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By Matt Hadro | | September 17, 2013 | 2:37 PM EDT

[UPDATED BELOW] Three times on Tuesday morning, CNN mentioned sequester cuts as a possible culprit behind the security breach at the Navy Yard that led to Monday's shooting there. A CNN headline actually read "Did Government Cuts Put Lives at Risk?"

This came after a former Navy commander warned on CNN that blaming the sequester was "very premature." And just before noon, correspondent Dana Bash reported that "what I've been told is the answer is absolutely not" as to the sequester having a role in the security breach.

By Brad Wilmouth | | September 17, 2013 | 1:33 PM EDT

On Monday's The Last Word show, after former chess champion and Russian political activist Garry Kasparov charged that President Obama had "blown up [the] reputation of his office" by allowing Russian President Vladimir Putin to talk him down from his "red line" warning against Syria, MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell tried to argue that Obama had not really lost face since he never specifically promised military action, even though the President warned of "enormous consequences" if chemical weapons were used.

The back and forth started after O'Donnell asked "what advice" the Russian activist had for Secretary of State John Kerry's "day to day negotiations" on the matter, prompting Kasparov to respond:

By Ken Shepherd | | September 17, 2013 | 12:50 PM EDT

Today is Constitution Day marking the close 226 years ago of the constitutional convention in Philadelphia. Yet when it comes to constitutional rights, the Washington Post prefers those read into it the document by judicial activists on the Supreme Court over those plainly written in the text of the federal charter. Witness today's editorial page, which both pushes for more gun control, ostensibly to save lives, while blasting the Commonwealth of Virginia's new abortion clinic regulations, which make abortions rarer and hence, well, save lives.

"Will this latest massacre move Americans to more than sorrow?" the Post editorial board asked in the subheadline of their pro-gun control editorial, "Regret, reloaded." "Everything was supposed to change after a man with a semiautomatic weapon mowed down 20 elementary school children in their classrooms last December. But for the politicians, nothing changed," the Post groused.

By Kyle Drennen | | September 17, 2013 | 12:29 PM EDT

In an interview on Tuesday's NBC Today with Dr. Janis Orlowski, chief medical officer for Medstar Washington Hospital Center, co-host Matt Lauer seized on her call for an end to gun violence following Monday's Navy Yard shooting as a demand for gun restrictions: "You say you didn't want to wade into the issue of gun control and yet your comments are resonating with people..." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Though Orlowski never specifically mentioned gun control, Lauer fretted: "...but we also heard emotional comments after Newtown and Aurora, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. Are you worried that your comments will be soon forgotten, as it seems some of those other comments have been forgotten?"

By Paul Bremmer | | September 17, 2013 | 12:15 PM EDT

MSNBC’s Alex Witt loves to ask questions that try to steer her guests toward a certain response, and she was at it again on Saturday’s edition of Weekends with Alex Witt. The host attempted to get three separate guests to agree with her that President Obama was last week’s “big winner” for stumbling onto a potential diplomatic solution to the Syrian crisis. When the third guest was critical of Obama, an incredulous Witt challenged his answer.

During the first hour of her two-hour program, Witt was discussing the recent U.S.-Russia deal to try and get Syrian President Bashar al Assad to give up his chemical weapons. She asked Reuters columnist David Rohde: “You know, doesn't President Obama actually come out the big winner here ultimately? Because without firing a shot, you said you believe that Syria will get rid of its chemical weapons.”

By Scott Whitlock | | September 17, 2013 | 12:11 PM EDT

  A mass shooting couldn't halt Good Morning America's continuing disintegration from a news program to a tabloid-obsessed entertainment show. On Tuesday, the show devoted more time to Britney Spears's new Las Vegas show and Dancing With the Stars than to the slaughter of 12 people in Washington D.C. The journalists at GMA allowed nine minutes and 24 seconds to the massacre at the Navy Yard. However, an interview with Spears and a full report on dissecting Dancing With the Stars (another ABC program) amounted to 11 minutes and 54 seconds.

At 7am, before even launching into a recounting of the attack near the nation's Capitol building, anchor George Stephanopoulos teased, "We do have a packed show this morning. There is Sam [Champion], right in the middle of the Nevada desert. Right there. We're going to get to him in a little bit for the Britney Spears live event." He then awkwardly shifted topics: "But right now, that major story in Washington, the massacre at the Navy Yard..." [See a video montage below. MP3 audio here.]

By Noel Sheppard | | September 17, 2013 | 11:56 AM EDT

Executive editor's note: Due to an error made by a secondary source, the piece below incorrectly claimed that Warren Buffett had called for the repeal of Obamacare in 2013. The interview which was cited actually took place in 2010. We regret the error.

When Warren Buffett proposed higher taxes on millionaires in 2011, the media gushed and fawned giving him and his views airtime as if Elvis Presley returned from the dead.

Will they be as fascinating by the Oracle of Omaha stating that ObamaCare should be scrapped?

By Kristine Marsh | | September 17, 2013 | 11:30 AM EDT

The American media have long supported gun control, but they have increased their attacks on the gun industry since the Newtown shooting in December with a careful shift in the language they use. The media will most likely exploit the tragic shooting at D.C.’s Navy Yard to push the propaganda term.

While the commonplace “gun control” has an aggressive connotation to it, and rightfully so, liberals have attempted to replace it with the softer-sounding “gun reform” to make their agenda more acceptable. And the print and broadcast media have followed suit in adopting the expression. An Agence France-Presse piece, published just hours after the Navy Yard attack, called anti-gun Sen. Dianne Feinstein a “Senate gun-reform advocate.”

By Noel Sheppard | | September 17, 2013 | 11:01 AM EDT

As NewsBusters previously reported, CNN's Piers Morgan repeatedly claimed Monday that the alleged Washington, D.C., Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis brought an AR-15 into the facility. Morgan made such assertions despite reports that this might not have been the case.

On Tuesday, CNN.com reported that not only didn't Alexis bring an AR-15 with him, that type of rifle might not have been involved in the massacre at all:

By Noel Sheppard | | September 17, 2013 | 10:25 AM EDT

CNN has been hyping the return of Crossfire for months, but given the ratings the first week, it seems the public wasn't buying it.

Quite the contrary, numbers reported by The Wrap Monday show this not so new venture by the supposedly most trusted name in news is a bomb of epic proportions.

By Katie Yoder | | September 17, 2013 | 10:11 AM EDT

Already marked by violence, sex, and anti-Catholicism, it was going to take real creativity for “American Horror Story” to achieve shock value this season. What would fit the bill? A witch who kills via vagina, of course. 

Taissa Farmiga described her new character, Zoe, in Sept. 20’s Entertainment Weekly, saying, “She’s kind of this sweet girl – except she kills people with her vagina.” 

By Tim Graham | | September 17, 2013 | 9:02 AM EDT

Graham Nash donated almost $4,000 to Barack Obama in 2008. But you'd never know it from Washington Post music writer Chris Richards, who penned a mouth-breathing valentine to Nash in Tuesday's paper titled "Resonant Rocker." The story begins "While America mulls over a foreign war," and Nash is preparing for a concert and dragging out a 42-year-old hippie peace anthem about "Military Madness."

Richards makes it obvious on Tuesday that he deeply loves hippie musician Graham Nash, who he says sings with an “incredibly handsome instrument” and  “over the decades, his songbook has struck a rare and brilliant balance between the personal and the political, each lending more gravity to the other.” But the name Obama never comes up in the article. With Obama's wars and NSA spying scoops, it becomes especially ridiculous as Richards discusses 2006 concert by Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young that included the song "Let's Impeach the President": 

By Mark Finkelstein | | September 17, 2013 | 8:34 AM EDT

Imagine that George W. Bush had decided to proceed with a harsh, partisan speech attacking Democrats for "hurting people," despite a scene of mass murder unfolding just 3.5 miles away.  On today's Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough imagined just such a scenario, and came to the inescapable conclusion: his own MSNBC network and the MSM at large would be "killing" W for his insensitivity and poor judgment.

Panelist John Heilemann of New York magazine grudgingly agreed that Scarborough's assessement was "kinda fair."  But Mika Brzezinski empathized with our poor president: he was in a "horrible position."  View the video after the jump.

By Amy Ridenour | | September 16, 2013 | 11:45 PM EDT

How frightened is the Washington Post of being accused of racism? Apparently, very.

As the Washington Navy Yard shootings story was still breaking mid-day Monday, the Post hastened to assure its readers that a witness who identified a shooter as a black man is black himself:  "He was a tall black guy," said her co-worker, Todd Brundage, who is black.  "He didn't say a word." The Post is basically saying it's okay to say it, you see, because they found a black man to say the word.

By Tim Graham | | September 16, 2013 | 10:33 PM EDT

The White House Correspondents Association voted for diversity and “inclusion” on Monday by putting the gay newspaper The Washington Blade into its print pool (which takes turns filing detailed reports on the president’s trips and events for other reporters to use when they don’t want a large press contingent).

Other opinionated outlets have been in the pool. The leftist U.K. Guardian was added as well. But statements from both the WHCA and the Blade stretched the limits of credulity. First, the obviously liberal and pro-gay Blade claimed they had a tradition of objectivity: