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By Randy Hall | | June 4, 2013 | 1:57 PM EDT

Here's an interesting example of your tax dollars at work: Gwen Ifill, a newscaster for the Public Broadcasting System, uses her television programs to staunchly defend Eric Holder, the scandal-ridden U.S. attorney general, and the Internal Revenue System, which has been accused of targeting conservative organizations that apply for a tax-exempt status.

Not content with using her roles as managing editor and moderator of the “Washington Week” program and as a senior correspondent for the “PBS NewsHour,” Ifill took her crusade online on Sunday, when she posted on Twitter that it's “Fun to see the same (named & unnamed) folks calling for Holder resignation who always have” and asserted that “people don't want to know the details back and forth” of the IRS targeting.

By Jeffrey Meyer | | June 4, 2013 | 12:41 PM EDT

It’s been more than four years since Sarah Palin was the Republican candidate for vice president, but that hasn’t stopped the media from trashing the Tea Party favorite every chance it can get. In an online piece on Time’s Swampland blog, author Jay Newton-Small called Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford, who was recently accused of smoking crack, Canada’s Sarah Palin.

The piece, which appeared on June 4, actually has nothing to do with Sarah Palin, other than that the mayor’s brother calls Ford “Canada’s Sarah Palin” apparently making it headline worthy. The sub-headline reads “Toronto Mayor Rob Ford -- Canada’s Sarah Palin -- is accused of smoking crack” hardly a headline the former Republican governor wants to be compared to.

By Kyle Drennen | | June 4, 2013 | 12:16 PM EDT

Following the death of New Jersey Democratic Senator Frank Lautenberg on Monday, Tuesday's NBC Today immediately began speculating on his replacement and the potential fallout for Chris Christie, with co-host Matt Lauer announcing it to be a "dilemma" and "political hot potato" for the Republican governor. The headline on screen read: "Lautenberg Seat Poses Political Problem." [Watch the video after the jump]

Lauer proclaimed: "I think the New York Times summed it up pretty well...Normally a governor would love to have this opportunity...but there's a lot of personal political risk for Chris Christie." Political director Chuck Todd agreed: "There is...any time you introduce a new factor into all of this, is always unsettling. Chris Christie is on the verge of getting a whole bunch of bipartisan support, Democrats crossing the aisle...So this is now actually a lot trickier than it should be."

By Lauren Enk | | June 4, 2013 | 11:53 AM EDT

“Just do it” before you say I do, HuffPo Live suggested when interviewing Jessica Ciencin Henriquez last week. Bashing programs that promote abstinence until marriage, author Henriquez attempted to blame her bad marriage on the fact that she stayed a virgin until the wedding.

HuffPo Live host Marc Lamont Hill was all support for Henriquez’ blame-game: “As the saying goes, you wouldn’t buy a car without giving it a test drive, would you?” Under the headline: “No Sex Before Marriage A Bad Idea, Says Author,” HuffPo devoted a half-hour segment to counting down reasons to give up purity before marriage.

By Tim Graham | | June 4, 2013 | 11:26 AM EDT

Here's another example of "Republican strategists" sounding like liberals in the national media. Last Thursday, NPR's Diane Rehm Show had a panel of Republicans to discuss what NPR likes to think is the terrible future of the GOP.  Michelle Bernard unleashed harsh attacks several times on conservatives who oppose the DREAM Act and the Gang of Eight amnesty plan.

Her "bottom line" was "You have to look at policy. You have to look at the principles that the country allegedly stands for. And we are at a crossroads. We have to decide. Do we want to stand for a country that believes in freedom for all, or are we going to be bigots?" Opposing the Left on these bills is "un-American" or "anti-American," she said repeatedly: 

By Noel Sheppard | | June 4, 2013 | 11:11 AM EDT

Media members thinking the Republicans are overplaying their hand with the Internal Revenue Service scandal should pay attention to what happened on NBC’s Tonight Show Monday.

When host Jay Leno joked that President Obama should close the IRS rather than the terrorist detention center in Guantanamo Bay, the audience erupted in thunderous applause (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):

By Jack Coleman | | June 4, 2013 | 11:00 AM EDT

America is doomed, as far as Ed Schultz is concerned, and he's doing his darndest to cash in on its demise. This from a man who rarely misses a chance to bray about his patriotism and the alleged lack of it among conservatives.

During nearly every broadcast of his weekday radio show, Schultz can be heard narrating an ad for ITM Trading, a Phoenix-based company that buys and sells gold. (Audio after the jump)

By Noel Sheppard | | June 4, 2013 | 10:16 AM EDT

You can't swing a dead cat these days without hitting some liberal media member cautioning the Republicans to not "overplay their hand" concerning the various scandals now plaguing the White House.

Do you remember the press being concerned that the Democrats would overplay 2006's "Republican Culture of Corruption" or last year's "Republican War on Women?"

By Tim Graham | | June 4, 2013 | 8:11 AM EDT

Ana Navarro is a "moderate" Republican strategist that liberal journalists like, one who calls the social conservatives "GEICO cavemen."

So it wasn't completely surprising when she gaffed on Sunday's Meet the Press, suggesting that while working moms "lean in" to work, stay-at-home moms "lean back...on a rocking chair with a mint julep." She then added that they are "kept women," which is usually defined as a mistress!

By Tim Graham | | June 4, 2013 | 7:12 AM EDT

He may have committed the largest and most reckless  leak of national-security information in America’s history, but Bradley Manning had a happy Monday at National Progressive Radio. NPR’s Morning Edition ran a story by reporter Carrie Johnson that contained absolutely no one who could see Manning in a critical light.

Johnson began: “In the three years since his arrest, the slight Army private with close-cropped blond hair and thick military glasses has become less of a character than a cause.” It’s a cause NPR believes in.

By Noel Sheppard | | June 4, 2013 | 1:03 AM EDT

It's thankfully been a long, long time since we've heard from Keith Olbermann.

Unfortunately, he came out of the bathtub long enough on Monday to give a Twitter follower his opinion of Attorney General Eric Holder saying, "He should've resigned or been dismissed after the AP overreach. Instead he made a Fox News figure a martyr":

By Noel Sheppard | | June 4, 2013 | 12:11 AM EDT

You really can't make this stuff up.

Woody Harrelson, during an interview with Details magazine, admitted to being "an absolute moron" during his carefree Cheers days; this came after telling his questioner that Barack Obama is like Richard Nixon because Nixon escalated the Vietnam War:

By Tom Blumer | | June 3, 2013 | 11:55 PM EDT

On May 27, Nicholas Confessore and Michael Luo at the New York Times filed a ridiculously incoherent, ignorant and biased report on Tea Party groups' attempts to have their organizations approved for tax-exempt status. The story's window title: "Non-Profit Applcants Chafing at IRS Tested Political Limits." The actual print edition title (Page A1, of course): "Groups Targeted by I.R.S. Tested Rules on Politics." The headlines give the impression that Tea Party groups deliberately tried to test the boundaries of legality.

The pair's content also betrayed more than a little ignorance of the rules governing campaign finance, electioneering, and literature distribution. Among those interviewed for the story was Tom Zawistowski, Portage County TEA Party Executive Director. Zawistowski took great exception to their writeup in an email he distributed on Saturday (bolds are mine; additional paragraph breaks added by me):

By Tom Blumer | | June 3, 2013 | 10:53 PM EDT

In what some have described as a "bombshell" statement, ABC News Political analyst Trey Hardin said something on Monday morning any reporter with any kind of meaningful inside connections in Washington should have known, but apparently wouldn't dare say or write: "I can say with a very strong sense of certainty that there are people very close to this president that not only knew what the IRS were doing but authorized it."

Martin continued: "It simply just does not happen at an agency level like that without political advisers likely in the West Wing certainly connected to the president’s ongoing campaign organization that didn’t know about it." Again, many experienced reporters in Washington had to know this. Any remaining doubts that what Hardin said is true disappeared today when Congressman Darrell Issa, as reported by Kerry Picket at Breitbart News, released hearing testimony previous obtained (bolds are mine):

By Tim Graham | | June 3, 2013 | 10:49 PM EDT

The New York Post offered an op-ed on Monday adapted from the new paperback edition of Ed Klein's book The Amateur. Klein says Team Obama and Team Clinton made a deal last summer: Bill Clinton would give the key nominating speech at the Democratic convention in Charlotte endorsing Obama. In exchange, Obama would endorse Hillary Clinton as his successor. But after he won his second term, Obama had second thoughts about endorsing Hillary in 2016.

"Bill Clinton went ballistic and threatened retaliation. Obama backed down," Klein asserteed. "He called his favorite journalist, Steve Kroft of '60 Minutes,' and offered an unprecedented 'farewell interview' with departing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton."