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By Curtis Houck | November 12, 2014 | 10:44 PM EST

During Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News, NBC’s chief environmental affairs correspondent Anne Thompson enthusiastically promoted the global warming agreement between the United States and China that was announced earlier in the day, but fretted that Republicans were “already putting up roadblocks if congressional action is needed.”

Anchor Brian Williams hyped that it was “[a] surprise announcement” and “a history making deal” that will “greatly reduce carbon emissions.” Those generous descriptions segued into Thompson’s report as she mentioned that deal was between the two nations that were responsible for “producing 39 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases last year.”

By Matthew Balan | November 12, 2014 | 9:30 PM EST

ABC, CBS, and NBC's evening newscasts on Wednesday glossed over the radical left-wing ideology of the Turkish protesters who assaulted three U.S. sailors in Istanbul earlier in the day. ABC's Martha Raddatz reported that the "the attackers [are] members of an ultra-nationalist group called the Turkish Youth Union, angry at what it calls 'American imperialism.'" NBC's Brian Williams underlined that "these were apparently the actions of a fringe group."

By Jack Coleman | November 12, 2014 | 9:04 PM EST

In the uproar over chief Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber's admission that deceit was an essential element in getting the so-called Affordable Care Act enacted into law, many observers have criticized Gruber over his obvious elitist contempt for voters.

But leading conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh noticed something else -- was it the "stupidity" of Americans that Gruber and other Obamacare proponents feared, or their intelligence in seeing through the scheme if told the truth about it?

By Curtis Houck | November 12, 2014 | 8:51 PM EST

On Wednesday night, ABC News continued to promote a new book with the “astonishing” claim that Jesus Christ married Mary Magdalene and had two children together with a flattering one-and-a-half minute segment on ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir.

Anchor David Muir began by stating that it “has sparked a fiery debate among the faithful” while ABC News chief foreign correspondent Terry Moran characterized the book’s central premise as an “astonishing and, to many, blasphemous claim” that “Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had two sons with her, is history.”

By Tim Graham | November 12, 2014 | 8:15 PM EST

National Journal senior political columnist Ron Fournier – a former Washington bureau chief for the Associated Press – continued his critique of Team Obama from the middle of the media elite in an article on the Jonathan Gruber brouhaha titled “Obamacare’s Foundation of Lies.”

Fournier ripped into a defensive Washington Post account of Gruber’s recent remarks about the devious passage of Obamacare:

By Curtis Houck | November 12, 2014 | 6:24 PM EST

During a discussion on MSNBC’s The Cycle about the disparaging comments ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber made about the law’s passage and the “stupidity” of voters, New York Times writer and substitute Cycle co-host Josh Barro sought to defend him by blasting the expectations that Americans have about health care as “completely incoherent” and lying was the only solution to make them happy. Barro told fellow panelists and guest Lauren Fox of National Journal that “what drives me crazy about this story” was that: “Jonathan Gruber was right. Public opinion on health care policy is just completely incoherent.” 

By Randy Hall | November 12, 2014 | 6:10 PM EST

This week has been a busy time for conservative icon Glenn Beck. During his Monday program, Beck admitted to his audience at TheBlaze.com that he had been suffering from a rare neurological disease for five years, but after undergoing hormone therapy, electric stimulation and other treatments -- not to mention relying on his faith in God -- the disease has been reversed, and he's on his way to an almost total recovery.

Then on Tuesday, MSNBC's Ed Schultz stated that Beck had “access and opportunity” to get the best treatment possible and declared: “I hope that his story motivates those who think that ObamaCare is bad, that maybe they will rethinktheir opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

By P.J. Gladnick | November 12, 2014 | 5:51 PM EST

Politico finally got around to reporting on the Jonathan Gruber video scandal in which he boasted about how ObamaCare deception was necessary in order to get the bill passed. However, the two Politico reports on this story in addition to being published days after this story had already gone viral, were notable for their brevity and the fact that they made it seem to imply that it was somehow a Fox News obsession rather than being of wider interest.

By Matthew Balan | November 12, 2014 | 4:38 PM EST

The European Space Agency made history on Wednesday, after its Philae lander touched down on Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko – the first spacecraft to land on a comet. CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC all interrupted their regular programming with the breaking news. However, a vocal group of leftists on Twitter brushed this stunning development aside to berate one of scientists taking part in the interplanetary endeavor – for his choice in Hawaiian shirts.

By Jack Coleman | November 12, 2014 | 3:08 PM EST

Who says left wingers have no sense of tradition? Sure they do, at least when it comes to revision of history.

Arguably their most ardent practitioner these days is Rachel Maddow, she of Democrat house organ MSNBC, and her most recent example qualifies as textbook. During her program Monday night, Maddow recounted release of White House visitor logs by the Obama administration in 2009, several months after Obama took office.

By Jeffrey Meyer | November 12, 2014 | 3:05 PM EST

Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director and moderator of Meet the Press, appeared on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show on Tuesday November 11, to promote his new book "The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House." During his appearance, the NBC host defended Obama’s 2008 speech in which then-candidate Obama claimed “bitter Americans” “cling to guns or religion.” Todd argued that Obama’s “just observing the way an anthropologist would observe a society.” 

By Kyle Drennen | November 12, 2014 | 2:58 PM EST

On Tuesday, the White House announced that President Obama would award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former NBC Nightly News anchor and current special correspondent Tom Brokaw – among other 2014 recipients. Today news anchor Natalie Morales touted the announcement on Monday, noting: "Obama said in a statement, these citizens have made extraordinary contributions to our country and the world."

By NB Staff | November 12, 2014 | 2:41 PM EST

On Wednesday, NewsBusters executive editor Tim Graham appeared on Fox Business Network’s Varney & Company to discuss how the media have virtually ignored video of ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber mocking the 'stupid voters' for helping the Obama administration's efforts to pass ObamaCare.

Varney also mentioned media coverage of the "major" climate deal between Obama and China.

By Katie Yoder | November 12, 2014 | 2:16 PM EST

Bet you didn’t know birth control had its own day. Well it does – even has its own sing-along ditty

Bedsider hosted a second media-backed “Thanks, Birth Control Day” on Nov. 12. As a thank-you to birth control for “a lot of amazing stuff,” Bedsider asked fans to share postcards, use the hashtag “#ThxBirthControl” and watch (or sing-along to) “Thanks, Birth Control: The Song.” Planned Parenthood and the media took the order seriously.

By Tom Johnson | November 12, 2014 | 2:11 PM EST

Edwin Lyngar argues that right-wingers not only creat[e] and exploit…irrational fear” but also disdain empathy, whereaskindness…is the hallmark of liberalism.” The article was headlined I was a conservative coward: How the midterms evoked my past of shame, terror and Fox News”.