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Mary Matalin Smacks Down MSNBC’s Dyson: ‘Will You Ever Get Tired of Beating Up On Darth Vader?’

There was a really delicious exchange on ABC’s This Week Sunday that conservatives across the fruited plain will greatly enjoy.

After hate-spewing MSNBC contributor Michael Eric Dyson bashed former Vice President Dick Cheney for once wanting Nelson Mandela put on a terrorist list, Matalin shot back, “When will you ever get tired of beating up on Darth Vader” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

George Will: ‘The Education of This President Is a Protracted and Often Amusing Process’

Syndicated columnist George Will had some harsh words for Barack Obama Sunday.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, he said, “The education of this president is a protracted and often amusing process” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Greenspan: ‘Government Intervention Has Been So Horrendous' Businesses Can’t Plan For Future

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan made some rather ominous economic observations Sunday.

Appearing on CNN’s Fareed Zakaria GPS, Greenspan said, “[T]he level of uncertainty about the very long-term future is far greater than at any time I particularly remember.” He blamed it on “government intervention [that] has been so horrendous that businesses cannot basically decide what to do about the future” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Miley Cyrus Twerks Santa During Jingle Ball Concert in LA

Is nothing sacred?

On Friday, performing at the Jingle Ball concert in Los Angeles, Miley Cyrus twerked a male dancer on stage dressed as Santa Claus (video follows with commentary, photo courtesy

Cornel West: 'We Are Witnessing the Santa Clausification of Nelson Mandela'

Since the announcement of Nelson Mandela's death Thursday, the media have been in a virtual wall to wall tribute to his life and legacy. Yet not everyone thinks they're painting an accurate picture of the man.

Quite the contrary, Cornel West told CNN's Jake Tapper Friday, "We are witnessing the Santa Clausification of Nelson Mandela" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Rashida Jones Slams Today's Pop Divas: '2013 Was the Year of the Very Visible Vagina'

Here's something you don't see every day: a popular actress slamming popular culture.

On Friday, Parks and Recreaction star Rashida Jones took to Glamour magazine to call out pop divas such as Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, and Rihanna for their crude public displays that in her view made 2013 "The Year of the Very Visible Vagina":

Krauthammer: Obama Acts Like He Wandered Into White House on a Tour and Discovered He Was President

Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer had some harsh words for Barack Obama Friday.

Appearing on Fox News’s Special Report, Krauthammer said, “It's as if this guy discovers everything late, as if he wandered into the White House on a White House tour and discovered himself in the Oval Office as president.”

Matthews: South Africa's Last Apartheid Era Ruler More of a Patriot Than Mitch McConnell

With the recent high profile dismissal of hosts Alec Baldwin and Martin Bashir, you would think MSNBC executives would have warned their on air employees to tone down the inflammatory rhetoric.

Apparently not, for on Now with Alex Wagner Friday, Chris Matthews actually said that South Africa's last apartheid era leader F.W. de Klerk was more of a patriot than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Kurtz: Matthews' Obama Interview 'Reprise of the Famous Thrill Up the Leg'

Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz came down strongly on MSNBC's Chris Matthews Friday for the Hardball host's sycophantic interview with President Obama the previous day.

In an article published at, Kurtz wrote, "It was as though Matthews was channeling Jay Carney...Maybe he was getting a reprise of the famous thrill up the leg.":

Huffington Post: 'Strong Jobs Report Could Doom Unemployment Benefits'

The unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped to 7 percent last month as employers added 203,000 people to their payrolls.

This should be good news, right?

Not to the folks at the perilously liberal Huffington Post who actually published an article Friday with the hysterical front page headline, "Strong Jobs Report Could Doom Unemployment Benefits."

Nation Mag Reporter: Obama Admin 'Want Only State Media - They Want Everything to Look Like MSNBC'

Jeremy Scahill, the national security correspondent for the far-left Nation magazine, made quite an indictment Thursday about the Obama administration and the state of journalism today.

Appearing on Democracy! Now, Scahill said, "[T]hey seem to want only state media. They want everything to look like MSNBC. And that’s not real journalism" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Alec Baldwin Defends and Praises Bashir: 'He Created Great Television'

As NewsBusters revealed Wednesday, Martin Bashir resigned from MSNBC due to vile comments he made in November about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin that were first reported here.

This led the recently fired by MSNBC Alec Baldwin to actually praise and defend Bashir via Twitter early Thursday morning hysterically writing, "[He] created great television":

Palin Responds To Bashir Resignation: Don’t Let Personal Attacks Keep You Out of the Arena

As NewsBusters revealed Wednesday, Martin Bashir has resigned from MSNBC due to vile comments he made in November about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin first reported here.

Palin responded on Thursday's Fox & Friends saying amongst other things, "I just hope that unprovoked attacks like that don't result in people being hesitant to jump in the arena anyway, to get out there and serve the public or, you know, start a business, or really commit themselves to changing within their family, their community, their world, doing whatever that they can, despite the fact that in this world, you are going to be hurt and attacks will come your way" (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):

Zurawik: 'Griffin as Responsible as Bashir for This Kind of Hateful Speech'

As NewsBusters revealed earlier, Martin Bashir has resigned from MSNBC due to vile comments he made in November about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin first reported here.

Moments after the announcement, Baltimore Sun television critic David Zurawik said MSNBC president Phil Griffin is just as responsible as Bashir:

Donald Trump: 'Martin Bashir, You're a Total Loser! You're Fired!'

As NewsBusters revealed earlier, Martin Bashir has resigned from MSNBC due to vile comments he made in November about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin first reported here.

Real estate mogul Donald Trump took to Twitter moments ago to offer his opinion in an Instagram video saying, "Martin Bashir, you're a total loser! You're fired!"

CBS's Attkisson Pounds White House For Withholding Information About ObamaCare Website

As NewsBusters has been reporting, CBS News has been one of the leading mainstream media outlets in exposing the failings of the ObamaCare website.

One of the standouts has been investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson who took to Twitter Wednesday to absolutely pound the Obama administration for refusing to release information about security tests and enrollment figures:

Ron Fournier: Obama Admin 'A Propaganda Outfit...Running a Government-Sponsored Media Organization'

It's becoming quite clear that the Obama administration's treatment of the press, along with revelations of deceit associated with promises about the Affordable Care Act, are causing some members of the media to think differently about this White House than they did in the first term.

On Wednesday, National Journal's Ron Fournier told talk radio's Laura Ingraham, "[T]his is a propaganda outfit...they are running a government-sponsored media organization" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Kimmel: Obama's Given More Speeches About ObamaCare Than Have Signed Up

As NewsBusters has been reporting the past few months, late night comics have been having a field day with the disaster that is ObamaCare.

On ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday, the host spent a good part of his monologue trashing the program including an observation that “the number of speeches Obama has made about affordable healthcare is greater than the number of people who have actually signed up for affordable healthcare” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Chris Matthews: ‘We're Going To Be Hitting My Biggest Questions With the President’

As NewsBusters reported Tuesday, President Obama has chosen to sit down with one of his biggest fans in the news media Thursday.

At the beginning of Tuesday’s Hardball, host Chris Matthews promoted the event hysterically saying, “We're going to be hitting my biggest questions with the President” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

MSNBC's Dyson on ObamaCare: 'Millions of Men Will Rise to the Occasion' - They Can Get Viagra Now

The folks at MSNBC are doing whatever they can to promote ObamaCare.

On Tuesday’s Martin Bashir show, MSNBC contributor and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson actually said, “There will be millions of men who will rise to the occasion” and be grateful when they can now get Viagra (video follows with transcript and commentary):

CNN Shifting to ‘More Shows and Less Newscasts,’ Zucker Wants ‘An Attitude and a Take’

In an era when newspapers are dying, broadcast evening news programs are shedding viewers, and there's less and less real news being disseminated that isn't just opinion, CNN president Jeff Zucker thinks his network "need(s) more shows and less newscasts."

Zucker also told Capital New York Tuesday that he wants more of “an attitude and a take”:

Liberal Cartoonist: If Hillary Is Nominee in 2016 ‘Sexism Will Be The New Racism’

As NewsBusters reported Sunday, liberal cartoonist Ted Rall was recently banned from the progressive website Daily Kos for publishing a comic strip with Barack Obama in it that was deemed to be racist.

On Monday, Rall spoke with Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg about the incident, and warned that if Hillary Clinton gets the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, “sexism will be the new racism” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Piers Morgan Gushes Over ‘The Perfect Barack Obama Who’s a Perfect Physical Specimen’

In the past six plus years, we’ve seen some astonishing gushing and fawning over the current White House resident.

But on CNN Monday, Piers Morgan just might have set a new record talking like a teenaged school girl about “the perfect Barack Obama who’s a perfect physical specimen” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Is Martin Bashir's 'Vacation' Actually a Suspension?

When I noticed about 90 minutes ago that Joy Reid was once again filling in for MSNBC's Martin Bashir after having done so last week, I started wondering if this wasn't a vacation at all, and if the man who last month suggested someone should defecate and urinate in former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's mouth was actually being punished for it.

Almost on cue, Politico's Dylan Byers wrote moments ago:

CNN Walks Back Sunday's Report on Upgraded ObamaCare Website Crashing

As NewsBusters reported Sunday, CNN's New Day featured a segment wherein the newly upgraded ObamaCare website crashed when senior medical producer Matt Sloane tried to open up an account.

Maybe that was too honest for on Monday's New Day, senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen painted a much rosier picture of the website's progress (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Sign at Redskins Game: 'Hey Bob Costas I Don't Like Your Name Either!'

As NewsBusters previously reported, NBC's Bob Costas in October did a halftime rant about the name Washington Redskins.

During Sunday night's game between the New York Giants and the Redskins broadcast on NBC, a fan had a sign marvelously reading, "Hey Bob Costas I Don't Like Your Name Either!":

Alec Baldwin Flip-Flops: 'I Am Glad Martin Bashir Is Still On'

Alec Baldwin can't make up his mind.

After complaining Tuesday about MSNBC's Martin Bashir still being on the air despite his vile comments about former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, Baldwin said Sunday he's glad Bashir still has a show:

Chuck Todd: White House 'Private Sector Velocity' Claim 'Indictment of Government As a Solution'

A report from the White House concerning the just-completed upgrade of declared, "The team is operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness."

On Meet the Press Sunday, NBC's chief White House correspondent surprisingly said, "[T]hat is an indictment on the whole idea of government as a solution" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Milbank Equates O’Reilly Joking About Cutting His Head Off to Bashir’s Vile Palin Remarks

There haven’t been a lot of members of the media that have come out in support of MSNBC’s Martin Bashir's suggestion a few weeks ago that someone should defecate and urinate in former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s mouth.

Seemingly bucking that trend Sunday was the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank who appearing on Fox News's MediaBuzz actually compared those remarks to Bill O’Reilly joking three years ago about beheading him (video follows with transcript and commentary):

ObamaCare Website Crashes When CNN Tests Upgraded Version

A really funny thing happened Sunday morning when the folks at CNN’s New Day tried to open a health insurance account at the newly upgraded ObamaCare website.

It crashed (video follows with transcript and commentary):