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By Brad Wilmouth | | August 5, 2013 | 1:00 PM EDT

On Friday's PoliticsNation show, MSNBC host Al Sharpton accused Republicans of having "an agenda that is immoral, unjust, and un-American," because of the House GOP's 40th vote to repeal ObamaCare.

After noting talk of more changes to the food stamp program, the MSNBC host asked if Republican leaders "have any shame at all?"

By Matt Vespa | | August 5, 2013 | 1:00 PM EDT

In his August 2 article, Theory On Pain Is Driving Rules For Abortion, New York Times's Erik Eckholm set about to critique how the "theory" of fetal pain is driving a push by pro-lifers for state laws tightening up abortion restrictions. Yet, in trying to convince readers that "fetal pain" is a fringe medical theory, he failed to cite any mainstream medical journal that explicitly rules out the probability that unborn children feel pain in the womb.

“[M]ost scientists and medical associations say that perception of pain is impossible without brain developments that occur well after 20 weeks,” Eckholm insisted, overlooking a 1999 British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology study finding:

By Jack Coleman | | August 5, 2013 | 12:35 PM EDT

It would be so refreshing if liberals simply came out and admitted their ardor for censoring conservative opinion. Instead, they hide behind transparent ploys such as pressuring companies that advertise with conservatives in media. Either way, their goal is to silence dissent, which they otherwise revere when bleated from them.

Latest example -- the easily irritated kultural kommissars at Daily Kos, along with compatriots from a left-wing pressure group called Credo Action, running an online petition calling on Rush Limbaugh's advertisers to pull their ads from his radio show.

By Scott Whitlock | | August 5, 2013 | 12:30 PM EDT

CBS This Morning co-anchors Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell on Monday demonstrated that, when it comes to the Kennedys, journalists have a stunning ability to focus on the superficial and withhold judgment. Reporter Vinita Nair highlighted a new book on John Kennedy's last year in office and, as Nair described it, the President's "long-rumored love affair" with Marilyn Monroe.

Nair relayed the book's contention that Jackie knew about all the affairs and wasn't bothered unless her husband "publicly embarrassed her." Author Christopher Anderson also claims that Monroe called Mrs. Kennedy to talk about her affair with the President. Host Rose responded to all of this by marveling, "The other thing I noticed there, the President could never take a bad photograph." O'Donnell concurred, "Yes. And Jackie Kennedy as well." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

By Noel Sheppard | | August 5, 2013 | 12:04 PM EDT

Oprah Winfrey on Monday said the killings of Trayvon Martin and Emmett Till are the "same thing."

This transpired during an interview with The Grio that aired on NBC's Today show (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By P.J. Gladnick | | August 5, 2013 | 11:59 AM EDT

Remember the 'Flush Rush' boycott attempted by David Brock and Media Matters which called for advertisers to drop their sponsorships of Rush Limbaugh's radio show? How did that work out in the long run? According to liberal radio talk host Thom Hartmann on CNN's Reliable Sources yesterday it completely backfired because it ended up hurting liberal shows:

David Brock and Media Matters were leading the boycott Limbaugh crusade, which did presumably some damage to the Limbaugh show. I can tell you it did a lot of damage to progressive talk radio, because a lot of advertisers right across the board said just pull me out of all talk radio.

By Kyle Drennen | | August 5, 2013 | 11:56 AM EDT

As moderator David Gregory hyped a "feud" over national security between Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie on Sunday's NBC Meet the Press, former Senator Rick Santorum called out a stunning media double standard: "...the media has a fascination with how divided the Republican Party is and tends to ignore the divisions within the Democratic Party. And I think they are as very much as real on this issue." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough similarly noted Democratic divisions on matters of national security and surveillance: "Well, but it's not just the Republican Party....there are going to be those battles going on in the Democratic Party."

By Brad Wilmouth | | August 5, 2013 | 11:15 AM EDT

On Friday's All In show, MSNBC host Chris Hayes declared his belief that Republicans currently in Congress "are the worst Republicans ever, and they're so extreme," as he asked Minnesota Democratic Rep. Rick Nolan if he believes congressional Republicans are "more extreme" than "an earlier cohort of Republicans" that the Minnesota Democrat used to serve with in the 1970s.

Later in the show, during a discussion of cars of the future, the MSNBC host made a declaration that even conservatives can agree with, as he described himself as a "liberal caricature." Hayes:

By NB Staff | | August 5, 2013 | 11:14 AM EDT

Sunday's Washington Post brought the news that the book "Collusion" by MRC president Brent Bozell and MRC director of media analysis Tim Graham debuted on the Washington Post Best-sellers List  for nonfiction at number seven. You can join the crowd at our site mediacollusion.com.

Last Sunday, The New York Post published a new op-ed by Bozell and Graham about how Obama can denounce the march of "phony scandals" and the media don't call him on it:

By Noel Sheppard | | August 5, 2013 | 10:52 AM EDT

Politico on Sunday published a highly embarrassing piece to the administration titled "Poor Attendance at Obamacare Event in Virginia."

Someone at Politico must have thought that was too embarrassing for at some point the title was changed to "Obamacare Message War Goes Local":

By Noel Sheppard | | August 5, 2013 | 10:23 AM EDT

NewsBusters frequently reports Hollywood's finest supporting liberal politicians and causes.

Yet a new study by the Center for Responsive Politics published by The Wrap Sunday found that the top political donors in showbiz so far this year are Florida music producer Bill Edwards and his wife Joanne who gave $164,800 to - hold on to your seats - Republicans.

By Mark Finkelstein | | August 5, 2013 | 9:07 AM EDT

Bashing Ted Cruz on Morning Joe today, Joe Scarborough pre-emptively defended himself against charges that he is an "MSNBC liberal" by claming for himself a "95% ACU [American Conservative Union] rating."  

That might have been true 18 years ago when Scarborough was representing the conservative panhandle of Florida in Congress.  But what would Scarborough's conservative rating be today, given his liberal shift on gun control, immigration amnesty and other issues?  View the video after the jump.

By Tim Graham | | August 5, 2013 | 6:55 AM EDT

At The Corner at National Review Online, David French (a lawyer probing the IRS scandal) reports that NPR has posted a chart summarizing the House Oversight Committee’s findings on the IRS targeting of “progressive” groups versus conservative, Tea Party and “patriot or 9/12" organizations. The numbers are not close.

There were only seven “progressive” groups targeted and all seven were approved for tax-exempt status. By contrast, the IRS targeted 104 anti-Obama groups, and 56 of them are still waiting for approval (or gave up). French says it makes the New York Times look silly:

By Tim Graham | | August 4, 2013 | 7:14 PM EDT

In one his weekly columns for CNN.com, ESPN journalist L.Z. Granderson blamed Rush Limbaugh for everything wrong with our “polarized” politics. The headline is, “At 25, Limbaugh show still rules GOP.”

Granderson recalled “In 1992, President Bush invited Limbaugh for a sleepover and personally brought his guest's bags into the Lincoln bedroom for him...The party has been carrying Limbaugh's bags ever since.”

By Tom Blumer | | August 4, 2013 | 6:50 PM EDT

If ever a story had the earmarks of being agenda-driven from the get-go, Mackenzie Weinger's writeup at the Politico on Glenn Beck published Saturday morning fits the bill.

Weinger's premise is that Beck will never be as influential as he once was as long as he doesn't have a cable news program and continues to branch into entertainment-related ventures consistent with his beliefs. Excerpts, evidence which easily refutes Weinger's wishful thinking, and further commentary from yours truly follow the jump.