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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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It's not just members of the media standing up to support disgraced journalist Helen Thomas after her unscheduled retirement caused by anti-Semitic remarks she made on camera last week.

The rabbi that caught her disgusting comments on videotape and put them on the Internet has received 25,000 hate-email messages - and counting.

Hours after MSNBC's Keith Olbermann actually called Rabbi David Nesenoff one of his "Worst Persons in the World," CBS-TV in New York reported the vicious electronic attacks streaming into the rabbi's inbox like a "ticker tape" (video follows with partial transcript, h/t HotAirPundit):


Disgraced journalist Helen Thomas must now be really proud of herself: the terrorist organization Hezbollah has expressed great praise for the recent anti-Semitic comments she made that forced her into retirement.

As NewsBusters' Ken Shepherd reported last Friday, Thomas told a rabbi that Jews living in Israel should "get the hell out of Palestine" and go "home" to Poland or Germany.

According to Israel's Ynet, a representative of Hezbollah issued a statement Wednesday regarding this matter:


UPDATE AT END OF POST: More outlets spread the rumor, Huffington Post runs a poll.

The most recent symptom of Palin Derangement Syndrome has now been discovered in media members: speculating on whether or not the former Alaska governor has purchased breast implants.

The rumor started Tuesday on the liberal website Wonkette in a posting entitled, "Did Sarah Palin Buy Herself a Couple of Luxury Items?"

"We got a political news tip on our Facebook page from Wonkette operative 'Laura,'" the piece began.

"And, having just now checked our tipster's hunch with another woman (also, coincidentally, named 'Laura'), we can report with confidence that at least two people with experience in having breasts say that Sarah Palin sure looks like she was trotting out some new work at the horse races on Sunday."

Taking the bait was the Boston Herald Wednesday (h/t NBer Rusty Weiss, photo courtesy Reuters):


Jon Stewart Tuesday evening absolutely tore apart Barack Obama's pathetic response to the Gulf Coast oil spill.

Early in the almost ten minute segment of "The Daily Show," the host chided the President's comments to NBC's Matt Lauer Monday, "We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers so I know whose ass to kick."

Stewart called Obama's strategy "AssQuest 2010 - The Search for Kickable Ass!"

After showing how the President referred to the situation in the Gulf as "complicated," the "Comedy Central" star then demonstrated to viewers how this is the same excuse Obama has given to solving all the problems facing the nation including the financial crisis and healthcare.

This led Stewart to wonder if the President's favorite movie must be "It's Complicated" with Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin.

In the end, "The Daily Show" host marvelously concluded, "I'm glad that you are looking for an ass to kick, but right now I gotta tell you, the ass has been kicking you" (video follows with commentary, vulgarity warning):


Time magazine on Monday featured a new Facebook group wanting to plug the BP oil spill with former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.

"Disasters require out-of-the-box thinking, after all," began Time's Kayla Webley. 

She continued, "In a week's time, more than 100,000 people have given a virtual thumbs up to a Facebook group that suggests the Gulf oil leak ought to be plugged with none other than former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin" (more of this piece follows with commentary, h/t Twitter's @Stacy_Drake):


Do you think politicians, government officials and agencies should have more tools at their disposal to spread their message to the public?

The social networking Web site Twitter does.

A new full-time position the organization is looking to fill is called Government Liaison.

Here's the job description (h/t Adam Baldwin):


Unless you've been asleep for the past 24 hours, you've heard or read about Sunday's MTV Movie Awards in which producers and presenters seemed to go out of their way to say "f--k" whenever possible.

Figures released by various ratings house are giving conflicting reports about how many people actually watched this vulgar display.

Some say viewership was up; others say it dropped.

For instance, Entertainment Weekly reported Monday evening:


As I walked into the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Studios Sunday evening, I had no idea the level of vulgarity I was in store for.

Attending my first MTV Movie Awards, I was immediately stunned by the number of F-words in the opening video clip of Tom Cruise recreating his movie executive roll in the film "Tropic Thunder."

Little did I know that the evening would be filled with F-bombs from a number of Hollywoodans, so much so that the man that accepted the award for best movie at the end of the festivities (Peter Facinelli of the "Twilight" series) commented, "I just want to say I've never heard the word 'f--k' used so many times in one evening."

At that moment, I thought Facinelli was going to comment about just how absurd all the vulgarity was. Instead, he went on an F-bomb-laden speech of his own (video available here, others follow, extreme vulgarity warning):


As is our tradition at NewsBusters, we are commemorating the 66th anniversary of D-Day. I have found a number of really great videos that I hope properly capture the spirit of the occasion.

First up, this one was supposedly created by an eighth-grader for a history project. Really fabulous.

Next up, actual live footage of the invasion courtesy The History Channel. 

As no film out of Hollywood has better captured what happened 66 years ago on Omaha Beach, the opening scene from "Saving Private Ryan" is available in four parts here, here, here, and here.

Finally, embedded after the break is FDR's speech to the nation that night: 


The National Center for Atmospheric Research believes that oil from the leaking deep water rig in the Gulf of Mexico could impact much of America's East Coast by summer.

As reported by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research Thursday, scientists using a detailed computer modeling program have created a video image of what they feel is possible in the coming months.

"'I've had a lot of people ask me, ‘Will the oil reach Florida?'" says NCAR scientist Synte Peacock, who worked on the study. 'Actually, our best knowledge says the scope of this environmental disaster is likely to reach far beyond Florida, with impacts that have yet to be understood'" (video follows with more of this report and commentary): 


Former Beatles star Paul McCartney took a cheap shot at George W. Bush Wednesday evening after receiving an award from Barack Obama.

McCartney was honored in the East Room of the White House by the President, his family, and a star-studded guest list that included Stevie Wonder, Dave Grohl, Faith Hill, the Jonas Brothers, Jack White, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Herbie Hancock, Corinne Bailey Rae, and Jerry Seinfeld.

After receiving the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, McCartney told the audience, "After the last eight years, it's good to have a president that knows what a library is" (video follows with commentary):


Karl Rove on Wednesday said the "man love" Time's Joe Klein has for Barack Obama makes Chris Matthews' adoration of the President pale by comparison.

As Rove's radio interview with Sean Hannity began, the host told the former White House adviser, "You know, we now have guys like Joe Klein out there blaming George W. Bush for the oil spill."

Rove responded, "Joe Klein used to be a thoughtful person, and now he's just got a reflexive hatred of George Bush, and, and he makes, he makes the man love he has for Barack Obama, it makes Chris Matthews' man love for Obama pale in significance" (audio available here, partial transcript follows, h/t Weasel Zippers):


The senior editor of the liberal online publication Mediaite asked an astonishingly absurd question in a headline Tuesday:

"Does The BP Oil Spill Mark The Death Of The Tea Party Movement?"

Glynnis MacNicol's premise in her piece by that name: "The call for less government intervention into the lives of ‘regular' citizens that was so prevalent throughout last summer, and fall, and winter has gone nearly silent in the face of the Gulf disaster."

MacNicol's supporting evidence of the Tea Party's demise:


No one has ever accused Keith Olbermann of having one iota of class, and what he publicly did Tuesday evening to someone he once worked with should finally explain to anyone that actually still admires this pompous buffoon exactly why!

During his "Worst Persons in the World" segment, the "Countdown" host absolutely tore apart CNN's Campbell Brown.

Adding insult to injury, Olbermann did this public evisceration on the 30th anniversary of the day the cable news network went on the air.

Readers are advised to have a bucket nearby, for whatever you might think of Brown, this pathetic and inexcusable display by MSNBC's leading anchor is sure to make you nauseous (video follows with transcript and commentary): 


Helen Thomas was her typical, Israel-hating self Tuesday when during the White House press briefing, she called the previous day's flotilla incident a "deliberate massacre, an international crime."

When she got her chance to ask White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs a question at the proceeding, Thomas was relentless in her accusations. 

"If any other nation in the world had done it, we would have been up in arms," she said.

"What is the sacrosanct, iron-clad relationship where a country that deliberately kills people and boycotts -- and we aid and abet the boycott?" (video follows with transcript and commentary, h/t Hot Air's Allahpundit): 


ABC's Jake Tapper reported Tuesday that the Obama administration is going to support Israel in the wake of international outrage over the flotilla incident off the coast of Gaza Monday morning.

If Tapper is correct, one has to wonder whether the typically pro-Palestinian media here in America will stand with the President on this one.

Such seems especially intriguing given Obama's plummeting approval ratings and his increasingly frosty relations with press members that helped him get elected two years ago but now feel he's snubbing them at every turn.

Here's what Tapper wrote hours ago at ABC's Political Punch blog (h/t Hot Air's Ed Morrissey):


According to the geniuses at ABC News, the flotilla incident between Israel and pro-Hamas activists Monday endangers American troops stationed in the Middle East.

At the conclusion of what had been a relatively well-balanced "World News" report concerning what happened off of the coast of Gaza early Monday morning, ABC's Jim Sciutto apprised viewers of the angry reaction to the event by Muslims in the region. 

"While the facts remain in dispute, demonstrations extended across the Muslim world to Muslim communities in Europe," began Sciutto.

"A public outpouring like this one poses a danger for America's relations with the Muslim world as well," he continued.

"The popular perception of America has real consequences for American soldiers undermining already weak support for U.S. military action in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq" (video follows with transcript and commentary): 


President Obama's Memorial Day speech at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois, got rained out Monday (commentary after the jump): 


CRITICAL UPDATES at end of article.

It's now all over the headlines: "Israeli Soldiers Kill at Least 10 Protesters on Boat Carrying Supplies to Gaza."

But with all stories, there are indeed two sides.

As international outrage mounts, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancels Tuesday's scheduled meeting with President Obama, it is crucial that news outlets here offer an accurate, fair and balanced assessment of exactly what transpired in the Mediterranean Sea early Monday morning.

After all, according to Israel's Haaretz, this isn't the unprovoked massacre some in the media are depicting (h/t Hot Air's Ed Morrissey, photo courtesy AP):


I first posted this amazing video at NewsBusters four years ago. At the time, the background music was Eric Clapton's "Tears In Heaven." According to YouTube, record producers forced the soundtrack's removal due to copyright infringement.

As such, I offer it again accompanied by Leann Rimes' version of "Amazing Grace":

President Lincoln's immortal letter to Mrs. Lydia Bixby follows with video of it being read in "Saving Private Ryan":