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Brian Maloney is Editor-in-Chief of Media Equalizer. A longtime radio host and political analyst, Brian founded the Radio Equalizer website in 2004. He's been a frequent guest on cable talk channels including Fox News Channel, CNN, the former CourtTV and local television affiliates. Contact: radioeq at

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Biker gangs: all this over a jacket patch?

If you were as stunned as we were over Sunday’s deadly biker gang shootout in Waco, Texas, perhaps you’ll be even more blown away by the dispute’s cause: a simple patch worn on each member’s jacket.

Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren interviewed the former leader of one of the gangs, as well as an undercover agent who once went undercover inside their ranks. Their stories are incredible:

Van Susteren spoke with a law enforcement agent who infiltrated biker gangs and was shocked by their extreme violence:

That’s quite a loss of life over a mere patch and the right to include “Texas” on their jackets.

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Is this the dumbest-ever ‘fact-check’ on a candidate?

Is this the most ridiculous example of political fact-checking since the beginning of time?

Though nothing pleases our media friends more than the opportunity to catch a GOP presidential candidate in a lie, testing Scott Walker’s bargain shopping claims seems absurd. Yet the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel did just that earlier this week, checking to see if it was really possible to buy a sweater at Kohl’s for one dollar.

In an effort to save American democracy from impending ruin, the Wisconsin governor’s assertion was put to the test: Read all »

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MSNBC’s strange new crusade: banning selfie sticks!

When Al Sharpton begins to devote entire hours to “lumbersexuals”, then we’ll know big changes are afoot at MSNBC, but for now, we can only wonder what might have inspired its strange new crusade against selfie sticks, of all things.

Is it part of a desperate grab for the millennial audience? Could it be tied to the return of NBC executive Andrew Lack, who may have been hired to clean up the ratings mess that is today’s MSNBC? Read all »

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Joanna Leigh: terror bombing victim or fraudster?

Is a supposed Boston Marathon terror attack survivor really telling the truth about her injuries, or was it all a ploy to obtain compensation funds? Meanwhile, are those engaged in social media shaming motivated by little more than her “blonde, botox” appearance?

The strange saga of Joanna Leigh took an even stranger turn today as a Suffolk County Grand Jury voted to indict the outspoken activist. She believes privately-donated One Fund monies were distributed based on a flawed formula (number of hospital nights, vs severity of injuries) and told the Boston Globe earlier she feels the charges are retribution for challenging the process. Read all »

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CNN’s Ted Cruz-Obamacare ‘scoop’ not what it appears

Appearing late Tuesday afternoon, CNN’s screaming headline was enough to have anyone question a certain senator’s sanity: “BREAKING NEWS- Ted Cruz Going on Obamacare”.

Coming just one day after the Texas Republican announced his candidacy for the party’s presidential nomination, how could Cruz sign up for the very legislation he has so vehemently opposed? CNN’s “scoop” was then quickly picked up by other sites eager to trumpet his supposed hypocrisy. Read all »

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With friends like these…

On the day Ted Cruz finally announced his candidacy for the GOP presidential nomination, flak from the left was to be expected. But what explains some of the unsupportive reactions from Fox News Channel hosts and analysts?

On The Five, co-host Greg Gutfeld suggested Cruz was nothing more than a vanity candidate, saying “the problem I have is, is he running for himself, or is he running for the country?” Dismissing his US Senate career entirely, Gutfeld compared him to “attention-seeking vessels who are seeking a talk show or something else.” Read all »

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Marie Harf: It’s not easy being me!

Are we really at the point where government officials believe they can expect to do their jobs without facing public scrutiny?

State Department Spokeswoman Marie Harf provides today’s case-in-point: after widespread laughter and derision over the “jihadis need jobs” PR fiasco, she sees herself as a victim. But isn’t she really a public servant whose actions are subject to criticism?

Yet, here’s what she told a foreign policy conference earlier this week: Read all »

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Even MSNBC dislikes Senator Durbin’s ‘back of the bus’ rhetoric

When even MSNBC is critical, it should be clear to any Democratic politician they’ve absolutely blown it.

And that’s exactly where Senator Dick Durbin found himself last night. After his now-infamous use of “back of the bus” to describe Loretta Lynch’s confirmation hearing delay, Hardball fill-in host Jonathan Capehart and former GOP Chairman Michael Steele, both African-Americans, wondered why the white senator played the race card. Even the Democratic strategist on the panel could muster only a mild defense of his language. Read all »

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Captain Barack Obvious: MSNBC, Fox are different!

Did you know that Fox News and MSNBC present opposing viewpoints on American politics? Or that cable news channels are responsible for the public’s distrust of Washington?

Captain Barack Obvious is the one to thank for clearing up that first point. But is he right on the second? Read all »

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Welcome to Canada! Feel free to hide your face

Should new Canadian citizens who are Muslims be allowed to hide their faces behind a niqab during induction ceremonies?

In recent weeks, it’s been a hot topic there, with even Prime Minister Stephen Harper weighing in, saying he believes it should be clear exactly who is being sworn in.

But a Conservative Party MP from a rural Ontario district is under intense fire from Canadian media outlets today after he told a local radio station those who cover their faces during the event should “stay the hell where you came from.” Read all »

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