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By Andrew Lautz | | July 3, 2013 | 12:47 PM EDT

On Tuesday night, the Obama administration announced it was delaying the implementation of a key provision of the president’s signature health care law – a so-called “employer mandate,” which requires businesses with more than 50 full-time employees to provide health insurance.

The move to delay implementation until 2015 was criticized by Republican lawmakers, who claim the measure is proof positive that the implementation of the Affordable Care Act will be costly and disastrous. Of course, to a liberal journalist like Carl Bernstein the consequences of the delay are irrelevant, because “it’s a very smart move” that “takes this issue off the table in an election year.” [Video after the jump, via MSNBC.com.]

By Scott Whitlock | | July 3, 2013 | 11:49 AM EDT

CBS, NBC and ABC on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning highlighted the delay of the ObamaCare employer mandate as a "surprising," "significant setback" for the President. [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Nightly News anchor Brian Williams even went so far as to cynically note, "A development this big with the President on an airplane heading into a holiday weekend is going to make a lot of people suspicious." Yet, these same networks ignored giant, glaring clues about what Democratic Senator Max Baucus once called the coming "train wreck."

On Wednesday's Good Morning America, Jon Karl deemed the development a "significant" setback. CBS This Morning co-host Norah O'Donnell saw it as a "major" problem. Reporter Jan Crawford relayed, "House Speaker John Boehner said even the Obama administration knows the train wreck will only get worse." On the July 2 Evening News, Wyatt Andrews described the one year postponement of the rule, which forces employers to pay a $2000 fine if they don't provide insurance, as a culmination of "months of complaints and backlash."

By Matt Vespa | | July 3, 2013 | 11:01 AM EDT

As Texas State Senator Wendy Davis continues to be fawned over by liberals for her filibuster of SB 5, Texas’ latest abortion law, the media have also given her political cover by omitting key details about the bill. It would have banned abortions at 20-weeks and forced clinics to undergo modifications to be reclassified as a surgical centers. After all, a late term abortion is surgery at that point. 

Instead, ABC and NBC decided to focus on how this bill will shut down abortion clinics. CBS opted to settle with Davis’ opinion about the bill’s impact on women’s health. You can guess how she thought about that angle.

By Noel Sheppard | | July 3, 2013 | 10:58 AM EDT

Something happened in Cuba this past Sunday that hadn't occurred since before the Cuban missile crisis.

For the first time in 52 years, a complete American Major League Baseball game was aired on the state-controlled television.

By Jeffrey Meyer | | July 3, 2013 | 9:56 AM EDT

Once again, Thomas Roberts seems to confuse his job as a news reporter with a Democratic political strategist. Appearing as a fill-in host on Morning Joe on July 3, Thomas Roberts continued the MSNBC “victory lap” for Texas state senator Wendy Davis by criticizing men for passing laws designed at creating safer health standards for abortion clinics.

At issue was a piece by Kathleen Parker who in the Washington Post commented that Ms. Davis shouldn’t be sainted for her filibuster and how “little less glee from the bleachers would seem more appropriate to the moment.” Roberts, who regularly uses liberal talking points during his 11:00 a.m. MSNBC show, brought his same talking points to Morning Joe, arguing that, “men should not care about the sanctity of sperm over a women's right to choose so much.” [See video after jump. MP3 audio here.]

By Noel Sheppard | | July 3, 2013 | 9:53 AM EDT

It appears Alec Baldwin wants to become America's next Dennis Rodman.

In an interview with Vanity Fair published Tuesday, Baldwin said, "I’m going to fly to Russia and try to interview Snowden" (vulgarity alert):

By Brad Wilmouth | | July 2, 2013 | 7:34 PM EDT

Appearing as a guest on Monday's The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, Guardian columnist Ana Marie Cox -- formerly of Time.com -- asserted that "a lot of Republican women out there" are upset over the abortion issue because the GOP "is really taking a step backwards when it comes to women's rights."

Below is a transcript of the relevant portion of the Monday, July 1, The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC:

By Noel Sheppard | | July 2, 2013 | 6:43 PM EDT

In 2010, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said that he didn’t think Democrats wanted to stop illegal immigration.

On Tuesday’s Hardball, the host went even further saying that Democrats “believe in illegal immigration” and this is why they “don’t really believe in border enforcement” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Paul Bremmer | | July 2, 2013 | 5:29 PM EDT

Celebrity chef Paula Deen has been aggressively attacked over the past week for a racial slur that she uttered 30 years ago. Countless media outlets have condemned her, and corporate sponsors have dropped her like a crate of anvils – to the tune of $12.5 million. As her empire has crumbled around her, Deen has apologized multiple times, but that’s still not enough for everyone in the media.

On Sunday’s Weekends with Alex Witt, fill-in host Betty Nguyen brought on entertainment editor Chris Witherspoon of TheGrio.com to discuss the Deen controversy. Nguyen read a statement from Jimmy Carter in which the former president asserted that Deen has already been punished, perhaps overly severely. But Carter’s call for forgiveness did not fully resonate with Witherspoon. When asked for reaction to Carter’s words, he replied: [Video below. MP3 audio here.]

 

By Scott Whitlock | | July 2, 2013 | 5:17 PM EDT

Far-left MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes on Monday night jokingly compared conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh to a repressive, brutal dictator. The host reported that Jennifer Lopez had preformed for Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow. He then sneeringly compared, "Beyonce did sing at a new year's eve bash entertaining the family of Moammar Gadhafi and Elton John performed at fourth wedding of Rush Limbaugh."

Over the years, MSNBC has shown quite the obsession with smearing Limbaugh. In 2012, a guest on the network snarled that the conservative is like the "serial murderer" with "bodies in the trunk." In January of 2011, MSNBC's David Corn insisted that Limbaugh is "calling for John Wilkes Booth" in the wake of the Newtown massacre. 

By Nathan Roush | | July 2, 2013 | 4:46 PM EDT

On the Monday night edition of All In with Chris Hayes, host Chris Hayes sneered at Republican opposition to ObamaCare, deriding the "manically obsessed," "cruel" GOP. Going off on a fact-free soliloquy, Hayes hypothesized that the “worst caricature of a Republican” would be “maniacally obsessed with destroying Barack Obama, cruelly indifferent to the fates of the non-rich, [and a] cartoonish villain who wants to dash people’s hopes of finally getting affordable health insurance purely out of spite.” [Link to the audio here]

Most of Hayes’ remarks are inaccurate when referring to the majority of members of the Republican Party. For example, according to a Pew Research Center study, the highest percentage of Republican voters make between $30,000 and $50,000 per year, numbers that no one would consider “rich” in our country. This shows that Republicans must care about the “fates of the non-rich” or risk losing the largest segment of their voters.

By Lauren Enk | | July 2, 2013 | 2:50 PM EDT

Here’s hoping CNN isn’t too possessive in its special relationship with GLAAD, because there may be another network in GLAAD’s life. CBS execs got chummy with GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) last week to map out how CBS can push the T part of the LGBT agenda in it’s TV shows. According to LifeSiteNews, GLAAD’s transgender activists hobnobbed with the CBS elite to “promote positive TV portrayals” of transgenders in the future.

Apparently transgenders – particularly GLAAD’s Nick Adams, a woman who “is living as a man,” – are upset that several CBS shows aired scenes in which transgenders were the butt of jokes or portrayed in a not-positive-enough light.

By Lauren Enk | | July 2, 2013 | 2:33 PM EDT

Gay group schmoozes with network execs to get more positive transgender roles in programming.

By Matt Hadro | | July 2, 2013 | 1:46 PM EDT

On CNN's Monday night special "The N Word," guest Tim Wise claimed that the Supreme Court used that racial slur against all black Americans through its rulings on the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action.

"I mean, the reality is, we have a Supreme Court that in the last ten days has just basically called 40 million black folks that word without saying it by restricting or limiting the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and basically ending for all intent and purpose or, at least, limiting in many ways, affirmative action," Wise insisted. [Video below the break. Audio here.]

By Andrew Lautz | | July 2, 2013 | 1:39 PM EDT

In September 2012, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough took a shot at frequent Morning Joe panelist and guest host Mike Barnicle, griping that the liberal made his morning show a “Marxist variety hour.” That observation was justified again Tuesday, as guest host Barnicle’s all-liberal panel bashed House Republicans for the second day in a row – this time on immigration reform.

MSNBC host Thomas Roberts made perhaps the most outrageous claim, asserting that the 2012 election was the Republican Party’s “last real viable chance” at the presidency. Of course, Roberts – who reports the daily news for the Lean Forward network’s 11 a.m. hour – is supposed to be an objective reporter, but that hasn’t stopped him from making offensive remarks about Republicans in the past. [Video after the jump.]