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February 17, 2015, 11:33 AM EST

His instincts told him to be wary. Turns out that Rush Limbaugh's suspicions were well-founded.

On his radio broadcast Monday, the day after Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary special on NBC, Limbaugh said SNL executive producer Lorne Michaels invited him on the show in the 1990s for a specific role -- to play Santa Claus.

February 16, 2015, 3:40 PM EST

The weather has been so brutal in the Northeast this winter that those involved in preparations for Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary special were apparently cut off from any news over the last two weeks.

How else to explain the show's laughable piety when it aired last night, and at the dead-whale weight of four and a half hours (including a red-carpet preview), and mocked what was deemed "fake news" from the Fox News Channel.

February 14, 2015, 6:33 PM EST

MSNBC is rightly considered among the more fetid branches of the left-wing fever swamp, alongside the Daily Kos blog, Dennis Kucinich's fan club, and just about any fundraiser for Elizabeth Warren. But what MSNBC airs on weekends exceeds its often dazzling levels of left-wing lunacy.

This morning on the network's Melissa Harris-Perry show, for example, guest host and Columbia University poli-sci professor Dorian Warren spoke about the murders of three Muslim residents of Chapel Hill, N.C., this week with a panel of fellow liberals, all of them Deeply Concerned, the requisite emotional state for anyone spending time in Harris-Perry's empathic presence.

February 13, 2015, 7:21 PM EST

Appearing as a guest speaker at the Reagan Library in 2008, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams was asked who his "wow interview" was with, or what person would fit the bill.

Williams tweaked the question before responding in a way that prompted an approving murmur through the audience, which presumably was what he intended.

February 12, 2015, 5:38 PM EST

You know how liberals love to prattle on about the need for politicians to "work together" and "get things done"?

Back when he was president, George H. W. Bush did exactly that with Democrats in Congress -- he agreed in 1990 to raise taxes to cut the deficit, thereby breaking one of the most emphatic campaign promises since democracy first stirred in the cradle.

February 11, 2015, 7:09 PM EST

A seismic shakeup in media yesterday with NBC News announcing a six-month suspension without pay for serial fabulist Brian Williams, while Comedy Central's Jon Stewart revealed he's leaving The Daily Show at the end of this season.

The two departures are indirectly connected, Rush Limbaugh told radio listeners today, and bolster his long-held belief that "NBC is not a news organization any more."

February 11, 2015, 11:05 AM EST

Many of his fans were surely disappointed when Jon Stewart announced last night that he's leaving The Daily Show at the end of this season, after 16 years at the helm as its mock news anchor.

More disconcerting to conservatives who still watch Stewart, longtime lead court jester on the left, was how he let Obama confidant David Axelrod off the hook on the subject of Obama's deceitful claim during the 2008 campaign that he opposed same-sex marriage.

February 10, 2015, 6:13 PM EST

Bill Moyers first became known to the public as President Lyndon Johnson's press secretary, a thankless job for even the most ardent liberal, and Moyers is high atop that list.

Moyers has kept plenty busy ever since, providing political commentary at PBS, CBS, NBC, etc., and from his own media outfit, Moyers & Company. Flash forward to 2015 and Moyers is again providing useful cover for a left-wing president.

February 9, 2015, 10:14 PM EST

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.

February 9, 2015, 10:18 AM EST

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.

February 7, 2015, 5:44 PM EST

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.

February 6, 2015, 12:06 PM EST

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.

February 5, 2015, 4:38 PM EST

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.

February 4, 2015, 3:29 PM EST

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.

February 3, 2015, 7:37 PM EST

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."

January 30, 2015, 6:26 PM EST

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.

January 29, 2015, 10:20 AM EST

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.

January 26, 2015, 8:35 PM EST

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.

January 25, 2015, 7:28 PM EST

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.

January 24, 2015, 10:15 PM EST

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."