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By Tim Graham | | July 14, 2013 | 7:38 AM EDT

On Friday’s Morning Edition, NPR “Code Switch” blogger Gene Demby (exploring the "frontiers of race, culture, and ethnicity") was brought on to discuss the Zimmerman trial. For his blog at,  he had written that trials like this are “lousy proxies for fights over big, messy social issues” like racial profiling.

But in making this point, Demby highlighted his point unintentionally. He declared that the legal proceedings in the courtroom were focused on “really, really small technical points” like who attacked whom in the Zimmerman-Martin fight and who was acting in self-defense:

By Tom Blumer | | July 13, 2013 | 11:59 PM EDT

An ever so objective Associated Press reporter didn't handle a Florida jury's acquittal of George Zimmerman too well tonight.

Cristina Silva took the verdict to mean it's open season on teenagers (HT Breitbart):

By Matthew Sheffield | | July 13, 2013 | 11:34 PM EDT

A Sanford, Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty on all charges late Saturday night in the trial he faced involving the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin.

The trial quickly became a media spectacle after supporters of Martin's family convinced the left-leaning national press that regional law enforcement authorities had declined to prosecute Zimmerman because Martin was black. Local officials insisted that Zimmerman was unlikely to be convicted of anything based on the evidence they could find. It appears that initial judgment was correct.

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | | July 13, 2013 | 6:29 PM EDT

[Excerpted from Collusion, by Brent Bozell and Tim Graham]

The media's sneakiest dirty trick in the book is bias by omission, because is is so hard to find, when journalists decide "what the people don't know won't hurt them," or more precisely, "what the people don't know won't hurt our candidate."

In Barack Obama's case this omission emerged in 2012 over his biographical narrative: his 1995 memoir Dreams From My Father, which became a huge bestseller as he prepared to run for president, and enriched him with an estimated $1.3 million in royalties (not to mention almost $4 million for his campaign book The Audacity of Hope), and that's just through 2007. 

By Tim Graham | | July 13, 2013 | 1:35 PM EDT

Gene Weingarten, the “humorist” for The Washington Post Magazine offered this weekend “Some free Bush-league humor to help increase the GOP’s youth appeal.”

Apparently, someone is counseling that the GOP doesn’t have to change their so-called “grumpy old-white-man positions,” they just have to talk with more humor and irony, which led Weingarted to offer “jokes” for conservatives. Such as:

By Noel Sheppard | | July 13, 2013 | 1:12 PM EDT

Like so many in the liberal media, Bill Maher is deeply concerned that George Zimmerman might end up being acquitted for killing Trayvon Martin.

On HBO’s Real Time Friday, the host joked, “If you are a Korean who owns a grocery store in Compton, you might want to get the fire extinguishers ready now” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | | July 13, 2013 | 10:34 AM EDT

The story at the Associated Press this morning on the Texas Senate's passage of legislation which, as summarized at Life News, "would ban abortions after 20 weeks and hold abortion clinics accountable by making them meet basic health and safety standards," claims to originate from Austin, the Lone Star State's capital city.

The coverage by AP reporters Chris Tomlinson and Will Weissert has references to events occurring at the "the Capitol building in Austin," so I have to believe that one, the other, or both were present during the hours leading up to the bill's passage. It is thus hard to believe that the gentlemen only reported on one of the following ugly incidents in a long list compiled by Life News  in an email I received this morning. The AP pair also did not note President Barack Obama's tweet in support of the protesters' grisly cause.

By Tom Johnson | | July 13, 2013 | 10:02 AM EDT

Each week, the Daily Kos gang unwittingly takes part in a contest to determine which of them can most outrageously smear conservative Republicans. Below are the latest bronze, silver, and gold medalists.  
--The bronze goes to Laura Clawson, who on Thursday alleged anti-Latino racism from:

By Brent Bozell | | July 13, 2013 | 8:09 AM EDT

Today’s children live and breathe in a popular culture that teaches them to accept the worst kinds of sexual exploitation and violence as a normal part of life. They’re even encouraged to laugh at the idea.

The Parents Television Council has issued a new report on “TV’s Newest Target: Teen Sexual Exploitation.” Out of 238 scripted episodes which aired during the study period in 2011 and 2012, 150 episodes (63 percent) contained sexual content in scenes that were associated with females and 33 percent of the episodes contained sexual content that rose to the level of sexual exploitation.

By Tom Blumer | | July 12, 2013 | 11:59 PM EDT

Late this afternoon, an anchor at Oakland TV station KTVU unfortunately read four offensive and insensitive mock Asian-sounding names and identified them as the pilots of Asiana Flight 214, which crash landed at San Franscisco Airport last weekend. A third crash victim died today.

While the station deserves plenty of blame for failing to catch the obviously phony names before airing them, at least half of the blame goes to the National Transportation Safety Board which fed it the improper information, as Politico's Nick Gass reports:

By P.J. Gladnick | | July 12, 2013 | 9:20 PM EDT

The only thing more annoying than NBC's Luke Russert acting as a blatant advocacy reporter is when he pretends to be a political pundit and little Luke did both at a press conference this week when he broadcast his opinion in the form of a question to House Speaker John Boehner at a press conference this week. It wasn't only what he said but also how he posed his question which was done in a tone of studied condescension as you can see in this video and below the fold.

Although you might wish to spare yourself the annoyance of watching insufferable Luke and his partisan brand of journalism, I promise that if you stay with this story until the end you will receive a very enjoyable comedy treat inadvertently provided by the young Russert.

By Brad Wilmouth | | July 12, 2013 | 8:20 PM EDT

On Thursday's All In show, as Chris Hayes complained about the vote by House Republicans to separate the food stamp program from the farm bill, the MSNBC host accused GOPers of taking the action "so they could focus solely on the farm stuff and really embrace not caring about the poor."

Hayes also charged that Republicans had "jettisoned 47 million hungry Americans." The MSNBC host began the segment:

By Randy Hall | | July 12, 2013 | 8:00 PM EDT

What does a liberal cable television host do when a guest confronts her with an ugly truth? Why, she cuts off his microphone, of course!

That's what happened on Thursday, when Nancy Grace -- host of a weeknight program on HLN, which was formerly known as the Headline Network -- clashed with Frank Taaffe, a friend of George Zimmerman who stated that black teenager Trayvon Martin had drugs in his system during their encounter on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla.

By Matt Hadro | | July 12, 2013 | 5:59 PM EDT

CNN's Suzanne Malveaux teed up the Trayvon Martin family attorney on Thursday, asking if George Zimmerman's attorney Don West's attitude towards the female judge might be viewed as "sexism" by a jury that includes six women.

"There have been so many fights, if you will, or tense moments between Don West and this judge, Judge Nelson," Malveaux noted. "Does it seem like an element of sexism? I mean, if you have the six women who are on the jurors and they're looking at this exchange, this dynamic between these two?"

By Nathan Roush | | July 12, 2013 | 4:36 PM EDT

On the Wednesday night edition of All In, host Christ Hayes devoted a segment to discussing the contention in our nation’s capital the introduction of Wal-Mart stores into the District. Basically, the new law would force the discount retailer to pay its employees at least $12.50 an hour in each of its proposed six new stores in the city limits.

Hayes tried to argue that instead of opposing the new legislative measures because of the economic hardships it would create, Wal-Mart was only averse to the new requirement so it could show a “raw assertion of power.” He claimed that the store wanted to be able to “pay their workers whatever they want and dare anyone to tell them otherwise.”