Wildly spinning a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showing just 38 percent support President Obama's planned executive amnesty while 48 percent oppose it, Huffington Post's Howard Fineman offered that it's possible "some" of those opposed are against it from Obama's left, thinking it doesn't go far enough.
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.
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According to Daily Beast columnist Jonathan Alter, President Obama's executive amnesty could so well place Latinos into the Democratic column that Latino homes will grace their living rooms with portraits of the 44th president.
Tomorrow night, Barack Obama is set to announce an executive amnesty by which he will refuse to enforce U.S. immigration law by halting deportations of illegal immigrants. The president's in-your-face disregard for his constitutional obligations as the nation's chief executive have left some congressional Republicans mulling over the possibility of defunding said executive amnesty as a condition of the continuing resolution to fund the federal government.
So naturally MSNBC anchor and veteran Obama apologist Ed Schultz took to his November 19 program to denounce said Republicans as overstepping their bounds.
Earlier today in a press conference, Speaker of the House John Boehner made a quip about President Obama's veto threat of a bill to authorize the Keystone XL oil pipeline which indirectly referenced Jonathan Gruber's infamous "stupidity of the American voter" line regarding the selling of ObamaCare.
Hardball host Chris Matthews played the clip on his November 18 program, but seemed completely oblivious as to its meaning, instead using the remark as an opportunity to demand Keystone supporter Sen. John Hoeven (R-N.D.) to denounce Boehner's supposed ad hominem attack on environmentalists who oppose building the pipeline.
MSNBC is no stranger to guest panelists from the New York Times, but don't expect Times writer Russ Buettner to appear on the network's air anytime soon as Mr. Buettner gave readers of the November 18 paper a look at how "Questions About [Rev. Al] Sharpton’s Finances Accompany His Rise in Influence."
On the November 17 edition of Hardball, MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews and MSNBC contributors Howard Fineman and Eugene Robinson offered some criticism, albeit pretty mild, of President Obama's veto threat for a bill which would greenlight the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
Over at Politico, Kevin Robillard devoted a story on November 7 to the matter of "How Larry Hogan won in Maryland." But throughout the story, Robillard weaved a narrative that almost if not completely pooh-poohed the idea that the Anne Arundel County businessman had anything to do with his Tuesday night victory. Instead,he noted, the credit goes in large part to Hogan luckily running in a Republican wave year and the Democrats making key tactical blunders on the campaign trail.
"Md. looks for clues to what Hogan will do," blared the Metro section front-page headline in Friday's Washington Post. But rather than examine what the average Joe or Jane Marylander thinks about the Republican governor-elect, the Post's Jenna Johnson and John Wagner turned to reliably left-wing interest groups for their thoughts and fears about an administration that is likely to be considerably more conservative than the Democratic one on the way out the door.
Appearing as a panelist on the November 6 Hardball, liberal talk show host Joe Madison offered his assessment for why Democrats lost the 2014 midterms: Liberals, being the intellectuals they are, talk above the heads of the average voter, rather than communicating their ideas in an accessible manner for the layman to understand.
Washington Post diplomatic correspondent and veteran Hillary Clinton cheerleader Anne Gearan devoted 41 paragraphs today to an examination of "How Democrats' big losses [in the 2014 midterms] could be Clinton's 2016 gain." She did her level best to dismiss as irrelevant the fact that she was unable to move the needle for Democrats in key, tight Senate races, nor in the Maryland governor's race, where a Republican challenger pulled a stunning upset of the anointed Democratic contender.
President Obama’s problem is that he’s surrounded by sycophants who tell him what he wants to hear, not what he needs to hear.
That was the post-election analysis of none other than… Chris Matthews?!
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow could be a contender for most ridiculous spin of election night with this gem.
With the Kentucky Senate race called immediately for incumbent Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, the MSNBC crew immediately went about portraying Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes as an upstart who put up a valiant yet unsuccessful effort against a wiley survivor of tight election campaigns. Grimes's surely has a bright political future, they all agreed, with Hardball host Chris Matthews insisting that Rand Paul's Senate seat is hers for the taking in 2016, provided, of course, that Paul opts not to run for reelection as he instead pursues the presidency.
On his final Hardball before polls open for the 2014 midterm elections, MSNBC Chris Matthews groused about how an anti-Bruce Braley ad by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was "dangerous."
David Freedlander of the Daily Beast just doesn't get it. Gov. Dannel Malloy (D-Conn.) is the Left's "dream governor," pushing through "higher taxes on the rich.... [a] state earned income tax credit for the poor...higher minimum wage" and a laundry list of other "progressive" agenda items like "mandatory paid sick leave, repeal of the death penalty, more liberal marijuana laws, easier ballot access, a transgender rights bill, strict new gun control laws, and massive new spending on public education, higher education, and infrastructure."
So then, "Why isn’t Connecticut grateful?" Why is Dannel Malloy on the Democratic governors endangered species list this November?
For the second night in a row, MSNBC's Chris Matthews gratuitously attacked Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus as someone who is almost singlemindedly devoted to disenfranchising black voters.
"Maine's governor traps Kaci Hickox," insists editors of the Daily Beast.
After Michael Steele, the first African-American chairman of the Republican Party, left office, the RNC became singlemindedly devoted to blocking black people from the ballot box. That's the allegation that MSNBC's Chris Matthews made not once, but twice, to Steele's face, on the October 28 edition of Hardball.
Christopher Ingraham hails as a "rather nifty side benefit" of high tobacco taxes a corresponding decrease in alcohol consumption. That's perfectly fine to have as an opinion, of course, but Ingraham made that admission in an ostensibly objective article for the Washington Post.
"What's worse? Thom Tillis or Ebola?" Yes, Chris Matthews actually asked that, in jest, on the October 27 edition of MSNBC's Hardball.