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Noel Sheppard, Associate Editor of NewsBusters, passed away in March of 2014. More here about Noel's contributions to NewsBusters and tributes to him upon his passing.

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Back in 2008, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) referred to then presidential candidate Barack Obama as a light-skinned African American with no Negro dialect.

Such is in Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's soon to be released book "Game Change" and was reported by the Atlantic's Marc Ambinder Friday.

According to LexisNexis and Google news searches, this revelation, posted by Ambinder at his Politics blog, received very little attention from America's Obama-loving media: 

It goes without saying that what America's struggling banking industry doesn't need is for all of its depositers to withdraw their funds.

Regardless of this seemingly obvious truth, the folks at ABC and "World News with Diane Sawyer" actually did a report Friday profiling a campaign started by the far-left website the Huffington Post to get people to pull their money from the larger national banks and deposit their savings into "smaller, community-oriented financial institutions."

Although ABC's David Muir pointed out to Arianna Huffington how "a lot of people are going to look at this and say you are encouraging a run on the bank," the network along with the show's producers hypocritically ignored how they were doing precisely that by airing this report (video embedded below the fold with transcript):

Conan O'Brien Friday humorously took on rumors surrounding his future on NBC's "Tonight Show."

During his opening monologue, O'Brien addressed the chatter concerning Jay Leno and himself by listing a number of really preposterous rumors including:

  • I'm pregnant with Jay's baby.
  • Jay's pregnant with my baby.
  • We're both pregnant with Tiger Woods' baby.

Much as what Leno did the previous night, O'Brien also took shots at NBC (video embedded below the fold with complete rumor list):

An opponent of pending healthcare reform legislation was removed from Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) town hall meeting in Las Vegas Thursday.

After Reid astonishingly told the invitation-only audience that "no state will benefit more than the state of Nevada" if ObamaCare is passed, Michael Steger stood up to voice his displeasure.

Shortly after the mostly Reid-supporting crowd chanted, "Sit down, sit down," Steger was physically removed from the facility (video embedded below the fold courtesy Real Clear Politics, h/t Seton Motley):

Is it now acceptable for a woman to grab her breasts on broadcast television?

The question is raised by the appearance of "Desperate Housewives" star Teri Hatcher on CBS's "Late Show" Friday evening.

Chatting with host David Letterman, the woman who rose to stardom after her appearance in a "Seinfeld" episode largely about her breasts seemed to do everything within her power to touch them on the air.

At one point she commented while holding one, "I injured my rib under my breast here. Just a reason to touch myself on TV."

Oddly, this wasn't the last time she would be so immodest (video embedded below the fold):

As the one year anniversary of Barack Obama's inauguration nears, it is a metaphysical certitude his fawning media will look back upon the past 365 days with the starry-eyed impartiality of a teenybopper in the presence of a rock star.

Before the President's fans in the press embarrass themselves, maybe they should take a cue from comedian Jon Stewart who on Thursday exposed numerous campaign promises the former junior senator from Illinois has broken that have not surprisingly missed the scrutiny of those supposedly in the business of disseminating "real" news to the public.

With the help of his "senior political analyst" Samantha Bee, "The Daily Show" host ably demonstrated how going back on his pledge to broadcast healthcare deliberations on C-SPAN is really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to promises Obama cast aside like so much garbage shortly after he took the oath of office (video embedded below the fold with partial transcript, h/t Story Balloon, vulgarity alert):

The folks at CBS's "Late Show" took a shot at Keith Olbermann Thursday with the help of cartoon character Homer Simpson.

Commemorating 20 years of "The Simpsons" being on air, Homer was asked to give Thursday's Top Ten list.

The topic: "Top Ten Things I've Learned From The Last 20 Years of Television."

At number seven was "Widesceen televisions were invented to accommodate Keith Olbermann's enormous head" (video embedded below the fold with complete list, h/t Story Balloon):

The economy shed far more jobs in December than economists had expected.

The Labor Department announced moments ago that nonfarm payrolls declined by a surprising 85,000 workers last month. Economists had been expecting no change or maybe a small decline.

One bright spot was healthcare which added another 22,000 jobs. Despite efforts by Democrats to "reform" this industry, it remains one of the few that continues to hire having added a staggering 631,000 employees since the recession began in December 2007.

It will be very interesting to see how this announcement gets covered by the Obama-loving media in the coming days:

NBC's Jay Leno on Thursday mocked his employers over rumors that his new program is about to be canceled.

During the opening monologue of "The Jay Leno Show," the comedian joked about having spoken to CBS "Evening News" host Katie Couric: "You know, she left NBC for another network. I gotta give her a call, see how that's working out."

The former "Tonight Show" host then suggested that if he does get canceled, he should do some traveling: "I understand that Fox is beautiful this time of year."

Finally, he told sidekick and bandleader Kevin Eubanks that NBC stands for "Never Believe Your Contract" (video embedded below the fold with partial transcript):

American political correctness has actually gotten a television ad airing on the other side of the planet pulled for perceived racism.

Yum Brands Inc, the owner of fastfood chain Kentucky Fried Chicken, recently launched a commercial series in Australia called "KFC's Cricket Survival Guide."

In it, spokesman "Mick" gives Aussies "tips on how to get through this summer of cricket."

Unfortunately for Yum and KFC, the following ad was posted at YouTube on December 12 resulting in hysterical hyperventilation from America's PC Police (h/t Story Balloon):

A few weeks after admitting being a liberal, MSNBC's Chris Matthews is now claiming the Republican Party has done absolutely nothing for the American people the last ten to twenty years.

On Wednesday's "Hardball," Matthews brought political strategists Todd Harris and Steve McMahon on to discuss what the imminent retirements of Sen Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) and Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) mean to the future of the Democrat Party and the upcoming midterm elections.

In an obvious effort to downplay the seriousness of these announcements, as well as President Obama's plummeting poll numbers, Matthews continually asked the Republican guest what the GOP has done for the American people in the past ten to twenty years (video embedded below the fold with transcript):

MSNBC's Ed Schultz has been officially asked to run for the Senate seat North Dakota's Byron Dorgan (D) will be vacating at the end of this year.

Dorgan surprisingly announced at his website Tuesday that having served in Congress for 30 years, he would not be seeking re-election in November.

Speaking with MSNBC's Alex Witt Wednesday, Schultz divulged that he had been officially asked to run by North Dakota state's House Minority Leader Merle Boucher (D) (video embedded below the fold with partial transcript, h/t Story Balloon):

Since the Tea Parties began early last year, MSNBC has been a strong and often caustic voice against their very existence.

On Tuesday, Ed Schultz continued the network's vitriolic attacks on average Americans protesting the direction of their country by calling Party goers "the wingnuts of America."

He also excoriated Rep. Michele Bachman (R-Minn.) for saying the GOP should embrace the Tea Party movement by claiming, "You would be redefining the Republican party as ignorant and hateful" (video embedded below the fold with partial transcript, h/t Story Balloon): 

CNN's Ali Velshi on Friday stopped Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) from divulging the name of the terrorist who tried to set off a bomb as a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam began to land in Detroit.

Velshi did this claiming, "[W]e have not got any information on anyone being charged. So thank you for bringing us information. But would ask you not to name anybody on TV right now, we do not have any word of official charges."

By this time, other news outlets including the Associated Press, CBS, and Fox News had given the suspect's name, Abdul Mudallad.

For some reason, Velshi twice asked King not to say it (video embedded below the fold with transcript, h/t Steve Malzberg):

The director of the bachelor party gone bad movie "The Hangover" thinks Tiger Woods can regain his image by appearing in the film's sequel.

Welcome to the new American dream: cheat on your wife, destroy your career, lose millions of dollars, go from being one the most popular athletes in the universe to a public laughing stock, and end up in a blockbuster Hollywood movie.

With this apparently in mind, Todd Phillips told last week that Woods appearing in the sequel to one of this year's top grossing films will "help him regain his image" (video embedded below the fold, relevant section at 2:30, vulgarity alert):

The MRC's Brent Bozell wrote on December 11, "Some memories that still define the warmest moments of American television are the long-running animated Christmas specials."

My favorite as a child was "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

To this day, Christmas isn't Christmas until I spend 30 minutes with Charlie, Snoopy, and the entire Peanuts gang. 

For many of us, the best moment is when Linus explains the true meaning of Christmas to our always troubled hero who just wasn't feeling the spirit of the season no matter how hard he tried (video embedded below the fold with partial transcript):

Just how far has Tiger Woods' popularity dropped?

Well, the good folks at Disneyland have added a joke about the embattled golf star in their production of "Aladdin -- A Musical Spectacular."

As the Genie explained the rules concerning wishes he will grant to Aladdin, he said:

Rule number two: Just like Dr. Phil, I can't make somebody fall in love with you. I'm only saying that to you once. I had to say it like fifteen times to Tiger Woods. 

The crowd in this video clearly liked the jab (video embedded below the fold, relevant section at 1:09, h/t Los Angeles Times): 

"I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" is a carol based on the poem "Christmas Bells" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

According to Wikipedia:

Longfellow wrote "Christmas Bells" on Christmas Day 1863 in the midst of the American Civil War and the news of his son Charles Appleton Longfellow having suffered wounds as a soldier in the Battle of New Hope Church, VA during the Mine Run Campaign. He had suffered the great loss of his wife two years prior to an accident with fire. His despair in the following years was recorded in his journal. 

The Casting Crowns did a marvelous version of this Christmas classic for a TBN holiday special last year (video embedded below the fold with words to the original poem, h/t NBer Norto):

One of the best versions of the classic Christmas song "White Christmas" has to be the Drifters' recording in the '50s.

Many of you will recognize it from the Macauley Culkin film "Home Alone". This is the version he comically lip-synched in the mirror as he combed his hair.

Without further ado (animated classic embedded below the fold):

President Obama is now claiming he never campaigned on a government-run healthcare "public option," and despite abundant evidence to the contrary, MSNBC's Chris Matthews not only believes him, but is also willing to defend the clearly indefensible.

When confronted by Salon's Joan Walsh, who told the "Hardball" host Wednesday, "I personally don`t believe he`s honest about it," Matthews stuck to his guns:

Did they find any evidence of that? No, wait a minute...Did he at any time in the campaign create a sound bite where he said, I`m for a public option? Did he ever do it as candidate Obama? 

Did they find any evidence of that? As Walsh pointed out, "[I]t took an intern 30 seconds at Salon to find it on" (video embedded below the fold with transcript along with videos of candidate Obama stating what Matthews and others have conveniently forgotten, h/t Story Balloon):