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By Matthew Sheffield | | September 4, 2013 | 10:32 AM EDT

Catching up on a topic that eluded us over the weekend, it is worth noting that on Friday, New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan decided to tackle the question of whether the newspaper is favoring the Obama Administration’s effort to build support for a war against Syria.

After talking to several top Times editors who inevitably aver that they are  treating the anti-Syria PR effort with due skepticism, Sullivan reaches her own rather inconvenient (for her employer) conclusion that the Times is not being sufficiently skeptical:

By Noel Sheppard | | September 4, 2013 | 10:05 AM EDT

NBC Tonight Show host Jay Leno took another comedic shot at NBC Tuesday.

Paying tribute to long distance swimmer Diana Nyad during his opening monologue, Leno said, “On her fifth try, she completed 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida. See, 64 is not too old to swim 110 miles – it’s too old to host a late night talk show, but not to swim 110 miles.”

By Tim Graham | | September 4, 2013 | 8:45 AM EDT

The Washington Post put conservative black minister E.W. Jackson on its front page again Wednesday, replaying its favorite “nutty” remarks. Reporter Laura Vozzella began: “Virginia Republicans have been keeping their distance from E.W. Jackson ever since the fiery minister, who has compared Planned Parenthood to the Klan and linked yoga to Satan, won the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor.”

Vozzella and the Post could care less that Jackson said back in June "I do not believe that yoga leads to Satanism. One of my ministers is a yoga instructor.” It’s all about baking religious Republicans as fruitcakes. Since the Democratic primary in June, the Post has almost completely ignored the candidate they (and Planned Parenthood) endorsed, abortion-loving Ralph Northam. A Nexis search shows there’s not a single Post article with his name in the headline in the last three months.

By Mark Finkelstein | | September 4, 2013 | 8:08 AM EDT

Well, there was a Blue Moon just last month, so maybe the time was right for some rare criticism of President Obama by Andrea Mitchell.

Mitchell didn't hold back  on today's Morning Joe, accusing the President of "bungling," being "ambivalent," and of undercutting his Secretary of State and Vice-President.  For good measure, Mitchell suggested that in his heart of hearts, fellow panelist and former Obama spox Robert Gibbs agreed with her acidulous assessment.  View the video after the jump.

By Evan Mantel | | September 4, 2013 | 1:26 AM EDT

The murder trial of Eva Hessington goes poorly so the lawyers at Pearson Darby Spector go with an ethically questionable Hail Mary.

By Tom Blumer | | September 4, 2013 | 12:50 AM EDT

The AFL-CIO has just lost 40,000 of its most militant members, and it's not news at the Associated Press's national site (there is a regional AP story at the Seattle Times) or at the New York Times. It is getting virtually no other establishment press coverage (results at the link are primarily center-right blogs and similar outlets).

The departing members are those in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. In a three-page letter to AFL-CIO head Richard Trumka, ILWU President Donald McEllrath laid out concerns over picket-line crossings and encroachments by other AFL-CIO affilliates, but also cited Trumka's "overly moderate, compromising policy positions on such important matters as immigration, labor law reform, health care reform, and international labor issues." A few paragraphs from AP's unbylined regional story are after the jump (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Brent Bozell | | September 3, 2013 | 11:24 PM EDT

Barack Obama ran for president as the last of the red-hot pacifists, so it might have sounded preposterous to predict that after a few security briefings at the White House, President Obama would follow in the same policy footsteps of horrid warmonger George Bush, with his anti-terrorist wars and strategies.

So where is the anti-war movement now?

By Tim Graham | | September 3, 2013 | 10:44 PM EDT

People magazine reported Katie Couric is getting married again. Boyfriend John Molner, 50, a banker, popped the question to Couric, 56, with “a spectacular diamond ring at sunset on the beach in East Hampton, N.Y. “

A widow since her first husband Jay Monahan died from colon cancer in 1998, Couric spent five years dating Brooks Perlin, who was 17 years younger than she was. Couric told USA Today that Molner was “a little more age appropriate.” Molner works as head of mergers and acquisitions for Brown Brothers Harriman, the oldest and largest private bank in the United States.  He's currently based in Chicago, but the New York office is right off Zuccotti Park -- very One Percent!

By Tim Graham | | September 3, 2013 | 10:30 PM EDT

On CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday, guest host Brian Stelter – TV reporter for The New York Times – brought on CNN personality Piers Morgan to eulogize his old friend David Frost.

Morgan praised Frost’s post-presidential Richard Nixon interviews in 1977,w hich the networks wouldn’t air because he paid Nixon and it was “checkbook journalism.” Morgan praised the five 90-minute interviews as “a real piece of bold, risk-taking, innovative journalism and television broadcasting, the like of which I don't think has been done before or since.” Morgan paid tribute by calling Frost “the charming assassin” the “James Bond” of interviewers:

By Scott Whitlock | | September 3, 2013 | 6:03 PM EDT

The New York Post on Saturday decried a typical example of liberal media bias: Despite the fact that Mark Levin's New book The Liberty Amendments is number one on all three related New York Times bestseller lists, that newspaper, as well as the Washington Post and Los Angeles Times, among others, has ignored it.

The New York Post's Kyle Smith wondered, "So, who is this man of mystery considered unfit for mention despite selling millions of books?" He added, "Levin reader-listeners feel left out of the national debate, and mostly the national media has responded by . . . trying to pretend he doesn’t exist."

By Matthew Balan | | September 3, 2013 | 5:25 PM EDT

Tuesday's CBS This Morning spotlighted the upcoming one-year anniversary of the Islamist attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, but whitewashed the role of President Obama and his administration, including that of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Anchors Charlie Rose, Norah O'Donnell, and Gayle King didn't once mention Obama or Clinton's name during an interview segment with author Fred Burton.

In his new book, Burton revealed that "an unidentified security official in the Benghazi compound...messaged the U.S. embassy in Tripoli: 'Benghazi under fire, terrorist attack.'" However, Rose only vaguely referenced the White House's now-discredited talking point about the terrorist attack: "Does this book and your understanding of it suggest that everybody knew it was a planned attack, and not a surprise arising out of a protest?" [audio available here; video below the jump]

By Kyle Drennen | | September 3, 2013 | 5:12 PM EDT

On Tuesday's MSNBC Daily Rundown, NBC senior political editor Mark Murray dismissed the notion that if Democrat Terry McAuliffe lost the closely contested Virginia governor's race, it would not be a defeat for his strongest backers, the Clintons: "I'm not sure this race is going to impact Hillary Clinton or Bill Clinton if McAuliffe wins or if he loses. Simply because if Hillary Clinton were running against Ken Cuccinelli in this contest, she would be the clear favorite, she'd be leading in the polls by 10, 15 points." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Murray didn't bother to cite any evidence to back up his assertion. In fact, recent electoral history would seem to contradict his claim. In Virginia's 2008 Democratic primary, Clinton only garnered 35% of vote compared to then-Senator Barack Obama's 63%.

By Evan Mantel | | September 3, 2013 | 5:12 PM EDT

Despite the filth, Mistresses surprises us this week with some positive reinforcements for rational behavior and good morals.

By Ken Shepherd | | September 3, 2013 | 5:02 PM EDT

In a brief segment on the September 3 edition of Now with Alex Wagner, the MSNBC program's host revel in how Republican Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney has supposedly "contort[ed]" herself into an "ideological pretzel." But if you listen closely to the 2009 soundbite that Wagner thinks illustrates that Cheney has flip-flopped on the issue of same-sex marriage, it actually underscores no change in position on her views.

What's more, as I explain towards the end of this post, it seems MSNBC is once again guilty of selectively editing, with the target this time being former Vice President Dick Cheney. [listen to MP3 of segment here; video embed follows page break]

By Brad Wilmouth | | September 3, 2013 | 4:52 PM EDT

On Friday's PoliticsNation, MSNBC's Al Sharpton used Bill O'Reilly's recent retraction and apology to mock the FNC host by suggesting that The O'Reilly Factor generally lacks accuracy.

After a clip of O'Reilly asserting that "I know you guys watch the Factor for accuracy," Sharpton cracked: