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By Noel Sheppard | | August 13, 2013 | 11:39 AM EDT

As NewsBusters previously reported, MSNBC's Chris Matthews last Wednesday predicted Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) would be the Republican presidential nominee in 2016.

On Monday, John Oliver while substitute-hosting Comedy Central's Daily Show marvelously illustrated Matthews' propensity to make horribly wrong predictions concluding, "Chris Matthews doesn't just routinely have egg on his face - he has a chicken copping a squat onto his face" (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):

By Katie Yoder | | August 13, 2013 | 11:00 AM EDT

Marriage is anything but traditional – at least according to 'America’s Next Top Model’s' latest episode.

On The CW’s new show last Friday, model contestants posed for wedding photo shoots galore from nudist, shotgun, lesbian, and biker “marriages” to gay, objectophilia (in this case, exchanging vows with a TV), polygamous, and hip-hop unions. The show entitled, “The Girl Who Gets Married Again,” appeared to cover all bases in the wedding department – except for a traditional one (but, hey, that would scream boring, right?)

By Noel Sheppard | | August 13, 2013 | 10:48 AM EDT

America's media were all over Oprah Winfrey's claim last week that a Swiss saleswoman in July refused to show here an expensive handbag because she was black.

The saleswoman in question has come out and refuted Winfrey's claim making one wonder if the race-baiting media will bother reporting her side of the story.

By Randy Hall | | August 13, 2013 | 10:47 AM EDT

What do the murder of a 93-year-old woman in South Omaha, Nebraska, and the repeated rape of a 13-year-old girl in Austin, Texas, have in common? Both crimes were committed by people who are in this country illegally and should be deported -- along with all other illegal immigrants -- before a proposed bill in Congress would give them amnesty and allow them to “come out of the shadows” to become American citizens.

That's the position taken by Graham Ledger, conservative host of the weeknight program The Daily Ledger, which airs at 8 p.m. on the One America News Network. The Emmy Award-winning news reporter has an interesting motto: “Even when I'm wrong, I'm right.”

By NB Staff | | August 13, 2013 | 10:37 AM EDT

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By Dan Gainor | | August 13, 2013 | 9:27 AM EDT

Journalists’ typical liberal spin kept viewers in the dark about Motor City fiscal problems.

By Tim Graham | | August 13, 2013 | 6:55 AM EDT

If President Obama were following his 2012 media strategy, his latest appearance with Jay Leno on the Tonight show would have been his last "press conference." But since he was going on vacation, he decided to lower himself to a few questions from the White House press corps.

He did not call on NPR's Ari Shapiro on Friday -- but on Thursday's Morning Edition, Shapiro offered a typically one-sided story almost celebrating how in today's media, "the White House can avoid the [media] filter altogether." He can show up on Leno, or on the real-estate website Zillow, anywhere no one's asking about a "phony scandal" or two:

By Noel Sheppard | | August 13, 2013 | 12:53 AM EDT

Jay Leno got quite a vote of confidence Monday.

Posting at her blog, Fox News's Greta Van Susteren wrote, "Fox Broadcast should sign him up and compete against his old network":

By Tim Graham | | August 12, 2013 | 11:05 PM EDT

Time magazine’s Swampland blog decided to assess the vacationing styles of our recent presidents, who are "just like the rest of us." The captions were generally kind without much partisan tilt, but Bill and Hillary Clinton were shown in rear view in a cozy-looking outdoors setting on his-and-hers stumps.

“Clinton was never much good at vacationing,” Time reported. “His staff had to practically force him to go on vacation his first year in office; his idea of relaxing was reading four good books simultaneously while enjoying a cigar (chewed, not smoked).” There was no irony about Clinton’s sexual use of cigars (see The Starr Report, search for "cigar").

By Tom Blumer | | August 12, 2013 | 11:04 PM EDT

On Friday, Eric Holder's Department of Justice gave the memory-hole treatment to wildly inflated statistics released last October about the number of cases and the amount of money involved in DOJ's mortgage fraud enforcement efforts.

Bloomberg News reporters who had discovered that the original numbers were suspect had been getting stonewalled for months in their efforts to get answers to their queries, and finally got them through the document-dump route. The differences are stark.

By Tom Blumer | | August 12, 2013 | 9:56 PM EDT

An August 6 opinion column at the Politico labeled co-authors Jared Bernstein and Paul Van de Water as "senior fellows at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities." CBPP, that oxymoron known as a "leftist think tank," went unlabeled. The Politico also must have thought that Bernstein's background as the Chief Economist and Economic Adviser to Vice President Joseph Biden from 2009 to 2011 was irrelevant.

That's okay. Any reader could tell from the piece's headline and content that it was a shameless, reality-avoiding propaganda piece (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

By Paul Bremmer | | August 12, 2013 | 6:15 PM EDT

President Obama held a press conference Friday in which he called for stricter controls over the government’s domestic surveillance system and commented on his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. But to ABC’s Good Morning America, those developments were not the primary news. Their main takeaway was that the president showed personality.

Seriously, that was the angle that Saturday's GMA took on this story. Anchor Dan Harris set ABC's premise right at the top: “Switching gears now to all the chatter this morning about President Obama showing a different and very interesting side of his personality in a high-profile moment in front of the assembled White House press corps on Friday afternoon.” [Video below. MP3 audio here.]

By Matthew Balan | | August 12, 2013 | 6:04 PM EDT

On Monday's CBS This Morning, Major Garrett played up how President Obama has vacationed "less than his predecessor, President George W. Bush – 14 trips and 92 vacation days, compared to 50 trips and 323 for Mr. Bush." Garrett cited colleague Mark Knoller's presidential vacation figures, but overlooked Knoller's emphasis that whatever the amount of vacation time, "the burdens and responsibilities of the office" travel with the President.

Garrett did point out that the Mr. Obama is "confronting some of the diciest poll numbers of his presidency." Anchor Norah O'Donnell also stated that "the President's approval rating is taking a nosedive."

By Noel Sheppard | | August 12, 2013 | 5:51 PM EDT

Is social media helping drive the continually growing negative opinion of ObamaCare?

A new study finds that negative comments on Twitter about the President's healthcare plan outnumber positive comments by seven to one.

By Brad Wilmouth | | August 12, 2013 | 5:47 PM EDT

Appearing as a guest on Friday's PoliticsNation, Washington Post political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson declared that President Obama had "framed it very nicely" when he asserted that Republicans "want to shut down the government so that they can deny 30 million people health care." Henderson: