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By Tim Graham | | August 25, 2013 | 7:55 PM EDT

This weekend's promotion of the legend of Rev. Martin Luther King offers a reminder that the liberal media can blatantly state that it is their job to "print the legend," and not report on a historic figure's flaws.

In the fall of  1989, King's longtime lieutenant Ralph Abernathy wrote a book titled "And the Walls Came Tumbling Down." Abernathy told the tale that Rev. King committed adultery with two women on the night before he was murdered. Bryant Gumbel, then a co-host of NBC's Today, lectured: "When the truth collides with a legend, print the legend." Our November 1989 newsletter MediaWatch reported the exchange:

By Tim Graham | | August 25, 2013 | 6:20 PM EDT

People Magazine devoted five pages in the date issue to remembering the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's March on Washington by soliciting liberal celebrities (like Harry Belafonte and Ruby Dee) and liberal "civil rights" leaders (like Andrew Young and Rep. John Lewis) for their memories.

Belafonte complained there were "so many things in reversal" in current-day Washington:

By Noel Sheppard | | August 25, 2013 | 4:32 PM EDT

Eric Deggans, the TV and media critic for the Tampa Bay Times, made a bold statement Sunday guaranteed to anger liberals and their minions in the press.

Hosting CNN's Reliable Sources, Deggans finished with a message about the media's role in stoking racial tensions in America saying, "I'm convinced one aggravating factor is media outlets that profit by playing off prejudice and encouraging people's fears about race difference" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | August 25, 2013 | 1:57 PM EDT

An absolutely spectacular thing happened on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday.

After host David Gregory and his liberal panelists talked about Martin Luther King Jr's dream having not yet been realized, and how tough it is for minorities to succeed in America, Puerto Rican immigrant Congressman Raul Labrador (R-Id.) scolded them all saying, "It saddens me actually to hear some of the things that I'm hearing here, because I think the American dream is alive...What I've been hearing from your panelists is not a message of hope. It's a message of despair" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | | August 25, 2013 | 1:18 PM EDT

Maybe, in sync with the predictable press reactions to oft-seen bad economic numbers, the headline at Julie Pace's late-morning story at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, should have been: "Obama Foreign Policy Falls Apart ... Unexpectedly."

Pace's pathetic attempt at pathos in assessing the status of the Obama administration's foreign policy tells AP readers that some of it is due to "factors outside the White House's control" (as if previous administrations haven't had to deal with unanticipated developments), that Obama "misjudged" what would come in the Arab Spring's aftermath (we're supposed to ignore all of those contacts he's had with Muslim Brotherhood officials and their sympathizers), and that the NSA revelations have hurt our standing in Europe (without noting that the root cause is NSA's spying on U.S. citizens). Excerpts follow the jump.

By Noel Sheppard | | August 25, 2013 | 12:30 PM EDT

"What's going on about voting rights is downright evil."

So said ABC's Cokie Roberts on Sunday's This Week (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | August 25, 2013 | 11:14 AM EDT

Potentially the most dishonest aspect of the Obama-loving media's reporting since January 20, 2009, pertains to how they've almost totally ignored how poorly the economy is performing.

On Tuesday, Michael T. Snyder, author of the gloom and doom book "The Beginning of the End," wrote a fabulous piece titled "33 Shocking Facts Which Show How Badly The Economy Has Tanked Since Obama Became President":

By Tom Blumer | | August 25, 2013 | 10:48 AM EDT

In March, the Associated Press ran a 470-word "Big Story" item about the case of of Elaine Huguenin, an Albuquerque wedding photographer "who declined to shoot the commitment ceremony of a lesbian couple." The couple filed an anti-discrimination claim with the state's Human Rights Commission, which found that Huguenin, who runs her business with her husband, had violated state law.

New Mexico's highest court upheld the commission's ruling against Ms. Huguenin on Thursday. Though the AP has an 11-paragraph story on the ruling by Barry Massey which several AP-subscribing outlets throughout the country have picked up, searches on Ms. Huguenin's last name which returned no results and no new "Big Story" result indicate that it is not present at the AP's national site. Especially since it was such a big deal five months ago, what explains the, well, light exposure? Excerpts from what AP management is apparently now treating as a local story follow the jump:

By Tim Graham | | August 25, 2013 | 7:58 AM EDT

NPR’s All Things Considered on Saturday night offered unsurprisingly gushy coverage of Saturday’s Sharpton-replaces-MLK 50th anniversary march. There was no room in their stories for a black conservative or anyone who might be critical of the Black Left.

What might be surprising is NPR then airing a story getting out a hanky for sex offenders and warning about how a so-called “vigilante” group called “Parents for Megan’s Law” has way too much power on Long Island in monitoring sex offenders. They were even compared to George Zimmerman, the Left's favorite recent villain.

By Rusty Weiss | | August 25, 2013 | 7:04 AM EDT

Former Governor David Paterson is providing cover for Eliot Spitzer in his bid for the Comptroller’s seat, saying Client 9 should be forgiven because prostitution is legal in some states and other countries … like France.

Pro tip: When you have to cite France for defense of your morals, you’re really digging out of a hole. The question was:  Do you think he deserves a second chance of some kind of political comeback? Here is the full statement, via the Times Union:

By Christian Toto | | August 25, 2013 | 6:17 AM EDT

There's only one person tough enough to save the country, nay the world, from the sight of Ben Affleck dressed as Batman. President Barack Obama.

Or so some Batman fans thought when they signed a petition at "We the People" to request Affleck's removal from playing the Caped Crusader in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. "We the People" is part of the White House's official web site where common folk can push change they can believe in.

By Tim Graham | | August 24, 2013 | 11:39 PM EDT

Joe Conason is still trying to be the number one journalistic ring-kisser to the Clinton family. His latest effort is fawning all over Chelsea Clinton, the humanitarian (and occasional NBC News correspondent.) He complained on her behalf that “the political press still seems far more inclined to ruminate over her supposed ambitions rather than report her real concerns.”

Chelsea is Nobel Prize material, Conason wants you to know, with global concerns that include, “among other things, an unshakeable obsession with diarrhea.” In a Third World, sense of course:

By Tom Blumer | | August 24, 2013 | 7:16 PM EDT

In advance of a month full of events oriented towards demonstrating displeasure with lawmakers who won't give carte blanche to President Obama's healthcare, gun control, "climate change," and immigration agendas, Organizing for Action Executive Director Jon Carson claimed that "We will own August." New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his Mayors Against Illegal Guns also anticipated high levels of support during this months's "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence" tour.

It hasn't happened in either case. If right-wing, tea party, or social conservative efforts fizzled as OFA's and MAIG's clearly are, those failures would be making headlines, and shown as proof that support for the related causes is weak. By contrast, the national establishment press is mostly ignoring and in some cases obscuring these left-wing implosions.

By Noel Sheppard | | August 24, 2013 | 5:26 PM EDT

You can’t swing a dead cat these days without hitting some prominent African-American claiming race relations have worsened since Barack Obama became president.

Count MSNBC political and legal analyst Michelle Bernard among them, for on PBS’s McLaughlin Group Friday, she said, “The country has become more race conscious in terms of color and in terms of ethnicity since he was elected” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | August 24, 2013 | 3:09 PM EDT

Readers are strongly advised to remove all fluids, flammables, and sharp objects from their computers' proximity as the following is likely to cause uncontrollable fits of laughter! You've been warned!

In response to CNN's Sanjay Gupta changing his mind a few weeks ago and coming out in support for medical marijuana, a dispensary in Boulder, Colorado, has named a strain of pot after him: