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By Noel Sheppard | | June 30, 2013 | 5:41 PM EDT

Former head of both the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency General Michael Hayden made a stunning remark Sunday.

In a CBS Face the Nation discussion about the recent leaks by Edward Snowden, Hayden said, "I can't imagine a government anywhere on the planet who now believes we can keep a secret."

By Noel Sheppard | | June 30, 2013 | 5:15 PM EDT

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said some amazingly stupid things throughout her career.

Sunday was no exception when during a discussion with NBC Meet the Press host David Gregory about National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden, the former Speaker of the House actually said, "I think it's pretty good that he's stuck in Moscow airport. That's okay with me.”

By Matt Vespa | | June 30, 2013 | 5:10 PM EDT

The June 28 broadcast of MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports wouldn’t be complete without some mentioning of abortion and the 11-hour filibuster by Texas State Senator Wendy Davis on Tuesday.  Davis, who worked herself through Harvard Law despite having had the hardship of being a teenage single mother, temporarily killed the bill which would have made it illegal to conduct an abortion after 20 weeks in a pregnancy. Yet, as with other broadcast networks, they excised that critical detail.

Mitchell asked the former Republican governor of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, about this development.  Pawlenty admitted he didn’t know the details of the bill. For her part, Mitchell simply insisted that the bill violated Roe v. Wade and would close down virtually all "abortion services" in the Lone Star State. Of course, Mitchell failed to go into specific provisions of the bill, which, among other things, requires abortionists to have admitting privileges at a local hospital in the event that something horrible goes wrong and the patient needs to be admitted.

By Noel Sheppard | | June 30, 2013 | 4:29 PM EDT

Faith and Freedom Coalition Founder Ralph Reed and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow had a heated exchange on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday.

When Maddow claimed that same-sex marriage opponents are "arguing in favor of discrimination," Reed strongly objected and eventually asked if Barack Obama was "a bigot 14 months ago" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | June 30, 2013 | 3:09 PM EDT

It’s always fascinating when media members are totally clueless about what’s actually happening in the society.

Take CBS’s Bob Schieffer who admitted on Sunday’s Face the Nation to not having heard of lawsuits that have been filed against various business owners around the country for refusing to serve same-sex couples as a result of their religious beliefs (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | | June 30, 2013 | 2:54 PM EDT

As I noted on Friday, the final sentence in an AP report earlier that day (saved here at host for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes) on protests in Egypt read: "One banner depicted President Barack Obama and said, 'Obama supports terrorism.'"

I predicted with little risk of being wrong that the existence of this banner would not "survive future AP reports" -- and it hasn't, even though this and similar banners were still present in Tahrir Square on Saturday. A search at the AP's national site on "Obama supports terrorism" (not in quotes) returns nothing. Other establishment press coverage has also failed to reveal the continued presence of anti-American and anti-President Obama sentiments.

By Tom Blumer | | June 30, 2013 | 1:41 PM EDT

Ozark, Missouri-based children's magician Marty Hahne uses a three-pound rabbit in his magic act.

In a development which probably won't become a news story because it makes the government look bad, Hahne has informed blogger Bob McCarty that "I just received an 8 page letter from the USDA, telling me that by July 29 I need to have in place a written disaster plan, detailing all the steps I would take to help get my rabbit through a disaster, such as a tornado, fire, flood, etc.," and "what I will do after the disaster, to make sure my rabbit gets cared for properly." It's really a two-page letter accompanied by six pages of densely-worded instructions, guidance and reprints from the Federal Register, and would probably take up at least a dozen regularly typewritten pages.

By Mark Finkelstein | | June 30, 2013 | 11:57 AM EDT

Latest dispatch from the Department of Pot-Meet-Kettle. On today's Face the Nation, Texas state senator Wendy Davis, who overnight went from being a national unknown to a rising star who today appeared on count-em three Sunday talk shows, has accused politicians of using the abortion issue "to boost their own political aspirations."  

Davis also accused Texas Governor Rick Perry and Lt. Governor David Dewhurst of putting thousands of Texas women "in harm's way in order for them to step up the political ladder." Bob Schieffer never called Davis on her hypocrisy. View the video after the jump.

By Tom Blumer | | June 30, 2013 | 11:18 AM EDT

Any doubt that there is a serious problem with leftists imitating the Thought Police in George Orwell's 1984 and scouring the Internet to silence free expression pretty much disappears once you see what they were able to have temporarily removed from the Facebook page of Fox Radio's Todd Starnes. And while it's a relief that the post has been restored, consider how many others without the Fox host's visibility may be having their posts removed with far less recourse.

Full text of the post, which has since been restored, along with the takedown notice Starnes reports he received, follow the jump (HT Fire Andrea Mitchell via I Hate the Media; click to enlarge in a separate tab or window):

By Noel Sheppard | | June 30, 2013 | 10:11 AM EDT

It was a metaphysical certitude that liberal media members were going to once again show their hypocritical colors and defend Alec Baldwin’s homophobic attack on a British reporter Thursday.

ABC’s David Muir came through for the high-strung actor on Saturday’s World News actually calling the attack an “alleged slur” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Ken Shepherd | | June 29, 2013 | 8:22 PM EDT

Ever since the Newtown mass shooting, the liberal media have pushed for a fresh round of federal gun control, insisting that such measures are needed to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands, even though the efficacy of such measures is doubtful. But what about guns potentially falling into the wrong hands thanks to the malfeasance or incompetence of government officials? Shouldn't the media highlight those instances and call the government to account for them?

Well, the Washington Post reported in Friday's newspaper that the "U.S. Park Police has lost track of thousands of handguns, rifles and machine guns in what a government watchdog agency concluded is the latest example of mismanagement on a police force trusted to protect millions of visitors to the city's iconic monuments." Even so, it appears the broadcast networks have thus far ignored the story.

By Tom Blumer | | June 29, 2013 | 6:52 PM EDT

In Part 1 (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), I covered how the Bill Barrow at the Associated Press covered the religion-based aspects of former President Jimmy Carter's speech at Carter's Mobilizing Faith for Women conference yesterday in Atlanta. Carter characterized certain religions' failure to allow women to be priests as examples of "oppression," and seemed to consider them as worthy of mention as far more serious and oppressive problems, among them female mutilation, child slavery, forced marriages of young women, and gender-selection abortion.

In this part, I will cover what Bill Barrow had to have heard but did not report. Specifically, he did not mention Carter's series of apologies for U.S. actions over the past 60 years and other supposedly oppressive conditions which still are present in America. The text which follows the jump is transcribed from the video of Carter's speech at the conference's web site.

By Tom Blumer | | June 29, 2013 | 3:08 PM EDT

(See Updates Below based on commenter input)

At first glance. Bill Barrow's write-up of Jimmy Carter's speech at his center's Mobilizing Faith for Women conference appears to have covered the facts about the conference and the specifics of the former U.S. president's outrageous attempts at moral equivalency in comparing how the world's religions treat women reasonably well.

But the AP writer left out two important contextual elements: 1) Christianity's historical and ongoing contribution to the improvement of women's status, leading to the indisuptable fact that women today are far better off in countries which have Judeo-Christian traditions than they are in those which don't; 2) government-encouraged or mandated abortion, which has disproportionately prevented women from being born -- the ultimate and final form of oppression -- and which many religions have done far too little to stop.

By Noel Sheppard | | June 29, 2013 | 2:06 PM EDT

It’s really been amazing this past week watching liberal media members that for years have been complaining about Republican filibusters almost universally celebrate Texas state Senator Wendy Davis’s (D) filibuster of an abortion bill that clearly would have passed if she hadn’t.

Count Bill Maher amongst the hypocrites, for having just two months ago called the filibuster a “quiet coup” that is a Constitutional problem, the HBO Real Time host Friday referred to Davis as a “new political star” and her actions as “heroic” (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Mark Finkelstein | | June 29, 2013 | 12:00 PM EDT

If a Republican senator cast a vote out of craven political cowardice, do you really think he'd admit that to Joe Biden?

That's what the Veep wants us to believe. In a Dem fundraising email from Bident that just turned up in my inbox, Biden wrote [emphasis added]: "When I asked several Republican senators after they voted against background checks, not one offered an explanation on the merits of why they couldn't vote for them. But almost to a person, they said, "I don't want to take on Ted Cruz. I don't want to take on Rand Paul. They'll be in my district." More after the jump.