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By Tim Graham | | December 23, 2012 | 12:53 PM EST

National Public Radio was quite good at historical re-enactment on Thursday night's All Things Considered. The Nina Totenberg obituary on Reagan's defeated Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork carried almost all the original liberal invective. She included then-Washington Post TV critic Tom Shales, who wrote "He looked and talked like a man who would throw the book at you, and maybe the whole country."

There were glaring exceptions. Totenberg had no soundbite of Sen. Ted Kennedy's vicious, smearing "Robert Bork's America" speech and no clip of the People for the American Way "campaign ad" against Bork narrated by the actor Gregory Peck, as if Bork were a candidate for president. (Video below)

By Noel Sheppard | | December 23, 2012 | 9:35 AM EST

A few weeks ago, tennis player Caroline Wozniacki during an exhibition match did a comical impersonation of Serena Williams that some in the media immediately called racist.

On Wednesday, Williams told USA Today that she considers Wozniacki a friend and didn't agree with those that were offended by the gag:

By Noel Sheppard | | December 23, 2012 | 8:34 AM EST

As NewsBusters has been reporting, CNN's Piers Morgan has been on a gun control tirade since the recent massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

On Friday, a man in Austin, Texas, created a petition at the White House website calling for Morgan's deportation as a result of his attacks on the Second Amendment:

By Tim Graham | | December 23, 2012 | 7:27 AM EST

The CBS-owned Showtime cable network can't get enough Catholic-bashing. Not only are they planning a "third season of sin" inside the Vatican with The Borgias, "the saga of history's most infamous crime family," complete with warnings for graphic language, violence, and nudity.

They're also taking on the "modern-day machinations within the Catholic Church" with a "provocative contemporary genre thriller" called The Vatican, directed by Ridley Scott of the Alien movies:

By Brent Baker | | December 23, 2012 | 1:42 AM EST

A humorous look at men versus women – as seen through how they tackle eating corn on the cob, a contrast caught by NBC’s Tonight Show and shown by Bret Baier at the end of FNC’s Special Report back on Tuesday, December 4.

Baier’s reaction to the guy’s method: “Ingenuity.”

By Tim Graham | | December 22, 2012 | 9:55 PM EST

Reuters media blogger Jack Shafer has no use for year-end "Best of the Year" lists. "Lined up, one-by-one, the best-of-year-in-review packages resemble the floats gliding down wide boulevards during a New Year’s Day parade: colorful, big, but pointless."

Shafer then picked on the New York Times best-of-books list for complete inconsistency (without commenting on its obviously liberal and pro-Obama tilt):

 

By Tim Graham | | December 22, 2012 | 6:32 PM EST

CBS Face the Nation anchor Bob Schieffer may be thrilled that he landed actor Ben Affleck for his Sunday show, but he didn't have to mangle his resume for effect. On Thursday's CBS This Morning, Schieffer gushed, "He's a very committed – a very serious person. You know, he went to Harvard and majored in Middle Eastern studies."

Wrong! The average CBS watcher might have thought the actor had a Harvard degree in Middle Eastern studies. Affleck not only didn't go to Harvard, he barely went to college.

By Tim Graham | | December 22, 2012 | 12:03 PM EST

Michael Bloomberg's "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" campaign uploaded one of those liberal celebrity YouTube videos in dramatic black and white to "Demand a Plan" for new gun control laws.

But the shock sets in at about 17 seconds, where religion-trashing leftist Sarah Silverman asks "How many more houses of faith" must have a shooting tragedy. Excuse me? Sarah Silverman, who pretended to have a one-night stand with God, and then threw Him out of her bed and kneed Him in the groin? This is how it unfolded (video and transcript below):

By Noel Sheppard | | December 22, 2012 | 10:49 AM EST

"I think quite bluntly leaving and losing their virginity on the issue of tax cuts is an important thing to these Republicans who have not voted – make it understood - no Republican in the House or Senate for 22 years has voted to increase taxes."

So said PBS's Mark Shields on Inside Washington Friday (video follows with transcript and commentary, file photo):

By Tom Blumer | | December 22, 2012 | 10:38 AM EST

CNBC host Maria Bartiromo went after Maryland Senator Ben Cardin on the air on Thursday (HT PJ Tatler; original here) after it became clear that Cardin and his fellow Democrats won't support any measure to prevent the fiscal cliff from arriving as currently scheduled on Janaury 1 which does not include increases in the highest marginal income-tax rates. At the end of her tirade, she got applause and cheers from those around her.

I'll give her one cheer for clearly exposing Democrats' "my way of the highway" approach. She missed the opportunity to get to three cheers because it seems that she's just now recognizing after all these months that Democrats, including President Obama, won't accept any kind of a solution that doesn't involve raising the top rates -- even though they've been saying that very thing all along. Far more important: Even if you believe that the tax hikes discussed will actually increase government collections by $1.2 trillion over ten years, that amount is a tiny percentage of the trillion-dollar deficits the government will continue to run as long as the economy putters along at its current mediocre to poor pace.

By Tom Blumer | | December 22, 2012 | 9:05 AM EST

On Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told an Albany radio station some of his ideas for gun control: “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it.”

But in covering what Cuomo said, Thomas Kaplan at the New York Times prefaced Cuomo's specific statement, which he buried in the story's seventh paragraph, by writing that "Mr. Cuomo did not offer specifics about the measures he might propose." Looks "specific" enough to me, Tom. The Times, perhaps sensing that a statement such as Mr. Cuomo's might be the kind with the potential to seriously damage the gun control cause, buried Kaplan's story on Page A29 in Friday's print edition and gave it a boring headline:

By Noel Sheppard | | December 22, 2012 | 8:22 AM EST

The hatred the media have for Wayne LaPierre knows no bounds.

Hours after the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association presented a strategy to protect America's students from the kind of massacre that happened in Newtown, Connecticut, a week ago, MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell opened his program Friday by accusing the gun advocate of being "the lobbyist for mass murderers" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Brent Bozell | | December 22, 2012 | 8:07 AM EST

It’s too hard to try and make sense of a senseless event. Adam Lanza’s merciless slaughter in Connecticut has forced everyone with a microphone to insist we have a “national conversation” about why this happens.

But this urgent need to talk is not an excuse for a reckless discussion. Sadly, that is where we’re headed, with pundits hysterical, naive, or both.

 

By Randy Hall | | December 22, 2012 | 6:42 AM EST

Controversial liberal filmmaker Michael Moore said on Thursday that many Americans purchase guns because “we're a very frightened people” and stated that “fear is used to the point where everybody feels like they’ve got to have a gun in the house.”

Moore made the comments the day before his 10-year-old film, “Bowling for Columbine,” was to be aired on the liberal cable channel Current TV on Friday, one week after 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 adults and 6 children at the Shady Brook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., along with his mother and himself.

By Tom Johnson | | December 21, 2012 | 10:59 PM EST

The NRA wasn't the only more-or-less conservative entity that Kossacks believed was partly to blame for the horrifying massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Others included the U.S. military and media figures such as Rush Limbaugh.

As usual, each headline is preceded by the blogger's name or pseudonym. Daily Kos Week in Review will return in two weeks. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!