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By Matthew Sheffield | August 31, 2012 | 9:44 AM EDT

Over the past several years, even as the circulation and influence of traditional media has declined, there has been an explosion in the numbers of journalists producing sois-disant "fact-checking" pieces. As the god that failed (the media) has become tarnished, a new one ("fact-checking") has been set up.

Unfortunately, as our friends at IBD note today, such attempts to hold politicians accountable, often leave much to be desired:

By Brad Wilmouth | August 31, 2012 | 8:30 AM EDT

Appearing toward the end of Thursday night's MSNBC live coverage of the Republican National Convention, Time magazine's Mark Halperin defended President Barack Obama's infamous "You didn't build that" gaffe, as he portrayed President Obama as attempting to defend himself from false accusations by the GOP.

After host Chris Matthews asserted a bit past 12:35 a.m. that Obama had not really waived work requirements for welfare recipients, Halperin complained:

By Geoffrey Dickens | August 31, 2012 | 2:15 AM EDT

Just moments after Mitt Romney finished his acceptance speech, NBC’s Tom Brokaw and Chuck Todd painted the GOP nominee as a backwards-looking candidate who was going back to the GOP’s “extreme” and less “inclusive” past.

On NBC’s live coverage of Thursday’s Republican National Convention, Brokaw recalled covering Romney’s father and observed that while George Romney “fought” to make the GOP “more moderate,” “less extreme” and “more inclusive” his son was becoming  “much more conservative.” For his part, Todd thought Romney’s speech was full of “optimistic nostalgia” and “return to” phrases that reminded him of failed ‘96 GOP presidential nominee Bob Dole’s acceptance speech that looked “backwards.” Todd added: “I think the Obama folks are gonna be responsive to that.” (video after the jump)

By Matthew Balan | August 31, 2012 | 12:51 AM EDT

MSNBC's Chris Matthews didn't even wait for the balloons and the confetti to stop falling before laying into Mitt Romney. Moments after the former Massachusetts governor finished his Thursday night speech at the Republican National Convention, Matthews slammed the supposedly "very dark, very jingoistic, very anti-scientific, and, really, Know-Nothing" elements of the address.

The left-wing host concluded that "on science, on war and peace...I personally think this was a bad address for the American people." Matthews later went on a tear on how Romney was apparently "narrow-minded...small and insular and piggish...to say, we don't care about the planet we live on, which is getting hotter." [audio available here; video below the jump]

By Geoffrey Dickens | August 31, 2012 | 12:18 AM EDT

NBC news, during its live Thursday night coverage of the RNC,  skipped the first two-minutes and 50 seconds of Marco Rubio’s speech, as they joined the Florida Senator’s speech in progress after a commercial break. Viewers of NBC missed Rubio’s call for “prayers that soon freedom and liberty” will arrive in Cuba and recalling his grandfather’s inspiring message that: “There was no limit in how far I could go because I was an American.”

This wasn't the first time NBC snubbed a conservative minority during this year's RNC. On Wednesday, its cable channel broadcast the speeches of only one minority Republican speaker, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley. While he was speaking, former House member Artur Davis was derided by MSNBC's Rachel Maddow as "a lower profile speaker" despite the fact that he had switched parties and was President Obama's first major endorser not from Illinois.

By Matt Hadro | August 30, 2012 | 11:49 PM EDT

CNN's Piers Morgan fell on his face Thursday trying to fact-check Paul Ryan's RNC speech from the previous night. He was proven wrong not only by CNN's own report, but also by his guest Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Challenging Ryan's point that a GM plant closed under Obama after he said it would stay open for years if it cooperated with the government, Morgan said the plant "closed down under George Bush, in December of that year," in agreement with the Obama campaign.

By Tim Graham | August 30, 2012 | 10:23 PM EDT

Clint Eastwood asked from the convention stage on Thursday night how Obama answers someone who wants answers about why he can't solve the unemployment problem. The answer came Wednesday in Obama's online chat with Reddit, as The Atlantic posted.

A student lamented that "we worked for you, we campaigned for you," and now can't find work:

By Tim Graham | August 30, 2012 | 9:51 PM EDT

The David Chalian Thesis -- that Republicans can easily party while black people drown -- has been endorsed now not only by the Daily Kos, but by leftist radio host Mike Malloy. On Wednesday night's show, he proclaimed: "You see how that works see how that works? You know in your gut, if you're a normal person, you know that what Chalian said was abso-goddamn-lutely true! You know it was true!

Malloy added: "Except happy might have been the right word, um impervious may have been a better word. Uh, didn't give a damn might have been a better phrase that people were drowning, black people were drowning while these Caucasian freaks are having their enormous circle-jerk in Tampa."

By Brent Baker | August 30, 2012 | 9:27 PM EDT

NBC News demonstrated again Thursday night it has become little more than the more-watched broadcast arm of MSNBC, advancing the same left-wing attacks on conservatives as first trotted out on the cable side. While ABC and CBS managed to refrain from airing entire stories and interviews aimed to discredit Paul Ryan, NBC did not.

In packaging Obama campaign talking points, however, Chuck Todd had to concede the accuracy of what Ryan asserted in his Wednesday night convention address, humorously leading Todd to conclude that “what he said many times was technically factual” but, “by what he left out,” he “actually distorted the actual truth.”

By NB Staff | August 30, 2012 | 8:46 PM EDT

Live chat with NB members about the RNC, day three. Please click through below the fold

By Matt Hadro | August 30, 2012 | 7:50 PM EDT

Piers Morgan said on Thursday that the Todd Akin controversy supports "the argument that the Republican Party is anti-women," playing into the Democratic playbook.

"I suppose the problem is what it does is it lends again succor to the argument that the Republican Party is anti-women," he stated after bringing up Akin's remarks in an interview with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his wife Cindy.

By Ken Shepherd | August 30, 2012 | 6:18 PM EDT

While the Obama acolytes at MSNBC are insisting that the Janesville, Wisconsin, GM plant was "closed" in December 2008 on President Bush's watch, NBC News senior political editor Mark Murray was more nuanced in an appearance with Thomas Roberts on MSNBC shortly after 2:30 p.m. Eastern today. Even so, Murray's reporting was misleading and is easily negated by a Web search turning up reporting by the Janesville [Wis.] Gazette from February 2009.

Here's what Murray told Roberts:

By Matthew Sheffield | August 30, 2012 | 6:14 PM EDT

Speaking with NewsBusters at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer reacted strongly to the offensive joke made by ousted Yahoo News Washington bureau chief David Chalian that Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife Ann.

"It baffles me that somebody like that could even be hired in the first place," Fleischer said.

By Clay Waters | August 30, 2012 | 4:59 PM EDT

Leave it to former New York Times political correspondent (now Los Angeles bureau chief) Adam Nagourney to find bad news for Romney in his running mate's Paul Ryan's rapturously received convention speech. "With Speech, Ryan May Have Helped Himself More Than Romney," Nagourney nagged in a Thursday afternoon "Caucus" post.

By every measure – the cheers in the hall, the praise from commentators across the country, the elation among aides to Mitt Romney – Representative Paul D. Ryan’s speech accepting the vice-presidential nomination was a hit. He aggressively framed the campaign against President Obama, signaled that he, unlike some previous vice-presidential candidates, had no compunctions about leading the attack, and anchored Mr. Romney in a conservative school of thought that has come to define the Republican Party.

By Tim Graham | August 30, 2012 | 4:56 PM EDT

Today's Washington Post reports a firm called Experian Marketing Services has labored to find out how the political parties can locate their most loyal voters. For their category of “Super Democrats,” that list starts with  -- shocker --  Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

“The segments we will focus on in this post include the Super Democrats and Ultra Conservatives segments, which represent the most party loyal voters for Democrats and Republicans, respectively," they declared, "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central has the highest concentration of Super Democrats of any non-news cable or broadcast show on TV." Colbert was second, and NBC's 30 Rock came in third.