While even MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell worried on Thursday about the “headwinds facing Hillary Clinton” amid the ongoing e-mail and Clinton Foundation scandals, USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page reassured her liberal journalist colleague: “You know, it's certainly true she has had a load of trouble in the national press, but you look at her appearance yesterday in South Carolina and she seemed pretty relaxed.”
By Matthew Balan | May 28, 2015 | 3:54 PM EDT
The Big Three's morning newscasts on Wednesday and Thursday all covered the breach of an online IRS system by hackers that compromised the personal information of 100,000 taxpayers. However, none of the programs mentioned President Obama by name during their reporting, nor did they revisit any of the other problems or scandals involving the agency in recent years. CBS Evening News and NBC Nightly News have yet to cover the IRS hacking, as of Wednesday evening.
By Katie Yoder | May 28, 2015 | 3:26 PM EDT
It’s hard to critique personal stories – but not when the media use them to teach teens that they need Planned Parenthood.
In a recent piece for Teen Vogue, actress Mae Whitman detailed “What Happened During My Very First Pregnancy Scare.” Whitman (Arrested Development, Parenthood) described Planned Parenthood to teens as feeling “two arms pulling me into a hug” which led her to experience a conversation that left her “eternally grateful.”
By Connor Williams | May 28, 2015 | 3:25 PM EDT
In a surprising segment, ABC’s 20/20 highlighted several cases of freeloading by people looking to fraudulently claim disability. While the program did not get to the heart of the matter – just how easy it is to claim disability and the skyrocketing cost of the program – noting a major flaw in an expensive government program is rare for a liberal network like ABC.
By P.J. Gladnick | May 28, 2015 | 2:53 PM EDT
The appropriately named Vulture section of New York magazine has circled over what all proof indicates is a rape hoax and swooped down to gorge itself on speculation about the museum art future of the mattress carried around by the infamous Columbia University "Mattress Girl," Emma Sulkowicz. Amid all the really bizarre fascination by writer Andy Battaglia in the mattress as an art piece, not a bit of thought is even given as to the legitimacy of the rape charges by Sulkowicz despite very strong documentary evidence that it was a hoax.
Battaglia's determination to avoid the facts of the case and indulge in his fanboy fascination with the mattress as art begins with the title, "Will Emma Sulkowicz’s Protest Mattress Wind Up in a Museum?" and goes straight downhill from there:
By Tom Blumer | May 28, 2015 | 2:37 PM EDT
"Science" has a problem — or more accurately stated, those who produce and publish "scienitific" studies — have a problem. Richard Horton, editor of The Lancet, one of the leading weekly peer-reviewed general medical journals, caused quite a stir last week when he said that "much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue." That may be an underestimate.
One of the more recent such examples involves a paper published late last year in Science Magazine, which calls itself “The World’s Leading Journal of Scientific Research, Global News and Commentary."
By Joseph Rossell | May 28, 2015 | 2:26 PM EDT
The truth about recycling according to a waste disposal company may come as a shock. It is “unprofitable,” according to Waste Management (WM) CEO David Steiner.
On May 28, Steiner told CNBC’s Squawk Box that recycling had proved to be “unprofitable” and his company has stopped investing in recycling operations. WM revenues were down 10 percent just because of losses from recycling, according to Stein, even though this only represented a small fraction of the company’s overall business.
By Katie Yoder | May 28, 2015 | 2:15 PM EDT
Half a cheer for HBO! It turns out the network’s graphic Game of Thrones TV series doesn’t feature nearly as much sexual violence as it could. Far from the usual Hollywood pattern of sexing up a story when bringing it to the screen, a fan has discovered the series actually shows many fewer rapes than George R.R. Martin’s books contain.
But the reason we know this is the violent rape scene featured in an episode earlier this month captured attention – and not the good kind. Many viewers were outraged and sparked a debate about whether the series had gone too far.
By Tim Graham | May 28, 2015 | 1:36 PM EDT
Dan Joseph at our MRCTV website reports that Mother Jones dropped a little bomb on the Bernie Sanders campaign: an essay that Sanders wrote in 1972 about the “typical” rape fantasies of men and women.
Joseph made the point that if “Ted Cruz or Rick Santorum wrote something along these lines -- even 40 years ago -- the media wouldn't stop talking about it for weeks.” The proof of that assumption is the Todd Akin "legitimate rape" hullaballoo of 2012.
By Connor Williams | May 28, 2015 | 12:39 PM EDT
In the wake of the sexual abuse controversy surrounding the Duggar family, CNN Tonight host Don Lemon brought on CNN political commentators Mark Lamont Hill and Ben Ferguson to discuss the family’s previously close relationship with the Republican Party. While Hill and Ferguson agreed that the GOP must distance themselves from the Duggars, things got heated when Ferguson said that the family should be held to a higher standard.
By Kyle Drennen | May 28, 2015 | 11:26 AM EDT
In an interview with newly announced Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum on Thursday’s Good Morning America, co-host George Stephanopoulos tried to put the former Pennsylvania senator on the spot: “Rand Paul had something interesting to say about ISIS this morning.” A clip followed of Paul declaring on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday: “ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS.”
By Tim Graham | May 28, 2015 | 10:58 AM EDT
AP reported that CEOs in the media industry earn more because the celebrities in the media industry earn more, and our Tom Blumer noted from a conservative perspective that there may valid business reasons for pay hikes.
But let’s turn it around and look at it from the Left for a minute and explore the angle of media hypocrisy. Did anyone at the networks pick up the story if liberals felt CEO pay was excessive, the media itself was Exhibit A? Nope, not at ABC, CBS, NBC, or CNN.
By Joseph Rossell | May 28, 2015 | 10:22 AM EDT
Despite media denials that “specific weather events” can be linked to overall climate patterns, that is exactly what several major news outlets have done in the wake of deadly floods in Texas.
MSNBC, Huffington Post, The Dallas Morning News and other media have suggested global warming played a role in the torrential rain and consequent, deadly flooding in Texas during Memorial Day weekend. A year earlier many were blaming Texas’ drought on global warming.
By Kristine Marsh | May 28, 2015 | 8:55 AM EDT
Last night, the evening news found time to talk about an airliner ordering pizza for passengers during a flight delay, but spoke not a word on a new report by Amnesty International detailing war crimes by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. The damning report released early May 27 detailed Hamas’ use of torture, kidnapping and murder on ordinary civilians during last summer’s Gaza conflict with Israel.
The Washington Post and BBC News reported on it but not ABC, CBS, or NBC. But it’s not that surprising since the networks join the majority of the lefty media in taking issue with calling Hamas “terrorists.” CNN’s Christiane Amanpour even audaciously called Hamas, “activists.”
By Curtis Houck | May 28, 2015 | 12:22 AM EDT
On Wednesday night, the major broadcast networks ignored a series of new regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the agency claims will better explain regulations in the Clean Water Act, but are seen by many as a power grab by the Obama administration to further control America’s waterways. While the story received zero mention on ABC, CBS, or NBC (but full stories from the AP wire on their respective websites), the Fox News Channel’s Special Report devoted a 15-second news brief to the story on its Wednesday program.