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By Mark Finkelstein | | July 31, 2013 | 7:38 AM EDT

Commenting on the current clash between Rand Paul and Chris Christie over pork-barrel spending, Joe Scarborough has managed to insult both combatants.

On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough called Rand Paul a "daddy's boy."  And in warning Paul not to pick a fight with Christie, Scarborough cited a saying to the effect that you should never fight with a "pig," because "you both get dirty and the pig likes it."  Scarborough was careful to suggest that in comparing Christie to a "pig" he wasn't alluding to the Jersey governor's girth. OK. View the video after the jump.

By Tom Blumer | | July 31, 2013 | 12:42 AM EDT

During the Obama administration's 4-1/2 year track record of economic underachievement, establishment press business reporters have usually waited until the bad news actually comes out before working on convincing readers that future news will be better.

Not this time, at least at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press. Christopher "Gone are the fears that the economy could fall into a recession" Rugaber didn't bother to wait for tomorrow's report on Gross Domestic Product to tell readers that the rest of the year will be fine. The fact that these rosy forecasts have rarely come to pass during the past 17 quarters didn't seem to faze him a bit.

By Tom Blumer | | July 30, 2013 | 11:57 PM EDT

Those who falsely smear the other side in an attempt to make an argument tend to do so because they have run out of real ones. It would appear that the New Haven Register's argument cupboard is completely barren of everything but poisonous rhetoric.

In an opinion piece which I can hardly believe is a house editorial, the Register characterizes Ann Coulter, Fox News, the Republican Party, anyone who thinks George Zimmerman really was innocent, Ted Nugent, and Toad's Place, the venue where Nugent is playing next week, as among those who have "embraced" the "same basic message that the KKK has promoted for 148 years." Tellingly, the paper turns on many of its readers, adding "a burgeoning array of fringe 'conservative' media and members of our own community commenting on stories on the New Haven Register’s website" to the KKK-sympathetic cadre. Brace yourself for what follows after the jump, and ask yourself why any person of genuine good will -- left, right, or middle -- would willingly support a publication such as this.

By Brent Bozell | | July 30, 2013 | 11:21 PM EDT

After a long three-year gap since their last exclusive sit-down interview with President Obama, you might think The New York Times would be ready to ask tough questions on the most contentious issues of the day, beginning with the deepening Obama scandals.

Wrong. Instead, the Times defined the “news” in this interview to be Obama’s counter-attacks. Their stories focused on Obama’s accusations that (a) the Republicans are liars about Obamacare, (b) the Republicans exaggerate the benefits of building the Keystone XL pipeline, and (c) the Republicans oppose his use of executive power because he has the “gall to win the presidency.”   

By Nathan Roush | | July 30, 2013 | 11:00 PM EDT

On Thursday morning, MSNBC guest host Mara Schiavocampo devoted a segment of the show to discussing the story of Marissa Alexander, a Florida woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing a warning shot into a wall at the home of her ex-husband. She brought on Joy-Ann Reid, TheGrio.com editor and blogger, to discuss the comparability of this case to the Trayvon Martin case as well as implications that the Alexander case sentencing could attest to “a racial disparity in how the lies are applied.” [Link to the audio here]

Schiavocampo then introduced a shoddy Tampa Bay Times report that she said supported these claims of “racial imbalance” including two sets of statistics from the report about the rate of convictions based on the race of the victim and defendant respectively. The first set reported that when there was a black victim, the accused faced no penalty 73% of the time while the same was true only 59% of the time when the victim was white. The second statistic showed that, in fatal cases, black defendants went free 66% of the time while white defendants went free in 61% of cases.

By Noel Sheppard | | July 30, 2013 | 7:36 PM EDT

Famous black liberals continued their attacks on CNN's Don Lemon Tuesday.

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons weighed in on Twitter a few hours ago calling Lemon a "slave," "dangerous talking head," and a "disservice to the black community":

By Brad Wilmouth | | July 30, 2013 | 6:50 PM EDT

On the Monday, July 29, All In show, MSNBC host Chris Hayes had to make a retraction for incorrectly citing statistics on Friday suggesting that a higher percentage of black murder victims are murdered by whites than the percentage of white murder victims killed by blacks.

Hayes had used the incorrect numbers as he mocked FNC's Bill O'Reilly for his recent commentary which dealt in part with black-on-black crime. On Friday's show, the MSNBC host had erroneously declared:

By Jack Coleman | | July 30, 2013 | 6:45 PM EDT

It's official -- Al Sharpton is beyond shame.

For most sentient adults this has been obvious for decades and we can't look at "Reverend Al" without seeing an inveterate race-baiting shakedown artist. (Audio after the jump)

By Brad Wilmouth | | July 30, 2013 | 6:35 PM EDT

On Monday's PoliticsNation, MSNBC host Al Sharpton hyped liberal attacks on changes to voting laws as he declared that "Republicans have gone on a rampage," and singled out a recently passed law in North Carolina as the "worst attack on voting rights since the Jim Crow era."

Referring to the recent Supreme Court ruling against part of the Voting Rights Act, Sharpton complained:

By Noel Sheppard | | July 30, 2013 | 6:28 PM EDT

For the second day in a row, liberal talk radio host Alan Colmes has said something that will undoubtedly make the left squirm in their seats.

After marvelously saying Monday that we'll only have true equality in this country when blacks such as CNN's Don Lemon can speak against the grain without being called an Uncle Tom, Colmes on Tuesday published an article at his blog titled "How Liberals Have It Wrong About Rush And Sean."

By Ken Shepherd | | July 30, 2013 | 5:45 PM EDT

Today another New York state court upheld an earlier decision in March that invalidated outgoing Mayor Mike Bloomberg's much-maligned "soda ban" which restricts many establishments in the Big Apple from selling soda cups larger than 16 ounces in capacity. As the media report on the court ruling, watch for a) the media to paint the ruling as a "blow" to an "ambitious," well-meaning effort by Bloomberg to save the city from corpulence and b) the ruling as a victory for Big Soda, even though the litigants in the case happen to be the New York Statewide Coalition of Hispanic Chambers of Commerce.

For two examples of this media narrative, I submit for your consideration two wildly different publications, Politico and, sadly, the Wall Street Journal. First Politico. Here's how Kyle Cheney opened his July 30 post, "Appeals court cans N.Y.C. soda ban" (emphasis mine):

By Matthew Balan | | July 30, 2013 | 5:28 PM EDT

Monday's CBS Evening News offered the usual biased coverage of religion, and specifically, the Catholic Church, as it reported on Pope Francis' widely misrepresented remarks on homosexuals. Dean Reynolds' only talking head was a former priest who apparently "quit the priesthood...after he felt the Church intended to purge gays", and even wondered if the Pope was throwing out Catholic teaching: "Do you think he's breaking with the Vatican?"

Reynolds also hyped that the Roman pontiff offered a "potentially controversial position" with his recent remarks, when in reality, they are consistent with what the Catechism of the Catholic Church outlines. [audio available here; video below the jump]

By Noel Sheppard | | July 30, 2013 | 5:26 PM EDT

A new study by the insurance price comparison website Value Penguin finds that ObamaCare will actually incent some people to work and earn less money.

As a CNBC.com article on this subject is now prominently linked at the Drudge Report, one has to wonder if the ObamaCare-loving media will report it:

By Tom Blumer | | July 30, 2013 | 5:09 PM EDT

At the Politico, Rebecca Elliott has reported that "EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock will not be running for Senate in Montana," and that Schriock's decision represents "another blow to Democrats’ hopes to retain the open seat in 2014" currently held by the retiring Max Baucus.

Puh-leeze. Two minutes of research would have revealed why Schriock's candidacy, already dicey in a largely pro-life state, had a high likelihood of turning into the mother of all train wrecks.

By Scott Whitlock | | July 30, 2013 | 4:54 PM EDT

 According to Barbara Walters on Tuesday, prostitution is "sort of in the realm of normalcy." The View co-host and longtime ABC journalist was attempting to differentiate Eliot Spitzer's call girl scandal and Anthony Weiner's sexting controversy.

Walters insisted that Weiner's actions were "somewhat deviant behavior." Shocking her co-hosts, she said of prostitution: "I don't know how to put it. I said that's sort of in the realm of normalcy." She quickly added, "Because it's not kinky. It's wrong, but it's not kinky. Weiner's is kind of 'what? Why?'" [See video below. MP3 audio here.]