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By Noel Sheppard | | August 7, 2013 | 10:32 AM EDT

As NewsBusters reported, Jane Fonda claimed a few weeks ago that Nancy Reagan was “not unhappy” that she was playing her in the new movie “The Butler.”

On Tuesday, Fonda upped the ante claiming on NBC’s Late Night that Reagan’s “very pleased that I was playing her” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Katie Yoder | | August 7, 2013 | 9:26 AM EDT

Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres will host the 86th Academy Awards next year on March 2, 2014. The pick is a natural fit. DeGeneres is popular, likeable and experienced, having previously hosted the ceremony in 2007.

But more important, her presence will appease women and gays while dousing the Academy’s reputation as “an old white man’s club.” And that’s not the opinion of some stodgy conservative group – it comes right from The Hollywood Reporter’s awards analyst.

By Mark Finkelstein | | August 7, 2013 | 8:59 AM EDT

Joe Scarborough has yet again scaled his soap box to mock those of us in the conservative blogosphere.  He described us today as a bunch of "very stupid people" living in their mama's basement who write "really stupid things" about him.

The thin-skinned Scarborough has often derided his show's critics as Cheetos-chewing cellar-dwellers.  He was at it again this morning, depicting them as people who if not in mama's basement would otherwise be wandering the streets in their pajamas.  View the video after the jump.

By Tim Graham | | August 7, 2013 | 7:48 AM EDT

NBC News “special correspondent” Ted Koppel is once again sounding like Jimmy Carter’s former Secretary of State in a Wall Street Journal op-ed. The headline was “America's Chronic Overreaction to Terrorism: The country's capacity for self-inflicted damage must have astounded even Osama bin Laden.”

“Terrorism is designed to produce overreaction,” Koppel proclaimed with his trademark arrogance. Bill Clinton’s lack of response to terrorist attacks during his tenure in office was a mark of high intelligence, not fecklessness, unlike Bush launching that disastrous Iraq war:

By Matthew Sheffield | | August 7, 2013 | 6:00 AM EDT

Amid the hubub yesterday over the sale of the Washington Post, a decidedly smaller media business item got lost: the sale of Newsweek magazine to the owners of the International Business Times website.

At the present, no details on the terms of the deal were announced. In 2010, Newsweek was sold by the Washington Post to a left-leaning stereo equipment billionaire named Sidney Harman for $1 plus the assumption of outstanding debts, said at the time to number in the tens of millions of dollars. Harman then proceeded to merge the ailing magazine's operations with the general interest news website, the Daily Beast.

By Randy Hall | | August 6, 2013 | 11:59 PM EDT

In shining examples of the phrase “better late than never,” Conor Friedersdorf -- a staff writer on politics and national affairs at The Atlantic -- and Dylan Byers -- a media critic for the Politico website -- hammered conservatives on Monday for charging that the mainstream media had mostly ignored or minimized the attack on the American diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012.

Friedersdorf called the charge the “Whopper of the Year,” while Byers accused conservatives of taking a “guilty-until-proven-innocent approach” regarding the reaction by President Barack Obama and his administration to the incident, which 11 months ago led to the deaths of four people, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

By Brent Bozell | | August 6, 2013 | 11:18 PM EDT

Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus is doing the right thing. He’s making the national media’s blatant partisan bias a prominent issue right out of the gate to Campaign 2016. Priebus sent a letter to CNN president Jeff Zucker and NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt demanding they cease efforts to air promotional Hillary Clinton films on their airwaves, or he’ll seek to stop any effort to allow presidential debates on their networks.

“It’s appalling to know executives at major networks like NBC and CNN who have donated to Democrats and Hillary Clinton have taken it upon themselves to be Hillary Clinton’s campaign operatives,” the RNC chair declared. “Their actions to promote Secretary Clinton are disturbing and disappointing. I hope Americans will question the credibility of these networks and that NBC and CNN will reconsider their partisan actions and cancel these political ads masked as unbiased entertainment.”

By Tim Graham | | August 6, 2013 | 10:58 PM EDT

Have you ever noticed that the liberal media elite never recalls when the Democrats have strange, erratic candidates who run for president? Like Al Sharpton in 2004, or Dennis Kucinich in '04 and '08? But in an examination of Washington Post reporter Dan Balz's new book on the 2012 campaign, Collision, NPR anchor Linda Wertheimer said the Republicans had "very strange choices," they were "so peculiar" and "very colorful." Balz added "very conservative."

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign wasn't dangerously liberal -- it wasn't liberal at all. It stood out only for its technological prowess:

By Noel Sheppard | | August 6, 2013 | 7:21 PM EDT

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer had some harsh words Tuesday for the White House calling the evacuation of our embassies in the Middle East “ordered departures.”

Appearing on Fox News’s Special Report, Krauthammer said, “This is the first administration in history ever to launch a lexicological war on the enemy. You know, they’ve thrown the book at them - the dictionary.”

By Brad Wilmouth | | August 6, 2013 | 7:01 PM EDT

On Saturday's The Ed Show on MSNBC, host Ed Schultz went ballistic over conservative columnist and ABC commentator George Will blaming Detroit's bankruptcy on cultural problems, and charged that Will's comments were "about as insulting and as racist as it gets."

After playing a clip of Will from ABC's This Week show, Schultz ranted:

By NB Staff | | August 6, 2013 | 6:25 PM EDT

 "Try a little editorial balance, that might bring in a few more readers to the [Washington] Post," Fox News Channel's Neil Cavuto advised Jeff Bezos in a segment on Cavuto's 4 p.m. Eastern Fox News Channel program Your World. "Last time I checked, that has not hurt Fox News, or the Wall Street Journal, or even USA Today" which are media enterprises which are "all known for hearing all sides or trying to" and as a result are "all making money and all growing," unlike competing newspapers which are solidly liberal.

NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell agreed. Appearing on the August 6 program to discuss's founder buying the money-losing broadsheet for a mere $250 million, Bozell argued [watch the segment below the page break]:

By Tom Blumer | | August 6, 2013 | 6:22 PM EDT

If there was a daily prize for "Propaganda Tool of the Day," Politico would have won it both yesterday and today.

Yesterday, as Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters noted, the web site changed the title of an embarrassing report by Kyle Cheney on low attendance at an Organizing For America event from "Poor attendance at Obamacare event in Virginia" (number of volunteers who showed up: one) to "Obamacare message war goes local." Today, the web site's Reid J. Epstein, in a report on OFA's totally unsurprising initiation of efforts to assist Democratic candidates in specific contests, informed readers that two people he had interviewed for the story "asked to be removed" — and that he honored their requests. Does Politico still expect its readers and the public to believe it is practicing journalism? Excerpts, including the prize-clinching reason why the two people involved asked to be removed, are after the jump.

By Scott Whitlock | | August 6, 2013 | 6:06 PM EDT

Proving, yet again, that Chris Matthews lives in his own special world, the Hardball anchor on Tuesday unleashed a massive understatement. Talking about the Republican National Committee and Chairman Reince Priebus's decision to boycott NBC if the network produces a pro-Hillary Clinton documentary, Matthews defended MSNBC: "By the way, those who talk about the tight relationship between MSNBC and Barack Obama, for example, count the number of times he's been on this network. Zero." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

This made former RNC chair Michael Steele laugh and he retorted, "That still doesn't say anything about what they've said about him." Matthews then unleashed this howler: "Well, [Obama] agrees with us and we agree with him sometimes." Sometimes? After Steele scoffed, "Not a lot of criticism," the host huffed, "I actually have my views and he tends to coincide with them." Tends to? This is the same person who famously said in 2008 that Obama caused a "thrill going up my leg."

By Brad Wilmouth | | August 6, 2013 | 5:32 PM EDT

On Monday's The Last Word on MSNBC, host Lawrence O'Donnell claimed to present "proof" that FNC's Bill O'Reilly was wrong in his July 22 commentary on race to warn about the negative effects of out-of-wedlock births on the black population.

The MSNBC host also managed to take O'Reilly out of context as O'Donnell suggested that the O'Reilly's were not relevant to Trayvon Martin because he was the product of a two-parent family, the FNC host, in reality, was arguing that out-of-wedlock birth leads to high crime rates among the black population, which leads to people having elevated fear of young black men.

And, while O'Donnell claimed that O'Reilly "defended" the shooting of Trayvon Martin, O'Reilly actually asserted that "it was wrong for Zimmerman to confront Martin based on his appearance," which hardly amounts to a total defense of Zimmerman's actions.

O'Donnell teased the segment by predicting that O'Reilly would be "embarrassed." O'Donnell:

By Noel Sheppard | | August 6, 2013 | 5:12 PM EDT

Joy Behar told MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough Tuesday, “You sure look gay in those pants.”

Such happened on ABC’s The View when Scarborough showed up wearing pink pants (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):