Once upon a time, the right had (some) reason to complain about media bias, acknowledges Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall, but these days, not so much. According to Marshall, when conservatives back in the day “went about creating their own counter-establishment,” what they built wasn’t a normal mirror image, but a funhouse-mirror image. For example, "Fox News [was] the supposed antidote to the 'liberal media'. Of course, Fox is 'conservative' in a way that the mid-century elite media simply never was. And with generations of ref-playing what had been a vaguely establishment liberal national press ceased almost entirely to be so."
By Tim Graham | | August 21, 2016 | 12:23 PM EDT
Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine has two cover stories, one for Bill Clinton and one (if you turn it upside down on the other side) for Melania Trump. As expected, Bill Clinton is going to get a gushier treatment. Post writer Neely Tucker is so tender to the president that he mangles a fact, and the copy editors (also tender hearts) allowed it. “Fact Checker” Glenn Kessler will not be assigned to this story.
Tucker wrote, “He allegedly cheated on his wife, repeatedly, even in the Oval Office, and with a young woman who wasn’t that much older than their daughter.”
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | August 21, 2016 | 12:05 PM EDT
ABC demonstrated a marvelous case of hypocrisy on Sunday when it comes to its transparency and perhaps conflicts of interest. On Good Morning America, anchor Dan Harris joked that correspondent Ron Claiborne "can barely hide his lack of objectivity when it comes to the Yankees” after a sports report. However, during ABC's This Week, moderator George Stephanopoulos failed to re-disclose his contributions to the Clinton Foundation while interviewing Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook about the organization.
By Melissa Mullins | | August 21, 2016 | 8:56 AM EDT
Washington Post sports columnist Dan Steinberg decided to insert politics in his recent column on the release of Washington Nationals relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon. It was apparently a bad move for Papelbon to play a pro-Trump song in the clubhouse. It showed he didn't care about winning over the D.C. fan base. (Or the media.)
By Tom Blumer | | August 20, 2016 | 11:58 PM EDT
After 52 percent of voters in Great Britain cast their ballots in favor of leaving the European Union on June 23, financial commentators around the world, particularly in the U.S., predicted ugly economic tidings for the UK.
People who swallowed the gloom and doom whole must have been especially surprised early Friday morning when Bloomberg News published a piece headlined "Pro-Leave Economists Can Smell Vindication." Keeping hope for bad news alive, the caption underneath the piece's accompanying video reads, "Brexit Effect Missing So Far From U.K. Economic Data." Sorry, guys, it isn't just that bad news is missing. It's that the news out of the UK has been very good — "unexpectedly," of course.
By Tim Graham | | August 20, 2016 | 10:42 PM EDT
NPR ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen tenderly noted that the “public” broadcasters were about to look a little less open to the public. NPR.org is is dumping any online commentaries on their stories. This could be seen as lessening the chance a conservative can actually protest their leftist content. All existing comments on the site will disappear, since they "actually live within Disqus, an outside commenting platform used by NPR. So when the commenting software is removed, the archival comments go with it".
By Clay Waters | | August 20, 2016 | 6:57 PM EDT
New York Times liberal TV critic Mike Hale found every excuse for the cancellation of left-wing comic Larry Wilmore’s Comedy Central show save the obvious one. The headline flattered the failed TV host: “A Characteristically Low-Key Farewell for a Cerebral Host.” One would have to read all the way through, and very carefully, to get the vague hint that "The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore" just may have been too unremittingly left-wing and humorless to succeed with the public.
By Tom Blumer | | August 20, 2016 | 6:43 PM EDT
In a CNN interview on Friday, former three-term U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, thanked Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for visiting the flood-ravaged Bayou State. Then, addressing the absence to that point of President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, she said, "I hope Secretary Clinton will make her way down. I hope President Obama will make a visit" — which is as close as a fellow Democrat can possibly get to saying what's really on their mind, which is "Where in the heck are you guys?"
Those who have noticed it have decribed Landrieu's gratitude to Trump combined with her de facto callout of Obama and Clinton a "rare moment." It should surprise no one, though such behavior continues to deeply disappoint, that based on relevant searches neither Landrieu's statements nor any allusion to them have appeared at the two main national sites of the Associated Press or at the New York Times.
NBA Replaces Charlotte with New Orleans as All-Star Game Host City Over LGBT Law, Huff Po CelebratesBy Dylan Gwinn | | August 20, 2016 | 6:23 PM EDT
It’s been a rough week for Louisiana, with a horrific flood that left thousands homeless. An event so moving it prompted the lefties in the mainstream media to make virtually no appeals to President Obama --for days-- to visit the disaster area. Unlike in 2005 where, according to the media, President Bush was doing his level best to intentionally drown the 9th ward.
By Kyle Drennen | | August 20, 2016 | 4:24 PM EDT
During an interview with Yahoo News anchor Katie Couric on Wednesday, left-wing feminist and staunch Hillary Clinton supporter Gloria Steinem portrayed the Democratic nominee as the victim of a hostile and sexist press corps: “...the other thing I notice, especially with men in press and so on, is that when they see a powerful woman...I think they feel regressed because the last time they saw one, they were ten. And so, they feel threatened without being conscious of it I think.”
By Christian Toto | | August 20, 2016 | 3:02 PM EDT
Quick show of hands ... who misses Hollywood's Bush-bashing years? You’ll get a blast from the recent past with “War Dogs,” a new comedy ripped from real headlines. Only this isn’t “In the Valley of Elah 2” or “Redacted: Even Redactier.”
NYT Wallows Over ‘Farcical’ Burkini Bans; Preventing French from Expanding ‘Their Sense of Identity’By Curtis Houck | | August 20, 2016 | 11:32 AM EDT
The New York Times on Friday offered a one-two punch when it came to defending French Muslims and particularly women wearing “burkinis” that allow them to comply with Islamic laws of women staying completely covered and lambasting those raising concerns about women’s rights as “farcical” and downright “bigotry” preventing French women from “widen[ing] their sense of identity.”
By Clay Waters | | August 20, 2016 | 9:25 AM EDT
New York Times sports/TV columnist Richard Sandomir complained (with an awkward pun) Friday that NBC was tolling “their jingo bells” with excessively pro-American coverage of the Olympics in Rio: “NBC Coverage Doesn’t Stray From Home.” The online headline was harsher: “Little Is Medal-Worthy About NBC’s Coverage of Foreign Athletes.” Of course, the United States has earned a huge haul of medals, far more than any other nation. Social media commenters pointed out it was hardly unusual for a nation’s Olympics coverage to favor their national teams and wondered why Americans weren’t allowed the same privilege.
By Tom Blumer | | August 20, 2016 | 9:06 AM EDT
The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times "Daybreak" poll released Thursday had a stunning finding: Donald Trump's support among African-Americans had increased by over 10 points virtually overnight.
Armand Emamdjomeh and David Lauter, who wrote the narrative accompanying that poll, predictably ignored it, but they did even more. Readers here will see that their verbiage in the section specifically addressing "By race/ethnicity" pretended that the shift hasn't even occurred (dashed box around the "Black" box added by me):
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | | August 20, 2016 | 7:58 AM EDT
Civility and political decorum demand that one should never pick on a president's family. Presidential children did not choose the career of their parents. Their privacy should not only be respected, it should be actively protected.
Pretty much the entire media observed this rule perfectly when Radar Online published blurry pictures of 18-year-old Malia Obama puffing some sort of cigarette at a Lollapalooza concert in Chicago on July 31. Radar’s 18-year-old eyewitness cried “weed.” Video also showed Malia dancing suggestively to a rap song.The press refused to touch the story. Praiseworthy? Yes – if you’re willing to applaud media hypocrisy.