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By Noel Sheppard | | June 2, 2013 | 5:04 PM EDT

NewsBusters reported last Sunday that Jessica Chastain was one of four gorgeous actresses up for the part of Hillary Clinton in the planned 2016 biopic "Rodham."

According to Digital Spy, Chastain denied this during a discussion with journalists at Saturday's Sound of Change concert in London.

By Brent Baker | | June 2, 2013 | 4:58 PM EDT

See no scandal, report no scandal. Jill Abramson, Executive Editor of the New York Times, came down to DC on Sunday to defend President Obama on the scandals and the economy, stressing the leaks cases is the only supposed scandal she cares about as she contended “I’m just not sure” the leaks cases, IRS and Benghazi “come together and create, you know -- quote, unquote -- ‘an atmosphere of scandal.’”

An atmosphere the New York Times is working to prevent.

By Noel Sheppard | | June 2, 2013 | 4:25 PM EDT

He's been at CNN for 23 years, and one could make the case at times the face of the network.

Yet according to a report by the New York Daily News, Wolf Blitzer's air time is going to decline until he's finally replaced by a "younger, hipper host."

By Tom Blumer | | June 2, 2013 | 2:54 PM EDT

This has to be an imaginary story, right? Most Democrats and others on the left continue to insist that voter fraud is not a problem, even in the face of examples like Minnesota U.S. Senator Al Franken, whose 312-vote "victory" margin in 2008 may have entirely consisted (and then some) of illegal votes by felons in just one county.

More recently, it seems that the claim is under revision. A Democratic Party county chair, in a Cincinnati Enquirer story about three out-of-staters who voted or attempted to vote in Ohio,  is reported to have "long said there is no evidence of systemic fraud." Well, though they were were prevented from casting illegal ballots, a Florida Democratic congressman's chief of staff and his alleged cohorts definitely attempted large-scale "systemic" fraud last year. The Miami Herald, which played an important investigative role, had the story on Friday. A Google News search on relevant terms indicates that it's getting very little notice (15 items in total, most in Florida). Excerpts from Patricia Mazzei's Herald story follow the jump (bolds are mine):

By Tim Graham | | June 2, 2013 | 2:47 PM EDT

You can tell there’s been a sudden chilly change in the weekend political weather when Tom Brokaw suggested Eric Holder might have to go. An eon ago -- well actually, on MSNBC's afternoon show "The Cycle" on Thursday -- Brokaw saw nothing serious on the horizon.

MSNBC co-host Toure asked, “With the AP and IRS scandals, we hear the word ‘Watergate’ thrown around a lot. Are these actually Watergate-esque?” Laughter ensued. "No, they're not,” Brokaw replied. “Watergate was a constitutional crisis of the highest order.”

By Brent Baker | | June 2, 2013 | 2:32 PM EDT

Pivoting to the downside for President Obama of the swirling scandals, Meet the Press host David Gregory fretted over “a bigger issue that the President faces, which is where is his agenda left in all this?” Citing a poll showing the public thinks fixing unemployment should be a higher priority than investigations, Gregory despaired: “The President’s coming under fire for losing his scope, effectively, in a second term to rebuild America, to usher in economic restoration.”

“Well, that’s the tragedy for him. It’s a tragedy for all of us,” New York Times columnist Tom Friedman agreed. 

By Noel Sheppard | | June 2, 2013 | 1:51 PM EDT

The ice seems to be cracking beneath Attorney General Eric Holder's feet.

When asked by NBC Meet the Press host David Gregory Sunday if Holder is going to "stay in the job" given the leaks investigation scandal, former NBC Night News host Tom Brokaw replied, "Boy, I think it’s tough to see how he does" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | June 2, 2013 | 1:09 PM EDT

Arianna Huffington got a much-needed education about 501(c)(4)s Sunday.

When she claimed during an ABC This Week discussion about the Internal Revenue Service scandal that Crossroads GPS shouldn't have qualified because "it was all about politics," former George W. Bush senior advisor Karl Rove struck back (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | June 2, 2013 | 11:51 AM EDT

Former George W. Bush senior advisor Karl Rove and former Barack Obama senior advisor David Plouffe got into quite a heated debate on ABC’s This Week Sunday.

When Plouffe claimed the ongoing Internal Revenue Service scandal wasn’t political, Rove pushed back twice saying “Baloney.”

By Tom Blumer | | June 2, 2013 | 10:23 AM EDT

The indictment of Occupy Wall Street-connected Doctor Roberto Rivera on a number of charges, including "stashing large amounts of bomb-making materials at his home," apparently wasn't news anywhere until Friday afternoon at The Associated Press's unbylined five-paragraph report (HT Legal Insurrection) appeared Saturday aftenoon.

Kibret Markos's Friday report noted the doctor's Occupy Wall Street sympathies ("Rivera also was quoted in a Bloomberg News report last year voicing his support for Occupy Wall Street protesters"). The AP, whose union was among OWS's most ardent supporters, did not. Instead, it "cleverly" misdirected by telling readers that "Prosecutors haven't said why Rivera had the items or what he planned to do with them." Evidence of those sympathies and of that involvement follow the jump.

By Noel Sheppard | | June 2, 2013 | 9:42 AM EDT

Darrell Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, made a harsh statement about White House press secretary Jay Carney Sunday.

Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union, Issa, before pointing to a picture of Carney, referred to him as the White House’s “paid liar” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | | June 2, 2013 | 9:35 AM EDT

Some conservatives are looking for a turning point when the media finally stops loving Obama, finally stops selling his Hope and Change myth. Former Bush speechwriter Peter Wehner expressed the view of experience in The Weekly Standard when he insisted "They'll Always Love Obama: It's only a matter of time before the media are back in the tank."

Wehner has been especially disgusted with Benghazi coverage, saying "most members of the elite media have done everything in their power to make the story disappear -- despite malfeasance before and during the lethal assault" and despite the recent gripping testimony of deputy chief of mission Gregory Hicks. He sees three reasons why conservatives shouldn't expect media miracles:

By Tom Johnson | | June 2, 2013 | 8:17 AM EDT

A few of the featured writers at Daily Kos are, in effect, beat reporters. One such writer, Hunter, tends to post on the alleged nuttiness of right-wingers. Earlier this year, the site even sent Hunter to cover CPAC, from which he delivered copious unfair and unbalanced blogging.
This past Wednesday, Hunter, apropos of President Obama's follow-up visit to superstorm-damaged New Jersey, first expressed bafflement as to why those crazy conservatives are so irritated with the state's Republican governor, Chris Christie:

By Brent Baker | | June 2, 2013 | 12:44 AM EDT

Noting “local news stations often don’t have the resources that national stations do,” back on Monday, May 6, FNC’s Bret Baier ended his program with a clip from WJW-TV “Fox8” in Cleveland which made a creative, if not convincing, effort to recreate an event on camera.

The story was about a bear sighting in the Cleveland suburb of Moreland Hills, but, Baier explained, “unfortunately, out affiliate, WJW, did not get a shot of the bear, so instead they improvised.”

By Tom Blumer | | June 1, 2013 | 6:31 PM EDT

Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio won't be subject to a recall election. It wasn't even close, though two press reports, one at the Associated Press and another at the Los Angeles Times, failed to accurately convey how seriously organizers failed. Both reports also trotted out an "if only" excuse which doesn't pass the stench test, let alone the smell test.

Neither outlet gave an accurate impression of how seriously the recall drive failed. Organizers needed 335,317 valid signatures, but Stephen Lemons at the Phoenix New Times (in a "Feathered Bastard" report, no less) reported earlier in the week that the recall movement's manager "estimates that the recall now needs 90,000 more signatures to have a cushion in addition to the 335,317 necessary to force a recall." In other words, the magic turn-in number, unreported by both the AP and the Times, was really 425,000 and change.