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By Tom Blumer | | July 17, 2013 | 6:04 PM EDT

In a "How can he possibly top this?" move, Eric Holder's Justice Department "is trolling for email tips on the former neighborhood watch volunteer (George Zimmerman) as it weighs a possible federal civil rights case against him."

What other establishment press outlets besides Fox News will cover this? And if they do, which of them (if any) will note the mountain of exculpatory evidence about Zimmerman? First, excerpts from Fox's report by Jake Gibson, followed by the accumulated evidence that Zimmerman more than likely hasn't a racist bone in his body (HT to a frequent tipster, who saw coverage of this on a Fox show earlier today; bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Ken Shepherd | | July 17, 2013 | 5:53 PM EDT

Updated below: Wemple doubles down | Are you genuinely offended and angered by Rolling Stone magazine putting a glamour-style photograph of Boston bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of its August 1 edition, plugging its corresponding cover story, "The Bomber," by promising readers a look at "How a Popular, Promising Student Was Failed by His Family, Fell Into Radical Islam and Became a Monster"?

You are? Well, you're certainly not alone, but Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple thinks you're just another cog in "our country's tedious outrage machine." From his July 17 blog post filed shortly before 11 a.m. and headlined, "To Rolling Stone detractors: Please":

By Paul Bremmer | | July 17, 2013 | 5:34 PM EDT

To those of us who pay attention to the news media, it is clear that journalists played a major role in stirring up public outrage over the Trayvon Martin killing by essentially assuming George Zimmerman’s guilt before all the facts of the case were known. But on Tuesday, ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams tried to absolve the media of any wrongdoing in covering the shooting and subsequent trial, claiming that he and other journalists “evolved” in their view of the incident.

On the July 16 edition of his eponymous program, PBS host Charlie Rose asked Abrams to evaluate the media’s coverage of the Zimmerman trial. Abrams made a confession that might have applied to many journalists and many Americans in general: [Video below. MP3 audio here.]

By Andrew Lautz | | July 17, 2013 | 5:30 PM EDT

Mainstream media outlets have offered effusive praise for Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) since her 11-hour filibuster against a bill that would limit abortion access in the Lone Star State. Despite the bill’s recent and overwhelming passage through both chambers of the Texas state legislature, the national media continue to cheer on their latest liberal darling – and hype her upcoming fundraising trip to our nation’s capital.

ABC News’s The Note – the network’s online political blog – fawned over Davis’s forthcoming visit to Washington, D.C. in a Wednesday post, with “Wendy Davis Goes to Washington” displayed prominently on the front page.

By Kyle Drennen | | July 17, 2013 | 5:26 PM EDT

On Wednesday's NBC Today, a report by correspondent Kerry Sanders featured a series of sound bites of public figures, all of them liberal, reacting to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman. Most of the statements focused on using Martin's death to call for the elimination of Stand Your Ground self-defense laws. [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Sanders began the slanted segment by highlighting protests against the verdict: "Four days after George Zimmerman was found not guilty of second-degree murder or manslaughter, the number of rallies in memory of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is growing....In Florida's capitol, dozens of demonstrators peacefully occupied the Governor's office....The Governor wasn't there, but they vow to stay until he gets back."

By Noel Sheppard | | July 17, 2013 | 5:00 PM EDT

As NewsBusters reported Wednesday, Rolling Stone magazine's upcoming August issue features a picture of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover.

Within hours, CVS/pharmacy, Rite Aid, and Walgreens have announced that they won't be selling this issue in their stores.

By Matthew Sheffield | | July 17, 2013 | 5:00 PM EDT

The Associated Press, the most powerful and widely used wire service in the world, decided last week to lend its support to the extremist views of Texas state senator Wendy Davis by utlizing a Twitter hashtag #StandWithWendy used by her supporters.

After pro-life bloggers called attention to the tweet, AP deleted the tweet from its official timeline but the wire service has still not apologized for its action.

By Julia A. Seymour | | July 17, 2013 | 4:46 PM EDT

Hess Corp. and Newfield Exploration Co. give up on drilling in Upper Delaware.

By Nathan Roush | | July 17, 2013 | 4:40 PM EDT

On the Monday night edition of All In, Chris Hayes featured a segment decrying what he considered a racially-motivated overzealous prosecution of Marissa Alexander, an African-American Florida woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison after firing a warning shot in the vicinity of her estranged husband, with whom she was having a dispute. [Link to the audio here]

Hayes hosted a panel which included Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) to discuss the story, and its implications when compared against the outcome of the Zimmerman case. Rep. Brown passionately exclaimed that this case showed “institutional racism” in the justice system. Hayes and the panel agreed with Brown about her opinion that Alexander had been overcharged for her crime and called into question the legitimacy of “mandatory minimum” laws, which require a preset minimum sentence if convicted of certain crimes. But according to an Associated Press report, the story is a lot more complex than that. 

By Noel Sheppard | | July 17, 2013 | 4:26 PM EDT

Jay Leno continued his comedic attacks on the White House Tuesday.

Early in his NBC Tonight Show monologue, the host said, “Last week, President Obama told a group of school children that broccoli was his favorite food, which the kids seemed to believe. They believed him. Then he told them ObamaCare would reduce the deficit - the kids all burst out laughing.”

By Andrew Lautz | | July 17, 2013 | 4:23 PM EDT

Bloomberg columnist Margaret Carlson tied immigration reform to the shooting of Trayvon Martin on Wednesday’s Morning Joe, claiming Republican voters oppose the Senate immigration bill because they believe “immigrants are, you know, people in hoodies.” While the inflammatory line would no doubt be well-received on a liberal network like MSNBC, it seems somewhat unbecoming of a professional political journalist.

Suffice it to say, Carlson was not called out by her fellow panelists for the hyperbolic comment. Carlson also commended Thomas Friedman’s latest op-ed in The New York Times, entitled “If Churchill Could See Us Now,” in which Friedman – who recently held up China as a paragon of greatness, so long as they don’t emulate the “American Dream” – blasted House Republicans for making this country “un-great”:

By Matt Hadro | | July 17, 2013 | 3:46 PM EDT

In an essay for gay and lesbian magazine Advocate, CNN's openly-gay anchor Don Lemon insisted that the public has accepted the gay and lesbian lifestyle and anyone who opposes it is a loon.

"These days, it seems absurd that anyone would want to deny civil and human rights to anyone," Lemon wrote. He also lobbied for black Christians to accept homosexuality as normal.

By Scott Whitlock | | July 17, 2013 | 3:45 PM EDT

 The tax records of political candidates and certain donors were improperly accessed by government officials, but the Justice Department has refused to prosecute, according to the Washington Times. This revelation, published on Tuesday, has been ignored by the morning and evening newscasts of CBS, NBC and ABC.

Times writers Dave Boyer and Ben Wolfgang explained, "In a written response to a request by [Senator Chuck] Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, [Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell] George said a review turned up four cases since 2006 in which unidentified government officials took part in 'unauthorized access or disclosure of tax records of political donors or candidates," including one case he described as 'willful.'"

By Howard Portnoy | | July 17, 2013 | 3:25 PM EDT

It’s too bad for some bloggers that the Internet doesn’t come with an eraser. It would certainly come in handy right now to a whole slew of online “journalists” who seized on the calm before the storm on Sunday as proof that the “white” predictions of riots were way overblown.

Take PoliticsUSA, which prides itself on being a source of “real liberal politics.”

By Jeffrey Meyer | | July 17, 2013 | 1:43 PM EDT

For years, MSNBC has taken a firm stance in favor of pro-abortion rights activists, with daily segments highlighting their support for abortion activists. MSNBC has served as an unofficial mouthpiece for Planned Parenthood, as it regularly brings on  activists from the nation's largest abortion chain to rail against abortion safety laws across the country.

Take for example a recent segment on the July 17 MSNBC Live, in which fill-in host Mara Schiavocampo melodramatically began a segment with a Planned Parenthood representative by claiming that there was a “Another day. Another battle between state legislators and advocates for women's health care this time in Wisconsin.” The MSNBC host proceeded to then interview Tanya Atkinson of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin. No pro-life activist was brought on for balance, nor did Schiavocampo challenge Atkinson on any of her assertions. [See video after jump. MP3 audio here.]