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By Noel Sheppard | | July 19, 2013 | 6:24 PM EDT

Roughly one year ago, NBC's Today show clumsily replaced Ann Curry with Savannah Guthrie.

Fans seem to still be holding it against the Peacock network for the show has not only lost its first-place position to ABC's Good Morning America, it has also shed over 600,000 viewers.

By NB Staff | | July 19, 2013 | 5:31 PM EDT

MRC president Brent Bozell talked about his book Collusion with Tim Graham in an interview with John J. MIller at National Review as part of his author-interview series "Between the Covers."

Miller began asking about the subtitle, the charge that the media stole the 2012 election. "When the good folks at Harper Collins came to me with the idea of doing this book, and that title was  suggested that title, I was very skeptical. I don’t believe in hyperbole,” Bozell said. “But we put it together, and when Tim Graham showed me what he had put together, my jaw dropped, and I called the publisher and said I would use that title."

By Brad Wilmouth | | July 19, 2013 | 4:24 PM EDT

On Thursday's All In show, MSNBC host Chris Hayes again demonstrated just how far left his views are when he admitted that he has had difficulty understanding the widespread criticism of Rolling Stone magazine over its provocative cover photo of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. To his credit, Hayes brought aboard someone with an opposing opinion from his own in the form of The List's Rachel Sklar, herself normally left-leaning, to discuss the issue.

After declaring that his initial reaction was, "I don't understand why people are so upset," he later conceded that a reflexive impulse to disagree with conservatives like Michelle Malkin may have tainted his judgment as he complained about those who "want to bully us into not talking about what the motivations" of the terror suspect were. Hayes:

By Tom Blumer | | July 19, 2013 | 3:15 PM EDT

President Obama made a surprise appearance at today's White House briefing. He chose to speak on Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman situation.

Byron Tau at the Politico and Ben Shapiro at Breitbart.com's Big Government have initial reports. Let's compare them, shall we?

By Nathan Roush | | July 19, 2013 | 3:00 PM EDT

MSNBC's Steve Kornacki took to the air on Sunday morning's edition of Up with a panel comprised exclusively of liberal African Americanshe panel, which was composed of exclusively African-American liberals, all in agreement regarding their disdain for the not-guilty verdict reached in the Zimmerman trial on Saturday. [Link to the audio here]

But Mychal Denzel Smith of The Nation took his disapproval to an entirely different level when  he claimed that the defense “invoked the same justification for the killing of Trayvon Martin that you would during  lynching.” He claimed that, in showing the jury a picture of a white woman in the neighborhood who has a victim of a robbery, they were claiming that Zimmerman had to protect, to quote Smith, “white womanhood from this vicious black thug,” Trayvon Martin.

By Paul Bremmer | | July 19, 2013 | 2:18 PM EDT

PBS led off Thursday’s NewsHour with a story about President Obama’s efforts to defend his healthcare law amid increasing public skepticism. But the taxpayer-funded network managed to avoid mentioning the recent harsh criticism of the law from three prominent labor union leaders, despite a vague reference to “worry from some supporters.”

Anchor Jeffrey Brown, who narrated the package, acknowledged, “Today's speech was part of a broader effort to sell the law that comes amid continuing criticism from Republicans and worry from some supporters about its implementation.”

By Noel Sheppard | | July 19, 2013 | 1:57 PM EDT

On Thursday, NewsBusters reported stunning comments made by Emmy Awarding-winning actor Bill Cosby and NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley concerning race and the George Zimmerman trial.

Much as liberals attacked conservative talk radio host Larry Elder for his comments about this issue Wednesday, Twitter exploded with vulgar racial epithets towards Cosby and Barkley Thursday (extreme vulgarity warning):

By Joe Newby | | July 19, 2013 | 1:18 PM EDT

On Thursday, limousine liberal Chris Matthews took it upon himself to apologize on behalf of all white people for unspecified transgressions.

“I’ll just tell you one thing,” Matthews said. “And I’m speaking now for all white people, but especially [the ones] who’ve tried to change the last 50 or 60 years. And a lot of them really tried to change, and I’m sorry for this stuff. That’s all I’m saying.”

By Andrew Lautz | | July 19, 2013 | 1:15 PM EDT

NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell sat down for an interview with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday’s Andrea Mitchell Reports. But instead of asking the Democratic leader tough questions about issues facing the House of Representatives this summer, Mitchell instead chose to lob softballs at the former speaker of the House – giving Pelosi an opportunity to hype Hillary Clinton’s potential run for president and blast Republicans for assaults on “reproductive freedom.”

Mitchell teased the interview at the beginning of her program by weighing Pelosi’s “new initiative on women being launched” that Thursday against the “new restrictions on [women’s] rights to reproductive freedom” that have women “feeling besieged.” Of course, Mitchell ignored the fact that many of these abortion restrictions are popular with Americans, perhaps because Mitchell is an outspoken – and fierce – pro-choice advocate.

By Matt Vespa | | July 19, 2013 | 1:00 PM EDT

We shouldn’t be surprised that the liberal media is frustrated over the fact that pro-life conservatives won a monumental battle in Texas on July 13.  HB-2, which was signed into law by Gov. Perry yesterday bans abortions after 20-weeks into a pregnancy.  It also mandates that abortion clinics upgrade their medical equipment – and be reclassified as surgical medical centers. 

Particularly annoyed with the new law was one Philip Bump of the Atlantic.  In his July 18 piece, Bump groused that Perry passed political optics 101 by having plenty of women with him at HB-2's signing ceremony.

By Kyle Drennen | | July 19, 2013 | 12:44 PM EDT

On Friday's NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie promoted a video of Rahm Emanuel caught dancing at a Chicago music festival: "Rahm's rhythm. You know, a lot of people find it just hard to sit still when they hear Robin Thicke's hit summer anthem Blurred Lines. Well now you can add Rahm Emanuel, Chicago's mayor, to that group." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

While the video prompted a full discussion of the Mayor's dance moves among the morning show cast, the broadcast completely skipped any mention of Chicago's credit rating just being downgraded. On Thursday's Nightly News, correspondent John Yang reported: "Moody's gave a big hit to the city's credit rating, knocking it down three pegs. Moody's mentioned not only a $36 billion unfunded pension obligation that the city has, but interestingly, also mentioned the gun violence that's been plaguing this city. Chicago, from the beginning the year through May, has paid $40 million in police overtime."

By NB Staff | | July 19, 2013 | 11:31 AM EDT

MSNBC's Al Sharpton become a "millionaire celebrity" by "stirring the flames of racial discord," but the "Lean Forward" network won't ever admit that to its viewers, NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell told Fox News Channel's Sean Hannity on the July 18 edition of his eponymous program. "They won't talk about Al Sharpton's record. They won't talk about Crown Heights and the racial discord that he stirred that led to the death of a young Jewish man," the Media Research Center founder noted.

"I believe that Al Sharpton is a racist" and rather than having him hold forth on the fairness of the George Zimmerman trial, "the question to him should have been, 'Who are you to pass judgment on this trial?'!" [watch the full "Media Mash" segment below the page break]

By Scott Whitlock | | July 19, 2013 | 11:17 AM EDT

 All three networks on Thursday night and Friday morning avoided key factors in the bankruptcy of Detroit, skipping the city's astronomically high tax rate and ignoring Democratic dominance for the previous half century. (Detroit's last Republican mayor left office in 1962.) Instead, ABC, NBC and CBS acted as though the bankruptcy, what Brian Williams called "the slow-moving tragedy of decline," was something that just happened.

On Good Morning America, Betty Liu gently summarized, "What happened here? Well, people have been leaving the city for years. Back in the 1950s, you had almost two million people, at the peak, living in Detroit. Now, just 700,000. So they've lost half their population." She added, "When you have fewer people living in the city, you're collecting less income and property taxes." Why are people fleeing the city? Lacking curiosity, Liu didn't bring that point up. [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

By Noel Sheppard | | July 19, 2013 | 11:07 AM EDT

Liberal media members earlier this week pounced on a New York Times article claiming that health insurance rates in the Empire State will decline by 50 percent when ObamaCare fully kicks in.

Will they give similar attention to Thursday's announcement from the Indiana Department of Insurance that health insurance rates in the Hoosier State will rise by an average of 72 percent as a result of the legislation?

By Geoffrey Dickens | | July 19, 2013 | 10:57 AM EDT

The Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks have essentially censored the latest IRS scandal news. Not a single network reported on the bombshell coming out of Thursday’s congressional hearing that IRS employees were ordered to send Tea Party tax-exemption applications to the office of the IRS’s Chief Counsel, which was headed by William Wilkins, who at that time was the only Obama political appointee at the IRS.

The Big Three networks have also ignored this week’s news that tax records of political candidates (including one-time GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell) and certain donors were improperly accessed by  government officials, and that the Justice Department has, so far, refused to prosecute the offenders.