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By Ken Shepherd | February 3, 2016 | 3:55 PM EST

Concluding his interview with the chairwoman of the New Hampsire Republican Party in a Manchester diner on Wednesday afternoon, MSNBC host Chris Matthews went on an odd tangent about how the topography of the Granite State supposedly makes it edgier than "flat" Midwestern Iowa. "Topography spells character," Matthews insists.
 

By Brad Wilmouth | February 3, 2016 | 3:38 PM EST

Appearing as a guest on Tuesday's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC, New York magazine's Frank Rich asserted that GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio is "quite far to the right" and has a "very truculent neocon foreign policy" as he and host O'Donnell discussed whether the Florida Senator has the best chance of the "establishment" Republican candidates of being nominated.

By Tim Graham | February 3, 2016 | 3:37 PM EST

MSNBC weekend host and Wake Forest professor Melissa Harris-Perry had a scary confrontation with a hostile man in Des Moines. He wanted to know why MSNBC would pick her for a show. (Many people might ask this question.) She wrote a blog on how this somehow caused her to think of being raped as a child and maybe this man had come to murder her. Without more of a recreation of the unpleasant conversation -- with just swatches of Nazi references and anger -- it's impossible to know how unglued this accuser was. 

The "safe space" was violated. Her piece began: "I don't know if he was there to kill me."

By Jack Coleman | 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.
 

By Kyle Drennen | February 3, 2016 | 3:29 PM EST

On Wednesday, the hosts of CBS This Morning seemed to do Hillary Clinton’s bidding as they used her campaign attack lines to interrogate Senator Bernie Sanders on whether he was a “viable” candidate against the former secretary of state.

By Kristine Marsh | February 3, 2016 | 3:25 PM EST

Upon Ted Cruz’s victory in Iowa this weekend, late-night comedy host Jimmy Kimmel  took the opportunity on Tuesday to mock Cruz and the Evangelical voters who voted for him. After remarking that GOP candidates like Cruz had been going “out of their way to talk about the Bible and their faith,” Kimmel wondered how it would look if Jesus himself had been running for President saying some of the more colorful rhetoric from certain GOP candidates. 

By Sam Dorman | February 3, 2016 | 3:04 PM EST

Liberal propaganda ruins everything, even comic books.  

The January edition of Captain America featured a reptilian supervillain named Viper who sounded a lot like Republican presidential candidates. Viper ranted about American exceptionalism and said, “Someone has to make America marvelous again.” He also complained about “overreaching government” oppressing businesses and asked, “Where in the constitution is anyone promised clean air, anyhow? Sounds to me like free market demand for filtration systems and gas masks.”

By Sam Dorman | February 3, 2016 | 1:45 PM EST

When gas prices were high, the media pumped their shows with stories about profit. But when prices were low, those stories took a back seat.

In 2015, gas prices tumbled from a high of $2.80 in June to a low of $2 in December after a glut in supply flooded the market.  BP and Exxon reportedly lost billions in profit last year, and according to The Telegraph, oil prices crashed into 2016 with depths not seen since the housing crisis. 

By Matthew Balan | February 3, 2016 | 1:24 PM EST

On Tuesday's America With Jorge Ramos, Fusion's Nando Vila advanced the left-wing cause of reparations to the descendants of slaves. Vila asserted "the moral case for reparations is a clear one. Black people are 16 times poorer than white people, because white people have systematically stolen wealth from black people for hundreds of years — through slavery, Jim Crow, housing discrimination, and various other crimes." He later suggested that one way to pay reparations would be to "pull it from elsewhere in the budget...like our excessive defense spending."

By NB Staff | February 3, 2016 | 1:15 PM EST

"Democrat Martin O’Malley suspended his campaign after Monday’s Iowa vote. But why should he quit? I mean, he’s still in the top 3!" – NewsBusted anchor Jodi Miller.

By Scott Whitlock | February 3, 2016 | 12:26 PM EST

Liberal actor Richard Dreyfuss on Wednesday couldn’t resist trashing Dick Cheney as he promoted his new film role of Bernie Madoff. After Good Morning America co-host Amy Robach suggested he was playing “the most despicable man in modern history,” Dreyfuss derided, “Actually, he is the second most despicable man because I've already played Dick Cheney.” 

By Mairead McArdle | February 3, 2016 | 11:11 AM EST

Producers of “Machete,” a politically charged race war film about Hispanic immigration think Texas’ government should award them a grant to help fund the movie despite its anti-Texas stance.

A Texas appeals court ruled that Texas Film Commission was within its rights to deny producers of the movie “Machete” state incentive funds because the film shows Texas in a negative light.

By Tim Graham | February 3, 2016 | 10:37 AM EST

Brian Sternberg of Variety penned a gushing tribute to Rachel Maddow, cooking the piece exactly to her favorite flavors. She’s wonky, her office is “like a library,” her job is to take the cable-news audience “to graduate school.” She is the “linchpin” of MSNBC’s primetime, which means she has the only show that isn’t the subject of cancellation rumors. She is the “Steph Curry” of cable news?

By Mark Finkelstein | February 3, 2016 | 7:37 AM EST

Donald Trump normally projects the image of a guy with only one gear: warp drive. But on today's Morning JoeTrump made an interesting admission, saying that in Iowa, "I sort of just went through the motions a little bit." According to Trump, he went less than flat-out in the Hawkeye State because he had been told he couldn't win, until a poll at the very end of the campaign indicated that he could.

Note: there was an odd moment at the very beginning of the phone interview. When Mika Brzezinski began by asking "let's talk about Iowa. What happened?" there was an awkward pause on Trump's end. "O-k-a-a-a-y," he eventually responded. The pause was so strange that Joe Scarborough asked "can you hear us?" Trump said he could hear fine, and the interview went on from there. So . . . was Trump distracted, or might he have been annoyed by Mika's entirely reasonable opening question focusing on his second-place finish in Iowa?

By Erik Soderstrom | February 3, 2016 | 2:23 AM EST

Last night’s episode of New Girl, entitled “Bob & Carol & Nick & Schmidt,” depicted the characters of FOX’s veteran comedy flirting with cuckolding. Lead Nick Miller (Jake Johnson), was visited by his cousin Bobby (Bill Burr) and Bobby’s wife Carol (Lennon Parham). Assuming they want money from him, Nick scrambles to hide his valuables. But when they finally get to the point of their visit, Nick is relieved to learn that his cousins “only” want his sperm.