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By Jack Coleman | | October 1, 2013 | 6:20 PM EDT

If Obamacare is as glorious and transformative as its most vocal proponents claim, why do they skirt the truth about it?

The state-run health exchanges mandated by the legislation take effect today -- and coinciding with their appearance are laughable claims about the law from its chief apologists in media. (Audio clips after the jump)

By Kyle Drennen | | October 1, 2013 | 5:56 PM EDT

On Tuesday's NBC Today, co-host Carson Daly turned to a woman on the Today show plaza for her reaction to the government shutdown. "Judy from Chicago" proceeded to bash Republicans and praise President Obama: "I think all of this amounts to is the Republicans are against President Obama. They don't want the President to be successful. I think he is the best president we have had in a very long time." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

She continued: "I think they need to work together. They knew for a long time this was coming to this. How about they don't receive any paychecks, just like everyone else?" Daly agreed: "Right. That's good thoughts. Thank you, Judy."

By Paul Bremmer | | October 1, 2013 | 5:49 PM EDT

Monday night’s edition of ABC World News was a double dose of advocacy as Diane Sawyer and her team essentially served as a mouthpiece for President Obama’s position on the government shutdown and his health care law.

Sawyer led the broadcast, of course, with the government shutdown, which was then only a few hours away. She stated President Obama’s perspective on the matter: “The president expressed outrage that one faction in one house of Congress is ready to bring the entire federal government to a halt.” But rather than follow that up with a Republican viewpoint, Sawyer threw to chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl for a report on the shutdown. He began his package by playing a clip of Obama warning us all about the economic impact of a shutdown.

By Noel Sheppard | | October 1, 2013 | 5:20 PM EDT

The garbage published at the Huffington Post is absolutely astonishing.

Consider an article at the Post's front page Tuesday featuring the title "Why Drag Queens Are Better Role Models Than Disney Princesses":

By Matt Hadro | | October 1, 2013 | 4:57 PM EDT

CNN's Piers Morgan thinks it's "excellent" that less gun permits will be issued during the government shutdown.

"One of the only positives I've heard so far," Morgan told business anchor Christine Romans, "is that actually gun permits, new gun permits may be delayed as part of all this." He added that "without them realizing it, the Tea Partiers, may have literally shot themselves in the foot."

By Scott Whitlock | | October 1, 2013 | 4:42 PM EDT

  ABC reporter Jeff Zeleny on Tuesday afternoon excitedly told viewers that "cracks" are "emerging" in the Republican opposition to the government shutdown. His example of this? A GOP congressman already on record opposing a shutdown. Following live coverage of Barack Obama's speech, the journalist related, "But a couple cracks emerging, including a congressman from Virginia, a military district, Scott Rigell. He says, 'enough is enough. It's time to move on with this.'"

However, on the September 20 World News, Zeleny reported, "We caught up with Congressman Scott Rigell of Virginia, the only Republican to go against his party." On that day, the reporter featured a clip of Rigell exclaiming, "And I've not heard from any members who thinks that shutting this government down is a good idea."

By Brad Wilmouth | | October 1, 2013 | 4:41 PM EDT

On the Monday, September 30, The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, substitute host Alex Wagner read a tweet written by guest Bruce Bartlett in which the former George H.W. Bush administration official expressed hope that the Tea Party would soon "die a well-deserved death."

After Bartlett referred to "Tea Party clowns" as he hoped that Republican leaders would manage to "put them down or limit their influence," Wagner expresed her approval of her guest calling Tea Party Republicans "clowns" as she began her response:

By Noel Sheppard | | October 1, 2013 | 4:24 PM EDT

Syndicated columnist and longtime ABC This Week staple George Will has just been hired by Fox News.

The Wall Street Journal reported moments ago:

By Kyle Drennen | | October 1, 2013 | 4:18 PM EDT

Appearing on Tuesday's NBC Today, MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews dismissed Republican attempts to delay ObamaCare as a futile effort: "The President was elected – reelected again. He won this fight over health care....the President will not give up his baby, and I think they know that. That's why this is a scary fight. They've gone to ask Obama to give them something he can't give them, which is his health care bill." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Matthews also ranted about Republican members of Congress having strong political support in their districts: "230 congressional districts are Republican. They voted against this President, they voted for a Republican congressmen. Those congress people, men and women, can't be defeated on this issue. They know they can fight to the death on this....[the President] can't stop those people because they're unbeatable in their districts."

By Tim Graham | | October 1, 2013 | 4:09 PM EDT

The Tom Joyner Morning Show is heard across the country on many black-oriented radio stations. In 2011, Joyner was blunt in demanding blacks re-elect Obama: “Let’s not even deal with the facts right now. Let’s deal with just our blackness and pride — and loyalty. We have the chance to re-elect the first African-American president, and that’s what we ought to be doing. And I’m not afraid or ashamed to say that as black people, we should do it because he’s a black man.”

In that spirit of racial "loyalty," Joyner's staff comedian Chris Paul offered a "Morning Minute" rap  on with the online headline: "It’s a Government Shut Down Because Obama is Brown." Boehner also "sounds like Satan" for opposing Obamacare (Warning: the rapping stinks):

By Ken Shepherd | | October 1, 2013 | 3:55 PM EDT

Alex Rogers and Zeke Miller of Time magazine dutifully hacked out a 16-paragraph item on President Obama's complaint this afternoon that Republicans were the cause of the government shutdown. It was your typical, garden variety bias-by-stenography.

Only at the very end of their article did Rogers and Miller mention that the Democratic National Committee is having a fundraising field day off the work stoppage. There was, however, no mention that the DNC desperately needs the cash because they're drowning in red ink. Reported Fortune magazine's Tory Newmyer yesterday morning:

By Matt Hadro | | October 1, 2013 | 3:28 PM EDT

CNN anchor Don Lemon was not hesitant in placing his blame for the government shutdown at the feet of Republicans. On Tuesday's Tom Joyner Morning Show, Lemon blamed Republicans but insisted he is not partisan.

"I'm so mad this morning," he ranted, and added it was partly due to "the false narrative that both sides caused this shutdown. That's not true. It was caused by Republicans, mainly Tea Party Republicans."

By Paul Bremmer | | October 1, 2013 | 3:10 PM EDT

This weekend’s editions of NBC’s Today show did their best to drive home the message that Republicans would be to blame for the government shutdown that went into effect last night. On Saturday’s Today, CNBC’s John Harwood showed up to analyze the situation. The chief Washington correspondent did not mince words as he told anchor Erica Hill who would be responsible for the oncoming shutdown:

There is no doubt that if we have a shutdown, Republicans are going to get blamed for it for the simple fact that the whole country will see that this is a shutdown brought on by the Republican Party. Democrats are not making any demands, Erica. The only people making demands here are Republicans.” So I guess requiring every American to purchase health insurance or pay a fine doesn’t count as a demand?

By Noel Sheppard | | October 1, 2013 | 3:06 PM EDT

MSNBC has a new ad for Alec Baldwin's show thate premieres on October 11, and the folks at the Lean Forward network have chosen to make light of the actor's numerous high-profile flare-ups.

In the promo, Ed Schultz says with a straight face, "MSNBC has turned to a man who can restore balance to an unbalanced network" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Matt Hadro | | October 1, 2013 | 2:55 PM EDT

On Tuesday's New Day, CNN's Chris Cuomo blamed Republicans for "hurting families" with the government shutdown and asked Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) if he would admit to wrongdoing.

"[Y]ou did shut down the government. It is hurting families, many of whom live on the margins and you know that," Cuomo slammed Issa. "And I want to ask you if you think that that was wrong." Issa called him out for asking the classic "have you stopped beating your wife" trap question.