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By Tim Graham | January 21, 2012 | 2:25 PM EST

Other than the snide dismissal of conservative NPR critics, David Margolick's Vanity Fair story on NPR really captured how much Juan Williams was despised by his NPR colleagues – and NPR listeners. Simply to anticipate such listener outrage, he wrote, one NPR editor created a kind of “Juan Williams Watch,” tuning in Fox regularly to hear, as she put it, whatever “stupid cockamamie” thing he might say, and which, therefore, she would have to defend.

“The thing nobody will that Juan was here because he was black,” complained one, as the story painted a picture of Williams as a shiftless bum who coasted on his race and didn’t care to educate himself about the issues. Other blacks were catty. “Juan, gettin’ ugly,” e-mailed Farai Chideya. "Three times in our hour-long interview," Margolick noted, talk-show host Michel Martin called Williams “the most skillful manipulator of white people’s anxieties that I have ever met.”


By Noel Sheppard | January 21, 2012 | 2:19 PM EST

Schlockumentary filmmaker Michael Moore said recently that America was "founded on genocide and built on the backs of slaves."

This disgusting statement was made at the same January 12 Symposium on Poverty at which he claimed older whites who didn't vote for Barack Obama in 2008 were racist (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tom Johnson | January 21, 2012 | 1:56 PM EST

This past week, Fox News political analyst Juan Williams was treated in a strikingly harsh and condescending manner. It happened not during Monday night's GOP presidential debate but rather two days later on Daily Kos, wherein a (black) blogger charged Williams with being a sellout and far, far worse.

As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym.

By Brent Baker | January 21, 2012 | 12:32 PM EST

Bill Moyers returned this month to PBS stations to once again peddle his far-left hatred of conservatives. On Friday night he took to HBO to discredit the Republican presidential field with the first refuge of liberals unable to sustain an argument: racial smears.

To Bill Maher’s delight, Moyers charged “the delusional fringe has come in from the margin and runs” the Republican Party before he alleged Newt Gingrich is “playing the race card” and so, he maintained, in some sort of attempt at humor: “I would have been very glad that I saved my Confederate money because if he is elected in November, I’ve got enough to get access to the White House, you know – of Confederate money.” Very funny.

By Noel Sheppard | January 21, 2012 | 11:43 AM EST

HBO’s Bill Maher said Friday that members of the Tea Party support Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich because he’s racist like them.

Fortunately for the small portion of Real Time viewers with a brain, the Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis was there to set the ignorant host straight (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By NB Staff | January 21, 2012 | 10:43 AM EST

All eyes are on South Carolina today. Can Newt Gingrich overcome last week's poll plummet and upset Mitt Romney's rise? How will Ron Paul and Rick Santorum do? Will anyone do so poorly that another suspended candidacy will result leaving only three?

Anything else you want to discuss?

By NB Staff | January 21, 2012 | 10:38 AM EST

It's a busy sports weekend, but all eyes will be on the NFL conference championships Sunday to see who'll go to the Super Bowl.

Can the 49ers pull off one of the greatest single season turnarounds by beating the Giants?

Can the Ravens beat the odds with a win over the mighty Patriots?

Anything else you want to chat about sportswise?

By Tom Blumer | January 21, 2012 | 10:35 AM EST

Pete Yost's Friday evening story at the Associated Press, also known to yours truly as the Administration's Press, on the latest development in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal (that's my word, certainly not Yost's) has a "this is a boring story, don't read it" headline ("Prosecutor intends to take 5th if called in probe"), followed by an opening sentence which acts as if it has nothing to do with at least 300 Mexican citizens, a slain Border patrol agent, and thousands of disappearing guns.

Yost's opening sentence: "A federal prosecutor in Arizona intends to remain silent if called for questioning in a congressional probe of a problem-plagued gun smuggling investigation." Yep, Yost wants readers who don't get past the first paragraph to believe that it's only the "investigation" that's messed up beyond all recognition, not what happened in the Fast and Furious operation. Here's more from Pete's pathetic piece (bolds are mine throughout this post):

By Noel Sheppard | January 21, 2012 | 10:13 AM EST

In a delicious example of irony, NPR’s Nina Totenberg on Friday falsely claimed that there were more people on food stamps under George W. Bush than are using the food assistance program today.

This marvelously came seconds before she told the panel of PBS’s Inside Washington that “facts don’t matter” to Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | January 21, 2012 | 8:32 AM EST

Last April, when the story was still hot that National Public Radio had deeply embarrassed itself when two of its fundraisers were caught on tape pandering to two men they thought were radical Muslim leftists eager to donate, David Margolick of the liberal glossy Vanity Fair called and interviewed me for more than an hour about NPR. Now, at this late date, the NPR-defending article appeared. I wasn’t in it. But conservatives were mocked – they couldn’t possibly believe what they were saying about liberal bias.

“Apart from the occasional stories about gays or Palestinians (and maybe even gay Palestinians), there’s precious little on NPR these days for conservatives really to hate,” he claimed. “For them, despising NPR and cutting off what amounts to the few pennies it collects from the federal budget has increasingly become more a matter of pandering, or habit, or sophomoric sport, than of conviction or serious policy.” His proof was bias-denying journalist William Kristol:


By Brent Bozell | January 21, 2012 | 7:49 AM EST

Late-night comedians historically have relished the opportunity to poke fun at politicians. Sometimes they savage them. In the Obama era, they haven’t been so enthusiastic about any of it. A recent study of political jokes on three late-night shows (Letterman, Leno, and Jimmy Fallon) by the Center for Media and Public Affairs found that Barack Obama’s joke count is “substantially lower than any other president.”

Some of the Obama jokes are actually bipartisan slams. Jimmy Fallon joked that “Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton are more mature than President Obama and John Boehner.” This is the classic comedian’s pose, and the safe one, that all the politicians are ridiculous, squabbling poseurs. Still, it’s every bit as much pandering to the public as the politicians are.

By D. S. Hube | January 21, 2012 | 6:35 AM EST

Seen at Instapundit comes word of the site Bleeding Cool whose Darin Wagner asks this obvious question (no offense to Darin).

"You pick up a superhero comic book featuring a childhood favorite of yours, hoping to reignite some of that magic you felt way back when and you see that the opening sequence in the comic deals with an oil rig disaster," he wrote. "You immediately and disappointingly know what’s going to be said, either by your childhood favorite or by some other character given credibility within the story."

By Tim Graham | January 20, 2012 | 11:25 PM EST

The media is going to work overtime to ignore Mark Levin’s brand-new book “Ameritopia.” He asks: Do we choose between America as it was founded on liberty or a radically socialist Ameritopia? Levin says we’ve already chosen (b). No one in the liberal media wants that announced so explicitly from their mountain tops.

The arrogance of socialists is apparent on the back cover of Levin’s book. It carries a passage from Adam Smith that aptly defines the modern leftist: “He seems to imagine that he can arrange the different members of a great society with as much ease as the hand arranges the different pieces upon a chess-board.” That perfectly defines utopians like Thomas Friedman of The New York Times, who has explicitly declared his affinity for tyranny. “I think we’re entering an era...where being in politics is going to be more than anything else about taking things away from people.”

By Tom Blumer | January 20, 2012 | 10:53 PM EST

In the final three paragraphs of a report that was primarily about Mitt Romney trying to lower expectations concerning the results of tomorrow's South Carolina Primary voting, Steve Holland of Reuters told readers that Newt Gingrich canceled an appearance.

Holland then used that appearance as an opportunity to build on a meme the press has been working on for some time about the former speaker:

By Matt Hadro | January 20, 2012 | 6:26 PM EST

The internet group "Anonymous" claimed to have shut down the websites of the Justice Department and FBI, but that didn't stop CNN's Amber Lyon from giving them the soft treatment. Her Friday report on the group of hackers and thieves contained no voices of opposition but allowed the group to defend its escapades.

Lyon remained neutral on the group's tactics, from reporting their "favorite weapon" of web attacks to asking how long it took them to crash the Justice Department website.