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By Noel Sheppard | November 27, 2011 | 4:59 PM EST

You want to talk about hoaxes?

On Sunday's Reliable Sources, CNN and host Howard Kurtz actually promoted the Obama-loving Andrew Sullivan as a "conservative" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | November 27, 2011 | 3:53 PM EST

Newsweek's Eleanor Clift made a rather revealing statement about the media's treatment of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich Sunday.

Shortly after CNN's Howard Kurtz asked his Reliable Sources panel, "Why do some of these commentators have such a deep-seated animus toward Newt," Clift surprising said, "I think he's right about a lot of [things]. And I think that's even more irritating, the fact that he is right" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | November 27, 2011 | 1:35 PM EST

There was a rather telling moment on ABC's This Week Sunday.

When during the Roundtable segment the Washington Post's Michael Gerson criticized Barack Obama for his lack of leadership involving the now failed Super Committee, Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts quickly came to the President's defense (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | November 27, 2011 | 12:22 PM EST

Colin Powell on Sunday blamed the media as well as the Tea Party for the divisive political tone in Washington.

Not surprisingly, neither the class warfare stoked by President Obama and his Party nor the resulting Occupy Wall Street movement was mentioned during this seven minute interview with Christiane Amanpour on ABC's This Week (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | November 27, 2011 | 10:54 AM EST

The editorial page editor of the New Hampshire Union Leader said Sunday that his paper endorsed Newt Gingrich for Republican presidential nominee because, "We need a candidate that is bold in his leadership, that has a vision for where he wants to take the country and knows how to get there."

In an interview with Candy Crowley on CNN's State of the Union, Cline contrasted this to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney who his paper saw as "somebody who plays it very safe" (video follows with partial transcript):

By Brent Baker | November 27, 2011 | 10:20 AM EST

“Bring the Family: Looking for Adventure with the Kids” reads the tag line over a weekly series of tips to Boston Globe readers suggesting what to do with them on weekends. In Saturday’s “g” section, the headline announced the “what,” a bizarre recommendation to expose them to a volatile, unsanitary and politically heated situation: “Occupying Boston with the kids.” The who: “Globe reporter Mark Shanahan and his daughter, Julia.”

Shanahan, who “covers the comings and goings of Boston’s celebrity class in the newspaper’s daily ‘Names’ column,” decided “it was time to visit Dewey Square so my 11-year-old daughter could see for herself what Occupy Boston is all about, to hear what the protesters are saying about ‘corporate greed’ and ‘income disparity,’ and maybe to get a few ideas for our next camping trip to Baxter State Park.”

By Noel Sheppard | November 27, 2011 | 9:31 AM EST

Newt Gingrich, while speaking to a crowd in Naples, Florida, Saturday said that when he debates Barack Obama next year - assuming he's the Republican presidential nominee - "If he wants to use a teleprompter, that would be fine with me."

After some laughter and applause, as reported by, Gingrich added, "Because it has to be fair" (video follows):

By Tom Blumer | November 27, 2011 | 9:02 AM EST

Imagine if it were discovered that free-market think tanks were caught vetting scripts of Fox News programs, intervening to prevent free-market sceptics from receiving air time, and consulted with the network about how it should alter its programing in a free-market direction. The howls of outrage would be loud, long and unrelenting from other news networks, the wire services, and leading U.S. newspapers.

What I have just described, and more, characterizes a decade-long relationship between the British Broadcasting Corporation and UK-based climate scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) -- except that the BBC is government-funded and disproportionately controls the flow of broadcast news in the UK. What the UK Daily Mail has revealed today as part of its ongoing review of the second set of Climategate emails released before Thanksgiving has caused Benny Peiser of the Global Warming Policy Foundation to write that the BBC is "in cahoots with Climategate scientists." What follows are excerpts from the David Rose's Daily Mail story (bolds are mine):

By Tim Graham | November 27, 2011 | 8:22 AM EST

On the first Sunday of Advent, The Washington Post devoted two stories on the front of its Arts section to revisiting last year's controversy over a gay-left exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery that starred a video with ants crawling on the crucifix of Jesus. The "Hide/Seek" propaganda assembly is now on display at the Brooklyn Museum, and Post critic Philip Kennicott thinks the "right-wing Catholic ire" is already so yesterday:  "the pace of cultural change on gay and lesbian issues is so rapid that even a year may have transformed the dynamics."

Whereas last year, museum bureaucrat Wayne Clough removing the ants-on-Jesus video was "a dark day for the Smithsonian, a successful, coordinated attack on free speech," Kennicott is still championing the gay-left curators and their vision of what they now call "the inherent queerness of America." They can't stand the idea that conservatives get to have any say at all.

By Tim Graham | November 27, 2011 | 7:25 AM EST

CNN analyst Roland Martin wants his church run by women – perhaps because his wife is ordained minister and "prophetic coach" Jacquie Hood Martin. In an opinion piece for, Martin attacks Catholic priests and bishops who reserve the role of altar servers for boys and not girls.

Martin’s so sloppy in this argument that apparently, refusing to allow altar girls isn’t much different than Muslims putting their women in burqas and not letting them drive. (Actually, on CNN Martin declared the need for cultural "respect" and hedged on a burqa ban in France.) 

By Brent Baker | November 27, 2011 | 1:37 AM EST

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live this past week put together a pretty entertaining video dubbing Republican debate audio into the animated Charlie Brown Thanksgiving show. FNC’s Special Report played most of it Wednesday night where fill-in anchor Shannon Bream set it up as a “creative mash up that pairs the Peanuts gang with the 2012 GOP field at the Thanksgiving table.”

By Noel Sheppard | November 26, 2011 | 11:10 PM EST

It appears the folks at the National Organization for Women can't defend a conservative woman without attacking Rush Limbaugh.

As Big Hollywood reported Thursday evening, NOW President Terry O'Neill finally responded to the offensive song Jimmy Fallon's band played as Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) walked onto the set of NBC's Late Night Monday:

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: