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By Scott Whitlock | February 4, 2016 | 11:20 AM EST

Senator Ted Cruz on Thursday battled with ABC’s Tom Llamas after the Good Morning America reporter accused the Republican of using “dirty tricks” against Ben Carson in Iowa. Regarding a press release and a tweet sent out by the Cruz campaign on caucus night, Llamas demanded, “Will you fire or suspend anyone at your campaign for putting out misinformation?...Is it a dirty trick to confuse voters?”

By Mairead McArdle | February 4, 2016 | 11:06 AM EST

Just when you thought the once loveable “Archie” comics could not get any more racy or progressive, they just did.

The CW Television Network is allowing super-producer  Greg Berlanti free range with a new live-action TV series based on the “Riverdale” comics by Archie Comics.

By Tom Blumer | February 4, 2016 | 9:49 AM EST

On Wednesday, Christopher Rugaber at the Associated Press was tasked with covering ADP's morning report on January private-sector payrolls. At 8:15 a.m., the payroll and benefits giant estimated that the economy added 205,000 seasonally adjusted private-sector jobs last month.

Rugaber also attended the 8:30 a.m. conference call which followed the report's release. It's clear that he was on it because his coverage, time-stamped at 9:18 a.m., contains quotes from economist Mark Zandi dealing with a key topic the sunnyside-up Moody's economist addresssed in that call. So why did the AP economics writer fail to report Zandi's acknowledgment that fourth-quarter economic growth, which the government estimated was an annualized 0.7 percent on Friday, could close in on zero in its February or March revision?

By Geoffrey Dickens | February 4, 2016 | 9:30 AM EST

For the liberal media there might not be a greater hate object than Texas Senator Ted Cruz. The consistent conservative’s win in Iowa and rise in the polls will probably mean even more heightened attacks from journalists. Which would be remarkable, given liberals in the chattering class have already compared him to Nazis, the KKK and even pointed a figurative gun to his head.  

By Mark Finkelstein | February 4, 2016 | 8:22 AM EST

Joe Scarborough has denied having it in for Marco Rubio. But on today's Morning Joe, he went on an anti-Rubio rant so protracted that one segment wasn't enough to contain it. Scarborough first called Rubio the "Republican Obama," who's been marketed like a "bag of potato chips," and the "emptiest suit" in the campaign. After a commercial break, Scarborough hectored Rick Santorum, who has just endorsed Rubio, repeatedly challenging him to name Rubio's accomplishments. 

By all means, let's carefully examine the record of all candidates. But for Scarborough to deny that, for whatever reason, he has a grudge against Rubio is a joke. Can anyone remember the last time Joe attacked Hillary or any other prominent Democrat with such sustained vitriol?

By Curtis Houck | February 4, 2016 | 2:12 AM EST

CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger received the first chance to comment on CNN’s Democratic Presidential Town Hall on the late Wednesday edition of CNN Tonight and used the chance to proclaim how a question on ego and humility “lifted the veil on Hillary Clinton” and made for “a very telling moment for me to watch her” discuss being around the “natural” political talent of husband Bill Clinton.

By Tom Blumer | February 3, 2016 | 11:24 PM EST

One of the economy's more important bellwethers has been on a steep year-long decline which shows no signs of abating this year. It's barely news, and much of the sparse reporting seen has been incomplete and sloppy.

Truckinginfo.com reported today that "January was a tough month for truck manufacturers as Class 8 truck orders were down 35% compared to the previous month, according to a preliminary report from ACT Research." This follows a 2015 calendar year during which total orders came in 25 percent lower than 2014. A Google News search indicates that only Reuters and the Wall Street Journal found this information important enough to cover. Reuters might as well not have bothered, given the sloppiness of its report as carried at CNBC:

By Curtis Houck | February 3, 2016 | 11:15 PM EST

Hillary Clinton faced one of the biggest softballs of the campaign yet on Wednesday night when a questioner at CNN’s Democratic Presidential Town Hall wondered about how she will “defend” herself “against right-wing attacks” “[o]nce you become the nominee and elected.” In a follow-up, moderator Anderson Cooper teed her up by wondering if she “still believe[s] there’s vast right-wing conspiracy” to which Clinton laughed and ruled that it’s persisted and “even better funded” by Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers then in the 1990s.

By Curtis Houck | February 3, 2016 | 10:04 PM EST

The networks continued to act as promoters of Donald Trump on Wednesday as ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News devoted over six minutes to Trump accusing Ted Cruz of “stealing” the Iowa caucuses while the CBS Evening News spent only 35 seconds on Trump and Ben Carson lashing out at Cruz. Among the most intense moments was ABC’s Tom Llamas clashing with Cruz during a press conference using Trump’s talking points about the Cruz campaign supposedly using “a dirty trick to confuse voters” into not voting for Carson.

By Ken Shepherd | February 3, 2016 | 9:31 PM EST

"[T[here is no way we get through this campaign without Donald Trump suing Ted Cruz."

That's a prediction that MSNBC All In host Chris Hayes dropped on his guests, NBC News Trump campaign correspondent Katy Tur and the Huffington Post's Sam Stein. For her part, Tur was inclined to disagree.

By Curtis Houck | February 3, 2016 | 8:44 PM EST

Hours before CNN hosted a Democratic presidential town hall on Wednesday night between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News went out of their way to spin New Hampshire as “Clinton country” despite Sanders’ massive leads in the polls and argued that “[t]he pressure is on Sanders” in the race due to an unfavorable primary calendar after the Granite State.

By Mark Finkelstein | February 3, 2016 | 7:18 PM EST

Of all the things you can call John Heilemann, one thing you cannot is "clandestine Republican operative." So it might be a sign of just how frazzled the Hillary campaign has become that her spokesman has in essence accused Heilemann of being a GOP catspaw.

On today's With All Due Respect, Heilemann pressed Clinton spox Brian Fallon as to whether Hillary would call herself a liberal. Fallon sought refuge behind the term "progressive." When Heilemann persisted, Fallon snapped "you're asking me because you want the RNC to clip this and turn it into a 15-second ad." Paging Richard Hofstadter's Paranoid Style in American Politics.

By Tom Blumer | February 3, 2016 | 6:36 PM EST

A great deal was made of Facebook's announcement last week that it would ban private gun sales on both its flagship website and Instagram.

Readers who only followed establishment press accounts can be forgiven if they came away from most reports thinking that the firm has some kind of algorithm or recognition system for enforcing the ban. That's not so.

By Nicholas Fondacaro | February 3, 2016 | 5:17 PM EST

The panelists on Morning Joe got a chance to ask questions of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Wednesday, after his strong showing in the Iowa Caucus. The panelists asked fair questions of the candidate such as how he plans to draw in older voters. But Mika Brzezinski, a known Hillary Clinton supporter, couldn’t help but grill Sanders with Hillary’s talking points about his campaign:

By Katie Yoder | February 3, 2016 | 4:07 PM EST

Two days before Center for Medical Progress Project Lead David Daleiden goes to court, his organization is condemning Planned Parenthood for “accounting gimmicks to hide its illegal sale of fetal tissue.”

The Center for Medical Progress (CMP) released a new undercover video Tuesday featuring Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast (PPGC) Director of Research Melissa Farrell. The footage from last April in Houston showed Farrell meeting with the Center for Medical Progress’ David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt, who posed as prospective buyers of aborted baby parts.