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By Clay Waters | December 24, 2014 | 2:09 PM EST

A new congressional report on the IRS persecution of conservative groups in the run-up to the 2012 election? Nothing to see here, the New York Times' headline blared. The paper set the bar sky-high for anti-Obama scandal, using the evident lack of a smoking gun linking IRS persecution to the White House as an excuse to completely dismiss the scandal. The Washington Post was little better.

By Mike Ciandella | December 24, 2014 | 12:12 PM EST

Liberal billionaire Tom Steyer has had a really bad year.

He failed to get other left-wing donors to join his crusade to make climate change the No. 1 election issue. Then he wasted nearly $75 million backing liberal candidates. Four out of the seven politicians he and his NextGen Climate Action group backed lost. And the few races where liberals won owed little or nothing to Steyer’s bizarre and sometimes inaccurate campaign ads.

By Tom Johnson | December 24, 2014 | 11:56 AM EST

Elias Isquith criticizes the “shallowness of Stewart’s politics” and “his tendency to fall prey to the trap of blaming 'both sides.'" Isquith declares that “if liberals want to see more of the kind of direct action that’s characterized the Occupy Wall Street and #blacklivesmatter movements…they’re going to have to embrace a political vision that has grown beyond the idiosyncratic limitations of Jon Stewart.”

By Rich Noyes | December 24, 2014 | 11:01 AM EST

Last week, the Media Research Center announced the winners and top runners-up for “Best Notable Quotables of 2014,” and NewsBusters is reviewing the list as a way to reflect on the worst media bias of the year. Today’s category: the Obama’s Orderlies Award for Championing ObamaCare.

By Tom Blumer | December 24, 2014 | 10:42 AM EST

When I first read about this, I thought that it had to be some kind of weird spoof. But it's not.

Over the course of almost two excruciatingly tedious minutes complete with ominous piano-dominated background music, a recently created video intended to become a public service announcement (PSA) shows a teenage boy taking a gun out of a drawer in his parents' bedroom and bringing it to school. At the end of a class period, he puts it on the desk of his shocked teacher and asks her, "Can you take this away? I don’t feel safe with a gun in my house."

By Connor Williams | December 24, 2014 | 10:31 AM EST

According to MSNBC, it’s the religious right who is depraved when it comes to the issue of gay marriage. The December 23 edition of All In with Chris Hayes featured guest Sam Seder comparing gay marriage opponents to ISIS, while the host suggested that traditional marriage supporters are morally bankrupt.

After Hayes and his guests cheerfully talked up the supposed emerging consensus surrounding the issue, Sam Seder of the Majority Report took things to an alarming level. He argued: “There seems to be a concession on some level from long-time opponents. Almost to a point where you see it leveraged about in places. You know, ISIS, you should see the way they don't allow gay people to get married.

By Kristine Marsh | December 24, 2014 | 10:29 AM EST

Good news from the latest Gallup poll – unless you’re a member of the Angry Atheists Club or the League of Whiny Secularists. Three-quarters of Americans identify as Christian. That number has remained virtually unchanged since last year- just a slight one percent drop.

Moreover, the latest Pew Research Poll reveals that most Americans, 72 percent in fact, support allowing Christian Christmas displays, such as Nativity scenes, on government property. Not only that but 65 percent of Americans, including the non-religious, believe the entire supernatural story of Jesus’ birth as told in the Gospels. The number shoots up to 81 percent when asked to Christians alone. 

By Tim Graham | December 24, 2014 | 9:23 AM EST

The season of Christmas and Hanukkah is just another season for National Public Radio to describe religion as a negative force for judgmental people massaging their own ego by being self-righteous. On the December 19 TED Radio Hour -- a spinoff of the TED Talks enterprise -- host Guy Raz asked author Karen Armstrong about how divisive religion is.

By Jack Coleman | December 24, 2014 | 9:06 AM EST

MSNBC used to bill itself as "the place for politics." An updated version of the slogan would add -- "... provided we're not left embarrassed and defensive." Such has been the case on the cable outlet ever since the execution-style murders of two New York City police officers by a gunman who vowed on social media that he would avenge the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in their confrontations with police.

On her show Monday night, the network's Rachel Maddow showed a clip of New York City mayor Bill de Blasio at a news conference asking "everyone" and "this is across the spectrum, to put aside protests, put aside demonstrations, until these funerals are passed. (And that includes those of you on the other end of the "spectrum" with your fiendish insistence that "police lives matter.")

By Tim Graham | December 24, 2014 | 8:41 AM EST

While Christians are taught by priests and ministers to think of the poverty and humility of Mary and Joseph having a baby in a stable, in today’s America, Christmas can look like the season for self-indulgence.

CNN Money’s Emily Jane Fox offered the headline: “All I want for Christmas: Boobs.” The Christmas season is the busiest time of year for plastic surgeons,“because people have time off to get the procedures and then recover.”

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | December 23, 2014 | 11:34 PM EST

Historians will record that 2014 was a terrible year for liberal Democrats, not just at the polls but also in the news. The networks spent most of the fall campaign pretending there wasn’t a fall campaign, and for good reason. Obama’s Hope and Change aura had completely sunk into the muck as Obama’s honesty and competence both took a hit in the hard news of ISIS and Ebola.

But if Team Obama was going down, the journalistic elite were going down with him. They are cemented with their so-called savior, as can be seen in the Media Research Center’s “Worst of the Worst 2014,” marking the worst quotes gathered from media coverage this year.
 
 
By Connor Williams | December 23, 2014 | 11:17 PM EST

Give MSNBC an opportunity to blame guns for a shooting and they will take advantage every time. On the December 23 edition of Ronan Farrow Daily, guest host Ayman Mohyeldin declared that the “NYPD shooting this past weekend is one case where gun laws somehow failed.”  

In an apparent effort to promote its association with the digital media company Vocativ, the network turned the tragedy into a gun control issue. Mohyeldin led into a report from Vocativ by making a completely unfounded assertion about how the shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, got his weapon: “It could have been through the black market or the so-called private sale loophole. That means private sellers don't have to do background checks.”

By Tim Graham | December 23, 2014 | 9:05 PM EST

The New York Times investigated the finances of MSNBC host Al Sharpton and his National Action network and  found “$4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses...Mr. Sharpton has regularly sidestepped the sorts of obligations most people see as inevitable, like taxes, rent and other bills,” and yet Sharpton “traveled first class and collected a sizable salary.”

Fox News host Greta Van Susteren took to her Facebook page to wonder why Rev. Al Sharpton’s TV paycheck isn’t getting garnished to pay his tax debts?

By Tim Graham | December 23, 2014 | 8:01 PM EST

The affair of Virginia State Delegate Joseph Morrissey – the 57-year-old legislator bedding a 17-year-old legal aide – was a juicy story the late Ben Bradlee might have adored. But the Post didn’t put a news story on the front page of the Metro section until last Friday, December 19, five days after they buried it on C-7.

The story underlined why the Democrat-backers at the Post found this salacious tale so boring, what with their fascination with putting former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell behind bars for a decade or so.

By Randy Hall | December 23, 2014 | 7:18 PM EST

During a press conference on Monday afternoon, Bill de Blasio -- the liberal mayor of New York City -- finally found someone to blame for all the protests and marches that have taken place over the last several weeks: the news media, whom he accused of “dividing” the people living in the Big Apple.

When a reporter challenged the mayor's perspective of the city, he shot back: “That's how you want to portray the world, but we know a different reality.” After referring to “some people” who do “immoral,” “wrong,” “nasty," “negative” and "threatening" things, de Blasio stated: “But they, my friend, are not the majority. Stop portraying them as the majority.”