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By Noel Sheppard | September 13, 2013 | 12:03 PM EDT

Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert took some comedic shots at Russian President Vladimir Putin Thursday.

At the beginning of his show, Colbert unfriended Putin from Facebook because of a picture of the Russian President posted at the Drudge Report.

By Noel Sheppard | September 13, 2013 | 11:13 AM EDT

Jay Leno took some more comedic punches at President Obama Thursday.

The NBC Tonight Show host began his monologue saying, “Plans are being discussed for a new reality show based on the White House. It's called Lame Duck Dynasty. You don't want to miss that.”

By Kyle Drennen | September 13, 2013 | 10:25 AM EDT

At the start of an interview with Senator Bob Corker on Thursday's MSNBC Daily Rundown, host Chuck Todd demanded the Tennessee Republican justify criticism of President Obama's poor handling of Syria: "You've been very tough on the President, you said he's a diminished figure on Capitol Hill. And you even questioned whether he knew how to speak as a commander-in-chief. Explain yourself on that." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Corker replied: "I am really disappointed in the way the President addresses our country and does not really make a case for what is our national interest." Todd quickly pushed back: "He had no political support. It was pretty clear. I mean, this was...going down in flames in Congress. It wasn't going to be a close vote. What was he supposed to do? He didn't have – he did not have the political will of the country, nor the political will of your colleagues on Capitol Hill."

By Noel Sheppard | September 12, 2013 | 7:05 PM EDT

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer had some harsh words for Barack Obama Thursday as well as for Russian President Vladimir Putin’s op-ed in the New York Times.

Appearing on Fox News’s Special Report, Krauthammer said, “These are the fruits of a completely incompetent, epically incompetent foreign policy diplomacy by Obama.”

By Noel Sheppard | September 12, 2013 | 6:28 PM EDT

A viewer emailed a question to MSNBC’s Ed Schultz Thursday asking, “If Rush Limbaugh ever got the GOP nomination for president, would you run against him?”

“Absolutely not,” Schultz arrogantly answered. “Give me some competition, dude” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Scott Whitlock | September 12, 2013 | 6:13 PM EDT

 Loud liberal Ed Schultz on Thursday sneered that Republicans, because of a hatred for Barack Obama, now idolize their "new hero" Vladimir Putin. The Ed Show anchor also repeatedly, but incorrectly, identified Putin as the former head of the KGB.

In a viewer mail section, Schultz read aloud, "Our next question is from Jay Stan. 'Do you think Putin is hinting for a leadership role in the Republican Party?'" [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Schultz mocked, "I tell you what, all of a sudden Putin is the new hero for the Republican Party. Have you noticed that?" He continued, "Have you noticed how many right-wing talk show hosts across the country all of a sudden are just embracing this former head of the KGB?" Schultz offered no examples of GOP love for Putin. In fact, in a later segment, he showed clips of Republicans slamming the Russian. 

By Tim Graham | September 12, 2013 | 4:06 PM EDT

MRCTV's Dan Joseph attended the very sparsely attended "Million Muslim March" on the mall in Washington on September 11 and found most of the people there were 9-11 truthers. Left-wing professor (and alongside Tavis Smiley, public radio talk show co-host) Cornel West was there, so Joseph asked him, "Do you believe personally that it was Muslims that attacked us on 9/11?"

West replied, "That’s a good question." Joseph shot back, "But not a hard question." West then proceeded to play around with being "open to conversation" about alternate theories of who killed all those Americans (video below): 

By Kyle Drennen | September 12, 2013 | 3:18 PM EDT

NBC's Today behaved like the White House press office on Thursday as co-host Matt Lauer announced: "By the way, the White House is coming out with a brand new initiative today and the First Lady, Michelle Obama, sent us a special message about it. Take a look." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

In the White House-produced video that followed, the First Lady declared: "Hello Today show viewers....I'm working to inspire Americans from all across the country to drink more water. That's why I've stolen Matt and Savannah's mugs and exchanged them with water glasses. Water is the best and easiest choice we can make to feel energized, focused, healthy, and refreshed....So drink up."

By Matthew Balan | September 12, 2013 | 12:42 PM EDT

As of Thursday morning, CBS's morning and evening newscasts have yet to mention a revelation made by their own investigative correspondent, Sharyl Attkisson, on Tuesday – that Secretary of State John Kerry told Congress "he will not honor the request to make Benghazi survivors available for questioning."

Wednesday's CBS Evening News aired a full report on the State Department's slow progress in upgrading security at U.S. diplomatic posts in the aftermath of the September 11, 2012 Islamist attack, but failed to mention Kerry's refusal. Margaret Brennan also let the Obama administration and Senator Robert Menendez hint that congressional Republicans were to blame for not appropriating the $2.2 billion needed for the security upgrades. [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]

By Scott Whitlock | September 12, 2013 | 12:05 PM EDT

 NBC and CBS on Wednesday night and Thursday morning failed to cover the "impassioned" demand by big labor unions to reject large portions of ObamaCare. Only ABC's Good Morning America, allowing just a 24-second news brief, covered the complaints that the law will spike the cost of health care. At a convention in Los Angeles, the AFL-CIO adopted an angry resolution in opposition. [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

News reader Josh Elliott quickly explained, "And big labor is demanding changes be made to President Obama's health care law." An ABC graphic hyped "Big Labor Vs. 'ObamaCare." According to the Hill, Terry O'Sullivan, President of the Laborers' International Union of America, railed, "But we will be damned if we are going to lose our health insurance because of unintended consequences in the law. It needs to be changed. It needs to be fixed. And it needs to be fixed now."

By Mark Finkelstein | September 12, 2013 | 8:40 AM EDT

How do you know when an MSM member is pushing pro-Obama spin to the absurd?  When even the most partisan of Dems, in the person of James Carville, can't stomach it.

On today's Morning Joe, Andrea Mitchell, claiming that the world was "coalescing" around Obama's position on Syria, said that there was "a lot of optimism" surrounding the Obama team's negotiations with the Russians.  Mitchell said she had seen this kind of thing before back in the 80s, when the US negotiated arms control with the Soviet Union.  "It starts slowly but things happen," comforted Mitchell.  All this was too much for Carville, who forsaw a future in which the negotiations went on and on and led nowhere. Said Serpent Head: "I love Andrea and she's optimistic. God love her, I hope she's right. Count me a little more pessimistic." View the video after the jump.

By Matthew Balan | September 11, 2013 | 6:05 PM EDT

Wednesday's CBS This Morning stood out as the only Big Three network morning show to devote a full report to Colorado voters recalling two pro-gun control state legislators. Barry Petersen highlighted how "those who oppose gun control have a lot to celebrate" with the recall, and how "those backing the two senators spent seven times more money – $3.2 million" than the gun rights supporters who spearheaded the campaign [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump].

By contrast, NBC's Today on Wednesday didn't devote a second of air time to the Colorado recall election. Instead, they set aside 36 seconds of reporting to Hillary Clinton receiving the Liberty Medal. ABC's Good Morning America also minimized their coverage, as they merely broadcasted a 16-second news brief on the story.