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By Tom Blumer | | April 19, 2016 | 11:21 AM EDT

The government reported this morning that seasonally adjusted March housing starts and building permits fell by 8.8 percent and 7.7 percent, respectively, far worse declines than analysts and economists predicted.

After the report, the business wires at least communicated the facts accurately, but continued to insist almost to the point of editorializing that there's no reason to be worried about the long-term direction of housing market or the overall economy.

By Kyle Drennen | | April 19, 2016 | 10:13 AM EDT

During a taped softball interview with Hillary Clinton aired on CBS’s Late Show Monday night, liberal host Stephen Colbert fretted that Republicans would run the Democratic frontrunner through a “meat slicer” if she became president.

By Mark Finkelstein | | April 19, 2016 | 9:22 AM EDT

Barry Goldwater was a conservative hero and pioneer.  But his presidential run was an historic flop. So when Joe Scarborough described Ted Cruz on today's Morning Joe as "Barry Goldwater's ugly stepson," it was a scalding simile. Scarborough in turn scolded the Republican establishment for backing Cruz over John Kasich as the alternative to Donald Trump.

Scarborough's argument focused on electability. Scarborough predicted that in a general election against Hillary, Cruz would lose 40-41 states [actually a bit better than the 44 Goldwater lost]. The screencap shows Scarborough holding up a Boston Red Sox coffee cup while claiming the cup has a better chance of beating Hillary in swing states than Cruz. In contrast, Scarborough says Kasich would "blow her out."

By Rich Noyes and Mike Ciandella | | April 19, 2016 | 9:18 AM EDT

Yesterday, NewsBusters reported that cable news has awarded Donald Trump and his surrogates significantly more airtime than the other Republican candidates. Today, we report how those same networks have divvied up the airtime between Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and challenger Bernie Sanders. Unlike the top two Republican candidates, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders’s campaigns received nearly equal airtime on CNN and MSNBC, with Sanders and his surrogates garnering 263 minutes of airtime, vs. Team Clinton’s 248 minutes. On Fox News, interviews with Clinton or Sanders surrogates amounted to just 13 minutes, compared to 666 minutes for representatives of the three GOP campaigns.

By Edgard Portela | | April 19, 2016 | 8:40 AM EDT

Univision’s Jorge Ramos once again took full advantage of the opportunity to engage in wholesale Trump-bashing during an Al Punto segment about the new Mexican movie Desierto (Desert), which presents the harrowing fictional story of a gun-toting American vigilante hunting down a group of unauthorized Mexican immigrants as they cross the U.S. border.

By Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | | April 19, 2016 | 4:07 AM EDT

The episode title "#TeamLucifer" tells you all you need to know about where Fox's devil-themed crime show Lucifer wants your sympathies to lie. Yes, they are literally pushing a hashtag that glorifies being on the same side as the devil.

By Brad Wilmouth | | April 19, 2016 | 2:09 AM EDT

On Monday's CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, host Baldwin provided a forum for a gay Republican to complain about GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz's unwillingness to criticize current proposals for religious freedom laws in some states in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling mandating same-sex marriage availability nationwide.

By Erik Soderstrom | | April 18, 2016 | 11:51 PM EDT

Last night’s episode of ABC's drama Quantico, titled “Soon,” was like watching a liberal talking point world tour. Once again sought it to re-litigate George W. Bush’s presidential legacy while working in a host of left-wing special issues. 

By Kristine Marsh | | April 18, 2016 | 11:47 PM EDT

On Full Frontal With Samantha Bee on Monday night, former veteran network journalist Katie Couric made a cameo on the liberal comedy show to mock her “sweetheart” image.

The show opened with host Samantha Bee being heckled by people while walking on the street. After so many comments, she started pretending she was Katie Couric and asking protesters to send their complaints to Couric on social media. At that point, the camera flips to Couric sitting in a restaurant, presumably reading tweets on her phone.

“I’m not a basic bitch! I’m America’s sweetheart!” Couric exclaimed before flipping the bird.

By Tom Blumer | | April 18, 2016 | 11:13 PM EDT

Earlier today, Tim Graham at NewsBusters covered a poll done by an Associated Press-led partnership which found that, in AP's words, "Just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public's view of other institutions."

The poll noted that "Nearly 90 percent of Americans say it's extremely or very important that the media get their facts correct." How ironic it therefore is that the Pulitzer prize announcements this afternoon contained two glaring failures to "get facts correct."

By Tim Graham | | April 18, 2016 | 10:55 PM EDT

On Sunday, The Washington Post displayed the liberal media's emotional attachment to poor, misunderstood Islam, and how Western objections to its rigidity are "vulgar" and "condescending." Art and architecture critic Philip Kennicott celebrated an exhibit at the National Museum of Women in the Arts displaying photography by women from Iran and the Arab world. The show is "provocative," but not progressive enough:

By Nicholas Fondacaro | | April 18, 2016 | 10:50 PM EDT

This is the Republican convention in the third district of Georgia, south and west of Atlanta, where many Donald Trump supporters say the fix was in, stated CNN reporter Gary Tuchman. Tuchman’s report came during Monday’s Anderson Cooper 360, where he was covering what happens during the election of state delegates. The report didn’t even try to be balanced and ultimately painted the process as shady and unethical. 

By Kristine Marsh | | April 18, 2016 | 10:09 PM EDT

A new poll revealing that Americans overwhelming distrust the mainstream media was unveiled Monday, confirming the biased reporting over at the big three networks has become appallingly apparent to most people. Fox News contributor and Townhall editor Katie Pavlich was a guest along with Juan Williams on The O’Reilly Factor, where she explained how the media’s “agenda” on issues like Ferguson and the Clintons has played a huge part in why the public doesn’t trust the media anymore.

By Tom Johnson | | April 18, 2016 | 9:27 PM EDT

Confirmation, HBO’s new “fact-based dramatization” of the October 1991 Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill clash, reminded Jill Abramson, a former New York Times Washington bureau chief, managing editor, and executive editor, of “more recent congressional proceedings” that featured both “a lone woman witness” and copious Republican misogyny.

“Hillary Clinton was the star of this show trial, the Benghazi hearings last fall,” wrote Abramson in a Friday column for the U.S. edition of the liberal British newspaper The Guardian. “Both sets of hearings were billed as fact-finding exercises, but turned out to be poisonous displays of partisanship. The Republican attack machine was turned, full force, on both witnesses. With stoicism and poise, both Hill and Hillary withstood the onslaught to fight other, more important battles.”

By Jack Coleman | | April 18, 2016 | 9:14 PM EDT

There are fewer more sacred cows in entertainment than rock singer and indefatigable do-gooder Bono, but over the weekend he sustained a well-deserved skewering courtesy of Bill Maher.

On his HBO show Friday night, Maher cited testimony from the U2 singer before a congressional panel on the subject of "Combating Violent Extremism," more accurately known as Islamic fanaticism.