Former newspaper reporter and editor from Massachusetts, distance runner, Red Sox fan

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August 27, 2016, 6:30 PM EDT

Citizens of the United Kingdom voting in favor of departure from the European Union was an unmitigated disaster of epic scale, Rachel Maddow hyperventilated right after the vote in late June.

By late August, Maddow was looking back at the referendum as a road bump you've probably already forgotten and not quite the "global crisis" she initially claimed.

August 12, 2016, 5:24 PM EDT

What a difference a year can make if those 12 months are spent no longer working for MSNBC. In the case of Ed Schultz, it means he'll now occasionally demonstrate a capacity for common sense.

In addition to his nightly News with Ed Schultz on the Kremlin-backed RT (Russia Today) network, the ex-MSNBCer also puts out a daily podcast and YouTube video titled Ed Schultz News and Commentary. As was the case with most of the media, Schultz this week responded to Donald Trump's comments about Hillary Clinton's opposition to the Second Amendment. Where Schultz parted company with most other media was in his even-handed assessment.

August 12, 2016, 12:28 PM EDT

At last, an answer to that burning question you've asked yourself at least once or twice in recent decades -- whatever happened to TigerBeat magazine?

Drum roll, please -- it now takes the form of MTV News. And its "senior political correspondent" is none other than Ana Marie Cox, the former Wonkette who seems to work for a different media outlet every time she surfaces on cable.

July 30, 2016, 8:07 PM EDT

Turns out it didn't come from Hill, didn't come from Bill, though not for lack of trying. Drawing from an embarrassment of riches, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh cited the point during Thursday's final night of the Democrats' convention when millions of viewers gasped in unison, you've got to be kidding.

That precious moment -- there are just so many from the Clintons, aren't there? -- came during actor Morgan Freeman's hagio-voiceover of the gooey video about Hillary Clinton just before she appeared on stage, bedecked in a white pantsuit while the Democrat faithful feigned adoration.

July 27, 2016, 8:56 PM EDT

Over-the-top hyperbole is par for the course at any party's convention, especially when it's former president Bill Clinton extolling the virtues of his wife. But there came a point last night when the former president's gushing for Hillary crossed the line into Twilight-Zone absurdity.

It was clear from the start that Mr. Clinton set a daunting task -- to sell the notion of Hillary as "the best darn change maker I've ever met," a dubious proposition when the subject at hand represents change to the same extent that Leonid Brezhnev did upon assuming power in the Soviet Union.

July 25, 2016, 5:16 PM EDT

Makes you wonder how often glaring inaccuracies like this go unchecked whenever liberals gather to talk politics.

Fortunately for the public record, Republican House member Tom Cole of Oklahoma was on hand during yesterday's This Week with George Stephanopoulos when Minnesota Democrat Keith Ellison tried to pass off his preferred version of history in lieu of the real thing.

July 19, 2016, 7:39 PM EDT

Translation: Maybe it's awkward and inconvenient, at least to a high-profile media liberal reluctant to condemn those poor, horribly misunderstood jihadists.

As is her wont, Rachel Maddow likes to schmooze with late-night television hosts as part of MSNBC's strenuous efforts to brand as a major brainiac who lives to pontificate about politics.

July 17, 2016, 6:28 PM EDT

Only a week after returning to the airwaves after deciding that even for a liberal she was too young to retire in her mid-50s, Randi Rhodes has staked a firm claim on the churlish end of left-wing commentary.

The ex-Air America Radio host, now venting via podcasts and a Kickstarter-funded website, let loose last week with what those deemed more balanced would consider a peculiar irritation.

July 12, 2016, 8:00 PM EDT

Back in August 2015, Donald Trump drew predictable derision from the left for citing the Bible and his own "The Art of the Deal" as his favorite books.

Don't hold your breath waiting for liberals to react with anything remotely similar to Hillary Clinton making an even loftier claim. Asked during an interview with Vox to cite books on policy that have influenced her, Clinton first named "It Takes a Village," her largely ghost-written tome published in the mid-'90s.

July 12, 2016, 3:00 PM EDT

Remember the unhinged frequency with which liberals denounced George W. Bush for prematurely declaring "mission accomplished" in Iraq? Curiously enough, less than three years after Barack Obama succeeded Bush, liberals were trumpeting their own version of the slogan. And now one of the left's most influential figures is trying to hide her role in the cheerleading.

On her MSNBC show last night, Rachel Maddow reported on Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announcing that 560 more troops will be sent to Iraq, bringing the total for American military personnel there to more than 5,000. Which is odd considering that Maddow insisted back in 2011 that Obama "ended the war" in Iraq, a claim she made with Manchurian-candidate repetition.

July 10, 2016, 6:36 PM EDT

Remember Muhammad Saeed al-Sahhaf, aka Baghdad Bob, the Baathist propaganda minister who insisted that all was hunky dory even when the rumble of approaching tanks could be heard in the background? Supposedly al-Sahhaf was detained and released by US military forces after the invasion and then sought refuge under an assumed name in United Arab Emirates, but this should be taken with a grain of salt. Based on what was heard over the weekend, al-Sahhaf apparently escaped to the United States, underwent sex-change surgery -- sorry, gender enhancement therapy -- and now appears regularly on The McLaughlin Group under yet another name, that of Eleanor Clift.

July 6, 2016, 6:51 PM EDT

Talk about timing -- a liberal radio host arguably best known for once labeling Hillary Clinton "a big f***ing whore" relaunches her show on the same day Clinton dodges prosecution after putting national security at risk through the use of private, vulnerable email servers while secretary of state.

If you remember Randi Rhodes, most likely it's for vilifying Clinton (and Geraldine Ferraro, the Dems' VP candidate in 1984), during the '08 campaign. The resulting uproar got Rhodes in hot water with the now-defunct Air America Radio, the same network that spawned Rachel Maddow and Al Franken, followed by Rhodes getting fired or moving on of her own accord, depending on who can be believed.

July 4, 2016, 5:42 PM EDT

Ever since its creation in 1935 by Franklin Roosevelt as the key achievement of his New Deal, liberals have staked a proprietary claim to Social Security, which is amusing given the left's innate aversion to property rights. And with that sense of entitlement to the quintessential federal entitlement program comes the default liberal tendency to dissemble.

A recent example comes by way of leading left-wing radio host Thom Hartmann on his program last week while reeling off the planks in the Democrat party platform.

June 29, 2016, 7:56 PM EDT

Best criticism this month of aspiring Scold-in-Chief Elizabeth Warren comes by way of former conservative turned liberal bullhorn Ed Schultz.

Ed Schultz is probably best known to NewsBusters readers from his five-year run at MSNBC until given the boot last summer. He also hosted one of the top-ranked liberal radio shows -- agreed, it's a short list -- for a decade before putting it behind him two years ago, though he's continued to post News and Commentary videos on YouTube when not spouting the Kremlin line at the Putin-backed propaganda organ RT, also known as Russia Today.

June 27, 2016, 6:56 PM EDT

Just often enough to catch your attention, loose-cannon lefty comic Bill Maher demonstrates why conservatives still remain in his audience.

One of the guests on his HBO show Friday night, veteran Clinton apologist/Democrat consultant Paul Begala made a claim about Republicans so insipid that Maher -- who enjoys nothing more than bashing the GOP -- immediately challenged.

June 15, 2016, 8:11 PM EDT

Those early wake-up calls for NBC foreign correspondent Richard Engel on the other side of the world can lead to refreshing candor.

MSNBC's Rachel Maddow interviewed Engel from Instanbul, 4:40 a.m. local time, on her show Monday night about the terrorist massacre in Orlando and breaking news of the murder of a French police officer and his wife by another ISIS-inspired jihadist. 

June 1, 2016, 5:18 PM EDT

H. Ross Perot was many things back in the '90s -- wealthy businessman with a penchant for charts and conspiracy theories, insistent prophet warning of fiscal ruin, two-time presidential candidate, and the basis for one of Dana Carvey's best impersonations on Saturday Night Live -- but one thing he was not was a libertarian.

Which made it surprising to hear Perot described this way from someone who should know better, reporter Katy Tur, who's covering the Trump campaign for NBC.

May 26, 2016, 8:14 PM EDT

Rachel Maddow did something remarkable on her show last night -- she actually blamed violence committed by anti-Trump protesters on violent anti-Trump protesters. Then she quickly reverted to form.

For MSNBC's marquee host to make such an unexpected admission means that liberals are clearly more worried about the presidential campaign than they're letting on.

May 24, 2016, 7:33 PM EDT

On this, all can agree -- when Rachel Maddow stumbles, it's not for lack of intelligence. Through relentless branding, MSNBC has convinced its viewers and many others who should know better that Maddow is the smartest person in television, or at least on MSNBC at any given moment.

Which leads to an awkward conclusion -- when Maddow commits not one but two egregious errors of omission in the same report, it is not through stupidity. That is simply not possible. Such are the pitfalls of embodying her specific brand.

May 18, 2016, 4:19 PM EDT

Congenitally unhinged comic Lewis Black is willing to purchase vast stretches of swampland utterly lacking in market value, providing that the salesman is Bill Clinton.

Appearing on The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore last night, Black gushed about his boundless admiration for the former president's purported skills in persuasion, a trait with the unfortunate side effect of having long convinced Clinton that he can talk his way out of anything.