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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:

By Katie Yoder | | August 9, 2013 | 2:59 PM EDT

If you’ve noticed the pro-life side of the abortion debate receives little or no attention when the networks report on the abortion issue, you’re not alone. On Aug. 8, demonstrators and pro-life speakers gathered outside ABC News’ Washington, D.C. office to demand fair coverage of abortion by the networks on August 8. The “Life March on the Media Rally” was hosted by pro-life advocacy group Live Action.

During the event, Live Action President Lila Rose called for a “180 in reporting” on abortion, the “most important human rights abuse of our day.” Rose cited the lack of coverage the issue receives, saying, “Part of the desire to not cover it or to only cover the pro-abortion side is because there’s an intuitive understanding there. When you tell the truth about what abortion does to a baby, people get upset.” She continued, “And that’s the very news that is, in a way, the most important news for ABC and the other groups to censor.” Video below:

By Evan Mantel | | August 9, 2013 | 2:47 PM EDT

When I say loyalty, what’s the first thing you think of? Family? Togetherness? Fighting for someone or something? Chances are, whatever pops into your mind has positive connotations. And well it should.

That's what makes this week's episode of “Burn Notice” so intriguing: loyalty is portrayed in an unconventional and not entirely positive-way.

By Rich Noyes | | August 9, 2013 | 2:08 PM EDT

For more than two weeks, President Obama and his spokesmen have scoffed at the various investigations of potential wrongdoing surrounding his administration, belittling them as “phony scandals” that have “distracted” Washington. But a Fox News poll released Thursday finds that even among Democrats, Obama’s “phony scandal” is falling flat, discovering that “voters across the partisan spectrum” say Benghazi, NSA eavesdropping, the IRS targeting of conservatives, and the seizure of journalists’ phone records as serious matters.

As for the three broadcast networks, they have essentially buried the administration’s not-so-subtle (and apparently ineffective) attempt to push these scandals away. Not only did all three broadcast networks skip the Fox poll this morning, ABC and NBC have done Obama the apparent favor of never reporting his “phony scandal” mantra on either their morning or evening news broadcasts, and giving it just a passing mention on their July 28 Sunday talk shows.

By Noel Sheppard | | August 9, 2013 | 12:41 PM EDT

This will give you an idea of Barack Obama’s priorities.

On June 13, the President delayed a meeting with staff about Syria to discuss basketball with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

So said Cuban on NBC’s Tonight Show Thursday.

By Ken Shepherd | | August 9, 2013 | 12:29 PM EDT

Imagine the hand-wringing that would ensue among secular journalists were Franklin Graham or Bishop Harry Jackson to write a memoir with a mainstream media religion reporter on board as a credited co-author. Surely much ado would be made about an ostensibly objective journalist assisting a politically engaged, conservative clergyman to write a book the proceeds of which would go into his ministry's coffers. After all, how can you objectively cover such individuals after having helped them raise their public profile and financially benefited their pet cause(s)?

Now contrast that with the silence that's sure to greet Religion News Service reporter David Gibson's services as scribe to Sister Simone Campbell, the left-wing nun who was a convenient unofficial ally and surrogate for liberal Democrats last year as she savaged Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. As a national reporter, Gibson has covered Campbell as part of his beat as a national reporter for RNS.

By Jack Coleman | | August 9, 2013 | 11:55 AM EDT

Given this man's track record when it comes to spewing hate, he's hardly in a position to judge when he perceives it coming from others.

Attorney and "Ring of Fire" radio show co-host Mike Papantonio has been filling in for Ed Schultz this week and wasting no time demonstrating that he can be just as over the top as Schultz. (Audio after the jump)

By Matt Hadro | | August 9, 2013 | 11:54 AM EDT

Alarm bells are ringing over the status of Obamacare's privacy protection system, which is scheduled to start October 1 despite missed deadlines in getting it ready to operate. CNN has made no mention of the Inspector General report on the missed deadlines.

Reuters said the government was "months behind" in testing the system's security, where personal information would be stored to determine a person's eligibility for subsidies in purchasing health insurance at state exchanges. If the system was rolled out as scheduled before it was ready, "The most likely serious security breach would be identity theft," Reuters said.

By NB Staff | | August 9, 2013 | 11:02 AM EDT

In Thursday night’s “Media Mash” segment on “Hannity,” MRC president Brent Bozell discussed some of the harsh media reaction to RNC chairman Reince Priebus saying Republicans won’t offer primary debates to CNN or NBC if they continue their plans to produce a “lovefest” of Hillary films before the 2016 election.

Chris Matthews even said “The RNC chairman who has made bones trying to suppress African-Americans’ votes now has a plan to suppress a free media.” Bozell said NBC needs to be told to go pound sand (video and transcript below):

By Noel Sheppard | | August 9, 2013 | 11:02 AM EDT

Here's a headline you probably never imagined you'd see about Barack Obama at the perilously liberal Huffington Post:


Yet there it was:

By Kyle Drennen | | August 9, 2013 | 10:35 AM EDT

While MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell admitted that the planned NBC biopic of Hillary Clinton was a "bad idea," on her Thursday 1 p.m. ET hour show she and her guests scolded Republicans for refusing to allow the biased network to moderate GOP primary debates: "That's where you get debates where the audience is cheering because they were all hand picked by local or state parties, that's where you get candidates like Mitt Romney talking about self-deportation to try to play to the crowd." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Mitchell made that observation while discussing the topic with former Obama White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, not exactly someone with the best interests of the GOP at heart. Gibbs ranted: "If you're only going to do debates in front of diehard Republicans that 100% agree with you, you're going to end up pushing yourself farther and farther and farther to the're not going to win any national elections."

By Tom Blumer | | August 9, 2013 | 10:33 AM EDT

Following blowback which began at Michelle Malkin's and spread to Matt Drudge, Rush Limbaugh, and surely other online locales, the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, has issued a thoroughly unsatisfying "correction" to the story I covered here Wednesday about President Obama's "Gulf ports" gaffe.

The fix applied to the original story by Russ "Nobody's Fool" Bynum's is at least as weaselly as the original, especially when one realizes what will and will not end up in the historical record. The full correction, which based on the related video gives Obama a benefit of the doubt to which he is clearly not entitled, followed by the relevant portions of the story's revised content, are both after the jump.

By Ashley Ciandella | | August 9, 2013 | 10:20 AM EDT

In terms of quality, it is obvious that NBC did not put a lot of effort into its “Camp,” summer series. In this week’s episode, Buzz has “Baby” written in Sharpie across his stomach while wearing a bikini top during Truth or Dare. A few minutes later, the writing has disappeared.

By Noel Sheppard | | August 9, 2013 | 10:18 AM EDT

Matt Damon had some harsh words for Barack Obama Thursday.

When asked by how he feels the President is doing in the second term, Damon said, “He broke up with me” (video follows with transcript and commentary):