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By Karen Townsend | November 15, 2015 | 11:01 PM EST

In Friday night’s “Members Only” episode of Truth Be Told on NBC, Russell asks Mitch to negotiate for a new car he is hoping to purchase. The writers of this show promote the premise that being gay in America is commonplace; so commonplace that if two guys show up together to look into a purchase of a new car, the salesman will assume that those two men are gay. 

By Tom Johnson | November 15, 2015 | 10:26 PM EST

Over the past several years, many former or reformist conservatives have wondered how the Republican party might be reclaimed from its volcanically angry, Fox-News-and-talk-radio-driven base. One ex-conservative, The Week columnist Linker, suggests that righty intellectuals ought to catalyze the process.

In a Friday column, Linker wrote that he couldn’t understand “how an intelligent, well-read” person of any political stripe could have watched last week’s GOP presidential debate “and not come away disgusted.” He issued a challenge to “conservative speak up and call the GOP field what it is: ignorant, insulting, and dangerous.”

By Tom Blumer | November 15, 2015 | 10:03 PM EST

Shortly after the Charlie Hebdo Islamic terrorist murders in Paris in January, the establishment press attacked those who dared to state something quite obvious about "no-go zones" in parts of Europe, i.e., that they exist. The media summarily and unilaterally declared that "no-go zones" were a myth propagated by the likes of Fox News, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, longtime terror expert Steven Emerson, and others — despite several direct references to them in media accounts, including the New York Times, going back as far as 2002.

Well, a not very funny thing has happened during the attempt to hunt down those involved in planning Friday's coordinated terrorist bloodbath in Paris.

By Dylan Gwinn | November 15, 2015 | 8:44 PM EST

The Packers had a really bad day today. Very few things went right as they lost to the Lions at home for the first time since 1991. As it turns out, even the pre-game moment of silence in tribute to the victims of the Paris terrorist attacks went awry.

By Brad Wilmouth | November 15, 2015 | 7:43 PM EST

Appearing as a guest during Sunday's MSNBC live coverage of the Paris terrorist attacks, Daily Beast Foreign Editor Christopher Dickey declared that "I'm afraid" that the right wing in Europe "will continue to be on the rise" in the aftermath of the attacks.

By Clay Waters | November 15, 2015 | 7:39 PM EST

The terrorist shootings and bombings that murdered over 100 people in Paris on Friday were carried out by the group known as ISIS (Islamic State), but there was little discussion of Islam in the front-page coverage of the massacres in Saturday's New York Times. The paper demonstrated an unseemly reluctance to talk seriously about the probable identification of the terrorists, despite their own reporting that witnesses heard shouts of  "Allahu akbar!" ("God is great!") inside the Bataclan concert hall.

By Tim Graham | November 15, 2015 | 5:19 PM EST

The November 16 issue of Time carried a book excerpt from former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham’s new book lauding former president George H.W. Bush – especially in contrast to "divisive" and unreasonable right-wingers like Newt Gingrich.

The headline was “The fractious GOP tormenting Jeb Bush took shape during the presidency of his father.” Uh, “tormenting”? Can’t there just be a debate? Or would Time suggest Bernie Sanders is “tormenting” Hillary Clinton from the left right now?

By Brad Wilmouth | November 15, 2015 | 3:59 PM EST

On Sunday's Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN, host Zakaria suggested that it would be a "mistake" for the West to make a "swift and violent response" to the Paris terrorist attacks because doing so "further stokes the fires of jihad." He plugged an upcoming segment: "Coming up, it's an all too familiar pattern. A well-planned attack on the West, followed by a swift and violent response that further stokes the fires of jihad. Will the West make these mistakes again? That's next on GPS."

By P.J. Gladnick | November 15, 2015 | 2:28 PM EST

Okay, he isn't THE Pajama Boy but a Pajama Boy that has appeared in a GE commercial for the past few weeks who was obviously inspired by the original. Should you doubt that this is very close copy of the original Pajama Boy, the dialogue should convince you. Meanwhile the original Pajama Boy has failed to capitalize on his notoriety and has faded into relative obscurity as a blogger hyping a kinetic energy battery charger.

By Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | November 15, 2015 | 2:24 PM EST

In the episode “The Big Sleepover” of Last Man Standing, Eve’s friend has overstayed her welcome at the Baxter household and interfered with Mike’s (Tim Allen) relationship with his daughter. Eve finally finds a way to get her friend to find another place to stay because she doesn’t want her dad “moping around like Obama got a third term.” 

By Jeffrey Meyer | November 15, 2015 | 1:01 PM EST

During a pre-recorded interview with Fox News’ Howard Kurtz that aired on Sunday's MediaBuzz, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson sharply criticized the press for trying to damage his candidacy with erroneous stories about his personal biography. When pressed by Kurtz to explain why the media would want to damage his campaign, Carson explained “when you deliberately lie and you put that out as a story, or you do shabby investigations, and you say we've investigated and we can't find anything, I mean, is that an acceptable standard?”

By Jeffrey Meyer | November 15, 2015 | 12:09 PM EST

During an appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan strongly rebuked Bernie Sanders’ claim during Saturday’s Democratic presidential debate that climate change has contributed to the rise of ISIS. Noonan argued that Sanders’ statement “makes him to many people look slightly daffy like someone who doesn’t understand what the real subject is” because “[t]his is about terrorism. This isn’t about climate change and deserts and people migrating because it’s hot.”

By Tom Blumer | November 15, 2015 | 11:44 AM EST

As of early this morning, Matt Drudge was carrying a link to a story headlining how President Obama is "under fire for saying ISIS 'contained' just hours before Paris attack."

Well, Obama is under some fire, but Drudge's link is to coverage at the UK Daily Mail. That's unfortunately unsurprising, because there is little to no mention of Obama's naive, foolish and callous statement in the U.S. establishment press. So Obama may be "under fire" from people who are paying attention, but low-information news consumers (and voters) who didn't happen to see the original Thursday interview will likely remain unaware of it. In one such example of convenient oversight, the Associated Press published a Thursday evening story on that interview, and decided that its only newsworthy element was Obama's immigration-related criticism of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.

By Mark Finkelstein | November 15, 2015 | 10:56 AM EST

Last night at dinner a relative from NYC who described himself as a "bleeding heart liberal" opposed cutting off the immigration of Syrian refugees because in his view that would run counter to American traditions. He's a great guy, but that is a dangerous misinterpretation.  We have no obligation to commit collective suicide.

What's more troubling is that supposed experts on the subject are voicing similar views. On today's State of the Union with Jake Tapper, Shadi Hamid of the Brookings Institution actually surmised that the Paris killer who made it into Europe was probably the only terrorist among the hundreds of thousands of refugees. "There's perhaps one refugee that was part of this out of hundreds of thousands. That's kind of a collective punishment, if you say, well, we're going to try to stop all refugees from coming in because of one person."

By Jeffrey Meyer | November 15, 2015 | 9:05 AM EST

On Saturday Night Live, Weekend Update co-anchor Michael Che shamelessly mocked Jeb Bush after the Republican told the Huffington Post he would happily travel back in time to kill baby Hitler. Che claimed this would have “left Germany in the weak bumbling hands of Adolph’s brother Jeb Hitler." The SNL cast member also mocked Ben Carson, who said he would not kill baby Hitler because of his pro-life values. Che joked “this election is down to which candidate would make the best time traveling baby murderer?”