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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):

By Tim Graham | December 18, 2011 | 12:52 PM EST

The Sunday Outlook section of The Washington Post sums up who has a "Good Year" and a "Bad Year" in politics -- Gingrich good, Obama bad, for example. But "Best Year" went to "The Clintons." Political writer Chris Cillizza -- not a normal fountain of gush -- said it was "an amazing year for the Clintons. Again."

The Post is blinded by their star power. "When we gave Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton our 'good year'  in 2010, we thought she was headed toward a little bit of a letdown in 2011," wrote Cillizza. "Boy, were we wrong. (Mental note: Stop counting out the Clintons.)" He also gushed over Bill and over Chelsea (thanks to NBC).

By Noel Sheppard | December 18, 2011 | 11:24 AM EST

NBC's Saturday Night Live this weekend predictably did a sketch mocking Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow for his faith.

What might have been lost on viewers was a not-so subtle endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney when Jesus Christ - played by Jason Sudeikis - said at the skit's close, "Mormonism - all true, every single word" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Mark Finkelstein | December 18, 2011 | 8:34 AM EST

Somebody check the calendar.  Aren't we almost in 2012? Yet there's Kathleen Parker on Chris Matthews's weekend show today, still gushing over Barack Obama like a member of the liberal media in the deepest throes of 2008 Obama-adulation.

After extolling Obama's foreign policy approach as "cool" [mangling a basketball metaphor along the way], Parker defiantly declared: "I know everybody's going to say [I'm] an Obama lover.  Whatever." Video after the jump.

By Tim Graham | December 18, 2011 | 7:54 AM EST

National Public Radio is a playground for all the factions of the liberal base, including the atheists. That was clear on Friday with the passing of atheist author Christopher Hitchens. NPR didn't shrink from noticing that Hitchens viciously bashed the globally beloved nun Mother Teresa of Calcutta. They even reran a quote saying "Here's how he trashed her right after she died." (Obviously, the words were a little different, but not the politeness).

Everyone who insists that the media's obituaries should be kind and generous never met the NPR people who wanted to make sure Hitchens was slinging mud from their taxpayer-supported mudpit at Mother Teresa when she died. From the Morning Edition profile by David Folkenflik:

By Brent Baker | December 17, 2011 | 11:44 PM EST

A departure tonight from my usual Saturday offerings of news media/politics-related humor clips. Instead, something a bit more light-hearted about an until now un-chronicled historic breakthrough.

Tom Hanks has produced a bunch of HBO mini-series, including Band of Brothers, The Pacific and John Adams, and Thursday night on CBS’s Late Show he made some fun of himself as he presented a promotional clip for a new “mini-series event” in which he will star. It will tell the story of “Bert Loomis,” inventor of a certain revolutionary breakfast food product.

By NB Staff | December 17, 2011 | 9:08 PM EST

As was expected, the Des Moines Register on Saturday endorsed Mitt Romney for Republican presidential nominee.

By Brent Baker | December 17, 2011 | 8:08 PM EST

“After 13 years with ABC News, correspondent Jim Sciutto is leaving the network and TV news. He’s moving to China where he’ll be Chief of Staff to U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke,” TVNewser’s Chris Ariens reported Thursday in noting the latest journalist to join the Obama administration, this time working for Locke, the former Democratic Governor of Washington.

Sciutto should certainly feel comfortable promoting Obama’s interests and how he is a blessing to the world since that’s what he used his ABC News position to do. The night after Obama’s inauguration, for instance, Sciutto delivered a piece for World News with soundbites from naive kids around the world sputtering beauty pageant-like simplicities about how President Barack Obama will bring “world peace” and inspires them to say “yes, we can!”