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By Noel Sheppard | December 4, 2011 | 1:50 PM EST

When the Washington Post's "conservative" blogger Jennifer Rubin last Sunday accused the right-leaning media of being "embarrassingly bad this election cycle," it seemed a metaphysical certitude CNN's Howard Kurtz would soon have her on to advance her view.

True to form, exactly one week later there was Rubin on Reliable Sources with the host saying, "This indictment suggests, my reading of it, that the conservative media, parts of the conservative media are essentially corrupt" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | December 4, 2011 | 1:05 PM EST

The Chris Matthews Show this weekend played an absolutely hilarious clip of the late comedian Chris Farley impersonating Newt Gingrich at a House Republican Conference meeting in April 1995.

For your entertainment pleasure this Sunday, here is the entire hysterical event (video follows):

By Tom Blumer | December 4, 2011 | 10:08 AM EST

Not that it took keen insight to catch it, but yours truly was one of a very few people who pointed out that General/Government Motors unduly dressed up its financial statements in advance of its late-2010 initial public offering by foisting an unreasonable level of vehicle inventory on dealers. The effect of this was to enable the company, which in accordance with general industry practice recognizes sales when it ships vehicles to dealers, to book an estimated $900 million in sent-ahead pre-tax profit largely not supported by dealer sales.

Contrary to the drawdown or at least level-off I expected after the IPO, GM, with of course virtually no establishment media coverage, has continued to push vehicles out to its dealers to what would appear to be potentially dangerous levels, as seen in the following graphic (HT to Zero Hedge for original):

By Noel Sheppard | December 4, 2011 | 9:52 AM EST

As NewsBusters previously reported, MSNBC's Ed Schultz last week actually suggested that CNN's Anderson Cooper might have had something to do with him being named to GQ's "The 25 Least Influential People Alive" list.

On Friday's Anderson Cooper 360, the host nicely put the pathetic Schultz in his proper place - The RidicuList (video follows with transcript and absolutely no additional commentary necessary):

By Mark Finkelstein | December 4, 2011 | 9:31 AM EST

Check out the screengrab after the jump.  Before Chris Hayes uttered word one of commentary about Hermain Cain's speech suspending his campaign, he reacted with derisive laughter.  Hayes, host of a weekend MSNBC show, was serving as analyst on Alex Witt's show as they broke down the Cain announcement.

Hayes went on to mock Cain and his speech as a "bizarre charade" and a "freak show," along the way laughing once more, this time at the notion Cain might have a career as a motivational speaker. Video after the jump.

By Brad Wilmouth | December 4, 2011 | 9:24 AM EST

On Saturday's Good Morning America on ABC, a few hours before Herman Cain's announcement that he would drop out of the presidential race, as anchor Bianna Goldryga and correspondent David Kerley speculated about what Cain would do, Kerley mocked Cain as Kerley referred to the GOP candidate's tendency to call himself the "CEO of self," and wondered if he would "fire himself":


By Tim Graham | December 4, 2011 | 8:58 AM EST

Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles is both generally unfunny and a terrible artist. That doesn't mean he can't offend conservatives, as he did in 2006 when he had defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld categorize a quadruple-amputee as "battle hardened."

In Sunday's newspaper, Toles mocked Newt Gingrich as so rhetorically reckless and self-destructive that the best caricature of him is of....a radical Islamic suicide-bomber. Was this really funny? Provocative? Yes. Badly drawn? Of course:

By Tim Graham | December 4, 2011 | 7:38 AM EST

Only in a liberal cocoon of a publication would come the headine, “Chelsea Clinton, Living Up to the Family Name.” But there it was in The New York Times. That writer sounds like someone who never read The Starr Report, or anything else critical of the way the Clintons managed the White House or Little Rock.

Amy Chozick's article has no Chelsea (or Clinton) critics of any kind, of course, and ends with the usual leg-thrill about Chelsea running for office. But the Times has added details about how NBC obsequiously granted Chelsea an audience and signed her on without apparently having any qualms about her pledge to raise money for the Obama re-election campaign. NBC signed her to a "three month trial contract"?

By Jack Coleman | December 3, 2011 | 9:53 PM EST

On his radio show yesterday, Ed Schultz asked Rich Stockwell, executive producer for "The Ed Show" on MSNBC, about their responsibility in covering Occupy protests.

Stockwell's response (audio) -- "Well, look, as journalists we need to cover this story. We need to let people know where it is, what it means, try to understand it, get people on who speak literately about it, and capture the mood of the country." (video and audio clips after page break)

By Matthew Sheffield | December 3, 2011 | 4:05 PM EST

Moments ago:

Republican candidate Herman Cain is suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination to avoid continued news coverage of allegations of sexual misconduct that is hurtful to his family.

“I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distractions and the continued hurt caused on me and my family,” Cain told several hundred supporters gathered at what was to have been the opening of his national campaign headquarters.

By Tim Graham | December 3, 2011 | 1:33 PM EST

New NPR President Gary Knell made an appearance on their afternoon talk show Talk of the Nation on Friday (his first day) to give the appearance of transparency and responsiveness and to build morale after scandals such as the Juan Williams firing and the deeply embarrassing Muslim Brotherhood sting video, which led to several firings.

Knell just strained credulity beyond the breaking point by claiming NPR is not an advocacy organization, but a network of "fairness and accuracy and honesty," and it's "probably barred by our charter." It's correct that the founding Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 called for objectivity and balance in "all programming of a controversial nature," but NPR has followed that legal language about as seriously as Bill Clinton has upheld his marital vows. One might say this is a promising rhetorical start -- until you listen daily to the product right now.

By Tim Graham | December 3, 2011 | 12:46 PM EST

Via Jim Romenesko, we're reminded that Arianna Huffington is so cheap, not only does The Huffington Post fail to pay interns. They charge interns for the privilege! How very "One Percent" of her.

A Huffington Post internship sold on for $5,200 this week, reports Jeff Bercovici. "In an auction held last spring, a three-month internship netted a massive $14,400. Last year, one sold for $9,000, and in 2009 the winning bid was $13,000. That price history makes $5,200 look like a serious bargain, and that’s even before you factor in the free soda and the nap rooms."

By Noel Sheppard | December 3, 2011 | 11:13 AM EST

The liberals on PBS's Inside Washington Friday were all giddy at the thought of Newt Gingrich as the Republican presidential nominee.

So sure this would be good news for the president he adores, syndicated columnist and PBS fixture Mark Shields said this would result in the "landslide reelection victory of Barack Obama" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | December 3, 2011 | 9:50 AM EST

Last week NewsBusters introduced readers to an amazing 15-year-old homeless girl in Florida with a surpisingly upbeat view on life.

Today, meet Alexis Manthey, a six-year-old girl from Oklahoma who used her birthday money to buy Christmas gifts for a stranger (video follows with highlights and commentary):

By NB Staff | December 3, 2011 | 9:47 AM EST

Can we tawk?