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October 6, 2015, 5:39 PM EDT

"Tonight for the interview ..." -- or The Interview as this species of schmooze is known on The Rachel Maddow Show -- "we've got a sitting Supreme Court justice," trumpeted Maddow on her program Friday night. "What?! Yes! ... It is very rare for Justice Breyer to do an interview but we have got that here tonight."

Halfway through the show, Maddow made another plug for The Interview -- "There are nine justices on the Supreme Court. Contrary to popular impression, the nine life-tenured members of the United States Supreme Court  -- they are human. They are people. That said, that doesn't mean you can talk to them. Except tonight we can. Tonight an interview with sitting Supreme Court justice Stephen Breyer. Seriously."

October 4, 2015, 9:03 PM EDT

Rush Limbaugh has stayed on top of the radio game for decades because his listeners know that tuning in to hear what he has to say, especially in the wake of significant news, is rarely a waste of time.

Limbaugh demonstrated this again on Friday when he excoriated the left's kneejerk response to mass murder at a community college in Oregon with demands for more gun control -- despite the fact the rampage occurred at that epitome of liberal lunacy known as a "gun-free zone."

October 1, 2015, 7:33 PM EDT

Left-wing radio talker Thom Hartmann is hobbled with a decidedly short memory. He condemns Republicans for wasting no time in their plans to thwart President Obama, literally from the first day of his presidency.

Hartmann has apparently forgotten that one has to go way, way back to the second Bush presidency to see the opposition party so determined in its efforts to undermine the chief executive.

September 29, 2015, 8:07 PM EDT

First Lady Michelle Obama appeared on Stephen Colbert's new late show last night and something unexpected happened -- a brief stretch of conversation that was actually funny.

Prior to that, Colbert appeared nervous in Mrs. Obama's presence, frequently interrupting and talking over her.

But the interview finally delivered during an exchange where former president Bill Clinton came up, albeit indirectly, and in a way he'd surely not find amusing.

September 27, 2015, 7:02 PM EDT

Daily Beast correspondent Eleanor Clift has decided the law of supply and demand makes no sense, at least not when it comes to economics. It's difficult to avoid concluding that Eleanor Clift makes no sense, economically or otherwise.

A weekly panelist on The McLaughlin Show, Clift was a lonely voice for irrationality on the program this weekend, arguing in favor of an anachronistic ban on US oil exports imposed during the mid-'70s.

September 26, 2015, 8:26 PM EDT

This may qualify as even more amusing than the spectacle of diehard secularists in the media swooning over the pope like teen scribes for Tiger Beat backstage after a Bieber concert.

Radio host Thom Hartmann, one of Bernie Sanders' most enthusiastic supporters in the left-wing media, has hosted Sanders on weekly "Brunch with Bernie" interviews for several years and, like Sanders, describes himself as a democratic socialist.

September 23, 2015, 7:45 PM EDT

It's too much to expect that Rachel Maddow will accurately report that many conservatives express misgivings about Pope Francis's leftist economics and willingness to wade into the political realm.MSNBC's most earnest evening host prefers to depict conservatives as adorned with sandwich boards and sputtering incoherent warnings of doom in response to the pope's visit to the U.S.

September 21, 2015, 9:02 PM EDT

It is a devastating, indisputable fact of history -- George W. Bush was president when jihadists murdered 3,000 people in the United States on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

For the liberals who loathed Bush during the 2000 campaign, and who then succumbed during the Florida recount to a chronic condition later diagnosed as Bush Derangement Syndrome, Bush's presence at the helm that horrific day is not damning enough. They vilify him by embellishing the truth of what came before it.

September 17, 2015, 8:18 PM EDT

It is among the most durable of left-wing delusions, one that refuses to die a worthy death nearly a half-century after liberal propagandists dumped it on the public.

The bogus claim made its most recent appearance on -- go figure -- MSNBC during yet another earnestly deceptive broadcast of The Rachel Maddow Show.

September 15, 2015, 11:21 AM EDT

Imagine if the presidents Bush had refrained from appointing David Souter and John Roberts to the Supreme Court, GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz said before the Eagles Forum conference in St. Louis over the weekend. If the Bushes went with "rock-ribbed conservatives" instead, Cruz suggested, the high court would have rejected Obamacare and same-sex marriage.

Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd took exception to Cruz's claim with a "fact check" that was lacking in a sorely needed element -- Todd citing where Cruz was wrong.

September 12, 2015, 10:00 PM EDT

It took nearly seven years, but at long last it's finally been heard -- praise for Sarah Palin on MSNBC.

Even better, one of the people praising Palin -- and there were three, count 'em, three libs on the Lean Leftward cable network today doing so -- suggested that flailing Democrat Hillary Clinton could do worse than to look toward Palin as a political model to emulate.





September 10, 2015, 6:21 PM EDT

Though possessed of little actual value, The Rachel Maddow Show does serve to answer an arcane question -- how would Lewis Carroll cover the 2016 presidential campaign?

Maddow was in vintage Alice in Wonderland form last night while recounting a dustup between GOP candidates Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz during a rally for Rowan County clerk Kim Davis after a federal judge ordered her release from jail after refusing to sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples.

July 16, 2015, 7:34 PM EDT

It ranks high among the assorted amusements provided by MSNBC -- Rachel Maddow's invariably skewed recollection of campaigns past.

On her cable show Tuesday, Maddow served up her signature brand of revisionism on the ways in which the Vietnam War was an issue for presidential candidates in 1992, 2000, 2004 and 2008. Those who were awake and paying attention during the campaigns may find their recollections not aligning with hers.

July 12, 2015, 9:43 AM EDT

In their headlong rush to remove all public monuments to the Confederacy, its warriors, and the dead-enders who fought on its behalf after the Civil War ended, liberals are curiously overlooking a prime offender -- one of their own.

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh wasn't going to let this pass unnoticed.

On his show Friday, Limbaugh talked about the Memphis city council voting unanimously to move the remains of Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife, along with a statue of Forrest, from a public park to a location still undetermined.

July 11, 2015, 8:51 PM EDT

Among the traits that liberals share is a committed aversion to deploying US military power abroad, unless of course a Democrat is president and he's mired in scandal.

Which makes it all the more odd to hear liberal radio host Thom Hartmann suggest it might be time to send American troops -- to the South.

July 8, 2015, 2:59 PM EDT

Hillary Clinton's campaign literally encircling reporters with a rope during an Independence Day parade to prevent them from approaching Clinton and asking pesky questions, and the reporters acquiescing -- a scenario tailor-made for Rush Limbaugh to mock.

Limbaugh didn't comment on this during his radio show Monday, saying he didn't want to, uh, "get roped in." But on his program yesterday, Limbaugh compared it to a scene from one of the funniest comedies of the last half-century, and one so persistently incorrect that it could never get made today -- Blazing Saddles.

July 4, 2015, 4:39 PM EDT

Rachel Maddow neglecting to state on her show that presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is a socialist -- surely an oversight. Maddow not mentioning this again the following night -- must be a coincidence. Maddow not doing it three nights in a row -- is there a pattern here?

Once more from Maddow and it's clearly a trend.

July 3, 2015, 9:23 PM EDT

You've surely seen it by now, and often enough to induce nausea -- the hashtag #LoveWins that quickly trended after the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage.

Judging by the juvenile reactions to the ruling from gay marriage proponents, one doubts that genuine love would spew such venom in victory.

July 1, 2015, 8:19 PM EDT

Bernie Sanders has a branding problem -- and Rachel Maddow is doing what she can to help.

If the Vermont senator is known for any one thing, it's this -- the man is unabashedly socialist, unlike so many on the left who claim to be liberal only to reveal their actual collectivist ardor when they get to gushing over Sanders.

June 30, 2015, 11:06 AM EDT

Something you'll seldom see if the left's jingoistic victory dance over the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage is any indication -- supporters of same-sex marriage acknowledging that opponents express valid criticism that can't be ignored.

A seldom-seen example of this was on display during The McLaughlin Group over the weekend as expressed by Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page.