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By Kyle Drennen | March 18, 2013 | 12:44 PM EDT

Wrapping up a panel discussion on Monday's NBC Today about Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman coming out in support of gay marriage, co-host Matt Lauer voiced suspicion about the timing of the announcement: "He has known his son is gay for the last two years, and yet, when he was there on the campaign trail supporting the Republican nominee, he never mentioned anything about this evolving stance on same-sex marriage." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Advertising executive Donny Deutsch replied: "The irony of that is, if the Republicans were smart, they would understand if they move on some of these social issues, it would actually help the party."

By NB Staff | March 18, 2013 | 11:45 AM EDT

A true "watchdog press would be all over" President Obama's "moving the goalposts" on the federal budget, NewsBusters senior editor Rich Noyes told Fox Business Network's Stuart Varney on Monday's Varney & Co.

Instead, the media are falling down on the job, failing to note how the president has broken promise after promise on federal spending, both from his 2008 campaign and subsequently as president:

By Kyle Drennen | March 18, 2013 | 10:59 AM EDT

On Monday's NBC Today, news reader Natalie Morales hyped how "Republican infighting broke out this weekend at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference." In the report that followed, political director Chuck Todd bolstered the meme: "...the party is trying to rehabilitate its image, solve an identity crisis, and it means that feuds are breaking out all over..." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Todd particularly focused on one such "feud" between Sarah Palin and Karl Rove, with the headline on screen throughout the segment reading: "Family Feud; Sarah Palin & Karl Rove Trade Barbs at CPAC." Todd derisively remarked that while Palin "stole the show" at CPAC, she was "playing more the role of entertainer and stand-up comedian than of serious politician."

By Noel Sheppard | March 18, 2013 | 10:06 AM EDT

CNN's Piers Morgan said something Friday that will leave readers rolling on the floor laughing their rear ends off.

During a Piers Morgan Live discussion about gun control, Morgan said - with a straight face no less - "I'm not saying I'm the liberal media. I don't park myself in liberal or right-wing at all" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | March 17, 2013 | 2:57 PM EDT

Sally Quinn sure has a low opinion of the Catholic Church for someone that edits the Washington Post's "On Faith" blog.

Having claimed last week on CBS's Face the Nation that "so many priests are gay," Quinn this Sunday on CNN's Reliable Sources said the lack of media vetting and background checks of Cardinals meant Pope Francis "could possibly have been involved in a scandal" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | March 17, 2013 | 1:09 PM EDT

The liberal media have for days been trashing virtually every speaker at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C.

On ABC's This Week Sunday, George Will exposed the hypocrisy particularly at the New York Times (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | March 17, 2013 | 12:40 PM EDT

George Will on Sunday took a swipe at the media's love affair with Barack Obama.

Appearing on ABC's This Week, Will marvelously said, "Any charm offensive that is labeled a charm offensive thereby loses some of its charm" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | March 17, 2013 | 10:05 AM EDT

Pop star Madonna showed up at the 24th annual Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Awards Saturday mockingly dressed as a Cub Scout.

At the end of her over twelve minute vulgarity laden presentation of the association's Vito Russo award to Anderson Cooper, she called the CNN host a "freedom fighter" and a "bad a-- motherf--ker" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | March 16, 2013 | 6:03 PM EDT

The idea of the term "lamestream media" becoming common in American parlance is just exquisitely delicious.

In fact, a new commercial by Volkswagen will definitely put a smile on a lot of conservatives' faces including former Alaska governor Sarah Palin (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | March 16, 2013 | 11:36 AM EDT

Bill Maher made a comment Friday that his benefactor and hero Barack Obama should sit up and take notice of.

Speaking about the taxes the rich pay particularly in California, the host of HBO's Real Time said, "Liberals - you could actually lose me" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Matt Hadro | March 15, 2013 | 5:22 PM EDT

[UPDATE BELOW: Cruz's office responds] CNN's Don Lemon smacked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) on Friday for being "inaccurate" and "misleading" in grilling Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on the Second Amendment. Lemon didn't provide any transcript or video of what Cruz actually said, and it turns out he was the one being "inaccurate" and "misleading."

First, Lemon falsely claimed that Cruz argued Second Amendment protections were unlimited, and he cited the Heller case against Cruz: "But it also says – it also says the same thing, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. Is not unlimited."

By Kyle Drennen | March 15, 2013 | 11:40 AM EDT

On Friday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer touted "breaking news" that Ohio Senator Rob Portman, "a leading figure in the Republican Party," was now in favor of gay marriage after learning that his son was gay. Leading off the report that followed, White House correspondent Peter Alexander proclaimed that Portman "...is now joining a growing list of Republicans to come out in support of gay marriage..." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Turning to coverage of the Conservative Political Action Conference, Alexander asserted: "The Republican Party now faces an identity crisis, with no clear leader and no clear path to widening its appeal." Wrapping up the report, Alexander continued to push the meme of a GOP in disarray: "But if you need any more evidence of the divide that now exists in the Republican Party, consider this. One of the most popular figures in the party, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the guy who praised President Obama's response to Hurricane Sandy last fall, was not invited."