The man in charge of a new effort to sort news from “fake news” has given four times more money to Democrats than to Republicans, according to data from the Center for Responsive Politics. But don’t expect to hear that tidbit from the media.



During MSNBC's 9 a.m. ET hour on Monday, analyst Steven Brill wanted to make sure everybody understood that ObamaCare is a “conservative” policy: "Let me just remind everyone, the reason that they're in so much trouble is that ObamaCare was a more conservative version of the Republicans' health care proposals...it was so conservative." He added: "The only reason they opposed ObamaCare was that it had the president's name on it. It was the proposal that Richard Nixon wanted.”
 



On his program The Last Word Thursday night, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell glorified the tech experts who repaired Healthcare.gov after its disastrous launch, calling them “heroes.”

And yet, the host lamented, the pocket-protector posse don’t consider themselves to be heroes.



Syndicated columnist George Will on ABC's This Week Sunday made a marvelous observation about the upcoming Academy Awards.

In his view, “Zero Dark Thirty” should win as best picture as a “rebuke to Senators Levin, Feinstein, and McCain who have enough to do without being movie critics and falsely accusing that movie of taking a stand on torture it does not take” (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):



Well-know journalist Steven Brill, who founded Brill’s Content, recently turned his critical eye to Beef Products Inc. (BPI) and its lawsuit against ABC. Brill, also a legal writer and entrepreneur who also started American Lawyer magazine, said of BPI’s suit: “as an aficionado of these cases, I can report that this is the most detailed, persuasive complaint of its kind that I have ever read.”

Brill’s analysis of the case appeared on Reuters on Sept. 18, and was highly critical of ABC’s attack on the beef industry.

Beef Products Inc. (BPI) filed a lawsuit against ABC News on September 13, claiming that ABC had knowingly and recklessly campaigned against the use of “Lean, Finely Textured Beef,” which ABC dubbed “pink slime.” According to the lawsuit, BPI had to lay off 700 of its 1,300 employees after it lost 60 percent of its business, due to bad publicity from ABC News.