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By Kyle Drennen | | May 6, 2016 | 5:03 PM EDT

During a White House press conference in the 12 p.m. ET hour on Friday, President Obama was treated to a series of softball questions from reporters, who repeatedly teed him up to bash Republicans and promote his liberal agenda. Reuters correspondent Jeff Mason got the first question: “Mr. President, what's your reaction to Donald Trump becoming the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party this week? And given the delegate math, do you think it’s time for Bernie Sanders to step aside on the Democratic race?”

By Tim Graham | | May 6, 2016 | 4:45 PM EDT

On Wednesday night, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt anchored the newscast from Trump Tower, which seems kind of silly since it’s four minutes away from NBC’s studios at Rockefeller Center. No one should mistake this for some kind of scandalous act of deference. Holt whacked Trump with tough question after tough question.

For scandalous deference, we take you back to Holt on January 29 with the other presumptive major-party nominee, Hillary Rodham Clinton. He “winced” when anyone dared to suggest she’s dishonest.

By Tom Blumer | | May 6, 2016 | 3:16 PM EDT

Forner New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, was sentenced to 12 years in prison Monday after being convicted last year "in a $5 million corruption case alleging he traded favors to enrich himself and then lied about it."

Perhaps cognizant of the fact that media watchers are looking over their shoulders, the primary dispatch and several other news stories at the Associated Press, as well as the primary story on Silver's sentencing at the New York Times, tagged him as a Democrat within the first two or three paragraphs. That's progress, but if Silver was Republican or conservative, his party affiliation would likely have made it into the headline and/or first paragraph. However, CNN, which has fancied itself as a wire service competing with AP for the past six years, failed to mention Silver's party at all in its story on his sentencing (bolds representing missed opportunites to include a party tag are mine):

By P.J. Gladnick | | May 6, 2016 | 3:15 PM EDT

Put a lid on your libido, Chris. The video of MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews caught on hot mic Tuesday night after Donald Trump won the Indiana primary has gone viral. Matthews could be heard in the background drooling over Trump's wife, Melania. Of course, that resulted in a major part of the web community laughing at Matthews. However, what most probably have forgotten is that nine years ago, Matthews was caught on camera gushing buckets of drool over Erin Burnett who was host of CNBC's Street Signs at the time. So let us now watch both of Chris Matthews' drool sessions to determine which one was more embarrassingly inappropriate.

By Daniel Garza | | May 6, 2016 | 1:49 PM EDT

In the opening to her new music video released on YouTube titled ‘Ain’t Your Mama’, Jennifer Lopez uses Hillary Clinton’s “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights” speech to feel inspired. Clinton’s speech sets the tone for the song, and is used as motivation for Lopez to dump a plate of food on a man’s head, throw a drink on another man’s face and dance like there’s no tomorrow. Simultaneously representing women from different decades of the United States’ past history, J-Lo lets us all know that she… isn’t our mama. And when she says she “Ain’t Your Mama,” she means it (she says it 41 times, yes, I counted.)

By Curtis Houck | | May 6, 2016 | 1:09 PM EDT

Making sure that it draws as many viewers as possible to avoid cancellation, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow repeatedly hailed the launch of Joy Reid’s weekend show during her eponymous show Thursday night as a significant move for “one of the smartest, best-informed, and most acutely observant voices in any media” that’s truly “a blessing” for news consumers. 

By Kristine Marsh | | May 6, 2016 | 12:59 PM EDT

On Thursday night’s Tavis Smiley, UC Irvine professor and author Michael Tesler made the claim that “content analysis” showed that President Obama has brought up race less than any other president since the time of Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Smiley brought on Tesler to discuss his new book that asks if the election of President Obama made America a “post racial” or “more racial” society. Tesler brought up that when Obama got elected and particularly when he introduced Obamacare, negative racial attitudes or “racialization” as he called it, rose among Republicans.

By Daniel Garza | | May 6, 2016 | 12:30 PM EDT

Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox has taken to Univision to call on Mexicans able to vote in the United States to vote against presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, just hours after ostensibly “apologizing” to him. Less than 24 hours after what Fox himself told Mexican radio was really only a strategic apology, Fox was back to form on Univision, condemning Trump and launching an anti-Trump GOTV campaign.

By Geoffrey Dickens | | May 6, 2016 | 12:24 PM EDT

The Clinton Foundation has been labeled a “charity fraud” by the same Wall Street analyst that 
was an “early whistleblower on financial irregularities at companies such as General Electric and AIG.” On Thursday, The Washington Free Beacon reported that Charles Ortel “spent the past 15 months digging into the Clinton Foundation’s public records, federal and state-level tax filings, and donor disclosures” and determined “this is a charity fraud.” So far, none of the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks have reported on this latest development in the scandals swirling around The Clinton Foundation.

By Kyle Drennen | | May 6, 2016 | 12:24 PM EDT

After largely ignoring Donald Trump’s liberal past throughout the presidential campaign, on Friday, with Trump poised to become the Republican Party’s 2016 nominee, NBC’s Today finally noticed “the once friendly relationship between the Trumps and the Clintons." Co-host Savannah Guthrie teased the segment: “Plus, the Clintons and the Trumps, from friends to political enemies. How the race for the White House has turned a once cozy relationship into an all-out battle.”

By Scott Whitlock | | May 6, 2016 | 11:35 AM EDT

Despite a four hour run time, NBC’s Today on Friday couldn’t be bothered to cover the news that Huma Abedin has been interviewed by the FBI and that Hillary Clinton will soon. CBS This Morning journalists managed a mere 31 seconds and ABC’s Good Morning America produced a scant 17 seconds.  Most of CBS’s half minute coverage was devoted to repeating Clinton talking points. 

By Tom Blumer | | May 6, 2016 | 11:34 AM EDT

The press is protecting Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton from the true extent of the blowback over her expressed desire to see coal miners lose their jobs and her bogus attempt to "apologize" for what she said.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, appearing on Fox & Friends Thursday morning, identified a larger truth about Mrs. Clinton's callous disregard for workers and their families — people about whose well-being her party claims to be concerned:

By Mairead McArdle | | May 6, 2016 | 11:09 AM EDT

Even to liberals who call for more activism and daily journalism on diversity issues the Black Lives Matter movement seems aimless.

Journalist Leonard Pitts remarked on Black Lives Matter’s lack of specific goals during a panel of Pulitzer Prize-winning black journalists hosted by the Poynter Institute at the University of South Florida. The journalists weighed in on race and gender issues and how the media treats diversity news.

By Brad Wilmouth | | May 6, 2016 | 8:15 AM EDT

Appearing as a panel member on Thursday's Anderson Cooper 360, CNN political commentator Errol Louis -- political anchor for Time Warner Cable News -- painted critics of Hillary Clinton as being "detached from any kind of rational reading of the facts in many cases" as he inoculated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton from possibly damaging revelations that could come from the FBI investigation into her email server.

By Tim Graham | | May 6, 2016 | 6:56 AM EDT

How left-wing is NPR?  On Monday, it unspooled this opener: “It will be Indiana's turn tomorrow to vote in the presidential primaries, and that gives us the opportunity to remember one of the state's most famous politicians.”

Dan Quayle? Birch Bayh? President Benjamin Harrison? Nope. “Eugene V. Debs ran for president as a Socialist five times in the early 1900s, once in 1920 from prison.” The online headline was “Eugene V. Debs Museum Explores History Of American Socialism.”