Via Instapundit, we learned CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin has a piece in The New Yorker called “Obama’s Game of Chicken with the Supreme Court.” He imagines who will suffer if the Supreme Court rules against the Obama Administration in the Obamacare subsidy case, King v. Burwell. If individuals in more conservative states without state health exchanges lose their subsidies, Toobin says the political blame is landing on Obama:
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.
Andrew Stiles at the Washington Free Beacon – the original reporter that found the Stephanopoulos donations to the Clinton Foundation – has a new story Thursday on Richard Bates, the top lobbyist in Washngton for the Disney-ABC folks. Unsurprisingly, before joining the Mouse, Bates was executive director of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee “under the chairmanship of Rep. Beryl Anthony (D., Ark.), a political ally of then-Governor Bill Clinton.”
This is not atypical. Top CBS lobbyist Martin Franks aided the network for 25 years before retiring in 2013, but was also executive director of the DCCC from 1981-86, after serving as issues director for the unsuccessful 1980 Carter-Mondale campaign.
For anyone who suggests conservatives are wild obsessives who still want answers about Benghazi, let’s turn to liberals who still obsess over....the Willie Horton ads of 1988. Twenty-seven years later, Politico chief political columnist Roger Simon is demanding that Jeb Bush apologize or somehow explain his father’s alleged use of race-baiting against Michael Dukakis:
It was outrageous for ABC News to promote Bill Clinton’s spokesman George Stephanopoulos to the top of the political-anchorman heap. It was shameless to keep him there even as Hillary Clinton keeps running for president. Conservatives never felt he was an appropriate choice, and never felt he sincerely attempted fairness and balance in his “journalism.”
This feeling should belong to every American now that it’s out that Stephanopoulos donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation – run by Bill and Hillary – over the last three years. Given his background in the innermost circle of Team Clinton in the 1990s, these donations are either remarkably stupid or remarkably shameless. Stephanopoulos is not stupid.
Cable-news networks today are replaying the opening skit on Saturday Night Live mocking Hillary Clinton trying to talk to voters who are on summer vacation. But NBC “balanced” that skit with a mean-spirited hit on how ISIS was created by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and was a “Halliburton production.”
The fake newscast Weekend Update lamely ran Seventies-style TV credits that said “ISIS: Created by George Bush and Dick Cheney. Executive Producer Donald Rumsfeld.”
Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi dragged out a series of tiresome Stephanopoulos defenses on Monday. First, he weirdly claimed no new developments in the scandal (not true). Then he found liberal experts to say that this isn't a scandal because it doesn't change the ABC anchor's "persona," which is already identified with the Clintons. They even suggested Good Morning America isn't really a news show, so it's not as serious as the Brian Williams scandal.
Florida mailman Doug Hughes flew a gyrocopter onto the Capitol grounds to strike a blow for “campaign finance reform.” In Sunday’s Washington Post, his illegal act was rewarded with an op-ed (complete with a large photo of the landing). The headline was "My flight for democracy: Shining a light on the corruption in Washington is the only way to clean things up."
The flight exposed lax security in the nation’s capital, and yet Hughes is so haughty about his cause that he compared large political donors to terrorists, a national security threat:
For years, national media stars have lined up to speak or moderate debates at the fall Clinton Global Initiative meetings in New York. Bill Clinton routinely does a round of sappy TV interviews – unless someone messes up the program with a tough question like Fox’s Chris Wallace, who drew Slick Willie’s wrath in 2006.
Media companies also line up to line the Clinton Foundation’s pockets, leading to another big corporate list of conflicts of interest, according to Politico:
Timothy Burke at the sports blog Deadspin reports “A T-shirt that appropriates the imagery of raising the flag on Iwo Jima has apparel maker Under Armour under attack. Hundreds of people outraged by the shirt have been flooding Under Armour’s Facebook page today with complaints.”
The Baltimore-based sports apparel company calls the shirt “Band of Ballers.”
The Associated Press knows when something should be on its “Big Story” page...like another celebrity who still thinks Obama is the greatest. AP’s Mesfin Fekadu began: “Barack Obama supporter James Taylor doesn't just think the U.S. president is great — he believes Obama is the greatest of all-time.”
"I am just thankful for every day that he's in office. I am so proud that he represents my country and I think he represents me — I think he represents the America that I know."
Sofia Vergara is the Spanish-accented sexpot center of attention on the ABC sitcom Modern Family. She’s also now the center of an unwanted controversy over a “modern family.” She’s fighting with an ex-fiance over two frozen embryos.
Back in 2013, Vergara granted a TV interview to Dr. Oz to discuss her baby-making plans: “I’ve been very concerned about fertility and I wanted to take advantage of science, so I froze my huevos.” She and her fiancé Nick Loeb had no success with a surrogate mother on two embryos, and made two more before the relationship soured.
On Wednesday’s Morning Edition, NPR reporter Tamara Keith claimed the media-questions-to-Hillary count is 13. “And you can quibble about whether some of the answers were really answers,” she added.
But what stuck out in the story was failed 2008 McCain-boosting (and Palin-trashing) Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, arguing it’s “ludicrous” that any voter really cares that Hillary won’t talk to anyone in the media:
The Wall Street Journal reported on the Stephanopoulos scandal on Friday, and found another national TV anchor in the database. “Judy Woodruff, the co-anchor and managing editor of PBS NewsHour, gave $250 in 2010 to the foundation’s aid efforts for victims of the Haiti earthquake.” She was a senior correspondent then, before Jim Lehrer retired.
Woodruff initially recalled the donation as being for $1,000, but based the $250 amount as the one on her 2010 tax return. Woodruff tried to make it sound bipartisan:
In the latest disclosure showing a dramatic conflict of interest, Politico’s Dylan Byers reports “ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos has given $50,000 to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, charitable contributions that he did not publicly disclose while reporting on the Clintons or their non-profit organization.”
In both 2013 and 2014, Stephanopoulos made a $25,000 donation. Byers noted the ethical lapse: “Stephanopoulos never disclosed this information to viewers, even when interviewing author Peter Schweizer last month about his book Clinton Cash, which alleges that donations to the Foundation may have influenced some of Hillary Clinton's actions as Secretary of State."
Daily Caller gossip Betsy Rothstein wrote that MSNBC host Ed Schultz drew hostile remarks from an Obama-appointed judge in federal court in the nation's capital. Schultz is being sued by NBC producer Michael Queen for breach of partnership. Queen claims he helped Big Ed get his MSNBC show.
Judge Beryl Howell began proceeding by "giving Schultz a spanking" for being rude to her courtroom staff:
The media elite have a preeminent place in our politics, allegedly with the knowledge to declare what is politically feasible and what is not, including which candidates have a chance at winning and which do not. Before we head into a presidential primary season, it’s time to insist that these “experts” don’t know any better than the rest of us.
And sometimes their biases shade their predictions so heavily as to keep themselves in the dark about reality.
Via Mediaite, we learn comedian Keegan-Michael Key – who performed with President Obama as his character “Luther the Anger Translator” – was merely acting out with attack lines given to him by the White House writers shop. So it really was Team Obama unloading on CNN and Fox and Chuck Todd in the routine.
“They wrote it, the White House wrote the piece,” Key told an interviewer from TMZ. “He just told me, whatever you do, just don’t break up out there, just don’t laugh while we’re doing it, and I said, ‘OK, sir, I promise.”
It can easily be said that NBC News has enough authenticity problems with Brian Williams. But can’t anyone at NBC ask someone else at 30 Rock to provide a comment or explanation for Saturday Night Live’s draw-the-prophet-Muhammad skit seems awfully plagiarized from a Canadian Broadcasting Company comedy show?
The New York Daily News reports NBC had no comment on the “nearly identical” skit, but that this is par for the ‘SNL’ course:
Mike Allen at Politico offered a snippet of Washington Post Nixon-trashing legend Bob Woodward’s commencement address at the Superdome for Loyola University in New Orleans. In addressing the intersection of money and politics, Woodward said “there is some truth” to the notion that the media has recently “lost its investigative zeal.”
All of NBC’s bleeding-heart coverage of tattered American race relations – including the racial struggles of Michelle Obama – might sound awfully tinny if they don’t keep black anchorman Lester Holt in the Nightly News anchor chair.
In a new Brian Williams story at the Daily Beast, “a prominent black broadcast journalist who knows Holt” told them: “If Brian does not come back and Lester does not get the job, it’s going to get ugly. You can only imagine.”