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By Tom Blumer | | December 30, 2012 | 5:20 PM EST

So it's come to this: While those who gather by the hundreds, thousands, and sometimes even by the hundreds of thousands in support of conservative causes or against liberal ones usually are either ignored, underestimated, or denigrated by the establishment press, one gun-grabbing advocate protesting at a local gun show gets sympathetic treatment in one-third to one-half of a two-minute segment at a local TV station, along with front-page rotation at its web site.

Readers who have followed the controversy over a New York newspaper's decision to published the names and addresses of all pistol permit holders in two Empire State counties will surely note the irony in how the CBS station in Denver which covered Saturday's Tanner Gun Show at the Denver Merchandise Mart didn't name the lone protester, only referring to her in their televised report as "Karen." The woman is not named at all in the related text coverage, some of which follows the jump:

By Tom Blumer | | December 30, 2012 | 1:59 PM EST

During the past two years, Republican governors and lawmakers in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan have been the targets of a great deal of negative attention from the establishment press, particularly on TV, as a result of taking necessary actions to get their states' fiscal houses in order and to become more economically competitive. Meanwhile, the Midwest's largest and Democrat-dominated state careens toward bankruptcy, and it's barely news.

In early 2011, Illinois enacted massive personal and corporate income-tax increases of 67% and 46%, respectively. The tax hikes were advertised as required to address the state's huge backlog of unpaid bills to vendors and other service providers, and to shore up its badly underfunded pension funds. Almost two years later, as two separate Associated Press reports this weekend demonstrate, the state still has a huge and possibly even larger stack of unpaid invoices, and its pension situation has worsened.

By Noel Sheppard | | December 30, 2012 | 1:43 PM EST

MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry laughed hysterically Sunday when one of her guests called former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney "Negro."

Such occurred as Harris-Perry and four liberal comedians took "A Look Back In Laughter" at the year 2012 (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | December 30, 2012 | 12:50 PM EST

Of all the gushing, fawning, sycophantic things uttered by Obama-loving media members in 2012, David Gregory's fiscal cliff question posed to the President on Sunday's Meet the Press has to be on the list of the year's top ten.

"Is this your Lincoln moment?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | December 30, 2012 | 12:28 PM EST

New York Times columnist David Brooks made an astonishing observation about President Obama on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday.

"Sometimes he governs like a visitor from a morally superior civilization" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | December 30, 2012 | 10:29 AM EST

CNN media analyst Howard Kurtz was impressed last Sunday with how Meet the Press host David Gregory hammered the National Rifle Association's Wayne LaPierre during their interview.

One week later, Kurtz wondered why Gregory "didn’t brandish any weapons or show much firepower" during this Sunday's interview with President Obama.

By Rich Noyes | | December 30, 2012 | 9:34 AM EST

As 2012 winds down, we're reliving some of the worst media bias of the year with our Best Notable Quotables of 2012. Yesterday, I recounted some of the nastiest barbs journalists threw at the GOP ticket; today, a look at some of the most egregious favors committed on behalf of Barack Obama's campaign.

While conservatives like Rick Santorum were often cast as radical or weird, journalists lovingly fawned over President Obama as if he was still the rock star of Campaign 2008. Sherri Shepherd, co-host of ABC's The View, won our "Let Us Fluff Your Pillow Award," for obsequious Obama interviews, after a September 25 encounter in which Shepherd seemed intent on casting the President as the Romancer-in-Chief.

By Noel Sheppard | | December 30, 2012 | 8:36 AM EST

If you were the mayor of Los Angeles, would you want to be caught partying with Hollywood bad boy Charlie Sheen?

That’s apparently what happened Friday according to a tweet by Sheen featuring a picture of him with his arm around Antonio Villaraigosa that was captioned, “Antonio Villaraigosa knows how to party!”

By NB Staff | | December 30, 2012 | 7:42 AM EST

MRC founder and president Brent Bozell appeared on Hannity on Thursday night to debate the “fiscal cliff” morass with liberal Fox analyst Juan Williams.

"The issue has been, will continue to be, spending. And that's what no one wants to talk about," Bozell insisted. He hammered away at the idea that politicians speak in vague terms about cuts, but nothing ever gets reduced. "This is insanity. Someone has got to have the backbone to come up with specific cuts."  (Videos below)

By Jack Coleman | | December 29, 2012 | 10:32 PM EST

Libtalker Thom Hartmann sees "billionaire" as synonymous with "criminal" and would prohibit any person in America from owning more than $1 billion in wealth.

Hartmann uncorked his fanciful wish on his radio show Thursday while citing a letter by Thomas Jefferson to justify his views. (audio clips after page break)

By Brent Baker | | December 29, 2012 | 8:58 PM EST

“Every year a conservative watchdog organization, the Media Research Center, names the worst reporters of the year,” Fox NewsWatch host Jon Scott announced, ending Saturday afternoon’s show with clips from the MRC’s “Best Notable Quotables of 2012: The Twenty-Fifth Annual Awards for the Year’s Worst Reporting.”

He explained “votes were cast by some of the best and brightest in the business, including a few NewsWatch panelists.” Indeed, Cal Thomas and Jim Pinkerton were judges.

By Ken Shepherd | | December 29, 2012 | 8:39 PM EST

Just as the open casket for Emmett Till's funeral in 1955 was a grisly wake-up call to Americans about the need to seriously tackle civil rights issues in America, so grisly photos of the Newtown, Conn., school shooting crime scene could be a "transformational" moment in the gun control debate. Or so mused Jim Vance of NBC's Washington station WRC-TV the other night, passing on the suggestion he first heard from liberal radio host Joe Madison.

Vance did not outright call on parents of the Newtown massacre to push for release of the crime scene photos, but he came awfully close, suggesting that seeing the damage from AR-15 ammunition in the dead body of 6-year-old looks like might shape the debate. "Like Joe, I am not insisting on taking anybody's gun away, but I too think there might be some value to taking the discussion about this out of our heads, and into our guts," Vance insisted. [see video embed below page break]

By Tim Graham | | December 29, 2012 | 4:59 PM EST

Two days before Christmas, Politico’s Maggie Haberman baked up a gooey marshmallow piece about Chelsea Clinton, lamenting that as Hillary steps away from government service, “the nation will have to go cold turkey from two-plus decades of a Clinton speaking out on the issues of the day. Or maybe not.”

Two days after Christmas, Haberman picked up the hack work where she left off with an anti-conservative "news" article headlined “When will the right start hating Hillary Clinton again?” (The snarky answer: it stopped?) Haberman began with another gush:

By Tim Graham | | December 29, 2012 | 12:55 PM EST

One reason, I'm guessing, for still subscribing to The Boston Globe is to laugh at "self-loathing" black conservatives...even in Quentin Tarantino movie reviews. Globe film critic Wesley Morris is at is again. On NPR in May 2011, Morris hailed "The Fast and The Furious" movies as very "progressive" and "equal-opportunity shallow." When challenged on it, Morris shot darts instead at "The Blind Side."

In his Christmas Day review of the new movie "Django Unchained," Morris found "a hard mix of meticulous cartoonishness and unexpected power," especially in the "house Negro" Samuel L. Jackson, who apparently channels Clarence Thomas, Alan Keyes, Herman Cain, and Michael Steele:

By Tim Graham | | December 29, 2012 | 10:48 AM EST

The NPR crowd’s hatred for conservative Republicans came through on Twitter. Dave Davies, a fill-in host for Terry Gross on the nationally distributed “Fresh Air” program, tweeted on the fiscal cliff: “Al Qaeda isn't the same league as Congress when it comes to terrorizing Americans.”

Davies, who like Gross originates at taxpayer-funded WHYY in Philadelphia, linked to a New Yorker humor piece by liberal darling Andy Borowitz – complete with a photograph of McConnell, Boehner, and Cantor. Their headline was “Al Qaeda Disbands; Says Job of Destroying U.S. Economy Now in Congress’s Hands.” Borowitz had Osama bin Laden’s successor bowing to the evil genius of Mitch McConnell: