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By Ken Shepherd | | July 8, 2005 | 1:37 PM EDT

Today show co-host Katie Couric concluding an interview with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff about his agency's response to the London bombings yesterday departed from the apolitical, unbiased questions she'd been asking to showcase Senator Hillary Clinton's criticism of the Bush administration's budgeting for railway security.

By Rich Noyes | | July 11, 2005 | 5:07 PM EDT

Monday's Washington Post and Washington Times each write about the latest Center for Media and Public Affairs content analysis of presidential news. The headline is that ABC, CBS and NBC awarded the current President Bush with mostly bad press during the first 100 days of both his first and second terms, what used to be a normal honeymoon period for freshly-elected presidents.

By Ken Shepherd | | July 11, 2005 | 2:20 PM EDT

Although CNN's Aaron Brown on Friday said the following in the context of a relatively balanced interview with Orange County, California mosque leader Imam Mostafa al-Qazwini, the following betrays why the liberal media just don't get conservative criticism of moderate Muslims for failure to do more to call for an end to the radical Islamic terrorism which gave the world 9/11, Spain's 3/11 attacks, and now the 7/7 London bombings:

By Michael Chapman | | July 11, 2005 | 12:46 PM EDT

The Sunday Style section, July 10, of the Washington Post ran a nearly balanced feature on a former convict in D.C. who is straightening his life out through hard work, self-discipline, and ... Christian faith (including regular church attendance). See story:

By Ken Shepherd | | July 12, 2005 | 2:36 PM EDT

Yesterday on CNN's Inside Politics, host du jour Candy Crowley essentially got Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) to confess his litmus test on abortion for Supreme Court nominees, but didn't press him on the matter, despite her colleague Bill Schneider last week asserting that only conservatives, not liberals, have a litmus test stance on abortion.

By Ken Shepherd | | July 12, 2005 | 5:26 PM EDT

A quick by the numbers look at Rove coverage on Inside Politics today:

Out of 14 segments on IP, nine were devoted to the Karl Rove/CIA leak story:

By Ken Shepherd | | July 13, 2005 | 12:17 PM EDT

Is Paula Zahn’s notion of balanced political coverage tag-teaming with the liberal guest in a conservative-liberal debate segment? You could argue that after watching last night’s edition of Paula Zahn Now, which featured an interview/debate segment regarding the Valerie Plame leak investigation with Katrina Vanden Heuvel, the editor of the liberal magazine The Nation, and Rev. Joe Watkins, a pastor and Republican political consultant.

By Ken Shepherd | | July 13, 2005 | 1:12 PM EDT

While Eleanor Clift is heralding Judith Miller as a principled journalist taking a fall to cover for an possibly criminal secret source in her recent column in Newsweek, Howard Kurtz in today’s Washington Post reports that many legal experts believe that Miller’s jail time is the product of her and the New York Times’s stubborness, not a stand on journalistic principle but rather, in the words of legal expert Jonathan Turley, "spoiling for a fight."

By Ken Shepherd | | July 13, 2005 | 2:13 PM EDT

A regular feature on Anderson Cooper 360 is a recurring segment where Anderson relaying the White House talking points of the day, as seen from the daily White House press briefing.

By Brian Boyd | | July 18, 2005 | 12:53 PM EDT

Clay Waters of MRC's TimesWatch caught a CNN employee calling Rove's version of the Valerie Plame story "bullshit" as Dobbs introduced a report from Dana Bash. The last reporter seen sitting next to Dobbs at the anchor desk was Kitty Pilgrim, and the unidentified voice is similar to Pilgrim's. The following occurred on Friday night's Lou Dobbs Tonight:

Lou Dobbs: "Tonight, a surprising new development in the CIA leak investigation. Karl Rove's testimony to a federal grand jury is being reported. The testimony suggests that President Bush's political adviser may not have been the original source for the Valerie Plame leak. Rove testifying that he first learned about Plame from columnist Robert Novak, a CNN contributor. Dana Bash reports."

Unidentified Voice: "That's bullshit."

By Brian Boyd | | July 8, 2005 | 3:29 PM EDT

The Early Show once again ignored the release of a positive economic report. The NFP (Nonfarm Payroll) numbers showed decent gains for June and healthy revisions up for both April and May. After the numbers came out, TES still had time for six stories, including one about a family with a new set of identical triplets to add to their identical twins. At least TES didn't accuse the Bush administration of drafting a couple of the newborns to join the labor force.

By Rich Noyes | | July 15, 2005 | 6:16 PM EDT

As the MRC's CyberAlert noted on Thursday, an assistant editorial page editor with the St. Paul, Minnesota Pioneer Press, Mark Yost, has written a column, headlined "Why They Hate Us," castigating his reporters for omitting positive developments and emphasizing violence and negativity in their coverage of the Iraq War.

By Ken Shepherd | | July 18, 2005 | 5:41 PM EDT

In my last post, I relayed how Inside Politics (IP) had not picked up on a new poll showing decreasing support for Osama bin Laden in the Arab world and a concurrent increase of belief in democratic reform. Well, IP again ignored that story today, fixating again on a Karl Rove angle to the Valerie Plame leak investigation. Senior political analyst Bill Schneider, however, did have time to rattle off negative poll results for President Bush hot off the presses from the Washington Post dealing with, you guessed it, the Karl Rove story.

Of the 11 segments aired on IP, only 3 had nothing to do with Rove: a Bruce Morton piece on state dinners under President Bush versus other recent presidents; the "political bytes" segment about 2008 hopefuls campaigning at the National Governor's Association meeting in Des Moines, Iowa, over the weekend; and "blog reporter" Jacki Schechner on a blogger who was fired after her boss read her blog. [click title bar for full post]

By Matthew Sheffield | | July 20, 2005 | 9:18 AM EDT

In case y'all might not have noticed, you can click on a person's name to call up their user info. From that page, you can reach another that has only that user's posts as well as link to that blogger's XML feed (sometimes called RSS).In addition, the category pages also have XML feeds. This is designed so that people who only want to read news about a particular media outlet/personality can do so more easily.

By Ken Shepherd | | July 20, 2005 | 2:44 PM EDT

John Roberts, the CBS News correspondent, gives grudging respect to the White House for message management, if not the Supreme Court nominee who shares his name, in a web posting to today.