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Former newspaper reporter and editor from Massachusetts, distance runner, Red Sox fan

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Hollywood may eventually make a movie about Brian Williams and his various adventures as a journalist, fictional and otherwise. Then again, Hollywood already has, as Rush Limbaugh pointed out on his radio show today.

Nearly three decades before troubles for the NBC anchor came to a head, the 1987 film Broadcast News was eerily prophetic in depicting "the Brian Williams story," Limbaugh told his listeners, while urging them to dust off the flick to see for themselves.

For all the revelations we've learned about NBC news anchor Brian Williams, this one could come across as among the most unflattering.

The trouble for Williams began after a Jan. 30 report on NBC Nightly News in which he thanked an Army veteran for protecting him in Iraq after his military helicopter was purportedly brought down by enemy fire. After Williams was called out on this by soldiers involved in the incident he described, Williams issued an on-air apology that only worsened skepticism about his credibility as a journalist.

The question that came to mind while listening to President Obama's remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast -- where have I heard this before? Conservative columnist and author Charles Krauthammer provided a helpful reminder when he appeared on Hugh Hewitt's radio show yesterday.

For Obama to compared the current-day atrocities committed by radical Muslims on a daily basis around the world with the crimes of people centuries ago in the name of Christianity is simultaneously "banal" and "repulsive," Krauthammer told Hewitt, and what you'd expect to hear in a specific setting -- and from people of a certain age.

MSNBC's ratings are bad and getting worse by the month, and what a wonder this isn't when its marquee evening host refuses to ditch the myths of her ideology in favor of indisputable facts.

The network's Rachel Maddow, a self-described "national security liberal," seldom lets a week pass without blaming former president George W. Bush for something, anything that's gone wrong, especially in the Middle East, that bastion of peace and stability until the convulsions of the Bush junta.

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has been an all too frequent presence in entertainment and talk show media -- "slow jamming" the news with Jimmy Fallon, rubbing elbows with Jon Stewart, hosting Saturday Night Live, yukking it up with David Letterman more than a dozen times.

When he appeared on Alec Baldwin's WNYC radio show Here's the Thing in March 2013, Williams called these his "extracurricular activities." And in the wake of his acknowledged whopper of a claim that he was on a military helicopter shot down by enemy fire during the invasion of Iraq, I'm guessing that Williams will be a tad more reticent about schmoozing with his buddies in the media.

Yes but that was so last June, before liberals grasped that concern about vaccinations could help fill the gaping void left by the war-on-women meme that had run its course and no longer drove their voters to the polls.

Thanks to dubious remarks about vaccines by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, two likely GOP candidates for president, left wingers are hopeful that they may concoct a serviceable new meme just in time for the 2016 campaign cycle.

Lots of claims flying back and forth these days over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline -- this one might qualify as the most overwrought, even from a liberal, though more such hyperbole is sure to follow.

It comes by way of self-proclaimed "Earth Doctor" Reese Halter, a conservation biologist, author and frequent Huffington Post contributor who, according to his website, has a doctorate in "subalpine eucalyptus eco-stress physiology."

Ed Schultz is learning so much about the American Revolution from its cartoonish depiction via the History Channel's Sons of Liberty. And while he is so engaged, Schultz might want to crack open his dust-covered copy of the Constitution.

The liberal podcaster and MSNBC action hero has been on a tear, scarcely letting a waking hour pass without denouncing the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that he initially supported until sticking his finger in the wind and realizing that the overwrought leftists who comprise his audience were blowing plenty of hot air in the opposite direction.

You'll be hearing a lot about Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker as he mulls a potential run for the  presidency, then a heckuva lot more if he decides in the affirmative.

Much of the venting from the left about Walker will be outright falsehoods, such as this deceitful claim by liberal radio host Stephanie Miller on her program Tuesday. Miller, ranked number 22 among radio talk hosts in 2014 (right after Alan Colmes) by trade publication Talkers Magazine, is perhaps better known as the youngest daughter of the late William E. Miller, Barry Goldwater's running mate in the '64 campaign.

A tidal-wave election that Republicans rode to victory in 2014 and the roaring success of American Sniper, a film that many liberals loathe -- yes, they're related, Rush Limbaugh pointed out to his radio listeners today.

Bad enough for Democrats to suffer epic losses in the midterms, but when their power and influence are on the wane in Hollywood too -- that's a problem.

So much for this being a mere snub or breach of protocol. If left-wing radio host Thom Hartmann had his way, House Speaker John Boehner would be in shackles and awaiting trial for inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak before Congress without first clearing the invitation with the Obama White House.

Citing the Constitution to justify his claim, Hartmann said on his show Thursday that Boehner may be guilty of treason or sedition for going around Obama, who reportedly detests Netanyahu (and vice versa) and would much rather converse with YouTube class clowns who bathe in milk and cereal.

Those awkward silences from your audience, Bill Maher? That's them saying they aren't amused. You might want to pay more attention to what they're telling you.

First time it happened on Maher's HBO show last night came when he was speaking with The Atlantic's James Fallows about his cover story in the January-February issue, "Why Do the Best Soldiers in the World Keep Losing? The Tragic Decline of the American Military."

Some of its readers turn first to the op-ed pages, or the sports section, or the news out front. Then there are those who waste no time and get right to the corrections in the New York Times.

Aficionados of this journalistic art form were rewarded over the last few days with an array that was especially satisfying.

One of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh's most important assets -- a great memory.

While telling his listeners yesterday that he didn't waste time watching the laundry list of alleged accomplishments and proposals that seldom get enacted, aka the State of the Union speech, he did catch an excerpt afterward that conveyed a sense of deja vu.

That vast collective awwwww you heard shortly after 9 o'clock Eastern last night? This explains it.

Actual headline from The Huffington Post after President Obama's State of the Union speech -- "This is the Best Hug in the History of Liberal America."

Here's a textbook example of why Jon Stewart isn't entirely trusted on the left  -- when a big fat eephus pitch is heaved from a lumbering liberal, Stewart is swinging for the fence. And when the man connects, that ball is ... gone!

On his Comedy Central show last night, Stewart demonstrated why he is more than willing to eviscerate a worthy target regardless of whether said target is otherwise simpatico with Stewart's well-established lefty politics.

Isn't it sad when those willing to inconvenience thousands of people for hours at a time are asked to sacrifice to moment or two answering questions from pesky reporters? Oh the humanity!

The biggest story coming out of Boston this past Thursday involved a major highway getting shut down during the morning commute in two locations by protesters alleging to profess abiding empathy for black people involved in altercations with police.

This just might qualify for whopper of the week, or at least this morning.

Those drawn to politics will surely remember former Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs, whose bland guy-next-door facade failed to hide a chronic tendency to misdirect.

This time, Rush Limbaugh also speaks for plenty of liberals, though few could ever bring themselves to admit it.

El Rushbo could hardly contain his indignation on his radio show yesterday in response to the bizarre spectacle of Secretary of State John Kerry sheepishly trying to compensate for the lack of a high-profile American presence at last weekend's unity march in France by bringing folky pop singer James Taylor to serenade the French with "You've Got a Friend." Life imitates The Onion indeed.

Boston.com and associate editor Victor Paul Alvarez have parted ways, according to fierce crosstown rival Boston Herald, after Alvarez wrote a glib and snarky account of an alleged plan by an Ohio bartender to poison House Speaker John Boehner.

Here's how it was reported in the Herald --