Alex Weprin at Politico reports that secular-progressive “humorist” Samantha Bee came to the TBS “upfront” presser in New York on Wednesday to tell reporters she wants to become an official sponsor of the Republican convention in Cleveland -- obviously, not as a show of support. She wants to haunt it like an early Halloween. "For only $100,000 I can become an actual sponsor of the Republican convention, and get banner space on the convention floor. I want this. My giant face looming over the convention in every CNN wide shot for a week? Please picture it," Bee added, pulling up mockups of potential billboards.
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis. His career at the MRC began in February 1989 as associate editor of MediaWatch, the monthly newsletter of the MRC before the Internet era.
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).
Graham is a regular talk-radio and television spokesman for the MRC and has made television appearances on MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, Fox News, and the Fox Business Channel. His articles have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, National Review, and other publications.
Graham left the MRC to serve in 2001and 2002 as White House Correspondent for World, a national weekly Christian news magazine. He returned in 2003. Before joining the MRC, Graham served as press secretary for the campaign of U.S. Rep. Jack Buechner (R-Mo.) in 1988, and in 1987, he served as editor of Organization Trends, a monthly newsletter on philanthropy and politics by the Washington-based Capital Research Center.
Comcast CEO Brian Roberts held the company’s first virtual shareholder meeting on Thursday, and the conservative National Center for Public Policy Research questioned the company’s public advocacy for liberalism, including its “news” being biased at MSNBC.
Roberts also expressed joy at backing the gay-left censorship group GLAAD and their Media Awards -- for one-sided propaganda.
In the wake of Donald Trump suggesting Bill Clinton is a rapist, Yahoo is running an article by its chief national correspondent Lisa Belkin titled “When Trump made a pass at me. And why it matters.”
“Made a pass?” To many readers, that implies Trump implied a sexual interest. The actual tale is milder than that.
The Washington Post op-ed page today has dueling columns on the two presumptive nominees being relentless liars. Kathleen Parker focused on Hillary Clinton, while Ruth Marcus targeted Trump. Parker is winning Wednesday on their website's "Most Read" meter.
Parker notes readers have sent her a 13-minute YouTube video titled "Hillary Clinton lying for 13 minutes." Let's hope they don't get put in handcuffs like the YouTube filmmaker blamed for the Benghazi terrorist attack.
Mount Rushmore has become an ongoing reference to historical greatness. GQ editor Jim Nelson recently proclaimed Barack Obama was “Mount Rushmore great.” In 1991, as the Soviet Union collapsed, NBC reporter Jim Maceda gushed its last dictator Mikhail Gorbachev deserved a place on Mount Rushmore.
Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner reports that Washington Post bigwig Bob Woodward envisions Bill, Hillary, and even Chelsea Clinton on Mount Rushmore, at least in their minds.
The New York Times proclaimed the results of their six-week “investigation” on the front page of the Sunday paper. They discovered that Donald Trump is kind of sleazy around women. They want us to know this right now – not six months ago – when it’s clear he’s the Republican nominee against Mrs. Bill Clinton.
No Republican is surprised. Their shameless partisanship knows no bounds.
While Philip Elliott bashed Fox News anchors as zombies and incest enthusiasts in his TIME interview with Megyn Kelly (a question that somehow didn’t make the print edition), when it came to Hillary, he was a Vox-style explainer of the liberal take on politics. At the front of the magazine was a story headlined “Hillary’s new plan to trump Trump – by being boring.”
Boring is a virtue, claimed Elliott and co-author Charlotte Alter (the daughter of longtime Newsweek Clinton-booster Jonathan Alter). Hillary’s top aides “have settled into a governing-over-glamour plan in a way that Trump’s Republican rivals never did, and the candidate has far more discipline and a thicker skin than any of the 16 Trump vanquished.” The Republicans didn’t try “governing over glamour”?
The Huffington Post is happy: “Angelina Jolie Has The Perfect Response To Donald Trump’s Anti-Muslim Rhetoric.”
At a BBC discussion on migration in London, Jolie slammed Trump’s proposal for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration: “To me, America is built on people from around the world coming together for freedoms, especially freedom of religion. So it’s hard to hear this is coming from someone who is pressing to be an American president.”
John Stossel returned to the air on Fox Business on Friday night after treatment for lung cancer. He told People magazine he doesn't feel like he deserves special attention: "People have been very nice, saying they have been praying for me. I feel a little embarrassed, because I don't feel I had a life-threatening diagnosis. I caught something early, they took it out."
Stossel gave an interview to Paul Bond at The Hollywood Reporter, and they chatted about liberal media bias at ABC and elsewhere, like the Emmy award voters:
Facebook has confirmed Glenn Beck’s report that Mark Zuckerberg will host a meeting with conservatives on Wednesday in their California offices to discuss the Gizmodo report that Facebook quashed trending conservative news items. The web site Recode noted Beck publicly announced the meeting on his Facebook page on Saturday.
An invitation to a fancy state dinner at the White House clearly isn’t seen as an obvious sign that a journalist is “in the tank” for President Obama. Friday night’s state dinner for the presidents of five Nordic countries drew two nightly-news anchors – David Muir of ABC and Lester Holt of NBC – three, if you count Fox Special Report anchor Bret Baier.
Muir and ABC News vice president Robin Sproul were probably hoping the Obamas were too polite to notice that just last year, Muir editorialized that an “elegant state dinner” went forward while Baltimore was shut down over rioting!
Following the lead of The New York Times, NPR on Saturday touted a new American trend – “climate change refugees,” people being subsidized by the federal government to move away from their lives on the coast.
Freedom of speech often seems like an optional concept up north in Canada. CBC News reports that an upcoming awards gala on Radio-Canada canceled a comedy sketch about freedom of expression, since an insurance company hired by the event’s producers “repeatedly asked the comedians to alter the content of the sketch.”
Quebec comedian Guy Nantel wrote the sketch with Mike Ward, “who is known for his cutting and often vulgar jokes.”
On Wednesday morning, NPR’s Morning Edition bowed deeply to the late “hippie dippie” comedian George Carlin. The man who mocked everyone else in an increasingly sour, misanthropic way was revered as a figure of “eternal respect.”
The occasion was Carlin’s egotistically organized archives of his career being donated to a new National Comedy Center. NPR reporter Elizabeth Blair never found a note of controversy in his history, just an echo of reverence:
“Like the amputated limb felt long after it has been cut off, I miss Trayvon Martin,” the famous orator said. Who would utter such an elaborate expression of white guilt? Try star PBS filmmaker Ken Burns, gushing his way through a government-funded honor: the “Jefferson Lecture,” the “nation’s highest honor for intellectual achievement” awarded by Obama’s National Endowment for the Humanities.
One certainly hopes Mr. Burns will assuage his amputation-level grief by sending the entirety of the NEH’s $10,000 cash prize for this lecture to Trayvon’s mother.
Some in the liberal media seem upset that Bernie Sanders is not quitting the Democratic race for president. Across the bottom of the USA Today front page on Friday is the headline “‘Bernie Bro’ behavior offends across the board.”
“Offends across the board”? Because Hillary Clinton is a beloved American figure? Reporter Rick Hampson takes every pro-Sanders Internet commenter and makes them a great embarrassment to the Sanders campaign (as if Clintonistas never fight dirty).
Megyn Kelly may be keeping her options open about moving to a different network at some point in the future, but there is a point where obnoxious liberal questions still move her to defend the fort at Fox News. Time writer Phillip Elliott, a former Associated Press reporter, recently discovered that when he quoted Bill Maher to Kelly, suggesting she's the "sane one" when everyone else at Fox is “a zombie or a dwarf or sleeping with their sister.”
Elliott asked: "Last summer Bill Maher made a joke about you. 'We think Megyn Kelly is the sane one over there at Fox News. That's because she's surrounded by Hannity and O'Reilly. She's the blonde girl on Game of Thrones. Everyone else is a zombie or a dwarf or sleeping with their sister,' a paraphrase there, 'so she looks normal.' Do you ever get nervous when you look around your network?"
James Taranto at The Wall Street Journal had some fun with President Obama earlier in the week, matching headlines: “Obama Makes Case Against Donald Trump, Saying Presidency ‘Is Not a Reality Show’ ”—headline, New York Times, May 7, vs. “Barack Obama and Bryan Cranston on the Roles of a Lifetime”—headline, New York Times, May 8.
In the national TV-news world, only Fox News reported that Obama national-security communications whiz Ben Rhodes told The New York Times he created an “echo chamber” with a compliant national media to promote the Iran arms deal, even misleading the public as to when those talks began. They actually began in July 2012, but the administration claimed it began after “moderate” Hassan Rouhani’s election in June 2013.
The same pattern happened after Fox diplomatic correspondent James Rosen reported that the State Department edited out an on-camera admission by Psaki in 2013 that it was necessary for the Obama administration to lie to reporters about negotating with Iran, since “diplomacy requires privacy to progress.”
It’s mid-May, which means it’s time for The Washington Post to unload the cheap-shot “investigative” stories on the Republican front-runner. On the front of the May 11 Washington Post is a story on Trump’s sex boasts….and sex life. The online headline is “From playboy to president? Trump’s past crude sex talk collides with his White House bid.“
Bill Clinton’s crude sex talk? Not front page news in the Post. Crude sex talk from JFK or LBJ? Not front page news in the Post. Remember the 2008 Post story on Obama's sex life?