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By Ken Shepherd | | August 16, 2013 | 3:33 PM EDT

Here's another name to add to the "name that party" file: Michael Thornsbury. The Mingo County, West Virginia circuit court judge was the subject of a federal indictment on Wednesday "after federal authorities allege he targeted his ex-lover's husband and used his position on the bench to manipulate criminal charges against the man," Kate White of the Charleston [W.V.] Gazette reported yesterday.

The Mountain State has partisan judicial elections and Thornsbury is a Democrat. Both ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today covered the bizarre story on their August 16 programs, but both neglected to mention Thornsbury's party affiliation.

By Tom Blumer | | August 16, 2013 | 3:19 PM EDT

One thing which is arguably worse for one's health than Obamacare is the act of reading a Paul Krugman column at the New York Times.

In his latest equivalent of a DNC press release on Thursday published in Friday's print edition, Krugman lambasted GOP Senator Rand Paul and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor as "politicians who gleefully add to the misinformation" the general public allegedly has about "the deficit" (more on that shortly). But "somehow," he a delusional statement made by Democratic U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu to a veteran earlier this month, as recounted by Army Lieutenant Colonel Andre Dean Benton (bolds are mine; note the weak headline more than likely chosen by the paper and not Benton):

By Katie Yoder | | August 16, 2013 | 2:58 PM EDT

It turns out “comedy” does have limits, as Russell Simmons discovered when he allowed the outrageous “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” to be posted to his YouTube channel.

Simmons, founder of hip-hop label Def Jam, published a “Harriet Tubman Sex Tape” parody to his “All Def Digital” YouTube channel Aug. 14. The disturbing video showed an actress playing Tubman, the historic former slave turned Underground Railroad pioneer, engaging in sex with her white slave master in front of a hidden camera.

By Andrew Lautz | | August 16, 2013 | 2:34 PM EDT

MSNBC host Alex Wagner appeared to tie Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev to ObamaCare opposition and libertarianism on Wednesday’s Now, with liberal guests Jared Bernstein and Mark Potok taking part in the anti-conservative argument. Wagner suggested that ObamaCare “extremism would seem to be of a piece with this radicalized rhetoric” that influenced the terrorist Tsarnaev.

Bernstein, a former economic adviser to Vice President Joe Biden, argued that one “could draw a line” connecting the terrorist attacks in Boston to “vehement opposition” to the president’s health care law. And Mark Potok, of the Southern Poverty Law Center, added:

By Noel Sheppard | | August 16, 2013 | 2:28 PM EDT

For weeks the liberal media have been almost orgasmic over rumors that the Cumulus radio network was dumping conservative talk show host Sean Hannity.

On Friday, Inside Music Media's Jerry Del Colliano reported that it's actually Hannity that's dumping Cumulus (subscription required):

By Tim Graham | | August 16, 2013 | 1:48 PM EDT

Brian Lowry, a former TV critic for the Los Angeles Times who now writes for the trade paper Variety, slammed tonight's MSNBC eco-documentary by anchor and bicyclist Chris Hayes: “the editorial approach of this Chris Hayes-hosted hour continues an all-too-common trend of cable news preaching to the choir, where not a single dissenting voice is incorporated in any serious way.”

It's called "The Politics of Power." Lowry’s liberal enough that he conceded agreement with the notion that “there is no such thing, scientifically speaking, as a credible ‘dissenting voice’ on the subject of climate change.” But he’d like a program where Hayes invites the global-warming "denialists" and makes them squirm in the hot seat like a classic “60 Minutes” patsy:

By Ken Shepherd | | August 16, 2013 | 1:29 PM EDT

One day before the one-year anniversary of Floyd Lee Corkins's failed terror attack on the Family Research Council -- he was inspired by a "hate map" by the Southern Poverty Law Center -- MSNBC brought on SPLC's Mark Potok to mislead viewers about the nature of the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, insisting that the Tsarnaev brothers were not motivated by radical Islamic ideology so much as by right-leaning conspiracy theorist websites that investigators found in Tamerlan Tsarnaev's search history.

"This isn't the first time MSNBC has done this," NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell reminded Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity during Hannity's August 15 "Media Mash" segment. Indeed, it was Hardball host Chris Matthews who on the day of the attack theorized that it was a homegrown right-wing terrorist responsible for the bombing because it occurred on Tax Day, Bozell noted. What's more, the Media Research Center founder added [for the full segment, watch the embedded video below the page break]:

By Kyle Drennen | | August 16, 2013 | 1:06 PM EDT

In an impressive display of journalistic gymnastics on Friday's NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie and Meet the Press moderator David Gregory managed to have an entire discussion about U.S. policy in Egypt without mentioning President Obama by name. [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Plenty of vague substitutions were used, including "the President" "the White House" "the administration" and most popularly, "the U.S." Anything to avoid actually holding Barack Obama accountable for the internal strife plaguing a key ally in the Middle East. Even the headline on screen during the morning show segment read: "Chaos in Egypt; What Options Does U.S. Have?" They at least briefly showed Obama on screen during the segment.

By Lila Rose | | August 16, 2013 | 12:24 PM EDT

MSNBC's latest panel on "women's rights," hosted by Alex Wagner, goes a long way in explaining why the network's ratings are so low.  When Americans hear "MSNBC women's rights panel," they know what they're going to get before having to watch even two seconds of it.  So why bother?

The drudgery and predictability here certainly expose the abortion movement's priorities.  Take Anne Davis, from the euphemistically named Physicians for Reproductive Health, calling out sonograms as some sort of detrimental development for women.  Since when has more and better medical information been a detriment to women, or to anyone?

By Geoffrey Dickens | | August 16, 2013 | 12:19 PM EDT

On Friday the Republican National Committee formally passed a resolution at its summer meeting to not partner with NBC or CNN on debates if they air any of the planned Hillary Clinton projects.

According to, "RNC Chairman Reince Priebus got an extended standing ovation from cheering state chairmen during the party's summer meeting for spearheading the push." Priebus announced:  "We're done putting up with this nonsense. CNN and NBC will just have to watch on their competitors' network...The media overplayed their hand this time." [UPDATED: CNN Responds]

By Noel Sheppard | | August 16, 2013 | 12:06 PM EDT

Two weeks ago, NewsBusters reported Seth MacFarlane's new sitcom Dads was full of "disparaging portrayals of white men."

The upcoming show came under more heat Monday when the Media Action Network for Asian-Americans asked that the pilot be reshot to remove racist depictions of Asians.

By Matt Hadro | | August 16, 2013 | 11:04 AM EDT

NewsBusters reported the other night that during a debate on guns, CNN's Piers Morgan falsely claimed that according to FBI statistics, Virginia had the highest murder rate in the country in 2009. Over 38 hours later, Piers apologized and admitted "It didn't."

This came at a pivotal moment in the debate as Morgan's pro-gun opponent had cited Virginia's falling violent crime rate coinciding with its rising gun sales. By labeling Virginia the number one murder state as of only four years ago, and appealing to authority to support his claim, Morgan put his guest on the defensive with a completely false statistic not anywhere close to the truth.

By Noel Sheppard | | August 16, 2013 | 10:49 AM EDT

Fox News's Bill O'Reilly on Thursday exposed Al Sharpton for lying "once again" on national television.

Also of interest, O'Reilly disclosed for the first time that years ago he gave $25,000 to one of Sharpton's charities (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | | August 16, 2013 | 10:46 AM EDT

At the conclusion of his report on the federal government's July Monthly Treasury Statement, the Associated Press's Martin Crutsinger wrote that federal spending through the first ten months of the current fiscal year is "down 2.9 percent from a year ago," and that the decline "reflects, in part, automatic government spending cuts that began taking effect March 1."

Those "automatic cuts" represent only a very small part of the decline, as will be seen after the jump.

By Katie Yoder | | August 16, 2013 | 10:20 AM EDT

Forget traditional sleepovers full of facials and chick flicks, sexual sleepovers are the latest fad – or so The Huffington Post Blog says.

The Huffington Post’s Soraya Chemaly asked parents in her latest article, “How Do You Feel About Sex and Teenage Sleepovers?” She argued that parents should encourage them, unless they “just like porn and think it's a fine substitute.” Chemaly schemed, “Why would you create a situation where your children are forced to hide, sneak around, be dishonest, be uncomfortable, take unnecessary risks and make uninformed decisions about their physical and emotional health?”