Economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman, the hero of liberals everywhere, did a year-end interview with Ezra Klein of Vox. Clearly, he must have been in a slyly silly mood as he told Klein that Times readers would have "no idea with party I favor in general elections."
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).
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It’s impossible to argue that Pope Francis has been overcriticized in the liberal media – not in a year when he was on the cover of Rolling Stone. But it’s quite possible to note that liberal journalists are seeing more of themselves in the pontiff, some joy in their perception that he’s a man of the Left. They like using the word “radical” – not in the sense of going back to fundamentals, but in the sense of overturning the tables of global capitalism.
On Christmas morning, CBS This Morning interview Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, the head of the U.S. Council of Catholic Bishops. Charlie Rose raised the R-word:
Twitchy reports it's time again for another round of feminists being furious that a successful actress told an interviewer she doesn’t really identify with their F-word. This time, it’s Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, now making $1 million per episode on the CBS nerd-com The Big Bang Theory.
In a Redbook cover story, they asked Cuoco-Sweeting if she considered herself a feminist. Her answer acknowledged the progress before her, but also accepted some of the traditions she observed in her childhood. One might call that position “pro-choice.” But not the feminists!
In a Rolling Stone cover story, rapper Nicki Minaj caused jaws to drop when she declared she had an abortion when she was a teenager and it’s “haunted me all my life.” Us Weekly previously reported Minaj addresses teenage abortion on one of her new songs, "All Things Go," which debuted earlier this month. "My child with Aaron would've been 16 any minute," she raps on the track.
Wilmore described his show as a combination of “The Daily Show and Bill Maher’s show. It will be me weighing in, doing the headlines, and then there’ll be a panel aspect.” But Wilmore cited two liberal shows, and then declared he is a passionate Man In The Middle:
In the fall of 2007, President Bush offered an interview on race relations to National Public Radio correspondent Juan Williams, but NPR declined the invitation. Ellen Weiss, the news boss at the time (who was deposed in the controversy after she fired Williams three years later), demanded that an NPR anchor do the interview. The Williams interview with the president aired on Fox News, and not on NPR.
That sense of feisty independence does not extend to President Obama. When he grants an interview to an NPR anchor, it has all the dramatic tension and hostility of a cappuccino klatch with the D.C. Young Democrats.
Talking to white supremacists is apparently a much more scandalous offense than sex with a 15-year-old boy. A liberal blogger found House Minority Whip Steve Scalise spoke to a David Duke-affiliated group in 2002, and The Washington Post published a front-page story that was 1,621 words long. The New York Times wrote a 641-word story and placed it on A-10.
But neither paper has touched the tale of 65-year-old Terry Bean -- who donated $500,000 to Obama and founded the gay-left activist group Human Rights Campaign – arraigned on December 4 for sex with a 15-year-old boy.
The staff "conservatives" at The Washington Post are throwing the kitchen sink at the Ted Cruz wing of the Republican Party again on the Post editoral page on Tuesday. In his columm, former Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson dismisses conservatives (like Cruz) who favor so-called “apocalyptic showdowns” with Obama on his executive-power trips.
Gerson concluded by talking 2016: "Those who judge a Bush-Clinton race to be a tired retread or disturbingly dynastic should consider the more novel and dynamic alternatives. A Warren-Cruz race would be less of an electoral choice than a national trauma. It’s been said that too much clarity darkens."
MSNBC boss Phil Griffin has sent around a memo to staff admitting the obvious: that 2014 was a very difficult year for MSNBC. But he blames technological change -- not the rejection of the MSNBC agenda at the polls. America is "leaning backward" at the moment.
“It’s no secret that 2014 was a difficult year for the entire cable news industry and especially for MSNBC,” Griffin wrote. “Technology is continuing to drive unprecedented changes across the media landscape – and we all should be taking a hard, honest look at how we need to evolve along with it.”
On Christmas Eve, the Planned Parenthood Action Facebook page proclaimed “Bravo President Obama!” and linked to the leftist website Addicting Info, and the blog post headlined “When Asked To Sort ‘Girls’ And ‘Boys’ Gifts, Obama Destroys Toy Gender Stereotypes.”
At a photo op distributing Toys for Tots with Mrs. Obama, the president made the progressive hearts go pitter-patter by putting sporting items in the girls’ bin. There were no reports about throwing some Bratz dolls in the boy box. "I'm just trying to break down these gender stereotypes," the president said.
If Tea Party activists staged a repeal-Obamacare rally and about 100 people showed up, would The Washington Post consider it newsworthy? If they did, it might be to suggest their crusade was drying up.
But on Monday morning, the Post treated about 100 protesters of the Washington Redskins name as an achievement, a “significant moment,” as local reporter John Woodrow Cox lovingly chronicled the badly attended event on Twitter.
Every year, The Washington Post Magazine is one of many newspapers that run humor columnist Dave Barry's long Year In Review humor article. It was fairly sedate toward Republicans in 2014, except for the usual fat joke: "In politics, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, responding to a radio interviewer’s questions about his alleged role in the 2013 'Bridgegate' lane-closure scandal, eats the interviewer."
He vaguely noted "the United States" (not Obama) didn't scare Vladimir Putin as he took Crimea. Barry mocked two Obama scandals the media wanted to forget, the VA scandal and the IRS scandal:
The Washington Post never, ever tires of mocking Dick Cheney. They proved it again on Wednesday, when book editor Ron Charles oozed praise over a neocon-bashing by liberal Congressman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.). The headline waas “Spirited, funny satire of war on terror’s effect on civil rights.”
Charles said “The bar is low for a novel by a member of Congress. One feels grateful if the book doesn’t commit a crime or humiliate itself in a public restroom.” So Israel created “an unexpected delight.”
Here's Exhibit A in liberal bias. Time magazine's December 29/January 5 edition offers profiles of Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush. But one party has a conservative, religious "grassroots id." The other party has a "populist wing."
Time Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer's article on Jeb Bush's let's-come-together pitch as he explores a presidential campaign: "That line of attack -- which moves the fight away from ideological differences -- could serve him well in what is certain to be a brutal primary against a pack of politicians far more conservative, religious, and attuned to the ever changing grassroots id."
Oprah Winfrey's documentary on gay NFL tryout (and washout) Michael Sam airs on Saturday night. Secular leftist journalists and gay activists desperately wanted a happier story line than the one that unfolded. What was pitched a Major Historical Moment vanished into put-on-waivers obscurity.
Bryan Curtis at ESPN's Grantland site compared the Sam kiss, carefully choreographed for the ESPN cameras by ESPN activists (what other seventh-rounder has a camera crew?), to Victory Over Japan in 1945:
The late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is recognized as the most effective sniper in U.S. military history. Max Blumenthal, the son of liberal journalist and adoring Clinton aide Sidney Blumenthal, only has a reputation for being a jerk who trolls conservative conventions and writes books with titles like “Republican Gomorrah.”
Twitchy reported on Friday that Blumenthal on Twitter compared Kyle to Lee Boyd Malvo, the “brainwashed” teenage half of the Beltway sniper team. Both were “mass murdering snipers.”
Looking back at our popular culture in 2014, it appears that Hollywood’s power is on the wane. Politically, the leftist celebrities and the “Rock the Vote” gang couldn’t help dig the Democrats out of their rut. Even that paragon of permissiveness Sandra Fluke couldn’t exploit her Limbaugh-victim aura to win a state Senate seat in libertine California.
Who are the other cultural winners and losers of the past year?
Former Time magazine correspondent Michael Grunwald tried going for the sunniest kind of optimism in a Politico Magazine article headlined "Everything Is Awesome! Well, not everything. But America’s looking much better than you think." Grunwald declared that people who voted in the Republicans over economic fears were simply wrong.
Liberals were overjoyed that President Obama only called on females in his year-ending news conference on December 19. Vanity Fair headlined its story “Obama’s All-Women Press Conference Deals Glancing Blow to Patriarchy.”
Simon Maloy at Salon turned into another opportunity for Fox-bashing and male-loathing:
NBC Nightly News offered two stories on Christmas in their December 25 newscast, including a show-ender about “what Christmas means to me.”
Somehow, this perfectly pleasant three-minute segment included lot of talk about family time and presents, and even someone saying “Happy Hanukkah,” but included no one uttering the name “Jesus.” No one defined Christmas as about Christ, NBC?