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By Noel Sheppard | | October 11, 2013 | 4:02 PM EDT

Although the folks at Jimmy Kimmel Live tried presenting it as a spontaneous skit, anyone with a lukewarm intelligence quotient knew they really were doing a five minute public service announcement for ObamaCare.

If you think guest Owen Wilson was able to create all the charts he had AND get Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to join him AND have a choir that included the band Panic! at the Disco sing a song about healthcare without any assistance from Kimmel or his staff, I’ve got some beachfront property in Florida to sell you (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Kaitlin Hamer | | October 11, 2013 | 2:44 PM EDT

Go figure: a show in which there are (count ‘em!) two families with strong, involved father roles! Not enough shows actually entertain strong family dynamics. A father figure who has a strong influence in his child’s life is not a common thing in many shows these days. In “Welcome to the Family” there are two stand-out

By Tim Graham | | October 11, 2013 | 2:17 PM EDT

Now that the Nobel Peace Prize winner has been announced, it’s a good time to notice which Nobelist doesn’t tend to get mentioned any more. With all the talk of war in Syria, after leading from behind in Libya, and approving the takedown of Osama bin Laden, Barack Obama’s Peace Prize is almost never mentioned on TV.

Is that embarrassment for Obama? It can’t be disaste for Obama. It might be embarrassment for the Nobel bureaucrats for the attempt at pre-emptive accolades. But a survey of ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS newscasts since the 2012 election shows only one news report – from Chuck Todd in June – acknowledged Obama won the Peace Prize, and one wisecrack from PBS NewsHour analyst David Brooks on September 13:

By Noel Sheppard | | October 11, 2013 | 1:30 PM EDT

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said one of the dumbest things he’s ever said in his life Thursday evening, and that’s saying something.

When NBC Tonight Show host Jay Leno asked if he thought John Boehner (R-Oh.) would lose his Speakership as a result of the current government shutdown/debt ceiling debate, Matthews responded, “It might be the greatest thing he ever does in his life” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Scott Whitlock | | October 11, 2013 | 1:00 PM EDT


According to Chris Matthews, a new NBC poll showing bad poll numbers for the Republican Party is comparable to "Watergate." Finding that Americans blame Republicans over Democrats for the shutdown by a 22 percent margin, Matthews marveled, "I get the sense that this is a historic poll."

Talking to Chuck Todd, the Hardball anchor prompted, "Compared to Watergate?" This was too much for Todd. He hedged, "Is it Watergate levels? Well, if this were October 2014, you might be talking about something like this. This is wave-type numbers, if this were a month out from the election. But we're not a month out from the election." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]

By Ken Shepherd | | October 11, 2013 | 12:35 PM EDT

We've seen it with how the liberal media treats Joe Biden. The vice president's gaffes and erroneous statements are legendary, yet the press give ol' Uncle Joe gauzy treatment, celebrating rather than mocking him for his foibles and admiring his penchant for "retail politics." It's arguable that the Washington Post's Laura Vozzella did much the same for the Democrats' gubernatorial candidate in Virginia in her Metro section front-pager today, "When McAuliffe speaks, facts may take a back seat."*

Sure, the Post staffer noted, "McAuliffe's tendency to stretch the truth stands out even by the standards of politicians," but the Chicago-born Democratic politician owns it, by golly!

By Noel Sheppard | | October 11, 2013 | 12:34 PM EDT

PBS's Tavis Smiley made a comment Thursday that every African-American as well as liberal media member should sit up and take notice.

Appearing on Fox News's Hannity, Smiley said, "The data is going to indicate sadly that when the Obama administration is over, black people will have lost ground in every single leading economic indicator category" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Mike Ciandella | | October 11, 2013 | 12:19 PM EDT

As administration and media warn of economic doom, Moody’s says US credit rating safe.

By NB Staff | | October 11, 2013 | 10:33 AM EDT

In their weekly “Media Mash” segment, Fox host Sean Hannity and MRC president Brent Bozell discussed Ed Schultz’s latest embarrassing rant: that Speaker John Boehner is guilty of “treason” over the shutdown and that the “popularity” of Obamacare is just “killing” conservatives.

Hannity began: “Eddie Schultz is back, the guy that wanted to rip Dick Cheney's heart out, stomp on it and shove it back in him. He's frothing at the mouth about treasonous John Boehner.” (Video and transcript below)

By Tom Blumer | | October 11, 2013 | 10:15 AM EDT

Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison yesterday. As has been the case for nearly six years as his scandals and prosecution have unfolded (seen here in dozens of NewsBusters posts), press coverage has usually avoided the inconvenient fact that Kilpatrick is a Democrat, and almost completely ignored Barack Obama's hearty endorsement of him during the early stages of his 2008 presidential campaign. A YouTube video from a May 2007 speech at the Detroit Economic Club shows Obama thanking Kilpatrick for "doing an outstanding job of gathering together the leadership at every level of Detroit, to bring about the kind of renaissance that all of us anticipate for this great city."

News outlets failing to note Kilpatrick's Democratic Party affiliation yesterday included the New York Times, CBS in Detroit, the Detroit Free Press in an item carried at USA Today, and Mike Tobin at Fox News. The Associated Press outdid itself in this regard, as will be explained after the jump.

By NB Staff | | October 11, 2013 | 10:14 AM EDT

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By Randy Hall | | October 11, 2013 | 10:01 AM EDT

Just hours before the Senate voted to approve a measure that was passed by the House on Wednesday in a 425-0 vote to restore the death benefits paid to the families of fallen soldiers, liberal radio talk show host Bill Press showed his true colors when he said it would be a “big mistake” for the government to do that because “once the government starts making special exceptions, it allows the shutdown to continue.”

In a stumble similar to one Senate majority leader Harry Reid made last week, when the Nevada Democrat accused CNN reporter Dana Bash of being “irresponsible” and “reckless” for asking if he would help “one child who has cancer” and is receiving treatment through the NIH, Press stated: “When you shut down the government, a lot of great things are not going to get done, and why should we make an exception for those that just happen to pop up and get a lot of media attention?”

By Tim Graham | | October 11, 2013 | 8:51 AM EDT

About 40 leftists assembled with an unauthorized adult-size Elmo to protest the presence of capitalist David Koch on the board of Boston PBS superstation WGBH. They decried Koch as a “climate denier” and a “polluter” and demanded his resignation from the panel. The Elmo knockoff held a sign that said “Elmo Love WGBH / Elmo No Love Koch Lies.”

Conservatives apparently can’t serve at a PBS station in any way, for it compromises the system’s “independence.” That’s a code word for “hermetically sealed liberal bias.” "It’s not because we disagree with Mr. Koch politically,” argued protesting Rev. Fred Small in the Boston Herald. “It’s because he is about the destruction of politics in America as we know it.” Conservative dissent equals destruction of democracy. But the Reverend also dipped into the KKK basket:

By Matt Philbin | | October 11, 2013 | 8:37 AM EDT

When Dr. Lawrence Kutner, Kal Penn’s character on “House M.D.,” offed himself so Penn could go work for the Obama Administration, I wondered if the act held some symbolism for his career. Time will tell, but things aren’t looking up just now. CBS has canceled “We Are Men” after just two episodes. 

By Evan Mantel | | October 11, 2013 | 4:52 AM EDT

Modern Family reaches the 100 episode mark with some fine humor.