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By Tom Blumer | | December 22, 2012 | 10:38 AM EST

CNBC host Maria Bartiromo went after Maryland Senator Ben Cardin on the air on Thursday (HT PJ Tatler; original here) after it became clear that Cardin and his fellow Democrats won't support any measure to prevent the fiscal cliff from arriving as currently scheduled on Janaury 1 which does not include increases in the highest marginal income-tax rates. At the end of her tirade, she got applause and cheers from those around her.

I'll give her one cheer for clearly exposing Democrats' "my way of the highway" approach. She missed the opportunity to get to three cheers because it seems that she's just now recognizing after all these months that Democrats, including President Obama, won't accept any kind of a solution that doesn't involve raising the top rates -- even though they've been saying that very thing all along. Far more important: Even if you believe that the tax hikes discussed will actually increase government collections by $1.2 trillion over ten years, that amount is a tiny percentage of the trillion-dollar deficits the government will continue to run as long as the economy putters along at its current mediocre to poor pace.

By Tom Blumer | | December 22, 2012 | 9:05 AM EST

On Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told an Albany radio station some of his ideas for gun control: “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it.”

But in covering what Cuomo said, Thomas Kaplan at the New York Times prefaced Cuomo's specific statement, which he buried in the story's seventh paragraph, by writing that "Mr. Cuomo did not offer specifics about the measures he might propose." Looks "specific" enough to me, Tom. The Times, perhaps sensing that a statement such as Mr. Cuomo's might be the kind with the potential to seriously damage the gun control cause, buried Kaplan's story on Page A29 in Friday's print edition and gave it a boring headline:

By Noel Sheppard | | December 22, 2012 | 8:22 AM EST

The hatred the media have for Wayne LaPierre knows no bounds.

Hours after the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association presented a strategy to protect America's students from the kind of massacre that happened in Newtown, Connecticut, a week ago, MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell opened his program Friday by accusing the gun advocate of being "the lobbyist for mass murderers" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Brent Bozell | | December 22, 2012 | 8:07 AM EST

It’s too hard to try and make sense of a senseless event. Adam Lanza’s merciless slaughter in Connecticut has forced everyone with a microphone to insist we have a “national conversation” about why this happens.

But this urgent need to talk is not an excuse for a reckless discussion. Sadly, that is where we’re headed, with pundits hysterical, naive, or both.


By Randy Hall | | December 22, 2012 | 6:42 AM EST

Controversial liberal filmmaker Michael Moore said on Thursday that many Americans purchase guns because “we're a very frightened people” and stated that “fear is used to the point where everybody feels like they’ve got to have a gun in the house.”

Moore made the comments the day before his 10-year-old film, “Bowling for Columbine,” was to be aired on the liberal cable channel Current TV on Friday, one week after 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 adults and 6 children at the Shady Brook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., along with his mother and himself.

By Tom Johnson | | December 21, 2012 | 10:59 PM EST

The NRA wasn't the only more-or-less conservative entity that Kossacks believed was partly to blame for the horrifying massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Others included the U.S. military and media figures such as Rush Limbaugh.

As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym. Daily Kos Week in Review will return in two weeks. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

By Bill Donohue | | December 21, 2012 | 10:43 PM EST

Former BBC chief and current New York Times Company president Mark Thompson has been cleared of wrongdoing in the BBC case involving Jimmy Savile.

It is entirely plausible that Mark Thompson had nothing to do with spiking the BBC “Newsnight” story on BBC child rapist Jimmy Savile. It is entirely implausible to believe that when Thompson told his BBC lawyers last September to write a letter on his behalf that he knew nothing about its contents: the missive threatened The Sunday Times with a lawsuit if it ran a story implicating Thompson in the Savile matter. Indeed, only a fool would contend that he who authorizes his lawyers to write a letter on his behalf wouldn’t know what he was authorizing.

By Jack Coleman | | December 21, 2012 | 7:24 PM EST

A mock-"Peanuts" comic strip making the rounds, perhaps you've seen it, by way of -- a friend of Charlie Brown's says, "This tragedy should show us how desperately we need to ban guns," referring to the Sandy Hook massacre.

Charlie Brown says -- "Actually, I was thinking it shows why we shouldn't disarm victims." His friend responds -- ""How dare you politicize such a tragic event!" (video clip after page break)

By Matthew Balan | | December 21, 2012 | 6:48 PM EST

Former This Week host Christiane Amanpour's reputation for biased reporting precedes her, despite her own denials. Despite this, ABC thought it fit to air a two-part special starting on Friday evening titled Back to the Beginning. The network's press release trumpeted, "Join...Christiane Amanpour on the ultimate road trip as she travels to the lands of the investigate the roots of those stories that have created so much conflict, and at the same time so much of the healing she has seen across her career."

However, the last time the journalist put together a mini-series on religion, God's Warriors, for CNN in 2007, she gave Muslim "fundamentalists" in the U.S. sympathetic treatment, while showing "concern" for "right-wing" Jewish settlers in the West Bank, and discomfort towards the theology and practices of American evangelical Christians. Amanpour even equated one Christian youth group with the Taliban.

By Clay Waters | | December 21, 2012 | 6:09 PM EST

Friday's New York Times teased on the front page two profiles of prominent figures in the gun control debate (conservative David Keene and liberal New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg). Can you guess which one got more respectful treatment?

Reporter Eric Lichtblau's profile of National Rifle Association leader and "bombastic" conservative activist David Keene was hostile and unduly personal ("N.R.A. Leader, Facing Challenge in Wake of Shooting, Rarely Shies From Fight.") Lichtblau put Keene on defense right off the bat:

By Tim Graham | | December 21, 2012 | 5:52 PM EST

For all those liberals who were upset that "Fox & Friends" interviewed a Santa Claus about the "War on Christmas," the media tends to balance out it Santas. In Friday's Washington Post, columnist Petula Dvorak offered a piece headlined "Santa's heart is heavy."

“It’s even tougher for Santa this year when kids put guns on their Christmas list,” she tweeted. She reports that the Santa at Merrifield Garden Center in northern Virginia hears children request guns for Christmas, "even assault weapons." Santa tells the children guns only make people die, or cry:

By Matthew Sheffield | | December 21, 2012 | 4:47 PM EST

ABC analyst Sam Donaldson was arrested and will face trial for a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. The liberal former White House correspondent was arrested in Lewes, Delaware, near Rehoboth Beach on December 1st.

According to a local radio station, Donaldson decided to waive the formal public reading of the charges against him. The 78-year-old does not currently have a trial scheduled.

By Matt Hadro | | December 21, 2012 | 4:25 PM EST

CNN reporters castigated the NRA on Twitter during the organization's Friday press conference. Piers Morgan went so far as to blame future mass school shootings on the organization.

"Coming to a town near you, courtesy of the #NRA - Gunfights At The U.S. School Corral," Morgan tweeted. He also ripped their agenda as "murderous."

By Paul Wilson | | December 21, 2012 | 2:44 PM EST contributor Aarathi Prasad yearns for an “egalitarian” brave new world of laboratory babies and artificial wombs.

Prasad, in a revealing December 20 opinion piece titled “Reproduction without sex, a liberating future,” argued for the glories of a technological future where kids could simply be produced in the laboratory. She summed up this future in one simple phrase: “After sex without reproduction, reproduction without sex.” 

By Lauren Thompson | | December 21, 2012 | 2:40 PM EST

Here’s a novel take in the left’s war on Christ and Christmas: a celebration of sinful behavior. The gay-friendly channel “Logo” – which airs shows such as “RuPaul’s Drag Race” – is lauding their “7 Days of Holiday Sin” with an especially lewd promo. 

The ad begins with the words “O Come All Ye Sinful” in front of clips of male strippers. Afterwards, a nearly topless woman shakes her breasts at the camera while saying “Let’s get naked.”