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By Jeffrey Meyer | January 18, 2015 | 2:34 PM EST

On Sunday, CBS Face the Nation moderator Bob Schieffer took the White House to task for failing to send a senior administration official to the Paris unity march following the terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Speaking to Dan Pfeiffer, Senior Advisor to President Obama, Schieffer argued that “it seems to me that the White House is always a little late in recognizing the significance of such things. I mean, we saw that happen some times over the summer. What, is the staff let[ting] the president down?”

By P.J. Gladnick | January 18, 2015 | 2:01 PM EST

In stark contrast the triumphal certitude of much of the MSM that 2014 was the hottest year on record, NASA scientists now admits there is only a 38% chance that this is correct. This means there is a 62% chance they were wrong.

By Tom Johnson | January 18, 2015 | 1:42 PM EST

Ann Jones has doubts about allegations that America is “crazy,” but adds, “Some people who question me say that the U.S. is ‘paranoid,’ ‘backward,’ ‘behind the times,’ ‘vain,’ ‘greedy,’ ‘self-absorbed,’ or simply ‘dumb.’  Others, more charitably, imply that Americans are merely ‘ill-informed,’ ‘misguided,’ ‘misled,’ or ‘asleep,’ and could still recover sanity.  But wherever I travel, the questions follow.”

By Jeffrey Meyer | January 18, 2015 | 11:41 AM EST

Monday is Martin Luther King Day, a federal holiday signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, and on Sunday morning, ABC’s This Week decided it was the perfect opportunity to scold the Republican over his civil rights record. During the show’s weekly “powerhouse puzzler” segment, guest host Martha Raddatz asked the This Week panel “which president signed a law making MLK’s birthday a national holiday?” The ABC reporter then played a clip from ABC’s report on the signing ceremony in which ABC’s Sam Donaldson proclaimed “the president and Dr. King's widow walking into the Rose Garden together in an effort to spruce up Mr. Reagan's tattered civil rights image.” 

By Tom Blumer | January 18, 2015 | 10:20 AM EST

The nation's establishment press is virtually ignoring the existence of horrifying and officially approved Islamic State videos showing the executions of accused homosexuals and adulterers. 

A search this morning at Google News on "Islamic State gay" (with "Islamic State" in quotes, showing duplicates) for items appearing since January 14 returned 83 results. Roughly 30 of them are directly relevant, and almost none are from U.S. establishment press outlets. As usual, the British tabloids and new media outlets are ahead of the game. Here are several paragraphs from the U.K. Daily Mail's coverage (bolds are mine):

By Tim Graham | January 18, 2015 | 8:08 AM EST

While the national media relentlessly focus on all the problems in politics belonging to the Republican Party, even after the 2014 midterms – after which they projected all the same problems with minorities and the “far right” Tea Party faction in 2016 that they’d spent the last two years predicting.

What most journalists fail to do – at least in public – is diagnose anything wrong with the Democrats. For that, political junkies could turn to The Economist magazine, a popular Washington read for a British viewpoint. Their “Lexington” column lamented the Democrats right now are “An Army Without Generals.”

By Tim Graham | January 18, 2015 | 7:11 AM EST

James Taranto at The Wall Street Journal picked on the liberal "explainer" site Vox.com on Friday under the headline "Two Voxen In One!" In a story on "11 myths about homelessness," German Lopez seemed very contradictory. There was "Myth #4: Homelessness is typically related to mental illness."

Lopez then immediately allowed that "Serious mental illnesses are more prevalent among the homeless."

By Tom Blumer | January 18, 2015 | 12:23 AM EST

Howard Kurtz, the Fox News analyst and the host of its "Media Buzz" program, made a few pertinent observations in a column about Victor Paul Alvarez's astonishingly crass attempt at humor at Boston.com earlier this week. That said, Kurtz should have criticized the web site and its parent, the Boston Globe, for its completely unsatisfactory explanation for the one "correction" it made to Alvarez's piece.

Alvarez somehow thought it was a great idea to make light of a potential assassin's plan to kill House Speaker John Boehner by poisoning a drink, using that news as a jumping-off point to get into the GOP leader's alleged drinking habits. As Jack Coleman at NewsBusters noted on Friday, Boston.com fired Alvarez shortly after his horrid piece appeared. Video and excerpts from Kurtz's column follow the jump.

By Jack Coleman | January 17, 2015 | 8:07 PM EST

This time, Rush Limbaugh also speaks for plenty of liberals, though few could ever bring themselves to admit it.

El Rushbo could hardly contain his indignation on his radio show yesterday in response to the bizarre spectacle of Secretary of State John Kerry sheepishly trying to compensate for the lack of a high-profile American presence at last weekend's unity march in France by bringing folky pop singer James Taylor to serenade the French with "You've Got a Friend." Life imitates The Onion indeed.

By Tim Graham | January 17, 2015 | 3:31 PM EST

In November 2013, a director calling himself “Alan Smithee” wrote for The American Thinker about charges of discrimination in Hollywood, and unpacked the facts about the rarity of minorities in directing. On Saturday, he wrote to NewsBusters to explain there was a reason other than racism in Selma not getting Best Director or Best Actor nominations.

“Smithee” loves getting the screener DVDs for awards season, but he missed one. Paramount never sent screeners for Selma: Not to the Directors’ Guild of America, not to the Screen Actor's Guild, not to the Producer's Guild of America or the Writer's Guild.

By Scott Whitlock | January 17, 2015 | 12:30 PM EST

In the wake of the massacre of 12 people in France by Muslim terrorists, NBC has made an editorial decision to not show the cover of the new Charlie Hebdo cover featuring Muhammad, deeming it too offensive for viewers.

By Jeffrey Lord | January 17, 2015 | 10:47 AM EST

ComcastNBC loves its customers….but it hates some of them. What else is there to say about a major American media corporation that just is so eager for business - but hates the conservative beliefs of some of those same customers?

This teensy problem -- disapproving the politics of its customers -- is now threatening to throw a monkey wrench into the media giant’s bid to merge with TimeWarner Cable, a bid that would put the combined giants into 66% of American homes wired for cable.

By Clay Waters | January 17, 2015 | 8:52 AM EST

Justin Gillis, the New York Times most alarmist environmental reporter, eagerly "undermined" "climate-change contrarians" (the paper stopped calling it "global warming" when temperatures failed to cooperate) on Saturday's front page, under the headline "2014 Breaks Heat Record, Challenging Global Warming Skeptics." But a roundup of skeptical scientists emphasized that the "record high" temperature readings are based on a temperature difference of a few hundredths of a degree.

By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | January 17, 2015 | 8:02 AM EST

When the Golden Globe awards telecast was over, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) proclaimed, “It was a great night for LGBT-inclusive television.” They could have added: "We run the joint."

The creator of the transgender-promoting show "Transparent" unleashed a new word when she won: "And it’s dedicated to you, my trans parent, my ‘Moppa.’ You’re watching at home right now. I just want to thank you for coming out, because in doing so, you made a break for freedom, for your truth."

By Tim Graham | January 16, 2015 | 10:43 PM EST

The magazine TV Week certainly demonstrated a bias as it promoted a “Must-See Video: With Humor and Class Ellen DeGeneres Punctures Argument of Christian Pastor Who Accuses Her of Promoting a Gay Agenda on Her TV Show.”

DeGeneres insisted "I don't have an agenda," which is easily disproven, given her oozy interviews with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama and her pushing on her own show for gay marriage and for Obama's re-election.