"The new HealthCare.gov is set to open for broad testing by insurers on Tuesday, but they’re not going to be publicly talking—or tweeting—about it," a Wall Street Journal reporter noted in a story filed October 7, citing a "new confidentiality agreement" that includes "any information describing... the performance or functionality" of the federal ObamaCare Web portal. Naturally the broadcast news programs for Wednesday, October 8, failed to cover the development.
Ken Shepherd lives in New Carrollton, Md., with his wife, Laura, and children Mercy and Abraham. Ken graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland in 2001 with a Bachelors of Arts in Government & Politics and a citation in Public Leadership.
Ken has worked full-time for the Media Research Center since May 2001 and prior to that was an MRC New Analysis Division intern from October 1998 to May 2001.
In his spare time, Ken enjoys karaoke, tennis, reading, and discussing theology or politics.
"More than 300 union members and their families from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia gathered at the Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters Tuesday to protest a proposal to limit carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants that they said would kill jobs in Appalachia," the Washington Examiner's Zack Colman reported today. Colman also noted, that "Many of the protesters were reliable Democratic voters who said they were venting frustration not with their party, but rather with an Obama administration that they say is pummeling their communities with too-stringent regulations."
Former CIA director and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta should have at least waited until after the 2014 midterms to publish his memoirs, seeing as they contain sharp criticisms of President Obama, Hardball host Chris Matthews argued on his October 7 program, lamenting Panetta's lack of "loyalty" to the administration. "Why's he doing this?!" Matthews whined.
MSNBC.com front-page editors probably didn't consider just how bad this looks to the average person who has any awareness of Slick Willy's proclivities.
"'Horrendous' Ruling: Federal court upholds controversial voter ID law" blared the top-of-the-page teaser headline for Zachary Roth's October 7 story on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the Badger State's 2012 voter ID law which has been tangled up in court for the past two years.
Managing Editor's Note (Jan. 15, 2015; 5:15 p.m. Eastern): I've republished this to the front page today given the news that Sen. Ernst will be give the official Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union Address next Wednesday. If Chris Matthews doesn't make repeated sneering references to hog castration on MSNBC next Wednesday night, look out your window. You'll probably see a pig flying by.
On his October 6 Hardball program, MSNBC's Chris Matthews hyped a new NBC poll that shows Democrat Alison Grimes up two points on incumbent Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky). This represents a six-point swing from a recent poll showing Grimes down by four, Matthews enthused. But let completely unmentioned during Monday's Hardball was a hidden video of Grimes campaign operatives admitting they think their candidate is simply "lying" about her enthusiasm for the state's struggling coal industry and that they think she would work "wipe out" the industry in favor of "better [energy] resources."
Some days it seems like the Daily Beast prides itself on being a sounding board for utterly off-the-wall political ideas. Witness contributor Jillian Keenan's argument today that teens old enough to work and pay taxes -- but too young to vote -- should be granted the franchise.
In the mind of the editors at the Daily Beast website, a court ruling which allows the closure of below-code abortion clinics in the state of Texas is draconian.
During a panel discussion on the September 30 program, MSNBC Hardball panelists briefly discussed how some folks may feel that recent lapses in Secret Service security are not accidental but in some way intentional, borne out of a dislike or hatred for the president within the agency's ranks.
Washington Post Supreme Court correspondent Robert Barnes gave readers of today's Washington Post an imbalanced, biased story regarding the Supreme Court's intervening to permit Ohio to reduce its early voting plan by one week.
Bob Cusack and Jessica Taylor of The Hill newspaper have an excellent piece today documenting a feud between current Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and a predecessor of his, former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.). The contentious argument between the two is apparently over how Reid refuses to be a party loyalist and endorse the South Dakota Democratic Party's nominee for U.S. Senate.
Video of Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky leaving the hospital with their newborn daughter apparently reminds CNN anchor Erin Burnett of when the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took home their newborn son last year.
"Either the president doesn’t read the intelligence he’s getting or he’s bulls***ting."
That's what a "former senior Pentagon official who worked closely on the threat posed by Sunni jihadists in Syria and Iraq" told Eli Lake of the Daily Beast subsequent to his watching President Obama's September 28 60 Minutes interview with Steve Kroft.
UPDATED (18:10 Eastern): Daily Beast now describing attack as "Like ISIS"
Yesterday in Moore, Oklahoma, a woman was brutally murdered and decapitated by a former coworker, Alton Nolen, who reportedly had repeatedly proselytized folks in the company, urging them to convert to Islam.
But when the liberal Daily Beast picked up the story and teased it in their Cheat Sheet digest, they tagged the incident not as an "outrage" but a "tragedy." What's more they didn't note the potential Islamist dimension to the attack.
Deeply liberal Maryland -- where they tax, I kid you not, the rain -- has announced a tax revenue shortfall of $405 million. This news arrives in the middle of a gubernatorial election year and following years of tax hikes and casino openings which the state's Democratic establishment promised would solve the state's fiscal woes.
So naturally the Washington Post shielded Democratic gubernatorial nominee Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown by burying the development at the bottom of page B3 of Thursday's Metro section in a story headlined, "Tax revenue forecasts are cut by $405 million."
MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews periodically goes on a tear about his disdain for the term "homeland" to refer to the United States of America. On his September 24 program, Chris Matthews groused it was "ominous" language. But it seems his colleague Al Sharpton never got the memo as he used it just prior to the lead-in to tonight's Hardball. What's more, it seems Matthews himself sometimes uses the term "homeland" in a matter-of-fact, uncritical manner.
Most folks in the liberal media are perfectly happy with Hillary Clinton winding up as the 2016 Democratic nominee, although they worry that she needs a healthy primary challenge to sharpen her up for a competitive presidential contest. That brings us to the Daily Beast's Eleanor Clift, who hyped former one-term U.S. Senator Jim Webb (D-Va.) as just the ticket.
In her obituary for ordained minister-turned-agnostic Gerald A. Larue, Los Angeles Times writer Elaine Woo insisted that the 98-year-old founding president of the Hemlock Society had been "a debunker of claims such as Lazarus rising from the dead."
But it seems Ms. Woo is confusing offering a skeptic's alternative viewpoint for discrediting the claims of the Bible.
In a segment on the September 22 edition of Hardball, MSNBC's Chris Matthews was informed by guest Carol Leonnig, a staff writer for the Washington Post, that Friday's White House fence-jumper, Omar Gonzalez, was found to have been carrying a serrated knife on his person, not a switchblade.
Yet about 30 minutes later, in a separate panel discussion, Matthews referred to the knife as a switchblade, demonstrating how little Mr. Matthews listens to his guests.