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By Brent Bozell | | September 28, 2013 | 8:13 AM EDT

Within days of being brutally murdered in Wyoming in 1998, Matthew Shepard became for the Left a Christ figure, a sacrificial savior of the gay-rights cause. They even composed a passion play indicting a bigoted America in the hate crime called "The Laramie Project" that’s been performed across the country, even in public schools.

Ford’s Theatre, the historic site of Abraham Lincoln’s murder, has been selected as a natural Washington site for a restaging of this play, as well as a whole slate of panel discussions and other events on preventing hate, with The Washington Post signing as "Official Media Partner." Now they all face a real problem: "What if nearly everything you thought you knew about Matthew Shepard’s murder was wrong?"

By Mark Finkelstein | | September 28, 2013 | 8:02 AM EDT

To imitate the inimitable James Taranto: HA HA HA HA. Politico has cleared MSNBC host Alex Wagner of any conflict of interest stemming from her impending marriage to Sam Kaas, the Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let’s Move!" initiative.

According to Politico's Dylan Byers [emphasis added], "We won't call this a conflict of interest because who doesn't love a man who can cook, and really, the White House Chef and Let's Move! role is arguably rather apolitical. Many a White House chef has served multiple administrations from either side of the spectrum."  Uh, yeah, but Kaas is a former White House chef.  He now works directly for the First Lady on her signature initiative.  Is there anyone out there naive enough to believe that Wagner won't be even less apt than previously to criticize anything relating to her husband's boss—or her husband's boss's husband?  More after the jump.

By Tom Johnson | | September 28, 2013 | 6:45 AM EDT

Liberals like to say that conservatives are behind the times...but 3,000 years behind? In a way, that's what the Daily Kos blogger who calls himself "waterstreet2013" asserted on Wednesday.

The starting point for "waterstreet2013" was a theory proposed in 1976 by psychologist Julian Jaynes, who argued that until about 1000 BC, people routinely experienced and acted on auditory hallucinations that they took to be commands from their dead ancestors, earthly rulers, or gods. The Kossack contends that today's conservatives are in a sense throwbacks to those pre-conscious humans (emphasis added):

By Tim Graham | | September 27, 2013 | 8:40 PM EDT

Kudos to NPR All Things Considered anchor Robert Siegel, who on Thursday night pressed liberal Sen. Patty Murray to consider that perhaps Democrats might want to bend a little on Obamacare. He cited a Pew poll showing the partisan blame for a shutdown would be 39 percent Republican, 36 percent Democrat.

But it really got amusing when Murray wouldn’t budge – in fact kvetched that Obamacare was based on a “Republican idea” – when Siegel suggested that if Obamacare remained unpopular a year from now, would she then concede something might be wrong? Murray, who chairs the Senate Budget Committee, actually suggested the American people are simply unaware they have already benefited:

By Jack Coleman | | September 27, 2013 | 7:20 PM EDT

You'd be hard-pressed to find a bigger cheerleader in media for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, than Ed Schultz.

Hardly a day has passed in three years since the law was enacted that Schultz has not touted its magnificence on his radio show and cable program on MSNBC. Those familiar with Schultz's huff-and-puff shtick know that he's got another soft spot -- for labor unions. (Audio after the jump)

By Ken Shepherd | | September 27, 2013 | 6:13 PM EDT

In April 2013, we noticed a patently absurd Lean Forward promo spot by MSNBC weekend host and Tulane University professor Melissa Harris-Perry, wherein she argued that we need to think of kids not as belonging to their families under the care of their parents but rather belong to their communities, under, well, the care of the community (read: the state). That comment was the hands-down audience favorite among the nominees for the Dan Rather Memorial Award for the Stupidest Analysis at the Media Research Center's 2013 Gala dinner held Thursday night.

Accepting the award in mockery of Ms. Harris-Perry, Mayor Mia Love (R-Saratoga Spring, Utah) gave a short but very powerful speech about the values that her parents, not her "community" instilled in her, which helped make her a self-sufficient, independent woman who, by the way, is a Democrat's nightmare." To watch the full video for the Dan Rather Memorial Award segment, click on the play button below the page break; Love's remarks begin about 13:55 into the video, but presenter Chris Plante's remarks are also worth watching.

By Matt Hadro | | September 27, 2013 | 5:53 PM EDT

CNN's Jake Tapper hosted conservative radio show host Mark Levin for a lengthy interview on Friday's The Lead. Levin touched on President Obama's foreign policy, Obamacare, what happens in a government shutdown, and he previewed his forthcoming book "The Liberty Amendments."

Levin skewered President Obama for talking with the President of Iran but refusing to negotiate with Congress over spending. "Now, the Iranians, sure, we'll talk to them. This is a first. Boehner, no, no way I'm going to talk to them. Does he even understand how silly he looks?" Levin asked.

By Randy Hall | | September 27, 2013 | 5:49 PM EDT

It's not enough that MSNBC regularly touts the liberal line on every issue from climate change to raising the debt limit -- and has the poor ratings to prove it.

But now, a press release sent out on Friday declares that NBC -- the parent company of the cable channel -- will begin on Monday a week-long series entitled “Ready or Not, the New Health Care” and described as “a multi-screen experience” to “help Americans get the most out of the Affordable Care Act,” otherwise known as the wildly liberal program ObamaCare.

By Paul Bremmer | | September 27, 2013 | 5:28 PM EDT

Members of the liberal media continue to pile disrespect on the debt limit as the drumbeat for Congress to raise it grows louder. On Thursday’s Andrea Mitchell Reports, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell called the debt limit “a really dumb idea” and said there was no reason for it. That's right, she wants to get rid of it altogether.

Mitchell was talking to Rachel Maddow about the coming debt ceiling showdown in Congress when she made her comments. Maddow had just expressed hope that the country would reach an “adult moment” when Congress came together and raised the debt ceiling just in the nick of time. Mitchell seized on the “adult moment” line:

By Ken Shepherd | | September 27, 2013 | 4:35 PM EDT

While he faced stiff competition, you just knew he was a shoo-in to win this. A packed ballroom of Media Research Center 2013 Gala attendees chose MSNBC's Chris Matthews as the winner of the 2013 Puppy Love Award, beating out ABC's Diane Sawyer and CNN's Piers Morgan. Matthews won this DisHonor Award for his June 5, 2013 pronouncement that President Obama was "clean as a whistle" and that Republicans were motivated by "ethnic" and racial animus rather than sincere disagreements over policy.

"My legs are tingling, both of them," Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint quipped as he accepted the award in Matthews's understandable absence. "I've been dishonored all over Washington, but this is the most dishonorable I've ever been," he added, going on to thank the Media Research Center for its vital role in the conservative movement. For the full video of the Puppy Love Award segment, click play on the video embedded below the page break. To watch all three nominees, click here.

By Scott Whitlock | | September 27, 2013 | 4:00 PM EDT

 Chris Matthews doesn't like cheap shots. The Hardball host, who two days ago linked Ted Cruz to Hitler, on Thursday raged at a Republican Congressman for making a joke at his expense. Pennsylvania Congressman Scott Perry appeared on Matthews's show and aggressively fought back against the charge that uncaring Republicans want to shut down the government. This led Matthews to change the subject and attack Perry as a pawn of big oil: "By the way, why is a congressman from Gettysburg so interested in offshore oil development in the Gulf?"

After Perry explained how the Keystone pipeline could benefit the economy, he addressed Matthew's critique of the House bill: "I'm surprised that you read any of it, first of all." The wounded anchor replied, "You know what you can do with that? You can be excused, because you just accused me of not doing my job. And that's a big mistake here." [See video below. MP3 audio here.] Matthews added, "I wish you hadn't made that last remark. I think it was a cheap shot." The man who doesn't like "cheap shots" once assailed conservatves as "birth control Nazis."

By Kyle Drennen | | September 27, 2013 | 3:57 PM EDT

At the top of Thursday's NBC Nightly News, anchor Brian Williams issued a dire warning to viewers about the possibility of a government shutdown: "Time running out until a big deadline, now days away, and it's getting ugly in Washington. Tonight, can anything be done to save our government from itself?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Introducing the later report, Williams again hyped how "the tone is getting uglier than normal in Washington, as lawmakers argue over funding the health care law." Chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd made it clear which party was being "ugly": "Another day of dysfunction and squabbling here in Washington as the clock ticks down for the potential government shutdown. Republicans trying to defund the President's health care law to do this shutdown."

By Matt Hadro | | September 27, 2013 | 3:38 PM EDT

The Little Sisters of the Poor sued over ObamaCare's birth control mandate on Tuesday, claiming the law forces them to violate their consciences. However, CNN ignored these nuns after boosting the liberal "Nuns on the Bus" tour last year that slammed the Ryan budget.

"We cannot violate our vows by participating in the government's program to provide access to abortion inducing drugs," said Sister Loraine Marie, the superior of one of the congregation's provinces. The Becket Fund, which filed the lawsuit, said the congregation will not be exempt from the mandate and faces millions of dollars in fines.

By NB Staff | | September 27, 2013 | 3:26 PM EDT

As expected, the Senate has rejected measures to defund Obamacare in the government continuing resolution. What do you think will happen now that the bill goes back to the House? Would a shutdown actually happen? And isn't it also true that on the debt ceiling we're going to have to go through this process all over again?

By Tim Graham | | September 27, 2013 | 2:48 PM EDT

Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas thinks conservatives live in a hermetically sealed bubble of Fox News and Breitbart commenters. On Thursday he mocked "reality-bending" Michael Walsh of National Review for suggesting the country would tilt away from Republican Tea Party-bashers like John McCain.

“Conservatives love to quote the 'public', the 'country', the 'American people' without ever pointing to a single poll because, as we all know, they're on the wrong side of virtually every issue,” Kos proclaimed, ignoring how polls have showed the approval of Obamacare has been underwater for years.