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By P.J. Gladnick | December 19, 2011 | 12:13 PM EST

Divers all over South Florida were probably drooling last night while watching the huge lionfish that appeared in the 60 Minutes broadcast about Cuba's Jardines de la Reina coral reef off that island's southern shore. The reason is that the state of Florida has declared open season on the invasive lionfish, introduced from Asia, which is known to devastate marine life on coral reefs. Fortunately lionfish flesh is quite tasty and its population has been kept in check in Florida by hungry divers with spearguns.

Not so in Cuba. As you can see in the video at the 15 second mark and later in their full broadcast, the lionfish at the Jardines de la Reina are both quite large and numerous. Why? It seems that Anderson Cooper shied away from asking the question that would have a politically very uncomfortable answer.

By NB Staff | December 19, 2011 | 10:56 AM EST

Last week, MRC announced the results of our "public ballot" for the worst media quotes in 2011, sort of the "People's Choice Awards" version of our Best Notable Quotables of 2011. This morning, the official results -- chosen by a distinguished panel of 48 radio talk show hosts, magazine editors, columnists, editorial writers, and expert media observers -- are in, and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has won the dubious honor of "Quote of the Year."

On the morning of September 11, 2011, during the ceremonies marking the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks, Krugman wrote on his NYTimes.com blog that conservative opportunists had "poisoned" the date: "The memory of 9/11 has been irrevocably poisoned; it has become an occasion for shame. And in its heart, the nation knows it.

By Kyle Drennen | December 19, 2011 | 10:35 AM EST

As Congresswoman Michele Bachmann made the point on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday that the national debt has increased dramatically under President Obama compared to under President Bush, host David Gregory interrupted and attempted to dismiss that fact: "Congresswoman, that just misstates the record....For accuracy, the debt exploded under the Bush administration." [Audio available here]

Bachmann tried to finish her point: "There's no comparison. We're talking-" But Gregory kept interrupting: "...the debt – wait a minute, Congresswoman." Bachmann replied: "David, let me just finish." Gregory claimed: "No, wait a minute. I just want to stop you for accuracy." [View video after the jump]

By NB Staff | December 19, 2011 | 10:35 AM EST

After 17 years reigning as the Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Il has reportedly died of heart failure, and his son, Kim Jong Un, has been announced as his successor. With instability in the region possibly posing a security threat to neighboring countries and abroad, governments around the world are keeping a careful eye on the region.

What do you think Kim Jong Il's death means for the future of North Korea? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

By Noel Sheppard | December 19, 2011 | 9:10 AM EST

Vulgarian comedienne Kathy Griffin will once again co-host CNN's New Year's Eve show.

TVNewser reported Sunday:

By Brad Wilmouth | December 19, 2011 | 8:25 AM EST

On Sunday, both morning and evening newscasts on ABC and NBC touted the Des Moines Register's endorsement of Mitt Romney as a boost for his campaign for President, in spite of the paper's left-wing tilt in a state where the Republican Party is predominantly conservative. While they did at least note the paper's liberal slant, both networks still played up the liberal endorsement.

By Noel Sheppard | December 19, 2011 | 8:02 AM EST

The liberal, secular, Tim Tebow-hating media rejoiced Sunday after the New England Patriots soundly defeated the Denver Broncos.

A fine example of the merriment was displayed on the front page of the perilously liberal and secular Huffington Post with the headline "Brady Slays Tebow":

By John Nolte | December 19, 2011 | 7:59 AM EST

GLAAD is a cancer on all things free speech. They make the backers of the old Production Code  and those anti-Communist Blacklisters look like look like Marxist libertines. From The Wrap: "The ABC comedy 'Work It' doesn’t even premiere until January 3, and already it’s invoking ire from rights groups."

By Brent Baker | December 19, 2011 | 6:22 AM EST

In her next to last week hosting This Week, ABC’s Christiane Amanpour moderated a show-long debate, touted as “The Great American Debates,” devoted to the proposition: “There’s Too Much Government.” George Will and Congressman Paul Ryan took up the affirmative case, squaring off against Robert Reich and Congressman Barney Frank. But Amanpour was hardly neutral.

She began by framing the debate around the “conundrum” that “people who oppose big government still want to collect their entitlements” and, without any matching ideological policy arguments presented to Reich and Frank, pressed Ryan and Will with liberal contentions, such as how “during the Great Depression the government did create big programs to get people back to work. Why shouldn’t they do that right now, why shouldn’t there be that kind of action?”

By Tim Graham | December 18, 2011 | 11:03 PM EST

It wasn't enough for NPR to honor atheist author Christopher Hitchens on both morning and evening shows on Friday. On Saturday morning's Weekend Edition, NPR anchor Scott Simon set aside any troubling notions that Hitchens put forward about "totalitarian" religious belief and simply celebrated the man for defying being labeled: "By the time he died, no label applied to Christopher Hitchens. I think he worked hard to achieve that."

Hitchens, we learned on NPR the day before, very much wanted to be remembered as an atheist who thought the idea of God was a swindle from the get-go. That would earn the label "atheist." But Simon celebrated him as non-doctrinaire:

By Tom Johnson | December 18, 2011 | 10:51 PM EST

To the typical lefty, white conservatives are racists, whereas black conservatives are better described as racism-enablers -- Uncle Toms who, in effect, assert their own inferiority in order to please their supposed betters. This past week, one Kossack made that argument in slightly more colorful terms.    

As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym. DKWIR will return on New Year's Day. Merry Christmas!

By Brad Wilmouth | December 18, 2011 | 9:34 PM EST

Appearing as a guest on Wednesday's Piers Morgan Tonight on CNN ,as he discussed the Occupy Wall Street protests, former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw warned that a "class war" could develop unless "income inequality" is addressed. Brokaw:

By Noel Sheppard | December 18, 2011 | 7:30 PM EST

George Will on Sunday marvelously told liberal economist Robert Reich something that many conservatives have been dying to say for years.

During a fascinating Right vs. Left debate on ABC's This Week, after Reich predictably pined for higher income tax rates to solve all that ails us, Will struck back with the line of the weekend, "You are a pyromaniac in a field of strawmen" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | December 18, 2011 | 4:19 PM EST

Baltimore Sun television critic David Zurawik on Sunday called NBC hiring Chelsea Clinton a "journalistically-bankrupt decision."

Talking to CNN's Howard Kurtz about Clinton's debut, Zurawik said if she's been preparing for this all her life "it's been a largely wasted life" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | December 18, 2011 | 2:22 PM EST

Although he later made it clear he was joking, CBS Sports columnist Gregg Doyel said Sunday, "If [Tim] Tebow had more class he’d just kill dogs or get drunk and run over somebody and maybe end their life."

Appearing on CNN's Reliable Sources, Doyel also said of the Denver Broncos quarterback, "He's got a lot of nerve talking about some higher power in his life" (video follows with transcript and commentary):