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By Tim Graham | December 4, 2011 | 7:38 AM EST

Only in a liberal cocoon of a publication would come the headine, “Chelsea Clinton, Living Up to the Family Name.” But there it was in The New York Times. That writer sounds like someone who never read The Starr Report, or anything else critical of the way the Clintons managed the White House or Little Rock.

Amy Chozick's article has no Chelsea (or Clinton) critics of any kind, of course, and ends with the usual leg-thrill about Chelsea running for office. But the Times has added details about how NBC obsequiously granted Chelsea an audience and signed her on without apparently having any qualms about her pledge to raise money for the Obama re-election campaign. NBC signed her to a "three month trial contract"?

By Jack Coleman | December 3, 2011 | 9:53 PM EST

On his radio show yesterday, Ed Schultz asked Rich Stockwell, executive producer for "The Ed Show" on MSNBC, about their responsibility in covering Occupy protests.

Stockwell's response (audio) -- "Well, look, as journalists we need to cover this story. We need to let people know where it is, what it means, try to understand it, get people on who speak literately about it, and capture the mood of the country." (video and audio clips after page break)

By Matthew Sheffield | December 3, 2011 | 4:05 PM EST

Moments ago:

Republican candidate Herman Cain is suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination to avoid continued news coverage of allegations of sexual misconduct that is hurtful to his family.

“I am suspending my presidential campaign because of the continued distractions and the continued hurt caused on me and my family,” Cain told several hundred supporters gathered at what was to have been the opening of his national campaign headquarters.

By Tim Graham | December 3, 2011 | 1:33 PM EST

New NPR President Gary Knell made an appearance on their afternoon talk show Talk of the Nation on Friday (his first day) to give the appearance of transparency and responsiveness and to build morale after scandals such as the Juan Williams firing and the deeply embarrassing Muslim Brotherhood sting video, which led to several firings.

Knell just strained credulity beyond the breaking point by claiming NPR is not an advocacy organization, but a network of "fairness and accuracy and honesty," and it's "probably barred by our charter." It's correct that the founding Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 called for objectivity and balance in "all programming of a controversial nature," but NPR has followed that legal language about as seriously as Bill Clinton has upheld his marital vows. One might say this is a promising rhetorical start -- until you listen daily to the product right now.

By Tim Graham | December 3, 2011 | 12:46 PM EST

Via Jim Romenesko, we're reminded that Arianna Huffington is so cheap, not only does The Huffington Post fail to pay interns. They charge interns for the privilege! How very "One Percent" of her.

A Huffington Post internship sold on for $5,200 this week, reports Jeff Bercovici. "In an auction held last spring, a three-month internship netted a massive $14,400. Last year, one sold for $9,000, and in 2009 the winning bid was $13,000. That price history makes $5,200 look like a serious bargain, and that’s even before you factor in the free soda and the nap rooms."

By Noel Sheppard | December 3, 2011 | 11:13 AM EST

The liberals on PBS's Inside Washington Friday were all giddy at the thought of Newt Gingrich as the Republican presidential nominee.

So sure this would be good news for the president he adores, syndicated columnist and PBS fixture Mark Shields said this would result in the "landslide reelection victory of Barack Obama" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | December 3, 2011 | 9:50 AM EST

Last week NewsBusters introduced readers to an amazing 15-year-old homeless girl in Florida with a surpisingly upbeat view on life.

Today, meet Alexis Manthey, a six-year-old girl from Oklahoma who used her birthday money to buy Christmas gifts for a stranger (video follows with highlights and commentary):

By NB Staff | December 3, 2011 | 9:47 AM EST

Can we tawk?

By NB Staff | December 3, 2011 | 9:43 AM EST

As the college football season winds down, the NFL is heating up. Great how that works.

Basketball returns on Christmas Day. What are your thoughts?

Anything else on your sports mind this weekend?

By Brent Bozell | December 3, 2011 | 7:44 AM EST

The Hollywood elite's concern for the children stops at the water's edge of physical fitness. They simply do not touch the subject of moral fitness. On The Huffington Post, former entertainment executive Laurie David offered this pre-holiday piece of encouragement: “Thanksgiving Conversation Starter: Is It Time to Ban Soda Ads on Prime Time Television?”

At the same time that the broadcast networks are allowing – even advocating -- the removal of all limitations on nudity or profanity on TV, at any hour of the day, Ms. David is most upset about those old polar-bear ads for Coca-Cola: “Knowing what I know now about the effects of sugary drinks on children the image of kids chugging down a Coke [or in this case polar bear cubs] evokes the same feelings I'd get if they were taking a deep drag on cigarettes.”

By Tim Graham | December 3, 2011 | 6:43 AM EST

Previewing his new TV show on an obscure cable channel operated by Al Gore, former MSNBC fill-in Cenk Uygur gave an interview to Alyssa Rosenberg at Think Progress, the blog of the Soros-funded Center for American Progress.

Naturally, the question on the minds of the Left is can we please dismantle the myth of objectivity that the "objective" media clings to oh so ferociously? In other words, they're asking Uygur if he will pledge to provide only "news" and informtion that pleases and encourages the Left without any troublesome conservative guests or any nods to the idea that the Left may be growing increasingly unpopular along with President Obama:

By Tim Graham | December 2, 2011 | 11:08 PM EST

On Thursday, December 1, several left-wing radio talkers viciously attacked Newt Gingrich, the GOP front-runner. There is a special toxicity level they reach when talking of the former House speaker.

Take Randi Rhodes, who mocked his appearance: "He always looks like a corpse that was pulled out of a lake! Every time I watch CSI and they pull somebody out of the lake, I think, hey, is that Newt? No, it's this week's murder victim. He's bloated and a massive mutiliated middle aged flesh curtain hanging!" Then take Mike Malloy, who compared Newt to an ax murderer and railed against his bad breath:

By Mark Finkelstein | December 2, 2011 | 10:46 PM EST

Sad to see Ed Schultz suffer such sudden memory loss on live national TV.  On his MSNBC show this evening, discussing Herman Cain's handling of the various allegations against him, Schultz: found it odd that Cain's wife had come to his defense; said he'd never "seen anything like this in American politics;" and claimed that by criticizing his accusers, Cain had hit "a new low in American politics."

Do any of the following sound an echo with Ed?:

By Matt Hadro | December 2, 2011 | 6:42 PM EST

Apparently, Newt Gingrich wanting to employ students from poor neighborhoods and teach them job skills means that he believes they possess "no work habits." CNN obliged to put words in the candidate's mouth during Friday's 1 p.m. news hour as its headlines slammed Gingrich's "controversial" statements.

Anchor T.J. Holmes admitted that the candidate "tends to say some pretty edgy things every now and again," and CNN headlines blared that Gingrich's "controversial" talk "could become a campaign liability," and that his statement "targets children in 'poor neighborhoods'."

By Ken Shepherd | December 2, 2011 | 5:42 PM EST

Suggest that infrequent churchgoer Barack Obama may not really be a sincere from-the-heart Christian and MSNBC's anchors will be chief among the media pack to denounce you for questioning the president's religious faith.

But when it comes to Herman Cain, MSNBC's Martin Bashir is comfortable not merely charging the presidential contender as a hypocrite but suggesting he's headed to Hell (MP3 audio here; video follows page break).