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By Jeffrey Meyer | | April 11, 2013 | 2:06 PM EDT

**UPDATE** As of this posting, Politico reports that a Democratic official told a local Kentucky radio station that Progress Kentucky was responsible for the secret recording of McConnell's campaign office. 

Leave it to the Washington Post to provide a sympathetic puff piece to liberal journalist David Corn’s recent release of secretly-recorded audio attempting to smear a Republican politician. 

Corn, you may recall, published an exclusive in Mother Jones featuring a strategy session for Sen. Mitch McConnell's reelection campaign, where opposition research into potential opponent Ashley Judd was discussed.

By Tim Graham | | April 11, 2013 | 1:30 PM EDT

For their 60th anniversary issue, TV Guide interviewed "Television Visionaries" to assess the current state of the tube. When asked what was missing from TV in 2013, CBS CEO Les Moonves strangely declared "I wish there was more investigative reporting right now."

That's an odd answer, since it's something he could clearly fix -- but CBS shows like "60 Minutes" are presently preferring the sit-down puffball Obama interview. "Modern Family" creator Steven Levitan also wants a crusading Edward R. Murrow figure to move public policy to the left:

By Geoffrey Dickens | | April 11, 2013 | 12:39 PM EDT

Lou Dobbs, on Tuesday's edition of Lou Dobbs Tonight, highlighted the MRC's report on how ABC, NBC and CBS have ignored recent ObamaCare setbacks.

The Fox Business News host announced: "You know our viewers have known from the very beginning about this ObamaCare nightmare, but any one tuning into the Big Three networks isn't getting access to these facts. The Media Research Center looked into it and here are just some of their findings." (video after the jump)

By Ken Shepherd | | April 11, 2013 | 12:04 PM EDT

The liberal media "are deliberately censoring news and information from the American people" on ObamaCare that would cast the Obama administration in a negative light, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell charged on the April 11 edition of Varney & Co.

The Media Research Center president rattled off a few such developments that the liberal media completely ignored (watch the full segment below):

By Scott Whitlock | | April 11, 2013 | 12:00 PM EDT

World News reporter David Muir on Wednesday aggressively pushed gun control with a recycled, one-sided report on the ease of buying weapons. Muir also failed to identify Omar Samaha, featured prominently in the segment, as the grassroots coordinator for Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. [Video below. MP3 audio here.]

Muir replayed a four-year-old segment of Samaha going to a gun show to purchase weapons from private sellers. The journalist labeled the young man as someone who lost his sister at the Virginia Tech massacre. The correspondent didn't explain, however, that Samaha is employed professionally with a gun control organization and has worked with Michael Bloomberg to restrict the Second Amendment. Muir has a history of misleading viewers. On April 6, 2009, he promoted another gun control activist without identifying his political stance or affiliation.

By Kyle Drennen | | April 11, 2013 | 10:37 AM EDT

On Thursday, the morning shows on NBC, CBS, and ABC all touted a New York Times Magazine profile of disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner, an article designed to rehabilitate the Democrat's image in preparation for a mayoral run in New York City. On NBC's Today, correspondent Stephanie Gosk explained: "Most people wanted to know whether or not he had learned from his mistakes before they could vote for him. His wife says she forgives him."

Gosk detailed Weiner's expression of regret for the 2011 sexting scandal that ended his congressional career: "Both Weiner and his wife revealing in their own words how it happened, why it happened, and the damage it caused....Weiner describes the shame and the guilt." A sound bite was featured of NYT magazine interviewer Jonathan Van Meter sympathetically recalling: "[Weiner's] still wracked with a sort of shame and pain and guilt about it, and – and he cried, I think every time I interviewed him, at some point."

By Noel Sheppard | | April 11, 2013 | 10:09 AM EDT

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough got an endorsement Thursday that he might live to regret.

In an exclusive Morning Joe interview with Joe Biden, the Vice President told Scarborough, "The two guys that deserve - if anything gets done [on gun control] - an award here are you and Michael Bloomberg" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Andrew Collins | | April 11, 2013 | 9:36 AM EDT

Fitting end to lefty show's first season.

By Tim Graham | | April 10, 2013 | 11:02 PM EDT

Thatcher, Schmatcher. NPR is still obsessing over its loss of leftist Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez. On Wednesday's Morning Edition, anchor Steve Inskeep reported from Caracas and interviewed Rory Carroll, a journalist with a new book on Chavez called "Comandante."

Inskeep somehow downplayed Chavez's iron grip on the country's press organs, because hey, the love of the poor people was genuine: "Well, let me ask about ordinary Venezuelans, because this obviously was a man who had the machinery of the government in his control, had a lot of television stations, had a lot of talent in producing propaganda. But isn't it true that he also had genuine, bedrock support, even love, among a lot of Venezuelans?"

By Tom Blumer | | April 10, 2013 | 6:59 PM EDT

Any time you see an establishment press reporter fail to use quotation marks in characterizing something said by a subject of his or her report, be on the lookout for misdirection, misinterpretation, and downright distortion, especially if the person is a conservative or Republican. A story at Politico by Donovan Slack early this afternoon about the reactions of House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to President Obama's budget is a case in point. Slack pretended that Boehner said something he simply did not say.

Slack wrote: "House Speaker John Boehner hit President Obama's budget for failing to cut enough spending while Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed it as 'just another left-wing wish list.'" Slack didn't quote Boehner. Boehner didn't come anywhere close to saying what Slack claims he said, as seen in the complete text of the Speaker's statement (video is at the link) following the jump:

By Matthew Balan | | April 10, 2013 | 6:54 PM EDT

On Tuesday's World News and Wednesday's Good Morning Ameica, ABC's George Stephanopoulos and Jim Avila ballyhooed far-left magazine Mother Jones's secretly-recorded audio recording of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's strategy meeting with political advisers about potential opponent Ashley Judd. Stephanopoulos touted the "startling secret tape revealing how the Senate's top Republican was planning to go after...Judd if she ran against him."

Avila played up McConnell's apparent "cutthroat attack on a Hollywood opponent" and the Republican's "private and politically-embarrassing strategy session", all the while omitting left-of-center ideology of the publication that released the audio clip and minimizing the possible illegality of its recording.

By Ken Shepherd | | April 10, 2013 | 6:00 PM EDT

NBC Meet the Press host David Gregory reportedly threw quite the tantrum on Tuesday over a charity event held on a street near his home that has temporarily caused a shortage of on-street parking.

The Washington Post's Reliable Source column has the story (emphasis mine):

By Matt Vespa | | April 10, 2013 | 5:59 PM EDT

President Obama’s budget is finally out -- a mere 65 days late -- and it’s loaded with tax increases. 

At yesterday’s press briefing, White House flack-in-chief Jay Carney admitted that middle class tax increases were coming.  But if a tree falls in the woods, does anyone hear it? Major media outlets like the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and sadly even the Wall Street Journal failed to mention this aspect in their coverage of the budget’s unveiling today. Here's the relevant exchange from the April 9 briefing (emphasis mine):

By Scott Whitlock | | April 10, 2013 | 5:31 PM EDT

ABC is really proud of its hoax "exclusive." Tuesday's Nightline and Wednesday's Good Morning America hyped an interview with the man who allegedly perpetrated an elaborate fiction, smearing Pastor Joel Osteen as renouncing his Christian faith. GMA's Elizabeth Vargas touted, "...The hoaxer is explaining why he did it in an exclusive interview with ABC's David Wright." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

George Stephanopoulos trumpeted, "Revealing overnight, why he went after Joel Osteen. An ABC news exclusive." The odd, sometimes bizarre answers of alleged hoaxer, Justin Tribble, didn't stop the network from airing the story. After David Wright wondered how "we know you're Justin and how do we know this is not a hoax," Tribble weirdly responded, "Well, you don't. No, I'm kidding. You do."

By Noel Sheppard | | April 10, 2013 | 5:30 PM EDT

Rush Limbaugh is the most listened to talk radio host in America.

Yet for at least the second year in a row, he's been left off the Hollywood Reporter's "35 Most Powerful People in Media" list.