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By Noel Sheppard | | June 24, 2013 | 8:22 PM EDT

You may not be familiar with EchoLight Studios, but the producer of faith-based family films named former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum as CEO Monday.

The Hollywood Reporter reported Monday:

By Ken Shepherd | | June 24, 2013 | 7:13 PM EDT

A stubborn, doctrinaire insistence by hard-line abortion rights advocates that a bill titled the Women's Equality Act must not pass without language further liberalizing the Empire State's abortion laws doomed the bill to failure in the New York State Assembly, the New York Times's Thomas Kaplan reported today. Even so, the Times did its best to shield the abortion lobby -- groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood -- for blame for the death of legislation with "widespread support" that would "strengthen the state’s laws against sexual harassment, human trafficking, domestic violence and salary discrimination."

In his page A16 article article in Monday's Times -- blandly headlined "All-or-Nothing Strategy on Women's Equality Legislation Ends With Nothing" -- reporter Thomas Kaplan noted that:

By Noel Sheppard | | June 24, 2013 | 7:03 PM EDT

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer had some harsh words for President Obama Monday in the wake of Russia and China's handling of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden.

Appearing on Fox News's Special Report, Krauthammer said, "If there's no element of respect or fear - and you saw it in the summit with the head of the United States and head of Russia and China within the last two weeks - they care nothing for what Obama says, and they know that when he makes a threat, it carries no weight behind it."

By Kyle Drennen | | June 24, 2013 | 5:41 PM EDT

Moderating a Google+ Hangout of gay rights activists on Monday afternoon in preparation for upcoming Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage, NBC correspondent Andrea Mitchell threw in some advocacy of her own, noting that the effort to push gay marriage was "taking longer than anyone would want, but it's moving in the right direction."

By Matt Hadro | | June 24, 2013 | 5:31 PM EDT

Once again, CNN welcomed liberal comedian Bill Maher despite the vitriol he has spewed about conservative women like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann. Maher, an Obama donor, actually guest-hosted for CNN's Piers Morgan last summer during the presidential campaign.

New host George Stroumboulopoulos let Maher bash Fox News viewers and the GOP in Friday night's interview. Maher implied that Republicans are "knuckle draggers" and lambasted the ignorance of Fox News viewers. Stroumboulopoulos then accepted that premise by asking what could be done about their "intellectual impasse."

By Brad Wilmouth | | June 24, 2013 | 5:14 PM EDT

On Saturday's Melissa Harris-Perry show, host Harris-Perry called the rhetoric from abortion opponents "villainous" as she fretted over Tennessee Republican Representative Marsha Blackburn being a woman who is pushing a House bill banning abortion.

And panel members Irin Carmon of Salon.com and Aisha Moodie-Mills of the left-wing Center for American Progress both saw "misgyny" in the measure. After a clip of Rep. Blackburn promoting the bill, MSNBC host Harris-Perry responded:

By Andrew Lautz | | June 24, 2013 | 5:00 PM EDT

NBC’s chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd had some tough words for President Obama on Monday’s Morning Joe. Todd, anchor of MSNBC’s Daily Rundown and a frequent critic of Republicans on network’s programming, scolded the president for running a “leaderless Washington,” and for failing to “rally the world” to a “solution in Syria.”

Todd’s critique was in reference to a Saturday op-ed in the New York Times, in which conservative columnist Ross Douthat berated the Obama administration for promoting policies of little importance to most Americans – in lieu of an aggressive jobs agenda.

By Matt Vespa | | June 24, 2013 | 4:57 PM EDT

As I mentioned last week, ABC’s "news" program “What Would You Do?” features scripted actors dramatizing so-called “real life” events, which call out for ordinary Americans to intervene.  The program's producers love to gin up scenarios, which apparently are designed to bring out bigotry and racism from fellow Americans who are supposed to identify with the actors portraying the absurd scenarios.  Most often the scenarios are played out in the heartland of America, in "red-state" locales where apparently ABC thinks it can find racists, xenophobes, and/or folks willing to gay-bash.

Well, for the program's June 21 broadcast, the network continued to troll for bigoted Americans across the Midwest.  This time the focus was a Hispanic mother and daughter at a restaurant.  The mother, an actress, can’t speak English well – and that irritates one racist patron -- portrayed, again, by an actor. The scenario is completely fabricated.

By Scott Whitlock | | June 24, 2013 | 4:50 PM EDT

 

In the last month, ABC's morning and evening news shows allowed a scant four minutes and 51 seconds of coverage for the immigration bill working its way through Congress, this despite describing the legislation as "landmark" and a "blockbuster." In contrast, the same network devoted 16 minutes and 51 seconds, over three times as much, to examining every tabloid detail of actress Amanda Bynes's arrest and subsequent feuds with other celebrities.

Since May 24, Good Morning America, World News and Nightline have largely ignored important questions about the proposed immigration bill. Will it actually secure the border? Should Americans trust the promises in the bill? Most of the stories on the network were brief and hyped the legislation as historic. On June 21, Bianna Golodryga quickly mentioned the "last minute negotiations on a blockbuster immigration reform deal." She told viewers that the number of border agents would be doubled, but only spent 16 seconds on the entire story.

By Matthew Balan | | June 24, 2013 | 4:32 PM EDT

CBS kept up its slanted reporting about the proposed border security amendment to the Gang of Eight's immigration bill on Saturday and Monday's CBS This Morning. Nancy Cordes trumpeted how "the plan, worked out by Senate Republicans, devotes even more resources to border security than conservatives were calling for". Cordes also spotlighted how "some Democrats called it overkill."

The correspondent later pointed out that "some are calling [the amendment] a border surge", which would end up "flooding the border with infrared cameras, radar equipment, and drones".

By Kyle Drennen | | June 24, 2013 | 4:18 PM EDT

In an interview with liberal economist Jeffrey Sachs for Meet the Press's Press Pass segment on Sunday, moderator David Gregory worried about skepticism of big government: "...a lot of it has to do with what role does a government play in creating more structural balance in the economy, creating more jobs...doing what nobody else can do for the economy....but that the country writ large does not support....So what changes that and what happens in the absence of that movement back toward government playing a bigger role and spending all of that money?" [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Sachs began his response by leveling criticism against the Obama administration's massive stimulus program: "...there's a lot of skepticism, and it's understandable. If the government wastes money or runs huge deficits and so forth, you can't be very confident....What you can't do is say, 'We're going to spend a trillion dollars, or nearly a trillion dollars, and we're going to work it out in the next five weeks and we're going to throw it on to the floor of Congress before anyone can even read it.'"

By Mike Ciandella | | June 24, 2013 | 2:25 PM EDT

Dan Gainor appeared on the O'Reilly Factor on June 21, to discuss veteran journalist Tom Brokaw's analysis of modern journalism on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."

"I couldn't decide whether it was ironic or moronic," Gainor said, talking with host Laura Ingraham about Brokaw speaking out against the viciousness of the media on "The Daily Show." (video after break)

By | | June 24, 2013 | 1:45 PM EDT

Updated below: Kessler responds to post.

The Washington Post’s Fact Checker Glen Kessler likes to portray himself as fair and unbiased but has a tendency to scrutinize Republicans a lot harder than their Democratic counterparts. Take for example a June 20  fact-check item when Kessler labeled a misleading challenge by Democratic members of Congress to live on $4.50 a day for food as only partially false, receiving two out of the maximum four “Pinocchios.”

At issue is 30 Democratic congressman who voluntarily chose to live on $4.50 a day for food, the amount the average family receives in supplemental assistance from the federal SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) program. Despite admitting that the Democrats’ “challenge” is false on its face, he deemed their act worthy of only 2 “Pinocchios.”

By Lauren Enk | | June 24, 2013 | 1:32 PM EDT

Mickey Mouse just officially added the gay agenda to his programming. In early 2014, Disney Channel will be all set to air its first openly gay couple in its family-oriented TV show “Good Luck Charlie.”

According to TV Guide, an episode of the family show will air a plot in which one of the four children has a playdate with a kid who has “two moms.” TV Guide reports that “when the kid arrives, the Duncans learn that Charlie’s pal has two moms.” That’s not an issue, however, in the show: the gay couple is “fine,” apparently, and the real problem is that the dad is not entertaining enough for the gay couple, and so “the potential new friendship is put to the test as one mom chats with Amy and the other is stuck listening to Bob’s dull stories.”

By Brent Bozell | | June 24, 2013 | 1:06 PM EDT

Feminism as a political cause is on such wobbly knees that it must rely on charges of rampant sexism that have no basis in reality. The current Exhibit A is “Think Progress” blogger Alyssa Rosenberg, who surely scrunched up her face in disgust as she wrote the headline “Women Are Half Of Video Gamers, So Where Are The Female Video Game Characters?”

Serious long-term video game fans should laugh at Rosenberg’s ignorance and laziness. This headline had all the style and finesse of a belly flop into an empty swimming pool.