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By Kyle Drennen | | July 16, 2013 | 4:21 PM EDT

In a contentious exchange with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Sunday's NBC Meet the Press, moderator David Gregory lectured the Republican for writing a letter to the NFL opposing Obama administration efforts to use the sports league to promote ObamaCare: "...it was striking how political it was....You refer to it as a bill; it's actually the law of the land....How can you write such a letter at a time when don't you feel the need for people to understand what the new law is?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

McConnell stood by his opposition: "It's a massive, complicated, unpopular bill. Obviously, if we had the votes, we would repeal it." Gregory ranted: "But, Leader, it's not – but you support the democratic process. This is not a bill. This has been passed; this is the law of the land. You refer to it as a bill. Doesn't that undermine? I mean, if the shoe were on the other foot and it were a law that was passed by Republicans in Congress, would you not refer to it as the law of the land and want to see it implemented as best it could be, despite the fact you disagree with it?"

By Andrew Lautz | | July 16, 2013 | 4:19 PM EDT

New York Times Magazine correspondent Mark Leibovich has made waves in Washington, D.C. recently with the release of This Town, his tell-all account of the “universally disliked” culture in our nation’s capital. Leibovich appeared on Tuesday’s Morning Joe to promote his controversial book, and to discuss the breakdown of Washington journalism with co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

Leibovich suggested he wrote This Town to “hold a mirror to the culture” of the nation’s capital, and that the ultimate takeaway of his work is that “everyone fundamentally is disappointed with Washington.” But Leibovich’s history of partisanship, as documented by NewsBusters, suggests that the reporter is very much a part of the dysfunction inside the Beltway. Leibovich has a history of praising Democrats and bashing Republicans, all in a day’s work at the left-wing New York Times.

By Matt Hadro | | July 16, 2013 | 3:11 PM EDT

Morgan Spurlock poses simply as the host of a CNN mini-series Inside Man, meant to take the audience "inside" a number of issues like guns, immigration, and education. As his evident bias on the "Guns" and "Immigration" episodes shows, however, Spurlock's documentaries score liberal points rather than just educate CNN viewers, as his innocuous promos suggest.

On Sunday night's "Immigration" episode, Spurlock actually marched with immigrant activists pushing for immigration reform. Most of the episode sympathized with a group of guest workers and immigration activists while no air time was given to opponents of the current immigration bill before Congress. [Video below the break. Audio here.]

By Lauren Enk | | July 16, 2013 | 2:39 PM EDT

When the first episode of your new show begins with a lesbian love scene, you know it’ll be an instant Hollywood and media hit.

“Orange Is the New Black,” just released as a Netflix webseries, is a raunchy dramedy about an educated white, ex-lesbian woman who gets involved with a drug ring and spends 15 months in a women’s prison. Judging from the first few episodes, the series promises to be chock-full of lesbian sex, nudity, druggies, transgenders and other decidedly tasteless content. And liberals in the media are lapping it up.  

By Mike Ciandella | | July 16, 2013 | 1:02 PM EDT

Dan Gainor appeared on "Varney & Co." With Stuart Varney, on July 16, to discuss the "privacy issue with Obamacare." "Is the Media making the link between the personal information we've got to give to the IRS, and the intrusions of Obamacare?" Varney asked Gainor. "Not even slightly." Gainor replied.

"It's been three years now since Obama released this data grab for Obamacare," Gainor said. "It's supposed to save us $81 billion a year, and now studies say it may end up costing us money, not saving us a dime. And, you know, we're in the midst of this huge data scandal involving the NSA Data is everywhere. The media have not connected the dots about that, they have not warned us the dangers of electronic medical records, and all in the context of Obamacare. Not once."

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By Noel Sheppard | | July 16, 2013 | 12:59 PM EDT

George Zimmerman haters throughout the media have carped and whined about the fact that there weren’t any African-Americans on the jury despite the law requiring the accused NOT the victim be judged by his peers.

On CNN Newsroom Tuesday, it was revealed that a potential black juror had been struck by the prosecution for committing the crime of being a Fox News watcher (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Jeffrey Meyer | | July 16, 2013 | 12:05 PM EDT

Following state senator Wendy Davis’ 13-hour filibuster to protest new abortion restrictions, the liberal media immediately jumped to support the Texas Democrat, hailing her up as the future of the Democratic Party, seeing her as a future Texas governor and who knows, maybe even future president. So it was refreshing to read, in the Daily Beast of all publications, a piece by Stuart Stevens, observing that, “overwhelmingly Democratic newsrooms remain incapable of hearing voices different from their own.”

In his July 14 online story, the former senior advisor to Mitt Romney observed that the Wendy Davis situation is an example of a situation, in the words of Bryan Moore of the National Association of Black Journalists, where people are “too often incapable of hearing voices different from our own. We, therefore, are telling our readers an incomplete, inaccurate story.”

By Tim Graham | | July 16, 2013 | 11:09 AM EDT

Dylan Byers at Politico underlined that all of MSNBC's focus on the Zimmerman trial did not pay off when the verdict came down on Saturday night -- a time when MSNBC is usually running stale "Lockup" shows.

During the 10-11 p.m. hour, when the verdict was released, Fox News had 3,682,000 total viewers while MSNBC with 1,298.000. (CNN and HLN both placed ahead of MSNBC).

By Paul Bremmer | | July 16, 2013 | 10:35 AM EDT

In the wake of the jury’s "not guilty" verdict in the George Zimmerman second-degree murder trial, numerous voices in the liberal media have been railing against supposed racism in our justice system and American society in general. But for MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, the verdict is not merely a message about race relations in America; it is a commentary on the status of all Americans who are different.

Filling in as host on Sunday’s Weekends with Alex Witt, Roberts, an openly gay white anchor, was moderating a discussion of the Zimmerman case when he decided to jump in with commentary of his own. Addressing colleague Melissa Harris-Perry, who hosts a weekend program on the network and who happens to be black, Roberts declared, “I'll say it, honestly, there's a lot of white shame today.” [Video below the break. MP3 audio here.]

By Scott Whitlock | | July 16, 2013 | 10:28 AM EDT

Former Newsweek editor Howard Fineman on Monday huffed that the reaction from liberals to the acquittal of George Zimmerman has been "measured" and "grieving." However, conservatives have been "accusatory." Apparently, Fineman doesn't watch MSNBC, the network he frequently appears on. His colleague, Toure, condemned America today as the same country that 1955 murder victim Emmett Till lived in.

Fineman appeared on Hardball with host Chris Matthews and derided Ann Coulter's reaction: "She's on it for the show." Regarding Newt Gingrich's insistence that some protesters are nothing more than a "lynch mob," Fineman mocked, "Newt can sometimes be a human sneer." Speaking of Coulter, Gingrich and Republican Congressman Steve King, Matthews lectured that the reaction "was loudest among the people who frequently try to stoke the fire and polarize any issue that comes to the fore." [See video after jump. MP3 audio here.]

By Kristine Marsh | | July 16, 2013 | 10:18 AM EDT

Identity theft. Government corruption. Ineffective solutions and broken promises. All of these problems have stemmed from electronic storage of medical records, but the United States is still moving forward with President Obama’s initiative he set in motion three years ago.

On July 13, 2010, President Obama mandated that hospitals and doctor’s offices convert all their paper medical records into a government-approved and regulated electronic system under the HITECH (Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health) Act.

By Matthew Sheffield | | July 16, 2013 | 10:11 AM EDT

On his radio show yesterday, Rush Limbaugh heaped high praise on Brent Bozell and Tim Graham's new book Collusion calling it "essential" and pointing out how the book is more than just "somebody's opinion."

Limbaugh also pointed out the very important truth that even though journalists receive low trust ratings in polls of the general public, the information they report is still believed, something many conservatives who see the reality of media bias often forget.

By Noel Sheppard | | July 16, 2013 | 9:47 AM EDT

It's really getting absurd out there.

On Monday evening, Stevie Wonder told a concert audience in Quebec City that he will no longer perform in Florida or any other state with "Stand Your Ground" laws as a result of the George Zimmerman verdict (video follows with partial transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | | July 16, 2013 | 8:37 AM EDT

In two morning stories on Weekend Edition Sunday, National Public Radio demonstrated their sensibilities toward Christianity and Islam. First, as Matthew Balan reported, anchor Rachel Martin interviewed Bible-bungling author Reza Aslan and promoted another Jesus-ain't-God book in the face of millions of Christian taxpayers who subsidize NPR.

It’s no surprise that NPR would be delighted that their colleagues in public broadcasting at Britain’s Channel 4 would air the Muslim call to prayer during Ramadan, and interviewed Ibraham Mogra of the Muslim Council of Britain. In this interview, Martin was throwing softballs about how delighted the Muslims were, and no one at NPR would question whether Islam was a false religion, as they'd just asserted about Christianity:

By Randy Hall | | July 16, 2013 | 8:07 AM EDT

One of the most important things a journalist is supposed to do is check, double check, and sometimes even triple check sources to make sure the news being reported is accurate.

That's not what happened in the case involving George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin, according to Rem Rieder, a former journalism professor and a media columnist for USA Today. Instead, the members of the news media portrayed Zimmerman as “the neighborhood watch captain/'wannabe cop'” who profiled Martin, “an unarmed, hoodie-clad black teenager” out on the streets “simply because he wanted some Skittles.”