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TOP STORY: As Newt Gingrich climbs the polls across the country, Cliff Kincaid expects the Democrats and media to take shots at his record and past statements. Kincaid finds, however, that Gingrich has been right on longstanding societal ills: “If the liberal media will not tell the truth, and if the conservative media do not have the ability to make the case for capitalism and freedom, politicians such as Newt Gingrich may have to do so in the context of a presidential campaign. His challenge will be to survive the personal attacks from the machine that he attacks.”

MEDIA WATCH: With the Occupy Movement back in its collective parental basement, Keith Olbermann is rounding up entertainers to put forth positive spin, according to Don Irvine. “During a discussion of the Occupy movement with Keith Olbermann last week, singer-songwriter Jackson Browne told Olbermann that the protesters were extremely confrontational but not violent…Browne and Olbermann are also off base in their criticism of the UC Davis pepper spraying incident.”

TOUGH NUMBERS: AIM special contributor, Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas), blogs today about tough numbers about the media with respect to trust: “In the poll, 66 percent of those surveyed stated news stories often are inaccurate and 77 percent think that news organizations tend to favor one side over the other.” It’s nice to know that some on Capitol Hill are capable of telling the truth.

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ELECTION 2012: The bulk of the Republican presidential candidates descended on Washington today to court the Jewish vote. The press seemed a bit peeved with the rhetoric: “Republican presidential candidates rattled sabers against Iran and skewered President Barack Obama for being soft in his support for Israel on Wednesday as they vied for the backing of Jewish Republicans.”

WHAT WE’RE READING: With the holidays rapidly approaching, it’s that time again for the political media to ignore a Christmas tradition in Washington: making controversial recess appointments if the President doesn’t get his way. AIM guest columnist Michelle Malkin explains why Obama’s next consumer watchdog czar is a loser: “While crusading as a consumer watchdog who’ll take on Wall Street, Cordray (whom voters booted from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office last fall) is tight with securities class-action lawyers. As Daniel Fisher at Forbes Magazine reported, Cordray has a record of ‘taking money from lawyers who profit from private litigation that often follows closely on the heels of government investigations.’” But in this case the GOP is holding up the nomination while seeking greater accountability for the position. Click through for more details.

DANGEROUS MINDS: Accuracy in Academia investigates two professors from Harvard and Georgetown who played key roles in the White House-sanctioned killing of American citizens abroad.

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