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By Mark Finkelstein | January 16, 2015 | 9:32 AM EST

Interesting: Cuba's Bureau of Tourism sponsored a three-minute promo on today's Morning Joe. Oh, wait, no.  That was NBC itself, in the person of Kate Snow, with a smiley, unrelentingly upbeat segment promoting the glories of tourism in Cuba that will now be possible for Americans under President Obama's executive order relaxing former restrictions.

Snow's segment—entitled 'Bienvenidos a Cuba' just like a travelogue—had it all: beaches, dancing in the streets, cigars, rum, beer and all those nifty vintage cars potentially available to collectors. So, you ask, what did Snow have to say about the repressive Communist regime that continues to rule Cuba?  Nada, naturally.  Don't harsh the Cohiba mellow, compadre!

By Curtis Houck | January 15, 2015 | 5:46 PM EST

On Wednesday’s edition of The Cycle on MSNBC, NBC News terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann was at it again, telling the hosts that we, as Americans, must “put ourselves in the eyes” of Islamic terrorists considering “there wouldn't be violent attacks but there would be an uproar” and “anger” among Christians if Muslims burned crosses or trampled “Christian artifacts.”

By Mark Finkelstein | January 15, 2015 | 10:10 AM EST

Europe has been the target of numerous acts of Muslim terrorism, while its economies suffer and unemployment is rampant.  The United States is still recovering from 9-11 and has been the object of a number of terrorist attacks/attempts since then.  Yet in neither country is there a voice in mainstream television saying that right-wing parties might have a point when they advocate limits on immigration.

That was Joe Scarborough's point on today's Morning Joe: "I have yet to hear one person on American television or European television, mainstream, say these people [right-wingers favoring immigration restrictions] may have a point."

By Mark Finkelstein | January 14, 2015 | 9:01 PM EST

Has Ed Schultz watched The Manchurian Candidate one time too many?  On his MSNBC show this evening, Ed tried to pin a wacky conspiracy theory on conservatives.  According to Schultz: conservatives are "trying to get Americans to buy into this is if you're a Muslim and you're here in the united States, you're a plant."  So conservatives are trying to convince Americans that Dearborn, Michigan is one big sleeper cell? Really, Ed? Got any evidence to support your fevered accusation? 

By Eric Scheiner | January 14, 2015 | 4:56 PM EST

On MSNBC Tuesday night Rachel Maddow described the cover of the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo because,  "NBC News will not allow us to show it to you." A different perspective than Maddow and MSNBC had in 2011 when showing the image of the “Piss Christ” photo by Andres Serrano.

"The cover is a cartoon of the prophet Mohammed shedding a tear beneath the words ‘all is forgiven’ he’s also holding a sign that says 'Je suis Charlie'", Maddow said on her program. "The reason I’m describing it to you rather than showing it to you – is because we operate under NBC News rules and NBC News will not allow us to show it to you." 

By Scott Whitlock | January 14, 2015 | 4:15 PM EST

MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday highlighted "the rise of the right-wing" as one of the most serious threats facing Europe in the wake of France's terror attack. 

By Scott Whitlock | January 14, 2015 | 11:49 AM EST

MSNBC's Chris Matthews doesn't like it when people compare American politicians to Hitler and the Nazis. Unless, of course, he's doing it himself. On Tuesday, the liberal anchor assailed Republican Congressman Randy Weber for referencing Hitler in a tweet about Barack Obama.

By Ken Shepherd | January 13, 2015 | 8:47 PM EST

Insisting that the best weapon to deploy against terrorists was "thinking," MSNBC host Chris Hayes on his Wednesday All In program lamented various reactions to last week's Charlie Hebdo spree shooting as uncritical, unthinking overreactions. Lumped in with controversial tweets by Rupert Murdoch and Rep. Randy Weber (R-Texas), Hayes blasted the lower house of the French National Assembly for voting overwhelmingly to ramp up airstrikes against ISIS, saying that "thinking is always, and remains, our best weapon" against terrorism.

By Scott Whitlock | January 13, 2015 | 6:06 PM EST

Ed Schultz, who once compared Rush Limbaugh to Hitler, on Tuesday decried a Hitler comparison for Barack Obama.

By Jeffrey Meyer | January 13, 2015 | 11:38 AM EST

On Tuesday morning, Luke Russert, NBC News Congressional Correspondent, appeared on MSNBC’s The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart to discuss the current tensions between the newly-controlled Republican Congress and President Obama. Speaking to anchor Jose Diaz-Balart, Russert criticized the GOP over the issue of immigration and argued that they “are going to move forward with their bill on Wednesday, Jose. It goes very far to the right.” 

By Jack Coleman | January 13, 2015 | 11:15 AM EST

Not much in the way of political commentary crosses the line into public service. Here's one that does.

If you aren't familiar with Andrew Klavan's brilliant polemics at Truth Revolt, PJ Media and City Journal, you're in for a treat. He's also a best-selling author of mystery novels under the pen name Keith Peterson. Remember that great Michael Caine crime thriller, "A Shock to the System," from 1990? Klavan wrote the screenplay, based on a book by British author Simon Brett.

By Mark Finkelstein | January 13, 2015 | 8:28 AM EST

"We Blame George W. Bush" is a recurring category in James Taranto's "Best of the Web Today" column at the Wall Street Journal.  The meme mocks the penchant of progressives to blame the former president for everything under the sun.  

The phenomenon was illustrated in an ugly way on last night's Rachel Maddow Show. Dem Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut blamed the existence of the Charlie Hebdo terrorists on, yup, W.  Oh, Murphy didn't call 43 out by name.  He didn't have to.  Instead, Murphy went out of his way to claim that the murderers weren't radicalized by ISIS [which might thus be attributable to Obama's neglect], but instead as a result of "the invasion and occupation of Iraq," which he described as a "decade-long mistake."  Got it?  Iraq not ISIS. Decade-long, not recent.  Not Obama's fault.  All together now: We Blame George W. Bush.