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By Matt Hadro | | December 21, 2012 | 12:04 PM EST

On Friday's Today, NBC's David Gregory used the Newtown tragedy to buttress President Obama's push for more gun control. During a heartbreaking story about the grieving father of shooting victim Emilie Parker, Gregory switched to a massive petition for the White House to pursue gun control.

"This morning, President Obama has posted this video response online to nearly 200,000 people that signed a petition on the White House website, pushing the President for action on gun control," reported Gregory. [Video below the break. Audio here.]

By Erich Pratt | | December 21, 2012 | 11:28 AM EST

The press is engaged in a furious feeding frenzy in the wake of the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. And talk show hosts like Piers Morgan have resorted to insulting their guests when they can’t counter their arguments. You’ll need to watch Morgan’s debate with GOA’s Executive Director to believe it.

Time and again, the “old guard” media is demonstrating that it can’t shoot straight when it comes to reporting the news and is guilty of peddling several worn-out myths.

By Noel Sheppard | | December 21, 2012 | 10:26 AM EST

Joe Scarborough had quite a hissy fit on the MSNBC program bearing his name Friday.

In the middle of a discussion with Congressman Tim Huelskamp (R-Ks.) about the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, Scarborough barked at his guest, "Do you dare come on my show and say I am using the slaughter of 20 little 6 and 7-year-old children, I'm using that for political purposes?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Randy Hall | | December 21, 2012 | 10:15 AM EST

Two weeks after he clashed with pro-union demonstrators protesting a law that gives workers in Michigan the choice of whether or not to join a union, Fox News contributor Steven Crowder has posted almost nine minutes of raw, vulgarity-laden footage.

Throughout the video, which was released to prove that Crowder and other conservatives in Lansing that day were attacked by union thugs, there's the incessant, irritating sound of someone at the protest beating on a drum.

By Jeffrey Meyer | | December 21, 2012 | 10:10 AM EST

With 11 days until the United States goes over the fiscal cliff, ABC's Good Morning America focused squarely on Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Republicans for the failure to reach a negotiation with President Obama. 

On Thursday, newly-appointed Chief White House Correspondent Jon Karl began his first story hyping Boehner's "crushing" loss when his "Plan B" was aborted for lack of GOP votes:  [See video below jump.  MP3 audio here.]

By Randy Hall | | December 21, 2012 | 9:43 AM EST

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh has slammed Time magazine's selection of President Barack Obama for the 2012 “Person of the Year” award when he charged on Wednesday and Thursday that the Democratic incumbent was re-elected because he appealed to “low-information morons” who make up a new demographic in the nation.

On Wednesday's syndicated program, Limbaugh responded to the announcement made that morning on NBC's “Today Show” by stating that Richard Stengel, the editor of the liberal publication, said Obama was chosen “because he is a symbol, the champion, of the new low-information American voter.”

By NB Staff | | December 21, 2012 | 9:34 AM EST

Well, so much for “Plan B,” House Speaker John Boehner’s proposal to block tax increases on everyone whose annual income is below $1 million. After already being preemtively rejected by Harry Reid in the Senate, House Republicans told Boehner they would not support the effort to raise taxes. This caught everyone by surprise according to NRO’s Robert Costa who was there with an inside account.

By Noel Sheppard | | December 21, 2012 | 9:12 AM EST

Jay Leno made a comical observation Thursday about what was disaffectionately referred to in the previous decade as Bush Derangement Syndrome.

During the opening monologue of NBC's Tonight Show, the host said, "As you know, the Mayans said the world will end tomorrow, and like everybody else they blame Bush" (video follows with commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | December 21, 2012 | 8:18 AM EST

The late night talk show wars are heating up with the announcement that ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live is moving to 11:35 PM to compete with the CBS Late Show and the NBC Tonight Show.

According to TMZ, Kimmel during a Wednesday conference call about this change made a disparaging reference to Jay Leno:

By Tim Graham | | December 21, 2012 | 8:15 AM EST

Why would a liberal PBS star, producing a show in liberal New York City, try to get away with not paying the interns? The New York Times reports "Charlie Rose and his production company have agreed to pay as much as $250,000 to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by a former unpaid intern who claimed minimum-wage violations."

Of course, Rose (now the co-host of CBS This Morning) isn't admitting any wrongdoing by settling. He ended up sounding like Ebenezer Scrooge:

By Clay Waters | | December 20, 2012 | 11:40 PM EST

New York Times Paris correspondent Scott Sayare reported from a predominantly Muslim slum in Toulouse, France on Thursday, following up on the massacre earlier this year by Mohammad Merah, a resident of the projects, of three soldiers, a rabbi, and three Jewish children. Sayare suggested that societal "forces of rejection and discrimination" against young Muslims wre at least partially to blame for the rampage, and sought out "understanding" for the massacre among Merah's former neighbors in "Neighborhood Is Torn Over a Killer’s Legacy."

By Jack Coleman | | December 20, 2012 | 8:15 PM EST

Senator Barbara Boxer is showing how far she will go in her endeavor to do something, anything in the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre.

Appearing on Ed Schultz's radio show yesterday, Boxer says she is filing legislation that would allow governors to activate up to 4,000 National Guard soldiers nationwide to provide security at schools. (audio after page break)

By Matthew Balan | | December 20, 2012 | 7:07 PM EST

Norah O'Donnell helped Bob Schieffer hype his upcoming segment with actor/director Ben Affleck on Thursday's CBS This Morning. O'Donnell played a clip of the soon-to-be aired interview and remarked, "He sure does sound like a politician. He won't give you a straight answer!"

Schieffer ballyhooed Affleck's supposed credentials to be a possible replacement for Senator John Kerry, who could be named the next Secretary of State [audio available here; video below the jump]:

By Tim Graham | | December 20, 2012 | 6:17 PM EST

If today's gun control debate seems a bit stale to you, you're not wrong. Twelve years ago, MRC's Geoffrey Dickens wrote a Special Report on network coverage of gun controversies over a two-year period from July 1997 to June 1999.

ABC, CBS, and NBC harped on several major themes in their coverage of gun policy stories. The arguments most commonly advanced by the network stars had one thought in common: guns are the problem. Check out just how similar yesterday's complaints were to today's:

By Matt Hadro | | December 20, 2012 | 5:38 PM EST

The day after a gun control advocate told CNN that America's gun problem includes handgun shootings, Starting Point anchor Soledad O'Brien began asking Democratic politicians if they would consider legislating handguns.

"Well, is going to the assault weapons far enough?" O'Brien asked Democratic Rep. Ron Barber (Ariz.) on Tuesday. "I think it's 80 percent is handguns involved in gun violence. Does this, do you think open up a conversation toward limiting handguns?" she questioned Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) the same day. [Video below the break. Audio here.]