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By Matthew Sheffield | | June 28, 2013 | 12:35 PM EDT

During his flight to Africa aboard Air Force One, President Obama headed to the part of the plane where the travelling press corps was seated and held an impromptu news briefing.

Despite the many scandals currently swirling around the administration including NSA spying and lying, Benghazi lying, and the revelation that the IRS's political attacks on conservative groups was even more widespread than originally thought, the left-leaning journalists did not ask Obama a single tough question.

By Scott Whitlock | | June 28, 2013 | 12:20 PM EDT

The journalists at Good Morning America on Friday worried that "inhospitable" Republicans in the House would leave the Senate immigration bill as "half-made history." Reporters Dan Harris and Jim Avila offered little in the way of explanation as to why a GOP Congress member might possibly oppose such a bill.

Avila lectured, "...History has been half-made. Now, the big question, will the euphoric momentum in the Senate halls push the GOP-controlled House into passing a similar immigration reform bill?" [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Dan Harris lamented, "The issue is about to move to the inhospitable Republican-controlled House." Avila read through a litany of supposedly tough measures in the legislation, but didn't explain, for instance, that the Senate bill is riddled with pork.

By Katie Yoder | | June 28, 2013 | 12:05 PM EDT

Is it “Sesame Street” or Castro Street? The New Yorker’s latest cover says it’s the latter. 

To mark the Supreme Court’s recent rulings on DoMA and Prop 8, the July issue’s “Moment of Joy” cover featured Bert and Ernie snuggling on the couch – Bert with his arm wrapped around Ernie, and Ernie with his head on Bert’s shoulder. The two glued their eyes to a television screen picturing the nine Supreme Court justices. 

By Jeffrey Meyer | | June 28, 2013 | 11:25 AM EDT

Ever since Texas state senator Wendy Davis’s 11-hour filibuster on Tuesday opposing new safety regulations to abortion clinics, the liberal media have joined in cheering her efforts to block the popular legislation in Texas. Despite the overwhelming support for Ms. Davis, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough seems to be the lone individual on MSNBC refusing to give in to the media obsession with her.

During an interview on Morning Joe on Friday, June 28, co-host Joe Scarborough began his interview by letting Ms. Davis and his liberal panel know that:

By Randy Hall | | June 28, 2013 | 11:18 AM EDT

After more than eight years since the cancellation of “Crossfire” in June of 2005, the once-popular debate program returned to the Cable News Network on Wednesday as a segment of that evening's “Piers Morgan Live” with a spirited debate about the U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding California's Proposition 8 and the dismissal of part of the Defense of Marriage Act.

The first new debate between conservatives and liberals featured Republican Newt Gingrich stating that the eight million voters who approved the proposition “have a pretty good reason to feel a little more alienated from Washington than they were yesterday.”

By NB Staff | | June 28, 2013 | 11:12 AM EDT

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By Noel Sheppard | | June 28, 2013 | 9:27 AM EDT

Alec Baldwin had another Twitter meltdown Thursday.

This time the object of his disaffection was a British reporter who wrote a piece claiming Baldwin's wife Hilaria was tweeting during James Gandolfini's funeral. That was too much for the unstable actor who took to his own Twitter account unleashing a vulgar tirade before suspending it.

By Ken Shepherd | | June 27, 2013 | 7:36 PM EDT

The Wall Street Journal may be best-known for its conservative editorial page, but its ostensibly objective reporters are a far different story. Take Jess Bravin, the Journal's Supreme Court correspondent, and his wildly different takes on the Voting Rights Act case vs. the gay marriage cases.

Although all those cases were 5-4 decisions and although each of them involved overturning or invalidating legislation enacted overwhelmingly on a bipartisan vote in Congress or, in the Proposition 8 case, Hollingsworth v. Perry, by the voters of the State of California, Bravin predictably followed the liberal script in how he framed the outcomes.

By Matthew Balan | | June 27, 2013 | 7:32 PM EDT

Thursday's CBS This Morning heralded pro-abortion Texas State Senator Wendy Davis as a "new star in Democratic politics" for her "marathon filibuster that went viral". Charlie Rose and Norah O'Donnell tossed softball questions at Davis, and wondered if she would "run for governor or for national office now" because of her "new role in the national spotlight". [audio available here; video below the jump]

Correspondent Manuel Bojorquez hyped how the filibuster supposedly has turned Davis into a "national political star", and ballyhooed how "some political analysts are comparing it to the 1988 Democratic convention speech that catapulted [former Texas Governor] Ann Richards to the national stage." He also continued CBS's biased coverage about Davis from Wednesday.

By Brad Wilmouth | | June 27, 2013 | 6:48 PM EDT

On Wednesday's All In show on MSNBC, host Chris Hayes opened the program rejoicing over the "sweet, sweet victory" of the Supreme Court ruling against the federal Defense of Marriage Act, calling it a "watershed moment in the centuries-long struggle for equality in this country."

After playing clips of news coverage of the ruling, Hayes declared:

By Ken Shepherd | | June 27, 2013 | 5:48 PM EDT

National Public Radio enjoys a brand new and quite costly state-of-the-art facility just north of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The new facility "includes a cafe with chefs, a gym with a trainer, a staffed wellness center, plug-ins for electric cars and other perks" and that begs the question, "Does an organization that well-heeled still need taxpayer money?"

That's what Washington, D.C. newsradio station executive Jim Farley asked in a letter to the editor in today's Washington Post. The WTOP vice president of news and programming wrote in to the Post to complain that (emphasis mine):

By Paul Bremmer | | June 27, 2013 | 5:27 PM EDT

Texas state senator Wendy Davis has been lauded by the liberal media this week after filibustering legislation that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks and put in place common-sense safety measures for abortion clinics. But one liberal Texas journalist went over the top by comparing Davis to a certain fictional folk hero.

Appearing on the PBS NewsHour, Texas Tribune editor-in-chief Evan Smith told the tale of how Davis filibustered a $4 billion public education cut back in 2011. The Texas legislature later passed the cut anyway, but Davis “became something of a folk hero,” according to Smith. Speaking to anchor Gwen Ifill, he then made a glowing comparison to a cinematic hero from the early 1970s:
 

By Matt Vespa | | June 27, 2013 | 5:22 PM EDT

Why is the Bush family so damn evil? That's probably a question that many an obsessed leftist has asked from time to time. Well, Slate.com apparently thinks it has the answer: an ancestor of the Presidents Bush was a notorious slave trader! 

Of course, you can't hold the sins of the father to the son, but this story was just too juicy for writer Simon Akam to not do just that. In his June 20 piece Akam noted that twelve presidents owned slaves. And that another twenty-five have slave trading in their family lineage, but woe to the House of Bush for, "George W. and George H.W. Bush was part of a much more appalling group: Thomas Walker was a notorious slave trader active in the late 18th century along the coast of West Africa."

By Matt Vespa | | June 27, 2013 | 5:17 PM EDT

On Tuesday June 25, Penny Pritzker became the 38th Secretary of Commerce after the Senate voted to confirm her 97-1.  Oddly enough, Pritzker has a Romney-esque business background.  The well-connected friend of Obama is worth millions, has previously understated her income, and is not well liked by Big Labor.  She also benefited from offshore tax havens. Despite all that, in the end, her confirmation process was a love fest and the media have been completely AWOL, failing to hit the president on the nomination.

Where was the outrage?  That’s what, to it's credit, Politico has asked concerning this nomination.  After all,the $80 million which Pritzker didn’t declare in income is much less than the $34,000 that Tom Daschle forgot to declare back in 2009 when he was nominated by the president to be HHS secretary.

By Matt Vespa | | June 27, 2013 | 5:09 PM EDT

ABC, NBC, and CBS began their Wendy Davis love fest on June 26 during their evening newscasts, but it was also rehashed for their morning shows.  Davis, a Texas state senator, has become a rock star of the left for a filibuster, which temporarily scuttled a bill, which was vociferously opposed by pro-choice advocates, to regulate the state's abortion clinics.

The liberal Democrat became a single mom at nineteen, yet put herself through Harvard Law School.  Those are admirable achievements, of course, but the Big Three networks have egregiously used her life story to mask the extreme agenda she supports with her opposition to the bill.