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By Tom Blumer | December 26, 2014 | 7:23 AM EST

President Barack Obama, soon to be former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, former Congressman Barney Frank, and many other prominent Democrats and leftists have over the past several years declared that their ultimate goal is turn the U.S. healthcare system into a "single-payer," i.e., completely government-controlled, enterprise.

That likely explains why the reaction to Vermont's abandonment of its attempt to set up single-payer has been quite muted in the establishment press, as many of its members have ardently supported the idea for decades.

By Tom Johnson | December 25, 2014 | 8:33 PM EST

Republicans, remarks blogger Hunter, are “now fairly certain that having frothing crazy people running for president is what doomed them the last time around. But they won't stop…The Republican base—and I mean the frothy ones, the ones that show up in tricorner hats and demand the government get out of their Medicare—lives for these primaries.”

By Jack Coleman | December 25, 2014 | 8:11 PM EST

To anyone unfamiliar with the force of nature that is Mark Levin, his withering denunciation of President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and aspiring despot Al Sharpton on his radio show earlier this week could serve as a fitting introduction.

Levin could barely contain his outrage against the trio he accused of having "blood on their hands" for the unprovoked murders of two New York City police officers as retaliation for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner in their confrontations with police (audio) --

By Clay Waters | December 25, 2014 | 7:06 PM EST

A Christmas Day article in the New York Times left no doubt which party they would leave a lump of coal for. The paper impressively managed to spin a current controversy into a problem solely for the Republican side -- as if crime has not long been a losing election issue for the Democrats -- by portraying the GOP as making knee-jerk, stiff-necked appeals to white fear.

By Rich Noyes | December 25, 2014 | 11:55 AM EST

As we have all week, NewsBusters is reviewing the Media Research Center’s Best Notable Quotables of 2014, as a way to review the worst media bias of the year. Today, the Ku Klux Con Job Award for Smearing Conservatives with Phony Racism Charges.

By Mark Finkelstein | December 25, 2014 | 10:15 AM EST

Couldn't the New York Times give it a rest on Christmas Day and feature a column by a believing Christian? No, it couidn't.

Instead, believers who blunder onto the online op-ed page today are hit with a lead column entitled "Religion Without God." And just in case you didn't get the message, there's a second column called "An Atheist’s Christmas Dream."

By Tim Graham | December 24, 2014 | 7:34 PM EST

Liberal newspapers like The Washington Post will grant a wide berth to leftist academics on their silliest-sounding ideas. I found this gem in my Washington Post Express tabloid the other day. Post reporter Peter Holley asked this question about the "Elf on the Shelf" phenomenon: "Cute doll? Or Big Brother on a shelf?"

The doll apparently teaches children to live submissively in a national surveillance state:

By Melissa Mullins | December 24, 2014 | 3:00 PM EST

Here’s a question: how can you tell when you are reading “news” from the Huffington Post?  Answer:  When both views on a highly controversial topic are NOT given…meaning, only the liberal view.

Case in point: An article the Huffington Post wrote on Monday about the Federal appeals court declaring a North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show a woman the ultrasound and describing the images in detail before going through an abortion as unconstitutional.

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.