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By Tom Blumer | August 26, 2015 | 8:06 PM EDT

Over at the Associated Press this afternoon (later updated), Ken Dilanian, with the help of four other reporters, prepared a lengthy dispatch attempting to defend 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's email and private-server practices. Boiled down to its essence: Boiled down to its essence: "[D]iplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the past two administrations."

Nice try, guys, but there are two problems with your "many others did it" defense. First, Dilanian and his team quietly admitted that Mrs. Clinton has been lying when claiming in recent weeks that she never sent any classified emails. Additionally, they ignored a December 2009 Executive Order from President Obama which, as Catherine Herridge at Fox News reported this morning, specifies that only "intelligence agencies who own that information in the first place have the authority to declassify it."

By Tom Blumer | August 26, 2015 | 5:39 PM EDT

Almost four years ago, solar energy manufacturer Solyndra filed for bankruptcy, leaving the federal government with a loan guarantee-related loss of up to $535 million.

The Energy Department's inspector general released a report on the debacle today. At the Associated Press, reporter Kevin Freking made sure readers knew that the loan guarantee program began under President George W. Bush, but somehow "forgot" to note, as the Weekly Standard did at the time, that the Energy Department under Bush made a "unanimous decision to shelve Solyndra's application two weeks before Obama took office."

By Jeffrey Meyer | August 26, 2015 | 3:07 PM EDT

On her self-titled MSNBC show Tuesday night, Rachel Maddow used the current feud between Fox News and Donald Trump to attack the news network as nothing more than an arm of the Republican Party. Maddow admitted that Fox was a “competitor of ours at MSNBC” but dismissed them as a news outlet and merely “Republican Party television. So we not only compete with them but we also cover them as a political entity, you have to if you want to cover Republican politics. So, in that context I have been covering FOX News as a Republican political entity for years now.” 

By Brent Bozell and Ken Oliver-Méndez | August 26, 2015 | 2:52 PM EDT

Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell and MRC Latino Director Ken Oliver-Mendez issued the following statements in the wake of Univision/Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos’ crass abandonment last night of professional journalism standards and protocol.

By Matthew Balan | August 26, 2015 | 2:48 PM EDT

On Wednesday's New Day, CNN's Chris Cuomo refreshingly pressed Univision's Jorge Ramos over his Tuesday face-off with Donald Trump. Cuomo noted that Trump's "point is, it wasn't a question – it was a comment. You wanted to get into a fight with him." Ramos played up that "this is very important for the Hispanic community; and this is personal...we're talking about...destroying the lives of millions of people." The CNN anchor later spotlighted how Ramos insulted Trump as "the face of hate and division," and pointed out that Ramos's daughter "works for Hillary Clinton."

By Jorge Bonilla | August 26, 2015 | 2:23 PM EDT

Tuesday night’s surreal exchange between Univision/Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos and GOP presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was the greatest single example of what happens at the intersection of journalism, agenda advocacy, political partisanship, and special business interests. 

By Dylan Gwinn | August 26, 2015 | 2:18 PM EDT

Just in case anyone still doubts that American sports media (aka Frustrated Athletes for Change, aka MSNBC Sports, aka the Take Us Seriously Caucus) is reflexively left-wing, let’s see what a member in good standing had to say about Wednesday morning’s murder of two journalists in Virginia.

I give you Bart Hubbuch, NFL writer/columnist for the New York Post. While most people were still reeling in horror at the video of the murder, Hubbuch ghoulishly and unabashedly politicized the murders:

By Kristine Marsh | August 26, 2015 | 2:16 PM EDT

Isn’t it ironic how liberals are the first ones to tell you how “bigoted” and “close-minded” conservatives are, but then they’re the first ones to bash individuals who think for themselves?

The Washington Post should be commended for publishing an articulate op-ed Aug. 25 by  freshman Duke University student Brian Grasso, who explained his reasoning for refusing to read one book on his school’s summer reading list. The graphic novel, called Fun Home by lesbian author Alison Bechdel, depicted graphic illustrations of masturbation and lesbian sex. Grasso cited his Biblical beliefs as the primary reason he objected to reading the “pornographic” material.

But of course the liberal media loved the book – so they were the first ones to mock the student who led the charge against it.

By Dylan Gwinn | August 26, 2015 | 1:45 PM EDT

You can surgically repair the heart of the boy, but you better not reprogram it to be a Michigan fan.

Our feel good story of the day comes from Ohio, where according the Sporting News, a young Buckeye fan is very concerned about his upcoming heart surgery. Understandably. Though, not for the reason you might suspect:

By NB Staff | August 26, 2015 | 1:03 PM EDT

On Tuesday, Media Research Center founder and president Brent Bozell, along with more than two dozen pro-life leaders, sent letters to the network news chiefs at ABC, CBS, and NBC, protesting their lack of coverage of shocking Planned Parenthood sting videos.

ABC News, in particularly, was particularly egregious, as it "has no even aired one second of video footage with audio of the Center for Medical Progress's investigative videos," Bozell noted. "This is outrageous and inexcusable," adding:

By Spencer Raley | August 26, 2015 | 1:02 PM EDT

Lawrence O’Donnell and MSNBC proved again Tuesday night that Republican presidential candidates will never receive a break, even when they appear to be agreeing with them on an issue. On his show The Last Word, the liberal host held a segment on Ben Carson’s USA Today op-ed in which the Republican presidential candidate acknowledged the issue of police brutality, and offered a new way of addressing the problem.

By Tim Graham | August 26, 2015 | 12:31 PM EDT

USA Today published this lede from White House reporter Gregory Korte without the slightest bit of irony about carbon footprints: 

"WASHINGTON — President Obama will log more than 14,000 miles on Air Force One over the next 11 days in a climate change tour that will take him from the desert West to the Gulf of Mexico to the Arctic Circle."

By Kyle Drennen | August 26, 2015 | 12:28 PM EDT

At the top of Wednesday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer described how Univision anchor Jorge Ramos was “kicked out of a Donald Trump news conference” on Tuesday and wondered: “Can Trump’s confrontational style carry him all the way to the White House or will it wear thin with voters?” Peter Alexander proclaimed: “To be clear, Jorge Ramos is the most powerful newsman in Spanish-language TV. He's often called the Walter Cronkite of Latino America.”

By Scott Whitlock | August 26, 2015 | 12:18 PM EDT

Fresh from his confrontation with Donald Trump on Tuesday night, activist reporter Jorge Ramos appeared on ABC and CBS to pitch the idea that it's the job of journalists to openly oppose the candidate's positions. On Good Morning America, Wednesday, he asked colleague George Stephanopoulos: "We have to denounce that he wants to deny citizenship to children being born here." He added, "They're citizens, just like [Trump's children], and it is impossible to build a 1900-mile wall... So that's the kind of questions that I was asking Mr. Trump."

By Tom Blumer | August 26, 2015 | 11:44 AM EDT

As Venezuela's Chavista economy under Nicolas Maduro continues to crumble, the Associated Press and others in the media to describe its problems as if they came out of nowhere instead of originating with its statist, oppressive government.

Examples follow the jump.