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By Matthew Sheffield | | December 25, 2012 | 12:34 PM EST

Thanks for reading NewsBusters. We're glad you've been with us for as long (or as short) as you have. Merry Christmas from all of us here at NB!

By Jack Coleman | | December 24, 2012 | 5:02 PM EST

It's not enough that liberals sought to destroy a good man's reputation when he was nominated to the Supreme Court. Their efforts at character assassination continue after his passing.

One of the most contemptible examples of this came from Rachel Maddow on her MSNBC show Dec. 19 in talking about the death of Robert Bork and his influence on American jurisprudence and politics over the last four decades. (video clip after page break)

By Tom Blumer | | December 24, 2012 | 4:17 PM EST

What similarities are there between a domestic terrorist organization and the alleged journalists at the Journal News headquartered in White Plains, New York? At least two biggies: total lack of respect for privacy and complete disregard for others' safety. The domestic terror group Earth First has an "EAT(IT) "Eco Assassin Team (in Training)," which has tired of "the stale old debate about adopting nonviolence as a movement principle." Accordingly, the Earth First Journal (HT to J. Christian Adams at PJ Media; those wishing to go to the original need to go there first, as I would rather not directly link) has published a top ten "'Eco-F***ers Prank-Hit List,' at least until we come up with something more creative."

The Journal News has published its own (conveniently unbylined) list, complete with interactive maps. The maps contain "the addresses (and names) of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties." Really:

By Noel Sheppard | | December 24, 2012 | 3:47 PM EST

Sam Donaldson went after the Tea Party this weekend.

During a discussion about 2012's biggest game changers on the syndicated Chris Matthews Show, Donaldson said, "The greatest slogan that I hated during this last campaign was 'We want to take back our country.' Guys, it's not your country anymore - it's our country" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | | December 24, 2012 | 3:41 PM EST

Nina Totenberg's mean-spirited obituary about Robert Bork doesn't fully display her double standard, reporting just as favorably about her liberal friends as she does about her conservative adversaries. Take liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In 2010, Totenberg hosted "her friend" Ginsburg for a conversation at George Washington University, and last month, Totenberg gave the tribute to Justice Ginsburg at Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year awards: Ginsburg "quite simply, changed the world for women." 

On Twitter, @NPR_Not_Neutral noticed the Bork obit has quite a contrast in Totenberg's on-air valentine when Justice Ginsburg's husband of 56 years died in 2010. Earlier that year,  Naturally, Martin Ginsburg was a prince, and a chef, and a top golfer, and a famous tax lawyer:

By Tim Graham | | December 24, 2012 | 3:37 PM EST

One of the highlights of December in our office was the "12 Days of Spending" satire video made by and MRCTV, especiallwne Fox & Friends played a clip and brought on video producer Eric Scheiner of CNS News to discuss it with Brian Kilmeade. His partners in parody were MRCTV's Dan Joseph and Katie Yoder.

The song mocked the wasteful ways Washington has spent our money in recent months. (Video below)

By Tom Blumer | | December 24, 2012 | 2:52 PM EST

A post-Black Friday weekend dispatch at the Associated Press on November 26 reported that "The holiday shopping season got off to a strong start on Black Friday, with retail sales up 7 percent over last year, according to one survey. Now stores just have to keep buyers coming back without the promise of door-buster savings."

It turns out that the originally reported number was far too rosy. Nevertheless, in both late Sunday and early Monday reports, AP retail writers Mae Anderson and Anne D'Innocenzio treated the actual result, which came in 60 percent lower, as "strong." Each report contained the following paragraph (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Tom Blumer | | December 24, 2012 | 10:32 AM EST

The original report comes from Al Jazeera (HT Gateway Pundit via frequent home blog commenter dscott), so caution is advised. But the related video appears to be from an independent source, and the IB Times in the UK is reporting the related attack as an actual event.

According to IBT: "The regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been accused of resorting to chemical weapons after seven people died from poisonous gas fumes in an assault on Homs." From what I could tell, as of shortly before 10 a.m. ET, the U.S. establishment press had not filed a story. More from IBT after the jump (bolds are mine):

By Tim Graham | | December 24, 2012 | 7:52 AM EST

Last Thursday, after Brent Bozell spoke up for his lobbying group For America on Capitol Hill, urging Republicans not to vote for a tax increase, it was only natural that liberal radio hosts would unleash on him for being unreasonable.

On the Ed Schultz radio show, Schultz said Bozell and his fellow conservatives at the press conference looked like their “heads were exploding.” Schultz played soundbites by Bozell and others, and Schultz produced Jim Holm cracked that Bozell hates firefighters, cops, schools and bridges:

By Tom Blumer | | December 23, 2012 | 10:03 PM EST

Two blog posts today should shred the credibility of Meet the Press's David Gregory in making arguments for gun control and against appropriate armed staff or security personnel at schools -- or they would, if journalists had the least bit of interest in exposing lawbreaking and hyprocritical behavior by their professional colleagues.

During the show, as reported at the Patriot Perspective, relaying a point first brought out by a member of the forum site, Gregory "decided to wave around a 30-round AR-15 magazine" in direct violation of the District of Columbia "DC High Capacity Ammunition Magazines" statute. Given the Supreme Court's Heller ruling affirming that the right to keep and bear arms (and ammo) is an individual right, that law may not be enforceable, but it would also be interesting to know if Gregory's possession of an AR-15 magazine or his showing it on the air violated any of NBC's corporate policies. Additionally, the Weekly Standard's Daniel Halper pointed to Gregory's hypocrisy in mocking the NRA's Wayne LaPierre over his organization's advocacy of having armed guards in schools (internal link is in original; bolds are mine):

By Tom Blumer | | December 23, 2012 | 6:11 PM EST

While the Associated Press, New York Times, and the vast majority of the U.S. establishment press have avoided directly referring to Egypt's newly-approved constitution, spearheaded by ruler by decree Mohammed Morsi, as oriented toward imposing Muslim sharia law in that nation, the international press hasn't been so reluctant. Who do you believe, the rest of the world or your agenda-driven U.S-based news sources? Additionally, as will be seen, the constitution is so unabashedly socialist it would have been labeled communist if it had appeared any time prior to 1990.

Russia-based opened its coverage of fraud allegations Saturday as follows: "Egypt's new Sharia-based constitution has been approved in a second round of voting, the ruling Muslim Brotherhood party said." Its headline a week ago after the first round: "Egyptians vote on hotly contested sharia-based constitution." Meanwhile, the New York Times blew through over 1,000 words in "analyzing" the results, and did not mention sharia once.

By Tim Graham | | December 23, 2012 | 5:48 PM EST

On her badly named show “Fresh Air,” very one-sided host Terry Gross exploited the Newtown shooting by devoting almost 38 minutes on Thursday to anti-gun extremist Tom Diaz of the “Violence Policy Center.”

Gross began by explicitly comparing the war on terror to the government’s war on gun rights: “As we think about the massacre at Sandy Hook in Newtown and other recent massacres, could you compare the toll of gun crimes perpetrated by Americans with acts of terrorism by Islamic extremists on American soil? We've done so much to protect against acts of terrorism.” Diaz was happy to answer this “excellent” soft pitch and complained “we have no war on guns”:

By Jack Coleman | | December 23, 2012 | 5:00 PM EST

Looks like someone hasn't been paying attention during the "national conversation" since Dec. 14.

Pittsburgh City Councilman "Ricky" Burgess appeared on "The Rachel Maddow Show" Friday night and said something unusually stupid even for MSNBC. (video clip after page break)

By Tim Graham | | December 23, 2012 | 12:53 PM EST

National Public Radio was quite good at historical re-enactment on Thursday night's All Things Considered. The Nina Totenberg obituary on Reagan's defeated Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork carried almost all the original liberal invective. She included then-Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales, who wrote "He looked and talked like a man who would throw the book at you, and maybe the whole country."

There were glaring exceptions. Totenberg had no soundbite of Sen. Ted Kennedy's vicious, smearing "Robert Bork's America" speech and no clip of the People for the American Way "campaign ad" against Bork narrated by the actor Gregory Peck, as if Bork were a candidate for president. (Video below)

By Noel Sheppard | | December 23, 2012 | 9:35 AM EST

A few weeks ago, tennis player Caroline Wozniacki during an exhibition match did a comical impersonation of Serena Williams that some in the media immediately called racist.

On Wednesday, Williams told USA Today that she considers Wozniacki a friend and didn't agree with those that were offended by the gag: