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By Scott Whitlock | | July 31, 2013 | 12:50 PM EDT

 

Although most of the evening newscasts on Tuesday and morning shows on Wednesday ignored Barack Obama's plan for a "grand bargain," ABC's Good Morning America covered the latest budget move and wondered why Republicans would "reject a tax cut for corporations."

Reporter Jim Avila offered an incomplete description of the President's latest plan, citing personal animus on the part of the Republicans: "When would Republicans reject a tax cut for corporations? Answer, when it's proposed by this man, the President, who says he wants to break the capital logjam, by agreeing to lower taxes for businesses." Obama's proposal would lower the corporate income rate from 35 percent to 28 percent. Yet, as the Business Insider and the Wall Street Journal pointed out, it's not much of a deal.

By Matt Hadro | | July 31, 2013 | 12:35 PM EDT

CNN's Piers Morgan plugged Great Britain's handgun ban on Tuesday as he and attorney Star Jones wondered how to take more guns off the streets in the U.S.

"Well, in Britain, we had a sort of dramatic reduction in all fire offenses when we made it a mandatory five-year jail sentence if you were caught with a handgun. It works," Morgan insisted. Jones suggested hiking the cost of ammunition.

By Randy Hall | | July 31, 2013 | 12:13 PM EDT

Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly began his Monday evening edition of The O'Reilly Factor by pointing out what anchors on two of his cable network rivals said about his statement that people in “the grievance industry” don't discuss complicated racial problems.

O'Reilly then went on to contrast the actions of Don Lemon -- an anchor on CNN-- who the Fox News host called “honest” and courageous for daring to state that the FNC host was not some sort of racist for daring to state that a number of young black men have destructive habits that are encouraged by entertainment media.

By | | July 31, 2013 | 11:41 AM EDT

The Anthony Weiner scandal has gotten so ridiculous that even MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts can’t control himself. Appearing on MSNBC on July 30, Roberts responded to a clip of Weiner’s sexting partner appearing with Howard Stern that “this chick is bats**t.

The woman who’s real name is Sydney Leathers -- yes, that's her real name, stop laughing --  called out Anthony Weiner, who claimed since his original sexting scandal, has changed. Leathers’ response, “bulls***. I’m proof that you have not changed.” [See video below.  Audio here.]

By NB Staff | | July 31, 2013 | 11:33 AM EDT

Even though President Obama promised a cut in the corporate income tax on the campaign trail in 2012, the media are playing up as a "grand concession" or "grand bargain" his offer to Republicans to cut the federal levy in exchange for a boatload of new deficit spending -- and hidden taxes. On Tuesday evening, Fox Business Network anchor Neil Cavuto brought NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell on his eponymous program to discuss this latest way in which the media are misleading the American people and helping to uncritically further the president's talking points on the economy.

"It's being announced as a bargain," Bozell observed, although "there is no bargain, there is no agreement" that has been struck. The media using the language of "grand bargain" is simply a set-up to blame Republicans when they rightly push back against the president's plan to ratchet up spending the country can't afford, the Media Research Center president argued [watch the full Cavuto appearance in the embed below the page break]

By Ashley Ciandella | | July 31, 2013 | 11:08 AM EDT

While the town of Green Grove, New York, is trying to solve the homicide of classmate Regina Crane, sixteen-year-old Danny Desai is trying to adjust back to normal life as a teenager, which usually centers on love.

By Kyle Drennen | | July 31, 2013 | 10:29 AM EDT

On Monday's NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams declared that Hillary Clinton's lunch with President Obama put the possible 2016 Democratic contender "a safe distance from the scandal in New York that now includes a longtime aide." Introducing a report on the meeting, Williams noted how "Bill and Hillary Clinton are trying to keep their distance from any associations with Anthony Weiner, whose wife is a longtime Hillary Clinton aide and confidante..." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Continuing to fret over the impact the scandal may have on the Clintons, correspondent Andrea Mitchell decried Weiner's continued candidacy for New York City mayor: "Weiner has become a tabloid nightmare for his wife, Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton's aide. And for the Clintons, resurrecting embarrassing flashbacks they'd hoped were long forgotten. Weiner said again today, he isn't going away..."

By Noel Sheppard | | July 31, 2013 | 10:05 AM EDT

"I think they get as big a thrill, just as all Democrats do, of defeating conservatives as they do helping Obama...The media has aligned with Obama to defeat Republicans, to defeat conservatives."

So said conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh on Fox News's On the Record Wednesday (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):

By Andrew Lautz | | July 31, 2013 | 9:34 AM EDT

MSNBC contributor Joy Reid continued her daily assault on Republicans Tuesday on Martin Bashir, comparing Republicans to chain smokers and blasting the GOP for its resistance to President Obama’s economic agenda. Reid argued that offering Republicans tax cuts is “like offering a chain smoker a cigarette,” pushing the same anti-GOP rhetoric she’s known for on the Lean Forward network. [Video after the jump.]

Host Martin Bashir offered his own analogy to complement Reid’s, likening President Obama’s revenue-neutral corporate tax reform to giving “a drunk a glass of bourbon.” Reid seemed content with Bashir’s insulting and sophomoric joke, sneering:

By NB Staff | | July 31, 2013 | 9:33 AM EDT

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By Evan Mantel | | July 31, 2013 | 9:01 AM EDT

Starting any show midseason is difficult, and as a heterosexual, twenty-something, male blogger, coming late to the prime time soap opera “Mistresses” is a real challenge. Between the numerous characters, the myriad of twisting subplots, and the deception inherent in a show titled, “Mistresses,” I found myself struggling to get hooked by this show.

By Tim Graham | | July 31, 2013 | 8:37 AM EDT

Several Daily Kosmonauts were furious with CNN anchor Don Lemon for joining Bill O’Reilly in suggesting black kids could straighten up and hike up their saggy pants. “Vyan” even suggested that Don and Bill want all black kids to be “Steve Urkel” from the Nineties sitcom “Family Matters.”

He hit Lemon because “He jumped right in the middle of cage match between O'Reilly and anyone serious about Civil Rights. Now he's O'Reilly's Special Look-I'm-Really-Really-Not-A-Bigot Black Friend.  Don's even getting Love Tweets From Geraldo.  Yes, it's that bad.  The Dark Side is growing strong with this one.” 

By Mark Finkelstein | | July 31, 2013 | 7:38 AM EDT

Commenting on the current clash between Rand Paul and Chris Christie over pork-barrel spending, Joe Scarborough has managed to insult both combatants.

On today's Morning Joe, Scarborough called Rand Paul a "daddy's boy."  And in warning Paul not to pick a fight with Christie, Scarborough cited a saying to the effect that you should never fight with a "pig," because "you both get dirty and the pig likes it."  Scarborough was careful to suggest that in comparing Christie to a "pig" he wasn't alluding to the Jersey governor's girth. OK. View the video after the jump.

By Tom Blumer | | July 31, 2013 | 12:42 AM EDT

During the Obama administration's 4-1/2 year track record of economic underachievement, establishment press business reporters have usually waited until the bad news actually comes out before working on convincing readers that future news will be better.

Not this time, at least at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press. Christopher "Gone are the fears that the economy could fall into a recession" Rugaber didn't bother to wait for tomorrow's report on Gross Domestic Product to tell readers that the rest of the year will be fine. The fact that these rosy forecasts have rarely come to pass during the past 17 quarters didn't seem to faze him a bit.

By Tom Blumer | | July 30, 2013 | 11:57 PM EDT

Those who falsely smear the other side in an attempt to make an argument tend to do so because they have run out of real ones. It would appear that the New Haven Register's argument cupboard is completely barren of everything but poisonous rhetoric.

In an opinion piece which I can hardly believe is a house editorial, the Register characterizes Ann Coulter, Fox News, the Republican Party, anyone who thinks George Zimmerman really was innocent, Ted Nugent, and Toad's Place, the venue where Nugent is playing next week, as among those who have "embraced" the "same basic message that the KKK has promoted for 148 years." Tellingly, the paper turns on many of its readers, adding "a burgeoning array of fringe 'conservative' media and members of our own community commenting on stories on the New Haven Register’s website" to the KKK-sympathetic cadre. Brace yourself for what follows after the jump, and ask yourself why any person of genuine good will -- left, right, or middle -- would willingly support a publication such as this.