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By Mark Finkelstein | | August 6, 2013 | 8:07 AM EDT

Wow: Joe Scarborough just outed something naughty that Mika Brzezinski had to say about the Hillary biopic that her parent network NBC is planning.

After Mika admitted on today's Morning Joe that she doesn't disagree with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus's warning that the RNC might not cooperate with NBC or CNN on Republican debates should the networks proceed with their biopic plans, Joe took things a big step further, saying: "You said off the air, Mika, it was as if they were trying to climb up something of the entire Clinton organization."  "Something"?  You fill in the blanks.  View the video after the jump.

By NB Staff | | August 6, 2013 | 6:49 AM EDT

Discuss the news of the day and anything else not being covered by NB today...

By Tim Graham | | August 5, 2013 | 10:39 PM EDT

Former New York Times executive editor Howell Raines (sacked in the 2003 Jayson Blair debacle) provided a positive review Sunday of Washington Post political reporter Dan Balz’s 2012-campaign book “Collision.” Raines claimed Balz was “a fair-minded reporter” in the mold of the late David Broder.

You can’t say the same for Raines, who insists Mitt Romney is “excruciatingly delusional” in assessing what happened last year. Bill Clinton’s convention speech gets “deservedly heroic treatment” from Balz, but somehow, Raines saw Clint Eastwood’s erratic convention speech as a “Monty Python moment,” perhaps one of few times anyone’s ever tried to put Dirty Harry next to Eric Idle in the cultural realm:

By Nathan Roush | | August 5, 2013 | 6:31 PM EDT

On the latest edition of her Sunday morning show, host Melissa Harris-Perry and her panel discussed Harris-Perry's grand theory that the media were engaging in a giant game of misdirection following the Zimmerman trial's outcome. The liberal Tulane professor naturally wants the liberal media to focus on topics that further a liberal/progressive agenda, like repealing Stand Your Ground laws, while the argument of liberal CNN anchor Don Lemon that there needs to be some soul-searching in the black community about gangsta culture among young black teens was dismissed as irrelevant.

Most panelists, like University of Pennsylvania professor and TheNation.com blogger panelist Salamishah Tillet echoed Harris-Perry’s statement and claimed that conservatives were responsible for purposefully moving the conversation away from the preferred liberal talking points. For his part, however, fellow panelist Dr. Steve Perry, principal of the renowned Capital Preparatory Magnet School offered a dissenting viewpoint, for which he was marginalized and silenced.

By Noel Sheppard | | August 5, 2013 | 5:42 PM EDT

As NewsBusters reported moments ago, the new owner of the Washington Post, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, has a history of donating to Democrats.

Readers may also find it noteworthy that Bezos spent a reported $2.5 million last year defending Washington state's gay marriage law.

By Matt Hadro | | August 5, 2013 | 5:17 PM EDT

[UPDATED BELOW] When New York claimed that the state's individual health insurance costs would fall by half thanks to Obamacare, CNN Money reported the announcement that day. However, when Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, and Florida all recently claimed that health insurance costs would go up due to Obamacare, CNN Money still has not reported those claims.

Back on July 17, New York claimed that individuals would see health insurance costs fall in half thanks to the law. CNN anchor Carol Costello touted it as a boost for the supposedly beleaguered law, "buried in all the negative news."

By Mike Ciandella | | August 5, 2013 | 5:05 PM EDT

This past July’s dismal jobs report was no outlier. Job gains during the Obama recovery have been slow at best.

If monthly job gains going back to 1946 are ranked in order of best to worst, the difference between job growth during the first four years of economic recovery under President Ronald Reagan and Obama is astounding. Total job growth during the first four years of the Obama recovery has been 4,657,000 or just 97,020 jobs per month. That's not even enough to hit the breakeven level of 150,000 jobs per month when population growth is taken into account. (video after break)

By Geoffrey Dickens | | August 5, 2013 | 5:00 PM EDT

The Washington Post Co. announced on Monday that it has sold its newspaper to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos. The Post's Paul Farhi reported that Bezos "will pay $250 million in cash for The Post and affiliated publications to the Washington Post Co."

Farhi went on to report that Amazon "will have no role in the purchase" and that Bezos will be the "sole owner when the sale is completed." Readers of the Post should not expect a change in the liberal tone of the paper however.

By Scott Whitlock | | August 5, 2013 | 4:59 PM EDT

Imagine if controversial, conservative radio host Michael Savage also ran a charity supporting poor, urban youths. Would ABC ignore the inflammatory things he has said and only focus on the positive? Not likely. Yet, World News guest anchor Byron Pitts on Sunday lauded hard-left Catholic Priest Father Pfleger as a "Chicago hope" who is in a "league of his own."

This is the same Father Pfleger who, during the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries, defended Barack Obama by excoriating, "America has been raping people of color and America has to pay the price for the rape!" This is the same Pfleger who threatened to "snuff" out a Chicago gun owner. World News journalists mentioned none of this. Instead, Pitts introduced, "Finally tonight, a story that reminds us all about the power of hope."

By Kyle Drennen | | August 5, 2013 | 4:58 PM EDT

On Monday's NBC Today, correspondent Ann Curry reported from Tehran on the installation of new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, touting how the cleric "promises to change virtually everything Mahmoud Ahmandinejad has done." Moments later, she announced: "...today Iran has a moderate president promising sweeping change." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

In a similar report for Sunday's Nightly News, Curry declared that the transfer of power "appears full of goodwill" while teeing up Rouhani addressing the Iranian parliament. Wrapping up the segment, she proclaimed: "After his remarks, President Rouhani immediately named his entire cabinet, most fellow moderates. He was clearly signaling the direction he wants Iran to go and how fast."

By Noel Sheppard | | August 5, 2013 | 4:48 PM EDT

Daily Beast founder and editor Tina Brown sure has a thin skin.

Responding to a seemingly innocent comment by former employee Howard Kurtz regarding Monday's New York Times article about her, Brown tweeted, "Hey @HowardKurtz am I forgetting something or didn't I fire you for serial inaccuracy?"

By Andrew Lautz | | August 5, 2013 | 4:28 PM EDT

Ed Schultz has spent weeks blaming Detroit’s recent bankruptcy filing on Republican policies, even though the city has been firmly in Democratic hands for decades. The bombastic MSNBC host has called the city a “conservative utopia,” arguing that Republican anti-union policies have “gutted Detroit.”

Schultz’s latest tirade came on Saturday’s The Ed Show, when the left-wing host bizarrely claimed that Republicans have “taken democracy away from Detroit.” Schultz further suggested that Republicans “circumvent[ed] local elections in this country” and “discard[ed] what people want and say about their communities.”

By Tim Graham | | August 5, 2013 | 3:57 PM EDT

You can always make fun of white people. New York Times media writer David Carr bowed deeply to the satirical skills of MSNBC host Chris Hayes and his satire accomplice Cord Jefferson of Gawker.com for making fun of the dreadful moral state of white youth, and a "white criminal culture" which white elders and the "mainstream media" fail to condemn.

Carr said Hayes put on “a satire meant to show how lame the hoary race tropes of cable news have become. As a comedy bit, it was very well done.” He even brought in an academic to label it “brilliant.” Hayes was tapping his “inner Bill O’Reilly” -- better known as the man who crushes Chris nightly in the Nielsens:

By Ken Shepherd | | August 5, 2013 | 3:09 PM EDT

In Sunday's edition, the Washington Post perhaps unintentionally did conservative critics of Reza Aslan a favor by printing liberal religion scholar Stephen Prothero's review of the UC Riverside creative writing professor's new book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.

"Aslan is more a storyteller here than a historian" who doesn't bring "much new here other than [his] slick writing and cinematic sensibilities." "In the end, 'Zealot' offers readers not the historical Jesus but a Jesus for our place and time — an American Jesus for the 21st century, and more specifically for a post-Sept. 11 society struggling to make sense of Christianity’s ongoing rivalry with Islam," Prothero argued, adding in closing that in Aslan's eyes:

By Rich Noyes | | August 5, 2013 | 3:05 PM EDT

Thursday evening, Politico reported that the Office of Personnel Management — after the unusual personal involvement of President Obama himself — had decided to issue new regulations this week to protect members of Congress and their staffs from seeing their health care premiums skyrocket once ObamaCare takes effect.

The new rules will protect a relatively small number of politically well-connected individuals, in spite of language in the 2010 health care law that specifically required that Congressmen, Senators and their aides “must be covered by plans ‘created’ by the law or ‘offered through an exchange,’ as Politico detailed.

In spite of the obvious double-standard just months before the law is poised to affect tens of millions of Americans, ABC and NBC have (so far) completely skipped this news, while CBS gave it a grand total of 18 seconds on Friday morning.