Towards the end of her January 4 piece for the Daily Beast hailing President Obama's controversial and arguably illegal move to essentially legislate new gun controls via presidential fiat, liberal journalist-turned-pundit Eleanor Clift justified the action by complaining that gun-related deaths in the U.S. now outpace automobile accidents.
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.
It is simply "beyond indecent" for Donald Trump or anyone else to hit Hillary Clinton for enabling Bill Clinton's adultery and subsequent handling of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, Hardball host Chris Matthews huffed on his January 4 MSNBC program.
According to filmmaker George Lucas, Russian directors at the height of the Cold War had more artistic freedom than he enjoyed when he was making movies in Hollywood. "I know a lot of Russian filmmakers and they have a lot more freedom than I have. All they have to do is be careful about criticizing the government. Otherwise, they can do anything they want," Lucas told PBS's Charlie Rose on the Christmas night edition of his eponymous interview program.
A few months ago I brought to your attention a Hardball promo which hailed Ted Kennedy as a "great" "leader" and a "lion" who "keep[s] me going non-stop." Well, Matthews is back at it with another promo which hails as "gutsy" liberal icon Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and as "grownup" the anti-gun rights former mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg.
Talk about burying your lede. Yesterday the Washington Post's Matt Schudel penned a 43-paragraph obituary marking the passing of Fernande Grudet, the "Famed proprietor of [a] Parisian brothel" which counted diplomats, European nobility, businessmen, and politicians among its clientele. Schudel waited, however, until paragraph number 20 to disclose that President John F. Kennedy was reputed to have once been a customer.
A year-ending survey of the most-admired men in the world finds President Obama topping the list, with second-place honors going to both Pope Francis and Donald Trump, who tied with 5 percent of the vote. Relaying news of the Gallup poll in their Cheat Sheet digest, Daily Beast editors sneered "Unholy," referring to the second-place tie, not to the controversial, unpopular Democratic president's top billing.
With the year swiftly coming to a close, I thought I'd take a look back at some of the stupidest comments that Hardball host Chris Matthews made on the air in 2015. These are ones I consider particularly stupid, not necessary or merely politically slanted, just head-scratchingly stupid.
The Big Three broadcast network evening newscasts all touched on the revelation that Secretary of Defense Ash Carter used private e-mails for government business and this well after former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton came under fire for exclusively conducting her official email correspondence that way. That said, only CBS's Evening News downplayed the significance of the story by omitting any Republican criticisms or soundbites.
Chris Matthews has made no secret of how much he loves the "perfect" Barack Obama in everything from his speaking style on down to his family life. But far be it from the hyperpartisan Hardball host to see Rubio's good looks and polished speaking style as plusses for him in a hypothetical general-election contest against Hillary Clinton.
It sure "[m]ust be nice to be a Democratic president" given the media's air cover for your foreign policy/war-on-terrorism failures, The Federalist's Mollie Hemingway sighed at the end of her December 15 piece detailing all the ways in which the media are "Being Pretty Quiet About Obama’s Failures."
Hemingway – who, you may recall, won the first annual Noel Sheppard award earlier this year – began by noting how:
Former John McCain presidential campaign advisor Steve Schmidt pushed back against Chris Matthews on tonight's Hardball when the latter whipped out his tired Bush-caused-ISIS talking point.
Kudos are in order for ProPublics for writing and for the Daily Beast in syndicating a story about how problematic the federal no-fly list is.
MSNBC host Chris Matthews seems to have a problem with those who would call the torturers, rapists, and murderers who populate the ranks of ISIS as "animals."
On tonight's Tell Me Something I Don't Know"" segment wherein Hardball host Chris Matthews challenged his roundtable panelists to break some news, panelist Michelle Bernard succeeded when she informed the MSNBC anchor that Obama administration policy forbade visa-application screeners from looking at social media accounts for applicants like Tashfeen Malik, the female jihadi in the San Bernardino terrorist attack.
What does it take to get both Chris Matthews and Joan Walsh to say something kind about Donald Trump? Just make sure the target is the Hardball host's favorite archnemesis, Dick "it's pronounced CHEE-knee, by the way!" Cheney.
Today liberal Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy (D) announced he is issuing an executive order to forbid gun sales in the Nutmeg State to any individual who happens to ping the federal no-fly list. Time magazine's John Samburn dutifully reported the development but without giving any consideration to the reaction from critics who charge it infringes on the Second Amendment rights of innocent Americans by a deprivation of their due process rights.
During a Hardball segment with two Republicans critical of Donald Trump's comments on temporarily halting Muslims from entering the United States, MSNBC's Chris Matthews asked the Log Cabin Republicans's Gregory Angelo, "suppose he said no gays could come in the country?"
In the AP Spin Meter today, the newswire's Bill Barrow and Jill Colvin hit Republican presidential candidates Bill Carson and Donald Trump over hypocrisy regarding gun rights. Both candidates have made statements in favor of civilian concealed carry as a preventative measure against terrorist attacks like San Bernardino.
Appearing on the December 8 Hardball, a furious Evan Kohlmann insisted that Donald Trump was literally putting U.S. servicemen and diplomats – as well as peaceful American Muslims – at risk with his rhetoric about temporarily keeping Muslims from being allowed to clear U.S. ports of entry. At one point Kohlmann invoked Hitler, challenging viewers at home to substitute the word "Jews" for "Muslims" in Trump's remarks.
In an exclusive story today for the Daily Beast, Shane Harris and Nancy Youssef give readers a sneak peek at the findings of an unpublished congressional probe criticizing the swap of alleged Army deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Gitmo detainees.