On Thursday, CBS and NBC's evening newscasts played up the "controversy exploding around the world over so-called burkinis," after several French city governments banned the Islamic swimming garment. CBS's James Brown previewed the subject by trumpeting, "Nuns go to the beach in their habits; so why has France banned the burkini?" NBC's Kelly Cobiella spotlighted protests against the ban, and gave a slanted description of the burkini: "A bikini that's more like a burqa, covering almost everything, and designed to give Muslim women more freedom."
By Dylan Gwinn | | August 25, 2016 | 9:16 PM EDT
How can over 90% of Native Americans be wrong? Well, according to USA Today, it’s when they say that the word Redskin is not a slur. Badly needing a comeback to the Washington Post poll in May, where American Indians resoundingly rejected the idea of the term ‘Redskin’ as a slur, USA Today decided to seek out an expert to tell American Indians just how silly and wrong they are
By Tim Graham | | August 25, 2016 | 9:05 PM EDT
“It's important to say right up front that this isn't a story about pedophile priests,” began the NPR reporter on Wednesday night....in a story with the online headline “Catholic Church Groups Fight Bills To Revive Old Sex Abuse Cases.”
Some legislators want to put in a "grace period" for new sex-abuse lawsuits outside the statute of limitations. The people who call their show All Things Considered didn’t consider this: Can we open the statute of limitations on rape allegations for Juanita Broaddrick to sue Bill Clinton? Would that seem fair?
By Melissa Mullins | | August 25, 2016 | 8:11 PM EDT
According to The Atlantic’s Michelle Cottle, a Hillary Clinton presidency will not only be a win for women as the first woman takes the White House – but it will usher in an “era of the bitch,” not because Clinton is one, but because Cottle believes a Clinton presidency will create an uptick in the amount of sexism and misogyny in the United States.
NY Times' Kristof Tries to Guilt US Into Refugees, Intervention: 'Anne Frank Today Is a Syrian Girl'By Clay Waters | | August 25, 2016 | 8:06 PM EDT
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof has gotten a lot of attention with his latest, “Anne Frank Today Is a Syrian Girl.” Kristof, who fervently opposed intervention in Iraq during the Bush years, now wants to guilt America and Obama into taking sides in a Syrian civil war by comparing it to the war against Nazi Germany, as well as accepting thousands of Syrian refugees. That’s despite there being no Nazi-style genocide plan, and the war taking place in a land where America has no vital strategic interests. Add to that the concerns about refugee sexual violence that took place in Cologne and other places in Europe. In addition, Kristof’s previous callousness toward the persecution of ordinary Iraqis makes him look pretty hypocritical when he now wants America to lead the world in taking Syrian refugees.
By P.J. Gladnick | | August 25, 2016 | 6:34 PM EDT
Fox News' Shepard Smith went way over the line today while interviewing Wall Street Journal reporter James Grimaldi. Actually that's putting it mildly. Smith crashed through the barrier of at least putting up the appearance of neutrality and broke into the realm of flat out bias of the worse sort by charging Donald Trump with racism. If you think I am exaggerating, watch the following video of the exchange for yourself and you be the judge.
By Scott Whitlock | | August 25, 2016 | 5:57 PM EDT
Tom Coburn wasn’t having any of Chuck Todd’s bias. The former Republican Senator appeared on MSNBC, Thursday, to discuss Hillary Clinton’s speech on the alt-right movement. After Todd repeatedly pushed Todd on Republican connections to extremism, Coburn called out the network’s liberal spin: “That's just like saying if somebody hires you, Chuck, and NBC's viewpoint politically is far left anyway, so, therefore, it’s bad because you work for [NBC].”
Hillary Offers Chocolate to ‘So Wonderful, So Cooperative, So Hard-Working’ Reporters; Skips QuestionsBy Curtis Houck | | August 25, 2016 | 5:42 PM EDT
In her latest attempt on Thursday afternoon to dodge questions from her press corps in extending her streak of days without a press conference to 264 days, Hillary Clinton tried some chocolate from a local store after blasting Donald Trump and the despicable alt-right movement and implored the employees to feed the assembled press because they’re “so wonderful, so cooperative, [and] so hardworking.”
By Randy Hall | | August 25, 2016 | 5:40 PM EDT
In one of the latest developments regarding the Associated Press article that claims more than half of the people who met with Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state gave money to the Clinton Foundation, the Democratic presidential candidate's campaign has called on the AP to change the tweet promoting the article.
The initial posting reads: “BREAKING: AP analysis: More than half those who met Clinton as Cabinet secretary gave money to Clinton Foundation,” and Brian Fallon, press secretary for the Clinton campaign, stated: “We have formally requested that AP remove or amend this tweet.”
By Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | | August 25, 2016 | 5:40 PM EDT
The Hulu original Difficult People, starring Julie Klausner and Billy Eichner, got political in episode 7 of the second season. The pair concoct a plan to make a historical musical like the Broadway smash “Hamilton,” name it “Carter,” and yet somehow manage to find a way to bash President Ronald Reagan.
NY Times Celebrates Sex-Toy Anti-Gun Protest at Univ. of Texas; Hated Conservative Protests at Texas A&MBy Clay Waters | | August 25, 2016 | 4:28 PM EDT
Self-impressed with its own cultivated “weirdness,” the college town of Austin, Texas, is a blue redoubt in a red state, so it’s no surprise that some students vulgarly protested the state’s concealed-carry law, which now allows concealed handguns to be carried on campus. New York Times reporter Dave Philipps couldn’t get enough of it, celebrating the protest in Thursday’s edition: “Texas Students Wield Absurdity as a Weapon." It makes quite a change from the horrified reaction the Times has when conservative Texas A&M students mount protests.
By Kristine Marsh | | August 25, 2016 | 3:15 PM EDT
Early in August it was revealed that the U.S. secretly airlifted $400 million dollars to Iran on the same day that it released four of its U.S. hostages, back in January. As soon as the highly-suspicious details came out, conservatives noted the exchange certainly looked like a ransom payment. Donald Trump thought the same thing and called it that at a rally on August 21. For that obvious analysis, Politifact, the liberal fact-checker which conveniently ignores liberal lies, yesterday rated this statement as “mostly false.”
By Curtis Houck | | August 25, 2016 | 2:13 PM EDT
The panic on the faces of Clinton Foundation defenders grew more palpable on Wednesday night as the questions surrounding donors having meetings with Hillary Clinton’s State Department remained a part of the news cycle, so it was up to liberal journalists like Andrea Mitchell and MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews to defend and deflect these concerns as merely “political” ploys by Republicans.
By Scott Whitlock | | August 25, 2016 | 1:44 PM EDT
The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway on Tuesday nailed exactly what’s wrong with a profanity-laced exchange between a Republican congressional candidate and a smug Politico journalist. Writer Marc Caputo has been praised for releasing on YouTube his phone conversation with the GOP’s Dan Bongino.
By Kyle Drennen | | August 25, 2016 | 1:14 PM EDT
After all three network morning shows promoted the Clinton campaign’s attempt to discredit criticism of the Clinton Foundation on Wednesday, on Thursday, both NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning kept providing the Democratic nominee with a megaphone to defend the family charity and dismiss accusations of corruption.