Appearing on FBN's Cavuto Friday night, MRC President Brent Bozell argued that the news media are losing the trust of the American public because they've become more "marginalized" and "radicalized" during the Obama years, deliberately ignoring news "if it harms the narrative of the left."
By Katie Yoder | May 9, 2015 | 9:36 AM EDT
Abortion is making the rounds on network television again – and the media are all for it.
Now in its fourth season, ABC political drama Scandal aired its 21st episode, A Few Good Women, on May 7. The show starring Kerry Washington, featured a military woman who became pregnant from rape – and her 30-second long abortion scene. Rather than condemning the rape, some in the media, including US Weekly and The Wall Street Journal, expanded their stories to praise the “groundbreaking” and “powerful” abortion scene.
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | May 9, 2015 | 8:08 AM EDT
Hollywood and global-warming panic have always been a natural match. After all, who can tell you better to cut back on your wasteful ways better than a high-flying multi-millionaire movie star with the carbon footprint of a Tyrannosaurus Rex?
It's never mattered that the stars have all the scientific expertise of Pee Wee Herman. They're just so good-looking and famous, who cares? PBS broadcast a ten-hour series in 1990 entitled Race to Save the Planet. The show's host was Meryl Streep, who proclaimed: "By the year 2000...the Earth's climate will be warmer than it's been in over 100,000 years. If we don't do something, there will be enormous calamities in a very short time." Oops.
By Melissa Mullins | May 9, 2015 | 6:52 AM EDT
Love her or hate her, Pamela Geller has been getting a lot of buzz with the fallout of her "Draw Muhammad" contest. Apparently, the people at Politico are shocked that Fox News is living up to its “Fair and Balanced” slogan, claiming that the network personalities “…have seemingly been at odds all week over Pamela Geller.” Oh my. Two different views – that’s almost unheard of!
They even allowed Geraldo to say "every time I see her on television, I want to take a shower."
By Tim Graham | May 8, 2015 | 7:52 PM EDT
One of many LGBT darlings in the “mainstream” media is Alison Bechdel, the Maddowesque lesbian cartoonist who invented the “Bechdel test” in her comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For" in 1985 – that a movie “must have at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.”
Her autobiographical musical Fun Home is playing in New York, and Judith Thurman at The New Yorker is so effusive in the May 11 issue she’s allowing Bechdel to half-complain about a gushing rave review by New York Times drama critic Ben Brantley:
By Jorge Bonilla | May 8, 2015 | 6:43 PM EDT
Over the course of chronicling the incestuous (and opaque) relationship between Hillary Clinton and Univision, its news division’s insanely biased coverage of conservatives, its ongoing campaign of vitiation of conservative Hispanics, and its overall leftward biases, I’ve come to the following realization: it may well be an exercise in madness to continue to treat Univision’s news division as an actual news division.
By Katie Yoder | May 8, 2015 | 6:21 PM EDT
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American Sniper’s Chris Kyle is once again under media attack – this time from former RT anchor Abby Martin.
Last week, Abby Martin took to her Instagram account to attack Texan war hero Chris Kyle. “Rocking a one of a kind F*ck #ChrisKyle creation,” she wrote in a caption accompanying a picture of her wearing a shirt with the words, “F*ck Chris Kyle!”
By Tom Johnson | May 8, 2015 | 6:10 PM EDT
The faltering religious right would be well served to borrow a strategy from gay activists, but it almost certainly won’t, contended The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky in a Friday column.
In Tomasky’s telling, the gay-rights movement in the 1980s alienated many because it could be self-righteous to the point of belligerence, but eventually “the leaders of the movement saw that it was more important to persuade public opinion than to shock it. And so the public-relations strategy around the movement for same-sex marriage became ‘we’re just like you.’ And it worked.”
The religious right, Tomasky argued, “can’t change. When you believe the Big Guy Himself handed you down your positions, you’re not going to alter them or indeed even the way you talk about them. What is the religious right’s version of ‘we’re just like you’? I don’t think there is one. Because they are not like the rest of us, at least when it comes to politics.”
By Randy Hall | May 8, 2015 | 5:09 PM EDT
During Thursday evening's edition of Hannity on the Fox News Channel, political analyst Juan Williams clashed with Pamela Geller regarding the “Muhammad Cartoon Contest” she organized in Garland, Texas, this past weekend. Two Islamic militants tried to attack the event but were shot and killed before they could disrupt it.
At one point in what the Fox News website called a “Hot Debate,” the liberal commentator compared Geller to “a pyromaniac who goes before the judge and says: 'Oh, yes, we're setting those fires just to see how fast the fire department can respond.'”
By Curtis Houck | May 8, 2015 | 5:02 PM EDT
The reliably liberal Politifact (through its Punditfact site) surprisingly took CNN’s New Day co-host Chris Cuomo took task on Thursday for his rather suspect claim on Twitter from Wednesday that “hate speech is excluded from protection” under the First Amendment. Through its Punditfact site, Politifact’s Lauren Carroll noted his numerous attempts to clarify his remarks and citations of case law, but still came to the conclusion that Cuomo’s original statement was “false.”
By Scott Whitlock | May 8, 2015 | 4:54 PM EDT
Liberal actor Sean Astin appeared on Politicking With Larry King to talk about his "child"-like support for Hillary Clinton and a promise to support her "no matter what." Astin also explained his Twitter feud with conservative actor Adam Baldwin. Regarding Mrs. Clinton, the Lord of the Rings star asserted, "But somebody from the Hillary campaign reached out to me, I support her, default setting, the way a child would support someone."
By Clay Waters | May 8, 2015 | 3:43 PM EDT
The New York Times devoted valuable front-page, over-the-fold space and a banner photo to a story on Sen. Marco Rubio campaigning in Iowa, and came down hard on the GOP as an old, stodgy, white party: "Rubio's Immigrant Story, and an Aging Party in Search of a Spark."
By Yuri Perez | May 8, 2015 | 2:57 PM EDT
Brazen cheerleading was the order of the day on Univision this week, as Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton travelled to Las Vegas to announce her support of U.S. citizenship for millions of unauthorized immigrants in the country, in addition to the expansion of the Obama administration’s current policies of amnesty and non-enforcement of federal immigration law.
In addition to the entirely celebratory coverage of Clinton’s announcement on the network’s flagship newscast - with critical voices nowhere to be found - the network featured Clinton’s newly-minted national political director, Amanda Rentería, tasking the network with questions to ask of Republican rivals Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.
By Bryan Ballas | May 8, 2015 | 2:56 PM EDT
If there is one thing liberals in the media love it is exploitation. If there's another thing the leftist media loves it is promoting abortion. One should not be surprised then to see MSNBC's Thomas Roberts exploit the rape of a 10-year-old girl to call for the abortion of her child.
Roberts kicked off the topic by noting, "Human rights [are] organizations calling on officials in Paraguay to allow a 10-year-old, let me repeat, a 10-year-old rape victim to end her pregnancy."
By Katie Yoder | May 8, 2015 | 2:31 PM EDT
Broadcast networks have taken their cues from The New York Times, except when it publishes stories about babies that they don’t like.
A study released Wednesday by The New England Journal of Medicine documented thousands of premature births to discover a small number of babies born at 22 weeks, with medical treatment available to them, survived with few health implications. The findings that could “affect the abortion debate” landed on the front page of the May 7 New York Times and garnered attention from NBC’s Today. Other media, like ABC and CBS, stayed silent during their morning and evening news shows.