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By Kyle Drennen | January 12, 2015 | 3:51 PM EST

On Monday's CBS This Morning, as Florida Senator Marco Rubio denounced President Obama's decision to reopen diplomatic relations with Cuba, co-host Charlie Rose attempted to push liberal spin on the topic: "But what about the argument that in fact – if in fact Cuba is opened up, it will change? Vietnam changed." Rubio quickly shot him down: "It did not change politically. Nor has China, for that matter."

By Tim Graham | January 12, 2015 | 3:40 PM EST

While the three networks all responded to the New York Daily News and New York Post whacking Obama for being a no-show at the Paris “unity” rally, the nation’s leading liberal newspapers barely noticed the absence in the Monday morning papers.

The New York Times and The Washington Post both won the Full Monty award for making no reference whatsoever to Obama’s absence in their front-page stories from Paris.

By Tom Blumer | January 12, 2015 | 3:19 PM EST

On Saturday, in a post titled "Political Correctness Kills in Paris, Terrifies Media," Jeffrey Lord at NewsBusters cited how the New York Times, in covering the Charlie Hebdo massacre, deliberately changed a story subject's quote from what it originally reported.

This post will show how the message massagers at the Times subsequently went another step further, attempting to convince readers that the subject's statement quoted elsewhere isn't what she said.

By Mark Finkelstein | January 12, 2015 | 2:52 PM EST

Shades of Pauline Kael! Tuning to Ronan Farrow's MSNBC show today, I was surprised to find him in Paris, and asked myself: what is he doing there?  One thing shortly became clear, he wasn't talking to a wide range of people.

Because in discussing the absence of any top US officials from President Obama on down from the Paris march yesterday, Farrow claimed that "everyone here that I spoke to personally said they understood the limitations of schedule that led to that." Everyone?  Really, Ronan?  What kind of bubble do you float in?

By Jeffrey Meyer | January 12, 2015 | 2:25 PM EST

Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent and host of MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports, sat down with Gerard Araud, France’s Ambassador to the United States, on Monday afternoon to discuss the fallout from last week’s terrorist attack on a French satirical newspaper. While the majority of the interview focused on the intelligence risks facing France following the attack, the MSNBC host found time to fret that the country could overreact in fighting terrorism. Mitchell asked Araud “do you fear an anti-Muslim backlash? Do you fear that France could go too far? There are suggestions that this country went too far after 9/11 in some of the security procedures.”  

By Tim Graham | January 12, 2015 | 1:41 PM EST

On the same night Lena Dunham was complaining on TV about “deranged neocons” trashing her on Twitter, Dunham was putting an anal-oral sex scene on HBO – starring the naked rear end of Alison Williams, the daughter of NBC anchorman Brian Williams. This comes just 37 days after the nepotism beneficiary played “Peter Pan” in live musical theater on NBC.

How embarrassing was this for Williams? In an interview with New York magazine, he fell back on joking about animals being harmed: “She’s always been an actress. For us, watching her is the family occupation and everybody has to remember it’s acting, no animals were harmed during the filming, and ideally nobody gets hurt.”

By Matthew Balan | January 12, 2015 | 1:09 PM EST

On Friday's CNN Tonight, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen contended that moderate Muslims were partially to blame to the ongoing threat of Islamist terrorism. Host Don Lemon spotlighted a Tweet from Rupert Murdoch, where the media magnate wrote, "Maybe most Muslims peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer, they must be held responsible." Cohen replied, "I do hold Muslims responsible to this degree: I don't think that we can solve this problem, Don, until moderate Muslims really speak out."

By Scott Whitlock | January 12, 2015 | 12:52 PM EST

How badly did the Obama administration misjudge skipping the massive anti-terrorism rally in Paris? So severely that ardent liberal Rosie O'Donnell even attacked the administration. 

By Kyle Drennen | January 12, 2015 | 12:34 PM EST

On Monday, all three network morning shows surprisingly devoted full reports to President Obama being strongly criticized for not attending – or not at least sending a top official to attend – an anti-terror march in Paris on Sunday. At the top of NBC's Today, co-host Matt Lauer announced: "While world leaders join millions for a massive anti-terror rally in Paris, the President is under fire for not taking part."

By Jeffrey Meyer | January 12, 2015 | 11:32 AM EST

On Sunday, CBS News Sunday Morning reporter John Blackstone sat down with Governor Jerry Brown (D-Calif.) for an exclusive interview aimed at promoting the long-time liberal’s political career. The nearly 9 minute interview featured Blackstone heaping praise on the California Democrat while offering no critique of his liberal record in office. Instead, the CBS reporter spun Brown’s tenure as “solid” and “ahead of their time” and suggested that he bring his liberal governing style to Washington to "learn about how political problems have been solved here in California."   

By Joseph Rossell | January 12, 2015 | 11:27 AM EST

Four out of five top U.S. newspapers have called for federal gas tax hikes on the editorial page since oil and gas prices began falling significantly June 19, 2014.

In spite of polls that show most Americans oppose it, The Washington PostUSA TodayThe New York Times and the Los Angeles Times newspapers have all published editorials that called for increasing the gas tax.  Gas prices fell from $3.675 on June 19, 2014, to $2.168 on January 9, 2015, according to AAA. The Wall Street Journal was the only publication not to editorialize in favor of higher gas taxes of the five national newspapers.

By Scott Whitlock | January 12, 2015 | 10:36 AM EST

CNN anchor Jake Tapper slammed U.S. leaders, including the Obama administration, for skipping a massive rally in France against terrorism and for free expression.

By Rich Noyes | January 12, 2015 | 9:44 AM EST

Now online: the January 12 edition of Notable Quotables, MRC’s bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous quotes in the liberal media. This week, ABC's Barbara Walters pushes conservative philanthropist David Koch to stay out of politics: “Do you think it’s fair that just because you have billions of dollars, you can influence elections?”

At the same time, NBC congressional reporter Luke Russert mocks conservatives on Twitter: “The Kamikaze Caucus is alive & barking,” while The Daily Beast's Eleanor Clift says in 2015 she'll treat the GOP candidates with respect, “even though I think most of them probably belong in the clown car.”

By Tim Graham | January 12, 2015 | 9:08 AM EST

ABC, CBS, and NBC all noticed on their Monday morning programs that the Obama administration came under attack for failing to send any top U.S. leader to a “unity” rally in Paris featuring 40 global leaders. But NPR, like a government radio channel, ignored the criticism.

NPR Paris correspondent Eleanor Beardsley mentioned the huge rally in her story on the feelings of Jews in France. In another story, later in the program, co-host Renee Montagne and substitute co-host David Greene touted the rally as an “overwhelming show of solidarity,” but steered around the other networks’ stories on the Obama controversy. So did Cokie Roberts in her "week in politics" segment.

By Mark Finkelstein | January 12, 2015 | 8:08 AM EST

It's not enough to read the transcript.  You really need to view the video to appreciate the depths of Christopher Dickey's world-weary, dismissive, preening political correctness. Asked on today's Morning Joe to comment on Muslim preachers inciting violence from their pulpits, Dickey of The Daily Beast sniffed that the problem is "exaggerated," claimed that the number of violent Muslims is "infinitesimally small" [down even from the "minuscule" number he cited last week], and engaged in the most fraudulent form of moral equivalency, saying that there are also crazy Christian, Jewish and Hindu preachers who incite their congregations.