“That Mexican thing” - Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence’s phrase expressing his exasperation at Senator Tim Kaine’s repeated crassly dishonest, incomplete reference to remarks made by Donald Trump upon announcing his presidential campaign – is itself now being distorted and negatively characterized by the chief news anchors of the nation’s top two Spanish-language television networks, Univision’s Jorge Ramos and Telemundo’s José Díaz-Balart.



As Democratic and Republican vice presidential nominees Tim Kaine and Mike Pence appeared in separate interviews on Thursday's New Day, there was a blatant difference in how each guest was received, as Kaine was mostly served up softballs by Alisyn Camerota, while Chris Cuomo spent nearly all his time hitting Pence over controversial statements Trump has made in the past, repeatedly pressing the GOPer to disagree with his running mate's past comments.



Proving again that its new podcast slants left, Clarify bashed the policies of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher for current problems with the economy. Nevermind the many years since those leaders were in charge. That’s right. No discussion of the current president’s economic policies, just old liberal attacks on deregulation, globalization and less unionization. So much for providing just the “facts” on hot button election issues. 



The New York Times cynically used “the children” to advance Hillary Clinton’s election prospects (and the Democrats' attempt to take the Senate) in Wednesday’s edition, trashing Trump as a bad role model for children on the front page, while hailing Hillary as an anti-bully heroine inside. Jennifer Steinhauer’s Wednesday front-page story was headlined: “Trump as Role Model? Ayotte ‘Absolutely’ Has Second Thoughts.” While Matt Flegenheimer used children again for another attack on Trump in “Clinton’s Call to Girls: Stand Tall and Be Proud.”



Despite the prominence of both the Catholic and Evangelical Christian faith among the nation’s Hispanic population, so far during this general election campaign season the efforts by the presidential candidates to engage voters from a faith perspective have been almost entirely absent from the news coverage of the two leading Spanish-language television networks, Univision and Telemundo. 



During the opening monologue to MSNBC’s The Last Word Wednesday, host Lawrence O’Donnell went on a tirade bemoaning how far the institution of presidential debates have fallen, and how it was all Donald Trump’s fault. “I've been fighting Donald Trump's lies for five years on this program, but I haven't touched more than 1 percent of his lies,” O’Donnell whined, “Now a presidential debater or a vice presidential debater can take the stage and lie throughout the debate, including provably lie about what he himself has said in the past on video.”



It seems to have taken a poor debate performance by Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Tim Kaine to finally get ABC to cover former President Bill Clinton’s critical remarks about ObamaCare. The network finally reported on the comments Wednesday during World News Tonight, roughly two days after Clinton described the program as a “crazy system.” Out of the 3 minutes, 12 seconds set aside for his report, ABC’s Tom Llamas spent 1 minute, 10 seconds on the debate itself before moving on to Clinton’s comment. 



President Barack Obama spoke to reporters on Wednesday afternoon on the Paris climate change agreement and, almost on cue, NBC’s Ron Allen connected global warming to Hurricane Matthew set to bear down on the Bahamas, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. It was "what the president was talking about as the threat that the planet faces and this is what this whole climate agreement signed by 190 nations and now ratified by 60 or so is designed to stop."



While speaking at the One Young World Summit in Ottawa, Canada, singer and activist Cher not only slammed both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, she also attacked the GOP presidential candidate's sons -- Donald Trump, Jr., and Eric Trump -- for posting an online picture of themselves holding a dead leopard they killed during a hunt in Africa.

Referring to the photograph, Cher declared: “I think that when that kind of message is sent from people who are influential, it’s the exact wrong message” even though the singer took a different view of the value of life in August of 2012, when she declared: “May God take my voice if I stop promoting abortion.”



What would you think of an individual or a company that earned a pre-tax profit of $29.9 million in one year, paid nothing in taxes and still received a $3.5 million refund? Am I speaking of Donald Trump? No, it is The New York Times Company. Forbes magazine studied the newspaper's 2014 annual report, in which the company explained: "The effective tax rate for 2014 was favorably affected by approximately $21.1 million for the reversal of reserves for uncertain tax positions due to the lapse of applicable statutes of limitations."



On October 2, The New York Times published an admittedly “fragmentary” front-page story about Donald Trump’s taxes. Through these pages, the Times reported Trump claimed a $915 million loss, which could – emphasis on the “could” – have allowed Trump to avoid paying federal taxes for “up to 18 years.”

The Times was typically harsh in tone. The tax records “reveal the extraordinary tax benefits the Republican presidential nominee derived from the financial wreckage he left behind” with his financial “mismanagement.” A tax expert declared Trump “has a vast benefit from his destruction” in the early 1990s, like he was Hurricane Donald.



DJ Khaled hosted the BET Hip Hop Awards, which were recorded September 17, 2016, and aired on that network Tuesday night. He remarked the show would be about “real lyricists, talking about real issues.” As you might guess, the real issues were all about the election and Black Lives Matter narrative.