This week’s Mainstream Media Scream features a back-and-forth on Sunday’s “Face the Nation” in which New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman called Senate Republicans “knuckleheads.”

Host Bob Schieffer: “I think the great lesson in Mandela here is for all of us to step back and realize, he was a person who led, you know, he wasn’t worried about getting a primary opponent. He went out and stood for what he thought was right, and that does make a difference.”

Friedman: “He challenged his base, Bob. Look at these knuckleheads in the Senate, you know, on the Republican side. Now, these guys, are they really worried about agreeing to this minor, you know, budget deal? Not one of them is a profile in courage in the least and we’re going to lecture Ukrainians on what to do?”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: "Yes, to media liberals like Friedman, 'courage' is always defined from the left to mean having the 'courage' to raise taxes and the 'courage' to increase spending. In this case, where there's a D.C. media/political establishment consensus in favor of the budget deal, the truly courageous position is to oppose that consensus. But Friedman is too clouded by his own ideology to see that."

Rating: Three out of five screams.

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