The New York Times' hypocrisy regarding displays of "offensive" religious imagery runs unabated, as shown in a Friday article on the sale of Chris Ofili's controversial painting "The Holy Virgin Mary," which shows the Virgin clotted with elephant dung -- accompanied by a photograph of the painting, despite the paper's smug declaration after the Charlie Hebdo massacre that it would not reprint a cartoon of Muhammad because it did not "publish images...deliberately intended to offend religious sensibilities."
By Katie Yoder | May 29, 2015 | 11:38 AM EDT
One famous Hollywood celebrity is sharing his American pride – in a touching dad-to-son kind of way.
For Memorial Day, actor Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jurassic World), taught his 2-year-old son Jack the Pledge of Allegiance – and captured the moment on camera. The May 27 Facebook video, with almost 2 million views and more than 85,000 likes, shows the two saying the pledge in front of the American flag.
By Clay Waters | May 29, 2015 | 11:15 AM EDT
After hailing the Marxist-flavored brand of "liberation theology" Catholicism in Latin America on its front page May 24, the New York Times demonstrated more strange new respect for religion of the left-wing variety, with an adulatory profile of Sister Megan Rice, imprisoned for breaking into a uranium-enriching facility and splattering the building "with blood and antiwar slogans," which the online headline benignly terms "anti-nuclear activism."
Amanda Marcotte: Will Duggar Scandal Teach Republicans Lesson About ‘Dangers of Embracing Religious Extremists’?By Tom Johnson | May 29, 2015 | 10:46 AM EDT
In a Tuesday post for Slate, lefty pundit Marcotte explored the religious right’s fascination with (and perhaps exploitation of) the Duggar family and how it might change in light of the Josh Duggar sexual-abuse scandal. “The Duggars' [religious] extremism elicited admiration and maybe a little envy among the ranks” of Christian conservatives, Marcotte commented, “but perhaps now Republicans will learn a lesson about the dangers of embracing religious extremists.”
Marcotte thinks the GOP’s affinity for the Duggars exemplifies the religious right’s misogynistic race to the bottom: “Just as urban liberals compete to see who can eat the most organic food and libertarian types race to see who can have the most polluting truck, Christian conservatives compete to see who can deny women's autonomy the hardest.”
By Curtis Houck | May 29, 2015 | 10:44 AM EDT
Appearing on the Thursday edition of MSNBC’s The Last Word, The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel suggested that money in politics is discriminatory toward African-Americans: “Fifty years ago, African-Americans were discriminated against by poll taxes, literacy tests. Today, the skyrocketing costs of campaigns, including the super PACs you mentioned, these billionaires, have made everyday Americans rightful vote mean not a enough, mean too little.”
By Kyle Drennen | May 29, 2015 | 10:40 AM EDT
As CBS This Morning gave retiring Bob Schieffer a glowing send-off on Friday, the longtime Face the Nation moderator ripped the current media landscape: “Well, it's been turned upside down....we now don't know where people get their news, but what we do know is they're bombarded with information 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Most of the information is wrong and some of it wrong on purpose.”
By Mark Finkelstein | May 29, 2015 | 9:53 AM EDT
Willie Geist wondered out loud what would happen to a Republican candidate who had written that women fantasize about being raped--and Joe Scarborough questioned whether he would he still be in the race.
But when it's a candidate for the Dem presidential nomination who had written those words, well, that's a different story. On today's Morning Joe, when Scarborough raised the matter of Bernie Sanders having written that women fantasize about being raped, Mika Brzezinski repeatedly tried to shut him down and turn the page.
By Melissa Mullins | May 29, 2015 | 8:52 AM EDT
For its June 5 magazine issue, The Hollywood Reporter features a story on “Six of TV’s most provocative female comedians” that discussed everything from sexism, sex scenes, and pay equality.
With the likes of HBO star Lena Dunham and Comedy Central star Amy Schumer being two of the six comedians, it’s a safe bet to say the story would be a raunchy one. They didn’t disappoint. “I stopped wearing the nude patch after the first season of Girls…There’s not one guy who works on that show who hasn’t seen the inside of my vagina."
By Tim Graham | May 28, 2015 | 10:50 PM EDT
Former Newsweek and New York Times writer Matt Bai has a column at Yahoo spinning furiously against anyone suggesting the Clintons are too wealthy to be in touch with those “everyday Americans.” His headline was frank: “Hillary Clinton’s not like the rest of us? Good!”
By Yuri Perez | May 28, 2015 | 10:10 PM EDT
Pro-amnesty activist Jorge Mario Cabrera, spokesman for an ostensibly non-partisan, non-profit organization in Los Angeles, let loose with full-throated partisan rage on MundoFox, in reaction to the latest federal court ruling blocking implementation of President Obama’s Executive Amnesty for upwards of five million unauthorized immigrants currently living in the country.
“The reason why we are in this problem is because of the anti-immigrants and the Republicans who initiated this lawsuit and put a stop to these programs. They have to be made to pay a very high price for this abuse that they have done to us,” raged Cabrera, in an interview with MundoFox.
By Curtis Houck | May 28, 2015 | 9:42 PM EDT
Continuing the media narrative that climate change is the cause of flooding in Texas, NBC Nightly News did its part on Thursday night in not only accomplishing that but also linking climate change to the drought in California and a “weather whiplash” that’s being seen across the country. Anchor Lester Holt began by observing “[t]he relentless rain, while enormously destructive, seemed to have helped reverse years of drought in Texas” while Californians now “are wondering” if it’s their turn “for an abrupt weather whiplash of their own from dry to deluge.” Miguel Almaguer declared: “Scientists say climate change is exacerbating the wild swings.”
By Ken Shepherd | May 28, 2015 | 8:49 PM EDT
Chris Matthews has already scripted his dream scenario for the post-convention portion of the 2016 presidential race. Hillary Clinton is up 5 to 10 points in the polls and she selects, as a gracious move to prove she's about bringing all Americans together, Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) as her running mate.
Matthews offered this gem somewhat out of the blue during a segment on the May 28 edition of Hardball.
By Tom Blumer | May 28, 2015 | 8:31 PM EDT
Old stereotypes die hard — especially the ones which have long been false.
The June 1 cover of The New Yorker Magazine depicts the Republican Party's current crop of declared and undeclared 2016 presidential candidates as an all-white-boys affair, showing seven of them in different locker-room postures, with Hillary Clinton peeping in through a window. How is this possible, you ask? Where are Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina? Obviously, presenting a segregated, chauvinistic image of the GOP is more important than dealing with reality (HT Patterico):
Ann Coulter Previews New Illegal Immigration Book; ‘This Is the One Debate You Cannot Hear in America’By Curtis Houck | May 28, 2015 | 6:23 PM EDT
New York Times best-selling author Ann Coulter stopped by Sean Hannity’s eponymous Fox News Channel (FNC) show on Wednesday night to preview her upcoming book Adios America and slammed both the government and news media for failing to provide “basic information about the people they are bringing into this country in order to change it into a direction that is more favorably disposed to vote for the Democrats.”