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By Scott Whitlock | | August 26, 2013 | 12:57 PM EDT

Even though it's August of 2013, Hillary Clinton's possible 2016 presidential bid has already been heavily hyped by journalists. Yet, it seems that these same reporters aren't interested in exploring aspects of Clinton's job as Secretary of State. One such comment not getting attention is her 2011 labeling of Bashar al-Assad, the man almost certainly behind a devastating chemical weapons attack, as a "reformer." Between 500 and 1000 people are dead after last week's gassing.

On the March 27, 2011, Clinton insisted, "There’s a different leader in Syria now. Many of the members of Congress of both parties who have gone to Syria in recent months have said they believe he’s a reformer." (The Washington Post gave this remark three Pinocchios. Clinton later backtracked.) Yet, ABC, NBC and CBS have not reexamined the comments in the wake of the attack or its accuracy.

By Kyle Drennen | | August 26, 2013 | 12:52 PM EDT

At the top of Sunday's NBC Meet the Press, moderator David Gregory interviewed Democratic Congressman John Lewis about the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech and seized the opportunity to bash President Obama's political opponents: "...in your view, a lot of people can't get comfortable with the idea of an African American president...Do you see some of the same trappings of resentment and fear in our modern-day politics?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Gregory further teed up Lewis to bash conservatives: "And you even said during your speech yesterday [at the MLK speech anniversary], 'There are forces, there are people who want to take us back.' What specifically are you talking about?" Lewis ranted: "Well, I hear people over and over again saying, 'We want to take our country back.' Take it back where? Where are we going?...when I was growing up, I saw those signs that said, "White Men," "Colored Men"...Those signs are gone."

By Tim Graham | | August 26, 2013 | 12:39 PM EDT

Liberals usually get upset when politicians suggest someone is on a mission from God when they have a political program to push – at least when it’s a conservative program. During Saturday’s live MSNBC coverage of the March on Washington anniversary (organized by Al Shaprton), Ed Schultz proclaimed that 9-year-old Asean Johnson, speaking out (well, reading a sheet of paper) on behalf of a teacher’s union, was “a gift from God” in fighting against “under-resourced” public schools.

God favors teacher unions? On The Ed Show hours later, Schultz fawned over the youngest speaker at the rally and his mother during an interview alongside his sponsor, Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers. Schultz repeated the “gift from God” reference. Schultz barely mentioned that Johnson’s nemesis was Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel:

By Ken Shepherd | | August 26, 2013 | 12:36 PM EDT

When you think of California, a few things spring to mind. One is the state's love affair with the automobile. Another is, of course, how in the past 25 years the state the state has abandoned the center-right politics that gave it governors like Ronald Regan and George Deukmejian for hard-left, tax-and-spend politics.

So it should come as no surprise that the penchant for the latter is harming the former. In a Highway 1 blog post this morning at latimes.com, Los Angeles Times staffer Jerry Hirsch noted how it's high taxes that has a larger impact on the sky-high cost of owning and driving an automobile in California, not the price of gasoline (emphasis mine):

By Noel Sheppard | | August 26, 2013 | 12:23 PM EDT

As NewsBusters reported earlier this month, the race-baiting media went totally apoplectic when a rodeo clown had the nerve to wear an Obama mask at the Missouri State Fair.

On Monday, the rodeo clown in question, one Tuffy Gessling, spoke to KCTV in Kansas City about the incident saying, "I never did anything because of anybody's race. I don't care what color somebody is" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Matt Philbin | | August 26, 2013 | 11:02 AM EDT

Editor’s note: the video after the jump may offend some people.

Dear Miley Cyrus: We get it already. You’re not a kid anymore. That Teddy Bear-to-porn maven motif at the 2013 MTV VMAs was so unsubtle even the kind of people who like the VMAs couldn’t miss it. Ditto the latex bikini and relentless “twerking.” Besides, you’re belaboring the point. It’s been abundantly clear for some time you killed Hannah Montana and you’re pole-dancing on her grave.

But maybe you could dial back the porn factor just a touch? Sure, masturbating yourself and Robin Thicke with a foam #1 finger shocked Will Smith & co. in the immediacy of the moment.

By Noel Sheppard | | August 26, 2013 | 10:43 AM EDT

By now you've probably heard about pop singer Miley Cyrus's disturbingly raunchy performance at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards.

On Monday, MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski totally excoriated the singer calling her "obviously deeply troubled, deeply disturbed" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Howard Portnoy | | August 26, 2013 | 10:01 AM EDT

Were you outraged over the senseless shooting of Chris Lane? If you were, what you were really experiencing was vengeance toward blacks for their daring to react to the death of Trayvon Martin. In fact, unless you are a conservative, you probably didn’t feel outrage over the death of Chris Lane at all.

This bit of psychologizing comes to you courtesy of Grio columnist Joy Reid, who sat in as guest host on MSNBC’s Martin Bashir’s show Friday night. The discussion had turned to the use of race as a “political football,” when Reid interrupted with this insight (video below, begins at around 3:52):

By Mark Finkelstein | | August 26, 2013 | 8:19 AM EDT

Joe Scarborough is frequently panned in these parts for his propensity to pummel his presumably fellow Republicans.  So it's noteworthy when the Morning Joe host goes after the left for a change.

It happened on today's show, when Scarborough defended voter ID laws, saying most Americans don't think it's racist to require a photo ID when you show up to vote. and scalding the left for trying fit to politicians in North Carolina and Texas with symbolic KKK hoods.   Scarborough even forced a clearly reluctant Mike Allen of Politico to ultimately acknowledge his point.  View the video after the jump.

By NB Staff | | August 26, 2013 | 8:17 AM EDT

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By Tim Graham | | August 25, 2013 | 11:18 PM EDT

On NPR’s race-conscious Tell Me More talk show on Friday, they discussed the white rapper Macklemore’s cover story in Rolling Stone, where he claimed that his skin color allows him to swear his rear end off in his “Thrift Shop” song.

“Even though I’m cussing my a-- off in the song, the fact that I’m a white guy, parents feel safe. They let their six-year-olds listen to it. I mean it’s just…it’s different. And would that success have been the same if I would have been a black dude? I think the answer is no." Former NPR digital reporter Corey Dade applauded the admission of “white privilege” in profane rap music:

By Tom Blumer | | August 25, 2013 | 10:46 PM EDT

A chart accompanying a writeup by Robert Pear at the New York Times on how Americans' real incomes have fallen and barely begun to recover is interesting in its selection of comparison points.

Pear himself tried to pretend that what President Obama wants to do to try to make college more affordable is somehow relevant to reigniting economic growth. Really.

By Tom Johnson | | August 25, 2013 | 10:09 PM EDT

It's not every day -- in fact, it's pretty much never -- that a Daily Kos blogger writes, "I don't hate Ted Cruz—I love him." Nonetheless, it happened Thursday.

Jed Lewison, the Senior Policy Editor at Daily Kos and a former spokesman for Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), started by quoting National Review editor Rich Lowry's assertion that Cruz irritates liberals not only because of his forthrightly stated beliefs but also because his Ivy League background and obvious brainpower put the lie to "one of the left’s deepest prejudices": that conservatives are dumb.

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: