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June 27, 2015, 9:21 PM EDT

The heated debate over the Confederate battle flag has drawn a partisan but not on the side you might expect -- longtime libtalker Ed Schultz.

Before appearing in his hour-long MSNBC show on weekday afternoons, Schultz posts a podcast on his website, as he's done since ending his radio show in the spring of 2014. It was during Thursday's podcast that Schultz provided surprising commentary about efforts to eradicate symbols of the Confederacy following the massacre of nine African-American churchgoers in Charleston, S.C., by a white supremacist.


June 24, 2015, 8:32 PM EDT

Once again, it's not what it appears with liberals. Their exploitative effort in the wake of the Charleston church massacre to eradicate the Confederate flag is masking a larger target they'll go after soon enough, warns radio host Rush Limbaugh.

With trademark clarity and perception on his show Tuesday, Limbaugh described liberals' latest obsession as yet another example of misdirection while they are purportedly enraged about one thing while possessing an ulterior motive they cannot acknowledge.

June 22, 2015, 7:56 PM EDT

Remember that great scene from the 1987 movie "Broadcast News" when nebbish TV reporter Aaron Altman (Albert Brooks) was at home watching breaking news of a military flareup involving Libya while he phoned in tips for coverage to producer Jane Craig (Holly Hunter), who conveyed them word for word to neophyte anchor Tom Grunick (William Hurt), leading Altman to utter the best line in the movie -- "I say it here, it comes out there."

Something along these lines happened on Rush Limbaugh's radio show last week after he cited a Wall Street Journal story on the San Francisco 49ers cutting short their team meetings by 10 minutes to provide time for the players to check social media sites through their cell phones or tablets.

June 20, 2015, 10:18 PM EDT

Watched Fox News today? Taken a look at what's posted on Drudge Report or The Daily Caller? Doing any of this makes you a thought criminal and potentially violent, at least according to liberal comic Bill Maher.

Wasting no time politicizing the mass murder of nine people at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., Maher on his show last night literally pointed a finger at one of his guests, Daily Caller columnist Matt Lewis, and suggested that Lewis's website, along with Drudge and Fox News, are complicit in the massacre at the historic house of worship.

June 14, 2015, 7:48 PM EDT

Careful what you wish for, Bill Maher, lest you give off the impression of indifference to genocide.

Never one to shy away from the outrageous or asinine, the liberal comic said something on his HBO show Friday night that qualifies as both.

June 11, 2015, 7:28 PM EDT

You won't have Nixon to kick around anymore, Richard Nixon famously declared after losing the race for governor of California in 1962. Little could he have known that liberals would delight in kicking him around in perpetuity, regardless of whether he deserved it.

Latest example of the beloved left-wing pastime known as Nixon bashing based on liberal mythology that can never die -- Rachel Maddow dusting off the moldy oldy of Nixon's alleged "secret plan" to end the war in Vietnam, purportedly divulged while Nixon was running for president in 1968.

June 9, 2015, 7:49 PM EDT

Looks like MSNBC's Rachel Maddow got the memo on comparing likely GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker to unfortunate previous Democrat nominee Michael Dukakis. The ever-dutiful Maddow promptly complied and did her part to perpetuate a meme that hasn't a prayer of surviving otherwise.

As is surely seared in your memory forever, Dukakis made the ill-fated decision during the 1988 campaign to be photographed riding in a tank as a way of flexing nonexistent national security chops against George H.W. Bush, a former head of the CIA who saw combat in World War II as one of the youngest pilots in the Navy.

June 8, 2015, 7:37 PM EDT

Heck, who'd miss the Super Bowl anyway? And the World Series too for that matter.

Never let it be said that MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry is unwilling to float provocative ideas, regardless of whether doing so confirms suspicions that she harbors a Maoist within that's raging to get out.

June 7, 2015, 6:02 AM EDT

Plenty wrong with the public schools in our country but they aren't to blame for Bill Maher not becoming multilingual. Shocking as it will sound to Maher, responsibility for this rests squarely with him. 

On his HBO show Friday night, Maher was chatting it up with angry liberal (yeah, it's redundant) comedian Lewis Black about their experiences performing stand-up in Europe.

June 4, 2015, 7:49 PM EDT

Perhaps you've seen it -- the photo of Noah Galloway, a double-amputee veteran of the Iraq war and crowd-pleasing contestant on Dancing With the Stars, with this caption -- "Caitlyn Jenner won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. The runner up was this guy: Army Veteran Noah Galloway, who lost an arm and leg to a roadside bomb in Iraq, and now competes in Crossfit events, runs marathons, and competed in the 58-hour Death Race."

The photo went viral across social media after ESPN announced on Monday that it will present an ESPY Award to '76 Olympic decathlon winner, Kardashian stepdad and miracle of makeup artistry formerly known as Bruce Jenner.

June 4, 2015, 11:44 AM EDT

Yet another deadly incident in the United States involving suspected jihadists, yet another excuse for a liberal in media to blame anti-Islamist warrior Pamela Geller.

In the wake of Boston police killing a Muslim extremist who allegedly lunged at them with a military-style knife, CNN's Erin Burnett wasted little time contacting Geller after her network reported that the man is believed to have conspired with others to decapitate Geller.

June 2, 2015, 4:17 PM EDT

Just when you find yourself doubting the legitimacy of capital punishment, a liberal comes along and erodes that doubt.

On his HBO program Sunday night, former Daily Show correspondent John Oliver mocked the efforts of Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts to acquire the drugs needed for the lethal-injection execution of an inmate after the solidly Republican state legislature voted to end capital punishment in Nebraska. The new law won't take effect for three months.

June 2, 2015, 7:16 AM EDT

Amid the fanfare for CBS newsman Bob Schieffer upon his retirement, conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh provided a helpful translation for some of the code in Schieffer's parting remarks.

Schieffer appeared on CBS This Morning on Friday and was asked how Washington and journalism have changed since he jumped in the game back in the '60s. While Schieffer was optimistic about the future of Face the Nation, the Sunday morning political show he hosted since the early '90s, he was troubled by what he described as vast disruptions from a "revolution in communications."


May 28, 2015, 6:15 PM EDT

Granted, it was done ever so obliquely and without mentioning Dear Leader by name. But when President Obama can no longer count on the venerable television newsmagazine that's been fawning in its coverage of his stint in office, the bloom is off the rose.

Over the Memorial Day weekend, 60 Minutes aired a program titled "War Stories" and first out of the gate was a report by correspondent Lara Logan on American efforts to train Afghan security forces in preparation for the eventual U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan.

May 25, 2015, 7:28 PM EDT

Future commencement speech invitations for Beltway media eminence grise Bob Woodward effectively evaporated, at least in the Northeast, after his appearance yesterday on Fox News Sunday.

Woodward, who'll be known in perpetuity as the stable half of the reporting duo who brought down Richard Nixon for a scandal that now appears paltry compared to the vast money-laundering scheme dignified under lofty title of Clinton Global Initiative, admirably did his part to puncture a sacred liberal myth -- that Bush lied and people died. As Woodward sees it, only the latter half of that equation is correct.

May 24, 2015, 9:51 PM EDT

Such are the perils of playing by the rules against people who don't.

An interesting discussion this morning on CNN's Reliable Sources between host Brian Stelter and Washington Free Beacon editor-in-chief Matthew Continetti about ABC News attempting to sabotage the Beacon's scoop on George Stephanopoulos's $75,000 in donations to the vast money-laundering operation otherwise known as the Clinton Foundation.

May 21, 2015, 10:12 AM EDT

You can read a lot from a person by the way she interprets polls and when it's Rachel Maddow doing the interpreting, what quickly becomes apparent is repugnant.

On her MSNBC show Tuesday night, Maddow's take on the waning popularity of potential Republican presidential candidates in the states where they serve as governor conveyed more about her than the purported subject at hand.

May 19, 2015, 7:44 PM EDT

Was there some kind of rarely-seen alignment of planets, stars and other cosmic entities coinciding with this commentary on NPR?

Conservatives listening to Fresh Air, one of the taxpayer-funded network's most popular shows, must have been startled to hear a University of California-Berkeley professor on May 14 cite a largely ignored culprit in the creation of segregated urban ghettos that erupted in frequent violence during the '60s -- and as shown by riots in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore over the last year, are at risk of going up in flames again.

May 19, 2015, 12:12 PM EDT

Last time around, liberals saw their incessantly touted "war on women" as a premise to embarrass Republican and gain advantage with voters. This time around, they're harping on an actual war, the one fought in Iraq, and yet again liberals are relying on a dishonest premise.

After Jeb Bush's meandering journey last week in answering questions about the start of the conflict, and Marco Rubio's combative interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday on the same subject, Rush Limbaugh is suggesting a better way for GOP candidates to respond -- reject the premise.

May 14, 2015, 8:04 PM EDT

Plenty of opinion to go around on whether ex-intelligence contractor Edward Snowden is a traitor or candidate for canonization.

But a liberal radio host who clearly opts for the latter is unwilling to concede that it wasn't just Americans who learned previously classified information about government surveillance and data mining from Snowden's leaks to the media in 2013.