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March 3, 2016, 7:42 PM EST

Nearly a half century after Sen. Robert Kennedy was assassinated by an Arab radical while running for president, like-minded liberals in media are still providing hagiographic cover for Kennedy's legacy.

Taking her turn at burnishing the revered liberal icon was Rachel Maddow on her MSNBC show last night as she described a possibly brokered Republican convention in the summer if Donald Trump prevails in the primaries.


February 24, 2016, 7:22 PM EST

What a surprise it's not that ex-MSNBC action hero Ed Schultz just served up a textbook example of why Godwin's Law -- he who first invokes the Nazis in making an argument, loses -- still applies.

When he's not toiling away at his new Kremlin-backed Russia Today "news" show, Schultz does a podcast weekdays that's available at YouTube and his website.

February 18, 2016, 7:29 PM EST

New England Cable News touts itself as "the nation's largest regional news outlet" and it just may have set a record this week for most double-takes by viewers watching one of its broadcasts.

Among its offerings is a weeknight program on politics called Broadside, hosted by veteran journalist Sue O'Connell, who is also co-publisher of the South End News and gay-friendly Bay Windows


February 16, 2016, 5:39 PM EST

Few in media can rival Rachel Maddow's ability to project earnest indignation over the apparent perennial willingness of Republicans to engage in politics.

On her MSNBC show last night, Maddow twice mentioned the possibility of a constitutional crisis in the wake of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia's death, since President Obama says he intends to nominate a judge to fill the vacancy and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled that Obama doing so will be a waste of time.

February 8, 2016, 6:56 PM EST

Looks like it might be time for Harvard to mandate remedial geography instruction for its students.

Following a grueling week of campaign coverage in Iowa, along with taking part in a friend's wedding, National Public Radio reporter Sam Sanders was told by his editors to take a day off -- and then get back to work by covering a Donald Trump rally in New Hampshire. 

February 8, 2016, 12:23 PM EST

Even by the ever-shifting rhetorical standards of pro-abortion liberals, this one is conspicuously tone deaf.

As soon as you saw that Doritos ad during last night's Super Bowl game, you knew it would lead to an unhinged response from abortion apologists. That it did, and then some.

February 6, 2016, 7:42 PM EST

While providing a post-mortem on the results of the Iowa caucuses, Rachel Maddow could not resist resorting to kneejerk sarcasm, which she found immensely hilarious, making it all the more satisfying when Maddow was forced to backpedal soon thereafter.

The target of her snark? Sen. Marco Rubio's unexpectedly strong showing in Iowa, which was one of the major stories to emerge from this cycle's caucuses.

February 3, 2016, 3:30 PM EST

Amid the forced frivolity of Tuesday's Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore came a moment of awkward silence worth savoring when the host dared utter the unthinkable.

It was during a discussion between Wilmore and guest comedian Lewis Black, along with Nightly Show executive producer and Daily Show alum Rory Albanese and Franchesca Ramsey in her first appearance as a Nightly Show contributor.

January 30, 2016, 10:03 PM EST

Looks like lots of those arguments between liberal radio host Thom Hartmann and conservatives appearing on his show weren't a waste of time after all.

Hartmann was among the guests on last night's Real Time with Bill Maher and he said something rarely heard from liberals when the conversation turns to immigration.

January 28, 2016, 4:21 PM EST

A helpful heads-up to media outlets covering Hillary Clinton's campaign for president -- if you haven't already, you'll soon receive a list of Words That Shall Not Be Used in your coverage, courtesy of one pissed off Lena Dunham. And if you think Dunham is unbearable on any given day, she's off the charts toxic when angry. Please don't make it worse.

During an interview with Variety this week, the creator, star and frequent writer of the purportedly entertaining HBO series Girls condemned media coverage of Clinton's campaign as "rabidly sexist" -- in every single instance.

January 26, 2016, 6:51 PM EST

When in doubt, blame Reagan -- all-purpose ethos of liberal radio host Thom Hartmann.

Anyone listening to Hartmann's program, among the most popular in that increasingly desolate landscape known as liberal radio, won't wait long before he slams Ronald Reagan for all manner of economic sin.

January 26, 2016, 1:39 PM EST

Liberals continue their strenuous efforts to banish the term "illegal immigrant," despite its obvious utility in describing the unlawful, extended presence of a foreigner in a country not his or her own.

A recent example of this came during a conversation between radio host Alan Colmes and a caller to his show on Jan. 19 with the caller initially referring to the arrest of Sarah Palin's son after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend. 

January 20, 2016, 1:04 PM EST

After bellowing on demand for several years at MSNBC, America's version of the Russia Today television network, Ed Schultz starts work at the actual RT next week. 

But following his fair and balanced commentary about Donald Trump on last night's Alan Colmes radio show, Schultz might just as easily fit in at Fox News.

January 19, 2016, 5:22 PM EST

Could it be ... is it remotely possible ... that MSNBC might eventually become a legitimate news organization? Odds are that this can't happen since the network's unshakeable leftist ideology would, by its inherently intolerant nature, not allow for the inevitable demands of objective journalism.

January 17, 2016, 6:35 AM EST

Several months after it became obvious to anyone paying attention, Rachel Maddow has seized upon a key element in the Democrats' campaign for president this time around.

The Oxford-educated Maddow, long touted mainly through self-branding as MSNBC's resident brainiac, opened her show Friday night by pointing out the contrast between an abundance of GOP debates and the downright paucity of those involving Democrats.

January 14, 2016, 6:43 PM EST

A sampling of headlines from the venerable left-wing magazine Mother Jones:

  • Here's Obama's New Plan to Tighten Gun Laws
  • How a Loophole in US Law Helps Drug Cartels Sneak Guns Into Mexico
January 13, 2016, 10:42 PM EST

GOP political strategist Steve Schmidt has taken considerable flak from conservatives for occasional Republican-In-Name-Only tendencies, but he held his ground well after taking a gratuitous shot across the bow from Chris Matthews.

With Matthews and Rachel Maddow acting as anchors in covering last night's State of the Union address, Schmidt was one of three MSNBC commentators, along with Chris Hayes and Joy Reid, providing their views on what to expect from the speech and what they thought of it afterward.

January 10, 2016, 7:20 PM EST

On the plus side, libtalker Thom Hartmann gave a shout-out for a provocative post written by MRCTV blog editor Craig Bannister.

On the down side, Bannister's subtle sarcasm was apparently too nuanced for Hartmann to comprehend -- and liberals love chortling about how only they understand nuance and conservatives aren't evolved enough to keep up.

January 8, 2016, 7:31 PM EST

"Every survivor of sexual assault deserves to be heard, believed and supported," Hillary Clinton tweeted in November while temporarily banishing all memories associated with her husband.

Former MSNBCer Ed Schultz, now podcasting daily since getting booted from the cable network last summer and ending his radio show in 2014, apparently agrees with Hillary Clinton -- although there's a specific victim of alleged sexual assault she'd like to banish from everyone's memory.


January 6, 2016, 4:36 AM EST

First week of the new year and typically perceptive analysis from Rush Limbaugh about a new survey on anger that's all the rage in media.

The polling, commissioned by Esquire magazine and NBC News and conducted by SurveyMonkey, resulted in a slew of headlines about whites and Republicans as the angriest of Americans.