There are currently 17 declared candidates for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but viewers of the three broadcast evening news shows this year have mainly heard about just two of them: former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and New York businessman Donald Trump. And even though Trump received virtually no TV news attention until he officially declared on June 16, he’s received far more network news coverage than Bush has received all year.
By Tim Graham | August 4, 2015 | 7:03 AM EDT
The Planned Parenthood scandal surprisingly came up in the Friday “Week in Review” segment on NPR’s All Things Considered. Both the liberal and the pseudo-conservative spoke up a bit for the humanity of the unborn. But anchor Audie Cornish developed a bad case of the euphemisms.
“I want to turn to another issue that's been very much in the news the last few weeks,” she began. “That's Planned Parenthood. The group is in crisis mode after a video sting operation by a group opposed to abortion has put Planned Parenthood in the spotlight for the practice of fetal tissue in medical research.”
By | August 3, 2015 | 10:03 PM EDT
Strange new respect? Two days after the New York Times labeled real estate mogul and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a racist on its front page based on thin evidence, the Times is suddenly treating one of his Twitter pronouncements as newsworthy, with Ashley Parker devoting an entire story to Trump's tweet. Perhaps because he's attacking his fellow GOP candidates as "puppets" of the libertarian Koch Brothers, themselves a frequent target of the Times.
By Brad Wilmouth | August 3, 2015 | 9:12 PM EDT
On Friday's All In show, MSNBC host Chris Hayes hinted that there was similar credibility between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blaming the terrorist group Hamas for the murders of three Jewish students a year ago, and Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat blaming the Israeli government for the recent murder of a Palestinian boy by Jewish extremists, even though Prime Minister Netanyahu forcefully condemned the attack.
After recounting the boy's death that occurred after his family's home in the West Bank was firebombed, Hayes showed a soundbite of Erekat indicting Israel:
By Tom Johnson | August 3, 2015 | 8:52 PM EDT
Almost a quarter-century ago, Seal sang, “We're never gonna survive unless we get a little crazy.” These days, suggests Talking Points Memo’s Josh Marshall, it’s awfully hard to survive in the Republican presidential race if you’re only a little crazy, now that Donald Trump “has flooded the market with a new, purer brand of Crazy that has left the other candidates scrambling and basically unable to compete.”
“Trump is in many ways the logical end result of seven years -- really two-plus decades -- of Republican cultivation of anger and grievance as a method of conducting politics,” asserted Marshall in a Monday post, adding that Trump “has managed to boil modern Republicanism down to a hard precipitate form, shorn of the final vestiges of interest in actual governing.”
By Dylan Gwinn | August 3, 2015 | 8:01 PM EDT
Former New England Patriot and SMU running back Craig James is suing Fox Sports for religious discrimination.
The former ESPN, and briefly Fox Sports, employee claims that his firing from Fox was due to comments he made opposing same-sex marriage while running for U.S. Senate. James’ suit was filed in Dallas County Court on Monday.
By Katie Yoder | August 3, 2015 | 3:59 PM EDT
Media coverage isn’t just about who writes the news – it’s also about who delivers the news.
Since last week, social media gurus have pumped out tweets about Cecil, the famed African lion shot by an American dentist. But the story of aborted baby parts sorted and dissected in the name of “research” by Planned Parenthood didn’t make the cut on Twitter. The broadcast networks tweeted updates about Cecil at least twice as much as they did about the abortion giant. Newspapers and online outlets followed suit.
By Alatheia Larsen | August 3, 2015 | 3:56 PM EDT
The man called America’s “Boss of the Year” (at least, by ABC News) is facing problems, including a staff exodus, after giving a massive to boost to many of his employees’ salaries.
Seattle-based Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price announced in April 2015 that he would implement a minimum $70,000 salary for all his employees. Back then, ABC, NBC and CBS pounced on the story and praised Price.
By Matthew Balan | August 3, 2015 | 3:48 PM EDT
Monday's CBS This Morning and NBC's Today both devoted a minimal amount of coverage to the Sunday bombings of two churches in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The two Big Three morning newscasts devoted 58 seconds to news briefs on the explosions at a Baptist church and a Catholic parish. By contrast, the programs set aide 12 minutes and 22 seconds of air time to segments related to the outcry over the slaying of Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe.
By Kyle Drennen | August 3, 2015 | 3:21 PM EDT
In an interview with Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, host Chuck Todd demanded to know why the GOP contender had been critical of the left-wing “Black Lives Matter” movement: “...you were also, in an earlier interview this week, asked about the Black Lives Matter movement. And you called it ‘silly.’ Why did you call it silly?” Todd proceeded to parrot the liberal movement’s talking points.
By Jeffrey Meyer | August 3, 2015 | 2:41 PM EDT
On Monday, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell hosted Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards for a friendly interview to help the nation’s largest abortion provider defend itself from recent criticism over the alleged sale of fetal body parts for profit. Throughout the interview, the MSNBC host repeatedly stressed how four videos that showed Planned Parenthood employees discussing the sale of fetal body parts were “edited” and [t]aken out of context” and never truly questioned the practice done by the organization.
By Tim Graham | August 3, 2015 | 1:19 PM EDT
It’s going to be a fawning and funereal week for liberals, all competing with each other to see who can offer the most overripe eulogy for Jon Stewart. New Yorker editor David Remnick called Stewart an “invaluable patriot” because he took on what novelist Philip Roth called the “indigenous American berserk.” That must be the crackpot equivalent of American exceptionalism.
By Mark Finkelstein | August 3, 2015 | 12:59 PM EDT
On today's Morning Joe, Josh Earnest said that President Obama believes that picking Biden as his VP was the "smartest decision he ever made in politics." Joe Scarborough drew the mischievous-but-logical inference that Obama must thus believe it was smarter than picking Hillary as his Secretary of State. Though Mika interrupted to say that's not what he meant, Earnest never said boo to counter Joe's interpretation.
Earnest later said that if Biden chooses to run, he could make a "strong" case for his candidacy. He added that other Dem candidates could make "quite" a strong case. Note the qualifier. And Earnest never paid Hillary the honor of mentioning her by name, just lumping her with "other Democratic candidates" not named Biden. Add in the fact that Joe reported that there is "outrage at the White House" over Hillary's email and foundation foul-ups, and a picture emerges of an Obama jumping towards Joe. This could get very interesting!
By Curtis Houck | August 3, 2015 | 12:39 PM EDT
Monday’s New Day on CNN saw a continuation of the program’s defense of Planned Parenthood from its video scandal and the efforts in Congress to defund the abortion provider as co-host Chris Cuomo sparred with Republican Congresswoman Diane Black (Tenn.) about the “rush to defund” them over that he claimed “has long been legal and is certainly not cause for outrage or at least hasn't been until now.”
By Scott Whitlock | August 3, 2015 | 11:36 AM EDT
All three networks on Monday hyped the possible presidential run of Joe Biden, but only NBC's journalists used the word "gaffe" in relation to the Vice President. Today reporter Andrea Mitchell offered a delicate explanation, saying that the Democrat has been known for "excessive exuberance." The journalist reminded, "Biden has run for president twice before, and stumbled. And as Vice President, he has occasionally been prone to gaffes." In contrast, Jon Karl on GMA played a clip of Biden using profanity and gently noted, "When ObamaCare passed in 2010, the vice president voiced his approval in a way only Joe Biden can."