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By NB Staff | February 27, 2015 | 8:49 AM EST

NewsBusters managing editor Ken Shepherd won the award for “Nonprofit Blogger of the Year” at Blog Bash Thursday night at Wolfgang Puck's Sunset Room near the Conservative Political Action Conference.

 

By Tom Blumer | February 26, 2015 | 11:12 PM EST

At the Associated Press late Thursday morning, Ken Dilanian, the wire service's intelligence writer, did a marvelous job of covering up the essence of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's Worldwide Threat Assessment testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

The trouble is that if he were doing his job as our Founders anticipated he would when they gave the nation's press extraordinary and then unheard-of freedoms, he would have covered the story instead of covering it up.

By Tom Blumer | February 26, 2015 | 6:10 PM EST

The Associated Press's headline at Alan Fram's coverage of the controversy over the existence of an Obama administration contingency plan if it loses the Halbig v. Burwell case pending at the Supreme Court may be among the most inchoherent ever: "GOP CLAIMS PAPER SHOWS FED AIDES' PREPS FOR HEALTH LAW LOSS."

"Paper"? What is in question is an alleged 100-page contingency plan should the Court declare that subsidies paid by HealthCare.gov, the federal health insurance exchange for over three dozen states, are illegal. "Health law loss"? What does that even mean?

By Kyle Drennen | February 26, 2015 | 4:15 PM EST

On her Wednesday MSNBC show, host Andrea Mitchell gushed over Hillary Clinton's "strong performance" during an interview at a Silicon Valley conference on Tuesday: "...just looking at it as political drama. No notes, no Teleprompter, she's walking around the stage, she does a Q & A with Kara Swisher which is, you know, a challenging, interesting Q & A, edgy at times....A great reporter." In reality, the exchange consisted of series of fawning softballs, starting with: "So, I interviewed President Obama last week and I'm very eager to interview another president."

By Tom Blumer | February 26, 2015 | 2:18 PM EST

While it's performing a long overdue housecleaning, MSNBC should point its broom in Melissa Harris-Perry's direction and sweep her off the network for her anti-democratic, violence-advocating rant earlier this week at Cornell University.

Among other things, Harris-Perry told her audience that George Zimmerman deserved whatever injuries he received at the hands of Trayvon Martin in the violent February 2012 confrontation which began with Martin pommeling Zimmerman and ended in Martin's death.

By Tom Blumer | February 25, 2015 | 6:55 PM EST

Once you become Chicago's mayor — or one of its alderman, for that matter — getting reelected is ordinarily a fairly easy proposition.

The scheduling of Election Day, the fourth Tuesday in February in an off year, is deliberately designed to generate a low-turnout result. Incumbents' well-oiled political machines turn out their old reliable voters, while to have any kind of chance, challengers have to motivate people who ordinarily vote once every two or four years to show up at the polls. Thus, the fact the President Obama-endorsed incumbent Mayor Rahm Emanuel couldn't seal the deal on Tuesday is utterly astonishing.

By Tom Blumer | February 25, 2015 | 9:09 AM EST

In an almost completely expected decision, the Department of Justice yesterday announced that it "found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012."

In reporting on the announcement, Jennifer Kay and Eric Tucker at the Associated Press were predictably selective in recounting the details of the case while ignoring or downplaying others.

By Jeffrey Meyer | February 24, 2015 | 2:43 PM EST

On Monday, Katie Couric, former CBS Evening News anchor and current Yahoo Global News anchor, sat down with David Axelrod, former senior advisor to President Obama, to discuss his memoir Believer: My Forty Years in Politics.

By Tom Blumer | February 23, 2015 | 10:25 AM EST

On Friday, Jim Kuhnhenn at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, seemed to enjoy President Barack Obama's rant against Republicans and others grossly dissatisfied with the economy's performance on his watch. He described Obama as "taunting Republicans" in his speech at the Democratic Party's winter meeting in Washington.

The wire service itself seems less enamored of Kuhnhenn's less than presidential portrayal of Obama. Based on a search on "taunting," the first word in his report, it is no longer present at the AP's national site.

By Tom Blumer | February 23, 2015 | 12:08 AM EST

In his Friday Washington Post column, Dana Milbank accused Scott Walker of "cowardice" which "ought to disqualify him as a serious presidential contender."

Walker's alleged "cowardice" was his failure to disown the following remark made by New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani: “I do not believe that the president loves America.” Last time I checked, Rudy's entitled to his opinion, and Walker's entitled to opt out of psychoanalyzing the Oval Office's current occupant. This sent Milbank into a a blind fury (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

By Tom Blumer | February 21, 2015 | 10:28 AM EST

On February 12, in a report on inventories, the Associated Press's Martin Crutsinger referred to an economist who believed, in Crutsinger's words, "that the economy expanded at a 2 percent annual rate in the final three months of the year (2014)." That result would be a fairly significant downward revision to the 2.6 percent rate the government estimated in late January.

The next day, Macroeconomic Advisers, a leading economic research firm which describes itself as "independent with no loyalty to any political ideology," estimated that the economy, as measured in its Gross Domesitic Product, "declined by 0.6% in December, and growth for November was revised down by three-tenths." Since then, though they may be out there somewhere, I haven't seen AP or other major news outlets make any reference to analysts' revised fourth-quarter estimates.

By Tom Blumer | February 20, 2015 | 11:32 PM EST

Earlier today, Thaddeus Murphy was charged in U.S. District Court in Colorado in connection with an attempted January bombing in Colorado Springs.

The targeted building houses that city's chapter of the NAACP, a barber shop — and, apparently at one time, a tax accountant's office. Quite a few people leaped to the conclusion that the bomb had to be meant for the NAACP, even though, as syndicated columnist and area resident Michelle Malkin noted last month, "The NAACP office is located on the opposite side of the building" from where the explosion occurred. The Criminal Complaint filed today indicates that the NAACP was not the target. The long vacant accountant's office was.