Closing out Monday’s 11th Hour on MSNBC, host Brian Williams couldn’t help but join the chorus of media tributes to outgoing-First Lady Michelle Obama as he hailed her as a “formidable presence” whose “future appears limitless.”



In what amounted to a fawning farewell love letter to the Obamas Monday night, Oprah Winfrey’s hour-long sit-down interview with Michelle Obama aired on CBS hailed the outgoing First Lady as a “pop culture icon” who was “considered the coolest First Lady in U.S. history.”



Obama-endorsing Oprah Winfrey will interview First Lady Michelle Obama for the last time inside the White House in a new primetime special for CBS, the network announced Monday. First Lady Michelle Obama Says Farewell to the White House – An Oprah Winfrey Special”will air Monday, December 19 at 8 pm Eastern time.

The taped special will include the usual smoochy softball topics: Mrs. Obama’s eight years as First Lady, her plans for the future, and her hopes for the Obama legacy. 



That race continues to be a major source of anxiety and division in America is an undeniable fact. While some politicians continue to use race to divide, Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. is trying again to bridge the gap in his latest PBS documentary series "Black America Since MLK."



In an unusual turn of events, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was “very disappointed” that Jimmy Kimmel failed to ask her about UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) during an appearance on his late-night talk show Jimmy Kimmel Live! last November.

The reason? She had practiced her answer on the topic beforehand, according to an internal Clinton campaign email made public by WikiLeaks.



Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has garnered a vast Hollywood following. Of the top 50 wealthiest celebrities, at least nine have thrown their support behind Clinton, and are using their influence and money to promote her campaign.



Oprah Winfrey produces and plays a minor role in a new church drama on her OWN channel. Greenleaf is a show about a black family by the same name that runs a mega-church in Memphis, Tennessee. Being as they’re all supposed to be “good Christians,” of course they all have dark secrets and skeletons in their closets. 



The journalists at Good Morning America on Thursday prompted Oprah Winfrey to praise Hillary Clinton and talk about supporting her in 2016. The talk show host lauded Clinton: “I'm with her. I have to say I'm with her and I would also say that regardless of your politics, you cannot be a woman in the world and not see that this is a monumental time for women breaking the ceiling.” 



While the liberal media are hard at work spinning recent statements by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) as some sort of indication of anti-vaxxer hysteria on the right side of the country's political spectrum, the Daily Beast, of all websites, is reminding folks that it is Hollywood liberals who have fanned the flames of paranoia on the matter.



The journalists at CBS This Morning compared the violent, bloody attacks on African Americans during civil rights marches in 1965 to voter ID laws passed by various states in the last few years. Co-anchor Norah O'Donnell talked to Oprah Winfrey, producer of the new film Selma and the movie's star. O'Donnell marveled, "...Given the Voting Rights Act, 1965, I went back and looked. Thirteen states have passed more restrictive voter ID laws in the last three years, that states are trying to make it harder to vote."



Ten days after police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American, in a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri, black filmmaker Spike Lee added his voice to the tumult over the incident. During Tuesday night's edition of Anderson Cooper 360, he told the CNN anchor: “Something smells bad in Ferguson, and it’s not just tear gas.”

“I do not think you should be killed in this country because allegedly you steal some cigarillos. I don’t think you should be killed in this country if there is marijuana in your system,” Lee told Cooper while referring to Brown. “The people -- not only in Ferguson, but all over this country -- do not trust what is happening. I just think there's a war on the black male, and it’s tearing this country apart." [See video below.] 



Much has been made in the liberal media about Michael Sam's NFL Draft party smooch with his boyfriend Vito Cammisano. And while there's little doubt about the emotion of the moment, it would be fair to say it was choreographed in no small part for the cameras, and not just those for news outlets. 

Apparently well before the draft, Sam was working with Oprah Winfrey's producers on the filming of a reality TV program, and Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) cameras were present, naturally, for the phone call. Jessica Chasmar of the Washington Times has more: