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By Howard Portnoy | | July 1, 2013 | 12:41 PM EDT

Talk about your dirty lawyer tricks! That’s what MSNBC’s Karen Finney and the network social critic Goldie Taylor seemed to think they were did last Friday.

The two were taking the temperature of the George Zimmerman murder trial when Taylor offered up the possibility that the defendant altered his appearance — most notably by putting on pounds — in a ploy to appear less ominous to the jury:

By Kristine Marsh | | July 1, 2013 | 12:30 PM EDT

Independence Day is the perfect day to remember that liberal Democrats want Americans to be dependent on government. Nancy Pelosi reminded Americans of that on June 27 with her remarks to the press about the national holiday, where she essentially argued that the Founding Fathers would have loved ObamaCare.

“[W]hen we celebrate Independence Day we’ll also be observing health independence. This week marks one year since the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. It captures the spirit of our founders, the spirit they wrote in the Declaration of Independence: Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” Pelosi said. (emphasis added).

By Brad Wilmouth | | July 1, 2013 | 12:27 PM EDT

On Sunday's Disrupt show on MSNBC, host Karen Finney wondered by Texas Republicans are "trying to harm the health of women in the state" by passing laws against abortion instead of dealing with other issues, as she hosted Texas Democratic State Senator Leticia van de Putte to discuss fellow State Senator Wendy Davis's filibuster in support of abortion.

Later in the show, as she hosted Dr. Rani Whitfield of the Association of Free and Charitable Clinics for a discussion of Republican governors resisting the ObamaCare expansion of Medicaid in their states, the MSNBC host charged that the Republican party's "ideology is basically endangering the health of their citizens."

By Brad Wilmouth | | July 1, 2013 | 11:40 AM EDT

On the Friday, June 28, PoliticsNation on MSNBC, host Al Sharpton marked the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling in favor of ObamaCare, and gave the program credit for helping consumers. Sharpton began:

By Jack Coleman | | July 1, 2013 | 11:25 AM EDT

.... Almost as if there were something inherently abhorrent about it, which at risk of stating the obvious, there is.

Never ceases to amaze me how liberals, having elevated the killing of unborn children to the realm of sacrament, go out of their way to avoid actually saying the word "abortion". (Video after the jump)

By Tom Blumer | | July 1, 2013 | 11:07 AM EDT

At the Associated Press's Big Story page as of 10:25 a.m. ET (saved here for future reference), conditions relative to stories on Egypt are the same as I observed in the wee hours this morning: "That story (about Sunday's mass protest involving "millions" per several other news outlets) is no longer even present at all at the AP’s 'Big Story' home page."

You have to click on "View More" at the bottom of the "Latest News" section at the AP's "Big Story" page before you'll see a current story. Just to make sure, a browser search within the page on Mohammed Morsi's last name (as AP spells it) found nothing.

By Noel Sheppard | | July 1, 2013 | 10:52 AM EDT

This is just WAY too funny.

Soledad O'Brien, who failed miserably at CNN, is actually going to Al Jazeera.

The Wrap reported moments ago:

By Brad Wilmouth | | July 1, 2013 | 10:43 AM EDT

On Saturday's Melissa Harris-Perry show, MSNBC host Harris-Perry ranted against Texas Governor Rick Perry, tagging him as the "evil archenemy" of "super-heroine" Wendy Davis, and comparing the Republican governor to the Snidely Whiplash cartoon character known for leaving a woman tied down in the path of an oncoming train. Harris-Perry:

By Kristine Marsh | | July 1, 2013 | 10:29 AM EDT

Sawed off limbs, gouged out eyes, slashed throats, decapitation, disembowelment, cannibalism, human corpses used as fertilizer, graphic rape and blood splattering stabbings – just another day’s work for TV’s new favorite characters. 

Serial killers are a hot trend on TV these days. You can even watch your favorite serial killer hero doing all the above, 5 out of 7 days of the week – and then go out and emulate him. Currently there are 20 shows revolving around serial killers, seven of which premiered in the beginning of 2013. 

By Noel Sheppard | | July 1, 2013 | 10:13 AM EDT

As NewsBusters routinely reports, one of the tricks the liberal media employs to discredit conservatives is to seek opinions from supposedly right-leaning commentators who are really nothing more than Republicans In Name Only often sharing much the same views espoused by the left.

One such "conservative" media darling is ABC political contributor Matthew Dowd who on Sunday's This Week said, "If I were people, I wouldn't be taking political advice from Bill Kristol who selected Sarah Palin as one of his leading figures in the national Republican Party, which was obviously a disaster in 2008" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Johnson | | July 1, 2013 | 10:09 AM EDT

Jesse LaGreca became a minor celebrity in the fall of 2011 thanks to his TV appearances on behalf of Occupy Wall Street. (You may remember him for his cap, a Union Army kepi that made him look like a one-man Civil War reenactment.)

LaGreca is a longtime blogger for Daily Kos under the byline "MinistryOfTruth," and this past Wednesday he loosed another of his rants, this one declaring that while he used to merely despise what the GOP stood for, he now hates Republicans themselves and thinks the party is a "psychotic cult."

By Seton Motley | | July 1, 2013 | 9:11 AM EDT

The Barack Obama Administration has been on a five-plus-year-long Collect-As-Much-Information-On-Us-As-Possible spree.

With Tens of Millions of Phone Records Grabbed – It’s the Government, Stupid

‘Thousands of NSA Analysts Can Listen to Domestic Phone Calls,’ Read Emails, Texts, IMs

Latest Big Government Data Grab: Justice Sues to Get It Without a Warrant

IRS Tea Party Scandal Shows Government Should Be Kept Away From Our Data

IRS-Conservatives, Justice-AP, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, HHS, EPA – This is Big Government

These incredible, all-encompassing violations of our Constitutional rights actually drew (shocker) some negative coverage from the usually sycophantic White House Stenographer (Press) Pool. 

By Mark Finkelstein | | July 1, 2013 | 7:23 AM EDT

News organizations gotta pay the bills. Nothing's more normal than a newspaper, magazine or website—NewsBusters included—selling advertising, including ads by political or issue-advocacy groups.

But somehow it felt different to have opened my morning email from Mike Allen's "Politico Playbook" and find this message [screencap after jump] at the very top: "POLITICO Playbook, presented by the Rights and Responsibilities Tour by Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly." Allen's column often features ads from issue-advocacy groups, ranging across the issue spectrum.  But to so identify the column with sponsorship by one side of a controversial political issue would seem to raise serious journalistic issues.  More after the jump.

By Tom Blumer | | July 1, 2013 | 12:23 AM EDT

The BBC is reporting from Egypt that "Millions of protesters across the country accuse the country's first Islamist president of failing to tackle economic and security problems since taking power a year ago." Reuters is also reporting "millions" of participants.

At the Associated Press as of 11:15 p.m., its "Big Story" home page (saved here for future reference) had three stories on Egypt. Two of them were moldy oldies from before Sunday's protests. The one from Sunday evening was buried at the bottom of the page's "Latest News" section, and didn't even have an accompanying thumbnail (Update, July 1, 1:15 a.m.: The story is no longer even present at all at the AP's "Big Story" home page). The coverage by Hamza Hendawi, Sarah El Deeb and Maggie Michael only recognized "hundreds of thousands" of protesters, but at least seemed to admit that the protesters had gained some leverage by their sheer numbers:

By Noel Sheppard | | July 1, 2013 | 12:21 AM EDT

Jamie Foxx wore a Trayvon Martin shirt to the BET Awards Sunday evening.

Not surprisingly, he won for Best Actor.