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By Andrew Marcus | | June 3, 2013 | 5:15 PM EDT

From time to time, Americans manage to elect extraordinarily corruptible people—and these walking moral catastrophes, in turn, pass laws for us, enforce those laws for us, presume to lecture us, and run, in general, as much of our lives as they can gets their hands on. It's not that we don't care about being governed by vulgarians, and it's not that we're pathologically gullible—so what is it? What's the secret of their success? How do they hold on to power for so long? The short answer is: the media—with a little help from human nature.

Such was the case with Weinergate, which most people still regard as a sex scandal and not the story of a scandalous character. Former Congressman Anthony Weiner has recently begun his campaign to become the next mayor of New York City, and given New York’s bizarre and inexplicable gluttony for punishment, he has a real chance of being elected. Then again, maybe New Yorkers are catching on – the fact that Weiner was booed last weekend at a parade offers a sliver of hope.

By Kyle Drennen | | June 3, 2013 | 5:03 PM EDT

At the end of an interview with New York Senator Chuck Schumer on Sunday's NBC Meet the Press, moderator David Gregory teed up the Democrat to lecture Republicans on being too focused on the scandals plaguing the Obama administration: "Do you have a warning for Republicans who want to make the IRS and personal issues affecting the President the main theme of 2014?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Schumer eagerly proclaimed: "My warning to the Republicans is look at 1998. All they did is spend their time on the impeachment of Bill Clinton. And for the first time, the incumbent president didn't lose seats in the House....if they go too far, they will lose....if they emphasize it too much they're going to pay a price at the polls in 2014."

By Ken Shepherd | | June 3, 2013 | 4:52 PM EDT

Ira Stoll of FutureofCapitalism.com has a great piece over at TIME magazine's website which makes an interesting observation about the late U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who died from complications from viral pneumonia this morning.

In his 30 years prior to first entering the Senate, Lautenberg made a fortune with a company that is now called Automatic Data Processing, Inc. or ADP. Along with Paychex, ADP is one of the nation's top payroll contract firms. Although Stoll didn't quite put it this way, it seems Lautenberg's fortune earned at ADP was made in no small part possible by the mind-numbing complexity of the U.S. tax code which drove millions of businesses to pay ADP to take care of the hassle for them:

By Jeffrey Meyer | | June 3, 2013 | 4:15 PM EDT

The Washington Post’s continued interest with Rev. E.W. Jackson, the Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor in Virginia, has entered into obsession territory. On Monday June 3, the Post ran another front-page story in the Metro section attempting to show controversy between Jackson and the GOP candidate for governor, Ken Cuccinelli over whether Cuccinelli suggested to Jackson that he run for lieutenant governor back in 2010.

In total, the Post devoted 32-paragraphs to Jackson as opposed to just 16 paragraphs focusing on the Democrats vying to run against Jackson in what was essentially a fluff piece. After spending the first 6-paragraphs discussing the supposed controversy, the Post’s Errin Whack spent the next 26-paragraphs rehashing some of Jackson’s “extreme” comments. Apparently the Post finds it “extreme” that a Christian minister like Jackson is true to his faith and promotes pro-life values. 

By Noel Sheppard | | June 3, 2013 | 4:13 PM EDT

With Friday's admission by liberal activist Curtis Morrison for having bugged Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) office in April, there are some liberal media members that owe the Senator an apology.

One is certainly Howard Fineman, the editorial director of the Huffington Post, who on April 10 wrote the following (emphasis added):

By Matt Hadro | | June 3, 2013 | 3:52 PM EDT

Politico's headline didn't even proclaim that Republicans are "racist" and "old-fashioned," but CNN's Carol Costello had no problem touting the invective of some GOP critics while putting it all under Politico's name.

Costello tweeted on Monday, "Politico: GOP closed-minded, racist, rigid, old-fashioned." The Politico article was titled "Report: How GOP lost young voters" and described the findings of a report by the College Republican National Committee on how the party was viewed by young voters after the election.

By Geoffrey Dickens | | June 3, 2013 | 3:17 PM EDT

Apparently being a liberal is cool nowadays, at least in Chuck Todd's view.

On Monday NBC's chief White House correspondent and host of MSNBC's The Daily Rundown eulogized longtime Democratic New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg as a groundbreaker who advanced liberal ideas like gun control long before it was "cool" to be for them.

By Kyle Drennen | | June 3, 2013 | 3:07 PM EDT

In an interview with Arizona Senator John McCain on Monday's NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie attempted to dismiss growing evidence that the IRS scandal rocking the Obama administration went as far as Washington D.C.: "Darrell Issa...says that his gut tells him this goes beyond the Cincinnati office....He released excerpts of some e-mails that might support that theory, they're not conclusive. Do you take the Inspector General of the IRS at its word saying this – this was something that happened in Cincinnati and went no further?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

By Matt Hadro | | June 3, 2013 | 3:04 PM EDT

Is the IRS scandal just not that big a deal in New York City? Perhaps for out-of-touch journos like liberal Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and The New Yorker editor David Remnick, who downplayed the controversy on Sunday's Fareed Zakaria GPS.

Kristof predictably spun the scandals into a "so what?" narrative for the White House: "I think it's true that the White House has often been tone-deaf, but every second term has scandals." Meanwhile, Remnick called the IRS scandal the doing of "very low level" employees without acknowledging that higher-ups in Washington could have orchestrated it.

By Lauren Enk | | June 3, 2013 | 2:47 PM EDT

Get with the times and be gay, Salon.com urged Disney on Saturday. The liberal site ran Renee Davidson’s piece “Why are there no gay Disney characters?” which ominously warned  that if Disney doesn’t start pushing LGBT imagery, then Mickey Mouse and his pals run the risk of going out of date.

"The animation giant has never featured an openly gay character in any of its multimillion dollar films or cartoons,” Davidson lamented, “let alone present a (genuine) same-sex kiss.” CitingArchie Comic’s recent money-making decision to portray it’s first “gay kiss,” Davidson was eager to see the House of Mouse follow suit and start writing “openly gay characters.” Otherwise, Davidson suggested, Disney might become what Archie Comic’s CEO Jon Goldwater calls “an anachronism.”

By Tim Graham | | June 3, 2013 | 2:24 PM EDT

Monday’s Washington Post gave major top-of-the-Style section play to the Catholic cable channel EWTN and its plan to produce a commercial-free nightly newscast starting in July modeled on the Big Three network shows – except it will have a “Catholic lens,” rather than the usual secular-media lens.

The anchor of “EWTN News Nightly” is Colleen Carroll Campbell, a former Bush speechwriter who’s hosted the EWTN show "Faith and Culture." EWTN currently has a weekly news show called “The World Over Live” with Raymond Arroyo, who also appears as a guest host on the Laura Ingraham radio show.

By Mark Finkelstein | | June 3, 2013 | 2:07 PM EDT

A classic case of MSM jujitsu.  Yesterday, Darrell Issa called Jay Carney a "paid liar."  So did Morning Joe today dig down to see if Issa was right?  Of course not.  Instead, its focus was on Issa--how he is "overreaching," "overplaying," etc. H/t NB reader Wayne T.

The quintessential statement came from Mika Brzezinski, who actually said that Issa's accusation "makes us all want to walk away and ignore" the White House scandals.  It's not as if Mika & Co. needed much convincing!  View the video after the jump, along with a medley of statements from Mika, Brian Shactman, Joe Scarborough, Jon Meacham, Chuck Todd and Robert Gibbs along similar lines.

By Lauren Enk | | June 3, 2013 | 2:01 PM EDT

Leftie site grumpy about lack of LGBT characters.

 

By Tyler O'Neil | | June 3, 2013 | 1:46 PM EDT

Twitter erupts in fan wrath.

By Matthew Sheffield | | June 3, 2013 | 1:25 PM EDT

Joe Muto, the former O’Reilly Factor producer who turned into a “mole” for the leftist gossip site Gwker, has resurfaced thanks to an AP report which chronicles how he pled guilty to two separate misdemeanors for passing along outtake footage owned by Fox News Channel.

Muto has already begun serving his sentence which includes picking up trash in city parks and also 200 hours of community service. He was fined $1,000 and ordered to give the $5,000 he was paid by Gawker to charity.