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By Tom Blumer | November 28, 2014 | 4:55 PM EST

To grievance-mongers in the fever swamp, Trayvon Martin will always be a cute little kid who had just bought Skittles and iced tea, and then got shot by a bloodthirsty racist on neighborhood watch. The truth — that Martin bought Skittles and AriZona Watermelon Fruit Juice Cocktail, two of the three key ingredients in a mind-altering, dangerous concoction known as "lean," and that Martin's autopsy showed "liver damage ... consistent with ... excessive 'lean' usage" — doesn't matter.

Taking dishonesty to the next level, the mythology surrounding Michael Brown's death at the hands of Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson, which insists that Brown had his hands up and said "Don't shoot!" has been completely discredited. But that doesn't matter, because, y'know, it's a "metaphor" that can't be allowed to go away. The Associated Press, via reporters David A. Lieb and Holbrook Mohr, disgracefully — but all too typically — gave the reality-deniers a 980-word story to spread their garbage (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Tom Johnson | November 28, 2014 | 4:13 PM EST

David Roberts of the environmentalist magazine Grist declares that the right has “systematically and progressively destroyed the very notion of a nonpartisan arbiter of information” with an eye toward increasing its power and smashing liberal initiatives such as Obamacare.

By Tim Graham | November 28, 2014 | 2:45 PM EST

The appropriately named Gawker website is carrying an article with the outrageous headline “Actually, Riots are Good: The Economic Case for Riots in Ferguson.” Author Matt Breunig thinks riots can be good for imposing costs on racist government institutions, and gets out a calculator and tries to figure out just how economically effective a little rioting can be.

By Tom Blumer | November 28, 2014 | 1:55 PM EST

In a Tuesday column originally appearing at RealClearMarkets.com (found in more readable form at Economics21.org), the Manhattan Institute's Diana Furchtgott-Roth tore into the hypocrites at OUR Walmart, the union-backed effort to intimidate the nation's largest retailer into paying all employees at least $15 per hour.

In the process, Furchtgott-Roth noted a particularly important fact which I have yet to see reported elsewhere in the organized labor-sympathetic establishment press about the United Food and Commerical Workers (UFCW), one of the primary backers of today's OUR Walmart Black Friday protests. While UFCW demands $15 per hour for Walmart employees, many of its own members at other grocery chains often earn nowhere near that, and, under current contracts, never will (bolds are mine):

By Tim Graham | November 28, 2014 | 11:37 AM EST

The Washington Post deserves credit for filing a Freedom of Information Act request to get details on Hillary Clinton’s very expensive lectures, but it’s fascinating when and where they decide to report on the results: tucked into the middle page A-2 on Thanksgiving Day.

It’s under a story titled “462,000 choose health plans as enrollment begins.” Talk about trying to hide your light under a bushel. The headline was “An inside look at a Clinton speech: E-mails show detailed requests for $300,000 talk at UCLA."

By Tom Blumer | November 28, 2014 | 10:51 AM EST

Sometimes, one has to remember that op-ed writers don't always get to pick their headlines, though I would hope that they're allowed to register their objections. So it's not clear that Los Angeles Times guest blogger Joel Silberman is responsible for the headline at his Monday blog post about how, or even whether, to deal with relatives who disagree with you politically on Thanksgiving.

But Silberman's resume indicates that he would probably have been comfortable with the headline used: "What to do if your crazy right-wing uncle comes for Thanksgiving." Excerpts and some background on Silberman follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine; links in final two excerpted paragraphs are in original):

By Tim Graham | November 28, 2014 | 9:47 AM EST

For The New York Times, Black Friday’s just another great day to promote “abortion entrepreneurs” like 20-year-old Lenzi Sheible, who helps troubled women get around Texas abortion laws by paying for hotels and transportation bills to other abortion clinics. The headline was “Activists Help Pay for Patients’ Travel to Shrinking Number of Abortion Clinics.”

For the liberal media, abortion is a precious procedure which must always be provided with maximum convenience (for the baby-expelling “mother”). Texas has become an “abortion clinic desert” that desperately needs more "choice."

By Tim Graham | November 28, 2014 | 8:49 AM EST

As proof the national media is trying to turn Ferguson into Selma – with no appreciation of a difference in racism between Alabama in the 1960s and St. Louis in 2014 – see Krissah Thompson’s Thanksgiving Day dissertation in The Washington Post. A headline was “To many, ‘Ferguson’ is shorthand for police mistreatment of blacks.”

By NB Staff | November 28, 2014 | 8:20 AM EST

This was found on Facebook yesterday, from a leftist academic who really wanted to spill guilt on the Thanskgiving table: "Just something to think about on First Nations and Indigenous People's Day; in light of world wide poverty, the crimes in Ferguson and the immensity of the western world's wealth:"

By Clay Waters | November 27, 2014 | 7:22 PM EST

Is there no beloved American tradition the liberal media won't try to sour? "A Warning on Nutmeg," a silly post from the New York Times' health section, failed to come close to justifying its alarmist headline, and functioned as a near parody of liberal media handwringing. But it's far from the first time the paper has flubbed Thanksgiving, either politically or by just being ridiculous

By Christian Toto | November 27, 2014 | 6:45 PM EST

 "Horrible Bosses 2" features the kind of raw, unexpurgated comedy you'd expect from the franchise.

The studio behind the film is extending that coarse brand to social media.

By P.J. Gladnick | November 27, 2014 | 1:09 PM EST

Are you about to enjoy your Thanksgiving turkey? Well, Salon writer Lindsay Abrams wants you to stop. Stop right now! Not content to give liberal ideology a rest even on this holiday, Abrams attempts to guilt trip her readers into giving up turkey for Thanksgiving.

 

By Clay Waters | November 27, 2014 | 12:27 PM EST

The New York Times continued to spread skepticism about the decision by a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., not to seek criminal charges against a white police officer who shot a black teenager. The Times hypocritically upended its own liberal sensibility by suggesting more prosecutorial zeal would have been a good thing in this particular case. And a lead editorial likened the Ferguson police to "an alien, occupying force that is synonymous with state-sponsored abuse."

By Kristine Marsh | November 27, 2014 | 10:30 AM EST

Despite all the whining liberals do about America, we bet if they tried hard enough, liberals could come up with something they’re thankful for – like, indie films, organic kale, legalized weed? It's easy coming up with things liberals aren’t grateful for.

Here are 6 of the most common complaints liberals make about why they aren’t thankful for this country.

By Melissa Mullins | November 27, 2014 | 9:34 AM EST

This is literally unbelievable. On November 25, Time.com posted an article by Darlena Cunha titled "In Defense of Rioting," insisting that peaceful protests are only a "luxury" to those safely in “mainstream culture”, that riots are a “necessary part of the evolution of society”, and even brought the Tea Party into the mix by comparing the peaceful Tea Party protestors of today to those of the Boston Tea Party rioters in the past.