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By Noel Sheppard | | July 24, 2013 | 1:23 PM EDT

NBC’s Chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd made a stunning statement Wednesday.

Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Todd said, “I think they made a gigantic PR mistake by embracing the ObamaCare label because I think when he’s out there saying ObamaCare, it automatically politicizes something that when you want Walgreens out there telling people about healthcare, you don't want to put Obama's name in front of it” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Matt Vespa | | July 24, 2013 | 1:20 PM EDT

Yesterday, Slate promoted to their front page a July 19 article promising a look at “what fracking really looks like.”  David Rosenberg's piece about the photos taken by New York-based documentary photographer Nina Berman seems to rehash the frivolous narrative that fracking will turn your bathroom into the devil's water closet, complete with fountains of flame! 

Liberals – and their allies on the environmental left – must’ve missed the EPA report showing that fracking doesn’t pollute surrounding groundwater.  But why go with facts when fiction is so much more melodramatic, particularly with the new release of Josh Fox’s latest anti-fracking documentary Gasland Part II.

By Matthew Balan | | July 24, 2013 | 1:10 PM EDT

CBS Evening News stood out among the Big Three evening newscasts on Tuesday in their failure to cover former Rep. Anthony Weiner's admission that he sent lewd text messages even after his resignation in 2011. The CBS show apparently deemed the British royal family's new baby, the doping scandal in baseball, and whale watching to be more important news items. ABC's World News and NBC Nightly News both devoted air time to the Weiner story.

The network finally reported on the latest revelations about the disgraced politician on Wednesday's CBS This Morning, but failed to point out his Democratic affiliation. Jan Crawford merely identified him as a "former U.S. congressman turned New York City mayoral candidate."

By Scott Whitlock | | July 24, 2013 | 12:51 PM EDT

Despite devoting three segments to Anthony Weiner's latest sexually explicit photos and texts, Good Morning America on Wednesday failed to identify the New York politician as a Democrat. Instead, an ABC graphic simply called him a "mayoral candidate" for office. The previous evening's World News deemed Weiner a "former congressman" and a "mayoral candidate."

Reporter Jeff Zeleny delicately described Tuesday's bizarre press conference: "It was a real human drama when his wife stepped forward to deliver a very public testimonial." Zeleny told viewers that Huma Abedin, Weiner's wife, "is defending her man and his candidacy." In a follow-up segment, Linsey Davis focused on Abedin. A graphic declared, "Standing By Her Man: Wife Stands By Weiner in Sexting Scandal."

By Kyle Drennen | | July 24, 2013 | 12:33 PM EDT

Appearing on Wednesday's NBC Today, MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough made a strange analogy while discussing the latest Anthony Weiner sex scandal: "You know, let's just say he is the Chuck Yeager of sex scandals, he is constantly pushing the envelope, and breaking – I mean this is like The Right Stuff for sex scandals. Nobody has ever been here before, he is in new ground, new territory." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Moments earlier, Scarborough put Weiner in line with other disgraced politicians making political comebacks: "We now officially live in the age of Bill Clinton, where you can survive a scandal. I mean, you look at Mark Sanford, you look at David Vitter, you of course look at President Bill Clinton, you look at Eliot Spitzer....it's not about the scandal, it's about competence. And the question is, can these people do their jobs?"

By Andrew Lautz | | July 24, 2013 | 11:57 AM EDT

MSNBC’s Morning Joe spent nearly half of their Wednesday program covering the latest revelations in the Anthony Weiner scandal, yet never once mentioned that the disgraced former congressman and New York City mayoral candidate is a Democrat. The panel was extremely critical of Weiner and his candidacy, but apparently did not consider the candidate’s political affiliation to be of any importance to the story.

But while the (D) label was never applied to Weiner – save for one graphic showing a Democratic primary poll – the MSNBC show did have time to squeeze in two partisan labels – one for Republican Senator David Vitter and one for Democratic Congressman Barney Frank, in a round-up of other scandal-scarred politicians. In that same round-up, Democrat Bill Clinton was, like Weiner, not labeled.

By Noel Sheppard | | July 24, 2013 | 11:17 AM EDT

Whoever was manning CNN's news ticker Monday clearly wasn't using his or her head.

Moments after the Royal birth, as CNN International anchor Becky Anderson reported the news live from outside of Buckingham Palace above a chyron reading "Duchess Catherine Gives Birth To A Son," a story about a three-year-old fatally shooting himself in Arkansas scrolled at the bottom of the screen concluding "Child Pronounced Dead On The Scene" (video follows with commentary):

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):