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January 6, 2016, 4:36 AM EST

First week of the new year and typically perceptive analysis from Rush Limbaugh about a new survey on anger that's all the rage in media.

The polling, commissioned by Esquire magazine and NBC News and conducted by SurveyMonkey, resulted in a slew of headlines about whites and Republicans as the angriest of Americans.

January 5, 2016, 3:31 PM EST

Bill Press is perhaps best known as one of the early hosts of the influential cable show Crossfire, but he's also a longtime radio talker and columnist for The Hill politics website.

In his most recent column, misleadingly headlined "Shining a Spotlight on media," Press joins a chorus of praise for the movie Spotlight that chronicles the efforts of a Boston Globe reporting team to uncover the sexual abuse scandal that enveloped the Catholic church in the early 2000s.

December 31, 2015, 8:37 PM EST

Maybe it can be chalked up to a tendency toward reflection at year's end and not the emergence of a refreshing pattern.

This past Sunday on Meet the Press, one of the last people you'd expect to point out that "it's not always policemen" killing black people -- filmmaker Spike Lee -- said just that in plugging his new movie, Chi-Raq, about the endless violence that plagues Chicago.

December 27, 2015, 8:56 PM EST

Only Nixon could go to China, according to one of the more enduring political truths of the last half-century.

Just as only a man of color with undeniable credibility in the black community can publicly utter an undeniable truth -- it's not only police who are killing black people in this country, though you'd never know it from much of the media coverage.

December 25, 2015, 6:52 PM EST

As Bush Derangement Syndrome (BDS) gradually fades among liberals after its decade-long stint atop their stack of pathologies, a newly diagnosed condition known as Completely Unhinged over Citizens United (CUCU)  is supplanting it.

Even though BDS is unlikely to wholly depart from the liberal psyche, which appears to draw sustenance from its presence despite the obvious toll on left-wingers' health, eruptions of the new malady still occur with alarming frequency. 

December 22, 2015, 8:14 PM EST

Whenever a liberal includes "fact" at the start of a sentence, rest assured that whatever follows is usually more accurately described as opinion -- and dubious opinion at that.

This amusing phenomenon could be seen last night on Rachel Maddow's MSNBC show during a segment about South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham dropping out of the GOP presidential race.

December 19, 2015, 9:28 PM EST

President Obama is doing all he can to prevent ISIS from propagandizing via the Internet, and Democrat presumptive heiress Hillary Clinton has a plan along the same lines, according to McLaughlin Group regular and Daily Beast columnist Eleanor Clift.

But when GOP candidate Donald Trump proposes much the same thing, albeit in a more aggressive Trumpesque manner, it's an all-out assault on the First Amendment, Clift hyperventilates.

December 18, 2015, 6:32 PM EST

If Donald Trump or Ted Cruz are elected president, we're all going to die. So suggests liberal radio host Thom Hartmann in a premise notably unhinged even for a liberal radio host. Don't claim you were never warned.

Hartmann, among the most influential voices on the left through his books, radio show and YouTube channel, demonstrated little reluctance in violating Godwin's Law -- he who invokes the Nazis first in an argument, loses -- during his radio show Dec. 14.

December 15, 2015, 8:24 PM EST

Nearly five decades after Mary Jo Kopechne died in a car driven by Ted Kennedy, Hollywood is preparing a movie about the incident that appears more sympathetic to him than to her.

Kopechne, a 28-year-old former campaign worker for Kennedy's late brother Robert, was one of several women from the RFK campaign who attended a party on the remote island of Chappaquiddick off the coast of Massachusetts in July 1969, along with Kennedy and several other men.


December 13, 2015, 8:08 PM EST

Look no further than the front page of the New York Daily News for the desperate state of newspapers today. Whereas the motto of broadsheet rival New York Times is "All The News That's Fit to Print," the motto of the Daily News has become "Hell, Whatever Sells Papers." 

It's gotten to the point that CNN media critic Brian Stelter on today's Reliable Sources asked Daily News editor-in-chief Jim Rich, "Is there such a thing as too far for the Daily News?"


December 9, 2015, 8:59 PM EST

If you don't like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes, longtime Hartford resident Mark Twain once remarked.

If you're skeptical of what a liberal is saying about guns, wait even less time for your doubts to be confirmed.

December 7, 2015, 9:05 PM EST

Got a soft spot for the oldest written constitution in the world, the one for which every president upon taking office must swear an oath to preserve, protect and defend?

Then you're clearly a "jackass" according to Ed Schultz, who joins a long sordid list of lefties who can't hide their contempt for the founding charter that George Washington once described as "a guide which I will never abandon." Yes, he was the Father of our Country, but clearly didn't have a clue.


December 6, 2015, 8:34 PM EST

You're Definitely A Liberal When ... Assertion #7,546 -- You claim with a straight face that taxpayer-funded food stamps are wondrously stimulative for the economy. 

It's been so long since this one crossed my path that I'd begun to believe it was too delusional even for the left. 

But sure enough there it was, making its inevitable reappeance on Thom Hartmann's radio show last week. Perhaps it had something to do with the onset of the holiday season. While many if not most liberals no longer believe in Santa Claus, here's one who still believes in Santa Claus economics.


December 3, 2015, 6:24 PM EST

A government shutdown over federal funding for Syrian refugees and Planned Parenthood is unlikely, albeit slightly, Congressman John Yarmuth assured Ed Schultz.

But if this occurs, Yarmuth added, Republicans will get blamed for it -- regardless of whether they are actually responsible. And Yarmuth apparently doesn't have a problem with this bizarre, cynical scenario, nor does Schultz.

December 1, 2015, 7:53 PM EST

Ed Schultz condemning others for "hateful rhetoric" -- hypocrisy doesn't get more sublime than that.

Schultz, you probably remember, vilified Laura Ingraham as a "right-wing slut" on his radio show in 2011, resulting in a two-week suspension from MSNBC. 

His take on GOP opposition to Obamacare? "They want to see you dead! They'd rather make money off your dead corpse!"

November 30, 2015, 5:14 PM EST

What better way to wind down from the Thanksgiving holiday weekend than with a serving of absurdity from a long-entrenched member of the liberal media elite.

The comical leftover in question comes courtesy of Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page during a McLaughlin Group discussion of precious snowflake leftists demanding "safe spaces" on college campuses to be spared the horror of Halloween costumes, all manner of microaggression, and the few remaining professors who expect results.

November 28, 2015, 9:49 PM EST

Ed Schultz should stick with his shtick as perpetually irritated working-class hero rather than ridicule others for their alleged ignorance of American history while at the same time displaying his flimsy grasp of it.

Since ending his radio show last year and getting shown the door at MSNBC in July, Schultz has taken to venting in a daily podcast he calls "Ed Schultz News and Commentary" that is accessible through YouTube and his website.

November 25, 2015, 9:42 PM EST

It's always amusing when liberals accuse conservatives of treason for the audacious alleged crime of disagreeing with them on national security. Even more amusing is when liberals accuse other left wingers of treason. The silver lining here -- some of those accused become potential converts to conservatism after deciding they've had enough of loyalty tests on the left. 

Radio host Thom Hartmann, whose program is among the most influential on that short list of influential liberal radio shows, could barely contain his contempt for nearly four dozen House Democrats who broke ranks with the party and voted for Republican legislation to tighten oversight of Syrian and Iraqi refugees entering the U.S.

November 21, 2015, 6:39 PM EST

An appearance last night on Alan Colmes' radio show went from bad to barely better for a spokesman with the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Hassan Shibly, executive director of the Florida CAIR branch at Tampa, made an earnest attempt to separate Islamic fanatics responsible for last week's carnage in Paris from genuine Muslims, despite a revealing gaffe right out of the gate.

November 17, 2015, 7:48 PM EST

The Republican feared most by liberals? The one described with the most overwrought hyperbole. Yes, some things never change.

According to ex-MSNBC pundit Cenk Uygur (pronounced Jenk U-gur), that Republican is none other than Senator Ted Cruz of Texas. Should he learn this, Cruz will presumably take it as a badge of honor.