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By Tim Graham | December 27, 2014 | 8:20 AM EST

The late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is recognized as the most effective sniper in U.S. military history. Max Blumenthal, the son of liberal journalist and adoring Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal, only has a reputation for being a jerk who trolls conservative conventions and writes books with titles like “Republican Gomorrah.”

Twitchy reported on Friday that Blumenthal on Twitter compared Kyle to Lee Boyd Malvo, the “brainwashed” teenage half of the Beltway sniper team. Both were “mass murdering snipers.”

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | December 27, 2014 | 7:47 AM EST

Looking back at our popular culture in 2014, it appears that Hollywood’s power is on the wane. Politically, the leftist celebrities and the “Rock the Vote” gang couldn’t help dig the Democrats out of their rut. Even that paragon of permissiveness Sandra Fluke couldn’t exploit her Limbaugh-victim aura to win a state Senate seat in libertine California.

Who are the other cultural winners and losers of the past year?

By Tim Graham | December 26, 2014 | 8:42 PM EST

Former Time magazine correspondent Michael Grunwald tried going for the sunniest kind of optimism in a Politico Magazine article headlined "Everything Is Awesome! Well, not everything. But America’s looking much better than you think." Grunwald declared that people who voted in the Republicans over economic fears were simply wrong.

By Randy Hall | December 26, 2014 | 4:33 PM EST

In an article posted on the website for the Times of Israel newspaper, high school senior Hayley Nagelberg described a testy exchange between herself and Richard Davis in which the executive vice president of news standards and practices for the Cable News Network asked her if she’s “brain dead.”

The clash was a result of CNN's coverage of an attack on a synagogue in Har Nof, Jerusalem, on November 18 by two Palestinians who wielded meat cleavers, axes and a gun to kill American Israeli rabbis Moshe Twersky, Calman Levine and Aryeh Kopinsky; British Israeli rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg; and first responder Zidan Saif.

By Tom Johnson | December 26, 2014 | 2:52 PM EST

Brian Beutler defends President Obama and Mayor de Blasio against attacks from the likes of Rudy Giuliani and contends that while “liberal political leaders in America don’t lionize fringe figures,” their conservative counterparts certainly do.

By Tim Graham | December 26, 2014 | 2:42 PM EST

Liberals were overjoyed that President Obama only called on females in his year-ending news conference on December 19. Vanity Fair headlined its story “Obama’s All-Women Press Conference Deals Glancing Blow to Patriarchy.”

Simon Maloy at Salon turned into another opportunity for Fox-bashing and male-loathing:

By Tim Graham | December 26, 2014 | 1:01 PM EST

NBC Nightly News offered two stories on Christmas in their December 25 newscast, including a show-ender about “what Christmas means to me.”

Somehow, this perfectly pleasant three-minute segment included lot of talk about family time and presents, and even someone saying “Happy Hanukkah,” but included no one uttering the name “Jesus.” No one defined Christmas as about Christ, NBC?

By Rich Noyes | December 26, 2014 | 10:31 AM EST

For the last several days, NewsBusters has been showcasing the Media Research Center’s Best Notable Quotables of 2014 as a way to review the worst media bias of 2014. Today’s categories: the self-explanatory Damn Those Conservatives Award and the Twisted Tweets Award.

By Tom Blumer | December 26, 2014 | 10:28 AM EST

Earlier this morning, I posted on Vermont's abandonment of its attempt to impose and implement a "single-payer" (i.e., government-controlled) healthcare system, and on how muted the press coverage has been.

It's difficult to overstate how devastating the Green Mountain State's blowup is to the left's oft-stated long-term goal of imposing single-payer, occasionally referred to a "Medicare for all," on the entire nation. This goes a long way towards explaining the light press coverage. President Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Barney Frank and Nancy Pelosi are among those who are on record asserting that they want — and expect — that nationwide single-payer will happen. Another such person is the now familiar and infamous Jonathan Gruber, an admitted architect (when it was convenient) of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

By Tim Graham | December 26, 2014 | 9:09 AM EST

At Bloomberg View, former Obama aide Cass Sunstein – still connected by marriage to Obama through his wife, U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power – praised “George W. Bush’s Graceful Silence.” Democrats often appreciate the gentility of ex-presidents named Bush....even if they never quite criticize the Clintons and Carters who never stay silent during Republican presidencies.

Sunstein did not appreciate former Obama cabinet members blabbing against Obama in their memoirs.

By Tom Blumer | December 26, 2014 | 7:23 AM EST

President Barack Obama, soon to be former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, former Congressman Barney Frank, and many other prominent Democrats and leftists have over the past several years declared that their ultimate goal is turn the U.S. healthcare system into a "single-payer," i.e., completely government-controlled, enterprise.

That likely explains why the reaction to Vermont's abandonment of its attempt to set up single-payer has been quite muted in the establishment press, as many of its members have ardently supported the idea for decades.

By Tom Johnson | December 25, 2014 | 8:33 PM EST

Republicans, remarks blogger Hunter, are “now fairly certain that having frothing crazy people running for president is what doomed them the last time around. But they won't stop…The Republican base—and I mean the frothy ones, the ones that show up in tricorner hats and demand the government get out of their Medicare—lives for these primaries.”

By Jack Coleman | December 25, 2014 | 8:11 PM EST

To anyone unfamiliar with the force of nature that is Mark Levin, his withering denunciation of President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and aspiring despot Al Sharpton on his radio show earlier this week could serve as a fitting introduction.

Levin could barely contain his outrage against the trio he accused of having "blood on their hands" for the unprovoked murders of two New York City police officers as retaliation for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in their confrontations with police (audio) --

By Clay Waters | December 25, 2014 | 7:06 PM EST

A Christmas Day article in the New York Times left no doubt which party they would leave a lump of coal for. The paper impressively managed to spin a current controversy into a problem solely for the Republican side -- as if crime has not long been a losing election issue for the Democrats -- by portraying the GOP as making knee-jerk, stiff-necked appeals to white fear.

By Rich Noyes | December 25, 2014 | 11:55 AM EST

As we have all week, NewsBusters is reviewing the Media Research Center’s Best Notable Quotables of 2014, as a way to review the worst media bias of the year. Today, the Ku Klux Con Job Award for Smearing Conservatives with Phony Racism Charges.