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By Noel Sheppard | November 24, 2011 | 2:39 PM EST

As Occupy-loving media continue to express outrage over protesters getting pepper-sprayed by campus police officers at the University of California at Davis last week, a surprising admission by one of the attendees was uncovered in an interview Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman did Monday.

One of the pepper-sprayed students told Goodman, "We had encircled them [campus police], and they were trying to leave, and they were trying to clear a path. And so, we sat down, linked arms, and said that if they wanted to clear the path, they would have to go through us" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Brad Wilmouth | November 24, 2011 | 2:28 PM EST

On Wednesday's CBS Evening News, correspondent Chip Reid filed a report which took a sympathetic look at a family of illegal immigrants in Alabama who fear enforcement of the state's new law against illegal immigration. Reid also highlighted aspects of the law that even supporters consider to be flaws that should be fixed.

The CBS correspondent began the report by focusing on the "agonizing" plight of a 15-year-old illegal immigrant who fears separation from his parents:

By Noel Sheppard | November 24, 2011 | 1:15 PM EST

It certainly wasn't what American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina was wishing for on Thanksgiving.

As she sang the national anthem at the start of the Green Bay Packers-Detroit Lions NFL football game Thursday, Alaina fumbled the lyrics a bit, and stood silent for a few seconds as the crowd nervously looked on:

By Noel Sheppard | November 24, 2011 | 11:20 AM EST

NBC on Wednesday issued a formal apology to Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) for the offensive song that was played as she walked onto the stage to be Jimmy Fallon's guest Monday evening.

The issue was discussed in great detail on Thursday's Today show (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By NB Staff | November 24, 2011 | 9:47 AM EST

NewsBusters wanted to wish all of its readers a Happy Thanksgiving by sharing Rush Limbaugh's depiction of what really happened centuries ago at Plymouth Rock (video courtesy Daily Rushbo):

By Noel Sheppard | November 24, 2011 | 9:21 AM EST

As NewsBusters publisher Brent Bozell accurately observed Tuesday, America's media have pounced on the University of California at Davis incident where Occupy protesters were pepper-sprayed by campus police.

Doing his part Wednesday was liberal radio host Ed Schultz who on his Thanksgiving Eve program actually equated this incident to the Rodney King beating (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | November 24, 2011 | 8:38 AM EST

Although it's long been proved that Sarah Palin and so-called violent political rhetoric had absolutely nothing to do with January's tragic shootings in Tucson, Arizona, CNN's Piers Morgan felt it was necessary to bring her up during Wednesday's interview with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' (D-Ariz.) husband.

For his part, astronaut Mark Kelly was only too happy to take the bait and run with it (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | November 24, 2011 | 8:27 AM EST

Every week, it seems the Obama administration is granting another favor to the "LGBT" community, but the D.C. gay magazine Metro Weekly is especially thankful this November for obscure HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan for becoming the Cabinet's most pronounced gay-marriage advocate.

Chris Geidner reported "U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan became the first sitting cabinet secretary to announce support for marriage equality, saying on Nov. 15 that he 'absolutely'' supports marriage equality in an exclusive interview with Metro Weekly."

By Tim Graham | November 24, 2011 | 7:15 AM EST

Via Fox Nation, we learn that The New York Times can find a liberal sermon in just about any holiday. At the Opinionator blog, philosopher Justin Erik Halldor Smith found pain and angst in the "dark parody" of the presidential pardoning of a turkey, since it reminds him too tenderly of the fate of death-row prisoners:

He wrote, "In just a few days, we will once again endure the annual spectacle of the president of the United States  pardoning a turkey that would otherwise have been fated for the Thanksgiving table. This event is typically covered in the media as a light-hearted bit of fluff — and fluff is what it might well be, if there were not actual humans on death row awaiting similar intervention. "

By John Nolte | November 24, 2011 | 7:00 AM EST

This is a good time to bring up something that’s been bothering me for a couple of years now. As someone who has made his way in the world all on my own and without the help of rich parents or family connections, do I resent the fact that Tim Russert’s son Luke has been shot by the cannon of nepotism into a job men twice his age and with ten times his experience only dream of? Actually, no.

This is how the world works. Relationships matter and that’s life. I do, however, resent the fact that he’s not up to the job and that every time he’s on MSNBC talking about his Congressional beat I get “Bugsy Malone” flashbacks.

By Tim Graham | November 24, 2011 | 12:33 AM EST

On Tuesday night, ABC's World News pulled out another story that sounded like a fan letter to the Obama campaign. ESPN's Rachel Nichols, who just happens to be married to Diane Sawyer's stepson Max Nichols, paid tribute to Obama "body man" Reggie Love, now leaving the White House.

Love has been there for the small moments and the "landmark" moments, like passing the so-called "stimulus" bill -- as if that was an American highlight.


By Tom Blumer | November 23, 2011 | 6:54 PM EST

I admit that I haven't kept up with trends in establishment press local crime coverage. But an item at Toledo-area blogger Maggie Thurber's place about a robbery-related story in Monday's Toledo Blade caught my attention. I hope the perspective Maggie saw on display is an outlier. I'm concerned that it may not be.

You see, someone robbing a convenience store in the Glass City was killed during the attempt, and the "Blade Staff" in the unbylined story called him a victim -- twice:

By Jack Coleman | November 23, 2011 | 6:48 PM EST

A much-trumpeted "innovation" from Occupy footstompers is the so-called "human mic" whereby people in a crowd parrot the words of a designated non-leader to amplify his or her message.

Examples of this creepy phenomenon abound, including this one helpfully provided by Occupy cultist Rachel Maddow on her MSNBC show last night (video clip after page break) --

By Matthew Balan | November 23, 2011 | 5:16 PM EST

CBS's Early Show on Wednesday boosted a claim by Democrats that a recent Mitt Romney ad takes a line from a 2008 speech by then-candidate Barack Obama out of context. However, CBS noted at that time that Obama was using that line to counter a McCain campaign ad which played up the Democrat's association with left-wing terrorist Bill Ayers.

Anchor Erica Hill raised the controversy over the Romney ad towards the end of a segment with political correspondent Jan Crawford about the most recent Republican presidential debate. After playing the relevant part of the commercial, which includes a clip of Obama stating that "if we keep talking about the economy, we're going to lose," Hill asked, "A lot of controversy over that ad, Jan. Why?"

By Tim Graham | November 23, 2011 | 4:35 PM EST

On Tuesday's Early Show, CBS reporter Bill Plante explained the Obama strategy in the wake of the "super committee" failure: "He came out and put the finger on Congress. He's trying to use public disgust over the gridlock as a lever."

Obama's line was exactly CBS's line on Tuesday's Evening News. Scott Pelley began the show by asking: "Tonight, did Congress kill the recovery? Stores worry that there will be fewer shoppers. Consumers fear take-home pay will shrink. The Pentagon plans massive cuts. Anthony Mason and David Martin report it's all fallout from the failure in Washington." In the entire newscast, a search shows the name "Obama" never surfaces.