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By Dylan Gwinn | April 11, 2016 | 7:22 PM EDT

In the wake of the murder of his former player, defensive end Will Smith, this weekend, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton issued a challenge to Black Lives Matter, to stand-up and protest black-on-black violence, the same way they protest white-on-black violence.

Actually, he’s not. That would be helpful. Instead, he’s calling for a gun ban.

By Randy Hall | April 11, 2016 | 7:02 PM EDT

During a Thursday guest appearance on MSNBC, the Rev. Al Sharpton -- whose weekday afternoon show on the liberal cable channel was replaced with a program on Sunday mornings – claimed that former President Bill Clinton should apologize for “lecturing” two protesters from the Black Lives Matter movement in a rally held a week earlier in Philadelphia.

When host Steve Kornacki asked if the civil rights leader agrees with Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' demand for an apology, Sharpton replied: “I think that the way that President Clinton responded in terms of his kind of reprimand and lecturing was inappropriate.”

By Matthew Balan | April 11, 2016 | 6:17 PM EDT

Kurt Eichenwald deemed himself an authority on the Bible and Christianity in a Monday item for Newsweek, as he lectured Mississippi Christians on their new religious liberty law. Eichenwald blasted the "the rogues' parade of Bible-thumpers who know nothing about what the Bible actually says" in the state, and contended that orthodox Christian theologians had gotten it wrong about sexuality and marriage for nearly 2,000 years: "They don't want to know what the Bible actually says about gay people because it might force them to examine their own behavior, rather than castigating someone else's."

By Scott Whitlock | April 11, 2016 | 5:16 PM EDT

Who better than James Carville and Paul Begala to weigh in on the 1992 presidential race and just how “impressive” and “strong” Hillary Clinton was in defense of her husband? Apparently, that was the thinking of the CNN producers behind the Race for the White House series. 

By Jorge Bonilla | April 11, 2016 | 4:46 PM EDT

Politics is downstream from culture, and telenovela culture is still very much pro-life.

By Kyle Drennen | April 11, 2016 | 4:44 PM EDT

On Sunday and Monday, all three network shows hailed rocker Bruce Springsteen’s decision to cancel a concert in North Carolina as further evidence of the “firestorm” and “growing backlash” against religious freedom laws recently passed there and in other states.

By Edgard Portela | April 11, 2016 | 4:35 PM EDT

Donald Trump’s plan to negotiate a mechanism whereby funds from Mexico or Mexican nationals pay for the border wall between that country and the United States was the subject of a completely one-sided segment on Univision anchor Jorge Ramos’ weekly public affairs program, Al Punto. 

By Katie Yoder | April 11, 2016 | 4:00 PM EDT

Planned Parenthood has always used the media for messaging – but it’s rare that the abortion giant publicly admits it.

Before attending a fundraising luncheon in Texas, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards sat down for an interview with local news outlets last week. Speaking with D Healthcare Daily editor Matt Goodman and Dallas Voice news writer James Russell, Richards called the media “incredibly important” for Planned Parenthood. She also blamed limited “access” to abortion on a “lack of empathy.”

By Nicholas Fondacaro | April 11, 2016 | 2:53 PM EDT

Joe Scarborough spent Monday morning fanning the flames of fear that all the political mechanisms in America are "rigged." Some of Joe’s rants were dedicated to the Hillary e-mail probe and "super-delegates" on the Democratic side, as my colleague Mark Finkelstein wrote about. But when Joe set his sights on the Republican nomination process it was to boost the guy he has been “campaigning” for, Donald Trump.

By NB Staff | April 11, 2016 | 1:30 PM EDT

The Media Research Center’s Rich Noyes appeared with Neil Cavuto, Monday, to slam the “sophomoric,” “absurd” Boston Globe for printing a fake front cover that speculated on what a future Trump presidency might be. Noyes derided the effort to pass off a stunt editorial as real news “As a political hit job, this is pretty sophomoric. It's absurd.” 

By Brad Wilmouth | April 11, 2016 | 1:16 PM EDT

On Monday's New Day on CNN, co-host Michaela Pereira hosted a segment that slanted in favor of those on the left who are opposing current initiatives like the bathroom bill in North Carolina and the religious freedom bills in Georgia and Mississippi, with Pereira at one point fretting that the boycotts by businesses and entertainers will not be enough to thwart the measures. Speaking to Sarah Kate Ellis of GLAAD, the CNN anchor worried: "But, Sarah Kate, is that enough? Right? Is that enough? Is that going to build the momentum that you're looking for?"

By Scott Whitlock | April 11, 2016 | 12:20 PM EDT

ABC and CBS on Sunday night and Monday skipped the fact that Barack Obama chided Hillary Clinton as “careless” for the way she handled her private e-mail server. Only NBC reporters noticed the development and the network mentioned it only in passing. Appearing on Fox News Sunday, the President told Chris Wallace: “There’s a carelessness, in terms of managing e-mails, that she [Clinton] has owned, and she recognizes.”

By Mark Finkelstein | April 11, 2016 | 12:09 PM EDT

The words of the day at Morning Joe today were "rigged, rigged, rigged, rigged." The reference was to the delegate selection process in both parties and the FBI investigation/Justice Department decision-making process regarding Hillary Clinton's handling of classified information on her private server.

While the panel discussed problems in the Republican process, the most glaring example given of a rigged system was the situation in Wyoming, where over the weekend Bernie Sanders scored a double-digit win among actual voters over Hillary Clinton . . . but came away with fewer delegates. As to the email scandal, clips were played from President Obama's Fox News interview with Chris Wallace, in which the president claimed that he did not communicate with the Attorney General or FBI Director. But as an agitated Joe Scarborough pointed out, by going on TV and declaring that Hillary hadn't compromised national security, he communicated loudly with both, rigging the system by letting the world know he had concluded there was no security breach.

By Tim Graham | April 11, 2016 | 11:54 AM EDT

In a sympathetic interview by Isaac Chotiner at Slate.com, Rachel Maddow gushed all over Chris Matthews, about how he’s this “kinetic guy who’s very different than everyone elseo n TV, but that apparently is the Kryptonite for interviewing Trump.” He was “born to interview Donald Trump.”

A more cynical person might read this as corporate cheerleading with a bit of rivalry thrown in since, Maddow says Matthews is so “kinetic” he “interrrupts himself,” and says he beats Trump because he has “the same bluster.”

By Kyle Drennen | April 11, 2016 | 11:15 AM EDT

In a softball exchange with Anita Hill on Monday to promote the new HBO film commemorating her sexual harassment claims against Clarence Thomas, co-host Savannah Guthrie touted the law professor as a “reluctant witness” during the 1991 hearings that attempted to sink the nomination of the future Supreme Court justice.