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By Kyle Drennen | January 10, 2012 | 12:34 PM EST

On NBC's Rock Center on Monday, correspondent Mike Taibbi led the broadcast with a report on Mitt Romney's family roots in Mexico: "It's a little known fact that there's a whole branch of Mitt's family living right here in Mexico, including his second cousin, Layton Romney." [Audio available here]

Following the report, host Brian Williams used the story to discuss Mitt Romney's stance on illegal immigration, observing: "And couldn't you make the case the family tree is an aspect of the Dream Act?" Taibbi agreed: "Absolutely. I mean, his father [George Romney] could be the poster boy for the Dream Act." [View video after the jump]

By Scott Whitlock | January 10, 2012 | 12:29 PM EST

File this under the "He would know" category. George Stephanopoulos, the former Democratic operative who worked for Bill Clinton and Michael Dukakis, confidently asserted on Tuesday that Democrats are "licking their chops" over Mitt Romney's comment that he likes to "fire" health insurers who don't provide adequate coverage. [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

Stephanopoulos teased the segment by hyping, "But has Mitt Romney hurt his chances for a big win with these controversial comments?" How did Stephanopoulos and GMA cover another controversial story, the questionably legal appointment of Richard Cordray to run a consumer protection board? They didn't. On Tuesday, however, Stephanopoulos said of Romney's comment: "Democrats just licking their chops when they saw this."

By Clay Waters | January 10, 2012 | 11:17 AM EST

The presence of conservative Christians sends New York Times political reporters into labeling overload, and that’s where Erik Eckholm could be found Saturday, “Evangelicals Step Up Efforts to United on an Alternative to Romney.”

Eleven conservative labels were crammed into Eckholm’s 1,100-word story, not including three more in the photo captions and one in quoted material, and a “religious right” reference in the text for good measure. By contrast, in January 2008 the Times was reluctant to call even uber-liberal pols like Jesse Jackson and Ted Kennedy liberal; those two and 2008 Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards were only “populists.” Here’s a sampling from Saturday:

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

As NewsBusters has been reporting, Chris Matthews has clearly joined the Anyone But Romney for Republican presidential nominee crowd.

Appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe Tuesday, the Hardball host enthusiastically endorsed one of the former Massachusetts governor's New Hampshire primary rivals actually saying on live television, "If I were voting here I’d vote for Huntsman because he’s American" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | January 10, 2012 | 10:30 AM EST

There it is in living color on the front page of today's Washington Post. In a photo accompanying stories on pre-primary campaigning in the Granite State are two "Don't Believe the Liberal Media!" posters outside Mary Ann's Diner in Derry, New Hampshire.

The Media Research Center (MRC)* posters advertise StoptheBias.org, a website for the MRC's 2012 Tell the Truth! campaign. See the photo below the page break.

By Geoffrey Dickens | January 10, 2012 | 10:18 AM EST

This week the Today show is celebrating 60 years of being on the air, and for over 20 of those years the MRC has been documenting the NBC morning show’s liberal agenda. From past anchors like Bryant Gumbel blaming “right wing” talk radio for the Oklahoma City bombing and  Katie Couric trashing Ronald Reagan as an “airhead,” up through current anchor Matt Lauer wondering how Barack Obama would “manage the expectations” of being called “The Messiah,”
MRC analysts have been documenting the worst the show has offered.

The following are 10 of the most obnoxiously liberal examples of Today show bias from the MRC’s archive; for even more bias from the Today show anchors please visit the Profile in Bias pages of Gumbel, Couric, Lauer, Meredith Vieira and Ann Curry. (Top 10 Video Countdown after the jump)

By Julia A. Seymour | January 10, 2012 | 9:54 AM EST

In November 2011 it became public knowledge that the Chevy Volt could possibly catch fire weeks after a serious accident. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) opened its investigation into the matter on Nov. 25. Now General Motors is trying to recall all of the Volts for "enhancements," all while attempting to avoid the word recall. ABC and NBC are also avoiding that recent development.

On Jan. 5 Associated Press reported that GM "will ask Volt owners to return the cars to dealers for structural modifications." NPR reported that "GM is fixing the cars under a customer service campaign. That's kind of like a recall, but it comes without the bad publicity or the federal scrutiny of a safety recall."

By Noel Sheppard | January 10, 2012 | 9:42 AM EST

As NewsBusters has reported for months, MSNBC's Joe Scarborough has a chip on his shoulder concerning Newt Gingrich that has been regularly apparent on Morning Joe.

On Tuesday's program, co-host Mika Brzezinski started an interview with the former Speaker of the House by saying, "I’m so sorry about Joe being so personal in his opinions. So, from the beginning here, he issues you a formal apology" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | January 10, 2012 | 9:40 AM EST

Today we have two topics for you on OT. The first is that today is the New Hampshire primary in the Republican presidential race. All reports indicate that Mitt Romney will be a big winner in the state. Fellow candidate Jon Huntsman has bet the farm on the small Northeastern state. Will he drop out if he doesn't do well? Will we see any other dropouts or does New Hampshire just not matter very much in this presidential cycle?

The second topic for today is yet another example of how liberals don't practice what they preach. Big-time Obama supporters Beyonce Knowles and Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter" apparently rented an entire hospital floor in New York City and then had the gall to deny other parents in the hospital the ability to see their own children:

By Tim Graham | January 10, 2012 | 8:33 AM EST

In this week's Time magazine -- compiled before the Denver Broncos' stunning overtime win on Sunday -- alleged religion expert and deposed Newsweek editor Jon Meacham brings his liberal Episcopalian sensibilities to the subject of Tim Tebow. Meacham tries to play referee between the warring sides, asking why we can't all get along. "This cultural Passion Play of red-state piety and blue-state scorn is at once familiar and dispiriting."

"If Christians like Tebow are going to bear witness so publicly, then they ought not to be surprised when they are talked about in ways that require them to turn the other cheek," Meacham lectured. "To insist that criticism of Tebow -- even vulgar criticism -- is evidence that American culture is hostile to Christianity is wrong-headed." It's not evidence? It's self-negating?

By Clay Waters | January 10, 2012 | 6:55 AM EST

Reporter Elizabeth Jensen paid tribute to hard-left public television host-for-life Bill Moyers in the Sunday Arts & Leisure section, under the fulsome headline  “He’s Back, Just as Curious as Ever.”

The MRC’s Brent Bozell paraded a list of Moyers' many hypocrisies and hard-left statements in a 2004 column:

By John Nolte | January 10, 2012 | 6:35 AM EST

Unlike the corrupt mainstream media, Disney Studios has no obligation, moral or otherwise, to inform anyone about the White House throwing a lavish Hollywood-themed party during the depths of the Great Recession. But it is more than a little revealing that just prior to the release of a big-budget adaptation of “Alice In Wonderland,” the studio wouldn’t use a White House event ATTENDED BY THE PRESIDENT AND THE FIRST LADY to help promote the film.

The New York Post:

By Tim Graham | January 9, 2012 | 8:45 PM EST

Politico's Roger Simon really doesn't like Republicans. In 1999, as Rudy Giuliani prepared to face carpet-bagging Hillary Clinton in a Senate race, Simon sneered, "Hillary’s chief rival, Republican New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, combines the political instincts of a knife fighter with all the restraint of a 4-year-old."

But he took his arrogance up a notch for a Sunday column filed after the ABC debate entitled "They are not worthy." He meant the Republicans aren't worthy -- of the press corps that covers them. "On this night, this gym at St. Anselm College is packed with the most talented political journalists in America," Simon proclaimed. He concluded they were far  more talented than the hacks on stage:

By P.J. Gladnick | January 9, 2012 | 8:26 PM EST

The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

Oops! I mean the sea is rising! The sea is rising!

Such is the premise, chock full of laughable hysteria mixed in with premonitions of massive governmental spending based on a theory yet to be proven, in this Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel front page story by David Fleshler. As Chicken Little Fleshler describes, the plan to combat an unproven problem isn't just any plan, it's a BATTLE plan:

By Jack Coleman | January 9, 2012 | 7:55 PM EST

Think your government has more than enough on its hands? Geraldo Rivera wants it to do so much more.

On his new WABC radio show Friday, Rivera cited an incident that day involving a Brooklyn mother suspected of killing her 3-year-old daughter, saying this (audio clips after page break) --