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By Curtis Houck | | October 17, 2016 | 11:48 AM EDT

Hours after CNN’s Brian Stelter irresponsibly passed blame on the firebombing of a North Carolina Republican headquarters to Donald Trump, the Monday edition of New Day did the bare minimum to acknowledge the subject with a mere two news briefs totaling one minute and 37 seconds for a three-hour show (so 180 minutes) that almost assuredly would be higher if the incident happened at, say, a Democratic headquarters or NAACP office. 

By Sarah Stites | | October 17, 2016 | 10:46 AM EDT

NBC made a surprising move last Friday. After announcing that an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU would focus on a Trumpesque scandal-ridden politician, the network decided to postpone the segment’s show date. Instead of two weeks before the election as planned, the episode will now air after November 8. 

By Tom Blumer | | October 17, 2016 | 10:23 AM EDT

Sunday night, Matt Drudge characterized a lengthy Sunday evening Washington Post report by John Wagner, Abby Phillip and Jose A. DelReal set to appear in Monday's paper as an assertion that "CLINTON (HAS) ALREADY WON!"

That's only a slight exaggeration. The theme of the trio's report is that Clinton has a secure enough lead that the campaign faces two pleasant options: nail down battleground states by larger margins or try to "expand her efforts to states that Democrats haven’t won in a generation." But based on the paper's own joint poll with ABC News, the piece's entire premise is flawed. That poll shows Mrs. Clinton with a four-point, 47 percent to 43 percent October 10-13 lead — hardly a landslide, and the exact reading seen in the Post's July 11-14 poll.

By Clay Waters | | October 17, 2016 | 9:58 AM EDT

Sunday’s New York Times Magazine featured a 6,000-word cover profile of Hillary Clinton by Mark Leibovich, chief national correspondent for the magazine: “Her Way.” And the article indeed went all “her way,” skipping her scandals, bashing Donald Trump and hailing the caring, dogged thoughtfulness of the Democratic candidate. This supposed sit-down with Hillary opened with a long list of condemnations of Trump over issues that have been full aired. It was quite unlike Leibovich's profiles of Republicans, which are crammed with unflattering lines.

By Tom Johnson | | October 17, 2016 | 6:30 AM EDT

For almost two hundred and twenty years, every president of the United States was white and male. If Hillary Clinton serves two full terms as president, that will make it sixteen years without a white guy in the White House. The prospect of that discrepancy explains Republicans’ choice of Donald Trump as their nominee, contends Jeet Heer. “By making Trump the face of the party,” wrote Heer in a Friday piece, “the Republicans are saying, ‘Our answer to the diversity of the Democratic Party is a white man who knows how to keep women and racial minorities in their place.’”

By Erik Soderstrom | | October 17, 2016 | 3:46 AM EDT

Ever eager to do their part this election, Family Guy decided to wade into the 2016 presidential election on behalf of Hillary Clinton by including the “Trump tapes” as part of last night’s episode, “American Gigg-olo.” Crammed into a plot that spent most of its time following striking pilot turned male prostitute, Glenn Quagmire, Family Guy's writers weakly shoehorned the embarrassing video into the episode by cutting in audio as if the show’s main character, Peter Griffin, had also been aboard the Access Hollywood bus during the hot mic incident.

By Lindsay Kornick | | October 17, 2016 | 12:35 AM EDT

​It’s almost cliché to call HBO's new futuristic sci-fi series Westworld a study in backwards human behavior, but even “basic rednecks” have standards. The first thing the show does is throw out those silly morals for what every rich person secretly desires: murder and endless sex.

By Tom Blumer | | October 16, 2016 | 11:40 PM EDT

A search at the Associated Press's main national site on "Podesta Iran" (not in quotes) returns no items relating to a Wikileaks-released email exposing how Hillary Clinton 2016 campaign manager John Podesta agreed with a Republican senator in July 2015 that the deal which had been "negotiated" by the Obama administration with Iran would lead to "a nuclear war in the Persian Gulf." (The word "negotiated" is in quotes because, other than releasing hostages it never should have captured or held, Iran appears not to have given up anything.)

There's a reason beyond the routine journalistic negligence for which AP is so well-known why it has ignored this (excuse the pun) bombshell. The AP's own self-congratulatory actions contributed to the situation Podesta tersely acknowledged.

By Tim Graham | | October 16, 2016 | 11:01 PM EDT

People magazine’s latest issue lands on Donald Trump with both feet – but it went to press before People staff Natasha Stoynick accused Trump of sexual harassment.  It carried a three-page article headlined “Trump’s Trouble With Women: Inside His Shocking Behavior.” This is the same magazine that has promoted Huma Abedin three times, as her husband Anthony Weiner exhibited shocking behavior toward women.

The latest article by Sandra Sobieraj Westfall ends with HBO star (and major Hillary booster) Lena Dunham:

By Tom Blumer | | October 16, 2016 | 9:39 PM EDT

As the National Football League's Week 6 went into full swing Sunday, it has become clear that its TV ratings plunge is real, serious, and having a bottom-line impact. At the same time, there's a growing determination in the establishment press to avoid citing the "(Colin) Kaepernick effect" of player protests during the playing of the national anthem as a contributing factor.

It's one thing to bring the anthem topic up and then try to dismiss it. It's quite another to pretend it isn't there, despite polling which, for all of its potential shortcomings, indicates that there has been clear fan outrage over the antics of Kaepernick and other players during the season's opening weeks. Recent lengthy items in the Washington Post and at two other national outlets don't even contain Kaepernick's name or the word "anthem."

By Brad Wilmouth | | October 16, 2016 | 9:37 PM EDT

Appearing as a guest on Saturday's Smerconish show on CNN, Yahoo News correspondent Michael Isikoff -- formerly of both NBC and Newsweek -- recounted that, both in the 1992 presidential campaign and through the 1990s, Hillary Clinton "was very much a part of the damage control" around her husband Bill Clinton's past relationships with women as she "was focused on discrediting accusations of misconduct against her husband, discrediting women who had rumored about, who came forward to talk about relationships that they might have with Bill Clinton."

By Nicholas Fondacaro | | October 16, 2016 | 7:21 PM EDT

Horrible news broke Sunday afternoon as details emerged of the vicious firebombing of the Orange County GOP Head Quarters in North Carolina. Nobody was killed in the attack, which is being described as a “political terrorism,” although the office itself was lost. According to authorities “Nazi Republicans get out of town or else” was spray-painted on a building close to the attack, but that didn’t stop CNN’s Brian Stelter from concluding Donald Trump’s “over heated the rhetoric” was what caused the attack.

By Nicholas Fondacaro | | October 16, 2016 | 3:54 PM EDT

Following the recent reporting from major news sources about Donald Trump’s alleged sexual assaults against numerous women, he has railed against the media for colluding with Hillary Clinton campaign. In spite of Media Research Center data which shows how lopsided recent coverage of the candidates had been, CNN’s Brian Stelter denied any such effort by the media to sway the election on Reliable Sources Sunday. “This is not just false, it's ludicrous and it's damaging,” he complained.

By Nicholas Fondacaro | | October 16, 2016 | 11:06 AM EDT

In light of the numerous women who have come forward to accuse GOP nominee Donald Trump of sexually assaulting them, many in the media have questioned why leaders of the party continue to endorse him. The National Organization for Women President Terry O’Neill appeared on Politics Nation with Al Sharpton Sunday to discuss their petition to get them to unendorse their nominee. “Are you surprised that such Republican leadership seems to be sticking with him through all of this,” inquired Sharpton. 

By Edgard Portela | | October 16, 2016 | 9:39 AM EDT

Profiles of immigrant success stories in the United States are frequent, welcome features on Univision. A recent one featured the legendary holocaust survivor Martin Greenfield, who as a teenage boy famously asked the Jewish rabbi who accompanied the U.S. Army soldiers who liberated him from the Buchenwald concentration camp the haunting question “Where was God?" - and who would later go on to become tailor to U.S. Presidents and famous Hollywood stars and athletes alike.