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By Noel Sheppard | | February 17, 2013 | 12:34 PM EST

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich made a statement on ABC's This Week Sunday that will turn heads on both sides of Capitol Hill and both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

"An Obama immigration plan is not going to pass the House" due to "the level of hostility towards the president and the way he goads the hostility." 

By Noel Sheppard | | February 17, 2013 | 9:40 AM EST

The season of Lent began Wednesday, and the folks at Saturday Night Live thought it was appropriate to usher it in with a movie trailer depicting Christ returning to Rome to exact revenge.

In the gory fashion of Quentin Tarantino and Sam Peckinpah, SNL presented to viewers on the fourth day of Lent "Djesus Uncrossed" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Mark Finkelstein | | February 17, 2013 | 9:25 AM EST

ABC News reporter David Wright chose an odd metaphor to describe criticism of the possible timing of the selection of Pope Benedict XVI's successor.

Wright, speaking live from the Vatican on today's Good Morning America, reported that yesterday the Vatican spokesman had floated a trial balloon suggesting that the conclave to choose a new Pope could be moved up from its originally established date of March 15th.  Continued Wright: "but in other quarters of the Church, that trial balloon is being shot down faster than an old-school nun might rap you on the knuckles."  View the video after the jump. 

 
 

By Christian Toto | | February 17, 2013 | 9:12 AM EST

Comedy Central's Jon Stewart held Susan Rice's feet to the fire Friday night over the Benghazi debacle that left four Americans dead.

The liberal comic kept the pressure on Rice, wondering why the bureaucratic post-attack fireworks weren't matched by an equally vigorous effort to save those four people on Sept. 11, 2012.

By Ken Shepherd | | February 17, 2013 | 12:46 AM EST

Last Saturday I noted how the On Faith feature in the February 9 Washington Post celebrated Muslim modesty while trashing American Catholic bishops as being prudish on sex and stubborn in their opposition to the ObamaCare contraception mandate. Well this weekend, the Post continued its hypocritical attack on the Church by complaining that it doesn't listen to women while, well, squelching the op-ed piece of a conservative Catholic woman.

The February 16 On Faith section published two items related to Pope Benedict's announcement on Monday that he was abdicating the papacy at the end of February. Editors ran Lisa Miller's column headlined "Some nuns hope new pope will listen to women," in which the Post religion writer highlighted the calls of feminist nuns for, among other things, an openness by the Church to female priests. Also featured on the page B2 feature was a 7-paragraph item by one Annie Selak, headlined "The church young Catholics want," which included a call for the Church to "dialogue concerning the ordination of women and church teaching on homosexuality." Yet On Faith editors declined to feature in print an excellent piece by a conservative Catholic woman that was published online earlier in the week.

By Tom Blumer | | February 16, 2013 | 8:10 PM EST

On Friday, Renee Dudley at Bloomberg News exposed the contents of February 12 internal emails revealing that Walmart executives are worried -- very worried -- about sales during the first 10 to 14 days of the its most current fiscal period (mostly likely either the first 10 days of February if the company works with calendar months, or 14 days if it began the second period of the fiscal year on Monday January 28).

Their primary concerns are the payroll tax hike and delayed tax refunds, but they may also need to start worrying about higher gas prices (bolds are mine):

By Noel Sheppard | | February 16, 2013 | 6:23 PM EST

"It’s not so much about Marco Rubio drinking water, it’s about the media drinking the Kool-Aid for Obama."

So marvelously said syndicated columnist and dear friend of the Media Research Center's Cal Thomas on Fox News Watch Saturday (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | February 16, 2013 | 3:41 PM EST

"The longest suicide note in the world is being written by the Republicans if they don't support immigration reform. If they don't revamp their image on it, they are truly drinking the potion that’s going to make them disappear."

So said PBS's Mark Shields on Inside Washington Friday (video follows with transcript):

By Tim Graham | | February 16, 2013 | 3:40 PM EST

While most Americans were celebrating Valentine's Day, National Public Radio was celebrating the latest event by radical feminist Eve Ensler, who wrote the play The Vagina Monologues. Her event against violence against women -- and the "patriarchy" behind it -- was called "One Billion Rising."

Ensler appeared on the NPR show Talk of the Nation, where host Neal Conan asked about male violence around the world: "when you know the enormity of the problem in places like Congo and the way that violence against women is used as an instrument of war, when you read of the gang rapes, not just in India but in Ohio as well, do you wonder that this is just screaming into the wind?" Then they talked about patriarchy:

By Noel Sheppard | | February 16, 2013 | 1:29 PM EST

On NBC's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Friday, comedienne Joan Rivers said Abraham Lincoln was gay.

This came seconds after the 79-year-old woman said she had sex with the 16th president using a vulgar word that begins with an "F" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | February 16, 2013 | 11:59 AM EST

MSNBC's Toure Neblett made an extremely controversial statement on Friday's The Cycle.

"If Adam Lanza had walked into a black public school in this mythical South Brooklyn or in the Southside of Chicago, we would probably not be having a sustained national conversation about guns" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Mark Finkelstein | | February 16, 2013 | 9:25 AM EST

If Good Morning America's giddiness over the prospect that Hillary Clinton might run for president is any indication of how the MSM will treat the story, it's gonna be a long-g-g-g four years.

The excited GMA crew was looking for any harbinger--from falling meteorites to the number of baskets scored by an ABC reporter in a charity game--that Hillary might throw her pantsuit into the ring. A correspondent even joked--at least we hope she was joking--that GMA might have to run a segment every week with the latest is-Hillary-running news. View the video after the jump.

By Clay Waters | | February 16, 2013 | 8:19 AM EST

Mark Thompson, the New York Times Co. chief executive, was director-general of the British Broadcasting Corporation when a BBC news program into a massive child-sex abuse scandal involving veteran network entertainer Jimmy Savile was abruptly squashed. Uncertainty lingers as to just what (and when) Thompson knew about accusations against Savile and the cancellation of the program, questions that occasionally made it into the paper, until a report commissioned by the BBC gave Thompson a pass.

Journalist Maureen Orth has a useful new summary of what we know (and what we still don't know) on the web site of Vanity Fair.

By Brent Bozell | | February 16, 2013 | 8:10 AM EST

Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world on Monday morning by announcing he would resign at the end of February. For Catholics, there was sorrow and there was gratitude for a Holy Father who taught with such distinction and worked with such care to safeguard the church’s theological traditions.

But there are those people who hate the Catholic Church, and they are ecstatic. Take documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney, a man who clearly thinks he is holier than the Pope. He told The Daily Beast that Benedict is a “criminal.” This helps explain why he’s made a documentary for HBO, the home of toxic God-haters like Bill Maher.

By Tim Graham | | February 16, 2013 | 7:48 AM EST

Via the Sweetness & Light blog, there’s this hilarious AP headline: “Unyielding GOP politicians doing what voters ask.”

AP wants them to ignore the voters? You almost have to applaud AP for noticing that the conservative “obstructionists” in the House were indeed elected to uphold conservative principles. Something tells me AP didn’t do a horrified story from San Francisco or Beverly Hills in 2005 that “unyielding liberal Democrats” were actually going to listen to their constituents and oppose President Bush. But reporter Nicholas Riccardi reported from northern Utah: