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This week’s Media Bias Sunday Talk scoreboard! GOP 4, Democrats 3

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Tomorrow is Media Bias Sunday! Or as I like to call it, Librul Media My Ass Sunday aka John McCain/Lindsey Graham Sunday aka Sunday Talk Talk Talk Over Each Other. And I keep a running tally of all things unfair, unbalanced via the infamous TPC Media Bias Sunday Talk scoreboard.

And guess what? Grampy McBombBomb's BFF,  Li'l Lindsey the Wonder Lackey, is back! Right there in McCain's orthopedic side car! But apparently the ubiquitous Grampy won't be making an appearance. That's not like him at all. He must have needed a nap.

Let’s take a sneak preview of what’s coming up on the Big Media Bias Sunday Talker Line-Up, per "This Week" and my hard copy of the Los Angeles Times (they didn't post online, so no link available)... okay? Okay.

This is not a complete list; Lucian (@lwdgrfx) will provide that to you in a post coming your way soon. Please note: Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the lists include panel members, so bear with me if sometimes those commentators are included… or not. I try not to because panels usually include mostly Republicans, and if there are “Democrats,” they’re about as “liberal” as, well, Harold Ford.

And as you may have noticed, Fox is not included, because, well come on, what’s the point?

ABC’s “This Week” —   Sen. John Cornyn (R); Rep. Henry Cuellar (D).

NBC’s “Meet the Press”Rep. Paul Ryan (R).

CBS’ "Face the Nation" —Rep. Mike Rogers (R); Former Sec. of State Madeleine Albright (D).

CNN’s “State of the Union”Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D); Sen. Lindsey Graham (R).

It’s time to do the math:

Red Rs + Red Rs, carry the pi, divided by D, times Bias, minus even-handedness… calculating…

Total: 4 Rs, 3 Ds. Please feel free to check the addition and political affiliations.

There it is: Your librul media at work.

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Shape up, MSNBC

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MSNBC and I are old friends. Many Team MSNBCers and I follow each other on the Twitter Machine, and I spend more time watching MSNBC than just about any other channel or cable news outlet on the Tee Vee Machine. I pretty much have to, because getting my televised news [sic] elsewhere is too frustrating. I always had such high hopes for them. But now, some of the weekday daytime shows are becoming so hard to watch that I find myself muting the sound or just turning off my TV.

Not that there isn't a lot to like about MSNBC, but since Comcast took over (coincidence?), much of what I see drives me to stabbing myself in the eye with a sharp remote, banging my head on the nearest wall, or simply screaming at my poor Samsung.

The more trivial issues involve typos. They really need an editor to edit the editors. Whoever writes the MSNBC ticker that crawls across our screens, along with their chyron-master, needs stronger glasses. Or a better education. Anyone else catch all the spelling errors and typos? "Eric Holders"? Really?

And speaking of the news crawl, why oh why did they go back to starting it at "Top Stories" after every interruption, both commercial and within a segment itself? For awhile it picked up where it left off, but no longer. Just as we get to "Politics" or "Health," back it goes to "Top Stories," mid-headline. How many times do we need to see the same five "Top Stories"? And don't get me started on those alarmist headlines that are maddeningly vague, suggesting without any specifics that there is some killer virus or new war that will imminently affect us all. A few more words of explanation would serve everyone well.

But the more serious problems involve reporting. The other morning on one show, an immigration expert was reporting that the number of Central American migrants arriving here had slowed noticeably. Not an hour later, in the next show, Luke Russert came right out and stated that there was no abatement at all in the number being met at the border. They were pouring in at the same rate as ever, he said. But today, again, it was reported that the numbers had dropped.

If MSNBC can't keep their own reporting straight, if the information reaching their viewers is that inconsistent, then their credibility suffers. And if their credibility suffers, then so does that of liberals, because MSNBC has the reputation-- deserved or not-- of being a liberal network.

Which brings me to their programming (I won't get into that whole forcing me to "go to prison" thing). I DVR their prime time shows religiously. But daytime leaves something to be desired (weekend mornings excepted). Luckily, Morning Joe is on too early for us West Coasters, but some of Andrea Mitchell's interviews/guests make me wish that show was on too early for us, too. While Mitchell is a respected and informative news veteran and manages to break news that's worth breaking, her show tends to feature the same old Beltway types with the same old Obama and/or Dem policy critics and the same old faulty speculation that have frequently misled viewers for years.

Not to say Mitchell also hasn't stood up for some progressive causes, but generally, I want to bathe after listening to all too many of her interviews with the same ol' same ol' DC journalists.

And don't even get me started on Ronan Farrow. With all due respect, Mr. F, you may be very smart, and for all I know you may be very nice, but you're d-u-l-l. I couldn't even tell you whether he's on the same page as us lefties, because I can't make it through the first two minutes of his show.

Since I know I'll be hearing from my anti-Tweety pals, allow me a few words about Chris Matthews, and then I'll shut up about the shows, because this post is becoming endless (if you want a snarkier take on MSNBC, please read MSNBC: Preen forward #OhButIKid). I actually admire Matthews, his grasp of history, and all that experience and historical perspective he brings to the show. But I prefer watching him on "Real Time with Bill Maher" where he's more lay-back, cracks up a lot, engages with humor, enjoys himself, all with his own special Tweety stamp. Yes, I realize he's a only a guest and it's a comedy show. On his daily show, I enjoy his "Let Me Finish" rants, where his more liberal side most often makes an appearance. He can be kind of a hoot. But he can also drive a lot of us a little crazy. 'Nuff said.

My point, if there is one, is: If MSNBC would truly commit to being a truly liberal cable news channel, then it would not only be the only one around, it would also be more consistent and less infuriating to an audience who expects it to be destination viewing for progressives . Lean forward, MSNBC, not backward. And wake up your editors.

Note: Edited.

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Maddow blasts conservative media for "bullpucky" headLIES, hypocrisy

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Last night Rachel Maddow rightfully blasted the conservative "news" media for creating false headlines, spreading "bullpucky," inventing their own news, and indulging in the worst kind of self-serving hypocrisy and propaganda. Here is the entire segment, well worth a watch. Further down is a much shorter clip in which Maddow skillfully and effectively gets to the heart of the matter.

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Maddow bullet pointed several scandals, including this one:

Hooker scandals are about as rare in politics as hot days in July. We have a lot of them. But just because we have them all the time... it doesn't mean that they're ever anything but awkward. But here, perhaps, is the mother of them all.

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And then she documented the blatant hypocrisy of the right wing commentator who founded the conservative media outlet The Daily Caller, Tucker Carlson.

They [the conservative media] decided that Sen. David Vitter's history with hookers just wasn't a big deal. Nothing that we should 'bother' the Senator about. Tucker Carlson [said], "That's barely illegal."

Tuck compared that felony to "double parking." Yes. He said that. Just watch the video above, it's at about 16:20. He tossed that out just before he blurted out that "one out of three women" patronizing New Orleans restaurants was "for sale." And then he claimed he'd defend any Democrat as zealously as he defended Vitter. An equal opportunity defender of hooking up with hookers. What a guy.

Maddow's Moment of Mockitude followed:

Who among us has not paid a hooker for sex while serving in the United States Senate? Can't these people solicit hookers in peace without us bothering them?

But oops! Carlson's own Daily Caller called out Democratic Senator Bob Menendez for... guess what?

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Of course, the Daily Caller pushed the story hard, and before you know it, that paragon of accurate reporting, Fox, ran with it. And ran with it. And ran with it. Right before the 2012 election. Of course, the story turned out to be bogus, but hey, that never stops the liberal right wing media, now does it? Oh, and Menendez won the election.

As it turns out, the only time the GOP defends paying for sex is when their fellow Republicans engage. But the minute a Democrat gets caught with his pants down, fugetaboutit. All bets are off. Peddle that story. Sell it hard. Make it sound legit. Smear the opponent. Condemn the Dem.

Here is how Rachel Maddow ended the segment. It's a concise history of right wing "news" headlies. That's no typo, it isn't meant to read "headlines." It's headlies. Because that's what they sell, and that's what eager and/or willfully ignorant and/or gullible audiences buy.

The most pointed part of the Rachel Rant came at the end. Here's the clip:

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Maddow:

...Bullpucky that has been invented by and for the conservative media who are happy to tell each other for years that this is news and not just stuff they made up. While the real media, and frankly the politicians who have to swim in that sewer, have to worry about this parallel track of paranoid, fake information, that traffics as news on the American political right, but that is disproven everywhere else outside their echo chamber...

It is one thing for us to be domestically inventing this stuff for ourselves. It's another thing for this weird, fake channel in our supposed news media to allegedly, at least, to become a conveyor belt to foreign countries' disinformation about U.S. government officials...

[This] has to do with our own intelligence as a nation and what the consequences are for all of us, of a conservative movement that has now spent a full generation telling people, telling Americans, "Do not trust the actual news," and to instead invent their own conservative version of it. And they did that. And this is where it got us.

And apparently, at least, Cuba, maybe, appears to be delighted with the results.

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This week’s Media Bias Sunday Talk scoreboard! GOP 5, Democrats 3

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Tomorrow is Media Bias Sunday! Or as I like to call it, Librul Media My Ass Sunday aka John McCain/Lindsey Graham Sunday aka Sunday Talk Talk Talk Over Each Other. And I keep a running tally of all things unfair, unbalanced via the infamous TPC Media Bias Sunday Talk scoreboard.

And guess what? After a long absence, Grampy McBombBomb is back, and so is his BFF and favorite yes man, Li'l Lindsey the Wonder Lackey! Right there in the orthopedic side car! Team Chickenhawk has officially reunited.

Let’s take a sneak preview of what’s coming up on the Big Media Bias Sunday Talker Line-Up, per the Associated Press... okay? Okay.

This is not a complete list; Lucian (@lwdgrfx) will provide that to you in a post coming your way soon. Please note: Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the lists include panel members, so bear with me if sometimes those commentators are included… or not. I try not to because panels usually include mostly Republicans, and if there are “Democrats,” they’re about as “liberal” as, well, Harold Ford.

And as you may have noticed, Fox is not included, because, well come on, what’s the point?

ABC’s “This Week” —  Gov. Rick Perry (R).

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson (D); Rep. Raul Labrador (R); former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

CBS’ "Face the Nation" — Sen. John McCain (R); Sen. Lindsey Graham (R); Sen. Dick Durbin (D).

CNN’s “State of the Union”Rep. Henry Cuellar, (D); Alan Long, mayor of Murrieta, California (R).

It’s time to do the math:

Red Rs + Red Rs, carry the pi, divided by D, times Bias, minus even-handedness… calculating…

Total: 5 Rs, 3 Ds. Please feel free to check the addition and political affiliations.

There it is: Your librul media at work.

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This week’s Media Bias Sunday Talk scoreboard! GOP 7, Democrats 3

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Tomorrow is Media Bias Sunday! Or as I like to call it, Librul Media My Ass Sunday aka John McCain/Lindsey Graham Sunday aka Sunday Talk Talk Talk Over Each Other. And I keep a running tally of all things unfair, unbalanced via the infamous TPC Media Bias Sunday Talk scoreboard.

Wait. Where’s McCain this week? He’s M.I.A.! What? Is he napping? Screaming at kids to get off his lawn? Plotting to bomb, bomb, bomb Iraq again? Or Iran? Or Syria? Or Russia? Preparing for yet another investigation into BENGHAZI!!!!!! ? Or Bergdahlzi!!!!!! ? Hiding under a rock with his BFF, Li'l Lindsey?

Let’s take a sneak preview of what’s coming up on the Big Media Bias Sunday Talker Line-Up, per the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times... okay? Okay.

This is not a complete list; Lucian (@lwdgrfx) will provide that to you in a post coming your way soon. Please note: Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the lists include panel members, so bear with me if sometimes those commentators are included… or not. I try not to because panels usually include mostly Republicans, and if there are “Democrats,” they’re about as “liberal” as, well, Harold Ford.

And as you may have noticed, Fox is not included, because, well come on, what’s the point?

ABC’s “This Week”Dick Cheney (R); Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (D); Rep. Keith Ellison (D), Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R).

NBC’s “Meet the Press”Sen. Rand Paul, (R); Rep. Michael McCaul (R).

CBS’ "Face the Nation" — Sen. Marco Rubio (R); Rep. Mike Rogers (R).

CNN’s “State of the Union”Sen. Rand Paul  (R); Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D).

It’s time to do the math:

Red Rs + Red Rs, carry the pi, divided by D, times Bias, minus even-handedness… calculating…

Total: 7 Rs, 3 Ds. Please feel free to check the addition and political affiliations.

There it is: Your librul media at work.

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This week’s Media Bias Sunday Talk scoreboard! GOP 8, Democrats 3

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Tomorrow is Media Bias Sunday! Or as I like to call it, Librul Media My Ass Sunday aka John McCain/Lindsey Graham Sunday aka Sunday Talk Talk Talk Over Each Other. And I keep a running tally of all things unfair, unbalanced via the infamous TPC Media Bias Sunday Talk scoreboard.

Wait. Where’s McCain this week? He’s M.I.A.! What? Is he napping? Screaming at kids to get off his lawn? Plotting to bomb, bomb, bomb Iraq again? Or Iran? Or Syria? Or Russia? Preparing for yet another investigation into BENGHAZI!!!!!! ? Or Bergdahlzi!!!!!! ? But never fear! His BFF L'il Lindsey will be there to represent both of them.

Let’s take a sneak preview of what’s coming up on the Big Media Bias Sunday Talker Line-Up, per CBS and the Los Angeles Times... okay? Okay.

This is not a complete list; Lucian (@lwdgrfx) will provide that to you in a post coming your way soon. Please note: Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the lists include panel members, so bear with me if sometimes those commentators are included… or not. I try not to because panels usually include mostly Republicans, and if there are “Democrats,” they’re about as “liberal” as, well, Harold Ford.

And as you may have noticed, Fox is not included, because, well come on, what’s the point?

ABC’s “This Week” — Rep. Eric Cantor (R); Rep. Michael McCaul (R).

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — Mitt Romney (R); Sen. Joe Manchin (D), Rep. Peter T. King (R).

CBS’ "Face the Nation" — Former Obama National Security Adviser Tom Donilon (D); Sen. Lindsey Graham (R); Reince Priebus (R).

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Rep. Eric Cantor (R); Rep. Adam Kinzinger  (R); Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D).

It’s time to do the math:

Red Rs + Red Rs, carry the pi, divided by D, times Bias, minus even-handedness… calculating…

Total: 8 Rs, 3 Ds. Please feel free to check the addition and political affiliations.

There it is: Your librul media at work.

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This week’s Media Bias Sunday Talk scoreboard! GOP 4, Democrats 1

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Tomorrow is Media Bias Sunday! Or as I like to call it, Librul Media My Ass Sunday aka John McCain/Lindsey Graham Sunday aka Sunday Talk Talk Talk Over Each Other. And I keep a running tally of all things unfair, unbalanced via the infamous TPC Media Bias Sunday Talk scoreboard.

Wait. Where’s McCain this week? He’s M.I.A.! What? Is he napping? Screaming at kids to get off his lawn? Plotting to bomb, bomb, bomb Iran? Or Syria? Or Russia? Hiding under a rock with Li'l Lindsey? Preparing for yet another investigation into BENGHAZI!!!!!!!!! ?

Let’s take a sneak preview of what’s coming up on the Big Media Bias Sunday Talker Line-Up, per the Los Angeles Times... okay? Okay.

This is not a complete list; Lucian (@lwdgrfx) will provide that to you in a post coming your way soon. Please note: Sometimes it’s hard to tell if the lists include panel members, so bear with me if sometimes those commentators are included… or not. I try not to because panels usually include mostly Republicans, and if there are “Democrats,” they’re about as “liberal” as, well, Harold Ford.

And as you may have noticed, Fox is not included, because, well come on, what’s the point?

ABC’s “This Week” —  Paul Rieckhoff, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (no political affiliation); Gov. Jon Huntsman (R).

NBC’s “Meet the Press” — N/A

CBS’ "Face the Nation" — Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D); Sen. John Thune (R); Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R).

CNN’s “State of the Union” — Gov. Mike Pence (R).

It’s time to do the math:

Red Rs + Red Rs, carry the pi, divided by D, times Bias, minus even-handedness… calculating…

Total: 4 Rs, 1 D. Please feel free to check the addition and political affiliations.

There it is: Your librul media at work.

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