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By Tim Graham | November 16, 2014 | 8:18 AM EST

Pseudo-conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks -- appointed by both NPR and PBS to agree with liberals from the "Republican" side of the political divide on Friday-night "week in review" panels -- is back to bashing Ted Cruz, even though after the election, he admitted Republicans weren't too extreme to win all over the place.

Brooks was bashing Obama with the worst cudgel he could imagine: Mr. President, don't pull a "total Ted Cruz manuever" and force amnesty by executive order. He said the same thing on PBS.

By Brent Baker | November 16, 2014 | 12:27 AM EST

Bret Baier ended Tuesday’s Special Report on FNC with how producers for CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman re-imagined an answer President Obama gave to Bob Schieffer during last Sunday’s Face the Nation.

By Tim Graham | November 15, 2014 | 11:28 PM EST

The Washington Post reserved its top left spot on the front page Saturday to highlight the Washington National Cathedral, run by leftist Episcopalians, host a “first Muslim service, a plea for harmony.” Under a big color photo, the Post explained the service had a sermon from a Muslim scholar who is South Africa’s ambassador to the United States, “urging unity in the fight against extremists who appropriate Islam.”

The story came on the front of the Metro section with the headline “Unity call at cathedral’s first Muslim service.” But inside on B-2, in between two more large color photos, came the headline “During cathedral’s first prayer service for Muslims, a moment of hate intrudes.”

By Brent Baker | November 15, 2014 | 10:58 PM EST

To promote his new book, 41: A Portrait of My Father, former President George W. Bush appeared this past Tuesday at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. John Heilemann, co-host of Bloomberg’s With All Due Respect, observed that “we could not help but notice it sounded a little bit like he was performing at an open mic night at the Comedy Cellar.”

By Clay Waters | November 15, 2014 | 9:20 PM EST

President Obama has congressional Republicans right where he wants them, thanks to his clever constitutional bypass on immigration, if you believe the New York Times. Immigration is the issue the paper shows its most slant, and its latest story sports a familiar-sounding headline doubtless employed by the Times several times before: "Battle Over Immigration Poses Risks for G.O.P."

By Tim Graham | November 15, 2014 | 6:31 PM EST

Here’s an easy nomination for the front-page newspaper story most likely to be spiked by the TV networks. It’s on the front of Friday’s USA Today: “Rural hospitals in critical condition: Obamacare critics say law speeding up demise of facilities.”

Reporters Jayne O’Donnell and Laura Ungar began in Richland, Georgia, whose 25-bed hospital had to close, and now the locals have to travel up to 40 miles to other hospitals. How many sympathetic TV stories have we seen complaining about the closure of abortion clinics that cause abotion seekers to drive longer?

By Curtis Houck | November 15, 2014 | 6:06 PM EST

As of Saturday afternoon and a full eight days after the first video of ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber surfaced, major broadcast networks ABC and NBC and the Los Angeles Times have persisted in keeping their audiences in the dark on this story. 

Over the course of Friday evening and Saturday morning, news outlets that previously had ignored Gruber arrived on the scene included the Associated Press (AP), the print edition of The New York Times, and USA TodayThe New York Times posted a second entry on one of its blog sites (known as The Upshot) and published its first print story on A12 of Saturday’s newspaper.

By Tim Graham | November 15, 2014 | 5:16 PM EST

The New York Times reported a scandal when a collection of Nazi memorabilia caused a senior Human Rights Watch analyst to be suspended in 2009. But collecting Red China Mao Zedong memorabilia is apparently much more charming.

On Friday, Times culture reporter William “Biff” Grimes promoted “Quotations of Chairman Mao: 50th Anniversary Exhibition, 1964-2014,” at the Grolier Club, displaying “books and propaganda material from the collection of Justin G. Schiller, an antiquarian book seller.”

By Katie Yoder | November 15, 2014 | 2:56 PM EST

It’s the new media frenzy: promoting BDSM.

On Nov. 13, the second trailer for “Fifty Shades of Grey” premiered during an ABC commercial break and became available on YouTube. Based on the series by E.L. James, the film stars Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey, a BDSM-practicing billionaire and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele, a college graduate who becomes his lover. Just like with the first trailer, the media jumped at the chance to promote the bondage flick. Their enthusiasm is, well, embarrassing and pretty creepy

By Scott Whitlock | November 15, 2014 | 1:05 PM EST

In an interview With The Huffington Post, Thursday, former ABC weatherman Sam Champion, without naming his old network directly, blasted it as superficial. He also promoted the global warming agenda and declared he was on the side of "science." Champion sneered, "Let’s just say, on any given day if you’re watching a network morning show...I’m going to find a Dancing star, I’m going to find a musical concert." 

By Tim Graham | November 15, 2014 | 10:11 AM EST

Glamour Magazine’s “Woman of the Year” awards had the usual liberal tilt, including Obama’s U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power. The article on it begins with a goo-goo quote from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon: “She is truly a woman of power for peace. She is a champion of global action through the United Nations.”

Washington Post reporter Tara Bahrampour loaded up her Power puff piece with praise from other liberal journalists:

By P.J. Gladnick | November 15, 2014 | 10:01 AM EST

Since Politico was unable to ignore the Jonathan Gruber controversy, they now seem to be switching gears to downplay his role. Politico health care reporter Paige Winfield Cunningham has crafted a story using quotes to demonstrate that Gruber really wasn't an Obamacare architect. Ironically Cunningham herself as recently as July referred to Gruber as an Obamacare architect.

By Mark Finkelstein | November 15, 2014 | 9:37 AM EST

Latest dispatch from the "dissent is patriotic" is dead front: Howard Dean has accused those who don't share his political views of being "authoritarian people who fundamentally don't believe in democracy."

Poor Howard, who declared the times to be very "frightening and disconcerting," made his astounding accusation on today's Up With Steve Kornacki while attempting to explain the Republican sweep on the statehouse level.

By Geoffrey Dickens | November 15, 2014 | 9:30 AM EST

Feminist author Margaret Atwood, on Tuesday’s Charlie Rose show, accused pro-lifers of chaining pregnant women to their beds to force them to have babies they don’t want.

By Tom Blumer | November 15, 2014 | 9:14 AM EST

Linda Greenhouse covered the Supreme Court for the New York Times for 30 years until accepting a downsizing buyout in 2008. She continues to write bi-weekly columns there.

Greenhouse is absolutely appalled that the King v. Burwell lawsuit has gotten to the Supreme Court. As will be seen, she's also quite selective in her outrage.