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By Paul Bremmer | | September 18, 2013 | 4:15 PM EDT

PBS anchor Judy Woodruff asked a question on Monday’s NewsHour that perfectly captured the modern liberal mentality about government spending and debt.

During a taped interview with former Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Woodruff asked:

By Evan Mantel | | September 18, 2013 | 3:51 PM EDT

A few lessons on how to have a functional relationship

By Ken Shepherd | | September 18, 2013 | 3:10 PM EDT

The Obama Labor Department announced yesterday a new regulation that mandates that home health care workers be subject to the federal minimum wage and federal time-and-a-half overtime requirements. Reporting the story for the Reuters news wire, correspondent Amanda Becker hailed the move, noting that newly sworn-in Labor Secretary Thomas Perez was "setting an assertive tone" with the regulation. "Today we are taking an important step toward guaranteeing that these professionals receive the wage protections they deserve while protecting the right of individuals to live at home," Becker quoted Perez as exulting.

Nowhere in her 18-paragraph story -- which I found published on page A20 of the September 18 Washington Post -- did Becker turn to critics of the new regulation, which is not slated to go into effect until January 1, 2015, after the crucial 2014 midterm elections. By contrast, Wall Street Journal reporters Melanie Trottman and Kris Maher gave their readers both sides of the story in their September 18 front-pager, "Regulators Boost Wages, Overtime for Health Aides." Indeed, Trottman and Maher wasted no time noting there are two sides to the policy argument, mentioning objections by "some business officials" in their lead paragraph (emphases mine):

By Geoffrey Dickens | | September 18, 2013 | 2:27 PM EDT

In the immediate aftermath of the Navy Yard shooting the liberal media reflexively began their push for more gun control. NBC’s Matt Lauer, on Tuesday’s Today show pressed an outspoken chief medical officer that treated some of the wounded: “You say you didn’t want to wade into the issue of gun control and yet your comments are resonating with people...but we also heard emotional comments after Newtown and Aurora, etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. Are you worried that your comments will be soon forgotten, as it seems some of those other comments have been forgotten?”

Lauer’s plea to the doctor represents how desperate the liberal media has been to keep the gun control issue alive, even in the face of recent political losses like the defeat of Barack Obama’s gun control legislation in Congress and the recall of anti-gun state legislators in Colorado. (Video compilation after the jump)

By Tim Graham | | September 18, 2013 | 2:23 PM EDT

Rep. Steve Cohen committed a gaffe on Wednesday’s Now with Alex Wagner on MSNBC, Jeffrey Meyer at noticed. Wagner prattled on about the recall of liberal legislators in Colorado “weren’t heartening,” as NRA voter suppression” was harming the cause of “gun safety reform.”

Then Cohen suggested gun-rights House members are a “Murderers Row” who like their guns:

By Brad Wilmouth | | September 18, 2013 | 2:03 PM EDT

Near the end of  the Tuesday, September 17, All In show, MSNBC host Chris Hayes took a moment to read and display two viewer responses to his question of what they would like to see in "actual comprehensive gun safety legislation," and included one over the top viewer who not only wanted nearly all guns banned, but desired that the National Rifle Association be "dissolved and made illegal." Hayes began:

Earlier in the show, we asked you, "If politics were no obstacle, what would actual comprehensive gun safety legislation look like?"

He continued:

By Tim Graham | | September 18, 2013 | 1:46 PM EDT

It’s a bit shocking when New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd hits the same note as Brent Bozell. In a Wednesday column titled "Losing the Room," she slammed President Obama for jarringly pressing “ahead with his political attack, briefly addressing the slaughter before moving on to jab Republicans over the corporate tax rate and resistance to Obamacare.”

But Dowd sounded sad: “The man who connected so electrically and facilely in 2008, causing Americans to overlook his thin résumé, cannot seem to connect anymore.” Dowd wrote Democrats no longer think of him as a “cool cat,” but as a “weird cat”:

By Tom Blumer | | September 18, 2013 | 1:25 PM EDT

It's Science 101 time for the editorialists at the Washington Post, whose opposition to Virginia GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli is so fierce that they will literally twist the facts of life to fit their agenda.

As Steve Ertelt at Life News noted Tuesday afternoon, the editorial involved includes "a rather un-scientific claim," namely that "an unborn baby shortly after conception" doesn't achieve status as a "living being" until implantation in the mother's womb.

By Scott Whitlock | | September 18, 2013 | 1:00 PM EDT


CBS and ABC on Wednesday trotted out the same tired warning of a "pay gap" between men and women, deeming it "ridiculous" that anyone could possibly disagree with the talking points put forth by feminists such as Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda. CBS This Morning featured the two liberal women, as well as another feminist for a one-sided harangue about females in the workplace. Norah O'Donnell hyped, "Last year women earned 76.5 cents to every dollar a man makes. Why does that still exist?" [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

None of the hosts questioned the legitimacy of the pay gap. Instead, they allowed Steinem to play the victim card, complaining that the reason is "because we are the cheap labor source on which the country is running." Fellow guest Robin Morgan (an arch-leftist author) railed against the "pale males" who run the media.

By Matt Hadro | | September 18, 2013 | 12:49 PM EDT

CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King asked former Obama chief of staff William Daley on Wednesday if the gun industry is putting profits ahead of people's lives.

"They're protecting an industry. They're protecting big profits. And that's what it's about," Daley slammed the gun industry. King then teed him up: "This is more important than human lives?"

By Tim Graham | | September 18, 2013 | 12:19 PM EDT

Time magazine has named long-time veteran Nancy Gibbs as the new Managing Editor now that Richard Stengel has (officially) joined the Obama administration. In the official announcement, Time Inc. editor-in-chief Martha Nelson declared Gibbs was “one of the most published writers in the history of the magazine, having been an essayist and lead writer on virtually every major news event of the past two decades.”

Gibbs has also been one of the most embarrassing writers of faux-literary liberal goop in the history of “news magazines.” It's not exactly positive when Stengel declared, "No one personifies TIME more than Nancy Gibbs." We’ve collected some classic clunkers below, starting with the sticky Obama valentines and moving on to tributes to Bill Clinton’s “supercharged hormones” and attacks on the “excesses” of the Reagan years:

By Noel Sheppard | | September 18, 2013 | 11:53 AM EDT

On Tuesday, NewsBusters called on CNN's Piers Morgan to retract his errant claim from the previous evening that Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis brought an AR-15 with him to the massacre.

Much to our dismay, Morgan still has not done so.

By Noel Sheppard | | September 18, 2013 | 11:06 AM EDT

Every year, millions of Americans watch the Super Bowl, some just for the fabulous new commercials.

Next year, it's quite possible there's going to be an ad for marijuana.

By Tom Blumer | | September 18, 2013 | 10:19 AM EDT

At the New York Times on Tuesday, Michael S. Schmidt claimed that "The suspect in the killing of 12 people at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday test-fired an AR-15 assault rifle at a Virginia gun store last week but was stopped from buying one because state law there prohibits the sale of such weapons to out-of-state buyers, according to two senior law enforcement officials."

The portion of that statement about being "stopped from buying" an AR-15 isn't true, writes Emily Miller at the Washington Times, not only because "state law" wouldn't have prevented such an attempt, but also because Aaron Alexis didn't even try to buy one. Miller asserts that the New York Times "should issue a correction immediately." She also decries the establishment media's "obsession" with tying the AR-15 to the Navy Yard shooting (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Noel Sheppard | | September 18, 2013 | 10:03 AM EDT

On Tuesday, I published an article gleefully applauding the poor ratings CNN’s new Crossfire received in its first week back on the air.

After some reflection, I realize such sentiments went counter to my goal of having a truly fair and balanced media.