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By Geoffrey Dickens | | July 24, 2013 | 11:01 AM EDT

During a Comic-Con panel to promote the remake of the 1987 movie "RoboCop" actor Samuel L. Jackson revealed he plays a talk show host character that is inspired by two ideological opposites - Al Sharpton and Rush Limbaugh.

By Mark Finkelstein | | July 24, 2013 | 8:58 AM EDT

When on today's Morning Joe, Obama spokesman Jay Carney had the chutzpah to call the IRS mess a "phony scandal,"Joe Scarborough ripped into him, calling Carney out for using "talking points," instructing him to "answer my question" and informing Carney that "I'm not somebody you talk down to from your podium." Ouch! H/t NB reader cobokat.

Scarborough reminded Carney that he hadn't told the truth when he initially claimed that the scandal was limited to low-level employees in the IRS Cincinnati office, that it now appears that it may go at least as high as the IRS Chief Counsel, appointed by President Obama, is involved.  Carney continued to slough off the scandal, claiming it was a diversion and that the President wants to focus on the economy, blah, blah, blah.  Things got heated, as you'll see from the video, after the jump.

By Tim Graham | | July 24, 2013 | 8:02 AM EDT

David "Karl Rove Will Be Indicted" Shuster is the latest cable-news host to join the Al-Jazeera America team. CNN's Ali Velshi signed up early, and Soledad O'Brien will be a special correspondent providing documentaries. The channel launches and replaces Current TV on August 20, the channel Al Gore sold (out) to the emir of Qatar in January for a reported $500 million (and maybe more). Current TV is presently available in 60 million homes, and seen by much, much less.

As part of its ongoing campaign to buy all the "mainstream" TV news veterans it can to rub prestige on itself, the Arab "news" channel also hired a new president in ABC News executive Kate O'Brian, a 30-year veteran of ABC. ABC News chief Ben Sherwood called the news "exciting and bittersweet." In the official press release, O'Brian, like other new hires, praises the al-Jazeera brand as synonymous with excellence, not Jew-baiting, America-bashing propaganda:

By Tim Graham | | July 24, 2013 | 7:19 AM EDT

Jim Romenesko reports actor Alec Baldwin appeared on the Howard Stern satellite-radio show  on Tuesday and trashed a female New York Post reporter who follows him around town. He added: “Very quickly I realized nothing that’s handled by News Corp. is true — nothing on Fox — and now I extend that to all media. I think the New York Times is — well, obviously — heads and above [other media] but still they have an agenda, they have a bias as well.”

Baldwin thinks Fox is all lies, and thinks Sean Hannity is a hack, but he's a reluctant fan of Bill O'Reilly, despite his "rabid" show:

By Brent Bozell | | July 23, 2013 | 10:52 PM EDT

President Obama is announcing for the umpteenth time he’s going to “pivot” to fixing the economy – as if that’s ever worked before, since it is he who broke it. That said, Obama will pivot to tiddlywinks if that’s what it takes to get out from under his mountain of scandals.

On the White House website, Obama flack Dan Pfeiffer posted a blog demanding everyone pay attention to Obama’s latest speech in Galesburg, Illinois, expressing tender concern for the middle class. Meanwhile, he lamented “too many in Congress are trying to score political points, refight old battles, and trump up phony scandals.”

By Jack Coleman | | July 23, 2013 | 9:35 PM EDT

A bad stretch for liberals just got worse, all because George Zimmerman decided again he needed to get out of a vehicle.

This time Zimmerman helped rescue a family of four from a wrecked SUV in Florida. Turns out it was more than left-wing radio hosts Bill Press and Stephanie Miller could bear, as both expressed doubts about the incident while heaping aspersions on Zimmerman, who recently showed how a man of color facing a murder charge in a high-profile case could get a fair trial in America. (Audio clips after the jump)

By Tim Graham | | July 23, 2013 | 8:25 PM EDT

The next time a public-radio station goes into pledge-drive mode and begs listeners to chip in $100 for those snazzy premiums like the Nina Totin'-Bag, it would be wonderful if, in the spirit of balance and fairness, they would read off some salary numbers for NPR stars. Do people on modest incomes really want to chip in $25 to make sure an anchor can take home $375,000?

Instead, pledge-drive announcers often plead that stations need donations to pay for program fees, not anchor salaries. Blogger and news-app developer Andy Boyle pored over a few IRS 990 forms and revealed some of the highest-paid public radio poobahs:

By Tom Blumer | | July 23, 2013 | 7:50 PM EDT

For some reason, press reports I've seen thus far dealing with revelations that disgraced former congressman and now-New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner continued "sexting" after his June 2011 resignation won't directly tell us that he didn't stop sexting -- assuming we've heard the last of this, which is by no means certain -- until November 2012 or January of this year, 4-6 months before he declared his Gotham mayoral candidacy. Additionally, he kept communicating with one of his partners, while supposedly not sexting, until April, the month before he began his run.

The four-month time frame can be inferred from the first excerpted paragraph after the jump in an Associated Press report by Jonathan Lemire (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

By Matt Hadro | | July 23, 2013 | 7:50 PM EDT

Former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner, now a New York mayoral candidate, admitted Tuesday to sending out lewd photos of himself even after he resigned from Congress for doing so back in June of 2011.

During the previous scandal, up until Weiner's resignation, members of the media moved from casting the evidence against him as a smear job to acknowledging his mistake while imploring him to stay in Congress to mourning the "tragedy" of his downfall and resignation and insisting he was too talented to stay out of politics for long.

By Lauren Enk | | July 23, 2013 | 6:30 PM EDT

The royal prince is barely a day old, but already lefties are crossing their fingers in hopes that he’s gay.

Huffington Post hyped what may be the dumbest polling ever this morning – a survey claiming that a majority of Brits would react favorably if the son born yesterday to Prince William and Kate Middleton would come out as a homosexual in the future. The survey was conducted by the “lesbian, gay, and bisexual advocacy group Stonewall” (because, of course, they’d have an unbiased and objective viewpoint).

By Brad Wilmouth | | July 23, 2013 | 6:13 PM EDT

Appearing on Monday's The Last Word, MSNBC contributor Goldie Taylor called Rush Limbaugh "dangerous," and accused him of "pimping his audience" in response to the conservative talk radio host's reaction to President Obama's statement on the George Zimmerman verdict. After a clip of Limbaugh, Taylor responded:

By Nathan Roush | | July 23, 2013 | 6:00 PM EDT

Unequivocally liberal MSNBC host Chris Hayes took an underhanded jab at Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachman by comparing her career to the Titan Arum, the world’s largest species of flower which is housed at the U.S. Botanical Garden in Washington D.C. The flower, which only blooms once every few years, gives off an odor that is “oddly like rotting flesh.” After being in bloom for a few days, “the flower will then begin to collapse in on itself, embarking on a trajectory very similar to Michele Bachmann’s congressional career," Hayes cynically remarked.

Since the announcement of Bachmann’s retirement on May 29, the liberal media have had a field day mocking her Tea Party brand of conservatism.  Fellow MSNBC host Al Sharpton hosted a liberal panel on his show to ridicule Bachmann on the same day that a Morning Joe panel devoted a segment solely to lambasting Bachmann as a “fringe” “celebrity politician” who will soon be irrelevant. In fact, my NewsBusters colleague Geoffrey Dickens compiled a Top 10 list of anti-Bachmann quotes.

By Ken Shepherd | | July 23, 2013 | 5:52 PM EDT

The Wall Street Journal's editorial board is rock-ribbed conservative, but its news pages often feature biased reporting that fits with the rest of the liberal media's narratives about conservatives and the GOP. Take Patrick O'Connor's 20-paragraph July 23 article, "Think Tank Becomes a Handful for GOP."

"For four decades, the Heritage Foundation was a stately think tank that sought to define conservative thinking for Republicans," O'Connor noted, lamenting that "Now, in one of the more significant transformations in the capital's intellectual firmament, it has become an activist political operation trying to alter the course of conservative thinking." In doing so, "[i]t now challenges establishment Republican leaders as much as it informs them, making waves in the process," O'Connor complained, going on to cite Republican congressmen complaining about Heritage's tactics, but failing to find pro-Heritage conservative GOPers to defend the organization.

By Noel Sheppard | | July 23, 2013 | 5:30 PM EDT

MSNBC's Martin Bashir on Tuesday called Fox News commentators and Rush Limbaugh a "river of sewage" and a "sewer of absolute crap."

This from the man with some of the consistently lowest ratings on all of cable news (video follows with transcribed lowlights and commentary):

By Kyle Drennen | | July 23, 2013 | 5:21 PM EDT

In an adoring softball interview with San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro on her Monday MSNBC show, host Andrea Mitchell eagerly wondered if the Democrat was leading the way in turning the solidly red state blue: "Take a look at Texas Monthly, both you and your brother [Congressman Joaquin Castro] and Wendy Davis are on the cover of Texas Monthly. Is there a Democratic revival coming up in Texas?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Castro seized the opportunity to proclaim: "It is an exciting time to be in Texas right now, as a Democrat....And the question is not if Texas is going to become a competitive state, and eventually a blue state, the question really is just when, how long is it going to take?...but it's going to happen. And you can feel that excitement right now in the air."