Noel Sheppard

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Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014. More here about Noel's contributions to NewsBusters and tributes to him upon his passing.

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As NewsBusters reported last week, Tom Cruise had the nerve to compare the demands involved in acting to fighting in Afghanistan.

During a Q&A session at the premiere of his new film "Lone Survivor" Tuesday, Mark Wahlberg blasted Cruise (vulgarity warning):

Syndicated columnist George Will made the definitive statement Tuesday about the disaster that is ObamaCare.

Appearing on Fox News’s Special Report, Will said, “[Y]ou could probably only have this created by a President who’d never run anything larger than a Senate office.”

This really is one of the funniest things I’ve seen all year. As such, readers are warned to make sure there isn’t any food or fluids in their mouths that could damage their computers.

On MSNBC’s The Ed Show moments ago, host Ed Schultz actually said, “The mainstream media, I believe, wants ObamaCare to fail” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

NBC’s Chuck Todd appears to be concerned that 2016 will be a repeat of 2008 when the media helped take the Democratic nomination away from Hillary Clinton.

Tuesday morning Todd tweeted, "Judging by new NBC poll, there may be more members of the press searching for a Dem foe for Hillary than actual Dems":

The new prime time lineup at Fox News continues to demolish its competition.

Last week, FNC almost doubled the combined viewers of CNN and MSNBC from 8PM to 11PM.

"Honor Thy Commitment" is currently the featured headline at the Drudge Report underneath a picture of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama tensely staring at each other.

Despite this exposure, will the media report Clinton telling web magazine OZY, "[T]he President should honor the commitment the federal government made" that people who like their health insurance plans can keep them (video follows with transcript and commentary):

As NewsBusters previously reported, film director Spike Lee last March retweeted a posting supposedly including the address of George Zimmerman.

Now the couple who actually reside at that address are suing Lee.

Is Veterans Day REALLY the appropriate time to publish an article claiming that those that have served our nation don't protect our freedoms?

The folks at Salon think so, and published a piece Monday with the astonishingly inflammatory headline, "Stop Thanking the Troops for Me: No, They Don’t 'Protect Our Freedoms!'”

As NewsBusters reported, James Pinkerton on Fox News's MediaBuzz Sunday predicted that all the press's gushing and fawning over Republican New Jersey governor Chris Christie will end if he gets the nomination to face Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. 

Washington Times columnist Joe Curl echoed such sentiments Sunday while adding, "The kingmaking certainly has shades of the media love affair with Sen. John 'Maverick' McCain":

A consistent talking point from Democrats and their media minions is that the 2012 election was about ObamaCare and that as a result of the President's win, the American people gave the program a mandate to be fully implemented.

Surprisingly breaking with this trend Sunday was New York magazine's John Heilemann who said on ABC's This Week that because Mitt Romney was the Republican challenger, given his ties to Massachusetts' healthcare program, he couldn't make that the central theme of his campaign, and as such, ObamaCare was not litigated as the President and his allies claim (video follows with transcript and commentary):

For years NewsBusters has reported on how the so-called "fact-checking" website PolitiFact is far harsher with its analysis of conservatives than it is with liberals.

Back to back postings this week at the organization's new PunditFact once again boldly demonstrate this.

Pop singer Miley Cyrus seems on a mission to do everything possible to shock people for attention.

At Sunday's MTV Europe Awards in Amsterdam, Cyrus, after receiving the Best Video award for her hit "Wrecking Ball," pulled a joint out of her purse, lit it up, took a drag, and then thanked the crowd as she left the stage (video follows with commentary):

In case you were wondering when all the gushing and fawning over Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will end, Fox News’s James Pinkerton has the answer.

Appearing on MediaBuzz Sunday, Pinkerton said, “[I]f he gets the nomination against Hillary Clinton, they'll say, 'Okay, enough’” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward made an interesting observation Sunday.

Appearing on Fox News’s MediaBuzz, he claimed that the White House blames him for starting the media’s criticism of President Obama’s lack of leadership (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Syndicated columnist George Will asked a marvelous question Sunday that few in the liberal media will.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Will said, “Has there ever – with the exception of Richard Nixon in 1973 - been a worse first year of a second term?” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

“If there’s anything like 76 million healthcare plans voided, not only is ObamaCare dead, there’s going to be guillotines set up at Farragut Square.”

So said syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan on PBS’s McLaughlin Group Friday.

If it’s Friday, HBO’s Bill Maher must be attacking conservatives as well as people of faith.

On the most recent installment of Real Time, the host did a lengthy segment accusing religious conservatives of being hypocrites saying, “There's always a good, moral, Christian reason to tell everyone you meet to f--k off and die” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement has become a laughing stock.

On NBC’s Tonight Show Friday, the audience broke out into cheers and applause when Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) told host Jay Leno, “ObamaCare: it's the biggest jobs killer in this country” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

You've got to be kidding me.

MSNBC's Chris Matthews on Thursday, during a question and answer session after his keynote address at Philadelphia's Thinkfest, actually joked about New Jersey governor Chris Christie crushing his wife during sex (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Oh the delicious irony.

Dylan Ratigan, the former host of the MSNBC program bearing his name, just had his health insurance cancelled due to ObamaCare: