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By Curtis Houck | January 16, 2015 | 12:22 AM EST

Following the lead of ABC and CBS from Thursday morning, NBC Nightly News cheered President Barack Obama’s newest initiative that would require private businesses “to guarantee” their employees “at least seven” paid sick days and affect 43 million Americans. 

While senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing interviewed the owner of a Maryland carpet company opposed to the President’s proposal, she had three quotes (compared to one from the business owner) from someone she failed to disclose as more than just a woman in favor of the policy since she was fired from her job for taking time off to have her daughter. 

By Clay Waters | January 15, 2015 | 11:34 PM EST

The New York Times' long-standing support for amnesty for illegal immigrants -- and its contempt for the Republican Party's continued opposition -- leaped out of Thursday's front-page story by Jeremy Peters, a reporter whose hostility to the GOP is well-documented.

By Tim Graham | January 15, 2015 | 11:09 PM EST

It was a matter of minutes or maybe hours before Obama-boosting black film director Spike Lee was quoted in disgust that the black professionals who made Selma were overlooked for the Oscars, both for director Ava du Vernay and for actor David Oyelowo. (The film was nominated for Best Picture, and Golden Globe winners John Legend and Common were nominated for Best Song.)

Marlow Stern of the Daily Beast was already sent to Lee to do a profile for his latest movie, a horror project funded by fans on Kickstarter called Da Sweet Blood of Jesus.

By Curtis Houck | January 15, 2015 | 10:25 PM EST

During Thursday’s NBC Nightly News, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell enthusiastically promoted the new and “dramatic changes” set to go into effect on Friday that will allow Americans to more easily trade with and travel to/from Cuba as causing the Cold War to end.

In leading off her report, Mitchell announced to viewers: “In Havana, dramatic change after more than a half-century. Tomorrow the Cold War will be over. A huge opening for U.S. and Cuban travel and trade.”

By Tom Johnson | January 15, 2015 | 9:56 PM EST

Denise Oliver-Velez argues that Love is merely “another brown face to shove in front of the cameras” as supposed proof that the Republican party cares about non-white people, but “she certainly isn't going to convince any black folks who aren't Teapublican patsies already.”

By Randy Hall | January 15, 2015 | 7:29 PM EST

Soon after the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards were announced on Thursday morning, a torrent of hostile messages began filling social media websites with the concept that the movie about Martin Luther King, Jr., was overlooked in many categories because “the average Oscar voter is a 63-year-old white man.”

Some tweeters even went so far as to claim the few accolades the movie received from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences were “pity nominations” for Best Picture and Best Original Song, which was entitled “Glory.”

By Jack Coleman | January 15, 2015 | 6:37 PM EST

Bad enough for foreign policy elder statesman Leslie H. Gelb to condemn President Sharpton, uh, Obama for failing to attend the unity march in Paris that drew millions of people and dozens of world leaders in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, the executions of police, the murders of hostages at a kosher deli. Even worse that Gelb is urging Obama to dump his inner circle and replace them, at least partially, with ... Republicans.

Six years into the Obama regime and it just might happen yet ... change we can believe in. Meanwhile, the world is on high alert. What we've gotten so far for change has come at a dear cost, and we're not done paying yet.

By Ken Shepherd | January 15, 2015 | 6:20 PM EST

"'Selma' Snubbed" lamented the teaser headline on msnbc.com for Joseph Neese's Academy Awards nomination story. "Director Ava DuVernay doesn't make Oscar cut," complained the subheader. But in fact Selma was not completely "snubbed," garnering two nominations, including the top prize, Best Picture.

By Matthew Balan | January 15, 2015 | 6:13 PM EST

As of 6 pm Eastern on Thursday, CNN has devoted just 19 seconds of air time to the release of five prisoners from Guantanamo Bay detention facilities – a news brief during the New Day program. This is still more coverage than CBS and NBC, as both Big Three networks ignored the story on their Thursday morning newscasts. ABC gave a 16-second news brief on Good Morning America.

By Curtis Houck | January 15, 2015 | 5:46 PM EST

On Wednesday’s edition of The Cycle on MSNBC, NBC News terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann was at it again, telling the hosts that we, as Americans, must “put ourselves in the eyes” of Islamic terrorists considering “there wouldn't be violent attacks but there would be an uproar” and “anger” among Christians if Muslims burned crosses or trampled “Christian artifacts.”

By Kyle Drennen | January 15, 2015 | 5:25 PM EST

In an interview with newly elected Colorado Senator Cory Gardner for PBS's Charlie Rose, Bloomberg View columnist Al Hunt grilled the Republican on conservatives in Congress being obstructionist: "Some of your Republican colleagues, Ted Cruz in the Senate, those twenty-four House members who voted against Speaker Boehner, they're not interested in getting things done as much as they are in putting down markers. Isn't it more likely there'll be a series of confrontations rather than any kind of collaboration?"

By Tim Graham | January 15, 2015 | 4:41 PM EST

PBS is a comfortable home for secular liberals – with the added bonus of getting a major chunk of its funding from religious conservative taxpayers. MRC’s Claire Chretien sent along a popular PBS NewsHour online commentary by “secular-parenting blogger” Wendy Thomas Russell headlined “The case for having just one kid.”

The number one argument? “1. It’s eco-friendly. You’re replacing two trash-accumulating, water-wasting, gas-burning individuals with one, which means your impact on the environment is drastically reduced. You get to be a mother without destroying Mother Earth.”

By Jeffrey Meyer | January 15, 2015 | 3:11 PM EST

The media’s obsession with the Kennedys reared its ugly head once again on Thursday when CBS This Morning spent 4 minutes of its broadcast obsessing over newly released letters from Jacqueline Kennedy written to her favorite fashion designers. While all three CBS hosts beamed at Kennedy’s “flair for fashion” it was her supposed love of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that received the most attention with co-host Gayle King proclaiming that “there’s something cool knowing she ate peanut butter and jelly. I like that.”              

By Scott Whitlock | January 15, 2015 | 12:41 PM EST

Of the three networks, only ABC on Thursday reported that Barack Obama has transferred five more detainees out of Guantanamo Bay. The network allowed a scant 16 seconds to the news, but CBS and NBC totally skipped it.

By NB Staff | January 15, 2015 | 12:39 PM EST

Media Research Center President Brent Bozell made waves on the Fox Business show "Varney & Co." when he declared "I'm not Charlie." He said an al-Jazeera executive was not wrong to assert that "the right to be obnoxious and offensive just because you can is infantile." He explained just how offensive the magazine could be to Christians who revere the Holy Trinity.

Bozell denounced the terrorist acts, but insisted "you can defend a legal right; you cannot defend a moral wrong."