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For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Pentagon pushes back against Obama's latest national security plan.

President Obama's ambitious plan to begin phasing out nuclear weapons has run up against powerful resistance from officials in the Pentagon and other U.S. agencies, posing a threat to one of his most important foreign policy initiatives.


For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: a politics of style, not substance.


How's the last weekend of the NFL regular season looking? What will today's surprises be?


For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: Baby it's COLD outside!

Cold records are being set in many parts of the country, and there's more on the way.

How's that global warming thing working in your area?

 


For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: So long '00s!

Certainly, it's no surprise some in the Bush deranged press are calling the last decade the worst in history...but is it? With devastating wars and depressions in America's past, surely there have been worse.

With this in mind, tell us what was the worst decade in American history and why. Also, who other than the object of the media's disaffection should take the blame for problems which befell us the past ten years?


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"We will not rest until we find all who were involved and hold them accountable." -- Pres. Obama, discussing NWA 253, December 28, 2009.

Photo: Pres. Obama waves to the crowd after his game of golf in Hawaii, Dec. 31, 2009. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)


The folks at NewsBusters and the Media Research Center wish you a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

How was 2009 for you, and what are your expectations for 2010?


On this last day of 2009, a quick rundown of the Media Research Center's quote compilations and assessments, issued over the past couple of weeks, on the worst of the media during the year:

♦ From the MRC's News Analysis Division: “Best Notable Quotables of 2009: The 22nd Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting” (thread on NB) as determined in 16 categories (with dozens of videos) by a judging panel of 48 expert conservative media observers. Check the sidebar for links to Fox News segments about the worst quotes. Also, year-end NQ Video Show with MRC staff ridiculing the worst journalists. (Separate public/online ballot results; thread on NB with those winners)

♦ From MRC's Times Watch: “Top Ten Lowlights of the New York Times in 2009.” (Thread on NB)

♦ From MRC's Times Watch: “Quotes of Note 2009, the Worst NY Times Quotes of the Year.” (thread on NB)

♦ From MRC's Business & Media Institute: “Media's Top 10 Worst Economic Myths of 2009.” (thread on NB)


Do you think journalists should be banned from purchasing photos and interviews, so-called "checkbook journalism" (a la Jasper Schuringa)? Why or why not?


What effect do you think the congressional health care overhaul will have on the 2010 midterm elections?


The Founder and President of the Media Research Center (MRC) and NewsBusters.org Publisher Brent Bozell again appeared on the Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends to discuss some more of the very many examples of poor reporting culled from Year 2009. 


Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano's assertion that "the system worked" has drawn the ire of conservatives. Do you agree with Jonah Goldberg that she should be fired, and if so, who should take her place?


The Media Research Center's "Best Notable Quotables of 2009: The Annual Awards for the Year's Worst Reporting" are garnering some media attention of their own. MRC President Brent Bozell drew laughs from the gang on Fox & Friends this morning as he reviewed a few of the winners, but other journalists have also found the awards worthy of coverage:

The American Spectator's Quin Hillyer, who participated as a judge of this year's awards, wrote a December 11 column going over the quotes "that particularly enraged/amused/befuddled me" even before the official results were tallied. Hillyer observed:

Sometimes you must wonder how some members of the establishment media live with themselves. Their double standards are so egregious, as is their refusal to observe the boundaries between straight news and opinionizing (to coin a word), and as are their utter contempt for and viciousness against those anywhere to the political right of them, that one would think there is no way they retain any conscience at all.


The broadcast and cable news networks have grown comfortable with using the gossip site TMZ.com on celebrity stories like Brittany Murphy or Tiger Woods. Will they follow that pattern when their beloved John F. Kennedy gets a TMZ treatment? [UPDATE: TMZ falls for JFK photo hoax]


The Founder and President of the Media Research Center (MRC) and NewsBusters.org Publisher Brent Bozell appeared this morning on the Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends to discuss some of the very many examples of poor reporting culled from Year 2009. 

The MRC's year-end extravaganza - the Best of Notable Quotables, is filled to the brim with the ridiculous and sublime bias of the traditional media from the past annum. 


Any big games today? And how 'bout Urban Meyer resigning?


For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: the Christmas Day bombing.


For general discussion and debate. Possible talking point: terrorism almost strikes in America.

What are your thoughts about what happened on Northwest Airlines Saturday? Wasn't hope and change supposed to make everybody like us again?


Media Research Center Director of Media Analysis and NewsBusters Senior Editor Tim Graham was on FNC's The O'Reilly Factor on Wednesday to talk about Katie Couric's concern that Americans were reacting to President Obama's left-wing agenda with "disrespect" and "anger."

"It reminds me a lot of 1994. I mean, when Democrats start to lose, then we have to worry about the angry American," Graham noted, later adding: "When Barack Obama wins, then the American people are very wise people, you know. They are creating history, and you like the American people. Then when the polls go south -- and the polls on this health care bill are not good at all right now and the Democrats are shoving it through anyway -- suddenly the people are angry and not very smart."

You can watch the video over at the Huffington Post (where they don't seem to like the idea of Tim or fill-in host Monica Crowley scrutinizing Ms. Couric's words). The full transcript is after the break:


Moments ago, Senate Democrats on a party-line 60-39 vote passed Harry Reid's version of a health care overhaul. Despite their pretext of "making history," Democrats seem concerned the public is against their proposal.