AM EDT

It’s the latest fad in the entertainment world right now: poking fun at conservative Christians defending Indiana’s RFRA. 

During The Daily Show on April 6, host Jon Stewart mocked the rhetoric presented by Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) supporters – by comparing their situation to “making a Jew slow-dance with Hitler.” 

By Kristine Marsh | April 7, 2015 | 11:22 AM EDT

One would think the editorial boards of the nations’ top newspapers – journalism’s brightest and best – wouldn't lightly throw around inflammatory language, slurs and insults.

But it appears that an Indiana law protecting the religious freedom of businesses and individuals is so beyond the pale it had the journalistic high-priests at many of America’s top 20 papers sputtering “bigot,” “homophobia” and “anti-gay.”