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By Brad Wilmouth | | October 31, 2013 | 4:09 PM EDT

On Wednesday's The Last Word on MSNBC, executive editor Richard Wolffe joined host Lawrence O'Donnell in exonerating President Obama from blame for the recent wave of health insurance policy cancellations, with Wolffe going so far as to dismiss inexpensive insurance policies which presumably are focused on covering expensive, catastrophic health care as being "bad policies" not worthy of existence in spite of the fact that consumers were choosing to purchase them. Wolffe:

By Paul Bremmer | | October 31, 2013 | 3:07 PM EDT

The Daily Beast's Michael Tomasky on Tuesday drew a faulty comparison between the rollout of ObamaCare and the 2005 implementation of President George W. Bush’s Medicare Part D program. The thesis of Tomasky’s article, titled, “Enough Already on Don’t You Remember Medicare Part D?”, was that Republicans should try to help ObamaCare succeed just as Democrats, many of whom had voted against Medicare Part D, tried to help that law succeed after it was passed in 2005.

Riding his high horse, Tomasky declared:

By Tim Graham | | October 31, 2013 | 2:42 PM EDT

In a Hollywood Reporter roundtable of Oscar-contending actors, Josh Brolin said at first he rejected the idea of playing George W. Bush for Oliver Stone: “Why the f— would I want to do that?” Now, “I’m so happy I did that movie.” But did you ever meet Bush? Brolin shot back: "No, no. No interest.”

It began when actor Michael B. Jordan (now in “Fruitvale Station”) asked the other actors, “Do you guys ever feel like you have to stay out of your own way in your own career? Like, if you just stepped out of the equation and let the universe bring it to you?” Brolin replied:

By | | October 31, 2013 | 2:26 PM EDT

Following shocking revelations exposed by NBC News that the Obama Administration knew millions of Americans would lose their health insurance under ObamaCare, the folks at MSNBC have been doing their best to provide cover for President Obama and Democrats in Congress.

Despite this damning revelation, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts sees private insurance companies as the real culprit, not ObamaCare which forces consumers to purchase insurance benefits they do not need. Roberts claims that the problem is:

Not so much about defending Igor [Volsky] to their constituents, but explaining to constituents that you had a subpar junk policy that does not meet a mandated requirement of quality care in our country. Basically, you were being boondoggled to pay for something worthless. [See video after jump. MP3 audio here.] 

By Matthew Sheffield | | October 31, 2013 | 1:54 PM EDT

Now that the falsehood of President Obama’s sweeping claim that everyone who liked their pre-Obamacare insurance plan would be able to retain it under his healthcare law is beginning to sink in, the latest spin from the White House is to push the blame on “bad apple” insurance companies. Their “crime?” Offering health insurance plans deemed unaccaptable by Obamacare which customers wanted to purchase.

Time will tell whether the left-leaning “mainstream” press will begin challening the White House on this latest dodge but one person who was willing to do so was Fox News host Megyn Kelly who went after congressman Frank Pallone (D-NJ) on her program Wednesday night. “Why do you get to decide what’s lousy?” she asked during the heated segment.

By Ken Shepherd | | October 31, 2013 | 1:35 PM EDT

If you're a real libertarian, what should matter to you most of all is sexual freedom, all other issues be damned. That's the insulting subtext to Ben Jacobs's October 31 story at The Daily Beast, "Ken Cuccinelli's Libertarian Love Affair."

"Can the anti-sodomy candidate be the standard bearer for libertarians?" Jacobs asked in his lead paragraph, adding, "Ken Cuccinelli sure hopes so." Jacobs then misled -- and arguably lied -- to readers by charging that:

By Kyle Drennen | | October 31, 2013 | 12:58 PM EDT

While NBC political director Chuck Todd appeared on Thursday's Today to report on President Obama's approval rating hitting a "record low" in the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll following the failed ObamaCare rollout, he made sure to wrap up the segment by touting disaster for the GOP: "Things are so bad for them....Once again in our poll, the Republican Party had a new low in their personal rating, their brand rating. They had another low in their approval rating on Capitol Hill....As bad as things are for the President, they're still worse for the Republicans." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Co-host Matt Lauer teed up Todd to tear down them down: "...see how Republicans are faring in this latest poll. They're the ones who shut down the government." Todd agreed with that assertion: "They are."

By | | October 31, 2013 | 12:17 PM EDT

Ever since Texas State Senator Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) engaged in an 13-hour filibuster to protest new abortion safety measures, the folks at MSNBC have taken it upon themselves to act as her unofficial campaign for governor. Apart from the numerous on-air segments pushing Ms. Davis’ candidacy, the new website has followed suit in a new puff piece entitled “How Wendy Davis can win.”

Author Zachary Roth penned a 23-paragraph article which serves more as a memo for Democratic strategists than an actual informative piece of journalism. Peppered with quotes from Democratic strategists, the MSNBC national reporter argues that Davis has a chance to instead put together a cross-racial coalition that brings together minorities and liberal or moderate whites—especially women.” 

By Scott Whitlock | | October 31, 2013 | 12:00 PM EDT


ABC and NBC journalists on Wednesday and Thursday hailed Kathleen Sebelius as "falling on her sword" and "taking responsibility" for the ObamaCare website debacle. On World News, reporter Jim Avila complained about the Sebelius grilling as a "rude grandstand" and a "three hour circus of a congressional hearing." He dismissed it as "official finger pointing day on Capitol Hill."

Yet, on Thursday, Avila sympathized with the Democratic Health and Human Services secretary, praising, "...The woman in charge of the Affordable Care Act fell on her sword with her first full-throated apology." The Obama official "was reluctant to pass the buck, even when pressed." Over on NBC's Today, host Matt Lauer gushed, "Kathleen Sebelius went before Congress yesterday and she did something you don't see happen in Washington very often, she took the blame."

By Tom Blumer | | October 31, 2013 | 11:50 AM EDT

Tuesday evening (noted by Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters early Wednesday morning), CNN's Drew Griffin reported on Anderson Cooper's show that there is a "behind the scenes attempt by the White House to at least keep insurers from publicly criticizing what is happening under this Affordable Care Act rollout."

Such a report occurring during a Republican or conservative administration would spread like wildfire. Sadly and predictably, that hasn't happened with CNN's bombshell. Using search strings which should have surfaced relevant results if present, I couldn't find anything on the topic at the Associated Press, New York Times, the Politco, or Washington Post.

By Noel Sheppard | | October 31, 2013 | 10:20 AM EDT

To counter accusations that the President lied when he repeatedly told Americans they can keep their health insurance plans if they liked them, the administration has claimed that he was referring to the millions of people covered by their employers.

An article from Forbes Thursday thoroughly refutes this claiming that Obama officials back in 2010 predicted that 93 million Americans would have their plans cancelled as a result of ObamaCare including a vast amount of those with employer-sponsored plans:

By Matt Hadro | | October 31, 2013 | 10:10 AM EDT

CNN anchor Carol Costello thinks Hallmark is "homophobic" for changing the word "gay" to "fun" on its "Holiday Sweater" ornament.

The company changed the words of the carol "Deck the Halls" from "Don we now our gay apparel" to "Don we now our FUN apparel" on the ornament. On her Facebook page, Costello lamented "Oh Hallmark. You didn't. Oh, wait, you did." After quoting Hallmark's explanation, she pronounced her judgment: "Homophobic? I say, yes you are."

By NB Staff | | October 31, 2013 | 8:56 AM EDT

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By Mark Finkelstein | | October 31, 2013 | 8:05 AM EDT

When a network's ad—putatively for its own website—extensively features a candidate for office in a high-profile race, at what point does the ad constitute a contribution in kind to that politician's campaign?

The question arises in light of MSNBC's ad for its new website that aired on today's Morning Joe.  In the space of 30 seconds, the ad twice featured shots of Wendy Davis, the Dem candidate for Texas governor whose filibuster of a Texas law imposing restrictions on abortion made her an overnight liberal darling.  For good measure, the ad also displayed jubiliant crowd reaction to Davis's filibuster.   View the video after the jump.

By Matthew Sheffield | | October 31, 2013 | 12:53 AM EDT

Bill Moyers, the former LBJ press secretary who has made a career of producing partisan Democratic television shows at taxpayers’ expense, announced Wednesday that his latest program, Moyers & Company will end in early 2014.

While Moyers has never openly admitted to his obvious partisanship, his announcement of the show’s cancellation reeks of left-wing identity politics masquerading as news: