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By Brent Bozell | | August 10, 2013 | 8:11 AM EDT

The Washington Post is a legend in the minds of the Washington elite, so its financial decline has caused quiet panic. As NPR media reporter David Folkenflik put it, “You think of stories like the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, these are all stories where The Washington Post led the nation's understanding, the world's understanding of some major issues.”

Outside the liberal media, you wonder how long Post fans can wallow in their Nixon-crumbling polyester “glory days” in the early 1970s. But nostalgia ruled as the Graham family sold the Post to Jeff Bezos, the billionaire founder of “Now he is being credited as a white knight with deep pockets helping to save one of this country's great newspapers,” oozed NBC reporter Tom Costello.

By Tim Graham | | August 10, 2013 | 7:22 AM EDT

Would the media feel compelled to cover the IRS Tea Party-targeting scandal if investigators found that targeting was ongoing in the Obama administration? Apparently not. It didn't come up at Obama's press conference.

Paul Bedard of The Washington Examiner reported Friday that the House Ways and Means Committee was told "the agency is still targeting Tea Party groups, three months after the IRS scandal erupted." Apparently, no one in Obama-land feels intimidated by the media in the slightest  to change their politicized behavior:

By Paul Bremmer | | August 9, 2013 | 7:25 PM EDT

Just in time for the start of the NFL's preseason, the leftist online publication Slate is fed up with the hateful nickname of that NFL team in Washington. On Thursday, editor David Plotz self-righteously penned an article announcing that Slate will no longer refer to that team as the “Redskins.”

Plotz explained in the second paragraph: “For decades, American Indian activists and others have been asking, urging, and haranguing the Washington Redskins to ditch their nickname, calling it a racist slur and an insult to Indians.” You would think that if Plotz were really so concerned about offensive language, he would use the term “Native Americans” rather than “Indians.” We have long since learned that they are not from India or the Indies, and yet the incorrect term “Indians” has stuck.

By Matthew Sheffield | | August 9, 2013 | 7:01 PM EDT

During the Wednesday edition of his program, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith, not known as any sort of conservative, attacked the government for being dishonest and witholding critical information from Americans while at the same time also undertaking highly invasive surveillance programs.

“I don’t believe much of anything they say anymore. Because I can’t figure out which parts to believe, so I choose not to believe any of it,” Smith said in an interview with Fox News legal analyst Mercedes Colwin.

By Noel Sheppard | | August 9, 2013 | 6:21 PM EDT

As NewsBusters previously reported, three Clinton-loving MSNBCers on Thursday spoke out against NBC's upcoming miniseries about Hillary.

On Friday, CNN's Candy Crowley told Politico that her network's planned documentary on Clinton "makes it very difficult for me":

By Noel Sheppard | | August 9, 2013 | 5:30 PM EDT

Joy Behar used her final appearance as co-host of ABC’s The View Friday to actually drop an F-bomb.

Such was directed at the late ABC News anchor Harry Reasoner and for the benefit of co-host Barbara Walters (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Brad Wilmouth | | August 9, 2013 | 5:02 PM EDT

On Thursday's PoliticsNation on MSNBC, host Al Sharpton touted the pro-abortion group NARAL's deceptive attacks on "crisis pregancy centers" in Virginia which try to encourage pregnant women not to have abortions, as NARAL accused these pro-life groups of "lying." Picking up on an article posted by the far left Think Progress, the MSNBC host gave NARAL President Ilyse Hogue a sympathetic forum to promote her agenda.

In trying to prove these pro-life groups wrong, Sharpton quoted the CDC's Web site in describing condoms as acting as an "impermeable barrier," although he ignored the first line of the CDC document which concedes that condoms merely "reduce the risk of STD transmission," as the site displays the words "though not elminate" in parentheses, as the MSNBC host gave the impression that condoms could be considered infallible.

Sharpton introduced the segment:

By Angela Logomasini | | August 9, 2013 | 4:48 PM EDT

The headlines are out. The chemical Bisphenol A (BPA) is now “linked to infertility.” How do we know that? Researchers exposed immature eggs left over from fertility treatments to high levels of BPA in the lab. The result, notes The Boston Globe, was: “Only 35 percent of eggs exposed to the lowest levels of BPA had a normal number and configuration of chromosomes after they fully matured compared with 71 percent of those in a control group of eggs that weren’t exposed to BPA.”

The findings certainly don’t warrant all the alarming headlines. The exposure in a lab of high levels of any chemical to eggs that were discarded because they were deemed defective in the first place, tells us little about actual trace exposure to healthy eggs inside the human body. The study authors note these limitations:

By Kyle Drennen | | August 9, 2013 | 4:37 PM EDT

On Friday's MSNBC Andrea Mitchell Reports, while previewing President Obama's upcoming press conference, host Andrea Mitchell turned to The Washington Post's Chris Cillizza and lamented the lack of liberal policy successes in the President's second term: "There's a disappointment factor because he doesn't have immigration reform, he doesn't have any notches on his belt, if you will, on domestic legislation..." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Cillizza commiserated with Mitchell and declared: "Well, Andrea, and look, you know, I think if you said at the start of the year, "By August, would President Obama have something to point to say we reacted to Newtown?"....I mean that was sort of the thing that we were talking about every day. Could some sort of gun control measure pass? I think everyone expected something to pass."

By Scott Whitlock | | August 9, 2013 | 4:29 PM EDT

Over 1000 Iraqis were killed in July, victims of bombings and shootings marking that country's deadliest month since April of 2008. According to the Washington Times, Iraq is sliding into "chaos" with al Qaeda militants stoking terror. Yet, the three networks provided only scant coverage of the escalating death toll. From July 1 to July 31, the ABC, NBC and CBS evening and morning shows allowed only four minutes and 49 seconds to highlighting the unraveling situation.

In contrast, the networks in 2005 aggressively reported bad news and a pessimistic outlook for the country when a Republican was in the White House. Obviously, there's a difference between the two situations, given the 2011 withdrawal of U.S. troops. However, it seems as though NBC, CBS and ABC have effectively decided that the stability of Iraq is no longer a concern for George W. Bush's Democratic replacement.

By Noel Sheppard | | August 9, 2013 | 4:00 PM EDT

Embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner was asked at a campaign stop Friday why he won't go on MSNBC's Hardball.

According to a tweet from NBC News's Sarah Boxer, Weiner said, "That guy is a bozo":

By Mike Ciandella | | August 9, 2013 | 3:47 PM EDT

In the saddest news for the polar bear world since the death of Knut, a polar bear in Norway has starved to death, according to NBC News and The Huffington Post. One starved polar bear wouldn’t normally make the news, but climate change doomsday prophets were quick to blame the lone animal’s death on global warming.

This comes as the polar bear population has actually been increasing in some places in recent years. Drikus Gissing, Nunavut’s director of wildlife management, told Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail that a study shows that “the bear population is not in crisis as people believed” and “There is no doom and gloom.”

Not only are these climate change scientists making a big deal about one polar bear, both NBC and Huffington Post admit it is unclear that the bear’s death was due to climate change. Instead, the Huffington Post argues that “if the polar bear did, in fact, die due to reduced sea ice, the carcass may be one of the most literal illustrations of climate change.”

By Andrew Lautz | | August 9, 2013 | 3:18 PM EDT

Joe Scarborough offered one of the most interesting ObamaCare metaphors to date on Friday’s Morning Joe, claiming that President Obama’s signature health care reform is “like a zombie” that is “neither alive or completely dead.” The MSNBC host added that the law “just sort of slowly marches on,” amidst a barrage of criticism from both the right and the left.

Scarborough’s panel kicked off the segment by discussing Josh Green’s latest column in Bloomberg Businessweek, in which Green argued that the Obama administration is losing the battle over the ironically-titled Affordable Care Act on Twitter. MSNBC host Thomas Roberts turned the discussion to the fast-approaching open enrollment period for ObamaCare, which begins on October 1:

By Mike Ciandella | | August 9, 2013 | 3:17 PM EDT

NBC, Huffington Post cry ‘climate change’ over single dead bear.

By Ken Shepherd | | August 9, 2013 | 3:09 PM EDT

President Obama is taking questions from the news media. In the comments section, tell us what you would ask if you were a White House reporter.

I'll be covering the questions journalists ask of the president below the page break. As always, I'm doing this on the fly, so transcriptions of questions may be imperfect: