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By Ken Shepherd | February 23, 2015 | 9:31 PM EST

Oh, Hollywood, you're racist and you don't even know it!

That was the undercurrent of post-Oscars analysis delivered by Chris Hayes and panelists on the Monday, February 23 edition of All In. From emcee Neil Patrick Harris's opening joke to a running bit with Octavia Spencer to Sean Penn's "green card" joke, the faculty-lounge lefties assembled on set lectured the Academy Awards for being too white and too insensitive to persons of color.

By Mark Finkelstein | February 23, 2015 | 9:07 PM EST

How unhinged has Howard Dean become? So bad that an MSNBC host had to gently walk him back off the ledge.

On Chris Hayes' MSNBC show tonight, Dean claimed that Scott Walker says Barack Obama was "born in Kenya."  It took Hayes two attempts to break through Dean's blather, but eventually he was able to politely point out: "I should note, you mention the Kenya thing, he has not been asked that."

By Mark Finkelstein | February 23, 2015 | 6:07 PM EST

In a classic example of phony political jujitsu, an MSNBC contributor has tried to turn the patriotism issue back against Republicans. Appearing on today's Ed Show, Steve Clemons attacked the "patriotism" of GOP congressional leaders, accusing them of "undermining the security of the nation."  

This because Republicans have attached amendments to the DHS funding bill denying funds for President Obama's executive amnesty.  Of course neither Clemons nor Schultz revealed that in a potential DHS "shutdown," all essential personnel, including those at TSA, Customs and Border, Secret Service, FEMA and Coast Guard, would continue to work.  Only non-essential personnel, mainly office workers, would be furloughed. 

By Matthew Balan | February 23, 2015 | 4:14 PM EST

On Monday, Eriq Gardner of The Hollywood Reporter spotlighted how the National Association of African-American Owned Media filed a lawsuit against Comcast and Time Warner Cable which seeks "at least $20 billion in damages from the way the two giants allegedly discriminate against black-owned media." The lawsuit also alleges that Comcast "made large cash 'donations'" to Al Sharpton and his National Action Network in order to "divert attention away from discrimination."

By Ken Shepherd | February 23, 2015 | 3:44 PM EST

On the Monday after the Oscars, MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Mika Brezinski appeared on her colleague Ronan Farrow's canceled-but-still-broadcasting to promote her "Know Your Value" campaign to teach women how to be more effective negotiators in the marketplace for better pay and benefits. During her chat with Farrow, the issue of "pay inequality" in Hollywood was discussed, including the allegation that movie star Jennifer Lawrence was "underpaid" relative to her male co-stars in 2013's American Hustle. 

Brzezinski ludicrously insisted that Lawrence should demand back pay from producers of the film.

By Mark Finkelstein | February 23, 2015 | 9:50 AM EST

MSNBC might like to replace "Lean Forward" with a new slogan: "Dissent Is Unpatriotic."

On today's Morning Joe, discussing the Rudy flap, Mika Brzezinski said: "I question the patriotism of someone who questions the president's patriotism." Joe Scarborough retorted that for years on MSNBC, Keith Olbermann got away with saying much worse about W without criticism from Mika or others in the MSM.

By Jeffrey Lord | February 21, 2015 | 12:22 PM EST

Here is Joe Scarborough, a guy who blithely plays the co-host of a morning show on a network that has a god-awful record for living in the sewers of racial politics. This is the network that gives the possibly-soon-to-be-removed-to-the weekend lineup Al Sharpton an entire show.

But Joe is concerned about Rudy Giuliani - a guy whose political heroes include those vociferous racists Robert Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, with a considerable record of his own for saving black lives with a tough crime policy. Talk about turning things upside down?

By Mark Finkelstein | February 21, 2015 | 9:47 AM EST

From a shining city on a hill and Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall, to terrible deeds in the name of Christ and terrorists' legitimate grievances.

The chasm between Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama when it comes to their views of America and the world could hardly be wider. But on today's Up With Steve Kornacki, when the host asked the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart whether President Obama talks and thinks about America differently from Reagan [and Clinton and Carter], Capehart emphatically replied "No.  Rudy Giuliani is lying."

By Curtis Houck | February 20, 2015 | 4:01 PM EST

As part of the left’s bashing of Rudy Giuliani for stating his belief that President Obama doesn’t love America, MSNBC’s The Last Word convened a panel on Thursday night to berate Giuliani. Liberal radio show host Stephanie Miller went as far as to compare what the former New York City Mayor told a gathering of Republican donors to using derogatory language toward African-Americans, gays, and women: “[W]henever someone starts a sentence with, this is going to be horrible, it's like when someone says I'm not a racist, but n-word for a black person. I'm not a homophobe, but f-word for gay person, I’m not a sexist, but c-word for a woman. That's what this is.”

By Scott Whitlock | February 20, 2015 | 12:05 PM EST

An outraged Chris Matthews on Thursday railed against Rudy Giuliani's assertion that Barack Obama doesn't "love America." The cable anchor assailed the idea that anyone's patriotism would be questioned. An odd assertion from an MSNBC host as they do it quite often. A wounded Matthews howled, "They're saying [Obama] doesn't love America!" 

By Mark Finkelstein | February 20, 2015 | 7:55 AM EST

Something striking on today's Morning Joe. On the one hand, there was complete consensus that—as a matter of politics—Rudy Giuliani made a huge mistake in claiming that President Obama doesn't love America.  Panelists called his comments "stupid," "crazy," "tone deaf," even "racist."

Joe Scarborough did suggest that some Republican make this his Sister Souljah moment by criticizing Giuliani and saying that of course President Obama loves America.

By Mark Finkelstein | February 19, 2015 | 9:18 AM EST

New York Daily News columnist Mike Lupica ought to stick to sports. When he wanders into politics he says silly stuff, as on today's Morning Joe.  

With HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell being interviewed about Obamacare, Lupica unctuously wondered out loud: "how did something that was this noble an idea become something over time that the other party uses against this president constantly? And is there a way, over the last two years of his presidency, for him to throw some sort of Hail Mary pass and make this look like the triumph he thought it was going to be?"