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By Randy Hall | | April 18, 2013 | 6:03 AM EDT

Whenever a disaster like the bombing at Monday's Boston Marathon occurs, members of the press try to be the first to report any “scoops” they can find regarding the catastrophe. However, news organizations are often so anxious to beat the 24/7 news cycle that they don't always check all the facts before posting a story.

One recent example of this problem is an article on the CNN website entitled “Boston Marathon bombs have hallmarks of 'lone wolf' devices, experts say,” in which an anonymous senior U.S. counter-terrorism investigator is quoted as saying that pressure cooker bombs have been “a signature of extreme right-wing individuals in the United States,” even though the report provides no evidence to support that claim.

By Tim Graham | | April 17, 2013 | 10:25 PM EDT

Fort Hood amnesia seems to be a recurring malady this week. First came the Washington Post. Then on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show on Wednesday, Rehm falsely described the Boston bombing (with three fatalities) as worse than Fort Hood (13 fatalities). “This has been described as the second most lethal event since 9/11. But we are told that there've been a great many incidents prevented. What do you know about that? "

At least her guest Gary LaFree of the University of Maryland, in reviewing the statistics in his Global Terrorism Database, eventually pointed out that two terrorist attacks since 1971 had a higher death toll:

By NB Staff | | April 17, 2013 | 7:28 PM EDT

While an angry Barack Obama rails against those who failed to advance his anti-Second Amendment agenda, the Reverend Al Sharpton continues to show his unending loyalty to the regime.

Making a false connection between the gun debate (which he feels should be suppressed entirely) and this week's Boston bombings, Sharpton shamelessly exploited the victims for Obama's benefit.

Did anyone notice guns used during the marathon terror incident? If so, it would be news to us.

From today's Keeping It Real With Reverend Al Sharpton:

By Ken Shepherd | | April 17, 2013 | 6:40 PM EDT

In January, I noted how liberal Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy shared with his readers the story of courageous African-American civil rights activists in the South who fended off threats of terroristic violence by the KKK by being well armed to fight back. Well this morning, Milloy published another pro-gun rights column, this one full of fiery indignation at liberal nonsense on gun control and highly critical of President Obama.

"I don't believe that Obama is out to take my gun -- as some on the far right believe," the gun-owning liberal scribe wrote. "But he sure seems bent on harassing me into giving it up," Milloy groused, adding later that, "[w]hat will fool naive citizens about gun control will not fool criminal gunslingers," Milloy insisted. "They know when a politician is firing blanks. They've heard them shoot off at the mouth too many times before." To read the full piece, click here.

By Matt Vespa | | April 17, 2013 | 6:31 PM EDT

As NewsBusters colleague Kyle Drennan reported today, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie asked if President Obama was following the Gosnell case, or NBC’s reporting of it.   He dodged the question, but at least NBC acknowledges that a case is actually going on in Philadelphia. The president answered:

By Matt Hadro | | April 17, 2013 | 6:17 PM EDT

After the Toomey-Manchin gun bill failed in the Senate on Wednesday, CNN's Piers Morgan let loose on Twitter at President Obama and "cowards" in the Senate who didn't "give a stuff" about the Newtown families.

"How many schoolchildren have to be murdered next time for Washington to do anything? 50, 100, 1000? Name the number, you cowards. @NRA" he ranted. Morgan didn't take it easy on the President, either: "President Obama strong on guns rhetoric again now - but truth is, he's failed the Newtown families too. Got nothing done re gun control #CNN".

By Brad Wilmouth | | April 17, 2013 | 5:55 PM EDT

On Tuesday's All In show, MSNBC's Chris Hayes reacted negatively to Senator Susan Collins because the Maine Republican recently recommended that, if any non-citizens are involved in the Boston bombing, they should not be afforded Miranda rights and should be handed to a military tribunal, as the MSNBC host asserted that he was "angered and disappointed" by her comments which he later called a "disgrace."

His reaction to Collins came as he took a moment to give attention to a report by the Constitution Project which criticized the treatment of terror suspects by the Bush administration as "torture." After complaining about various media personalities calling for the use of torture after the 9/11 attacks, he tied in the Boston bombing:

By Matthew Sheffield | | April 17, 2013 | 5:25 PM EDT

Under pressure from pro-life websites and writers, several national news outlets have reluctantly began covering the trial of ghastly abortionist Kermit Gosnell. Beyond that, a handful of liberal media figures are finally beginning to ask the important question of why such a sensational trial--if it bleeds, it supposedly leads--received almost no attention whatsoever in the national press.

In a scathing piece, Washington Post blogger Melinda Henneberger, a rare pro-life liberal journalist, rounds up some excuses from her colleagues about why they think the media ignored the Gosnell case. One of her co-workers responded that the story of the abortionist’s alleged crimes seemed more of a local news story than a national one. Of course, local crime stories such as the disappearance of Natalee Holloway or the case against Andrea Yates, are routinely covered by nationwide news outlets.

By Noel Sheppard | | April 17, 2013 | 5:15 PM EDT

As NewsBusters reported earlier, unabashedly liberal commentator David Sirota published an article at Salon Tuesday with the disgusting title, "Let’s Hope the Boston Marathon Bomber Is a White American."

As a result of all the negative attention he's gotten due to this piece, rather than doing the right thing by apologizing, Sirota on Wednesday actually doubled down with a new article titled "I Still Hope the Bomber Is a White American."

By Kyle Drennen | | April 17, 2013 | 4:29 PM EDT

In part two of her interview with President Obama aired on Wednesday's NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie lobbed several softballs, wrapping up the exchange by wondering: "I know you're not endorsing, but do you personally hope that Hillary Clinton runs in 2016?...Do you miss her around here?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Obama used Guthrie's prompting to praise Clinton: "I think she was an extraordinary secretary of state and she became not only a great partner for me in foreign policy, but a good friend....I do [miss her]. She's earned her rest and I know that she's going to be able, whatever she does, to continue to be a leader and an incredibly positive force for the causes I care about and that she cares about, all around the world."

By John Williams | | April 17, 2013 | 3:58 PM EDT

As Newsbusters has detailed again and again, coverage by dominant news organizations of the Kermit Gosnell murder trial has been almost non-existent. Taxpayer-subsidized public radio is no exception, even after the issue of non-coverage gained widespread attention last week.

As the fifth week of the Gosnell trial continues (it opened March 18), NPR still has not devoted a single piece to the topic of the trial. It did briefly reference the trial once--in a story about Pennsylvania abortion clinic regulations that resulted from what authorities found in Gosnell's clinic during a raid. On March 28, NPR's afternoon news magazine All Things Considered gave only 19 seconds out of 4 1/2 minutes to reporting on the Gosnell trial. In sharp contrast, the piece's author, Jeff Brady, NPR's Philadelphia-based National Desk Correspondent, gave five times the amount to time to detailing the "expensive" hardships Pennsylvania abortion clinics now have to endure. The story left out entirely the details of the horrendous charges against Gosnell.

By Ken Shepherd | | April 17, 2013 | 3:40 PM EDT

The liberal media love to chastise Republicans for  writing off minorities and urban voters, insisting that the GOP is becoming a regional and largely rural party. But that concern trolling doesn't cut both ways. The liberal media never seem to care that Democrats are losing rural, blue collar workers or that the party's failure to be competitive in the rural heartland is an indictment of their ability to bring the country together.

This double standard was well illustrated in today's Metro section front page in the Washington Post headlined "McAuliffe to pass up Shad Planking: Democrat won't angle for votes at this year's ritual on the James River." Post reporter Ben Pershing devoted 24 paragraphs to explain and allow Democrats to defend their lack of resources devoted to a decades-long bipartisan tradition in the Old Dominion (emphasis mine):

By NB Staff | | April 17, 2013 | 3:00 PM EDT


While we sift through conflicting reports of a Boston terrorism suspect's arrest, it's interesting to note a rare exception to the media's "right-wing" blame game. Frankly, the source is unexpected: the far-left Southern Poverty Law Center.

During yesterday's Ed Schultz Show, the SPLC's Mark Potok strayed far from standard-issue "progressive" talking points, leading to this conclusion:


By Andrew Collins | | April 17, 2013 | 2:38 PM EDT

What underlies the faux shooting?

By Tim Graham | | April 17, 2013 | 2:34 PM EDT

On Tuesday's Randi Rhodes show, the left-wing radio host was upset about the sound of talk radio after the Boston bombing. She played clips of Alex Jones saying the mass shootings in Aurora and Newtown were "staged," and then she smeared that on conservative talk radio, who are allegedly exploiting fear for profit.

"Somebody’s gotta make money off of you weasels, somebody’s gotta make money off of you cowards, somebody’s gotta make money off of you people terrified of your own shadow! Somebody’s gotta cash in." Rhodes then suggested a long line of conservatives were terrorists. Rush, Sean, Beck, Peter King, and Michele Bachmann were all listed in this rant: