By Tom Blumer | May 23, 2016 | 2:29 PM EDT

Liberal interviewers are quick to question reasonable but somehow "controversial" assertions made by Republicans and conservatives, while loony statements uttered by leftist interview subjects often slide right on by without challenge.

On Tuesday, MSNBC host Thomas Roberts heard Bernie Sanders delegate Angie Morelli claim that single-payer health insurance might "help those people out" who made "death threats" against Democratic Party officials after Nevada's contentious delegate selection process last week. Instead of bursting out in laughter or questioning Morelli as to how she could possibly believe what she had just said, Roberts wrapped up the segment as if she had just made a perfectly reasonable statement.

By Tom Blumer | May 22, 2016 | 11:07 PM EDT

On Tuesday at TheFederalist.com, 2015 Noel Sheppard Blogger of the Year recipient Mollie Hemingway pointed to several outrageous examples of poor press coverage of the Supreme Court's unanimous move to send Obamacare's HHS contraception mandate case back to the lower courts.

Hemingway's core observation was that usually plaintiff-sympathetic establishment press outlets "suddenly have trouble even naming the Little Sisters of the Poor" until their stories' very late paragraphs. She even found that Adam Liptak's story at the New York Times, one of the establishment press's two primary gatekeepers, failed to mention the Little Sisters at all in a 1,283-word report. One item she did not cite was at the Associated Press, the other primary gatekeeper, where the coverage was in some respects even worse.

By Tom Blumer | May 21, 2016 | 10:33 AM EDT

On Thursday, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell, following a meeting the previous day between some of the nation's top conservative leaders and company officials at Facebook, including CEO Mark Zuckerberg, "told Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto ... that he 'left encouraged' that the site wants to fix the 'erosion of trust' set forth by allegations of censoring conservative news topics."

An incident the previous week confirmed that Zuckerberg and Facebook have a genuine and serious credibility problem on their hands, as the site's "Trending Topics" monitors characterized a well-known actress's shout-out for the wonderful work done by a DC-area pregnancy and parenthood center as an "anti-abortion message."

By Tom Blumer | May 19, 2016 | 12:18 PM EDT

Three offensive elements pervaded the Associated Press's Monday coverage of Hillary Clinton's statement that she will put her husband "in charge of revitalizing the economy." The first was how AP reporters Lisa Lerer and Catherin Lucey decided to resurrect the infamous "2-for-1 offer" then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton campaigned on in 1992 — an especially weak move, given its real-world results during the first two years of his presidency. The second was the reporters' implicit assumption that political beliefs are infinitely fungible if the old ones are getting in the way of a leftist's march towards victory. Finally, the AP pair engaged in blatant historical revisionism in glorifying the economy of the 1990s.

By Tom Blumer | May 19, 2016 | 7:11 AM EDT

Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton believes we're supposed to be impressed by the idea of putting her husband Bill, in the Associated Press's words, "in charge of revitalizing the economy." Yep, the old "2-for-1" offer from the early 1990s is back.

In 1993, President Bill put First Lady Hill in charge of health care. Fortunately, nothing tangible resulted, but we did get an early lesson in the extremes of Clintonian secrecy and stonewalling. This time, a President Hill would put "First Dude" Bill — as the AP's Lisa Lerer and Catherine Lucey, brazenly stealing Sarah Palin's description of husband Todd while she was Alaska's Governor, prospectively described him on Monday — effectively in charge of the economy. Here's the big problem the press is virtually certain to ignore: Bill Clinton guaranteed in 2012 that the economy under a reelected Barack Obama would not need revitalization by now.

By Tom Blumer | May 17, 2016 | 1:50 PM EDT

In mid-April, as I noted in a NewsBusters post, the Associated Press, apparently desperate to find any kind of good economic news that might offset the impact of an awful national industrial production report from the Federal Reserve, cited a positive manufacturing survey from just one state to claim that "goods production in the U.S. could be stabilizing."

Lo and behold, yesterday that same one-state survey, the Empire State Manufacturing Index, showed that manufacturing in New York went into the tank in May, dropping into serious contraction after just two months of expansion. The wire service produced a terse four-paragraph report on the news, and appears to taken measures keep the bad news away from much of the nation.

By Tom Blumer | May 16, 2016 | 1:47 PM EDT

Consider this one small step in what should be a long series of such exposures of dishonest political posturing with media acquiescence by leftist politicians.

A week ago Sunday, John Dickerson, CBS News's brazenly biased Face the Nation host, who has among other things contended that Hillary Clinton’s email scandal is "a stupid issue," allowed the Democratic presidential frontrunner to go to her shopworn claim that she "was absolutely permitted" to conduct her private affairs and the nation's business simultaneously using one or more personal email accounts on her own private server. FactCheck.org and CNN's Jake Tapper took that claim apart — something the notoriously partisan Dickerson should have done in real time.

By Tom Blumer | May 14, 2016 | 11:00 AM EDT

The establishment press has given an open mic to proponents of raising the minimum wage nationally, and has cheered $15-per-hour legislation passed in California and New York earlier this year as "historic."

The silence from those same quarters, e.g., the Associated Press, the New York Times and others, is deafening now that one of the predictions of those who have criticized such sharp increases, which take the minimum to double the current federal level of $7.25 and triple the $5.15 seen in early 2007, is beginning to come true. Critics have contended that employers would mechanize key processes to control their labor costs faster than they otherwise would have. That is exactly what The Wendy's Company, "the world's third-largest quick-service hamburger company," is about to start doing.

By Tom Blumer | May 13, 2016 | 12:02 PM EDT

In an appearance at the University of Chicago on Monday, Jon Stewart, as NewsBusters' Scott Whitlock noted the next day, mocked those who think highly of this country's ideals and history, and particularly GOP frontrunner Donald Trump and his supporters, when he asked, "When was American great?"

In that interview with former Obama presidential campaign chief David Axelrod, the former fake Comedy Central newsman also called Trump a "man-baby," and sharply criticized Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, questioning her authenticity: "... Maybe a real person doesn't exist underneath there." Readers here will have little difficulty guessing which personal critique the Associated Press used in its related story's headline and most of its verbiage:

By Tom Blumer | May 11, 2016 | 5:14 PM EDT

In case you didn't get the message the first or second time around, the Washington Post wants you to hear it again: Cool your complaints about the weak U.S. economy, because it's your fault.

To be clear, the problem is primarily with the Post's headline — "The economy’s real drag: Us" — than with Robert J. Samuelson's content, which at least gave American consumers credit for having "sobered up" as the reason for the increased savings rate which is supposedly holding the economy back. That said, the longtime Post writer missed a number of other key factors explaining why consumers aren't spending as they did in the decades before the recession.

By Tom Blumer | May 11, 2016 | 6:55 AM EDT

Ed Rendell, the chairman of this year's Democratic National Convention, stepped in it bigtime in a Sunday interview with billionaire businessman and radio talk show host John Catsimatidis. He got in even deeper trouble with supporters of candidate Bernie Sanders when he tried to explain himself.

Though there's plenty of hostility in the Republican Party these days, there's no shortage of it among Democrats either. Rendell's comment that supporters of Bernie Sanders "have to behave" has raised the vehement ire of the Vermont senator's supporters, but has drawn almost no establishment press attention.

By Tom Blumer | May 9, 2016 | 10:11 PM EDT

At today's White House press briefing, Kevin Corke of Fox News asked Press Secretary Josh Earnest: "Can you state categorically that no senior official in this administration has ever lied publicly about any aspect of the Iran nuclear deal?" The answer: "No Kevin."

Four or five seconds of silence followed. Then Earnest spent two minutes building his own catalog of lies and half-truths about the agreement, while claiming that critics of the deal are the ones who have "lied." If such an admission on such an important matter had occurred during any other administration — even previous Democratic ones — it would lead the Big Three network newscasts and would be morning show fodder for the next several days. The fact that Earnest subsequently backtracked when thrown a lifeline wouldn't change that.