A fiery Joe Scarborough on Tuesday denounced the media's double standard when it comes to investigating the scandal engulfing the Clinton Foundation's financial dealings. An angry Scarborough erupted "The Clintons have made $150 million over the past decade because of contacts they made during public service!" He described the typical journalist reaction as "Let's bow down before Bill and Hillary, because if we ask the same questions of them that we ask of every other politician, then oh, my God! We have crossed a line!"
By Matthew Philbin | April 28, 2015 | 10:16 AM EDT
Professional race explainer Michael Eric Dyson said a lot of stupid things on MSNBC’s All In with Chris Hayes Monday. (Yes, it’s still on the air.) And really, that’s understandable, given that his job was to find excuses for the inexcusable violence and looting in Baltimore.
But mixed in with his litany of exculpatory urban dysfunction (“… the slow terror of expulsions from schools, rising rates of lead poisoning, the export of jobs to, uh, places across the waters …”) and awful metaphors (“it’s easy to point a gun of analysis and shoot [the rioters] with the bullets of our condemnation”) he managed to lash out at … professional sports.
By Mark Finkelstein | April 28, 2015 | 8:54 AM EDT
At yesterday's funeral service for Freddie Gray, Pastor Jamal Bryant ended his eulogy by leading the congregation in a highly-charged chant of "No justice! No peace!" Yet immediately after playing the clip of that moment, Joe Scarborough claimed that the riots that ensued were "something that no one inside that funeral could have ever have wanted."
Had Scarborough listened to his own clip? If not, why not? If so, what does he think "no justice, no peace" means?
By Tim Graham | April 28, 2015 | 8:26 AM EDT
While The New York Times routinely ignores best-selling books by conservative authors like Mark Levin, the fake conservative the Times selected for their own editorial page received a rave review for his latest book in Sunday’s Book Review.
Former Time writer Pico Iyer oozed "Brooks’s solemn, often troubled, sometimes infuriating work reminds us is that there are few newspaper columnists who are more fun — and fruitful — to argue with."
By Jeffrey Meyer | April 28, 2015 | 7:51 AM EDT
During MSNBC’s live coverage of the ongoing Baltimore riots on Monday night, Rachel Maddow accused the city’s police of being “a little out of control” for returning items being thrown at them by protestors: "But if they're picking up things that are being thrown at them and throwing things back, that implies to me just as a lay observer that the police feel -- that the police are a little out of control, or they may not be necessarily using disciplined police tactics."
CNN’s Marc Lamont Hill on Baltimore: ‘This Is Not a Riot’ But ‘Uprisings’ Against ‘Police Terrorism’By Curtis Houck | April 28, 2015 | 12:59 AM EDT
During CNN’s live coverage on Monday night of the Baltimore riots, CNN commentator Marc Lamont Hill urged viewers to view what was taking place as “not a riot” but “uprisings” in response to African-Americans “dying in the streets for months, years, decades, centuries” due to “police terrorism.” When brought into the discussion by CNN Tonight host Don Lemon, Hill declared that “there shouldn’t be calm tonight” in Baltimore since there’s been “black people...dying in the streets for months, years, decades, centuries.”
By Ken Shepherd | April 27, 2015 | 10:40 PM EDT
According to Hardball host Chris Matthews, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is the victim of opportunistic critics "trying to hang" Baltimore's Democratic mayor for her now-infamous statement in which she said that her city's police force tried to give rioters "space" within which they could "destroy" stuff.
By Curtis Houck | April 27, 2015 | 10:06 PM EDT
Late Monday afternoon, the New York Daily News reported from sources that NBC News chief Andrew Lack is strongly in favor of bringing suspended NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams back from his six-month suspension. Ironically, a source told the newspaper that Lack has been blaming the news media in advocating for his exit while maintaining the belief that “viewers want” Williams “back.”
By Ken Shepherd | April 27, 2015 | 9:38 PM EDT
Right to work states south of Maryland are partly to blame for today's rioting in Baltimore, Hardball host Chris Matthews suggested tonight as he wrapped an interview via satellite with former NAACP president and former Congressman Kweisi Mfume (D-Md.).
By Curtis Houck | April 27, 2015 | 8:29 PM EDT
Early Monday evening during the violent riots in Baltimore, liberal CNN commentator Sally Kohn tweeted her thoughts on the events by lamenting that “looting” was “a real shame,” but “police violence against [the] black community” was [emphasis hers] “FAR MORE shameful.”
By Tom Blumer | April 27, 2015 | 8:17 PM EDT
The headline is already gone from the Associated Press's national site, but it's still present elsewhere.
In the context of events in Ferguson and elsewhere since August of last year, one could argue that it contains more truth than the wire service and the headline's accidental creators will ever admit.
By Geoffrey Dickens | April 27, 2015 | 5:43 PM EDT
Liberal actor Jack Black is such a big fan of MSNBC he bragged to PBS’s Tavis Smiley “I’ve got like three or four of them queued up on my TiVo every night,” but he wasn’t sure about Joe Scarborough who he claimed “sometimes dances with wolves.”
Ezra Klein: Obama Got Real at WHCD By Showing He’s ‘Annoyed at the Press’ and ‘Appalled at Republicans’By Tom Johnson | April 27, 2015 | 5:17 PM EDT
Did President Obama do a standup comedy routine at Saturday night’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner? Not as much as he performed “a recital of brutal truths,” asserted Vox’s Klein in a Monday article.
For example, regarding Obama’s remark that his executive actions on climate change and immigration were “the right thing to do,” Klein noted, “That's not a joke. That's Obama's actual justification for the aggressive executive actions of his second term…[O]nly [at the WHCD] can [he] say what everyone already knows: his actions are huge, they are controversial, they push the norms of American politics, but fuck it, at a moment when American politics seems increasingly broken, Obama has decided to just go ahead and do what he thinks is right.”
By Kyle Drennen | April 27, 2015 | 4:39 PM EDT
On Thursday and Friday, NBC touted "ethics expert" Bill Allison of the Sunlight Foundation – a group funded by left-wing billionaire George Soros – dismissing the Clinton Foundation scandal: "There's no smoking gun, there's no evidence that she changed a policy based on the donations to the foundation." However, as reported in Sunday's New York Post, Allison seemed to change his mind, now describing the nonprofit as "a slush fund for the Clintons."
By Brent Baker | April 27, 2015 | 4:31 PM EDT
New on April 27: The hostility from ex-Clinton administration operative George Stephanopoulos when he interviewed Peter Schweizer, author of Clinton Cash: The Untold Story of How and Why Foreign Governments and Businesses Helped Make Bill and Hillary Rich, on Sunday’s This Week on ABC.