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By NB Staff | | June 3, 2013 | 9:56 AM EDT

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By Tim Graham | | June 3, 2013 | 7:51 AM EDT

MSNBC’s ratings are so bad that even The Huffington Post is slamming its decline. On their media page, Olivia Nuzzi wrote an article titled “MSNBC: ‘All In’ or ‘All Over’?”

“MSNBC has hit a ratings low in primetime not seen since the days that the network still carried a show hosted by raspy-voiced Fox News refugee Rita Cosby,” Nuzzi wrote. Especially disappointing were the 8pm ratings of "pleasant but exceedingly dry" Chris Hayes after they put Ed Schultz out to pasture on the weekends:

By Noel Sheppard | | June 2, 2013 | 11:08 PM EDT

Since practically its inception, NewsBusters has been informing readers that MSNBC is not a news network.

In an article to be published in Monday's New York Times, national media reporter Bill Carter actually asked if MSNBC is "being damaged by a perception that it is not really a news channel anymore."

By Tim Graham | | June 2, 2013 | 11:06 PM EDT

The Washington Post offered a roundup of commencement speech wisdom on the front of Saturday’s Style section. It started with Oprah Winfrey urging the graduates of Harvard to think broadly enough to “have more face-to-face conversations with people you may disagree with.”

That’s really not a principle at work inside the liberal media. CBS left that clip out in hailing Oprah's speech on Friday. The only wise people on the Post’s speaker list were liberals they agree with:

By Tom Blumer | | June 2, 2013 | 10:06 PM EDT

Politico's Katie Glueck must have been really desperate for something newsworthy as a Saturday column topic.

She apparently believed it was worth devoting over 1,500 words to a writeup whose key point was that "at least one Republican" doesn't like Texas Governor Rick Perry's aggressive attempts to persuade companies in other states to relocate to or expand in the Lone Star State. She cited only one. Even that person person's criticism was very mild, and it came from someone who, because of his position, couldn't say that what Perry is doing is great even if he wanted to without risking his job. Despite the overdose of verbiage, Glueck also never provided any details of Texas's outsized contribution to the nation's overall mediocre post-recession job growth.

By Noel Sheppard | | June 2, 2013 | 8:24 PM EDT

On Friday, three storm chasers were killed in Oklahoma when a tornado they were following made an unexpected turn in their direction.

Comedian Ralphie May on Sunday dishonored their deaths by tweeting, "Sometimes God just cleans the gene pool up":

By Noel Sheppard | | June 2, 2013 | 6:49 PM EDT

Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift on Friday said something that might explain a lot to conservatives.

After Pat Buchanan commented on PBS’s McLaughlin Group that "the United States is moving towards Third World [education] standards because most of the students coming in now, the principle feeder nation in the country now is Mexico which is at the bottom of the OECD,” Clift replied, “When my ancestors came in they were probably at the low end of the feeder of this also” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | June 2, 2013 | 5:04 PM EDT

NewsBusters reported last Sunday that Jessica Chastain was one of four gorgeous actresses up for the part of Hillary Clinton in the planned 2016 biopic "Rodham."

According to Digital Spy, Chastain denied this during a discussion with journalists at Saturday's Sound of Change concert in London.

By Brent Baker | | June 2, 2013 | 4:58 PM EDT

See no scandal, report no scandal. Jill Abramson, Executive Editor of the New York Times, came down to DC on Sunday to defend President Obama on the scandals and the economy, stressing the leaks cases is the only supposed scandal she cares about as she contended “I’m just not sure” the leaks cases, IRS and Benghazi “come together and create, you know -- quote, unquote -- ‘an atmosphere of scandal.’”

An atmosphere the New York Times is working to prevent.

By Noel Sheppard | | June 2, 2013 | 4:25 PM EDT

He's been at CNN for 23 years, and one could make the case at times the face of the network.

Yet according to a report by the New York Daily News, Wolf Blitzer's air time is going to decline until he's finally replaced by a "younger, hipper host."

By Tom Blumer | | June 2, 2013 | 2:54 PM EDT

This has to be an imaginary story, right? Most Democrats and others on the left continue to insist that voter fraud is not a problem, even in the face of examples like Minnesota U.S. Senator Al Franken, whose 312-vote "victory" margin in 2008 may have entirely consisted (and then some) of illegal votes by felons in just one county.

More recently, it seems that the claim is under revision. A Democratic Party county chair, in a Cincinnati Enquirer story about three out-of-staters who voted or attempted to vote in Ohio,  is reported to have "long said there is no evidence of systemic fraud." Well, though they were were prevented from casting illegal ballots, a Florida Democratic congressman's chief of staff and his alleged cohorts definitely attempted large-scale "systemic" fraud last year. The Miami Herald, which played an important investigative role, had the story on Friday. A Google News search on relevant terms indicates that it's getting very little notice (15 items in total, most in Florida). Excerpts from Patricia Mazzei's Herald story follow the jump (bolds are mine):

By Tim Graham | | June 2, 2013 | 2:47 PM EDT

You can tell there’s been a sudden chilly change in the weekend political weather when Tom Brokaw suggested Eric Holder might have to go. An eon ago -- well actually, on MSNBC's afternoon show "The Cycle" on Thursday -- Brokaw saw nothing serious on the horizon.

MSNBC co-host Toure asked, “With the AP and IRS scandals, we hear the word ‘Watergate’ thrown around a lot. Are these actually Watergate-esque?” Laughter ensued. "No, they're not,” Brokaw replied. “Watergate was a constitutional crisis of the highest order.”

By Brent Baker | | June 2, 2013 | 2:32 PM EDT

Pivoting to the downside for President Obama of the swirling scandals, Meet the Press host David Gregory fretted over “a bigger issue that the President faces, which is where is his agenda left in all this?” Citing a poll showing the public thinks fixing unemployment should be a higher priority than investigations, Gregory despaired: “The President’s coming under fire for losing his scope, effectively, in a second term to rebuild America, to usher in economic restoration.”

“Well, that’s the tragedy for him. It’s a tragedy for all of us,” New York Times columnist Tom Friedman agreed. 

By Noel Sheppard | | June 2, 2013 | 1:51 PM EDT

The ice seems to be cracking beneath Attorney General Eric Holder's feet.

When asked by NBC Meet the Press host David Gregory Sunday if Holder is going to "stay in the job" given the leaks investigation scandal, former NBC Night News host Tom Brokaw replied, "Boy, I think it’s tough to see how he does" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | June 2, 2013 | 1:09 PM EDT

Arianna Huffington got a much-needed education about 501(c)(4)s Sunday.

When she claimed during an ABC This Week discussion about the Internal Revenue Service scandal that Crossroads GPS shouldn't have qualified because "it was all about politics," former George W. Bush senior advisor Karl Rove struck back (video follows with transcript and commentary):