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By Bruce Bookter | February 14, 2016 | 8:18 AM EST

This year when ESPN decides who should receive their Courage Award, they might want to consider giving it to one of their own.

By Ken Shepherd | February 14, 2016 | 7:30 AM EST

One of the raps on secular news journalism is that folks in the profession tend to be markedly areligious if not irreligious, compared to the general population. But there are notable exceptions. Here's one I came across last week from across the Pond.

By Curtis Houck | February 14, 2016 | 4:01 AM EST

Fox News contributor and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer received the first comments late Saturday night on FNC’s post-Republican debate coverage and ruled that if the Democratic debates could be described as “skirmishes with the occasional subtle jabs,” the latest GOP debate on CBS could be chalked up to being a “thermonuclear” war “if the previous Republican debates have been World War I or II.”

By Curtis Houck | February 14, 2016 | 3:04 AM EST

Opining on MSNBC’s breaking news coverage early Saturday evening on the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, hosts Rachel Maddow and Brian Williams took respective swings at the Senate Republicans for wanting “a functionless Supreme Court for an entire year” and for originalists like Scalia for failing to “anticipate” things like abortion, airplanes, and iPhones.

By Curtis Houck | February 13, 2016 | 11:41 PM EST

CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin took part in the network’s post-Republican debate panel Saturday night and used the occasion to lecture the GOP candidates for all having “bad moments” in “a raucous screamfest” and rallied to the defense of Chief Justice John Roberts to lament the direction of the party he doesn’t even belong to. Further, liberal CNN presidential historian Douglas Brinkley proclaimed that “Donald Trump won the debate” by being “bombastic” and prepared “to rumble” with the five other candidates.

By Curtis Houck | February 13, 2016 | 10:18 PM EST

CBS News Republican Debate moderator John Dickerson appropriately began Saturday’s proceedings with a large block devoted to the sudden passing of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. However, he chose to approach it from a liberal direction by arguing to Donald Trump that conservatives should kowtow to President Obama’s nominee because they would if he were a Republican. Later, he parroted Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s statement whining about the impending fight over a likely liberal nominee and the Republican opposition. 

By Curtis Houck | February 13, 2016 | 9:27 PM EST

As part of its coverage on Saturday following the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, CBS Evening News Saturday anchor Jim Axelrod made sure to invoke Scalia’s “controversial comments” from December regarding affirmative action. Following reports from senior legal correspondent Jan Crawford and Justice Department correspondent Paula Reid, Axelrod cited a statement from Chief Justice John Roberts and then went pivoted to hyping Scalia as “a fiery conservative” who led “a strict interpretation of the Constitution and known for his theatrical flare in the courtroom.”

By Curtis Houck | February 13, 2016 | 8:32 PM EST

During the ABC News Special Report on Saturday concerning the sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, chief foreign correspondent and longtime Supreme Court reporter Terry Moran opined that while Scalia was “a towering figure,” the conservative Justice “didn’t win that much” and thus was relegated to dissents that were “scathing and sarcastic but were loud and clear.”

By Tom Blumer | February 13, 2016 | 3:55 PM EST

On Thursday, Venezuela's Supreme Court decided to grant Bolivarian socialist "President" Nicolas Maduro what an unbylined Associated Press report described as "broad decree powers" to deal with the economic crisis and humanitarian nightmare he and his predecessor Hugo Chavez created.

Maduro's government now for all practical purposes has total control of that nation's economy, which in the current circumstances — runaway inflation and chronic shortage of so many of life's basic necessities that "savage suffering" has now taken root — is really the only thing that matters.

By Clay Waters | February 13, 2016 | 3:48 PM EST

The New York Times is again trying hard to hang the immigration issue around the collective neck of the Republican Party. A lead story by Alexander Burns, “Division Deepens In The G.O.P. Field On Immigration – Appeals In The South – Cruz and Trump Assail Moderate Rivals on ‘Amnesty’ Issue.” Note the quote marks in the headline around the word amnesty. There were more politically correct descriptors in Burns' text, with illegal immigrants called “undocumented immigrants." Meanwhile, amnesty was termed “what conservatives call ‘amnesty,’” and it was suggested that if conservatives don't stop talking about it, Republicans will be doomed for decades to come.

By P.J. Gladnick | February 13, 2016 | 2:37 PM EST

Burger King has delivered perhaps the wittiest Twitter reply ever by a fast food company. It came in response to Anthony Weiner who tweeted about the news that Snoop Dogg will appear in a Burger King training video teaching employees how to cook hot dogs. I don't want to give the hilarious Burger King punchline away so read it for yourself and enjoy yet another laugh at the expense of Weiner who seems doomed to eternally remain at the butt end of jokes.

By Scott Whitlock | February 13, 2016 | 2:05 PM EST

Liberal filmmaker Michael Moore has a new film out and, unsurprisingly, Where to Invade Next complains about how woeful the United States is in comparison to European, socialist-style countries. According to the Washington Post’s Stephanie Merry, “Moore's latest movie is funny and touching, and it has a lot to say about what we settle for as Americans citizens, and how much better our lives might be if we raised some hell.” 

By NB Staff | February 13, 2016 | 1:11 PM EST

On Friday, Media Research Center Research Director Rich Noyes targeted PBS on Fox Business Network's Risk and Reward over their failure to ask Hillary Clinton about her ongoing e-mail scandal at their Democratic presidential debate on Thursday. Noyes pointed out that "the far-left MSNBC did ask Hillary Clinton about this at their debate last week. Very gently, they said, can you reassure Democratic voters that this won't be a problem? PBS won't even go as far as MSNBC in bringing this issue before people vote. It's amazing."

By Mark Finkelstein | February 13, 2016 | 12:06 PM EST

Welcome to the official Evangelical Christian Church of America, brought to you by President Ted Cruz . . .  

That's the scare-mongering scenario that Joy Reid painted on MSNBC today. Reid alleged that as president, Cruz would "ignore" the part of the Constitution prohibiting the establishment of a national religion. She in essence falsely accused Cruz of planning to establish evangelical Christianity as the law of the land.

By Kyle Drennen | February 13, 2016 | 12:05 PM EST

In a segment aired on Friday, talk show host Ellen DeGeneres began a gushing softball interview with President Obama by thanking him for pushing the gay rights agenda: “I cannot tell you or thank you enough for what you have for the gay community. So, thank you.”