While its appearance at the height of the Brian Williams serial tall-tales scandal seems coincidental, a New York Times Sunday review column by Clancy Martin, a "professor of philosophy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City" who has been "married twice before" (!), reveals quite a bit about the kind of dreck the Old Gray Lady will tolerate in the name of advancing its personal values-free, anything-goes take on the world.

Clancy goes through a tired, predictable "everybody lies in their relationships" exercise, apparently unable to distinguish between good manners, motivational statements, and flat-out factual falsehoods. After the jump readers will see a list of statements the author treats as "lies" which definitely are not in many if not most circumstances. I have applied some of them to more generalized or current circumstances.

Fox News contributor Stacey Dash riled up the New York Daily News when the show Outnumbered focused on rapper Kanye West's odd remarks that compared dealing with the paparazzi to rape. (Much like actress Charlize Theron.) Fox’s Sandra Smith asked: “Should we be a little more forgiving of them? Are they saying things in the heat of the moment that they don’t really mean?”

Dash shot back: “I don’t know if they mean it or not, but forKanye to say 'rape,' maybe he needs to spend some time on Rikers Island. Go to Rikers for a little while and then he'll know what rape is." (Video below)

Team Obama is so desperate to change the subject from Obamacare that they sent top presidential aide Valerie Jarrett into “The O’Reilly Factor” to talk up Obama’s sudden distraction -- ahem, lifelong campaign to help young black men in rough neighborhoods.

O’Reilly took the conversation in a direction where no one in the PC media has dared to go: Obama’s failure to call out rappers like Jay-Z for their gangsta glamorization. [See video below. MP3 audio here.] The media has only used the Obamas’ friendship with Jay-Z and Beyonce as a measure of their hipness. O’Reilly pushed back, but Jarrett wouldn’t go there on gangsta rap:

Barack Obama reportedly told People magazine last week that he would like to hang out with the family on A&E's Duck Dynasty.

Eli Lake, the senior national security correspondent for the Daily Beast, disagrees, and thinks the President would be better off sitting down with - wait for it! - rapper Kanye West.

As NewsBusters reported in November, rapper Kanye West during a radio interview made an anti-Semitic remark blaming Barack Obama’s inability to advance his agenda on black people not having the connections that Jews have.

During another radio interview Wednesday, West actually said he thought he was complimenting Jews when he made those remarks (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Infamous racist Louis Farrakhan has come to the defense of Kanye West after the dim-witted rapper made a remark that was widely construed as embracing anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

West should feel no need to apologize Farrakhan said in a video statement. “Kanye West, don’t bow to the pressure to bow to apologize to anybody. You said nothing wrong.”

Jay Leno took another shot at the President Tuesday night.

Early in his opening monologue, the NBC Tonight Show host commented about Kanye West wanting to be the Obama of clothing saying, “To achieve his goal, he's designing fashion nobody wants and offering it on a website that doesn't work” (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):

You know why Barack Obama is having problems executing his agenda?

Rapper Kanye West told 105.1 FM radio in New York City earlier this week that it’s because “Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

President Obama last month did an Amazon Kindle interview wherein he ridiculed Kanye West and Kim Kardashian for their lifestyle and what they represent to the youth of America.

On her television program Friday, Kardashian's mother Kris Jenner struck back and marvelously exposed the hypocrisy in Obama's comments (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

Lindsay Lohan’s out of rehab, and she welcomed herself back to America by substitute-hosting E! network’s Chelsea Lately Monday.

During her opening monologue, Lohan thanked Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Anthony Weiner, and the Royal Baby for keeping the tabloids busy in her absence.

As NewsBusters previously reported, Stevie Wonder announced last Monday that in the wake of the George Zimmerman verdict, he was boycotting Florida due to the state's Stand Your Ground law.

According to April Ryan, White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks, top stars such as Jay Z, Kanye West, Madonna, and the Rolling Stones have joined Wonder's boycott.

Egotistical musicians often exaggerate their political influence, none moreso than the nattering, narcissistic rapper Kanye West. He has compared himself in global stature to Apple founder Steve Jobs, and has titled his latest album “Yeesus.”

Rolling Stone magazine has posted part of a West song titled “I Am a God,” where West raps that Jesus is the “Most High,” but he’s a “close high.”