This week's Mainstream Media Scream features New York Times columnist Frank Bruni's slap at Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul.

Bruni wrote last week, "When you've got loons the likes of Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin fluttering about, I suppose it's easy not to seem like such a wacko bird yourself. Is that why Rand Paul is flying high right now? Or is it because he followed his 13-hour filibuster -- that knee-defeating, bladder-defying moment in the Senate sun -- by showing a few of his less florid feathers? Either way, he has managed, with remarkable speed, to migrate to the foreground of Republican politics. You could almost lose sight of what an albatross he really is."

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Paul must be doing something right if he instills so much fear in a New York Times liberal, if that's not redundant, that he feels compelled to resort to such cheap insults to degrade a senator who captured such public respect for taking on the president over using drones to kill Americans."

Rating: Four out of five screams.