By Kyle Drennen | April 22, 2013 | 4:17 PM EDT

Sunday's NBC Meet the Press panel decried gun background check legislation being voted down in the Senate, with liberal historian Doris Kearns Goodwin lamenting: "Maybe the problem is also the structure of the Senate....given the 60 votes that are needed, given who they listen to, given the power of special interests, public sentiment cannot penetrate." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan pleaded: "Something's not working there....we got a thing like Newtown, 90 percent, move it. Small, discrete parts of a bill, push it through, call it a victory, keep going." Special correspondent Tom Brokaw replied: "Well, kill the filibuster bill. I mean – or change it." Goodwin eagerly agreed: "Kill it. Definitely. Definitely. They've got to do that."

By Matthew Balan | April 22, 2013 | 4:01 PM EDT

On Monday's CBS This Morning, open liberal Gayle King ballyhooed a guest's fear that Americans might target Muslims in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing. The news host thought it was "very important" to point out Boston Globe columnist Kevin Cullen's "concern about a backlash", and quoted Cullen's assertion that "these two don't speak for Muslims any more than I speak for overweight Irish-American guys who like to play hockey." [audio available here; video below the jump]

King didn't mention, however, that Cullen also took aim at the blame-America-first portion of the left in his Sunday column: "I was on an NPR show...and a caller...started talking about how we've got to look in the mirror and ask what we as Americans have done to create angry young men like this. I almost drove off the road. No one who lost their life or their limbs on Boylston Street last Monday did anything to create angry young men like this."

By Kyle Drennen | April 22, 2013 | 12:38 PM EDT

On Monday's NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie and legal analyst Lisa Bloom worried about Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev not yet being read his Miranda rights after being taken into custody on Friday, with Guthrie arguing: "...officials are citing what's known as the public safety exception....As time passes, does the justification for that exception grow weaker? Are they on, I guess, less strong ground?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Bloom proclaimed: "Well, it sure does, because as you know, Miranda rights are a bedrock constitutional principle....The public safety exception is a very narrow exception, there has to be an imminent threat to the public. As the clock keeps ticking, hours and days pass, it certainly seems less imminent."

By Kyle Drennen | April 22, 2013 | 10:41 AM EDT

On Sunday's NBC Meet the Press, special correspondent Tom Brokaw used a discussion on the Boston Marathon bombings to argue more broadly that the "roots" of anti-American terrorism across the Islamic world are U.S. drone attacks: "I think we also have to examine the use of drones that the United States is involved in and – and there are a lot of civilians who are innocently killed in a drone attack in Pakistan, in Afghanistan, and in Iraq." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Brokaw began by wondering: "We have to work a lot harder at a motivation here. What prompts a young man to come to this country and still feel alienated from it, to go back to Russia and do whatever he did? And I don't think we've examined that enough." Speaking of people in the Middle East, Brokaw warned: "There is this enormous rage against what they see in that part of the world as a presumptuousness of the United States."

By Noel Sheppard | April 22, 2013 | 10:01 AM EDT

There was a moment on CBS's reality show Amazing Race Sunday that's guaranteed to put a smile on conservative faces.

Not only did the contestant currently in first place admit to being a "cigar-chomping, Republican conservative," he also said, "Rush would be really upset with me for missing" a question about Ronald Reagan (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 22, 2013 | 2:00 AM EDT

When vulgarian comedienne Kathy Griffin kissed Anderson Cooper’s crotch on CNN’s New Year’s Eve program a few months ago and wasn’t in any way admonished for it, Americans were given a preview of what the self-proclaimed most trusted name in news was going to look like under Jeff Zucker’s leadership.

On Sunday, CNN's new 9PM show Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown, despite airing in primetime, featured numerous audible uncensored S-words and A-words, a number of censored F-words, and a God damn (video follows with transcribed lowlights and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 21, 2013 | 2:52 PM EDT

CBS’s Lesley Stahl made a comment Sunday that in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing might give many Americans chills.

During a discussion about that horrific event on the syndicated Chris Matthews Show, Stahl said, “We're all going to end up wearing burqas” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 21, 2013 | 12:55 PM EDT

Former President Bill Clinton made a comment Saturday evening guaranteed to raise some eyebrows.

During his acceptance speech for the Advocate for Change Award at the 24th annual Los Angeles dinner of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Clinton said, “People who oppose equal rights for gays in the marriage sphere are basically acting out of concerns for their own identity not out of respect for anyone else."

By Noel Sheppard | April 20, 2013 | 3:40 PM EDT

Before Bill Maher's moment of sanity concerning radical Islam Friday, HBO's Real Time host took a cheap shot at the GOP.

After a brief discussion about the man that sent ricin to President Obama this week, Maher said, "He's been apprehended, he's facing jail time, and he is leading in the polls for the Republican nomination for president in 2016" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 20, 2013 | 1:32 PM EDT

Bill Maher on HBO's Real Time Friday made a statement that will make the Right cheer as the left predictably cringes.

After his guest Brian Levin - the director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino - said of the Boston bombings and how it relates to radical Islam, "We have hypocrites across faiths, Jewish, Christian who say they're out for God and end up doing not so nice things," Maher marvelously responded, "That’s liberal bulls--t right there" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 20, 2013 | 1:21 AM EDT

Bill Maher on Friday proved once again that when it comes to insulting Republicans, there's no floor to his indecency.

During the New Rules segment of HBO's Real Time, the host joked about Senators John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) being gay lovers (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | April 19, 2013 | 11:56 AM EDT

Harrison Ford made a brutal critique of the news industry Thursday.

Appearing on PBS's Tavis Smiley Show, the actor said the "divisiveness and fractiousness in our society" is caused by "what passes for journalism" today "fostering and supporting our prejudices" (video follows with transcript and commentary):