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By Tim Graham | | July 30, 2013 | 7:12 AM EDT

A year ago, co-host Matt Lauer quoted actor Kevin Spacey's description of his new role in the political drama “House of Cards,” playing "a wily, murderous politician worming his way to the White House." Spacey mocked Mitt Romney in response: "Kind of like this year, isn't it?"

Now, the liberal thespian insists to HotPress.com that Barack Obama will go down in history for passing Earth-shattering legislation (that must include Obamacare) despite knee-jerk Republicans:

By Tom Blumer | | July 30, 2013 | 12:52 AM EDT

Sarah Palin, call your office. PolitiFact, you've been refuted again.

In the later sections of a Wall Street Journal column on Sunday (in Monday's print edition), former Vermont Governor and unsuccessful 2004 Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean wrote in opposition (HT Twitchy) to Obamacare's Independent Payment Advisory Board, calling it "essentially a health-care rationing body." We'll let former Alaska Governor Palin take it from there with her August 7, 2009 Facebook post (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Tom Blumer | | July 29, 2013 | 11:04 PM EDT

It has been almost 48 hours since the New York Post's Melissa Klein first reported that "This iconic picture of firefighters raising the stars and stripes in the rubble of Ground Zero was nearly excluded from the 9/11 Memorial Museum," because "the museum’s creative director ... considered the Tom Franklin photograph too kitschy and "rah-rah America."

A Google News search on "Ground Zero New York" (not in quotes, past seven days, showing duplicates) returns only 24 relevant items. None are from establishment press outlets. The same search at the Associated Press's national web site also returns nothing relevant. Excerpts from Klein's Post report, as well as Publishers Weekly's review of the upcoming book, are after the jump.

By Tim Graham | | July 29, 2013 | 9:36 PM EDT

TV Guide posted an article headlined “Justin Bieber's Downward Spiral: A Timeline of Bad Behavior.” Sadie Gennis began: “Bieber has become the poster child for paparazzi attacks, partying and reckless driving — a far cry from the innocent, devoutly Christian singer he was six years ago.  So what happened?”

She added, “Check out our timeline of The Biebs' downward spiral and figure out what went wrong.” Bizarrely, TV Guide listed Bieber’s pro-life remarks to Rolling Stone magazine on its “timeline of bad behavior”:

By Matt Vespa | | July 29, 2013 | 9:08 PM EDT

As members of America’s news media fail to recognize that Detroit went bankrupt due to decades of Democratic Party rule, they’ll probably execute the same protocol when they cover Illinois’ pension fiasco, which happens to be the worst in the country.

In fact, it’s so bad that the Illinois Comptroller has told legislators that they won’t be paid until this matter is resolved. Democratic Governor Pat Quinn has also nixed his own pay until the issue is addressed.   It seems that all is not well in President Obama’s home state, which is probably why the media isn’t giving it the proper attention.

By Matt Vespa | | July 29, 2013 | 8:54 PM EDT

Recent polls show Americans are perfectly okay with legislation being pursued in statehouses across the fruited plan to institute a ban on abortions occurring after the 20th week of pregnancy. This is despite a drumbeat of media puffery to glorify pro-choice absolutists like Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) and to attack the successful pushes for abortion-regulating legislation in Ohio, North Carolina and Texas. So what's the liberal media to do as they are finding out their hard work has been for naught? Why, try to convince Americans that the pro-life movement is on the verge of a bitter civil war.

On July 24, Time magazine's Grace Wyler filed a story on how the "Personhood Movement Continues to Divide Pro-Life Activists." Wyler zeroes in on an isolated incident from Wisconsin to make her case. The core of her piece is summed up with this excerpt:

By Tom Blumer | | July 29, 2013 | 8:43 PM EDT

Organizing For Action claims that its mission is to "support President Obama in achieving enactment of the national agenda Americans voted for on Election Day 2012." Presumably, on a day-to-day and month-to-month basis, that means it's able to divine the President's priorities and follow them (you see, OFA is "independent," so there can't pooooossibly be any communication between its officials and the White House, cough, cough).

Well, if OFA really is following the President's priorities, one of those priorities is decidedly not the economy, despite Obama's promise in his weekly address on Saturday to "spend every minute of every day doing everything in my power to make this economy work for working Americans again." And yes, I would expect a vigilant establishment press, which we definitely don't have, to notice, and of course they haven't. Edward-Isaac Dovere at the Politico has a list of OFA's "Action August" key event days, which follows the jump:

By Jeffrey Meyer | | July 29, 2013 | 8:28 PM EDT

Ever since MSNBC moved Ed Schultz to the coveted Saturday afternoon time slot, he has found a new opportunity to trash conservatives. Speaking on Saturday July 27, Schultz took his erratic ranting to a new low when he questioned whether or not Boehner of all things, cheats at golf.

During a segment entitled “Ask Ed Live” Schultz took a question from one of the few listeners that watches MSNBC on Saturday afternoon now that Lockup has stopped airing. The viewer wanted to know, “If you could sit down with Speaker Boehner, what would you ask him?” to which Schultz mockingly answered: [Read more below, followed by video.]

By Matthew Balan | | July 29, 2013 | 6:36 PM EDT

On Sunday's CBS Evening News, Anna Werner surprisingly acknowledged that ObamaCare may be a "tough sell" even among the left-leaning population of Oregon. Werner's report on a hokey multi-million dollar campaign trying to get young people to sign up for the West Coast state's health care marketplace came three days after CBS reported that the controversial law's approval rating is at an all-time low. [video below the jump]

While the correspondent featured two pro-ObamaCare talking heads, she also played soundbites from a 20-year-old who denounced the law: "As much as you can have an ad campaign that, sort of, inspires people, at the end of the day, the government is in Washington, DC, and has never met you."

By Scott Whitlock | | July 29, 2013 | 6:22 PM EDT

A bitter Chris Matthews on Monday compared Republican efforts with voter ID laws to apartheid in South Africa. Talking to civil rights leader Wade Henderson, Matthews introduced his sneering comparison: "It does look like it's almost like South Africa to this extent: You have a white... feeble minority. It's losing its majority status."

He continued, "And it says, the Republican Party, we can only get so many white votes. So we got to reduce the votes of others. It does look that way." After Mr. Henderson didn't jump in to agree, Matthews justified, "Maybe you're non-partisan, but only Republicans have pushed this in these 31 states. No Democratic legislature. You gotta look at the pattern here." [UPDATED with video below. MP3 audio here.]

By Noel Sheppard | | July 29, 2013 | 5:49 PM EDT

Disgraced former New York governor Eliot Spitzer on Monday said he wouldn’t be voting for Anthony Weiner, and that the embattled sexter should not be mayor of New York City.

Appearing on MSNBC’s Hardball, Spitzer was cornered by host Chris Matthews to say who he was going to vote for in the upcoming election.

By Brad Wilmouth | | July 29, 2013 | 5:47 PM EDT

On Friday's PoliticsNation, as host Al Sharpton attacked "right-wingers" like Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, and Rush Limbaugh for "push[ing] the most negative stereotypes of the African-American community for their own gain," and again repeated a 2007 smear against O'Reilly, MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor accused conservative hosts of "pimping" and "pandering" for "personal gain."

After a clip of O'Reilly recounting his visit to a predominantly black restaurant from 2007, Sharpton posed the question:

By Tim Graham | | July 29, 2013 | 5:34 PM EDT

Add CNN to the networks who are producing a Hillary Clinton movie. “CNN Films has tapped documentary filmmaker Charles H. Ferguson to direct a film about former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,” reports Dylan Byers at Politico. The film will air on CNN and be released in theaters (no word of a release date).

Like NBC News, CNN is insisting this doesn’t reflect on their editorial content. Spokeswoman Allison Gollust insisted “CNN's editorial side has no role in the production of the film, just as it has no role in any of the films produced or acquired by CNN Films.” Byers also pointed out CNN’s Jake Tapper called NBC’s film a lose-lose:

By Scott Whitlock | | July 29, 2013 | 5:34 PM EDT

The same networks that have been minimizing and ignoring the growing scandal at the Internal Revenue Service all found time to fawn over 50-year-old footage of President Kennedy vacationing with family. A World News graphic on Sunday night thrilled, "Return to Camelot."

Anchor David Muir breathlessly narrated the video to cloying, emotional music provided by ABC: "President Kennedy teeing off. The 46-year-old President putting and, well, missing the shot. The camera trained on him though for the entire round of golf and with the next putt there is more success." Muir gushed over footage of a young Caroline Kennedy on "the lap of her father as they finished their sun-splashed weekend fifty years ago tonight." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

By Noel Sheppard | | July 29, 2013 | 5:31 PM EDT

Can MSNBC’s Martin Bashir really be this ill-informed?

Consider that on Monday’s installment of the program hysterically bearing his own name, Bashir made it seem that he believes if a poll questioned 21 percent Republicans, that means only 21 percent of Americans identify themselves as Republican (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):