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By Noel Sheppard | April 8, 2012 | 8:20 PM EDT

Newsweek's Andrew Sullivan got a much-needed education about religion and politics from not one but two evangelical leaders Sunday.

The first came from Dr. Richard Land of the Southern Baptist Convention who in the midst of a heated debate on CBS's Face the Nation told Sullivan, "Any fusion between evangelicalism and Republicanism pales in comparison to the point of anemia compared to the black church and the Democratic Party" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 8, 2012 | 5:26 PM EDT

Mormon Congressman Raul Labrador (R-Id.) scolded David Gregory on Sunday for his network's horrible treatment of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's faith.

Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press, Labrador specifically named MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell as one of the offenders (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 8, 2012 | 3:48 PM EDT

John McLaughlin on the PBS show bearing his name asked his guests this weekend, "Has America done more to spread peace and prosperity than any other power in human history, yes or no?"

The conservatives on the panel - syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan and the Washington Examiner's Tim Carney - were quick to say "Yes" as their liberal colleagues - Newsweek's Eleanor Clift and the Chicago Tribune's Clarence Page - both equivocated (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Brent Baker | April 8, 2012 | 2:48 PM EDT

When ABC’s Jake Tapper held up Andrew’s Sullivan’s “Forget the Church, Follow JesusNewsweek cover story on how, as Tapper described Sullivan’s premise, “American Christianity is in a ‘crisis,’ it’s too focused on politics and policy, too little on spirituality,” Pastor Rick Warren took the opportunity to air “a little personal gripe.”

He contended: “I think it’s disingenuous that magazines like Newsweek know that their circulation goes up at Christmas and Easter if they put a spiritual issue on the cover, but it’s always bait and switch. They never tell the stories, never tell the stories of what good the church is doing.”

By P.J. Gladnick | April 8, 2012 | 1:41 PM EDT

It appears that simple fact checking isn't part of the reporting process at the New York Daily News. Even worse, the story that they declined to fact check was about an explosive situation in Sanford, Florida where supposedly neo-nazis were patrolling the streets in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

The Daily News finally revised their story but only after being contacted by professor William Jacobson of the Legal Insurrection blog who did the fact checking for them with the Sanford police that they should have done in the first place. Here is the Daily News excerpt below the fold that was published before being forced to revise it by the Legal Insurrection fact check:

By Noel Sheppard | April 8, 2012 | 1:03 PM EDT

Not at all surprisingly, Georgetown University professor and MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson on Sunday made the case that the criticism of President Obama's harsh remarks to the Supreme Court this week were racially motivated.

Fortunately for the sane component of those that view ABC's This Week, George Will and Peggy Noonan were there to add some desperately needed reason (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 8, 2012 | 11:55 AM EDT

With the way the Obama-loving media have mishandled the Trayvon Martin shooting, there's seems to be no question the Left wants race to be an issue in the upcoming elections.

Appearing on the syndicated Chris Matthews Show this weekend, HDNet's Dan Rather ominously said, "Race will be a factor in this presidential campaign" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 8, 2012 | 11:08 AM EDT

Here's something you don't see every day from an Obama-loving media member.

Newsweek's Eleanor Clift actually wrote Sunday, "Romney is in better shape than Bill Clinton in 1992, or Ronald Reagan in 1980."

By NB Staff | April 8, 2012 | 11:07 AM EDT

The staff of NewsBusters would like to wish you and yours a happy Easter and Passover.

By Noel Sheppard | April 8, 2012 | 10:05 AM EDT

With it now appearing Mitt Romney will be the Republican presidential nominee, it is a metaphysical certitude media attacks on him will drastically increase and intensify.

NBC's Saturday Night Live did its part this weekend with a five minute opening sketch that totally trashed the candidate as being a pandering fool without any core values whatsoever (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 8, 2012 | 8:59 AM EDT

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the movie classic "To Kill A Mockingbird," the USA Network on Saturday featured a special, limited-commercial presentation of the film.

President Obama was given the privilege of introducing it (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | April 8, 2012 | 7:40 AM EDT

Washington Post Magazine humorist Gene Weingarten devoted Easter morning to bashing the Republicans by suggesting his dog Murphy seems awfully Republican. She has an “inappropriate interest in the reproductive systems of women she does not know,” is by breeding a “gun-loving redneck," and so “As might be expected, she has some issues with racial diversity...and her policies on entitlements and redistribution of wealth are unambiguous: ‘I got mine.’”

Then he nominated his dog as a running mate for Mitt Romney...since Romney has a doggie scandal. He even insulted MRC's Dan Gainor on Twitter: "This guy tweets that I am insulting Repubs by comparing them to dogs. Frankly, I thought I was insulting dogs."

By Matthew Sheffield | April 8, 2012 | 2:12 AM EDT

Following a series of anonymous leaks, NBC has released its first on-the-record statements regarding the internal investigation into its misleading audio clip of George Zimmerman's 9-1-1 call.

According to NBC, the controversial clip, which appeared during its "Today" morning news show, was edited deliberately by the producer to fit within time constraints and not for some other reason. Speaking to Reuters, NBC News president Steve Capus asserted that the individual, who has been fired but whose name has not been disclosed, had made "a mistake and not a deliberate act to misrepresent the phone call."

By Tim Graham | April 7, 2012 | 11:55 PM EDT

A new survey on religion and journalism released on Thursday by two collegiate study groups -- the Knight Program in Media and Religion at USC and the Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics at the University of Akron -- found a majority of both the public and reporters agree the news media “does a poor job of explaining religion in society,” with 57.1 percent and 51.8 percent agreeing, respectively.

Both the public and reporters ranked TV news lowest in the quality and quantity of religion coverage compared to other media with 28.1 percent of the public and 8 percent of reporters responding that broadcast news provided “good” religion coverage. The reporters have seen more: TV coverage of religion is often terrible -- when you can find it. (See our new MRC survey, Secular Snobs.)

By Brent Baker | April 7, 2012 | 10:18 PM EDT

Catching up with what The Weekly Standard dubbed “the prize for unhinged emotionalism” in reaction from within the liberal bubble to the Supreme Court’s oral arguments on ObamaCare,  back on Friday, March 30, Andrew Cohen, the “chief analyst and legal editor for CBS Radio News,” wrote on The Atlantic’s Web site:

“The arguments in the Care Act cases may be funny to Justice Antonin Scalia, the bully that he is, but they aren’t funny to the single father who will avoid bankruptcy because of the law.”