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By Scott Whitlock and Rich Noyes | November 23, 2015 | 8:57 AM EST

This week, journalists echo the Obama line on Syrian refugees, blasting Republicans for their "ugly" "fear talk," even as FNC anchor Shepard Smith scolds the "collective freak-out....We cannot resort to the tactics of the barbarians." Meanwhile, ABC's Jon Karl confronts GOP candidate Ted Cruz: "You don't think it's un-American to say, only Christians, no Muslims?" And Scott Pelley scolds new Speaker of the House Paul Ryan for saying Obama is untrustworthy on immigration: "That's not wiping the slate clean. That's blowing chalk dust in the President's face."

By Dylan Gwinn | November 23, 2015 | 7:09 AM EST

I suppose there was nothing overtly biased or overly offensive that went down on Sunday night’s episode of Madam Secretary. Unless, you actually have a normal and good understanding for what real tough-talk and inspirational military speech-making is.

By Dylan Gwinn | November 23, 2015 | 6:36 AM EST

So just when I was good and ready to declare Eagles fans the all-time worst fans in the history of history a new and far more contemptible force of fandamonium has reared its ugly head.

By Erik Soderstrom | November 23, 2015 | 3:46 AM EST

Seven years after the 2008 U.S. presidential elections in which Alaska Governor Sarah Palin joined the Republican ticket as John McCain’s running mate, the former vice presidential candidate is still living rent free in the minds of Hollywood screenwriters. During Friday’s episode of veteran CBS procedural, Blue Bloods, the show took an overt swipe at Governor Palin.

By Erik Soderstrom | November 23, 2015 | 1:46 AM EST

Hollywood rarely gets guns right, which makes The Walking Dead’s departure from the status quo that much more impressive. In a perfect world, we wouldn’t need to congratulate a show for getting the basics right, but when procedurals regularly show cops running up stairwells with their fingers on their triggers, it’s worth highlighting this rare reprieve from reckless technique.

By Brad Wilmouth | November 23, 2015 | 12:36 AM EST

Appearing as a panel member on Sunday's Face the Nation on CBS, Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus had sudden respect for former President George W. Bush as she declared that she was "nostalgic for the good old days" when President Bush had "soothing, calming responsible words about Muslims" in contrast with the "very ugly week for Republicans" since the Paris attacks.

By Karen Townsend | November 23, 2015 | 12:09 AM EST

With a nod to the terror attacks in Paris that cancelled last week’s live show and the attack on a Mali hotel, NBC’s Undateable’s newest live episode, “An Origin Story Walks Into A Bar,” began with a little shot of compassion mixed with a chaser of naivety. 

By Brad Wilmouth | November 22, 2015 | 11:52 PM EST

On Sunday's This Week, host George Stephanopoulos repeatedly brought up the debate over whether to bar guns from people on the federal terror watch list or the no-fly list without delving into any of the arguments against doing so.

The ABC host brought up the issue with both guests Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson, and raised the issue again during the Roundtable segment, but never noted either the specific criticisms that the list gets from both the left and the right, or the argument against tipping off suspects under secret investigation which barring them from purchasing guns would cause.

By Kyle Drennen | November 22, 2015 | 4:11 PM EST

At the top of NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, host Chuck Todd dismissed security concerns over terrorism as nothing more that bigotry: “How will the ISIS threat and the politics of fear impact the 2016 campaign? Also, Syrian refugees and America, are there legitimate reasons to slow the process or is this just Islamaphobia?” Teasing the upcoming segment later in the show, Todd proclaimed: “...the Republican presidential candidates have been playing on the politics of fear in an extraordinary way.”

By Dave Pierre | November 22, 2015 | 4:03 PM EST

While Hollywood and The Boston Globe would want you to believe that the new movie Spotlight is an impartial dramatization of the paper's 2002 reporting on sex abuse in the Catholic Church in Boston, the truth is something else entirely.

As Spotlight slowly makes its way to theaters across the country, mainstream media movie reviewers are grossly distorting the truth about the Catholic Church sex abuse story.

By Tim Graham | November 22, 2015 | 1:59 PM EST

The BBC reports The Church of England is "disappointed and bewildered" by the refusal of leading UK cinema chains to show a very quiet ad of people saying the Lord's Prayer. The Church called the decision "plain silly" and warned it could have a "chilling" effect on free speech.

It had hoped the 60-second film would be screened across Great Britain before Christmas ahead of the new Star Wars film. The Archbishop of Canterbury complained "This advert is about as 'offensive' as a carol service on Christmas Day."

By Tom Johnson | November 22, 2015 | 1:28 PM EST

The left tends to believe that Republicans, for whatever reason, are a lot better than Democrats at messaging and salesmanship. In that vein, Martin Longman argues that GOPers have a flair for fabricating issues -- “non-problems,” Longman calls them -- which distract the public from real problems.

“There was the non-problem with Fast & Furious,” wrote Longman in a Friday post. “There was the non-problem of professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Shirley Sherrod and Solyndra and ACORN and in-person voter fraud and the IRS and the so-called Benghazi cover-up and the Ebola panic and now Syrian refugees…We seem to be living in a political world that is driven less by problems than non-problems that the Republicans have dreamed up or trumped up.”

By P.J. Gladnick | November 22, 2015 | 12:37 PM EST

Is this the funniest production yet from the Taiwanese Animators? A strong case can be made for the affirmative. Great graphics. Hilarious parody lyrics to the tune of "I Will Survive." And, above all, a singing voice that sounds remarkably like that of Hillary Clinton. So everybody, follow the bouncing ball and sing along:



By Kyle Drennen | November 22, 2015 | 11:18 AM EST

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh blasted President Obama for treating Republicans as a greater enemy than ISIS terrorists: “Barack Obama's number one enemy is the Republican Party and the conservative movement. You see he gets animated, he doesn't need cue cards, he doesn’t need Teleprompter when he starts ripping into them.”

By Tom Blumer | November 22, 2015 | 10:38 AM EST

In the wake of the Paris terrorist murder sprees, a media narrative that the U.S. is somehow less vulnerable to terrorist attacks than countries in Europe has arisen.

The reasons given for this contention would be uproariously funny if the stakes weren't so serious: "Geography and strict travel restrictions." Additionally, according to the report where the meme appears to have originated, there is "one measure" which makes the U.S. "arguably" more vulnerable: guns.