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By Nathan Roush | | June 19, 2013 | 2:35 PM EDT

Thursday night, both Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity showed and commented on a new video done by the Media Research Center that showed a disturbing trend among some college students at George Mason University. In the video, MRCTV reporter Dan Joseph posed as a liberal hater of Fox News to try to get students to sign a petition urging the Obama administration to spy on Fox News employees and their families’ phone and email records. [Listen to the audio here or watch the video after the jump]

This, of course, was done in the wake of the revelation that the Justice Department seized the phone and email records of Fox News correspondent James Rosen, and the phone records of the Associated Press.

By Jack Coleman | | June 19, 2013 | 12:43 PM EDT

Strange enough to see a photograph of a Kennedy firing a rifle, one with a telescopic sight no less, as the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination approaches.

Stranger still to learn that the Kennedy firing the rifle, a 14-year-old granddaughter of late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, is killing seal pups in Canada, according a caption for the photo written by her father.

By Scott Whitlock | | June 19, 2013 | 12:26 PM EDT

Terry Moran, co-host of the liberal Nightline, will be leaving the show this summer, according to TV Newser. The program, which lost half its audience since being demoted to 12:35 at night, has downplayed and minimized Barack Obama recent scandals in favor of superficial, light-weight segments.

Moran has relegated much of his serious journalism to Twitter. On May 10, the reporter used the social media site to question the Obama administration's "Nixonian abuse of power" in the wake of the IRS scandal. On May 11, his program ignored the breaking story. By May 15, the show had allowed a scant 28 seconds to the topic. While Moran tweeted away on the IRS controversy and Benghazi, his show covered the latest on plastic surgery and other topics. On Monday night, Nightline featured a story on ten-year-old rapper Lil' Poopy.

By Matthew Sheffield | | June 19, 2013 | 11:27 AM EDT

Over at Commentary, Jonathan Tobin notes that the New York Times finally published a story about woman in Oregon finding a note inside some Halloween decorations which told the tale of China’s system of forced labor prisons.

These facilities—formerly called laogai or “reform through labor” but now simply referred to as prisons to avoid negative connotations—have been in use for decades as a means of crushing beliefs unapproved by the country’s authoritarian regime. But given the vast market and huge amounts of money that the Chinese regime has at its disposal, these prisons are not something that Americans and Europeans hear much about.

By Matt Vespa | | June 19, 2013 | 10:54 AM EDT

As the six-month half-anniversary of Newtown was observed, some families of the victims are renewing their push for more gun control measures and liberal scribes in the media are on board, hoping to help the cause by lambasting gun rights advocates in print.

Take Justin Peters of Slate, who dismisses gun rights advocates as full of "inarticulate rage" before suggesting that gun control pushers need to hulk out by tapping into their own inner, righteous rage:

By Matt Vespa | | June 19, 2013 | 10:45 AM EDT

To Slate’s Jeremy Stahl, the drunk-driving kid of a Democratic politician is far less scandalous than offensive tweets from the progeny of a conservative Republican.

There really isn’t much point to Stahl's June 14 piece, "Hereditary Traits: Bigoted taunts by the children of GOP honchos have everything to do with politics." In fact, it’s abjectly stupid.  But Stahl runs completely off the rails when he writes:

By Katie Yoder | | June 19, 2013 | 10:34 AM EDT

A Muslim, a Catholic, a Protestant and a Jew walk into a bar … this could be the set-up for a good joke, but you better not tell it at the Huffington Post. Those four thirsty monotheists and others like them are destroying the human race by fostering overpopulation according to HuffPo, and there’s nothing funny about that.

In a piece titled “Don’t Be Fruitful and Multiply,” contributor Roy Speckhardt warned of religion’s threat to humans and their environment, noting that religious countries – and even the more religious U.S. states – have the highest birth rates. Religion, with its “be fruitful and multiply” directive, contributes to “drastic impacts on the local economy, environment, and health of families.” 

By NB Staff | | June 19, 2013 | 10:29 AM EDT

Today's starter topic: The city of Los Angeles just voted to completely ban "the scourge" of plastic shopping bags. What's next, a tax on toilet paper?

By Tim Graham | | June 19, 2013 | 8:27 AM EDT

At the Daily Kos, Mark E. Andersen stumbled through an attack on the “myth of liberal bias in the media,” propagated by the Media Research Center. This “myth” only “makes our nation weaker and creates a nation of dunces—which is just what the right wants.”

The MRC is apparently one factor in “what's killing journalism” in America, because it thinks that surveys showing journalists vote for liberals and journalists tell pollsters they are liberals might be considered evidence of a liberal tilt:

By Mark Finkelstein | | June 19, 2013 | 7:39 AM EDT

Who was Morning Joe protecting: the sensitive ears of its viewers, or Hillary Clinton?

During a discussion of the death of the feisty and fearless reporter Michael Hastings, Morning Joe bleeped out Joe Scarborough's reading from an email from Hastings to Philippe Reines, Hillary's personal spokesman during her Secretary of State tenure.  Hastings had accused Reines of "b---s---" answers on the State Department's handling of Benghazi.  The extended bleeping wasn't simply of the offending word, but of Hastings' entire sentence, so listeners never learned the thrust of his accusation.  View the video after the jump.

By Tom Blumer | | June 19, 2013 | 12:59 AM EDT

Odds are that the ultraliberal, Occupy movement-supporting crowd in Portland, Oregon, which includes its mayor in late 2011, who told the Los Angeles Times that "I support a lot of what the movement stands for, as a political leader" -- are already trying to figure out how to stop what they surely see as a dangerous idea which has sprung up about 10 miles to the south: fed-up citizens arming themselves.

Portland is among several localities in the Beaver State which "have banned loaded firearms in all public places." That's apparently not the case in an unincorporated area of Clackamas County near the suburb of Milwaukie, where a fed-up woman is forming a "Glock Block" that Portland's OregonLive.com web site, based on a search on "Glock" returning no relevant results, is ignoring, despite the national attention the group has begun to receive. Portland TV station KOIN has the following story (HT to Zero Hedge):

By Tom Blumer | | June 18, 2013 | 11:23 PM EDT

A search at Google News on "households food stamps record" done at 9 p.m. ET (not in quotes, sorted by date, with duplicates and similar items) returned three items. Two are at the Daily Caller (here and here); and the other is at Reason.com. Program statistics for March, the latest month available, show that a record 23.12 million households -- one in every five in the U.S. -- received food stamp benefits. At 47.73 million, the total number of persons receiving benefits was only 65,000 below the record set in December. In 2008, average participation was less than 29 million.

That search result shows, despite the fact that records are supposed to be news, that the establishment press is completely uninterested in communicating the fact that the food stamp program continues to grow, though very slowly, even as the economy supposedly recovers. There is one number that the press has been citing frequently, namely the number of people who might be removed from the food stamp rolls if language attempting to limit the program to people who are truly in need remains in the otherwise bloated disaster known as the farm bill. 

By Noel Sheppard | | June 18, 2013 | 11:09 PM EDT

French actor Gerard Depardieu made international headlines earlier this year when he left France due to that country's exorbitantly high tax rates.

American tennis star Serena Williams apparently agrees with Depardieu telling Rolling Stone magazine, "Seventy-five percent doesn't seem legal."

By Brent Bozell | | June 18, 2013 | 11:08 PM EDT

The media elites have never been less interested in objectivity than they are right now on “gay marriage.” They don’t wear rainbow flags on their lapels when they appear on television, but the coverage speaks for itself.

Even liberals are admitting the obvious. The Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) studied a sample of almost 500 news stories from March to May and admitted “statements of support dominate” the daily narrative.

By Tim Graham | | June 18, 2013 | 9:36 PM EDT

James Taranto at The Wall Street Journal is harkening back to the hubbub last fall over "Obama phones" handed out to poor voters last fall. It's not an Obama program, per se, but a long-standing initiative of the Federal Communications Commission to provide land-line or cell phones to people who provide a tax return or an Electronic Benefits Transfer card to prove they are low-income Americans.

Lifeline was a $2.19 billion program in 2012. London's Daily Mail is reporting how investigative reporter James O'Keefe is exposing how contractors handed out the free phones and promised not to "judge" when they were told the phones would be sold to buy heroin: