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By Noel Sheppard | | February 16, 2013 | 11:59 AM EST

MSNBC's Toure Neblett made an extremely controversial statement on Friday's The Cycle.

"If Adam Lanza had walked into a black public school in this mythical South Brooklyn or in the Southside of Chicago, we would probably not be having a sustained national conversation about guns" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Mark Finkelstein | | February 16, 2013 | 9:25 AM EST

If Good Morning America's giddiness over the prospect that Hillary Clinton might run for president is any indication of how the MSM will treat the story, it's gonna be a long-g-g-g four years.

The excited GMA crew was looking for any harbinger--from falling meteorites to the number of baskets scored by an ABC reporter in a charity game--that Hillary might throw her pantsuit into the ring. A correspondent even joked--at least we hope she was joking--that GMA might have to run a segment every week with the latest is-Hillary-running news. View the video after the jump.

By Clay Waters | | February 16, 2013 | 8:19 AM EST

Mark Thompson, the New York Times Co. chief executive, was director-general of the British Broadcasting Corporation when a BBC news program into a massive child-sex abuse scandal involving veteran network entertainer Jimmy Savile was abruptly squashed. Uncertainty lingers as to just what (and when) Thompson knew about accusations against Savile and the cancellation of the program, questions that occasionally made it into the paper, until a report commissioned by the BBC gave Thompson a pass.

Journalist Maureen Orth has a useful new summary of what we know (and what we still don't know) on the web site of Vanity Fair.

By Brent Bozell | | February 16, 2013 | 8:10 AM EST

Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world on Monday morning by announcing he would resign at the end of February. For Catholics, there was sorrow and there was gratitude for a Holy Father who taught with such distinction and worked with such care to safeguard the church’s theological traditions.

But there are those people who hate the Catholic Church, and they are ecstatic. Take documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, a man who clearly thinks he is holier than the Pope. He told The Daily Beast that Benedict is a “criminal.” This helps explain why he’s made a documentary for HBO, the home of toxic God-haters like Bill Maher.

By Tim Graham | | February 16, 2013 | 7:48 AM EST

Via the Sweetness & Light blog, there’s this hilarious AP headline: “Unyielding GOP politicians doing what voters ask.”

AP wants them to ignore the voters? You almost have to applaud AP for noticing that the conservative “obstructionists” in the House were indeed elected to uphold conservative principles. Something tells me AP didn’t do a horrified story from San Francisco or Beverly Hills in 2005 that “unyielding liberal Democrats” were actually going to listen to their constituents and oppose President Bush. But reporter Nicholas Riccardi reported from northern Utah:

By Noel Sheppard | | February 16, 2013 | 1:21 AM EST

As NewsBusters has been reporting, America's media are ready to coronate Hillary Clinton as the next president.

On HBO's Real Time Friday, host Bill Maher went several steps further nominating Mrs. Clinton as the next Pope (video follows with transcript and commentary): 

By Noel Sheppard | | February 16, 2013 | 12:44 AM EST

"Based on every statement I’ve heard out of any Republican in the last two years, the Israelis are controlling our government."

So said HBO's Bill Maher Friday (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Johnson | | February 15, 2013 | 11:45 PM EST

Kossacks had a lot to say about many of this week's major news stories, from Marco Rubio's State of the Union response to the upcoming Vatican vacancy to Republicans' stalling of Chuck Hagel's nomination.
 
As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

By Tom Blumer | | February 15, 2013 | 11:16 PM EST

Anyone who thinks that setting a parody site of PolitiFact would be a good idea should reconsider. The site already parodies what a true fact-checking effort would look like on a nearly daily basis.

On Tuesday, the site's Molly Moorhead evaluated Marco Rubio's claim during his State of the Union response speech that spending cuts involved in sequestration were originally the idea of President Barack Obama and the White House. Of course they were. But after admitting that the "(The Price of Politics author Bob) Woodward’s reporting shows clearly that defense sequestration was an idea that came out of Obama’s White House," she still evaluated Rubio's claim as only "half-true" (bolds are mine):

By Mark Finkelstein | | February 15, 2013 | 9:10 PM EST

Ed Schultz was in seventh heaven, lionizing Elizabeth Warren [new first name 'Sheriff'] for the way she grilled financial regulators for failing to take big banks to trial.

Just one teenie-weenie factoid Ed failed to mention: those two regulators he showed Warren scalding during his MSNBC show tonight were appointed by, yup, President Barack Obama.  View the video after the jump.

By Jack Coleman | | February 15, 2013 | 7:40 PM EST

The Republican filibuster of Chuck Hagel for defense secretary is utterly unprecedented, claims an insistent Rachel Maddow -- providing that you ignore previous examples of filibusters aimed at cabinet nominees.

On her MSNBC show last night, Maddow described GOP use of the filibuster to block Hagel's nomination as seismic in significance and astronomically rare in frequency. Not surprisingly, Maddow got it wrong as she's inclined to do. (video and audio clips after page break)

By Matthew Balan | | February 15, 2013 | 6:56 PM EST

On Friday's Morning Edition, NPR's Cheryl Corley stacked her report on President Obama's gun control push full of left-of-center talking heads. But the one who stood out was Father Michael Pfleger, whom she merely identified as a "social activist". Corley ignored his controversial background, which includes a 2008 defense of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's former radical pastor, and threatening to "snuff out" a Chicago gun store owner in 2007.

The correspondent also failed to point out the liberal affiliations of two other "activists" who are on the faculty at University of Chicago: a political science professor with an interest in "lesbian and gay politics" and a law professor who is also a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.

By Matt Vespa | | February 15, 2013 | 6:06 PM EST

When a news story is too newsworthy to ignore but too embarrassing to the Obama administration to highlight, what's a liberal newspaper editor to do? Why, bury it, of course. That's what Washington Post editors did to Steven Mufson's February 14 story on an inspector general's report finding, surprise, surprise, that taxpayer monies on another Obama-hyped green energy project have gone to waste.

What's more, the Post's editor's assigned the item a boring headline, "Report: Grant to battery company was mismanaged."

By David Limbaugh | | February 15, 2013 | 5:21 PM EST

It seems the liberal media are more concerned about Sen. Marco Rubio's midspeech sip of water than about President Obama's State of the Union commitment to double down on his disastrous policies.

What will it take for once-reasonable people to become alarmed at the state of this nation's fiscal condition, its stagnant economy and its egregious unemployment? Is there no number of irresponsible liberal policies from an extremist liberal president that will exceed their willingness to tolerate? Do liberal media — and rank-and-file Democrats, for that matter — believe that this recklessness can go on forever?

By Kyle Drennen | | February 15, 2013 | 5:00 PM EST

Following the failure of former Senator Chuck Hagel to receive enough votes in the Senate on Thursday to be confirmed as defense secretary, NBC, ABC, and CBS all immediately turned their ire on Republicans for daring to object to President Obama's appointment.

On Friday's NBC Today, news reader Natalie Morales fretted over the "partisan standoff." In the report that followed, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd mentioned Republican reasons for blocking the nomination, but brushed them aside as he concluded: "Ultimately, Hagel's issues with his former GOP colleagues are personal."