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By Noel Sheppard | | September 19, 2013 | 1:35 PM EDT

For several days, NewsBusters has been calling on CNN's Piers Morgan to retract the repeated claim he made on his program Monday that Aaron Alexis brought an AR-15 with him during his attack on the Washington Navy Yard.

Rather than doing that, CNN's anti-Second Amendment host aired a video Wednesday of Morgan Spurlock buying a - wait for it! - AR-15 from a Virginia gun store, "the very state where Aaron Alexis bought his gun" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Scott Whitlock | | September 19, 2013 | 12:22 PM EDT

 The three networks on Thursday morning allowed a scant 65 seconds to Senator John McCain's "blistering" op-ed published in the communist newspaper Pravda, featuring a call for freedom and tolerance in Russia. Although ABC, CBS and NBC quickly summarized the Senator's international rebuttal to Vladimir Putin's New York Times op-ed, the morning shows offered the briefest of quotes and mostly portrayed the piece as a grudge match with Putin.

CBS This Morning devoted just 19 seconds to the "blistering opinion piece." Rose narrated, "[McCain] accuses Russian President Vladimir Putin of corruption and repression." Good Morning America's Josh Elliott allowed 23 seconds and insisted that the Senator "blast[ed] Russian President Vladimir Putin." According to Today's Savannah Guthrie, McCain offered a "scathing" attack on Russian corruption. Mostly absent from the three networks were full quotes highlighting the Senator's main topic, a defense of democracy and freedom.

By Ken Shepherd | | September 19, 2013 | 12:19 PM EDT

Floyd Lee Corkins, the "man who planned a mass shooting at a conservative Christian lobbying group’s Washington headquarters in 2012 has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the failed plot," the Associated Press reported shortly before noon Eastern Thursday. Yet nowhere in their four-paragraph story -- accessed here at WashingtonPost.com -- did the news wire note that Corkins admitted he was inspired by the website for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

In April, the Family Research Council posted to YouTube a video of Corkins admitting to FBI interrogators that he assembled his target list from the SPLC's "hate map" (video embedded below with transcript):

By Noel Sheppard | | September 19, 2013 | 12:09 PM EDT

Have you ever pondered the irony of liberal media advocating same-sex marriage as they celebrate broken ones?

Consider the case of ABC which has just purchased the rights to a new sitcom that according to Deadline is about "the silver lining of divorce":

By Tim Graham | | September 19, 2013 | 11:26 AM EDT

Foiled shooter Floyd Corkins is being sentenced on Thursday for his attempted mass shooting at the conservative Family Research Council on August 15, 2012. On the front of Thursday's Metro section, Washington Post reporter Ann E. Marimow offered a positive story on security guard Leonardo Johnson, who was shot in the arm as he prevented Corkins from his murderous plot.

"I want to look in his eyes" was the headline, and Johnson was called a "Hero" in quotes. Why in quotes? Perhaps because his FRC co-workers properly call him "Leo the Hero."

By Matt Hadro | | September 19, 2013 | 11:16 AM EDT

After framing a doctor's plea to end gun violence as a push for gun control earlier this week, NBC's Today teed up D.C.'s police chief to defend the city's strict gun regulations and slap gun "loopholes."

In a segment on the Navy Yard shooter, correspondent Jeff Rossen transitioned into gun control. "You have fought hard for gun control. Yet here is somebody who is clearly mentally disturbed, but he was still able to legally get a gun. What's wrong here?" he asked D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier.

By Geoffrey Dickens | | September 19, 2013 | 10:55 AM EDT

ABC, CBS and NBC have so far refused to report the latest bombshell in the IRS scandal - a newly released list from the agency that showed it flagged political groups for “anti-Obama rhetoric.” On September 18 the USA Today, in a front page story, reported the following: “Newly uncovered IRS documents show the agency flagged political groups based on the content of their literature, raising concerns specifically about ‘anti-Obama rhetoric,’ inflammatory language and ‘emotional’ statements made by non-profits seeking tax-exempt status.”

Not only have ABC, CBS and NBC not reported this story they’ve flat out stopped covering the IRS scandal on their evening and morning shows. It’s been 85 days since ABC last touched the story on June 26. NBC hasn’t done a report for 84 days and CBS last mentioned the IRS scandal 56 days ago on July 24.

By Tim Graham | | September 19, 2013 | 10:30 AM EDT

Starbucks Coffee is now living up to its effete liberal image by telling customers that they shouldn't carry guns in their stores (or the outdoor seating areas around their stores). But The Washington Post headline on an AP dispatch Thursday was "Starbucks walks a fine line over gun issue."

AP found them walking away from becoming an "unwitting supporter of gun rights." Chief executive Howard Schultz claimed the company is not "pro-gun or anti-gun," but they've clearly knuckled under to anti-gun pressure groups. The actual AP headline was "Starbucks' progressive ways draw fire on guns."  Their latte sippers lean leftish:

By Randy Hall | | September 19, 2013 | 9:37 AM EDT

In an effort to report on the popularity and status of President Barack Obama now that he's well into his second term in the White House, Politico website writers Todd S. Purdum and John F. Harris posted two articles on Wednesday. The first is entitled “What's wrong with President Obama?” and the second missive is called “And what's right with President Obama?”

The second article claims that Obama's personality is one of his strong points: “His smile remains dazzling, even if he flashes it less often.” That drew several responses from people on the Twitter social media website, including @KentBushart, who charged that the message is “Pure Presidential love from glue-sniffers at Politico.”

By Mark Finkelstein | | September 19, 2013 | 7:58 AM EDT

A Morning Joe kind of Republican?  With Joe Scarborough absent today, was Nicolle Wallace assuming the role of the Republican who gets more satisfaction from ripping fellow members of her party than in criticizing Democrats? 

Wallace mocked congressional Republicans who are trying to defund ObamaCare, analogizing them to two-year olds on scooters racing into traffic against a red light.  She suggested that the "adults" in the party need to restrain them.  View the video after the jump.

By Tim Graham | | September 19, 2013 | 7:35 AM EDT

In Thursday's paper, Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi noticed the media have a shorter “attention span” on the Navy Yard shootings – mentioning how ABC seemed more interested in Britney Spears performing in Vegas.

But when it came to reasons for the media’s “ennui,” Farhi didn’t list faded Democratic hopes for gun control, the lack of an obvious political motive, or the vague sense that Navy workers were part of the military. He found an “eminent criminologist” to suggest "white America" (and the media that serve them?) was somehow racist in not being fascinated by black mass murderers. They find white villains more intriguing:

By Tom Blumer | | September 18, 2013 | 11:40 PM EDT

With the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, it's always a good idea to verify whether a claimed correction has truly taken effect.

In the case of the wire service's claim, relayed by Paige Lavender at the Huffington Post, that Aaron Alexis used an AR-15 in the Navy Yard murders yesterday, it hasn't really happened. Lavender's relay claiming AP's correction and containing some of its alleged text (HT Twitchy.com) was suspicious on its face:

By Ken Shepherd | | September 18, 2013 | 6:53 PM EDT

A lame ethnic joke made by a Cuccinelli supporter at a campaign rally could be the Virginia attorney general's "macaca" moment. At least that's the concern-trolling pablum that former George H.W. Bush opposition research counsel Lloyd Green published on Wednesday at The Daily Beast.

Daily Beast editors, doubtless no fans of the conservative Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate, prominently teased the story on the front page with a graphic showing a goofy photo of Cuccinelli along with the caption, "Last Supper Flap. The New Macaca?" [see large screen capture below the page break]

By Noel Sheppard | | September 18, 2013 | 6:31 PM EDT

There was an interesting debate on Newsmax TV Tuesday between host Steve Malzberg and MSNBC’s Richard Wolffe.

In it, the latter claimed that on his network, Joe Scarborough, former John McCain campaign manager Steve Schmidt, and former RNC chairman Michael Steele represent – wait for it! – conservative views (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Scott Whitlock | | September 18, 2013 | 6:07 PM EDT

Are film references a prerequisite for a 5pm show on MSNBC? Ed Schultz, who took over for movie-mad Chris Matthews, on Wednesday compared Barack Obama to George C. Scott's portrayal of General Patton. Schultz attacked House Republicans for disparaging ObamaCare and not allowing supporters of the President's health care reform to testify. The anchor salivated, "Can we say that President Obama has 'em exactly where he wants 'em?"

He added, "You know, it kind of reminds me of that 1971 movie Patton...General Patton was in the field, and he was watching Rommel bring his tanks into a trap. And General Patton put the glasses on...and said 'Rommel, you bastard! I read your book!'" Quite pleased with his comparison, Schultz concluded, "Our guy [Obama] reads a lot too. He's got these folks right where they deserve to be." [MP3 audio here. See video below.]