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By Matt Hadro | | September 23, 2013 | 11:19 AM EDT

On Monday's Today, NBC's Chuck Todd claimed that Congress could pass gun control legislation but is just too afraid to do it.

Todd reported that "the reality is there's political paralysis when it comes to the gun issue," even though the Senate already tried and failed to pass a background check bill in April. Todd instead blamed "recall elections that took place in Colorado just a few weeks ago" for Congress' lack of "motivation."

By Tim Graham | | September 23, 2013 | 10:55 AM EDT

The new Robert Reich documentary has yet to become a left-wing sensation when its promotional website can only tout its Audience Award at the Traverse City Film Festival. No one knew Traverse City even had a film festival.

But Parade magazine on Sunday put the film in its “Parade Picks,” and compared Reich’s new work to that classic Al Gore science-fiction movie on global warming:

By Noel Sheppard | | September 23, 2013 | 10:37 AM EDT

Media mogul Ted Turner reiterated an absolutely absurd idea Sunday.

Appearing at the International Women's Earth and Climate Summit in New York City, Turner proposed “men be barred from political office. They could do everything else, be president of universities, business leaders, but they just couldn’t serve in any elected position for 100 years” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | | September 23, 2013 | 9:41 AM EDT

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By Tim Graham | | September 23, 2013 | 7:51 AM EDT

The Washington Post has a funny way of defining “news.” It just keeps selling the same old story of shooting victims lobbying for gun control. On the front of Sunday’s paper, the headline was “Exposing their scares, hoping to rouse a silent nation.” That headline is simply wrong. The "silent" nation spoke, and liberal gun-control wishes lost.

But the Post’s Eli Saslow went back to the bitter victim-lobbyists wandering the country on a bus funded by Michael Bloomberg's Mayors Against  Illegal Guns, who are now desperate to show graphic images of death and make Americans feel miserable:

By Tim Graham | | September 23, 2013 | 6:56 AM EDT

NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos addressed the issue of bias, but only on whether NPR should accept “enhanced underwriting” – commercials – from Al-Jazeera America. The advocate for the listeners told them they don't have "free speech values."

He basically said critics of the network are destroyers of free speech, and should stop complaining: “Whether NPR should even accept the sponsorship from Al Jazeera is a separate matter of management policy that is outside my purview. But I do have a vital interest in anything that restricts free speech, and this essentially is what the complaining listeners want to do.” The question of an anti-American bias is irrelevant:

By Jack Coleman | | September 22, 2013 | 10:40 PM EDT

As luck would have it, I've never seen Mafia wives exchange air kisses as they feign affection. But I saw a close approximation of it Friday on "The Ed Show," a few hours after hearing a similiar version on Ed Schultz's radio program.

Schultz had blown a gasket over the airwaves Thursday in response to a passage from MSNBC colleague Richard Wolffe's new book, "The Message: The Reselling of President Obama." (Video, audio clips after the jump)

By Brent Baker | | September 22, 2013 | 4:00 PM EDT

PBS put its late-night leftism on display on Meet the Press when PBS host Tavis Smiley used his slot, on the Sunday morning NBC News show’s panel, to regret President Barack Obama’s supposed touting of “American Exceptionalism” and claim the presumed desire of conservatives in the House, to shut down the federal government, means “we are going to lose our democracy. It’s that serious.”

Smiley fretted that “the President recently, much to my chagrin, spoke of, advanced once again, this notion of American Exceptionalism, and clearly he isn’t the only one in town who likes to push that notion that we as Americans are exceptional.”

By Noel Sheppard | | September 22, 2013 | 3:45 PM EDT

On NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, PBS host Tavis Smiley spouted the tired media meme that the only reason Republicans are opposed to ObamaCare is because they hate the President.

Fortunately for viewers, The Weekly Standard's Bill Kristol was there to say, "If Nancy Pelosi or John Kerry were president, Republicans would have voted against Kerrycare or Pelosicare. It's not personal to President Obama" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | September 22, 2013 | 3:08 PM EDT

As NewsBusters reported several times last week, CNN's Piers Morgan refused to retract his repeated claim Monday that Aaron Alexis, the shooter at the Washington Navy Yard, used an AR-15 during the massacre.

On CNN's Reliable Sources Sunday, guest host David Folkenflik of NPR did a six-minute segment addressing the mistake several in the media made concerning this issue without once mentioning that the person probably most guilty of this error was Morgan (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | September 22, 2013 | 12:30 PM EDT

Former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich typically spouted Democrat talking points Sunday concerning the battle over raising the debt ceiling and defunding ObamaCare.

Fortunately for viewers of ABC's This Week, CNN's Newt Gingrich was there to smack down Reich saying, "This is historical baloney" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | | September 22, 2013 | 9:24 AM EDT

This is the view of National Public Radio brass: "L.A. kind of reflects America a lot more than Washington does." If you believe that, you'll believe the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" represent housewives. There are even fewer conservatives in Los Angeles than there are in DC, so that might be their wish. But then, "All Things Considered" very often fails or refuses to consider conservative views.

The Los Angeles Times reports NPR is moving production of its weekend “All Things Considered” evening newscasts to Culver City, California, where they work in a large, posh space with fancy wall art (thank you, taxpayer subsidies):

By Tim Graham | | September 22, 2013 | 8:25 AM EDT

New Time editor Nancy Gibbs has announced on their website that she still wants Time to be an "authoritative voice" that tells "hard truths" and believes good ideas "deserve reverence and the bad ones defiance."

It's a bad case of whistling through the "news magazine" graveyard, that somehow putting out a product best known in recent decades for gooey hagiography is just what America needs. She also thinks the country wants more photography like "Barack Obama's long-lost prom photos," so she's really missing the boat: 

By John Nolte | | September 21, 2013 | 10:57 PM EDT

We sure have come a long way from the rebellious Hollywood of the 1960s and 70s; the Hollywood that railed against The Man and conformity, and preached to a generation of young people about the idea of  liberty and individualism.

 In just a few generations the guardians of Hollywood have gone from Easy Riders to "Funny or Die" sell-outs eager to propagandize for Big Government, all in an effort to dupe young people into paying for health insurance they do not need:

By Tim Graham | | September 21, 2013 | 10:48 PM EDT

Several media outlets actually celebrated the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, even though they’ve largely vanished as a political force. The media really rooted for them, with ABC’s Diane Sawyer taking the cake for overstatement, saying that OWS had “spread to a thousand countries.”

Sean Long
of the MRC’s Business and Media Institute relayed that  Huffington Post Live host Alyona Minkovski interviewed a group of Occupy supporters who have remained involved in the movement since the beginning. When asked whether the Occupiers should have tried violence -- they didn't? -- they were less than outraged at the question: