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Mainstream Media Scream: Bryant Gumbel accuses GOP of extortion

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This week's Mainstream Media Scream features the return of former "Today" co-host Bryant Gumbel to discuss the top stories of 2012, during which he slammed the GOP over the government shutdown.

Reviewing Culturalist.com’s list of top news stories of 2013 on "Today" last week, current co-host Matt Lauer said to Gumbel:

“At number five, the federal government shutdown. I think that was on most of our lists as well.”

Gumbel: “Yeah, but I called it the GOP shutdown. ... I thought it was a false equivalency for people to say it was a government shutdown, a failure of government. It was not. It was a few individuals who were trying to extort the government.”

Media Research Center Vice President of Research Brent Baker explains our pick: “A reminder of why we don't miss Gumbel. He was MSNBC before there was an MSNBC. You could always count on him to arrogantly deliver the liberal spin with contempt for conservatives.”

Rating: Four out of five screams.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.