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By Ken Shepherd | January 5, 2012 | 10:52 AM EST

Washington Post scribes David Nakamura and Felicia Sonmez dutifully set out today to paint President Obama as the hero of the masses for his "bold act of political defiance" in naming "Richard Cordray as head a new consumer watchdog agency Wednesday, bypassing Republican opposition in the Senate that derailed his nomination last month."

Nakamura and Sonmez waited until the 10th paragraph in their 33-paragraph page A1 story to get to the Republican side of the argument, that "precedent, over the past two decades, has been that no president can make such an appointment during a recess of less than 10 days."

By Clay Waters | January 5, 2012 | 9:44 AM EST

New York Times reporter Jan Hoffman celebrated explicit online sex education programs, including one run by abortion provider Planned Parenthood, in Saturday’s edition: “Sex Education Gets Directly to Youths, Via Text.” Hoffman found a video made by teens showing a girl being pelted with condoms to be "funny and blunt," and profiled a "vital" Chicago school program called Sex-Ed Loop that focused on "where to find low-cost lubricants."

By Geoffrey Dickens | January 5, 2012 | 9:36 AM EST

Matt Lauer became a regular co-host of NBC’s Today show on January 6, 1997 and while his partners have changed over the years from Katie Couric, to Meredith Vieira and most recently Ann Curry, he’s joined them in regularly serving viewers a hearty portion of liberal spin to go along with their morning cup of coffee.

Over the years Lauer has treated his Democratic guests with light and frothy questions, as was the case when he asked Barack Obama how he would be able to “manage” the “expectations” of those hoping he would be their “Savior” and “Messiah.” In contrast he’s hit Republicans with  bitter queries about their ability to lead, like the time he asked then Senator-Elect Rand Paul if Republicans, after having rode a “wave of anger and energy” into office in the 2010 midterms, would then “govern in Washington with anger?”

Below are just a few examples of Lauer's bias over the years. For a more extensive collection please visit his Profile in Bias page. (video after the jump)

By Brad Wilmouth | January 5, 2012 | 8:28 AM EST

Appearing as a guest on Wednesday's The Colbert Report on Comedy Central, New York magazine's John Heilemann - also an MSNBC analyst and formerly of The New Yorker - made a gay joke about GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum as he described the competitive election in Iowa. (Video below)

After host Stephen Colbert, playing the part of committed conservative wanting to pump up Santorum, asked of the Iowa results, "So, Santorum, this is a victory, right? He may have lost, but it's a victory," Heilemann took a shot at the former Pennsylvania Senator in his response:

By John Nolte | January 5, 2012 | 8:13 AM EST

Interesting analysis below, but what’s most glaring is that neither Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid nor House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi received enough attention from our brave Late Night gang to even rank on this list. However! Two years-plus out of office, George W. Bush and Dick Cheney got hit 36 and 66 times respectively.

Takes an awful lot of guts to Speak! Truth! To! The! Out! Of! Power!

By Tim Graham | January 5, 2012 | 7:55 AM EST

Newsweek's Andrew Romano was given two days inside Obama's re-election headquarters and came out with an article boasting (in the headline) "Team Obama has quietly built a juggernaut re-election machine in Chicago."

"While the GOP candidates have spent the last year parading and pirouetting on Fox News, the president’s team has been quietly, methodically channeling their worry back into the campaign—and creating something, I discovered in Chicago, that will be even bigger, even smarter, and even more surprising than their revolutionary 2008 operation," Romano oozed. He forwarded the spin of Obama chief Jim Messina (and Time’s Michael Crowley) that the GOP debates have been all downside for Obama’s "clumsy" challengers:

By Tim Graham | January 5, 2012 | 6:42 AM EST

The increasing irrelevance of "news" magazines is apparent on the cover of the latest Time magazine with its promise of  a "2012 User's Guide," but this is merely framing the same old warmed-over TV dinners of political analysis. In his "preview" of the GOP primaries, Time's Michael Crowley just bashes away at the Republicans as a weak field of unserious candidates. The low point comes under the heading "I Know What You Said Last Winter."  Crowley trashes the GOP candidate debates by comparing them to the silliest garbage on reality TV.

"Even if the GOP primaries, wind down quickly, many Republicans are concerned that they will hve done damage to their party," Crowley wrote, as if there should have been no primary season at all. "The series of televised debates -- 16 to be exact -- may have been great entertainment, a political junkie's equivalent of Keeping Up with the Kardashians." Can anyone imagine that crude dismissal by Time of a debate with Barack Obama in the middle of it?

By Brent Baker | January 5, 2012 | 12:24 AM EST

Showing how no left-wing effort to raise taxes is too silly or embarrassing for ABC News to embrace, World News on Wednesday night jumped to promote a Web video, created by a group founded by a former Howard Dean operative and “featured contributor” to the Huffington Post (Rick Jacobs), to impose a higher state income tax rate on Californians earning over $1 million.
 
“First it was Warren Buffett,” anchor Diane Sawyer glowed in citing her hero, “and now it is reality TV star Kim Kardashian. What could they have in common? Both center stage on the question of fairness in the way the country taxes the rich versus the middle class. Some big unions in California have created an ad saying people like Kim Kardashian are the reason the tax code has to change.”

By Tom Blumer | January 4, 2012 | 11:19 PM EST

A few readers asked me for my reaction to Derek Kravitz's December 23 report at the Associated Press on new-home sales. I thought that it was reasonably good, but felt that his leaving open in readers' minds the idea that this year's sales could conceivably top last year's was in bad form.

I was too kind. Based on data available elsewhere, Kravitz should have known (and maybe did) that instead of holding out the possibility that "December would have to produce its best monthly sales total in four years for 2011 to finish ahead of last year's total," he should have written something along the lines of: "There is virtually no chance that 2011 will be better than 2010."

By Tim Graham | January 4, 2012 | 11:02 PM EST

From Ohio to Massachusetts, Democrats in trouble are somehow merely politicians without an identifiable party. On Monday’s Morning Edition, NPR aired a three-and-a-half-minute corruption story from Cleveland that never mentioned the party starting with D.

Anchor Linda Wertheimer explained, “In Ohio today, a trial gets underway in the biggest public corruption case the state's ever seen. Jimmy Dimora rose from sanitation worker to commissioner of Cuyahoga County, which includes Cleveland and its suburbs. He's accused of being at the center of a number of bribery schemes that federal investigators uncovered in recent years.”

By Mark Finkelstein | January 4, 2012 | 9:23 PM EST

Was it another slip of the tongue by the Reverend Resist We Much,"  or an intentional playing of the race card?

You be the judge.  On his MSNBC show this evening, Al Sharpton claimed "the Republican party has been in a mad rush to its extreme white wing." Video after the jump.

By Tim Graham | January 4, 2012 | 8:19 PM EST

On Tuesday, Daily Kos boss Markos Moulitsas asked his fellow lefties: "Have you seen Mittens' latest?" He's not referring to a cat. This is his pet name for Mitt Romney. Moulitsas could not believe Romney would find liberals divisive when it comes to egging on themes of class war. His headline was "Republicans want a united America! As long as you're white, male, and rich"

All the divisiveness comes from those plutocrats and the conservative demonizers of black and brown and gay and aborting Americans:

By Tim Graham | January 4, 2012 | 7:58 PM EST

On Tuesday, liberal radio host Thom Hartmann engaged a conservative caller who was tired of the anti-capitalist rhetoric from President Obama and the left. “From the president’s own mouth, the anti-capitalist rhetoric is so poisoned,” said the caller.

Hartmann interrupted: “It is rhetoric in opposition to the excesses of unregulated capitalism. Unregulated capitalism can become a cancer just like unregulated growth in a cell is the definition of cancer.” Hartmann went on to say that libertarian notions are corrupting government, and that the Founding Fathers were for “general welfare” exactly like Franklin Roosevelt.

By Jack Coleman | January 4, 2012 | 6:57 PM EST

Debuting his first radio show yesterday on WABC in New York City,  Geraldo Rivera reminisced about his storied career in media with guests including Donald Trump, former NYC mayor Ed Koch and Fox News colleague Mike Huckabee.

The show turned unintentionally hilarious when Rivera described how he begged Fox chief Roger Ailes to send him to Afghanistan as a war correspondent after 9/11, and Rivera's response to the stunning news last May that bin Laden was dead (audio) --

By Scott Whitlock | January 4, 2012 | 5:00 PM EST

According to the journalists at "Good Morning America," the day after a social conservative triumphed in Iowa was the right time to aggressively promote a "modern" family consisting of a woman who has sex with two men while raising a child, a bizarre threesome whose rule is to only date inside their "species."

Yes, the same program that enthusiastically devoted 64 minutes to a "pregnant man," that thrilled over an environmentalist who shunned toilet paper, that hyped another man who lived in his own filth, has a new love. Reporter Abbie Boudreau uncritically explained that these three people are "looking for lots of different people to love." She gushed, "Really, these days a modern family, just like ABC's hit comedy, can be anything you make it."