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By Noel Sheppard | | July 21, 2013 | 6:25 PM EDT

Talk about your America-hating media members.

On the final episode of the syndicated Chris Matthews Show Sunday, Andrew Sullivan actually said that - to laughter from many in the studio - “with any luck,” America won’t be a superpower in 20 years (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | | July 21, 2013 | 6:22 PM EDT

The TalkLeft blog noted last night that the American Civil Liberties Union, after encouraging U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to pursue civil rights charges against George Zimmerman the day after he was acquitted in the death of Trayvon Martin, reversed course just four days later.

Though it's no longer available at its national web site, the Associated Press ran the organization's press release. Various searches at the AP's national web site indicate that there has been no coverage of the organization's reversal. Several center-right blogs have noted the reversal, but no one in the establishment press besides Josh Gerstein at the Politico, where stories the rest of the establishment press would prefer to ignore tend to go and all too often die, has noted it. So did the organization have a change of heart? Or did it attempt to manipulate its media exposure with a politically correct initial press release followed by a legally and constitutionally correct reversal it hopes few will notice?

By Noel Sheppard | | July 21, 2013 | 5:32 PM EDT

On Sunday, NewsBusters wondered how much heat PBS's Tavis Smiley would get for making negative comments about Barack Obama.

The answer came quickly when MSNBC's Toure Neblett tweeted, "Tavis gets value out of being the Prez of the Black Haters of Obama Club. Example: without that he wouldn't have been on MeetThePress today":

By Tim Graham | | July 21, 2013 | 5:31 PM EDT

New York Times contributor (and long-time Washington Post political reporter) Thomas Edsall unloaded the usual liberal take on the “Opinionator” blog. He asked “Has the G.O.P. Gone Off the Deep End?” (The usual media-elite answer: We sure hope so.)

His proof is a George Pataki aide getting ready to leave the GOP if it won’t pass an amnesty bill. Edsall, as a member of the dinosaur media, insisted “There is a striking correlation between the rise of conservative talk radio and the difficulties of the Republican Party in presidential elections.” Says who?

By Noel Sheppard | | July 21, 2013 | 4:28 PM EDT

Are there absolutely no standards of decency at MSNBC?

On Sunday, in a bizarre protest of the Texas state legislature, Melissa Harris-Perry actually put on a pair of tampon earrings in the middle of her program (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | July 21, 2013 | 3:07 PM EDT

CBS's Bob Schieffer got a much-needed lesson in recent history Sunday.

During a Face the Nation discussion with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh.), after the host wrongly claimed sequester was "the creation of Congress," Boehner interrupted him saying, "That's wrong. Who insisted on the sequester? The President of the United States" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | | July 21, 2013 | 3:04 PM EDT

Earlier today (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), I noted that MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry blamed Detroit's bankruptcy on "government (that) is small enough to drown in your bathtub," and claimed that it reflects “exactly the kind of thing that many Republicans would impose on us.”

Nothing can top that, right? Wrong. MSNBC's Ed Schultz did, by more directly blaming Republicans. With an accompanying graphic containing photos of current Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, former President Ronald Reagan, and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney above the words "Conservative Utopia," Schultz claimed that the city's failure is "thanks to a lot of Republican policies" and "is exactly what the Republicans want." The relevant transcript follows the jump (video is at RealClearPolitics; HT Hot Air; bolds are mine):

By Noel Sheppard | | July 21, 2013 | 2:25 PM EDT

As NewsBusters has been reporting, the Obama-loving media's gushing and fawning over the President's address Friday concerning race and the George Zimmerman verdict has been nothing less than sick-making.

Potentially the most vomitous remark yet came from New York Times columnist David Brooks who actually said on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday - with a straight face, no less! - it "was a symphony" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | July 21, 2013 | 12:51 PM EDT

Unlike most of the Obama-loving media, PBS's Tavis Smiley has been deeply critical of the President's comments Friday regarding race and the George Zimmerman verdict.

Smiley continued his criticism on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday saying, "I don't know how he argues he can't lead us in a conversation on this, but he can on gay marriage?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | | July 21, 2013 | 10:46 AM EDT

Melissa Harris-Perry, one of the panel guests on MSNBC's "Now" program on Friday,  managed to tie Detroit's bankruptcy to small government, i.e., "when government is small enough to drown in your bathtub," and to analogize it to "exactly the kind of thing that many Republicans would impose on us." Really.

The relevant transcript from RealClearPolitics, followed by comments from Erika Johnsen at Hot Air and Noah Rothman at Mediaite, are after the jump:

By Tim Graham | | July 21, 2013 | 9:46 AM EDT

In this week's People magazine, they profile George Stephanopoulos and his wife, actress/comedian Ali Wentworth. As might be expected, the spouse offers a little too much information. Would most men like their wife telling People magazine “He will sing and dance to ‘Dreamgirls’ with the kids and cry at ‘The Little Mermaid’”?

As the story wrapped up, readers learned that no one except George takes a prayer before meals seriously:

By Tim Graham | | July 21, 2013 | 7:03 AM EDT

If you were wondering whether any liberal media veteran could have made the networks sound less clueless about the reasons for Detroit filing for bankruptcy, one answer was longtime Washington Post foreign correspondent Keith Richburg. In an article on the Post website (but not in the newspaper), Richburg wrote painfully about the demise of his beloved hometown, and how racial polarization and crime and political corruption have destroyed it.

His personal story, including his relatives who remained in the urban blight, offered the most gripping testimony:

By Tim Graham | | July 20, 2013 | 11:14 PM EDT

Politico is choosing the present moment to attempt to define MSNBC host Al Sharpton as a centrist. Media reporter Mackenzie Weinger began: "The Rev. Al Sharpton has gone mainstream. The killing of Trayvon Martin has provided Sharpton a high-profile opportunity to portray himself as a responsible actor on the stage of race relations in America and consolidate his standing as a moderate leader in the black community."

This apparently is defined simply by sticking close to President Obama and not signaling violence against "white interlopers" on this occasion. Sharpton is a racial and political squish?

By Jeffrey Meyer | | July 20, 2013 | 10:44 PM EDT

One of the most shocking MSNBC moves was the decision to hire the highly controversial political activist Al Sharpton as a host on its "Lean Forward" network. Despite the clear conflict of interest of a so-called "news network" hiring a man to anchor his own show as he leads highly charged political and racial marches, both MSNBC and the Washington Post can barely recognize the serious ethical and professional problems with employing Sharpton.

On July 20, the Post ran a 20-paragraph puff piece on Sharpton's "many hats" on the front page of the Style section, offering no real criticism of his role as activist/host. (Nobody found the ethical mess anything harsher than an "interesting case study.") Author Paul Farhi began his piece highlighting Sharpton's hands-on role in the Trayvon Martin case, describing how he messily blurred his roles:

By Noel Sheppard | | July 20, 2013 | 6:01 PM EDT

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin during their concert at Yankee Stadium Friday night.

In a video captured by a member of the audience, as the couple began their last song of the evening - "Forever Young" - Jay-Z yelled to the crowd, "Everybody put a cell phone and light it up. Let's light the sky for Trayvon Martin tonight in here":