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By Matthew Balan | November 26, 2011 | 9:39 PM EST

NBC's Tom Costello made a gaffe of planetary proportions on Saturday's Nightly News as he reported on the launch of NASA's latest Martian rover. The correspondent identified the rocket, which blasted the unmanned Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) probe into space for its eight month-plus journey to the fourth planet, as a "Saturn V." This is actually the name of the rocket that took Apollo astronauts to the Moon in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The last Saturn V flew in 1973.

The expendable rocket that actually blasted off on Saturday morning, taking MSL and its Curiosity rover beyond the Earth's atmosphere, is the Atlas V. It is the newest member of a rocket family that has been in service since the 1950s. John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962 after a modified first-generation Atlas launched his Mercury capsule into space.

By Noel Sheppard | November 26, 2011 | 4:27 PM EST

An Emmy and Grammy Award-winning composer who has written songs for PBS's Sesame Street as well as the Disney Channel was arrested for child pornography Monday.

The Charleston Post and Courier shockingly reported Tuesday:

By Noel Sheppard | November 26, 2011 | 2:35 PM EST

The public obviously aren't as gaga for Lady Gaga as the media are.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the 38-year-old A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving on Thursday night garnered more viewers than the brand new A Very Gaga Thanksgiving:

By Tom Blumer | November 26, 2011 | 1:42 PM EST

It seems that everyone in Washington believes that there is zero chance of any kind of economic calamity befalling this nation until January 2013, even though the government is on track to stay on self-destructive autopilot until then. I do not understand how or why anyone can be that confident.

Jim Kuhnhenn at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, almost gleefully participated in that denial on Thursday in presenting the following paragraphs (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Noel Sheppard | November 26, 2011 | 1:23 PM EST

If you had the misfortune of watching Weekends with Alex Witt on MSNBC Saturday morning, you sadly were treated to four minutes of propaganda about how we Americans just don’t pay enough taxes – period!

CQ Roll Call’s David Hawkings was invited on to misinform the gullible about Americans’ tax rates being too low, corporations shirking their tax responsibilities, the poor paying more than conservatives contend, and, of course, the rich not paying their “fair share” (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | November 26, 2011 | 9:47 AM EST

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer and NPR's Nina Totenberg had a humorous exchange on PBS's Inside Washington Friday.

After mocking Totenberg for the "surprise" of her giving Democrats on the Super Committee credit, Krauthammer scolded her for constantly interrupting him saying, "I'm in the middle of a sentence, and I am going to get to the end, and I will let you know with punctuation, alright?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | November 26, 2011 | 8:57 AM EST

Speak out.

By NB Staff | November 26, 2011 | 8:55 AM EST

So many great sporting events this weekend who knows what to watch?

By Jack Coleman | November 26, 2011 | 8:34 AM EST

Did you know the Pilgrims were not only illegal immigrants, but part of that reviled economic elite known today as the one percent? At least according to Tulane professor and MSNBC contributor Melissa Harris-Perry.

Here's Harris-Perry on Al Sharpton's radio show earlier this week reaching for new heights in revisionism (audio) --

By Brent Bozell | November 26, 2011 | 8:17 AM EST

The culture of Hollywood has just been beautifully defined by two awards-show decisions. The first one was Brett Ratner being dumped as the director of ABC’s Oscars telecast after he said “rehearsals are for fags.” It wasn’t long before Ratner turned himself in for “negotiations” with the gay Anti-Defamation cops about doing P.C. penance.

The second one, just days later, was the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and NBC begging British comedian Ricky Gervais to host the Golden Globe Awards again – after he mercilessly insulted nearly everyone in Hollywood and ended last year’s program with a long list of thank yous, ending with “And thank you to God – for making me an atheist.”

By Tim Graham | November 26, 2011 | 8:04 AM EST

In the same issue of Broadcasting & Cable magazine in which Al Gore described the public's deep yearning for Current TV, former ABC anchor (and current NBC Rock Center special correspondent ) Ted Koppel issued one of his lectures on how the elite media has lost its way amidst all the rabble and their incessant partisan blogging and partisan cable news.

To Koppel, the nation was much better off when it was guided by a small and wise (and supposedly nonpartisan) national media elite that had the brains to separate the wheat from the chaff of information and tell the public how it should think. That's all been ruined now by the "democratization of journalism," and the public will ruin the country with their incessantly partisan ravings. Here's some of that critique:

By Tom Blumer | November 25, 2011 | 11:52 PM EST

On November 15 (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), I compared how two of the leading wire services, Reuters and the Associated Press, covered the announcement by Geron Corp. of its decision to halt the first government-approved clinical trial involving embryonic stem cells. Reuters fairly noted that "teams working with adult stem cells -- a less ambitious area -- are making good progress." While one could quarrel with the characterization of adult stem cell research as "less ambitious" (unless you throw in cloning, which is what sometimes seems to be embryonic researchers' primary area of intrigue), its "good progress" descriptor was fair. Meanwhile, the Associated Press's coverage of the same story failed to even recognize the existence of adult stem cell research.

Wesley Smith, a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute's Center on Human Exceptionalism and an influential prolife author, has observed that the establishment press has largely come down where AP did. A Friday Catholic News Agency item elaborates (bolds are mine):

By Tim Graham | November 25, 2011 | 8:40 PM EST

Penny Starr at reported on a cultural clash between the Ayn Rand fan who created Lululemon yoga clothing and the liberals who've been shocked and dismayed by the company's "Who Is John Galt?" tote bags.

On the November 17 edition of NPR’s All Things Considered, substitute anchor Guy Raz interviewed a reporter, Simon Houpt, with the Toronto Globe and Mail, who said Lululemon “has severely alienated its core constituency” by distributing the bag. Houpt told Raz that “John Galt’s” ideals are “completely contrary to the teachings of yoga -- that yoga is, in fact, a core component of building community, and that the notion of self-interest, in fact, runs completely against that.”

By Tim Graham | November 25, 2011 | 7:59 PM EST

James Taranto at The Wall Street Journal enjoys watching the New York Times columnists clash with each other. Most recently, Thomas Friedman was not a fan of Obama's mushy budget politics, while Paul Krugman played defense for the president.

"Here we are in America again on the eve of a major budgetary decision by yet another bipartisan 'supercommittee,' and does anyone know what President Obama's preferred outcome is?" asked Friedman on November 16. "Exactly which taxes does he want raised, and which spending does he want cut? The president's politics on this issue seems to be a bowl of poll-tested mush." Krugman sang a different tune two days later:


By Noel Sheppard | November 25, 2011 | 6:21 PM EST

The next time you get into an argument with a liberal about whether or not the media is biased, show him or her the following video of MSNBC's Chris Matthews admitting on Friday's Hardball that it is (video follows with transcript and commentary):