Wendy Davis keeps failing. The one-time media darling keeps whiffing in her attacks against her Republican opponent in the Texas gubernatorial race. On Monday she implied Texas Republican Attorney General Gregory Abbot was against interracial marriage - even though Abbot’s wife, Cecilia, is a Latina.
Geoffrey Dickens is the Deputy Research Director at the Media Research Center. He currently writes for all of the MRC's publications and outlets including MRC.org, Newsbusters.org, Notable Quotables and has contributed to past projects including MediaWatch and MagazineWatch. He also authored the MRC's Outgunned Special Report that examined the media's bias against gun rights. Dickens has made several appearances on radio talk shows around the nation.
Born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia this native Washingtonian briefly left the area to earn a degree from Indiana University's School of Journalism. When he's not monitoring the media's liberal bias, Dickens can be found rooting for his beloved Redskins, Wizards, Capitals and Indiana Hoosiers.
In the crucial weeks leading up to the midterm elections, the broadcast networks were obsessed with scandals, but not any of the Obama administration controversies that might influence how voters behave on Election Day. No, despite revelations in the Benghazi, IRS, Veterans Administration and Secret Service prostitution scandals it was the NFL domestic abuse scandals that captured the attention of the Big Three (ABC, NBC, CBS) networks.
Comedian Louis CK’s Twitter rant against ISIS started well, even if it was full of vulgarities, but it quickly descended into weirdness when he connected the terrorists to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
On Friday, the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank implied something truly dastardly and unpatriotic about Republicans - that they wouldn’t mind if the President of the United States was violently removed from office due to inadequate Secret Service protection.
On Tuesday’s CBS This Morning, co-anchor Gayle King was charmed by Democratic Senate candidate Mark Pryor’s selfie with Bill Clinton as she effused: “Everybody likes a selfie.”
However King, nor anyone else at CBS has yet to report on the Arkansas Senator’s response to a basic question about ebola that was so bad it went viral and even caused MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski to shout: “Stop it!” four times before she ridiculed: “A sweet, little, nice, gentle question, and the guy just collapsed!”
Charlie Rose’s interview with Bill Clinton at his own Clinton Global Initiative summit was, not surprisingly, full of easy questions but the PBS host saved his loftiest softball for the end when he called Clinton the “best political animal” of all time.
Saturday Night Live returned from its summer hiatus this weekend but if Democrats had succeeded in their September 11 vote to amend the Constitution there wouldn’t be any more political skits on the 40 year-old comedy institution.
According to Senator Ted Cruz the Constitutional amendment, that would’ve been an end-around the First Amendment, would’ve given Congress the power to restrict political speech - even of the humorous kind found on SNL.
An adamant Charlie Rose, on Thursday night, was astounded that there could be any opposition to the fight against climate change as he blurted: “Where is the resistance?! What stands in the way of something that clearly threatens the planet?”
Jimmy Fallon, who famously invited on Barack Obama to slow jam the news and danced with Michelle Obama, took a couple of swings at the president in his monologue on Monday night. Could Fallon be an indicator that even liberal celebrities are getting tired of Obama?
On Thursday’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon comedian Billy Crystal reminisced about Robin Williams and recounted a hilarious moment way back in 1988 when his longtime friend and fellow Democrat realized they had a stinker on their hands with presidential candidate Michael Dukakis.
The mother of ISIS beheading victim James Foley told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, on September 11, that she was “embarrassed and appalled” by the White House’s handling of her son’s kidnapping. On September 8 a spokesman for the family of ISIS victim Steven Sotloff claimed that both families were “bullied and hectored” by the administration.
So how many Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network stories have been devoted to helping these families tell their shocking stories of a White House that let them down and even intimidated them? Just three (CBS 2, ABC 1, NBC 0).
On the September 9 Charlie Rose show Bill Maher pronounced that Barack Obama “will be treated in history very kindly” because future generations will realize “he’s dealing obviously with things that no other president had to ever deal with.”
When Rose asked Maher if he meant the bad economy and ISIS Maher agreed and then added that because Obama is black his political opponents “hate him in a way they never hated before.”
On this 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, ABC, CBS, NBC and MSNBC appropriately devoted time to commemorating that tragic day in our history. But today also marks the second anniversary of the Benghazi attacks that led to the deaths of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens, foreign service officer Sean Smith and two CIA contractors, Tyrone Woods and Glenn Doherty.
So how much time did the Big Three and MSNBC, on Thursday morning, devote to their memories and the surrounding controversy around the attack? Zero seconds.
An aide to Eric Holder, who thought he was calling Democratic congressman Elijah Cummings’ office for help on leaking documents to selected reporters, accidentally spilled the beans of the latest IRS spin job because he called House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa’s office instead. This newest twist in the IRS targeting scandal, that broke last night, was not covered on ABC, CBS or NBC’s Wednesday morning shows.
On Monday, NBC’s Chuck Todd came on PBS’s Charlie Rose show and handicapped Hillary Clinton’s 2016 prospects and the new Meet the Press host stunningly predicted one of Clinton’s biggest obstacles would be the liberal media.
In the 2003 run-up to the Iraq war Eleanor Clift mocked George W. Bush’s 39-nation strong “coalition of the willing” as the “bullied and the bribed” but fast forward to today and The Daily Beast reporter is taking a much different tone with Barack Obama’s 9-nation grouping.
The IRS targeting scandal has all the intrigue of a political thriller. First it was the missing e-mails, then destroyed hard drives and now a missing person in the form of one-time Lois Lerner underling Andrew Strelka. On September 3, Republican Congressman Jim Jordan sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding to know, by a Friday deadline, the information on the whereabouts of Strelka.
In the letter Jordan suggested the Department of Justice was hiding Strelka from the House Oversight Committee investigating the IRS-targeting scandal. Incredibly, this accusation has yet to be covered by any of the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network evening or morning shows.
Appearing on Tuesday’s edition of PBS’s Charlie Rose show Game Change co-author Mark Halperin said Hillary Clinton’s poor performance during her recent book tour was nothing to worry about because “She’s still so far and away the class of the field.”
His writing partner John Heilemann agreed and added: “If you think about Hillary Clinton’s story over her life, there’s a lot of material there to work with. She has a compelling story to tell. She’s not yet told it.” Not yet told it? How many memoirs does Heilemann think Clinton needs to tell her “compelling story?” (video after the jump)
On Tuesday night Mark Halperin and John Heilemann stopped by Charlie Rose’s PBS show to throw cold water on GOP hopes of re-taking the Senate as the co-authors of Game Change and current Bloomberg Politics editors spouted the typical inside-the-beltway view of the Republican Party’s 2014 chances.
Halperin claimed the GOP was hampered by having “no real message” whereas the Democrats could run on “keeping Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security” - basically the same ideas they have run on since the 1930s. Heilemann also told Republicans to cool their jets. (Video after the jump)
Actor Eric Roberts, the much less famous brother of Julia, has found a way to get himself more attention - tweet something utterly stupid about the disgusting beheading of James Foley.
According to Roberts the real culprit behind the journalist’s killing is not ISIS but George W. Bush.