Following five straight days where the network evening newscasts slammed Indiana for passing its Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), Arkansas joined the barrage of criticism on Wednesday after Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson requested the legislature make changes to its own version that had passed on Tuesday. In a yet another example of bias against those in support of such bills, the CBS Evening News failed to mention how a small Indiana pizza parlor has been forced to at least temporarily shutter after receiving violent threats while NBC Nightly News only said that the shop closed after “so much criticism online.”
By Tom Blumer | April 1, 2015 | 11:43 PM EDT
Something hasn't seemed right about the Memories Pizza story from the get-go. Now I know why.
In a Tuesday report, TV Station ABC 57 cited the Walkerton, Indiana business's Crystal O'Connor as saying that, in the station's words, they "don't agree with gay marriages and wouldn't cater them if asked to." In other words, they've never been asked to. The non-story which ignited a national firestorm is the result of a dangerously irresponsible ambush. The reporter involved admitted as much in a tweet late this morning:
By Tim Graham | April 1, 2015 | 10:37 PM EDT
In his remarks dedicating the Edward M. Kennedy Institute on Monday, President Obama imagined how a child would see the replica of the U.S. Senate there and imagine the dialogue as “elevated” and “purposeful.....before she’s old enough to be cynical.” He lamented that party lines or philosophies become “barriers to cooperation or respect.”
On Wednesday, the Washington Free Beacon noted Fox correspondent James Rosen asked White House spokesman Josh Earnest how that matched Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s cynical and partisan 2012 strategy of claiming without evidence that Mitt Romney hadn’t paid taxes:
By Clay Waters | April 1, 2015 | 10:35 PM EDT
After several slanted stories seemingly designed to cripple the nascent Scott Walker for president campaign before it has even been launched, the New York Times descended into utter silliness in its latest snipe at the Wisconsin Governor: He's allergic to dog dander. That was the actual subject of a front-page Times story on Wednesday by political reporter Jason Horowitz.
By Curtis Houck | April 1, 2015 | 9:51 PM EDT
While all three of the major broadcast networks covered the indictment of Democratic Senator Robert Menendez (N.J.) on Wednesday night, the CBS Evening News chose to largely downplay the news by spending just 22 seconds on the story and hailed Menendez as someone “who often seems to relish a fight.” Additionally, the “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC all made sure to mention that Menendez is a Democrat, but stopped there and declined to label him a liberal or progressive.
By Jordan Ecarma | April 1, 2015 | 8:53 PM EDT
Celebrities, high-profile executives and media outlets gunning for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and the state’s new religious freedom law are a “lynch mob,” Newt Gingrich said today in a HuffPost Live interview.
Everyone from singer Miley Cyrus to Apple CEO Tim Cook has taken a shot at Indiana SB 101, legislation that the “lynch mob” has decided opens a universal door for discrimination against gay people.
By Tom Blumer | April 1, 2015 | 8:13 PM EDT
On Monday, as has been their habit going back at least to the Clinton administraion, Investor's Business Daily's editorialists once again broke a story the establishment press likely could have reported years ago.
IBD revealed that the Obama administration "was secretly negotiating the Taliban Five's release without (Bowe) Bergdahl." IBD reasonably believes that coming up with any reason to get the five out of Guantanamo Bay was important to the administration, as it would set a precedent for releasing others from the facility, and eventually emptying and closing it against the will of the majority of Congress, the U.S. military, intelligence officials, and the American people.
By Ken Shepherd | April 1, 2015 | 7:46 PM EDT
"I think he's smarter than anybody here right now. And I think he will know that, I hope he knows that."
That was MSNBC's Chris Matthews's admittedly "hopeful" thinking that President Barack Obama has got the Iranian nuclear negotiations under control and is hammering out a workable deal which will prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons and pave the way for long-term regional stability.
By P.J. Gladnick | April 1, 2015 | 7:42 PM EDT
Harry Reid admitted this week what most honest and informed people already knew: he flat out lied in 2012 about Mitt Romney not paying his income taxes for ten years. Reid gave an ends justifies the means explanation to CNN's Dana Bash namely that, hey it worked because Romney didn't win the presidential election. In 2012 a columnist in Reid's home state of Nevada, Jon Ralston of the Las Vegas Sun wrote a column critical of Reid's attack on Romney based on no facts. The problem was that his column was killed by his editor, Brian Greenspun.
By Matthew Balan | April 1, 2015 | 5:59 PM EDT
On Wednesday, far-left actress Roseanne Barr launched more anti-conservative hate on Twitter – specifically targeting HotAir's Ed Morrissey for a Tuesday post where he wrote, "In matters of culture and taste, I usually bet on the side that doesn't include Roseanne." Barr immediately retorted by jabbing Morrissey for his open Catholicism (typos hers in this and all following excerpts): "as an arbiter of culture and taste-do u believe that Priests who molest kids should b arrested & tried?"
By NB Staff | April 1, 2015 | 5:19 PM EDT
"How in the world" was the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act four times as newsworthy to the liberal media than the revelation that Hillary Clinton's wiped her email server and thus, "[made] it impossible for investigators to find out what was going on with the Benghazi scandal," Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell asked on his April 1 appearance on the Fox Business Network program Varney & Co.
By Scott Whitlock | April 1, 2015 | 5:15 PM EDT
Katie Couric once again marveled over the "tolerance and compassion" of Pope Francis. Asked about who her "dream interview" would be, the former network anchor gushed over the new pontiff. The liberal journalist enthused over Francis: "He’s such a transformative figure. He has expressed some attitudes of tolerance and compassion and some Jesuit values that I really admire."
By Matthew Balan | April 1, 2015 | 3:30 PM EDT
Liberal CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin attacked Governor Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday's At This Hour, after the Arkansas Republican asked the state legislature to bring a proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act closer to the original 1993 federal law: "This was political double-talk....The idea that you can compromise and find some language that allows people to not do business with gay people; and also, protect them...from discrimination, it's just impossible. There are no compromises available here."