At the top of Wednesday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer described how Univision anchor Jorge Ramos was “kicked out of a Donald Trump news conference” on Tuesday and wondered: “Can Trump’s confrontational style carry him all the way to the White House or will it wear thin with voters?” Peter Alexander proclaimed: “To be clear, Jorge Ramos is the most powerful newsman in Spanish-language TV. He's often called the Walter Cronkite of Latino America.”
By Scott Whitlock | August 26, 2015 | 12:18 PM EDT
Fresh from his confrontation with Donald Trump on Tuesday night, activist reporter Jorge Ramos appeared on ABC and CBS to pitch the idea that it's the job of journalists to openly oppose the candidate's positions. On Good Morning America, Wednesday, he asked colleague George Stephanopoulos: "We have to denounce that he wants to deny citizenship to children being born here." He added, "They're citizens, just like [Trump's children], and it is impossible to build a 1900-mile wall... So that's the kind of questions that I was asking Mr. Trump."
By Tom Blumer | August 26, 2015 | 11:44 AM EDT
As Venezuela's Chavista economy under Nicolas Maduro continues to crumble, the Associated Press and others in the media to describe its problems as if they came out of nowhere instead of originating with its statist, oppressive government.
Examples follow the jump.
By Alatheia Larsen and Joseph Rossell | August 26, 2015 | 10:07 AM EDT
Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana, destroying homes, businesses, and claiming more than 1,000 lives. The networks saw Katrina as a harbinger of climate doom.
Hurricane Katrina was the 7th-most intense Atlantic hurricane on record, the third-deadliest in US history, and the most expensive at roughly $108 billion (including economic impact,). That was more than twice as costly as Tropical Storm Sandy, which hit New York and New Jersey in 2012.
By Clay Waters | August 26, 2015 | 9:05 AM EDT
New York Times reporter Jonathan Weisman on Tuesday made gratuitous (dare we use the lazy liberal term "problematic"?) references to the Jewish religion of some Democratic congressional opponents of the Obama administration's controversial nuclear deal with Iran. Weisman's usual slant was accompanied by explicit religious identification of a particular group, a practice a liberal paper like the Times would take pains to avoid in any other context.
By Jeffrey Meyer | August 26, 2015 | 8:15 AM EDT
On Tuesday’s The Kelly File, Senator Ted Cruz took exception to a question about whether he would deport all 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States as a “liberal journalist” question. Kelly asked the Texas Republican “if you have a husband and a wife who are illegal immigrants and they have two children who are here who are American citizens, would you deport all of them? Would you deport the American citizen children?”
By Melissa Mullins | August 26, 2015 | 7:14 AM EDT
Hollywood is getting involved with the renaming of a local high school in Fairfax County, Virginia, just outside Washington. Why? It’s because the name of the high school, J.E.B. Stuart, has only now started to offend people, despite opening its doors in 1959. J.E.B. Stuart, of course, was a Confederate Army general during the Civil War.
Two alumni of the high school – Academy Award-winning actress Julianne Moore and producer Rob Cohen – have lent their star power to an online petition for renaming the school. This petition was sparked due to the Charleston shootings in June, where nine black parishioners at a historic black church were gunned down by Dylann Roof.
By Tim Graham | August 26, 2015 | 7:04 AM EDT
While the liberal media love to frame Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch as a raging conservative, he certainly likes crossing that image on Twitter. On Sunday, Murdoch proclaimed Michael Bloomberg, the anti-gun, anti-Big Gulp liberal, should be the billionaire candidate running for president.
He tweeted: "With Trump becoming very serious candidate, it's time for next billionaire candidate, Mike Bloomberg to step into ring. Greatest mayor."
By Curtis Houck | August 26, 2015 | 2:54 AM EDT
In the first major network news program since 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump sparred with liberal Fusion/Univision anchor Jorge Ramos at a press conference on the subject of illegal immigration, ABC’s Nightline was there to circle the wagons for their Disney partner and “America’s best known Latino anchorman.”
By Curtis Houck | August 25, 2015 | 11:44 PM EDT
In the epic multi-part battle on Tuesday night that social media and every cable news outlet were talking about, 2016 Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump sparred with Fusion/Univision anchor Jorge Ramos over illegal immigration with Ramos being removed then allowed back into a press conference prior to a campaign rally in Iowa.
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | August 25, 2015 | 11:10 PM EDT
The fascination of the news media with Donald Trump is ironic, to say the least. For people who have long lamented the domination of Big Money in politics, these reporters are presenting Mr. Big Money himself with a ticker tape parade of free media.
It could be considered hypocritical, too. Big Money is a bad thing – unless they’re the ones making it. Fox’s 24 million viewers for their debate proved Trump’s market value; ever since that debate, it’s been all media, all the time for him.
By Curtis Houck | August 25, 2015 | 10:19 PM EDT
On Tuesday night, CBS and NBC teamed with Spanish-language networks Telemundo and Univision to hide from their viewers news that U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has been using a private e-mail server to conduct government business and send sensitive material. Surprisingly, ABC’s World News Tonight stepped up to the plate with a scant 50-second report on this new e-mail scandal by chief White House correspondent and a lead in by fill-in anchor and Clinton Foundation donor George Stephanopoulos.
By Tom Johnson | August 25, 2015 | 9:51 PM EDT
Democrats typically argue that almost all of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s mistakes have been molehills that Republicans have done their best to make into mountains. Heather Digby Parton thinks that the GOP has been aided in that regard by the mainstream media.
“One of the major effects of the patented ‘Clinton Scandal’ that’s become a fixture of political conversation over the past two decades is the helplessness in engenders in Democrats,” wrote Parton in a Monday piece. “They know it’s not a real scandal, and yet the press is blatantly aroused by the opportunity to speculate wildly about ‘what it all means’ while the Republicans smugly repeat their talking points with robotic military precision.”
By Randy Hall | August 25, 2015 | 6:46 PM EDT
During an article posted Tuesday by Jim Romenesko on his website, the retired newsman relayed what happened when David Sze -- a member of Arianna Huffington's research staff -- got more than he bargained for last week when he contacted professional journalist Laurel Lipton, asking to use information she had reported in a book the co-founder of the liberal Huffington Post is in the process of writing, with the promise of citing that research.
Lipton responded angrily, stating: “The rapacious Ms. Huffington seems to believe that journalism skills are worth nothing, and that my beleaguered colleagues and I should be thrilled to help her make hundreds of millions of dollars in return for 'exposure.'”
By Matthew Balan | August 25, 2015 | 5:10 PM EDT
On Monday's CNN Tonight, Don Lemon spotlighted the online "rant" of a grandmother who attacked the "Black Lives Matter" movement. In her video, Peggy Hubbard criticized the lack of outrage in her community over Jamyla Bolden, a nine year old child who was killed near Ferguson, Missouri: "Her life mattered; her dreams mattered; her vision mattered. She could have been the next secretary of state. She could have been the next attorney general. She never got a chance." Lemon interviewed Hubbard, who later later blasted the left-wing concept of "white privilege."