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By Tom Blumer | January 15, 2012 | 9:52 AM EST

Yet another episode being reported from the totalitarian nightmare that is North Korea is getting short shrift in most of the world's press, namely "criticism sessions" (i.e., rat out your neighbor, coworker, etc.) identifying North Koreans who allegedly weren't sufficiently grief-stricken over the December death of Kim Jong Il (pictured at right), weren't sufficiently demonstrative about it, or didn't attend enough mourning events, as well as the punishments for such transgressions which have reportedly followed.

The source is the Daily NK, a South Korea-based web site described by AFP as "an Internet website run by opponents of North Korea." The opening paragraphs from Wednesday's Daily NK report read as follows (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Noel Sheppard | January 15, 2012 | 9:14 AM EST

It wasn't only the press that completely misunderstood and therefore misrepresented Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's claim this week that he likes being able to fire people.

NBC's Saturday Night Live actually began Saturday's show with a sketch depicting the former Massachusetts governor trying to fire everything - including the food! - at a South Carolina diner (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Tim Graham | January 15, 2012 | 8:27 AM EST

Newsweek’s Allison Samuels bluntly took Michelle Obama’s side against liberal New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor, who somehow caused the First Lady to assert she was being painted as an angry black woman, so sad to blacks who Samuels wrote “were certain the mere presence of Michelle Obama on the international stage” would fix things.

“Surely it would be impossible to ignore the grace, charm and intellect of the 5’11” Chicago native, with her Harvard Law degree, committed marriage, and two young daughters,” pleaded the Newsweek writer. “Society would come to realize that Michelle Obama was not the exception but more often the rule in the black community. “

By Tim Graham | January 15, 2012 | 8:02 AM EST

DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz is an ardent advocate for the homosexual community. In an interview with the gay newspaper The Washington Blade, she called presidential candidate Rick Santorum “un-American” for supporting a federal traditional-marriage amendment. “That would be un-American, undemocratic and entirely inappropriate and unacceptable,” she insisted.

At the same time, openly gay White House flack Shin Inouye was telling the Blade that President Obama was moving left on gay marriage (which we’d already seen with the congratulations letter to the gay newly-“weds” in New York). Romney isn't the only flip-flopper. After shifting to the right on this issue in 2008, Obama's transparently insincere opposition to gay marriage is melting away.

By Tim Graham | January 15, 2012 | 7:47 AM EST

Across its listing of blogs, Time magazine is managing to achieve complete liberal harmony. While the Time Healthland blog was encouraging the broadcast of breast-feeding to pre-schoolers on "Sesame Street," the Time Ideas blog was insisting "Our Concern Over 'Indecency' Is Misguided." Don't miss the quote-marks around "indecency." Erika Christakis and her husband Nicholas Christakis have the typical liberal anti-violence, pro-nudity pose, that America is suffering from "our tawdry national love affair with violence and our prudish suspicion of unclothed human bodies. Can’t we just get over this, already?"

The last time we checked, there wasn't a lot of nudity in Time magazine, so the "prudish suspicion" even extends to national magazines. (Newsweek under tabloidish Tina Brown has a tendency toward both a little nudity and a scattering of F-bombs.) Any attempt by social conservatives to hold the line on broadcast indecency is "quaint," living in a fairy tale world:

By Tim Graham | January 14, 2012 | 4:30 PM EST

On the Friday edition of Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC, Mitchell was trying to "help" Mitt Romney with all those anti-Bain Capital attacks. "It seems to me that Mitt Romney has to figure out a way to get around the vulture capitalist, you know, we are using that phrase as it comes from Rick Perry and others on the Republican side, using that phrase in quotation marks, he has to find a better narrative for that, has he so far?"

Todd Purdum of Vanity Fair -- the former New York Times reporter married to former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers -- naturally said Romney could sell this much better if he had all the charisma of liberal hero Bill Clinton: "The hard part for Mitt Romney is by the nature of his personality, the nature of his mannerisms, the nature of the way he is as communicator.He is not the ideal person to talk about that because he sounds so formal and so above it all. What he needs is somebody like Bill Clinton to explain the good side of what a company like Bain Capital did."

By Noel Sheppard | January 14, 2012 | 3:41 PM EST

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has up to this point opted not to make his tax returns public.

Not surprisingly, Newsweek's Eleanor Clift smells a rat and expressed her conspiratorial opinion during the predictions segment of PBS's McLaughlin Group Friday (video follows with transcript):

By Noel Sheppard | January 14, 2012 | 3:21 PM EST

Like a lot of Americans who live outside the D.C. metro area, I was first introduced to Tony Blankley by PBS's McLaughlin Group.

It was therefore quite fitting that host John McLaughlin as well as panelists Michelle Bernard, Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, and Clarence Page on Friday paid tribute to Blankley who sadly passed away last Saturday (video follows with commentary):

By Tim Graham | January 14, 2012 | 2:00 PM EST

Leftist talk radio host Mike Malloy never stops wishing for the death of conservatives. On January 6, he talked of "Sick Santorum," and said "I think he's Catholic, right? What you ought to do is call Francis Cardinal George out in Chicago and maybe you and he can get together for a cup of -- hemlock." He wants Santorum and Cardinal George to kill themselves.

On both January 6 and January 9, Malloy launched vicious broadsides against the Catholic Church. (On the 9th, he also said libertarians were perpetrators of violence.) He began on the 6th: "I hate to see an organization like the Catholic Church --  that has been one of the bloodiest, most suppressive, most oppressive, most violent organizations in the history of not just religion but of the entire human race try to claim victim status because a bunch of queers want to march a parade down the g*ddamn street! That's what drives me crazy!"

By Noel Sheppard | January 14, 2012 | 10:52 AM EST

It really is amazing how far liberal media members are willing to go to deflect any criticism from Barack Obama.

On HBO's Real Time Friday, host Bill Maher and guest Rob Reiner said this week's revelation of United States Marines urinating on dead Taliban wasn't really that big of a deal; Reiner even said, "It's expected" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Tom Blumer | January 14, 2012 | 10:19 AM EST

The "Doomsday Clock" has been with us since 1947. It is a symbolic construct of the now left-leaning Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, a group which "was established in 1945 by scientists, engineers, and other experts who had created the atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project. They knew about the horrible effects of these new weapons and devoted themselves to warning the public about the consequences of using them."

Most people who know of it probably think that the clock's intent is to symbolize how close the world is to the disaster of nuclear war; that was indeed its sole focus for decades. However, the group just moved the clock from six minutes before midnight to five. Wait until you see why, as sympathetically reported on Tuesday by Doyle Rice at USA Today's Science Fair blog:

By Noel Sheppard | January 14, 2012 | 9:52 AM EST

To give you an idea just how perilously liberal Bill Moyers is, in a media discussion with Arianna Huffington Friday, he actually sung the praises of America-hating billionaire George Soros.

Not only that, Moyers also claimed Soros "has been the victim, of course, of Glenn Beck and the right-wing, the Fox News assassins" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Erin R. Brown | January 14, 2012 | 9:34 AM EST

From the network that brought you the failed show, "The Playboy Club," NBC is now offering more trashy television with the new primetime comedy, "Are You There, Chelsea?" based on the book by comedienne and host of "Chelsea Lately," Chelsea Handler. The sitcom, which premiered January 11, centers on the life of Chelsea Handler, a bartender who prays to Vodka, drinks heavily without regret and has a provocative and public sex life.

The previews promoting the season premiere show viewers that "Chelsea" will take them on an alcohol-infused adventure in which anything goes. One preview begins with Chelsea (Laura Prepon) getting pulled over for drunk driving, blowing into a breathalyzer and then thrown in jail. Judging by the accompanying laugh track, viewers are supposed to find the potentially fatal, law-breaking behavior funny.

By NB Staff | January 14, 2012 | 9:04 AM EST

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By NB Staff | January 14, 2012 | 9:01 AM EST

The NFL playoffs continue. Can the Niners beat the Saints? Can the Giants beat the Packers? Can the Texans beat the Ravens? And most importantly, can Tebow beat Brady?

Anything else sports-related you want to talk about?