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By Jack Coleman | | September 16, 2013 | 4:52 PM EDT

Further proof that purported academic and occasional hip-hop recording artist Cornel West has no intention of ever again being taken seriously.

On the weekend podcast he shares with Tavis Smiley, West talked about the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., which occurred 50 years ago yesterday. (Audio after the jump)

By Noel Sheppard | | September 16, 2013 | 4:50 PM EDT

Elton John is worried about Miley Cyrus following her raunchy performance at last month's MTV Video Music Awards.

In an interview with the Australian Saturday, John said, “I look at Miley Cyrus and I see a meltdown waiting to happen" (subscription required, photo courtesy Getty):

By Matt Hadro | | September 16, 2013 | 4:38 PM EDT

CNN's Chris Cuomo teed up Sen. John McCain to bash fellow Republicans on Monday's New Day, for putting partisanship before the country on Syria and the budget.

"Do you believe if there were President Romney that members of your party would have the same resistance to going in that they are showing right now?" Cuomo pressed McCain on a Syria intervention. Would Cuomo ask if Democrats were supporting President Obama's foreign policy purely out of partisanship?

By Scott Whitlock | | September 16, 2013 | 4:16 PM EDT


Second Amendment foe Alex Wagner on Monday predictably attempted to use the tragic shooting at the Navy Yard in Washington D.C. to push for gun control. Reporter Pete Williams, appearing on MSNBC to simply offer facts on the unfolding situation, completely dismissed the left-wing question from Wagner.

The Now host noted that Barack Obama referred to the attack as another "mass shooting." Wagner hopefully suggested that comment "presages the White House taking up the issue again, perhaps, the issue of gun violence and gun safety reform." She continued, "We don't know that many details about the shooting but we are hearing that the gunman was armed with a long gun and an AR-15. Those have been weapons of choice in other mass shootings in America." The anchor lectured, "...It's worth noting the U.S. has had on average one mass shootings every month since the year 2009." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

By Matthew Balan | | September 16, 2013 | 3:25 PM EDT

On Monday's CBS This Morning, Sharyl Attkisson pointed out the "potential conflict of interest" in the ongoing controversy over the Islamist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya. Attkisson detailed how congressional Republican are scrutinizing Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy's involvement in naming staff to the Accountability Review Board, even as it was investigating his role in the lead-up to the September 11, 2012 attack. [MP3 audio available here; video below the jump]

It was Attkisson's first report about Benghazi on CBS's morning and evening newscasts since the May 8, 2013 edition of CBS This Morning. Her report that day was the first time in over five months that the journalist reported about the story on the air.

By Ken Shepherd | | September 16, 2013 | 3:09 PM EDT

Prominently displayed on the BuzzFeed front page as I write this (3:00 p.m. Eastern) is a headline blaring "How The NRA Twitter Handles A Mass Shooting: Silence." The accompanying thumbnail shows the NRA's initials overlaid on an American flag, with the word "fail" in a yellow dot on the upper left-hand corner. "The model is to go silent for at least a day, depending on the scope of the tragedy," notes the subheadline.

The article itself, written by Andrew Kaczynski, is from December 16, 2012,  two days after the Newtown shooting. It was updated this morning to note the following, "Sept. 16, 2013, Washington D.C. Navy Yard Shooting: One Day (And Counting) Without Tweeting." Kaczynski followed that with an embed featuring the last tweet from the NRA's account, from September 15.

By Tom Blumer | | September 16, 2013 | 1:59 PM EDT

If President Barack Obama is losing Al Hunt, there is definitely trouble in Lefty-land.

But let's not go too far. In the midst of leveling criticisms at Obama as "bordering on incompetence," the former host of CNN's Capital Gang and executive editor at Bloomberg News, who is now a Bloomberg View columnist and host of a Bloomberg TV's Political Capital Sunday news show, cited three examples of supposedly indisputable George W. Bush administration incompetence, none of which fits the description.

By Scott Whitlock | | September 16, 2013 | 12:43 PM EDT

 According to the reporters on Monday's Good Morning America, Barack Obama's "potentially groundbreaking" plan for Syria faces "heat" from critics who think it's a "bad deal." In a shift from last week, ABC allowed more skepticism for the President's handling of the ongoing situation. Yet, Jon Karl still touted, "John Kerry accomplished a big first step. Getting [Russia] to agree that Syria must give a comprehensive accounting of all its chemical weapons within one week."

George Stephanopoulos wondered if "this weekend's potentially groundbreaking deal will really eliminate Assad's chemical weapons." [See video below. MP3 audio here.] The GMA/This Week anchor touted his "exclusive interview" with the President from Sunday, but noted that Obama's "critics say he made a bad deal on Syria."

By Noel Sheppard | | September 16, 2013 | 12:07 PM EDT

It was a metaphysical certitude that liberal media members would use Monday's tragic shootings at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard as another call for stricter gun control laws.

Quickly out of the box was Henry Winkler, aka The Fonz, who snarked via Twitter, "PLEASE America do nothing to promote gun control .because thats how we roll until we have all shot each other":

By Tim Graham | | September 16, 2013 | 11:54 AM EDT

The Washington Post is being incredibly transparent: it hates hearings into Benghazi. Who needs accountability when our diplomatic posts lack security? The Post portrays this as a partisan exercise. But the very partisan Post has openly worried in its news pages about how the terror attack there will complicate Hillary Clinton’s reputation.

On Monday morning, Post editor Karen DeYoung was blunt (at the bottom of page A-2). The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee isn’t planning hearings. The Republicans are beginning their “promised fall assault” on Team Obama:

By Brad Wilmouth | | September 16, 2013 | 11:34 AM EDT

On Friday's All In show, MSNBC host Chris Hayes asserted that "Washington is broken because the Tea Party broke it," adding that the Tea Party strategy on changing the budget process was to "impose economic suffocation." Hayes:

By Noel Sheppard | | September 16, 2013 | 11:27 AM EDT

There are times when the media's liberal bias is so obvious it's nauseating.

Take TIME magazine for example which used the cover of its September 16 issue to blatantly shill for President Obama.

By Matt Hadro | | September 16, 2013 | 11:14 AM EDT

<<UPDATED BELOW>> During CNN's live coverage of Monday's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, anchor Carol Costello asked when the last time was that a gunman wreaked "havoc at a U.S. military facility." In 2009, a jihadist killed 13 in a mass-shooting at Fort Hood in Texas.  

"I used to work in Washington, live in Washington. This seems so unusual to me that a gunman could create this kind of havoc at a U.S. military facility," Costello stated. "Have you ever heard of it happening before, Brian?" she asked correspondent Brian Todd, reporting live from the vicinity of the shooting.

By Tom Blumer | | September 16, 2013 | 11:14 AM EDT

Thanks, Dylan Byers. You've done those who recognize liberal establishment press bias as an irrefutable reality a big favor.

The Politico media reporter's lengthy excerpt from a longer column — I'd call it a "tease," but it's 14 paragraphs — is entitled "Obama Loses the Media." That means Obama has had 'em in his pocket until now. The rumors of permanent loss are likely exaggerated. Several paragraphs from from the lengthy excerpt and the column itself follow the jump.

By Erick Erickson | | September 16, 2013 | 11:04 AM EDT

Cross-posted from RedState | Poor Greg Sargent. If it isn’t enough that the DNC has its hand up his posterior controlling him muppet style, he’s all sore over this post of mine pointing out the collaborative nexus between Democrats, liberal groups, and the supposed objective media.

Sargent is convinced —  CONVINCED I tell you — that this is some sort of definitive take down of my post.