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By Matthew Balan | | May 9, 2016 | 1:35 PM EDT

MSNBC's Mark Halperin trumpeted the apparent power of the media on Monday's Morning Joe during a discussion about Donald Trump attacking the morning show: "The only way a Republican can win for president, I believe, is if the press favors them in coverage." Halperin then oddly claimed that Trump "had a chance to have better press coverage than Hillary Clinton. He's missing that chance. He's alienating a lot of people in the media." When Mika Brzezinski responded, "I don't think we're that important," the journalist retorted, "Oh, we are — the media overall....The press is really powerful."

By Clay Waters | | May 9, 2016 | 12:49 PM EDT

The front of Sunday’s New York Times National section was swallowed up by an essay from Texas correspondent Manny Fernandez, “A Look at What Makes Texas Texas,” a cultural cringe in 1,700 words from Fernandez. The reporter moved to Houston from Brooklyn to cover the state for the NYT, and he still seems slightly freaked by his “hard-right” neighbors and the “fear, anger and sometimes paranoia that lurks beneath the surface of Texas politics.”

By Kyle Drennen | | May 9, 2016 | 12:49 PM EDT

On Monday’s NBC Today, correspondent Peter Alexander framed Donald Trump’s adoption of various liberal policy positions as evidence of his “flexibility” as a candidate: “Trump showing plenty of flexibility on the issues, now open to a minimum wage increase after opposing it during the primaries. Shifting positions on taxes, too. His plan calls for cuts for everybody, which he contradicted last month on Today.”

By Scott Whitlock | | May 9, 2016 | 12:07 PM EDT

All three networks on Monday appeared excited about the possibility of Hillary Clinton scoring Republican voters against Donald Trump, cheering the potential of “Clinton crossovers.” Former Democratic operative turned Good Morning America co-host George Stephanopoulos hailed the effort to “take advantage of that split in Republican ranks.” 

By Curtis Houck | | May 9, 2016 | 11:57 AM EDT

In an utterance that could only be described as outrageous and irresponsible, MSNBC hosts Tamron Hall and Thomas Roberts went unchallenged by their combined four guests Monday morning and afternoon as they claimed that Bill Clinton’s voluminous instances of marital infidelity were just “alleged affairs” or “alleged misconduct” in context of Donald Trump invoking them over the weekend.

By Tim Graham | | May 9, 2016 | 9:44 AM EDT

In a sympathetic interview with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that aired on Friday night, socialist presidential contender Bernie Sanders insisted the American people are "a little bit tired of corporate media" and "we have got to think about ways that the Democratic Party, for a start, starts funding the equivalent of Fox television."

Even The Huffington Post thought that sounded a little funny: "Of course, MSNBC is a corporate media outlet that is widely seen as a Democratic version of Fox News because of the perceived sympathies of many of its political talk shows."

By Brad Wilmouth | | May 9, 2016 | 7:29 AM EDT

On Saturday's CBS This Morning, correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti ran a report celebrating the election of London's first Muslim mayor, Sadiq Khan, as he portrayed conservative critics as exploiting "fear." Without trying to explain what critics were supposedly wrong about, Vigliotti suggested that his opponents were spreading misinformation as he declared that, "in the end, facts trumped fear."

After conspicuously using the word "trumped," in his introduction, Vigliotti linked the election to Donald Trump's proposal to ban Muslim immigration as he concluded by relating Khan's disapproving views on the GOP presidential candidate: "Khan has become very vocal in American politics, criticizing Donald Trump's proposed ban on Muslims. Khan has said he hopes Trump loses."

By Tom Johnson | | May 9, 2016 | 7:25 AM EDT

In a Tuesday post, New York magazine’s Chait suggested that conservatism is driven not by an elite but by its riff-raff. Chait asserted, “Whatever [the] abstract arguments for conservative policy…on the ground, Republican politics boils down to ethno-nationalistic passions ungoverned by reason,” and remarked that Donald Trump’s supporters “have revealed things about the nature of the party that many Republicans prefer to deny.”

During the GOP presidential contest, indicated Chait, the “lunatic theories professed by most Republicans: the theory of anthropogenic global warming is a conspiracy concocted by scientists worldwide; the Reagan and Bush tax cuts caused revenue to increase; George W. Bush kept us safe from terrorism,” have lost ground to Trump’s “entirely different set of crackpot beliefs that lie outside conservative ideology.”

By Tom Blumer | | May 9, 2016 | 6:08 AM EDT

Based on the content of John Kerry's Friday commencement speech at Northeastern University, one might have expected that those in attendance threw away their passports after the event ended.

That's because the Obama administration's Secretary of State told those in attendance: "You’re about to graduate into a complex and borderless world." Kerry's extraordinarily dense, naive and dangerous contention — the key soundbite of his speech — was ignored in coverage of his address at the Associated Press, Reuters, and almost everywhere else.

By Dylan Gwinn | | May 8, 2016 | 11:16 PM EDT

I was torn over whether or not to write this post. However, as my perfect wife always says, any shot against feminism is worth posting. And since every wife/mother gets whatever she wants on Mother’s Day, here we are.

By Tim Graham | | May 8, 2016 | 7:57 PM EDT

NPR announced on Saturday night that London elected “the first Muslim mayor of a major Western capital city.”  His name is Sadiq Khan, the son of Pakistani immigrants, and he is now one of the most powerful members of the Labour Party.

On Wednesday night’s All Things Considered, NPR brought London Evening Standard city hall editor Pippa Crerar to gush all over the prospect of Khan’s election as a globally “huge message” and cooing over Khan as a  “become...for freedom and tolerance.” Even as his opponents raised the issue of his connections to radical Islam.

By Nicholas Fondacaro | | May 8, 2016 | 4:18 PM EDT

Face the Nation host John Dickerson decided to dedicate portions of his show to airing clips from his recent softball interview with the “grandmother running for commander-in-chief,” Hillary Clinton. Dickerson’s interview ranged in topics from the e-mail server to how her mother influences her campaigning in terms of the example she is setting. The interview also featured questions about Republican divisions and how Clinton could exploit them. 

By Nicholas Fondacaro | | May 8, 2016 | 2:15 PM EDT

Joy Reid once again has her own Sunday show and she spent a notable portion speaking ill of North Carolina for their controversial bathroom law. Reid teased the segment by issuing a dire warning for the state’s lawmakers, “you have until tomorrow to do something about that terrible law or the justice department is coming for you.” After coming back from a commercial break she leapt right into insulting North Carolina. 

By Brad Wilmouth | | May 8, 2016 | 1:49 PM EDT

As CBS News veteran Lesley Stahl appeared as a guest on FNC's Media Buzz on Sunday, host Howard Kurtz might have almost gotten her to admit to liberal personal biases among her colleagues as she seemed to hedge on the issue of whether there is a liberal pro-Hillary Clinton bias. After initially denying Kurtz's suggestion that "the liberal press wants Hillary Clinton to win," claiming that President Ronald Reagan received more favorable press than President Jimmy Carter, she then seemed to back off a bit when Kurtz pressed her.

By Nicholas Fondacaro | | May 8, 2016 | 10:16 AM EDT

Since becoming the presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has turned up the attacks against Hillary Clinton and her husband. “She's married to man who was the worst abuser of women in the history of politics,” he exclaimed at a recent campaign rally. On Sunday morning, ABC took it upon themselves to play a little defense for Secretary Clinton, while touting her counter punches and omitting key assertions made by Trump.