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By Julia A. Seymour | | September 25, 2013 | 10:26 AM EDT

So much for the recovery. Even liberals admit employment is “weak,” that household wealth hasn’t recovered and consumer experts say middle-class retailers are “struggling.” But two of the three broadcast news networks have been much more focused on “proof that the economy is getting stronger,” than on economic worries since the May jobs report was released June 6.

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke surprised some on Sept. 18, when he postponed the tapering off of its huge monetary “stimulus” policy called quantitative easing (QE). At the same time, the Fed cut economic growth forecasts. Reuters reported that “the Fed cut its forecast for 2013 economic growth to a 2.0 percent to 2.3 percent range from a June estimate of 2.3 percent to 2.6 percent. The downgrade for 2014 was even sharper.”

By Matt Philbin | | September 25, 2013 | 10:14 AM EDT

“Our destinies are entwined. We’re on the battle ground where the armies of good and evil will wage war for the fate of mankind.” So says 250-year-old Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) to Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie), the less superannuated half the “buddy cop” team at the center of “Sleepy Hollow.” That’s quite a claim, and its one that the show may stand or fall by.  

By Paul Bremmer | | September 25, 2013 | 10:04 AM EDT

MSNBC has been relentlessly ripping into congressional Republicans as of late, and it appears their mockery is so pervasive that it can spread into completely unrelated discussions. On Saturday’s Weekends with Alex Witt, investigative journalist Nina Burleigh took a cheap shot at House Republican leaders Eric Cantor and John Boehner during a segment about the Amanda Knox saga.

Burleigh said she did not think Knox and her boyfriend should return to Italy to face retrial for the murder of Knox’s roommate. She warned of the Italian justice system: “I wouldn't go back there because their system is such that they can put them into jail again right away and hold them. And so you know, why would you go back?”

By Cody B. Holt | | September 25, 2013 | 8:43 AM EDT

Dear “Hostages,”

I always give a show three episodes to get me hooked. I get it – it’s rough to get things rolling, and it takes a while for characters to find their stride and for the plot to get “good.”

By Noel Sheppard | | September 25, 2013 | 7:26 AM EDT

Jay Leno took another comedic shot at the President Tuesday.

Early in his monologue on NBC’s Tonight Show, the host said that AMC’s hit series Breaking Bad concludes Sunday when “Walter White dies in the hospital waiting room while filling out all the paperwork for ObamaCare.”

By Christian Toto | | September 25, 2013 | 6:47 AM EDT

Stephen Colbert is a funny man, and he's got the Emmys to prove it.

The comedian's Colbert Report won big at Sunday's Emmys Awards for his Comedy Central faux news show, but he's equally funny in thinking audiences don't know where his personal politics fall. Colbert shared that view point after his show snared two Emmys over the weekend.

By Tom Blumer | | September 24, 2013 | 11:30 PM EDT

As Brent Bozell at NewsBusters noted earlier today, news of the forced retirement of the IRS's Lois Lerner, the agency's chief orchestrator of the campaign which targeted tea party and other conservative groups for extra scrutiny in their applications for not-for-profit status, "was censored by ABC, CBS, and NBC."

In what may surprise some, that lack of coverage didn't occur because of the Associated Press. Stephen Ohlemacher's story was mostly well-done, with two significant exceptions.

By Brent Bozell | | September 24, 2013 | 11:14 PM EDT

Why are liberals in so much denial about liberal bias in the news? Why do they think they’re bending over backward to be “objective” doing that which Republicans see as partisan activism?

Daniel Froomkin of the Huffington Post – formerly of The Washington Post – suggests an answer. He is exactly the kind of liberal agitator in the newsroom who wants every news story to be a blazing editorial. Every reporter must divide the world clearly between Liberal Sense and Conservative Nonsense. His latest article is titled “Writing a Neutral Story About Something So Heartless As the Food Stamp Vote Is Not Good Journalism.”

By Tim Graham | | September 24, 2013 | 10:21 PM EDT

If black Rev. E.W. Jackson was a liberal and his white opponent Ralph Northam was a conservative, The Washington Post would have to accuse itself of racism.  In the Virginia campaign for lieutenant governor, Northam, a white liberal, is the beneficiary of obvious and massive discrimination. He hasn’t drawn a single headline from the Post since he won the primary in June. No one needs to know anything he's said or anything he's done. He's apparently perfect.

But once again on Tuesday, the Post took out a journo-hammer and hit Jackson the black conservative over the head. On the front page of the Metro section, the headline was “E.W. Jackson’s combative style to be put to test.”  Post reporter Michael Laris relied on Democratic trackers (and they happily relied on him) to report that Jackson had said something allegedly outrageous from a minister -- that Christianity was true, and other religions were false:

By Noel Sheppard | | September 24, 2013 | 8:50 PM EDT

The rhetoric on MSNBC has gotten so over the top in recent weeks it’s almost unbelievable.

On Tuesday’s The Cycle, co-host Krystal Ball said that Republicans are asking young people to not buy health insurance thereby supposedly risking "agonizing and unnecessary death" in order to hurt President Obama (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Ken Shepherd | | September 24, 2013 | 7:21 PM EDT

According to one Christopher Lamb, Kansas University professor David Guth is simply guilty of choosing "the wrong shooting to criticize the NRA." What's more, insists Lamb, Guth -- who, you may recall, wished damnation and death on NRA members and their children, respectively -- was a victim of the breezy nature of Twitter, which is prone to "misinterpretations" because of its "140-character" limit.

Lamb, a journalism professor at Indiana University-Indianapolis, made those arguments at the liberal Huffington Post site Sunday afternoon (h/t Dan Gainor; emphases mine):

By Matthew Balan | | September 24, 2013 | 7:03 PM EDT

Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell broke out the kid gloves for Bill Clinton on Tuesday's CBS This Morning. Rose and O'Donnell failed to press the Democrat on the possible conflicts of interest surrounding his Clinton Global Initiative, as well as his wife Hillary's possible 2016 presidential run. The two anchors granted over 12 and a half minutes of air time to the former president.

Rose played up the "human side" of Clinton, and wondered if Hillary would "rather be – today – she can do both – president or grandmother?" O'Donnell pointed out that Mrs. Clinton "said you guys are watching movies together and taking long walks. And so, how is life different now?" [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]

By Matthew Sheffield | | September 24, 2013 | 6:39 PM EDT

Left-wing media critics are continually fond of pointing out Fox News president Roger Ailes's past as a Republican political operative as some sort of indirect proof that his employees are nothing but Republican robots. The fact is, however, that Ailes is a comparative rarity in the TV business coming at it from the political Right.

The new president of CNN's HLN channel, Albie Hecht, is a perfect example of this fact. As reported by Politico's Dylan Byers, Hecht has made about $45,000 to Democrats and liberal groups over the years:

By Matt Hadro | | September 24, 2013 | 6:16 PM EDT

In a long screed on Tuesday's Tom Joyner Morning Show, CNN's Don Lemon accused "some Republicans" of lying and "holding the American people hostage" over Obamacare. In focusing on Republicans, he glossed over any falsehoods or failed promises made by Democrats and President Obama about Obamacare.

"According to, since 2009 there have been a lot of willing, willful misinformation given to the American people about Obamacare by both Democrats and Republicans. But really mostly by Republicans," Lemon stated.

By Tom Blumer | | September 24, 2013 | 5:01 PM EDT

It's amusing to see how the left reacts when things don't work out as predicted. Earlier today (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), I noted how USA Today's Kelly Kennedy described a major malfunction in Obamacare which will cause hundreds of thousands of children to go without health insurance next year as a "glitch."

On the "climate change" front, those darned "glitches" abound. In an item today about the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Karl Ritter at the Associated Press attempted to report on how the IPCC plans to address the fact that there hasn't been any global warming, human-caused or otherwise, since the late 1990s. A hilarious headline spewed forth, followed by eruptions of ridiculous and hysterical words (HT James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal's Best of the Web; bolds and numbered tags are mine throughout this post):