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By Clay Waters | December 30, 2011 | 11:12 PM EST

The New York Times disguised a left-wing political appeal under its Christmas Day editorial, “The Miracle and the Means.”

"Some years it would be nice if there really were a Santa Claus," they wrote. "Imagine it. No lists, no shopping, no gift-wrapping, no bills, no shipping costs, an extremely low carbon footprint -- and on Christmas morning the miraculous appearance of presents that find just the right balance between desire and a sort of disciplinary justice."

By Mark Finkelstein | December 30, 2011 | 6:11 PM EST

Twenty-four years ago, Los Angeles Dodgers VP Al Campanis was forced to resign his position for saying on national TV that blacks lack "the necessities" to be baseball managers and executives.  

On today's Hardball, Chris Matthews was so enjoying himself mocking Rick Perry's intelligence, that he decided to use a slightly mangled version of the same line on the Texas governor. Video after the jump.

By Tom Blumer | December 30, 2011 | 4:55 PM EST

It's certainly not the most egregious media bias or error story you'll every see. But hey, it's the end of the year and almost GOP primary time, so take a break, lighten up a bit, and enjoy this one.

On Wednesday, as shown here and based on when comments first appeared, USA Today's Chris Woodyard put up an item in McPaper's "Drive On" blog about how the funeral of North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Il used decades-old Lincolns. The headline: "North Korea's elite use Nixon-era Lincolns." Figures, right? Any chance to get in a dig at a Republican or conservative. What's wrong with just saying "1970s"? Well, nothing, especially when you're proven wrong about the Nixonian lineage.

By Tim Graham | December 30, 2011 | 4:32 PM EST

Chris Matthews showed up from Java Joe's in Des Moines in the 11 am hour on MSNBC Friday to underline the liberal arrogance that in the Obama era, all the country's hatred is against Obama, and apparently liberals are utterly incapable of adding anything to the Hate Quotient.

"I heard a voice this morning a woman came up to me and said I’m really for Obama, but I want to end these years of hatred. Now if people start voting for the Republicans because there’s too much divisiveness because of Obama, that’s real trouble for the White House," Matthews said. He then declared: "In other words, the way to end the hatred in America is to get rid of the object of the hatred. Well, that’s a strange way to do things."

By Jack Coleman | December 30, 2011 | 2:17 PM EST

Leave it to a fringe leftist to tout a rarely-defended plan proposed by Franklin Roosevelt.

Angered by Supreme Court rulings that blocked many New Deal initiatives, Roosevelt in 1937 came up with what he considered an ingenious scheme to get around the court -- increasing it from 9 to 15 justices, the additional six most assuredly sharing Roosevelt's politics. (audio clip after page break)

By Mark Finkelstein | December 30, 2011 | 1:57 PM EST

Has Andrea Mitchell appointed herself hall monitor of the 2012 elections?  On her MSNBC show today, Mitchell asked Mitt Romney whether he had "an apology to make to the voters" for the negative ads against Newt Gingrich being run by Romney-friendly Super PACs.

For good measure, Mitchell scolded: "is that the kind of campaign you want to run: a negative campaign?" Video after the jump.

By Tim Graham | December 30, 2011 | 1:46 PM EST

On Thursday, the Associated Press reported "Four-star general-turned-CIA director David Petraeus almost resigned as Afghanistan war commander over President Barack Obama's decision to quickly draw down surge forces, according to a new insider's look at Petraeus' 37-year Army career." Network coverage? Zero. Nexis searching showed nothing on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and USA Today.

But NPR's The Two-Way Blog noted one reason: the insider author, Paula Broadwell, said AP was mistaken. She replied on Twitter: "#Petraeus did NOT consider quitting, though mentors/friends encouraged it". It's obvious that if Bush were still president, this report and this author would be red-hot and high-profile. Are they waiting on this story until a real "news cycle" emerges? Or is it more Obama Defense Syndrome? No Bob Woodward treatment here?

By Clay Waters | December 30, 2011 | 1:07 PM EST

The New York Times’s slanted political personality reporter Mark Leibovich returned to the Times pages Thursday after a long book-leave absence to file a campaign trail story from Iowa on GOP candidate Newt Gingrich, aka “Nasty Newt”: “On Trail, Gingrich Strains to Show Nice-Guy Side.”

By Brad Wilmouth | December 30, 2011 | 12:29 PM EST

Imagine the media attention that would be garnered if any non-Muslim in the U.S. did something as sensationalistically violent and dramatic as to dress as Santa Claus and commit a mass murder against his own family at a Christmas gathering.

But this past weekend, a Muslim man in Texas who was reportedly angry at his family for becoming too westernized committed just such an egregious act, resulting in the deaths of seven people, as documented this morning by FNC's Fox and Friends. (Video below)

By Matt Hadro | December 30, 2011 | 11:45 AM EST

Reporting on the campaigns in Iowa on Friday's Early Show, Times political correspondent Jeff Zeleny belittled candidate Michele Bachmann as "a little bit combustible and volatile."

Zeleny added that "Anyone knows what she could do," in response to CBS anchor Jeff Glor's question about the potential for a candidate to do something before the Iowa Caucus to change the GOP race.

By Matthew Sheffield | December 30, 2011 | 10:50 AM EST

As surely as the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, it seemed inevitable that moonbat cable news personality Keith Olbermann would soon do something to sour his relationship with his current employer, obscure cable channel Current TV. After all, he still remains the same man who famously spent days in the bathroom in fits of rage rather than report for work.

We don't know what that something was, but it appears that the former ESPN-MSNBC-Fox Sports-MSNBC anchor has managed to commit it for, as noted by New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter, Olbermann does not appear to be part of the channel's lineup to cover the Iowa caucuses or the New Hampshire primary election. Instead, viewers will be treated to performances by Current's usual stable of failed politicians and MSNBC rejects:

By NB Staff | December 30, 2011 | 10:18 AM EST

You would think given the utter failure that Democratic presidential campaigns have had with class warfare rhetoric--John Edwards, John Kerry, Al Gore, and Walter Mondale come to mind--that their strategists would have realized long ago that the politics of envy just don't work.

Unfortunately, however, that hasn't been the case, as President Obama has embraced with abandon attacks on his fellow Americans (while at the same time keeping an open door for the very richest to give and receive favors). This time around, class warfare is not working too well, either, as political analyst Michael Barone writes:

By Mark Finkelstein | December 30, 2011 | 9:41 AM EST

Joe Klein waited till the very end of 2011, but has managed to make a strong bid for Most Asinine Assertion of the Year.

Appearing on Morning Joe today, Klein claimed that Iran's interest in getting nukes would "just be to deter Israel" and Pakistan.  Certainly when it comes to Israel, this has to be among the most hideous instances of blaming the victim in recent memory.  Video after the jump.

By Rich Noyes | December 30, 2011 | 9:32 AM EST

Back in 2008 and 2009, the Media Research Center’s year-end awards for the Best Notable Quotables were dominated by journalists fawning over the greatness of Barack Obama. In 2008, our winner for “Quote of the Year” was Chris Matthews for his on-air exclamation that upon hearing Obama give a speech, “I felt this thrill going up my leg. I mean, I don’t have that too often.”

By Brad Wilmouth | December 30, 2011 | 9:32 AM EST

It's no secret that the media have given significant attention to GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich's history of marital problems and whether this facet of his past will undercut him with socially conservative Republican voters, but on Friday's Today show on NBC, correspondent Peter Alexander went so far as to refer to Gingrich's wife as his "third wife" in a story that otherwise had nothing to do with his marital history. (Video below)


Below is the relevant portion of Alexander's report from the Friday, December 30, Today show on NBC: