Former newspaper reporter and editor from Massachusetts, distance runner, Red Sox fan

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October 11, 2014, 8:37 PM EDT

New York magazine reported this week that NBC was willing to move heaven, earth and heaven yet again if necessary to corral Comedy Central's Jon Stewart to moderate "Meet the Press." Anyone who heard Rush Limbaugh's epic evisceration in response is likely to see Stewart and NBC in a dimmer light.

Limbaugh could see this coming months ago, telling his listeners in May that "comedians are now the 21st century journalists for the far left."

 

 

 

October 9, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT

ISIS ... in America? ... that's just crazy talk! At least if claimed by a Republican in Congress and heard at MSNBC, while a House Democrat making a comparably ominous warning is ignored at the same network.

It was all Rachel Maddow could do last night to contain her mirth at the apparently preposterous possibility that suspected ISIS terrorists have been caught at the US-Mexican border, as claimed by Congressman Duncan Hunter, Republican of California.

October 8, 2014, 8:49 PM EDT

Heard the latest outrageous remark by Rush Limbaugh? No?! That's OK, neither has anyone else.

Liberal radio host Alan Colmes has become the latest in a long line of left wingers to vilify Limbaugh by claiming he said something that only they somehow managed to hear.

October 8, 2014, 2:49 PM EDT

Back in July when thousands of illegal aliens were flooding the US-Mexican border and conservatives were understandably concerned about the threat to public health from a porous border, MSNBC's Steve Kornacki compared this to hysteria in California in the late 19th century over Chinese immigrants.

As an example of the alleged current hysteria over illegals from Latin America, Kornacki, guest hosting for Rachel Maddow, showed a clip of NBC reporter Luke Russert engaging in a would-be ambush interview with GOP House member Phil Gingrey.

October 6, 2014, 4:40 PM EDT

ABC News reporter Pierre Thomas unveiled a detailed investigative report on school shootings during yesterday's "This Week" program that surprisingly did not feature what such reports invariably include -- a plea for more restrictions on gun ownership.

While this one dispatch might well be an outlier, it did come as a welcome relief from one of the most predictable patterns in news.

October 3, 2014, 11:38 AM EDT

Even though she was the first woman to serve as US ambassador to the United Nations, Jeane Kirkpatrick is probably better remembered for a witheringly accurate criticism she leveled at liberals during her speech at the 1984 Republican convention. Somehow, Kirkpatrick observed, "they always blame America first."

Three decades later, this truism is nowhere more obvious than on MSNBC, with the occasional exception of its weekend prison fodder.

October 2, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

Well, it's official -- outspoken opposition to the commander in chief during wartime is no longer the supreme expression of patriotism. Even though this was all the rage a decade ago, while an earlier conflict raged in Iraq and a Republican named Bush was at the helm, anyone engaging in it today will face accusations of treason.

With the midterm elections only weeks away, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow is doing all she can for Democratic candidates, namely by smearing their opponents.
 

September 30, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

Not a good sign for President Obama when his one of his most reliable cheerleaders in media turns into a skeptical fact-checker.

While MSNBC's token working stiff Ed Schultz remains reliably besotted with Dear Leader, he's also unwilling to let a misleading claim from Obama pass unchallenged. At least when Schultz is outside the narrow ideological confines of MSNBC and opining on his daily podcast.

September 29, 2014, 4:13 PM EDT

How sad it's not when a dubious meme is rendered threadbare from overuse.

Liberals are desperately hoping that their deceitful "war on women" defamation of conservatives will help them shift momentum away from Republicans as the midterms approach. And if this requires that left wingers render themselves more laughable than usual, so be it. It's a sacrifice they're willing to make.

September 27, 2014, 9:20 PM EDT

Once again, Rush Limbaugh, aka America's Anchorman, has shown himself invaluable in cutting through the perpetual fog of dissembling that wafts from the White House.

Limbaugh responded to the Obama administration's disclosure of yet another roving band of rabid militants that threatens the West with his characteristic insight and withering sarcasm.

September 24, 2014, 4:20 PM EDT

Even though she's long gone from the Internal Revenue Service, former director Lois Lerner is still targeting conservatives. More specifically, it's callers to Mark Levin's radio show, and by extension Levin himself, who Lerner and her husband are besmirching.

Mrs. Lerner pleaded the Fifth when testifying before Congress about abusive IRS tactics during the Obama regime in singling out and thwarting conservative non-profits, but she found a more receptive audience during an interview with Politico in which Levin's radio program was mentioned.

September 19, 2014, 6:44 PM EDT

The would-be scandal of alleged widespread domestic abuse in the National Football League hit its high water mark this week. It began receding when Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh, armed with empirical data, pushed back and demonstrated that it is yet another bogus issue pushed by agenda-driven media.

Both conservative talkers cited an excellent RedState post by the diarist Bill S., titled "No, the NFL is Not a Hotbed of Wife and Child Beaters." After stating he is not a football fan, Bill S. wrote that "conventional wisdom" maligns the NFL as "full of criminals ... wife beaters, sexual abusers, murderers, rapists, etc. And the leftists are going to remind us of this every time some sort of offensive act occurs. But is this true? The truth of the matter is that the rate of criminality in the NFL is lower than that of the general public."

September 17, 2014, 8:33 AM EDT

"Liberal" -- a person who demands the presumption of innocence for jihadists planning mass murder, but not to professional athletes accused of domestic abuse.

The duplicitous "war on women" meme pushed by the left this decade has a new front -- the National Football League -- and nowhere is this more evident than MSNBC. Anyone watching "The Ed Show" yesterday saw a textbook example of the dynamics of a lynch mob at work.

September 15, 2014, 9:10 PM EDT

Given the host's well-known loathing of Republicans, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi probably thought she was on friendly turf during her weekend appearance on HBO's "Real Time with Bill Maher."

What she clearly had not anticipated was that she was dealing with a comedian who's as much loose cannon as he is left winger.

September 10, 2014, 8:31 PM EDT

Might be time for MSNBC to tighten security at its studios. I'm not sure who was hosting “The Rachel Maddow Show” last night, but it sure as heck could not have been the cable program's namesake. The person certainly looked and sounded like Maddow, no doubt about that, but once you hear what she said, I think you'll agree there's no possible way it was Maddow.

September 9, 2014, 3:26 PM EDT

Ignoring the travails of the humble hard-working business owners in Ferguson, Missouri has become pronounced among MSNBC pundits and their guests.

September 9, 2014, 12:50 PM EDT

Few lower forms of life exist, at least to MSNBC, than the humble, hard-working owners of small businesses in Ferguson, Mo., that were looted last month in civil unrest after the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen.

Indifference is worse than hatred, the old saw goes, and ignoring the travails of these business people since their livelihoods were destroyed has become pronounced among MSNBC pundits and their guests. That these same people see themselves as deeply compassionate makes their shrugging away such obvious suffering all the more bizarre.

September 7, 2014, 7:29 PM EDT

To conservatives it borders on stating the obvious – South Vietnam collapsed in the spring of 1975 to invading North Vietnamese because American military forces were no longer in South Vietnam. To liberals, the reason for South Vietnam's collapse to the communists is not so apparent – because for nearly a decade, liberals had claimed that the main problem in South Vietnam was the presence of US troops. How could their nearly complete departure by 1973, except for a small contingent to protect the American embassy in Saigon, mean anything other than clear skies ahead?

September 4, 2014, 6:22 PM EDT

Rare is the liberal who criticizes Hollywood where liberalism has been the party line for decades. Rarer still are Democrats who do, especially at Hollywood fundraisers.

Left-wing radio host Thom Hartmann, among the top-rated talkers in the country, recently ventured where few on the left dare tread while talking with attorney and "Ring of Fire" radio show co-host Mike Papantonio about upheaval in Ferguson, Mo., after the fatal police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old black man. (Audio after the jump)

September 1, 2014, 7:15 PM EDT

What a difference that a few hours -- and change in media platform -- can make when it comes to criticism of President Obama.

On his daily podcast this past Friday, Ed Schultz was surprisingly blunt in hitting Obama for his startling admission a day earlier that "we don't have a strategy" for confronting the deadly threat from the feral Islamist thugs in ISIS. (Audio after the jump)