On Sunday Washington Post drama critic Peter Marks underlined how liberals can’t stand even to sit in the presence of conservatives, even when actors are playing them. At Washington's Arena Stage, the play The Originalist about Supreme Court justice Antonin Scalia, a liberal audience member couldn’t hack five minutes before leaving:
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Graham is co-author with MRC president Brent Bozell of the books Collusion: How the Media Stole the 2012 Election and How To Prevent It From Happening Again in 2016 (2013) and Whitewash: What The Media Won’t Tell You About Hillary Clinton, But Conservatives Will (2007). He is also the author of the book Pattern of Deception: The Media's Role in the Clinton Presidency (1996).
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NBC's Saturday Night Live awkwardly made fun of things you just cannot depict at risk of death. In a TV game show called Picture Perfect -- that looked a little like Pictionary and a little like NBC's own Hollywood Game Night -- cast member Bobby Moynihan (complete with Chris Farley-esque hair) was asked to draw an image of "The Prophet Muhammad."
"Hilarity" ensued when he and fellow cast member Kenan Thompson (playing actor Reginald VelJohnson of Die Hard and Family Matters) refused to comply and risk being murdered by jihadists:
Bloomberg TV host Mark Halperin drew a serious rhetorical beating from columnist Ruben Navarrette over his prove-you’re-a-Cuban line of questioning to Ted Cruz on his program With All Due Respect. (The “respect” seemed to be missing, or as phony-sounding as it can be during an argument.)
The interview came on April 30, but the columnist just picked up the argument. Would a liberal Latino get this line of questioning? And notice that Halperin has a grim visage during these questions, like it’s an interrogation, not a friendly chat.
Maurice Tamman at Reuters put spin on the latest Reuters poll in a blog headlined “Fake newscaster, real credibility: Jon Stewart stands at the peak of American punditry poll.”
Tamman reported: "As Jon Stewart winds down his 19-year stint as host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, he and Stephen Colbert sit at the peak of American punditry despite their left-leaning view of life, the universe and everything."
George Clooney is a big Hillary fan. He was asked by Fusion host Jorge Ramos “Are you going to be helping her for 2016?” Clooney replied, “Sure, whatever she wants, whatever I way I can help.” He added, I think she would be a tremendous candidate...I know her, and I think the world of her, and I think that I would be very happy if she were president.”
But Ramos pointed out “You said in 2008 she was the most polarizing figure in American politics.” Clooney said, “She was...at the time.” But then he seemed to mess up the Hillary time line, suggesting Benghazi hurt her last presidential campaign, when that terrorist attack came on September 11, 2012:
Hollywood and global-warming panic have always been a natural match. After all, who can tell you better to cut back on your wasteful ways better than a high-flying multi-millionaire movie star with the carbon footprint of a Tyrannosaurus Rex?
It's never mattered that the stars have all the scientific expertise of Pee Wee Herman. They're just so good-looking and famous, who cares? PBS broadcast a ten-hour series in 1990 entitled Race to Save the Planet. The show's host was Meryl Streep, who proclaimed: "By the year 2000...the Earth's climate will be warmer than it's been in over 100,000 years. If we don't do something, there will be enormous calamities in a very short time." Oops.
One of many LGBT darlings in the “mainstream” media is Alison Bechdel, the Maddowesque lesbian cartoonist who invented the “Bechdel test” in her comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For" in 1985 – that a movie “must have at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.”
Her autobiographical musical Fun Home is playing in New York, and Judith Thurman at The New Yorker is so effusive in the May 11 issue she’s allowing Bechdel to half-complain about a gushing rave review by New York Times drama critic Ben Brantley:
To liberal media outlets, the saddest thing about abortion is how women seeking to terminate their baby may have to drive more than 20 minutes to a clinic. The Washington Post on Thursday offered a 2,390-word opus on a woman named Emily [last name sympathetically withheld] who procured an abortion in Missoula, Montana, driving 407 miles from Wyoming.
The headline was “The long drive to end a pregnancy.” The story took up two entire inside pages with a page of scenic color pictures along the drive, but no people in them. Post writer Monica Hesse lectured in large letters on the front of the Style section about the “geography of abortion” being too taxing in red states:
Hillary Clinton is so disdainful of the press that since she declared her candidacy on April 12, The New York Times complained she has answered just seven questions from reporters. Even from reporters who love her. So the Times created a feature publishing questions they would ask Mrs. Clinton if “we had the opportunity.”
At their “First Draft” blog, Clinton beat reporter Amy Chozick wrote that on Tuesday in Las Vegas, Mrs. Clinton “laid out an extensive and ambitious plan to overhaul the nation’s immigration system” – in other words, she accepted Obama’s policy and insisted on going much further. Chozick laid out what they would like to ask:
The Barack-boosters at the website The Obama Diary reproduced a “righteous rant” on Twitter in favor of Obama (and against whiny Democrats in Congress) from Michael Grunwald, a former Time reporter now working for Politico (on the magazine side).
“Mini-rant to come, inspired by this accurate @politico story on (my description, not the story's) pathetic Hill D's,” Grunwald wrote. Then came a 15-part pro-Obama rant about how he doesn't need to "suck up" to these "bozos."
Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight wrote that Pamela Geller and her “hateful ilk” displayed the “freedom to do something stupid.” But Knight wrote a passage that is surprisingly ignorant of what’s in the newspapers:
Even The Washington Post is picking up juicy gossip from The Daily Caller. A long-running lawsuit against Ed Schultz from NBC producer Michael Queen revealed e-mails from Schultz “in which he’s less than complimentary about his now-MSNBC brother, Chris Matthews.”
Liberals claim to be the world's boldest defenders of freedom of expression, which is, of course, nonsense. Here's another canard: Liberals also claim to be the most offended against anyone "blaming the victim." What liberals possess is an ideological system which identifies favored groups as victims, and supports squelching the free speech of anyone challenging them.
One of those favored groups are Muslims. Over the weekend, the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) held the Muhammad cartoon contest in Dallas, obviously a provocative event. But it wasn't meant to result in two Islamic extremists showing up with assault rifles, and shot to death by police after they opened fire.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest held a “gaggle” for reporters on Air Force One on Monday around noon. The questioning on the Islamist shooting outside Dallas came up, with a reporter asking for Obama's reaction, but Earnest’s answer – no act of expression deserves violence – failed to satisfy.
Since the “gaggle” is an untelevised briefing and the White House transcripts traditionally avoid the identity of the reporter, we can only guess which “objective” journalist really, really wanted the cartoon contest denounced by the president:
Katie Pavlich at Townhall demonstrated the liberal media's distaste for conservative critics of Islam. New York Times reporter Rukmini Callimachi tweeted: "Free speech aside, why would anyone do something as provocative as hosting a 'Muhammad drawing contest'?"
As Ben Carson prepares to announce a run for president, it’s quite clear the media don’t like black Republicans running for the White House. On the front of Sunday’s Washington Post, reporter Robert Samuels theorized Carson can’t be a black hero now, as he bashes Barack Obama.
Their headline was “As Ben Carson bashes Obama, many blacks see a hero’s legacy fade.” The Post won’t write “As Baltimore burns, many blacks see Obama’s legacy fade.” But Carson’s in danger of becoming – horrors – Herman Cain:
Liberals are incapable of thinking that Democrats becoming more leftist is a political problem. On the week-in-politics roundup on Friday night's All Things Considered, National Public Radio anchor Robert Siegel suggested to Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne that Sen. Bernie Sanders running for president is a "perfect sparring partner" for Hillary Clinton. Dionne agreed, and said Bernie's socialist focus on economics will help Democrats in 2016:
For the second time in five weeks, People magazine put Bruce Jenner on the cover, and since announcing “I am a woman” on national television -- a "bombshell interview" -- the cover said he’s “Living as a woman every day – and feeling ‘elated’.”
Inside, People gushed about Jenner’s “long journey to self-acceptance.” A photo caption recalled how Jenner told Diane Sawyer “Maybe this is my cause in life...this is why God put me on this earth – to deal with this issue.”
Liberal actor Morgan Freeman is so tired of the riot stories he’s telling Marlow Stern of the Daily Beast “F— the media.” This came at the end of a rant in which he suggested Baltimore media coverage is less one-sided than Ferguson...and he’s suggesting Ferguson wasn’t sympathetic at all to the black activists.
The last year or so could be described as The Year of Transgender Propaganda. The Hollywood and news-media push on the latest frontier of “gender fluidity” demonstrates the libertine left’s absolute arrogance that the LGBT revolution is an unstoppable juggernaut.
Time placed Laverne Cox on a “Transgender Tipping Point” cover last June, and the aggressive culture-tipping took off. Amazon created a series around a retiree deciding he was a woman in “Transparent,” and won Golden Globes. Fox’s “Glee” had their female football coach grow a beard and be celebrated by a “historic” 200-member transgender choir. The cherry on this vomit is Bruce Jenner.