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By Noel Sheppard | | July 21, 2013 | 4:28 PM EDT

Are there absolutely no standards of decency at MSNBC?

On Sunday, in a bizarre protest of the Texas state legislature, Melissa Harris-Perry actually put on a pair of tampon earrings in the middle of her program (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | July 21, 2013 | 3:07 PM EDT

CBS's Bob Schieffer got a much-needed lesson in recent history Sunday.

During a Face the Nation discussion with House Speaker John Boehner (R-Oh.), after the host wrongly claimed sequester was "the creation of Congress," Boehner interrupted him saying, "That's wrong. Who insisted on the sequester? The President of the United States" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | | July 21, 2013 | 3:04 PM EDT

Earlier today (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), I noted that MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry blamed Detroit's bankruptcy on "government (that) is small enough to drown in your bathtub," and claimed that it reflects “exactly the kind of thing that many Republicans would impose on us.”

Nothing can top that, right? Wrong. MSNBC's Ed Schultz did, by more directly blaming Republicans. With an accompanying graphic containing photos of current Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, former President Ronald Reagan, and 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney above the words "Conservative Utopia," Schultz claimed that the city's failure is "thanks to a lot of Republican policies" and "is exactly what the Republicans want." The relevant transcript follows the jump (video is at RealClearPolitics; HT Hot Air; bolds are mine):

By Noel Sheppard | | July 21, 2013 | 2:25 PM EDT

As NewsBusters has been reporting, the Obama-loving media's gushing and fawning over the President's address Friday concerning race and the George Zimmerman verdict has been nothing less than sick-making.

Potentially the most vomitous remark yet came from New York Times columnist David Brooks who actually said on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday - with a straight face, no less! - it "was a symphony" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | July 21, 2013 | 12:51 PM EDT

Unlike most of the Obama-loving media, PBS's Tavis Smiley has been deeply critical of the President's comments Friday regarding race and the George Zimmerman verdict.

Smiley continued his criticism on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday saying, "I don't know how he argues he can't lead us in a conversation on this, but he can on gay marriage?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | | July 21, 2013 | 10:46 AM EDT

Melissa Harris-Perry, one of the panel guests on MSNBC's "Now" program on Friday,  managed to tie Detroit's bankruptcy to small government, i.e., "when government is small enough to drown in your bathtub," and to analogize it to "exactly the kind of thing that many Republicans would impose on us." Really.

The relevant transcript from RealClearPolitics, followed by comments from Erika Johnsen at Hot Air and Noah Rothman at Mediaite, are after the jump:

By Tim Graham | | July 21, 2013 | 9:46 AM EDT

In this week's People magazine, they profile George Stephanopoulos and his wife, actress/comedian Ali Wentworth. As might be expected, the spouse offers a little too much information. Would most men like their wife telling People magazine “He will sing and dance to ‘Dreamgirls’ with the kids and cry at ‘The Little Mermaid’”?

As the story wrapped up, readers learned that no one except George takes a prayer before meals seriously:

By Tim Graham | | July 21, 2013 | 7:03 AM EDT

If you were wondering whether any liberal media veteran could have made the networks sound less clueless about the reasons for Detroit filing for bankruptcy, one answer was longtime Washington Post foreign correspondent Keith Richburg. In an article on the Post website (but not in the newspaper), Richburg wrote painfully about the demise of his beloved hometown, and how racial polarization and crime and political corruption have destroyed it.

His personal story, including his relatives who remained in the urban blight, offered the most gripping testimony:

By Tim Graham | | July 20, 2013 | 11:14 PM EDT

Politico is choosing the present moment to attempt to define MSNBC host Al Sharpton as a centrist. Media reporter Mackenzie Weinger began: "The Rev. Al Sharpton has gone mainstream. The killing of Trayvon Martin has provided Sharpton a high-profile opportunity to portray himself as a responsible actor on the stage of race relations in America and consolidate his standing as a moderate leader in the black community."

This apparently is defined simply by sticking close to President Obama and not signaling violence against "white interlopers" on this occasion. Sharpton is a racial and political squish?

By Jeffrey Meyer | | July 20, 2013 | 10:44 PM EDT

One of the most shocking MSNBC moves was the decision to hire the highly controversial political activist Al Sharpton as a host on its "Lean Forward" network. Despite the clear conflict of interest of a so-called "news network" hiring a man to anchor his own show as he leads highly charged political and racial marches, both MSNBC and the Washington Post can barely recognize the serious ethical and professional problems with employing Sharpton.

On July 20, the Post ran a 20-paragraph puff piece on Sharpton's "many hats" on the front page of the Style section, offering no real criticism of his role as activist/host. (Nobody found the ethical mess anything harsher than an "interesting case study.") Author Paul Farhi began his piece highlighting Sharpton's hands-on role in the Trayvon Martin case, describing how he messily blurred his roles:

By Noel Sheppard | | July 20, 2013 | 6:01 PM EDT

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin during their concert at Yankee Stadium Friday night.

In a video captured by a member of the audience, as the couple began their last song of the evening - "Forever Young" - Jay-Z yelled to the crowd, "Everybody put a cell phone and light it up. Let's light the sky for Trayvon Martin tonight in here":

By Noel Sheppard | | July 20, 2013 | 3:36 PM EDT

Kicking off a day of nationwide protests of the George Zimmerman verdict, hip-hop stars Beyonce and Jay-Z joined Al Sharpton and Trayvon Martin's mother at a rally in Harlem Saturday.

The New York Post reported:

By Brent Baker | | July 20, 2013 | 3:32 PM EDT

Once again obscuring any line between MSNBC and NBC News, Brian Williams brought frequent MSNBC contributor Joy-Ann Reid aboard Friday’s NBC Nightly News to praise President Obama’s comments on the Zimmerman-Martin case while he failed to mention she spent 2008 working for the Obama presidential campaign.

Between hailing Obama’s remarks as “extraordinary” and “brave,” Reid painted Obama as the victim of racism: “Everything about the Obama presidency, race has been a subtext to all of it. From the Tea Party which saw differently the Obama bailout of the auto industry from George W. Bush’s and suddenly became a movement, to him being called a liar in the well of the Congress, to him having to show his birth certificate...”

By Noel Sheppard | | July 20, 2013 | 2:39 PM EDT

Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan had some harsh words for Barack Obama’s address Friday concerning race and the George Zimmerman verdict.

Appearing on PBS’s McLaughlin Group, Buchanan said Obama’s comments were “insidious” adding, “The President has taken sides in what is becoming unfortunately a pretty nasty racial dispute in this country.”

By Noel Sheppard | | July 20, 2013 | 2:14 PM EDT

It’s been almost sick-making watching Obama-loving media members gush and fawn over his address to the nation Friday concerning race and the George Zimmerman verdict.

One nauseating example was Newsweek’s Eleanor Clift who said on PBS’s McLaughlin Group, “The President’s remarks on Friday are going to be read by future generations. They’re beautiful, they’re eloquent” (video follows with transcript and commentary):