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Jezebel Attacks Dolan over gay marriage remarks.


Environmentalists prefer plants and animals to humans. The latest proof? Through a panicky global-warming tweet from Think Progress blaring "Floods and heat cause mass Christmas Tree deaths," I came across a new cartoon drawn by veteran New York Times environmental reporter-turned-"Dot Earth" blogger Andrew Revkin.

Revkin had several pine trees driving a car with a balding white guy tied to the car top. "What would the next few weeks be like if the trees had a holiday for a change?"


Corrected/clarified from earlier | President Obama's lie about having always said that there were caveats to "if you like it you can keep it" claim made it into the top 10 finalists for PolitiFact's 2013 Lie of the Year Readers Choice Award. PolitiFact editor Angie Drobnic Holan invited readers this morning to vote for their favorite false claim. Half of the nominees were conservative politicians or pundits, three nominated claims were from either "bloggers" or chain emails, and President Obama was the only liberal Democrat among the finalists, appearing twice on the list.

Mr. Obama is also nominated for a "pants on fire" claim that the FISA court is "transparent." PolitiFact editors will reveal their own choice for Lie of the Year later this month. To vote in the Readers Choice category, click here.


On Sunday's Meet the Press, as Republican Congressman Mike Rogers denounced ObamaCare's "unprecedented confiscation of people's health care," moderator David Gregory interrupted to parrot White House talking points defending the disastrous policy: "...you talk about confiscation, the reality is there's also a lot of people who are going to have the potential to get insurance who never had insurance. And you have a small piece of the market where people may lose plans. Many of those will get better plans in the individual market." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]

Rogers attempted to push back against Gregory's assertions: "But David, that's not true. David – a hundred million people [may lose their insurance]." Gregory just kept talking over the Congressman, citing a poll that 54% of Americans think the ObamaCare problems will be solved and concluding: "That's a level of credibility and belief in the system that presumably is very important."


As NewsBusters reported Sunday, CNN's New Day featured a segment wherein the newly upgraded ObamaCare website crashed when senior medical producer Matt Sloane tried to open up an account.

Maybe that was too honest for on Monday's New Day, senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen painted a much rosier picture of the website's progress (video follows with transcript and commentary):


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On Sunday, The Washington Post reported on its front page “Democratic Party feeling heat from a revived left.” They rarely acknowledge the Democrats have an ideological base, and almost never use the word “liberal” to describe it.

Reporter Zachary Goldfarb did use the word “liberal” routinely, but when you want to push something really leftist, you aren’t getting extreme, you are growing more “populist.” The more leftist you get, the more you appeal to the people? There were no extreme labels for the left, but Obama’s allegedly been embracing “conservative thinking.” The Post easily finds a “far right” in the Republican Party, as in these recent examples from the news staff:  


Potemkin Village, anyone?  Joe Scarborough has offered a scathing simile for the new-'n-improved Obamacare website.  On today's Morning Joe, he likened the site to the set of a Hollywood Western--pushing back the facade reveals that there's nothing behind it.

Even former Obama spox Robert Gibbs—proudly sporting an Auburn jersey—acknowledged that big chunks of the system, including the payment mechanism for subsidies, haven't even been built.  So people can go to the site, receive the illusion that they have obtained coverage, only to find that there is no follow-through.  View the video after the jump.


George Will marveled in his column late last week over how “a CNN anchor wondered if an asteroid that passed by Earth on Feb. 15 was ‘an effect of, perhaps, global warming.’” That quote, however, isn’t new to you if you’ve been reading NewsBusters or attended the MRC’s 2013 “DisHonors Awards” where that was a runner-up in the “Dan Rather Memorial Award for the Stupidest Analysis.”


Poor Matt Lauer and Al Roker: they spent November growing out beards on NBC for “Movember,” to promote men's health, but the British magazine New Statesman has announced “Movember is divisive, gender normative, racist and ineffective against some very real health issues.”
                    
RedState’s Erick Erickson tweeted “You cannot parody the left. You just can't. You may think it is parody, but damned if they don't one up you.” Apparently moustaches are for minorities:


As NewsBusters previously reported, NBC's Bob Costas in October did a halftime rant about the name Washington Redskins.

During Sunday night's game between the New York Giants and the Redskins broadcast on NBC, a fan had a sign marvelously reading, "Hey Bob Costas I Don't Like Your Name Either!":


In June, libertine-left promoter-slash-reporter Lisa Leff of the Associated Press championed incorrect gender information on driver’s licenses on behalf of the “gender-fluid.” As November ended, Leff was the latest reporter to promote colleges that are dropping archaic pronouns like “he” and “she” for that same cause.

The headline on Yahoo was “'Preferred' pronouns gain traction at US colleges.” A group called Mouthing Off! at Mills College, a women’s institution in Oakland, was the linguistic laboratory for the new ideology making way for more “generous” notions of gender. AP found no space at all for interviews with common-sense critics:


Alec Baldwin can't make up his mind.

After complaining Tuesday about MSNBC's Martin Bashir still being on the air despite his vile comments about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, Baldwin said Sunday he's glad Bashir still has a show:


Romenesko reports on a radical-versus-radical squabble over a cartoon image of Obama. Leftist cartoonist Ted Rall was lectured by a Daily Kos administrator that “your depiction of Barack Obama as ape-like is intolerable” and insisted “blacks have been subject to racist depictions of themselves as monkeys and apes. No excuse is acceptable for replicating that history, no matter what your intent."' The cartoon was censored.

The caricature doesn't really look like Obama, certainly not the ape-like nose. Rall, who hasn’t been paid for his Daily Kos submissions, was furious at being accused of a racist cartoon:


A report from the White House concerning the just-completed upgrade of Healthcare.gov declared, "The team is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness."

On Meet the Press Sunday, NBC's chief White House correspondent surprisingly said, "[T]hat is an indictment on the whole idea of government as a solution" (video follows with transcript and commentary):