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By Matthew Balan | June 27, 2013 | 2:20 PM EDT

CBS This Morning led its Thursday broadcast with overwhelmingly slanted coverage on the Supreme Court's pro-same-sex "marriage" rulings. Ben Tracy played up the "long night of celebrating in West Hollywood", after the Court paved the way for the termination of California's Proposition 8. Tracy also prominently featured a homosexual couple's informal ring ceremony, who "after being blocked by Proposition 8...will now get re-married in their home state."

The morning newscast loaded its reporting with six soundbites of the liberal plaintiffs and lawyers in the case, along with their supporters, and only included two clips from conservatives decrying the decisions. [audio available here; video below the jump]

By Kyle Drennen | June 27, 2013 | 12:22 PM EDT

Celebrating Wednesday's Supreme Court rulings in favor of gay marriage, on Thursday's NBC Today, correspondent Gabe Gutierrez reported live from San Francisco city hall and announced: "In one of the country's oldest and largest gay neighborhoods, vindication. It was the day San Francisco's Castro District had been waiting for." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

A series of sound bites followed of gay rights activists expressing their jubilation over the ruling. The plaintiff in the Defense of Marriage Act case, Edith Windsor, declared "The beginning of the end of stigma." Rabbi Camile Shira Angel proclaimed: "I feel blessed with every fiber of my being to be an American and a Californian today." Ellen Cerf, identified as an "equality supporter," tearfully uttered: "I love America every day, but I love it so much today."

By Noel Sheppard | June 27, 2013 | 11:32 AM EDT

Jay Leno took his sights off Barack Obama Wednesday and set them upon former President Bill Clinton.

During the opening monologue of NBC’s Tonight Show, the host said, “In fairness to Clinton, see he didn't totally understand the law. When he signed the bill, he thought the Defense of Marriage Act was defending marriage as if it were really just an act.”

By Noel Sheppard | June 27, 2013 | 10:29 AM EDT

Although CBS Late Show host David Letterman admitted that he had no idea what the Supreme Court’s ruling regarding the Defense of Marriage Act meant, he still felt the need Wednesday to use the decision to bash conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.

“Earlier today, Rush Limbaugh's head exploded. It's crazy!” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Mark Finkelstein | June 27, 2013 | 9:05 AM EDT

 

On Morning Joe today, Jonathan Capehart hailed the loud protest in the Texas Capitol gallery by pro-abortion rights advocates—which prevented the state senate from voting on a pro-life bill—as an example of "democracy in action."

Joe Scarborough countered that if pro-life protesters had done the same, people on MSNBC and elsewhere would be calling them an "angry, unruly mob."  Interestingly, New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters agreed with Scarborough, saying he was "absolutely right."  Capehart had no rebuttal. View the video after the jump.

By Noel Sheppard | June 26, 2013 | 10:30 PM EDT

Piers Morgan normally gets around 500,000 people to watch his pathetic show on CNN.

Despite this, the man few Americans actually know by name had the nerve to say Wednesday that conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh is “too old and too boring” to be a regular on CNN’s revival of Crossfire (video follows with partial transcript and commentary):

By Scott Whitlock | June 26, 2013 | 6:14 PM EDT

 Though Chris Matthews was happy with Wednesday's Supreme Court rulings in support of gay marriage, the liberal host still used hyperbolic rhetoric to describe the state of the country and the Democratic Lieutenant Governor of California. Talking to Gavin Newsom, Matthews praised the politician, comparing him to an executed Civil War abolitionist: "In effect, you were sort of like John Brown or something back in the Civil War days- pre- Civil War days." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

Brown lead an armed insurrection against the institution of slavery. He was tried and hanged. It's hard to compare Newsom's political actions in support of gay rights to that. Later, Matthews wondered about states that still ban same-sex marriage. He sneered, "What are we going to do if we have a country that ends up being divided this way, like almost like half slave and half free?"

By Matthew Balan | June 26, 2013 | 5:58 PM EDT

ABC, CBS, and NBC's morning newscasts on Wednesday spotlighted Texas State Senator Wendy Davis's filibuster against pro-life legislation, hyping how she stood for hours in "comfortable pink sneakers" to stop a vote on the bill. The networks trumpeted how "the unfolding drama topped the list of worldwide Twitter trends", but ABC and NBC failed to include any tweets or soundbites from supporters of the proposal. [audio available here; video below the jump]

CBS This Morning did include two clips from a pro-life Texas state legislator, but anchors Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell gushed over Davis. Rose harped about her "very interesting life story", while O'Donnell asserted that "she's going to become big figure now, I think, in Texas politics."

By Kyle Drennen | June 26, 2013 | 5:43 PM EDT

Reporting from the White House lawn during NBC's live coverage of the Supreme Court's rulings in favor of gay marriage on Wednesday, correspondent Peter Alexander touted how the decisions were "very personally satisfying for the President, who it was only about a year ago during the course of the campaign...came out and said that he has had this personal evolution on the topic..." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Minutes later, Alexander recited a tweet from the President: "He said the following: 'Today's DOMA ruling is a historic step forward for #marriageequality,' and then he wrote, '#loveislove.'" After quoting a similar celebratory tweet from Obama advisor Jim Messina, Alexander observed: "Clearly this is a very content White House on this day."

By Kyle Drennen | June 26, 2013 | 4:12 PM EDT

During live coverage of the Supreme Court's gay marriage rulings on Wednesday, NBC legal analyst Lisa Bloom could barely contain her enthusiasm at the decisions overturning the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8: "There is no question that this is a sweeping historic decision for gay rights....I think this is only the beginning, by the way. This is the decision today, but this is going to engender many more cases to come to further protect gay rights." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Bloom went on to praise the liberal justices making up the majority opinion: "...all three women on the Court voted with the majority, they tend to be the pro-civil rights bloc."  She further declared the cases to be "some of the biggest civil rights issues of our time."

By Matt Hadro | June 26, 2013 | 2:57 PM EDT

Openly-gay CNN anchor Don Lemon treated his viewers to live coverage of a gay "kiss-out" and gave them a tour of "iconic" gay bar Stonewall Inn in New York City, on Wednesday.

"If you haven't been to a gay bar, you're about to go to one," Lemon told CNN's audience, during coverage of the reactions to Wednesday's Supreme Court rulings. "I'm standing in front of the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement." He gestured toward two men making out in front of the bar, noting "Right now, they're holding a kiss-out in front."

By Scott Whitlock | June 26, 2013 | 11:48 AM EDT

 A smiling Terry Moran made little effort to contain his excitement on Wednesday, hyping the Supreme Court's pro-gay marriage decisions as "poetic" and a "declaration" for "equal dignity." During live coverage, Moran and other journalists kept cutting to California, touting the cheering and celebrations there.

Minutes after the Court struck down key provisions of the Defense of Marriage Act, Moran thrilled, "And there is ringing language in here affirming the equal dignity and the equal rights of gay Americans under federal law." The grinning journalist said of Justice Anthony Kennedy's opinion, "He wrote one case in language that is almost poetic in its embrace and affirmation of equal status." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]