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Washington Post's Jennifer Rubin Calls Rep. Steve King 'Hateful' And 'Racist'

Nov 20, 2014 8:36 AM PT

Yesterday in an interview with Iowa Congressman Steve King to discuss the "Iowa Freedom Summit," a multi-candidate forum for presidential hopefuls, King claimed that Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin called him a "racist" to a member of his staff during a phone exchange earlier in the day.

Breitbart News had forwarded King's office a copy of a Rubin column from yesterday morning with a request for comment. Clearly Rubin, who perhaps ironically calls her Post column "Right Turn," has an agenda when it comes to King. This is her attack from yesterday: "Stay away from Steve King, 2016 contenders".

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Sharyl Attkisson on Hacking and Intentional Bias at CBS News

Nov 6, 2014 11:53 AM PT

This week Sharyl Attkisson released Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama's Washington. The book offers an insiders perspective on some of the major stories she has been involved in over the last few years, one which is often critical of the behavior of the current administration toward the media (criticism in which Attkisson is far from alone).

Last night, I had the chance to interview Attkisson about the book. Our conversation mostly focused on the hacking of her computers and an experience at CBS News which showed intentional bias by highly placed individuals within the company. I also ask her about the whisper campaign that is reportedly taking place in an attempt to controversialize her during the book roll out. The following transcript has been edited for length and clarity.

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FOX News Blacklisted At Florida Hospital

Nov 4, 2014 11:12 AM PT

 During a not-so-planned Emergency Room visit to Broward General Hospital in Broward County, Florida, and after doctors came to the medical conclusion that I had to be admitted to the hospital for a good 2-day dosing of extra strength antibiotics, I took it upon myself to jump onto the desktop computer in my hospital suite, and venture onto the Hospital’s internet system.

After being able to log into the Shark-tank.com site and my Gmail account, I found that the Hospital, which is in large part funded by taxpayer dollars, restricted access to social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter. I get it.

But when I tried to log onto FOX News, I received a message on the screen that the page could not be displayed, because the destination had been blocked.

The coding displayed for why the hospital restricted access to FOX News was that the site was placed on a “Blacklist”.

I thought it was a mistake, so I get trying to log onto the FOX website several more times, but I kept getting the same message.

So, I then  attempted to log onto other news sites like Al Jazeera, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, ABC, CBS, and NBC, to see if this was just a fluke occurrence, and found that I was able to access them all without any problem.

I know that Broward County is a liberal stronghold in Florida, and that Democrats control the County Commission, School Board, and the North Broward Hospital District, so is it too much of a stretch to think that this blacklisting of FOX News is by design?

Fast forward to election day (Today), and as I am waiting for my doctor to make his rounds and release me from ‘custody,’ I decided to jump on my laptop, which was brought to me hospital room last night.

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Pulitzer Prize Winning Reporter: Media Has Given Obama Administration a Pass

Oct 30, 2014 10:46 AM PT

A Pulitzer prize winning reporter, formerly with the Washington Post, says the major media has mostly given the Obama administration a pass.

In a story published yesterday at the Daily Beast, 2006 Pulitzer winning reporter Susan Schmidt agrees that this administration seems to get less scrutiny than previous ones. “With some exceptions, people don’t seem to be digging as hard as they have in other administrations," Schmidt tells the Daily Beast's Lloyd Grove. She adds, "Obama came into office saying he was going to make his administration the most accessible and transparent in history; in fact, the opposite has happened."

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Questions for CBS News About an Apparent Case of Intentional Media Bias (Updated)

Oct 29, 2014 3:26 PM PT

Yesterday, Howard Kurtz published a piece about Sharyl Attkisson's forthcoming book which gives us a behind the scenes look at what should have been the biggest controversy of the 2012 election.

In order to appreciate the story a little context in necessary. You may recall that by all accounts President Obama lost the first debate badly. It was after that loss that Mitt Romney's polling peaked to within a point of the President's numbers. The President could not afford a 2nd loss. He needed a solid performance and, if possible, a big moment.

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NY Times Undercuts NIH Director's Claim on Page A1 but Never Mentions Him

Oct 24, 2014 12:42 PM PT

A story published on the NY Times' front page directly undercuts comments made by NIH Director Francis Collins two weeks ago, but the story never mentions Collins or his misleading statement.

The NY Times story, which appears on AI today, is titled "Ebola Vaccine, Ready for Test, Sat on the Shelf." The story outlines two reasons why promising Ebola vaccines were still waiting for human trials:

Its development stalled in part because Ebola is rare, and until now, outbreaks had infected only a few hundred people at a time. But experts also acknowledge that the absence of follow-up on such a promising candidate reflects a broader failure to produce medicines and vaccines for diseases that afflict poor countries. Most drug companies have resisted spending the enormous sums needed to develop products useful mostly to countries with little ability to pay.

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Pew Research: Liberals More Trusting of Media than Conservatives

Oct 21, 2014 10:52 AM PT

A Pew Research Poll on media habits finds that liberals trust more media outlets than conservatives do.

The poll looked at 36 news sources including major news networks, cable news, major newspapers, talk radio, and outlets like Slate and Breitbart News. Of the 36 considered, consistent liberals trusted (at least more than they distrusted) 28 of them. In contrast, consistent conservatives distrusted (more than they trusted) 24 of the 36 outlets.

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Even Vox's Max Fisher Finds Muslim Support for Killing Apostates 'Disturbing'

Oct 14, 2014 4:30 PM PT

Vox's Max Fisher continues to claim that Islamophobia is unfairly painting Muslims with a broad brush, but just last year Fisher himself said he found the data on what Muslims around the world actually believe "disturbing."

Fisher's most recent effort to combat media stereotypes is headlined, "The perfect response to people who say all Muslims are violent, in one tweet." Fisher never identifies exactly who is claiming "all Muslims are violent," probably because no one has actually said that. However, Fisher does link to an earlier piece in which he singles out Bill Maher as "The leading voice of American bigotry against Muslims." 

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MSNBC's Ratings Just Hit a New Low and That's a Good Thing

Oct 13, 2014 10:29 AM PT

The "lean forward" channel has fallen on its face. MSNBC's ratings in the third quarter of 2014 hit new lows even for established programs like Rachel Maddow.

Since the departure of Keith Olbermann, Maddow is MSNBC's biggest draw. But a NY Times review of the station's third quarter ratings show Maddow posted "her lowest quarterly ratings ever." An unnamed TV news executive told the NY Times, "In terms of Rachel, everybody knows every night what she’s going to say."

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