By Kyle Drennen | August 12, 2013 | 12:24 PM EDT

On Monday morning, only NBC's Today deemed President Obama being mocked during a rodeo at the Missouri State Fair to be national news, going so far as to wonder if it was "Rodeo Racism" and playing a sound bite of one spectator declaring the incident to be "Like an effigy at a Klan rally." Neither ABC's Good Morning America nor CBS This Morning mentioned the local controversy. [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

The mockery in question involved a rodeo clown wearing a Barack Obama mask and being chased by a bull, with the announcer shouting: "As soon as this bull comes out, Obama, don't you move. He's going to getcha, getcha, getcha, getcha!" While certainly inappropriate, the comparison of the event to a "Klan rally" by Perry Beam – a spectator who took video of the incident – was over the top.

By NB Staff | August 12, 2013 | 11:33 AM EDT

Last Wednesday, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell spoke at the Heritage Foundation about his new book co-authored with NB senior editor Tim Graham, Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election and How to Stop Them From Doing It in 2016. As they pulled back from the microscopic day-by-day examination of liberal media bias and reviewed the big picture, Graham and Bozell saw the larger pro-Obama narrative the liberal media weaved in the presidential campaign. "What we saw in 2012 was beyond what we [thought we] were going to see" when they started researching the book, the Media Research Center (MRC) founder noted.

The media were simply and utterly "shameless" with "no attempt whatsoever" to actually cover the campaign in an objective fashion and they're bound to try the same in 2016. And so, "[i]f the Republican Party doesn't understand that [neutralizing liberal media bias] is its number one priority to do something about it, it will never come out of the weeds, and that's why I wrote the book," Bozell concluded. [watch the full event, including the audience Q&A below the page break; for a related story by our sister site, click here]

By Noel Sheppard | August 12, 2013 | 1:24 AM EDT

In March 2012, NewsBusters reported NBC’s Today show deceptively edited George Zimmerman’s 911 call to make it appear he was a racist.

On Sunday, HBO actually had one of its primary characters on the series The Newsroom deceptively edit that call exactly the way NBC News did it (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | August 11, 2013 | 10:28 PM EDT

As NewsBusters has been reporting, CNN's Don Lemon has been taking a lot of heat from black media members as a result of his opinions concerning race relations in America.

On Saturday, in a very lengthy segment on CNN Newsroom, Lemon once again addressed his detractors doing so in a fashion that folks on both sides of this debate should be extremely proud of (video follows with commentary and full transcript at end of post):

By Noel Sheppard | August 11, 2013 | 8:30 PM EDT

Media mogul Mort Zuckerman wins this weekend’s funniest line on a political talk show.

Asked by the host of PBS's McLaughlin Group why successful billionaires would invest in a dying business such as newspapers, Zuckerman replied, “Because they no longer wish to be billionaires” (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | August 11, 2013 | 7:50 PM EDT

NBC's Meet the Press did something Sunday that should insult people on both sides of the aisle.

The show's producers invited Congressman Steve King (R-Ia.) on to have host David Gregory, so-called Republican strategist Ana Navarro, Washington Post columnist David Ignatius, and former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson (D) attack him for his immigration views (videos follow with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | August 11, 2013 | 5:52 PM EDT

CNN's Reliable Sources on Sunday discussed Alec Baldwin supposedly getting his own show on MSNBC.

For some reason, guest host Brian Stelter of the New York Times as well as his panelists chose not to mention Baldwin's recent homophobic rant despite it occurring just six weeks ago (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | August 11, 2013 | 2:53 PM EDT

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus on Sunday scolded CNN’s Candy Crowley for echoing White House talking points.

Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, Priebus told his host, “The fact that it's on the Republican Party I just think is spin from the Democratic Party that you ought not be adopting. I don't know why you're adopting that spin” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | August 11, 2013 | 1:24 PM EDT

Ted Koppel made a fascinating observation about terrorism and the recent embassy evacuations that certainly won't please President Obama or his supporters in the media.

Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press, Koppel said, "With a conference call, Al Qaeda has effectively shut down 20 U.S. embassies around north Africa and the Middle East...The terrorists have achieved more with one phone call than we have achieved with all our response" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | August 11, 2013 | 12:01 PM EDT

Former newspaper publisher Conrad Black made some interesting observations about the media Sunday.

After telling CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, “I don't think the majority of Americans would be quite as enthused about this administration as you are,” he proceeded to offer his opinion as to "why Rush Limbaugh has 30 million listeners and the network newscasts have declined” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | August 11, 2013 | 10:45 AM EDT

Senator John McCain made an interesting observation Sunday about National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, McCain said, “There's a young generation that believe that he is some kind of Jason Bourne.”

By Noel Sheppard | August 10, 2013 | 12:27 PM EDT

After throwing nothing but softballs at Barack Obama Tuesday, NBC Tonight Show host Jay Leno got back to humorously attacking the President Friday.

“President Obama talking to prime minister of Greece about the economy," Leno said during his opening monologue. "It's the blind leading the blind.”