MSNBC has found its own missing airliner. His name is Cliven Bundy.

The Left-wing cable network's obsession with the outlaw Nevada rancher reached a fever pitch Thursday after the New York Times revealed his racist views about black people. From "Morning Joe" to "The Last Word," hosts and guests gleefully recounted Bundy's words and linked them directly to conservatives and the Tea Party as if his racism were a defining characteristic of the ideology.

It was a perfect fit for a network so committed to the racial grievance industry it gave a show to Al Sharpton, one of the most prominent figures in that movement.

Though some conservative media figures helped feed Bundy's efforts to win public support for his refusal to pay fees for grazing his cattle on public land -- most notably Sean Hannity of Fox News -- it was reporting by others on the right that helped burst his public Image as a victim of government overreach. Glenn Beck's news organization, TheBlaze, in particular led the way on this.

But that won't stop MSNBC's attempts to smear all conservatives and libertarians as racists. It's the network's raison d'etre, and viewers can expect more of it in the near future.

On today's

Editorial: Bad actors and deadbeats at IRS get holidays and cash bonuses.

Columnist/Philip Klein: Expanding Medicaid will become harder for GOP governors after 2016.

Columnist/Byron York: Why Elizabeth Warren should run for president.

Columnist/Veronique de Rugy: Big business cronies rally to protect Export-Import Bank.

Op-ed/George Allen: Reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank is a no-brainer.

Beltway Confidential/Joel Gehrke: Cliven Bundy's pro-slavery, racist comments sour supporters.

Beltway Confidential/Charles Hoskinson: State Department's social media fail.

PennAve/Susan Crabtree: Kerry says the world is 'ready to act' against Russia.

PennAve/Susan Crabtree: Darrell Issa seeks answers about Justice Department's role in IRS targeting.

In other news

New York Times: Obama suffers setbacks in Japan and the Mideast.

Washington Post: U.S. judges balk at police requests for digital data.

CNN: Divers find cabins crammed with bodies inside sunken ferry.

Righty Playbook

American Spectator: We are all Charles Murray.

Free Beacon: Think rich conservatives rule the world? Think again.

The Federalist: 13 ways for feminists to close the confidence gap.

Lefty Playbook

Mother Jones: The Tea Party wants to help you go solar.

MSNBC: Palin and Cruz rally behind rising black Republican star.

Slate: Race and the Supreme Court.

Blog Right

Gateway Pundit: Protesters claim victory after Holder cancels Oklahoma City appearance.

Legal Insurrection: Will sensitivities trump historical facts in teaching about Sept. 11?

Babalu Blog: Reports from Cuba's Venezuela -- The Notorious P.N.B.

Blog Left

Alternet: 10 corporate behemoths stifling competition and delivering awful service.

AMERICAblog: Mozilla announces Cliven Bundy as its new CEO.

Daily Kos: The inadequate defense budget?