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By Ken Shepherd | February 5, 2016 | 12:55 PM EST

She's is her mid-30s, politically-connected and wealthy because of it, and a Clinton campaign surrogate. So it's about darn time that the media stop treating Chelsea Clinton as off-limits, Jack Shafer of Politico writes in a column today headlined, "Time for Chelsea Clinton's Easy Ride to End."

By Brad Wilmouth | February 5, 2016 | 12:50 PM EST

As CNN's Chris Cuomo on Friday hosted a debate between the left and the far left over whether "progressive" Democrats should embrace Hillary Clinton as one of them, liberal CNN political commentator Sally Kohn absurdly claimed that the reason the word "liberalism" became "tainted" was because former President Bill Clinton went to the right on gay rights and welfare reform. This in spite of the fact that Bill Clinton himself had already been running from the word "liberal" since the beginning of his first presidential campaign because of failed liberal Democratic presidential candidates like Michael Dukakis and Walter Mondale.

By Dylan Gwinn | February 5, 2016 | 12:40 PM EST

NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura provided us with yet another mystery on Wednesday night, titled “The Mystery of the Morning Jog.” But this time it wasn’t the solving of a super-intricate and deadly murder mystery. Oh no, this time Laura revealed a new and previously unknown grievance group: the men’s rights group.

By Kristine Marsh | February 5, 2016 | 12:36 PM EST

While Clinton tries desperately to shed her “ice queen” image, (“Abuela,”anyone?), not everyone in the media is buying it. Immediately following MSNBC’s Democrat debate last night, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon already had barbs ready for the media’s top pick for Democrat candidate. The comedian even went after Bill immediately after. 

By Scott Whitlock | February 5, 2016 | 12:08 PM EST

According to Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly on Friday, the Democratic primary race is a hyped-up media “mirage” and Hillary Clinton will almost certainly win the nomination. Appearing on Good Morning America, Kellly dismissed, “It seems to me like some sort of mirage. Because, you know, if you look at Clinton's long haul she's the favorite in every state after New Hampshire.”

By Dylan Gwinn | February 5, 2016 | 10:56 AM EST

Madoff was a very well done, 4-hour television event. Telling the story of, obviously, Bernie Madoff and his $50 billion dollar Ponzi scheme, it had a very “Goodfellas” feel to it, complete with good use of flashbacks and music.

By Mark Finkelstein | February 5, 2016 | 8:19 AM EST

Then why the hell weren't those "top journalists" shouting it from the top of the evening news and in banner headlines? . . . On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough said "as we were leaving Iowa, I heard from a lot of top journalists who whispered "you know Bernie won." I heard that time and time again. 'You know Bernie won.'"

With Scarborough asking "where is this, Bolivia in the 1930s?" and Steve Schmidt saying it was "shady as hell," the blame was laid at the feet of the Democrat party, which runs an intentionally murky process so it can control things. No doubt. But what about the responsibility of those "top journalists" to blow the whistle? Why did they "whisper" and speak "quietly?" How might this campaign be different if the day after Iowa the headline had been either "Bernie Wins" or "Debbie Wasserman Schultz Throws Iowa to Hillary?"

By Curtis Houck | February 5, 2016 | 3:07 AM EST

In the middle of gathering Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s reaction to Thursday’s MSNBC Presidential Candidates Debate, Hardball host Chris Matthews inquired which political party has “better people” and specifically if Democrats are “better human beings than Republicans.” Matthews’s bizarre foray into judging whether half the American people are “better” than the other comes, of course, as his wife Kathleen is running as a Democrat for Congress in Maryland’s Eighth Congressional District.

By Brad Wilmouth | February 5, 2016 | 1:36 AM EST

As former GOP presidential candidate and Senator Lindsey Graham appeared as a guest on Thursday's The Situation Room on CNN, after the South Carolina Republican bashed candidates Ted Cruz and Donald Trump as possible GOP nominees, host Wolf Blitzer repeatedly pressed Graham to voice a preference for someone other than the GOP nominee, suggesting Michael Bloomberg or Hillary Clinton might be better for the "health of the country."

By Curtis Houck | February 5, 2016 | 12:42 AM EST

As they’ve done after a number of the debates thus far, Hardball host Chris Matthews hosted MSNBC’s post-Democratic debate analysis on Thursday night and, with the help of NBC News Clinton correspondent Andrea Mitchell, uttered a litany of noteworthy points ranging from Hillary Clinton being “sterling” on “an extraordinary night in American politics” to dubbing the debate “one of the best I've ever seen.”

By Tom Johnson | February 5, 2016 | 12:27 AM EST

Ted Cruz is a quintessential movement conservative and Donald Trump definitely isn’t. Nonetheless, Daily Beast editor-in-chief and CNN commentator John Avlon thinks the two have so much in common politically that he’s given them a portmanteau name: Crump.

In a Wednesday column, the self-consciously centrist Avlon claimed that Cruz and Trump are “different manifestations of the same kind of conservative populism that gets weak-kneed watching a strongman preach with fact-free certainty.” He argued that a “creeping Crump cancer” developed within the Republican party after the GOP “systematically purged” its moderate conservatives.

By Karen Townsend | February 5, 2016 | 12:09 AM EST

In ‘Quaaludes and Crackerjack,’ CBS’s Mom takes an unnecessary turn into lesbian land. Rosie O’Donnell guest stars as Bonnie’s (Allison Janney) ex-girlfriend. While attending a gay Alcoholics Anonymous meeting (since her ex-boyfriend is making her uncomfortable in her regular meeting), Bonnie runs into Jeanine (Rosie O’Donnell). Jeanine, as it turns out, is the leader of this group.

By Ken Shepherd | February 4, 2016 | 11:24 PM EST

"You guys get to vote in five days. We can't wait to see how it turns out. Don't screw it up!" – MSNBC debate co-host Rachel Maddow at the conclusion of the February 4, 2016 Democratic primary debate in New Hampshire. This was the first and only one-on-one debate between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders before the Granite State primary on February 9.

By Curtis Houck | February 4, 2016 | 11:12 PM EST

Just as he did on January 24's Meet the Press, MSNBC Presidential Candidates Debate co-moderator Chuck Todd chose to ask Hillary Clinton about her e-mail scandal not in terms of substance or reporting concerning new details about this but instead through a lazy, political lense as if he’s speaking on behalf of Democratic voters. In the first question, Todd provided anecdotal evidence that “many Democratic voters that our reporters have been running into in Iowa and New Hampshire” have been “worried about the e-mail issue.”

By Curtis Houck | February 4, 2016 | 9:51 PM EST

MSNBC host and Thursday’s Presidential Candidates Debate co-moderator Rachel Maddow wondered aloud to Hillary Clinton whether some of the positions she’s held at various points warrant concern for the Democratic Party that she’s “too far to the right...to be the party's standard bearer” in the 2016 general election.