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By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | December 20, 2014 | 8:04 AM EST

The widespread reporting on hacked e-mails from Sony Pictures – spurred by the upcoming release of an allegedly funny movie about assassinating North Korean despot Kim Jong Un – might encourage some gloating from people who would like to bring Hollywood down a peg. But hold the schadenfreude. The media’s ethics – or seeming lack of ethics – are troubling.

By Tom Blumer | December 20, 2014 | 7:49 AM EST

The establishment press is virtually giddy over New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's cowardly, self-serving decision to ban fracking in New York. It's cowardly because Cuomo is publicly pretending that he's only deferring to his environmental and health commissioners, when everyone with an ounce of sense knows that he's getting the recommendations he wanted. It's self-serving because it enhances his political cachet with environmental zealots while disregarding the frightening plight, with the exception of Metro New York City, of the Empire State's seriously decaying economy.

Examples of pathetic press coverage, plus a depressing look at the state's non-New York City job market, follow the jump.

By Jill Stanek | December 19, 2014 | 11:10 PM EST

If Planned Parenthood is so popular, why did a news station in the heart of the West Coast’s abortion stronghold – Sacramento, California – spotlight it in an investigation of shady expenditures by city council members?

And why did a complicit council member, when questioned ever so lightly about it, abruptly yank off her mic while still on camera and end the interview?

By Tom Johnson | December 19, 2014 | 10:10 PM EST

Leslie Savan writes that “as a character, and not merely a critic, of the right, [Stephen] Colbert held a unique key to the riddle of modern conservatism: How do they keep getting away with it? Why have so many conservatives turned into such small-minded haters and deniers of science, of reality?”

By Randy Hall | December 19, 2014 | 5:28 PM EST

During an interview on the HuffPoLive program on Thursday morning, radical-left reporter Glenn Greenwald slammed former vice president Dick Cheney for saying that the interrogation tactics used by George W. Bush's administration have “worked now for 13 years,” and “I'd do it again in a minute.”

Greenwald, who is best known for his connection with NSA secret-leaker Edward Snowden, grumbled that “Cheney is able to go on Meet the Press instead of where he should be -- which is in the dock at The Hague or in a federal prison.”

By Mike Ciandella | December 19, 2014 | 4:00 PM EST

In an Associated Press article, a climate alarmist accused a female ABC meteorologist of being “more like a pornographer” than a weather forecaster – all because she didn’t tie weather events to climate change often enough for his liking. According to the article, discussing weather events without throwing in at least some climate change scaremongering is “weather porn.”

The Dec. 12, article, by AP Television Writer David Bauder, promoted this view held by “news consultant” and media analyst Andrew Tyndall. Tyndall called out ABC’s “Good Morning America” meteorologist Ginger Zee specifically, calling her “more like a pornographer.”

By Scott Whitlock | December 19, 2014 | 3:18 PM EST

CNN's Don Lemon on Thursday insisted that Barack and Michelle Obama are the "closest thing we have to royalty." 

By Rich Noyes | December 19, 2014 | 2:11 PM EST

The MRC's “Best Notable Quotables of 2014” looks back at the worst media bias of the year. Each day, NewsBusters will present the "winners" of a different award. Today's category: "The Move Along, Nothing to See Here Award, for Denying Obama's Scandals."

By Melissa Mullins | December 19, 2014 | 12:59 PM EST

William Boot at The Daily Beast reported that before all the hacking and bomb threats, Sony CEO Michael Leynton showed a rough cut of their movie “The Interview” to U.S. officials before completing it. The State Department apparently agreed that the movie could help put an end to Kim Jong Un's reign over North Korea.

By Matthew Balan | December 19, 2014 | 12:56 PM EST

On Friday's CNN Newsroom, liberal Rep. Charlie Rangel completely downplayed how the communist regime in Cuba has harbored a fugitive cop-killer for decades. Anchor Carol Costello raised how Joanne Chesimard, who was named to the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorist List in 2013, was "granted asylum by Fidel Castro." Rangel replied, "I haven't heard her name come up in decades," and asserted that on the "radar screen" of "what's in the best interest of the people of the United States from a foreign policy point of view...her name doesn't even come up."

By Curtis Houck | December 19, 2014 | 11:16 AM EST

During the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley on Thursday, CBS News congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes reported on the continued response from members of Congress to the move by President Obama to normalize relations with Cuba, but chose to exclusively play up the split among those in the Republican Party on the issue. 

Cordes first focused on the many Republicans against the President’s decision, with soundbites from Republican Senators Marco Rubio (Fla.) and John McCain (Ariz.) and Congresswoman Ilena Ros-Lehtinen (Fla.), but then made a point of pointing out that not all Republicans feel the same way.

By NB Staff | December 19, 2014 | 9:38 AM EST

Appearing on Fox News's Hannity Thursday night, NewsBusters publisher and Media Research Center president Brent Bozell condemned the network news for its lack of coverage of the brutal oppression of Fidel Castro's communist regime in the wake of President Obama reopening diplomatic relations with Cuba: "[Castro] has been a mythological figure to the left-wing press since the 1950s. They – for 40 years they've chosen to ignore the repressive nature of this Stalinist regime that has done so much to try to harm America."

By NB Staff | December 19, 2014 | 9:20 AM EST

On Thursday night, Media Research Center President Brent Bozell appeared on Fox News’ Hannity to promote the MRC’s Notable Quotables “Worst of the Worst 2014" awards. During the segment, Bozell highlighted Chris Matthews winning the “Ku Klux Con Job for Smearing Conservatives with Phony Racism Charges” for arguing that Republicans supporting voter ID laws was “murder in broad daylight.” 

By Tim Graham | December 19, 2014 | 7:39 AM EST

Just how liberal is fake conservative Stephen Colbert? Politico’s Hadas Gold reports the Democrats are raising money off his retirement from Comedy Central.

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is asking people to sign a 'Thank you' card. "After nine great years, the Colbert Report is going off the air," the email reads. "Thank you Stephen Colbert for an amazing ride!"

By Clay Waters | December 19, 2014 | 3:20 AM EST

Surprising news that President Obama would normalize relations with Cuba by establishing full diplomatic relations while easing restrictions excited reporters and editorial writers at the New York Times, who saw the demise of the "dinosaurs" and "aging...hard-liners" who opposed liberalizing ties to the authoritarian Cuban government.