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By Scott Whitlock | | July 17, 2013 | 3:45 PM EDT

 The tax records of political candidates and certain donors were improperly accessed by government officials, but the Justice Department has refused to prosecute, according to the Washington Times. This revelation, published on Tuesday, has been ignored by the morning and evening newscasts of CBS, NBC and ABC.

Times writers Dave Boyer and Ben Wolfgang explained, "In a written response to a request by [Senator Chuck] Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee, [Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell] George said a review turned up four cases since 2006 in which unidentified government officials took part in 'unauthorized access or disclosure of tax records of political donors or candidates," including one case he described as 'willful.'"

By Howard Portnoy | | July 17, 2013 | 3:25 PM EDT

It’s too bad for some bloggers that the Internet doesn’t come with an eraser. It would certainly come in handy right now to a whole slew of online “journalists” who seized on the calm before the storm on Sunday as proof that the “white” predictions of riots were way overblown.

Take PoliticsUSA, which prides itself on being a source of “real liberal politics.”

By Jeffrey Meyer | | July 17, 2013 | 1:43 PM EDT

For years, MSNBC has taken a firm stance in favor of pro-abortion rights activists, with daily segments highlighting their support for abortion activists. MSNBC has served as an unofficial mouthpiece for Planned Parenthood, as it regularly brings on  activists from the nation's largest abortion chain to rail against abortion safety laws across the country.

Take for example a recent segment on the July 17 MSNBC Live, in which fill-in host Mara Schiavocampo melodramatically began a segment with a Planned Parenthood representative by claiming that there was a “Another day. Another battle between state legislators and advocates for women's health care this time in Wisconsin.” The MSNBC host proceeded to then interview Tanya Atkinson of Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin. No pro-life activist was brought on for balance, nor did Schiavocampo challenge Atkinson on any of her assertions. [See video after jump. MP3 audio here.]

By Matthew Balan | | July 17, 2013 | 1:13 PM EDT

Norah O'Donnell gushed over Eric Holder on Wednesday's CBS This Morning, trumpeting the supposedly "remarkable" and "very personal" speech that the attorney general gave to the NAACP on Tuesday. O'Donnell also played up how "Holder, the first African-American attorney general...talked very personally about, after Trayvon Martin's death, counseling his own 15-year-old son if he was stopped by police" [audio available here; video below the jump].

The morning newscast spotlighted how the controversial Obama administration figure "sharply criticized the so-called 'stand your ground' laws in Florida and other states", and played 36 seconds of clips from his speech to the organization:

By Lauren Enk | | July 17, 2013 | 12:57 PM EDT

When a singer releases a lewd, explicit, misogynistic song complete with pornographic music video through your big-name store, what do you do? Endorse it, of course! 

 At least, that’s how Target responded to the release of Robin Thicke’s new album “Blurred Lines,” which has stirred criticism even from liberal critics for its obviously exploitative treatment of women, even to the point of being called a rape song. As we all know, sex sells, so Target’s response wasn’t to drop the hip-hop singer or even this particular album. Instead, on July 16, Target tweeted excited hype for the repulsive song: “We can't wait for @robinthicke's new album, Blurred Lines. Pre-order now to get 3 bonus tracks, only at yours truly!”

By Mike Ciandella | | July 17, 2013 | 12:47 PM EDT

Texas Governor Rick Perry was a joke, at least according to the same media that had ignored his impressive economic record.

The Associated Press called Perry “a political punchline on par with Dan Quayle,” while MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry warned Perry that he looked “a lot like the villain who twirls his moustache and laughs while a speeding train is headed toward the woman you've tied to the tracks.” Meanwhile, Perry has effectively marketed Texas as being business-friendly, drawing many to the Lone Star State.

Bloomberg Businessweek ran an article in its July 11 issue, praising Perry’s handling of the Texas economy. In the article, entitled “Rick Perry, Texas's Star Business Recruiter, Will Be Missed,” Businessweek admitted that Perry excelled at “selling Texas as the best place in the nation to do business.” But many in the media will only miss the laughter they had at Perry’s expense.

By Kyle Drennen | | July 17, 2013 | 12:08 PM EDT

In a softball exchange with Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards on her Tuesday 1 p.m. ET hour MSNBC show, host Andrea Mitchell recited one liberal talking point after another to denigrate pro-life legislation in states across the country: "On Friday, Texas became the 16th state to tighten regulations on abortion clinics in the past three years, effectively putting most of them out of business. This is part of a growing movement by states to restrict access to family planning and other women's health facilities." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Turning to Richards, Mitchell implored: "What can you or Planned Parenthood and other groups do to try to keep some of these clinics open?" Richards used the opportunity to proclaim: "Look, this is a very extreme set of bills that are going to close down dozens of health centers in Texas.... I think it's a growing theme, unfortunately, in many states where politicians are putting their own political agenda ahead of women's health care."

By Noel Sheppard | | July 17, 2013 | 12:02 PM EDT

It appears people really don't learn from their mistakes.

Despite Keith Olbermann departing ESPN in 1997 under a cloud of controversy, the sports channel is reportedly giving him his own late night program with the caveat that he doesn't discuss politics.

By Jack Coleman | | July 17, 2013 | 11:40 AM EDT

To all too many on the left, America has barely budged since the '50s when it comes to civil rights. As far as liberal radio host Thom Hartmann is concerned, America has barely budged since the antebellum era.

Hard to believe anyone, even a hard-core leftist, can spread such drivel, what with a man of color holding the highest office in the land -- one to which he was just comfortably re-elected -- and the Justice Department being run, go figure, by another man of color. What's truly amazing is that both men are actually slaves, at least in the Amerika that Hartmann finds so primitive and backward. (Audio clip after the jump)

By Tim Graham | | July 17, 2013 | 11:39 AM EDT

Controversy erupted over Rolling Stone putting a smoldering picture of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover. If you didn’t know better, you’d assume this mop-topped stubbly man was the lead singer of a hot new band.

Rolling Stone is not a regular purveyor of “news” covers – with the exception of their series of Glorious Obama covers. Surely, they would never consider a cover for George Zimmerman – he’s both become a left-wing symbol of murderous racism, and he’s not “dreamy” enough for a glamorous pop-culture magazine.

By Mike Ciandella | | July 17, 2013 | 11:33 AM EDT

Media made Rick Perry a ‘punchline,’ but his record of bringing businesses to Texas is praiseworthy.

By Noel Sheppard | | July 17, 2013 | 10:41 AM EDT

As NewsBusters previously reported, Stevie Wonder on Monday told a Quebec City concert audience that he was boycotting Florida and other states with "Stand Your Ground" laws as a result of the George Zimmerman verdict.

Apparently not to be outdone, Bruce Springsteen on Tuesday dedicated a song to Trayvon Martin during a concert in Limerick, Ireland.

By Matt Vespa | | July 17, 2013 | 8:49 AM EDT

With the Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act last month, you know that ABC’s “What Would You Do?” just had to produce a segment on gay marriage – again.  In the July 12 broadcast, the show decided to pick the liberal state of New Jersey -- a blue state for a change -- in order to find these nasty, homophobic Americans.  The scenario was simple.  Two lesbians walk into a local bakery picking out their future wedding cake.  The baker is a homophobe.  He hurls insults.  What would you do?

To no one’s surprise, the vast majority of the bystanders were appalled by the baker’s remarks.  Some offered their apologies, while others coaxed the couple, played by actors, to leave the store for a friendlier baking establishment.  Again, save for a few customers, most of the people caught on camera offered empathy and support for the discriminated couple.  Then again, in a state where 60% support gay marriage, you’d be hard-pressed to find Westboro Baptist types lingering around a bakery ready to gay-bash at the drop of a hat.

By Tim Graham | | July 17, 2013 | 7:45 AM EDT

You could tell it was going to be a wild night of transgender advocacy on NPR when Tuesday's All Things Considered anchor Melissa Block sent this insane-sounding tweet: “Coming up on @npratc: beyond he and she? High school students say ‘I want you to call me 'Tractor' and use pronouns like Zee, Zim, Zer.’” But wait, there is one certainty in this milieu: NPR would be channeling the Left, and there would be no time to consider conservative dissent from the evolving political correctness.

NPR reporter/pagan witch Margot Adler was exploring the brave new world of gender fluidity with young cultural innovators who reject the "gender binary" as oppressive. It came to this conclusion:

By Noel Sheppard | | July 17, 2013 | 1:53 AM EDT

It seems even the CBS Late Show audience is tiring of Bill Maher.

On Tuesday, the HBO Real Time host was booed twice for tasteless jokes about the George Zimmerman verdict (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):