Brian Beutler comments that “conservatives…are inherently skeptical of government interventions of any kind. Thus, Republican politicians who lean too heavily on…state action, even in the realm of something as essential to the common good as immunization, will run into problems.”
New Republic: GOPers Won’t Confront Anti-Vaccine Movement Because They Don’t Want to ‘Hector…White People’By Tom Johnson | February 2, 2015 | 10:56 PM EST
By Ken Shepherd | February 2, 2015 | 9:22 PM EST
MSNBC host Chris Matthews took Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.) to task on his February 2 Hardball program for statements which he argued gave succor to so-called anti-vaxxers, parents who refuse to vaccinate their children out of unfounded or overblown safety concerns, often related to the development of autism. Matthews suggested both politicians were cynically angling for anti-vaxxer votes in the 2016 primaries at the cost of public health. But left out of his segment was any acknowledgement that in 2008, then-Sen. Barack Obama stated at a campaign event that the science on a vaccine link to autism was inconclusive.
By Curtis Houck | February 2, 2015 | 9:19 PM EST
During a live interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie on Sunday, President Obama told her how, at the White House, “[w]e make beer – The first president since George Washington to make some booze in the White House.”
While it may be true that beer was brewed at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the President’s statement about former President George Washington also making beer there was far from accurate. Washington did, in fact, brew his own beer, but not from the White House since he never lived there (as John Adams was the first president to occupy it in 1800).
'Inequality'-Obsessed NYT Makes News Story Sound Like Liberal Protest: 'The Rich Are Getting Much Richer'By Clay Waters | February 2, 2015 | 8:03 PM EST
Two Jonathan Weisman reports from Monday on Obama's big-spending new budget underlined the New York Times' ongoing liberal obsession with "income inequality," with Weisman's report loaded with language that could have come straight from a liberal protester: "the rich are getting much richer."
By Ken Shepherd | February 2, 2015 | 6:29 PM EST
Attempting to show former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) as a religious illiterate who doesn't understand Judaism, MSNBC host Alex Wagner this afternoon seems to have betrayed her lack of understanding about kosher dietary restrictions and what makes a kosher deli a kosher deli.
By Tom Blumer | February 2, 2015 | 5:43 PM EST
According to the Israeli publication Haaretz and many other news outlets, President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry won't meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because it's "inappropriate."
Specifically, "The White House cited the proximity of the Israeli election to Netanyahu's visit, and the desire to refrain from interfering in the election." Certain blatant falsehoods are too much to take, and at Investor's Business Daily, this was one of them. An IBD editorial also tied the actions of those who are clearly acting as Team Obama agents trying to oust Netanyahu in those upcoming Israeli elections to a more comprehensive indictment of the administration's foreign policy (HT to a frequent tipster; bolds are mine throughout this post):
By Matthew Balan | February 2, 2015 | 5:01 PM EST
Fareed Zakaria surprisingly pressed President Obama – a man he endorsed in 2008 – on his CNN program on Sunday. Zakaria raised how critics point out that "the White House takes pains to avoid using the term 'Islamic terrorists,'" and that "others say that you downplay the importance of terrorism." The President actually had to answer substantive questions on foreign policy – something he didn't have to do in his recent interviews with YouTube personalities.
By Ken Shepherd | February 2, 2015 | 4:52 PM EST
Muslim comedian and Daily Beast columnist Dean Obeidallah yesterday attacked former Governor Mike Huckabee as a "Christian Wahhabist" for the Arkansas Republican's views on same-sex marriage. Obeidallah took aim at what he insists are misconceptions the former Baptist preacher has about Islamic theology, springboarding from that criticism to suggesting Huckabee is a Christian theocrat-in-waiting.
By P.J. Gladnick | February 2, 2015 | 4:12 PM EST
On Saturday, Newsbusters' Tom Blumer wrote about the work strain that young Mike Elk, a Politico reporter who wants to unionize his workplace, imagines himself to be enduring. Well, a quick check at Politico reveals that the Boy Wobbly wrote a grand total of five stories since October 16. On average only about one story every three weeks. Such a strain!
By Jeffrey Meyer | February 2, 2015 | 4:06 PM EST
On Monday, President Obama released his 2016 budget, which calls for increased spending and raising taxes, and on MSNBC’s The Cycle, so-called conservative co-host Abby Huntsman did her best to scold the GOP for opposing the tax-and-spend Obama budget. Speaking to Lauren Fox of National Journal, Huntsman proclaimed that Republicans’ “big thing is we’ve got to cut spending, this is not something we’re going to approve and that’s often why they are considered the jerks here, because they aren’t talking about entitlements, they are talking about cuts.”
By Tim Graham | February 2, 2015 | 3:26 PM EST
Taraji P. Henson, one of the stars of the new Fox drama Empire, gave an interview for the February 9 edition of Time magazine. She plays Cookie, the “fiery matriarch” at a hip-hop record company. Time asked, “What are people upset about?” Henson said “Barack Obama.”
Time replied, “You mean the scene in which one of Cookie’s sons calls Obama a sellout during a drunken rant?” Henson explained: “It was to prove a point about how reckless young kids are nowadays. Some of them are out of control! They don’t understand hard work, what it took for that man to get in office. But people get so offended. It’s art, baby!"
By Joseph Rossell | February 2, 2015 | 2:30 PM EST
The dramatic collapse of gas prices is one story the news media didn’t see coming. In fact, as recently as June 2014, network news anchors and reporters were still talking about the prospect of $5 gasoline.
It turns out the media aren’t very good fortune tellers, and when it comes to gas prices they were wrong this time, just as many new outlets had gotten it wrong years earlier.
By Katie Yoder | February 2, 2015 | 2:24 PM EST
Let’s call it free advertising – not only for BDSM, but also for NBC.
On Feb. 2, “Today” launched “Fifty Shades of Grey Week” in anticipation of the film’s “big release.” Co-host Natalie Morales introduced Monday’s four-minute and thirty-five-second segment by advertising an “exclusive world-premiere clip” obtained by NBC. NBC’s sister company, Focus Features, is producing “Fifty Shades” – the one thing Morales did not say amidst her oohs and ahhs.
By Scott Whitlock | February 2, 2015 | 12:02 PM EST
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Monday offered a jovial segment on Groundhog's Day and Bill de Blasio's 2014 mishap where he dropped "Staten Island Chuck." Yet, they ignored the mayor's less funny role in the rodent's death.
By Kyle Drennen | February 2, 2015 | 12:02 PM EST
In an interview aired on Monday's NBC Today, President Obama discovered that speaking to an actual journalist was a bit tougher than having YouTube celebrities lob softballs at him. In the exchange – conducted prior to the Super Bowl on Sunday – co-host Savannah Guthrie grilled the President over his handling of the war on terrorism: "You said in your State of the Union that American leadership is helping to stop the advance of ISIS in Syria and Iraq. But your critics say that is delusional, that in fact they've gained more territory since the air strikes have begun."