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By Tim Graham | December 29, 2014 | 11:42 AM EST

If Tea Party activists staged a repeal-Obamacare rally and about 100 people showed up, would The Washington Post consider it newsworthy? If they did, it might be to suggest their crusade was drying up.

But on Monday morning, the Post treated about 100 protesters of the Washington Redskins name as an achievement, a “significant moment,” as local reporter John Woodrow Cox lovingly chronicled the badly attended event on Twitter.

By Connor Williams | December 29, 2014 | 10:35 AM EST

On the December 28 edition of Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd moderated a discussion on the intersection of politics and comedy in American culture. Par for the course, the panel could not make it through the segment without taking a cheap shot at Fox News.

W. Kamau Bell, formerly the host of the FX comedy series “Totally Biased,” argued that the comedy shows and Fox News get to “bark” while other outlets are constrained by journalistic conventions. He championed the unbiased nature of left-wing media by stating that they are “afraid of barking,” which is news to anyone who has watched MSNBC.

By Rich Noyes | December 29, 2014 | 10:16 AM EST

Today’s installment of the Media Research Center’s “Best Notable Quotables of 2014,” as selected by our 40 expert judges, the “The Audacity of Dopes Award for the Wackiest Analysis of the Year.”

By Melissa Mullins | December 28, 2014 | 10:15 PM EST

While The New York Post devoted its December 27 cover to the point that the police turned their backs as Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke ("TO SERVE & REJECT"), The New York Times employed the sappier headline “De Blasio Delivers Quiet Eulogy to Crowd of Unfriendly Faces, and Many Backs.”
 

By Tim Graham | December 28, 2014 | 4:13 PM EST

Every year, The Washington Post Magazine is one of many newspapers that run humor columnist Dave Barry's long Year In Review humor article. It was fairly sedate toward Republicans in 2014, except for the usual fat joke: "In politics, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, responding to a radio interviewer’s questions about his alleged role in the 2013 'Bridgegate' lane-closure scandal, eats the interviewer."

He vaguely noted "the United States" (not Obama) didn't scare Vladimir Putin as he took Crimea. Barry mocked two Obama scandals the media wanted to forget, the VA scandal and the IRS scandal:

By Tim Graham | December 28, 2014 | 2:35 PM EST

The Washington Post never, ever tires of mocking Dick Cheney. They proved it again on Wednesday, when book editor Ron Charles oozed praise over a neocon-bashing by liberal Congressman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.). The headline waas “Spirited, funny satire of war on terror’s effect on civil rights.”

Charles said “The bar is low for a novel by a member of Congress. One feels grateful if the book doesn’t commit a crime or humiliate itself in a public restroom.” So Israel created  “an unexpected delight.”

By Tom Johnson | December 28, 2014 | 1:14 PM EST

The American Prospect’s Paul Waldman claims that right-wingers’ “belief in tax cuts doesn't rest on the practical effects. That's an argument that's meant to appeal to everyone, since it concerns something (growth) that just about everyone thinks is good. But the real source of the conservative support for tax cuts is moral, not practical. They believe that taxes are inherently immoral.”

By Rich Noyes | December 28, 2014 | 10:04 AM EST

Today’s installment of the Media Research Center’s “Best Notable Quotables of 2014,” as selected by our 40 expert judges, the “MSNBC = Mean-Spirited, Nasty, Belligerent Chris Award.”

By Tom Blumer | December 28, 2014 | 9:52 AM EST

In St. Louis County, police have arrested 19 year-old Joshua Williams and charged him (HT Gateway Pundit) with committing "1st degree arson, 2nd degree burglary and misdemeanor theft" at the QuikTrip convenience store in Berkeley, Missouri on Christmas Eve. Williams "has confessed to the crimes."

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch gets today's prize for most absurd headline, as seen after the jump (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Tim Graham | December 28, 2014 | 9:20 AM EST

Here's Exhibit A in liberal bias. Time magazine's December 29/January 5 edition offers profiles of Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. But one party has a conservative, religious "grassroots id." The other party has a "populist wing."

Time Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer's article on Jeb Bush's let's-come-together pitch as he explores a presidential campaign: "That line of attack -- which moves the fight away from ideological differences -- could serve him well in what is certain to be a brutal primary against a pack of politicians far more conservative, religious, and attuned to the ever changing grassroots id."

By Melissa Mullins | December 28, 2014 | 8:24 AM EST

Eric Bolling, co-host of The Five on Fox, was a fill-in host for the O’Reilly Factor this past Tuesday and went off on a guest who ridiculously claimed that Fox News was actually perpetuating racism in America.

Jasymne Cannick is a self-proclaimed “social commentator" from Los Angeles. Bolling asked "So Jasmyne, is America a racist country?" She said "You bet it is." Then she said Fox News adds to it.

By Melissa Mullins | December 27, 2014 | 8:55 PM EST

The Huffington Post keeps chipping away at its less than favorable credibility. Just a few days ago, they claimed to have been in contact with a source that said he was the “best friend” of an 18 year old black man who was shot by police in a St. Louis suburb – drawing some to compare the recent police shooting to that of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. It turns out their "friend" turned out to be a fraud, who duped the website through Twitter messages.

By Tom Blumer | December 27, 2014 | 8:40 PM EST

What follows is an object lesson in why year-end best, worst and other lists shouldn't be published until the year actually ends.

A Kwanzaa "parade" was held in Los Angeles yesterday. In reporting on the event, CBS Los Angeles published a work of fiction (saved here for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes) which absolutely belongs on any 2014 list of most embarrassing moments in journalism (HT Twitchy; bolds are mine):

By Tim Graham | December 27, 2014 | 5:02 PM EST

Oprah Winfrey's documentary on gay NFL tryout (and washout) Michael Sam airs on Saturday night. Secular leftist journalists and gay activists desperately wanted a happier story line than the one that unfolded. What was pitched a Major Historical Moment vanished into put-on-waivers obscurity.

Bryan Curtis at ESPN's Grantland site compared the Sam kiss, carefully choreographed for the ESPN cameras by ESPN activists (what other seventh-rounder has a camera crew?), to Victory Over Japan in 1945:

By Randy Hall | December 27, 2014 | 3:55 PM EST

In yet another report on the continuing ratings disaster that is the Cable News Network, Nielsen data indicates that “CNN's overall prime-time audience for the year is trending at an all-time low.” However, there was one bright spot for the channel: The median age of an average CNN viewer during prime time fell from 60 to 58 years old.

At the same time, states Reuters reporter Rick Kissel, the Fox News Channel held steady at a median age of 68 while MSNBC skewed slightly older this year (61 versus 60 last year).