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By Jeffrey Meyer | January 12, 2015 | 2:25 PM EST

Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and host of MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports, sat down with Gerard Araud, France’s Ambassador to the United States, on Monday afternoon to discuss the fallout from last week’s terrorist attack on a French satirical newspaper. While the majority of the interview focused on the intelligence risks facing France following the attack, the MSNBC host found time to fret that the country could overreact in fighting terrorism. Mitchell asked Araud “do you fear an anti-Muslim backlash? Do you fear that France could go too far? There are suggestions that this country went too far after 9/11 in some of the security procedures.”  

By Tim Graham | January 12, 2015 | 1:41 PM EST

On the same night Lena Dunham was complaining on TV about “deranged neocons” trashing her on Twitter, Dunham was putting an anal-oral sex scene on HBO – starring the naked rear end of Alison Williams, the daughter of NBC anchorman Brian Williams. This comes just 37 days after the nepotism beneficiary played “Peter Pan” in live musical theater on NBC.

How embarrassing was this for Williams? In an interview with New York magazine, he fell back on joking about animals being harmed: “She’s always been an actress. For us, watching her is the family occupation and everybody has to remember it’s acting, no animals were harmed during the filming, and ideally nobody gets hurt.”

By Matthew Balan | January 12, 2015 | 1:09 PM EST

On Friday's CNN Tonight, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen contended that moderate Muslims were partially to blame to the ongoing threat of Islamist terrorism. Host Don Lemon spotlighted a Tweet from Rupert Murdoch, where the media magnate wrote, "Maybe most Muslims peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer, they must be held responsible." Cohen replied, "I do hold Muslims responsible to this degree: I don't think that we can solve this problem, Don, until moderate Muslims really speak out."

By Scott Whitlock | January 12, 2015 | 12:52 PM EST

How badly did the Obama administration misjudge skipping the massive anti-terrorism rally in Paris? So severely that ardent liberal Rosie O'Donnell even attacked the administration. 

By Kyle Drennen | January 12, 2015 | 12:34 PM EST

On Monday, all three network morning shows surprisingly devoted full reports to President Obama being strongly criticized for not attending – or not at least sending a top official to attend – an anti-terror march in Paris on Sunday. At the top of NBC's Today, co-host Matt Lauer announced: "While world leaders join millions for a massive anti-terror rally in Paris, the President is under fire for not taking part."

By Jeffrey Meyer | January 12, 2015 | 11:32 AM EST

On Sunday, CBS News Sunday Morning reporter John Blackstone sat down with Governor Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) for an exclusive interview aimed at promoting the long-time liberal’s political career. The nearly 9 minute interview featured Blackstone heaping praise on the California Democrat while offering no critique of his liberal record in office. Instead, the CBS reporter spun Brown’s tenure as “solid” and “ahead of their time” and suggested that he bring his liberal governing style to Washington to "learn about how political problems have been solved here in California."   

By Joseph Rossell | January 12, 2015 | 11:27 AM EST

Four out of five top U.S. newspapers have called for federal gas tax hikes on the editorial page since oil and gas prices began falling significantly June 19, 2014.

In spite of polls that show most Americans oppose it, The Washington PostUSA TodayThe New York Times and the Los Angeles Times newspapers have all published editorials that called for increasing the gas tax.  Gas prices fell from $3.675 on June 19, 2014, to $2.168 on January 9, 2015, according to AAA. The Wall Street Journal was the only publication not to editorialize in favor of higher gas taxes of the five national newspapers.

By Scott Whitlock | January 12, 2015 | 10:36 AM EST

CNN anchor Jake Tapper slammed U.S. leaders, including the Obama administration, for skipping a massive rally in France against terrorism and for free expression.

By Rich Noyes | January 12, 2015 | 9:44 AM EST

Now online: the January 12 edition of Notable Quotables, MRC’s bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous quotes in the liberal media. This week, ABC's Barbara Walters pushes conservative philanthropist David Koch to stay out of politics: “Do you think it’s fair that just because you have billions of dollars, you can influence elections?”

At the same time, NBC congressional reporter Luke Russert mocks conservatives on Twitter: “The Kamikaze Caucus is alive & barking,” while The Daily Beast's Eleanor Clift says in 2015 she'll treat the GOP candidates with respect, “even though I think most of them probably belong in the clown car.”

By Tim Graham | January 12, 2015 | 9:08 AM EST

ABC, CBS, and NBC all noticed on their Monday morning programs that the Obama administration came under attack for failing to send any top U.S. leader to a “unity” rally in Paris featuring 40 global leaders. But NPR, like a government radio channel, ignored the criticism.

NPR Paris correspondent Eleanor Beardsley mentioned the huge rally in her story on the feelings of Jews in France. In another story, later in the program, co-host Renee Montagne and substitute co-host David Greene touted the rally as an “overwhelming show of solidarity,” but steered around the other networks’ stories on the Obama controversy. So did Cokie Roberts in her "week in politics" segment.

By Mark Finkelstein | January 12, 2015 | 8:08 AM EST

It's not enough to read the transcript.  You really need to view the video to appreciate the depths of Christopher Dickey's world-weary, dismissive, preening political correctness. Asked on today's Morning Joe to comment on Muslim preachers inciting violence from their pulpits, Dickey of The Daily Beast sniffed that the problem is "exaggerated," claimed that the number of violent Muslims is "infinitesimally small" [down even from the "minuscule" number he cited last week], and engaged in the most fraudulent form of moral equivalency, saying that there are also crazy Christian, Jewish and Hindu preachers who incite their congregations.

By Tom Blumer | January 11, 2015 | 11:59 PM EST

Thus far, the nation's de facto news gatekeepers at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, have utterly failed to address the growing worldwide controversy over the absence of U.S. representation above the ambassador level at Sunday's solidarity march in Paris in the wake of Wednesday's Charlie Hebdo massacre. Crowd estimates for the Paris march range from "hundreds of thousands" to over 1.5 million.

The New York Daily News is calling the absence of a top U.S. leader "a glaring exception," and devoting its entire front page to telling our government that "You Let the World Down." The UK Daily Mail is treating the situation as a snub, also observing that Attorney General Eric Holder "was in Paris for a terrorism summit held on the march's sidelines, but he slipped away and made appearances on four American morning television talk shows just as the incredible rally was starting." But Angela Charlton and Thomas Adamson at the AP, in report carrying a 7:07 p.m. ET time stamp (saved here for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes), apparently found nothing unusual in the U.S. non-presence:

By Tim Graham | January 11, 2015 | 10:08 PM EST

You don’t usually here denunciations of “deranged neocons” on the red carpet at the Golden Globes, but HBO star Lena Dunham uncorked this attack on her Twitter enemies to Ryan Seacrest on the E! Network.

By Tom Johnson | January 11, 2015 | 7:11 PM EST

Alana Levinson goes after Biden for his “lecherous” comments that fit “the classic definition of sexual harassment.” She admits that liberals generally overlook Biden’s boo-boos because “we like his politics. In terms of women’s issues, he’s got the gold stars…He’s pro-choice and…he introduced the Violence Against Women Act.”

By Jack Coleman | January 11, 2015 | 4:31 PM EST

Was it just coincidence that the only person consigned by purportedly conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks to the "kiddie table" on Meet the Press this morning was fearless conservative Ann Coulter?

In a panel discussion on Charlie Hebdo's unvarnished brand of political incorrectness, Brooks divided those in the commentariat to the "adult" and "kiddie" tables. As to be expected, Brooks seated himself with the grown ups, which makes sense considering that he's been an adult roughly since toddlerhood. Coulter, on the other hand, she's with the kids, given her troubling propensity to throw food and run circles around liberals --