Tuesday's New Day featured its latest CNN/ORC poll results showing that President Obama's overall approval rating has recently inched up a few points to 50 percent, his highest number in two years, with co-anchor Chris Cuomo touting the results as "the good word" as he introduced correspondent Jim Acosta. For his part, after recounting the finding that President Obama's approval for his handling of race relations had increased to 55 percent, the CNN correspondent oddly cited as good news what should have been viewed as a negative finding that only 20 percent of Americans believe race relations have improved since Obama became President, with 43 percent saying relations have gotten worse.
On MSNBC, EMILY's List Flack Praises Lindsey Graham Hinting She Could Almost See Herself Voting for HimBy Ken Shepherd | June 30, 2015 | 5:41 PM EDT
If you're a Republican presidential candidate, getting an on-air thumbs-up on MSNBC from both a public-radio personality and a pro-abortion-rights activist is not exactly something to brag about to prospective donors or primary voters. But, alas, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-.S.C.) found himself on the receiving end of praise from EMILY's List communications director Jess McIntosh.
By Scott Whitlock | June 30, 2015 | 4:16 PM EDT
A cranky Lawrence O'Donnell on Monday lashed out at the "terrible" Antonin Scalia, deriding the Supreme Court justice for his "wacky," bad writing. O'Donnell wondered if the conservative is "now the Donald Trump of the Supreme Court?" O'Donnell hosted a panel discussion on Scalia's dissents over ObamaCare and gay marriage. The liberal host complained, "...These are just terrible bits that he is sticking into these opinions and terrible thinker. And they are combined, you know, in that wacky reference he made the other day."
By Matthew Balan | June 30, 2015 | 4:15 PM EDT
On Tuesday, CNN's Jim Acosta asked President Obama about "what some people are calling 'your best week ever.'" Acosta played up that "you had two Supreme Court decisions supportive of the Affordable Care Act and of gay rights. You also delivered a speech down in Charleston that was pretty warmly received." The correspondent then underlined that 'it seems that you've built up some political capital for the remaining months of your presidency." He asked, "I'm curious, how you want to use it? What hard things do you want to tackle at this point?"
By Yuri Perez | June 30, 2015 | 3:29 PM EDT
“Crucial days in the history of the United States” was how Telemundo, the Spanish-language sister network of NBC and MSNBC, titled a recent evening news feature that turned out to be a virtual tribute to President Obama’s “legacy of social change.”
By Tom Blumer | June 30, 2015 | 2:46 PM EDT
In a column at ForeignPolicy.com, a former Obama administration defense official who "served as a counselor to the U.S. defense undersecretary for policy from 2009 to 2011" has asked: "Can Gay Marriage Defeat the Islamic State?"
Rosa Brooks, who "is a law professor at Georgetown University," is serious. Her earnestness and deep ignorance are especially troubling, because it's clear that there are many people who "think" just like her who are still in the Obama administration and at the State Department (See: John Kerry's slow-motion sellout in Iranian negotiations).
By Kyle Drennen | June 30, 2015 | 2:44 PM EDT
Introducing a segment on Tuesday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer proclaimed: “The tragic mass shooting in Charleston has renewed questions about gun control and the gun culture in this country.” He then led into a report by left-wing MSNBC correspondent Ronan Farrow, who the network “sent out to meet the new face of gun ownership.”
By Javier Zurita | June 30, 2015 | 2:39 PM EDT
“From undocumented to entrepreneurs” is how Univision morning host Satcha Pretto celebrated the implementation of a new California law that allows unauthorized immigrants to receive work permits from the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs.
By Joseph Rossell | June 30, 2015 | 2:05 PM EDT
Yes, there are still communists in Greece, and many support the possible Greek exit (or “Grexit”) from the eurozone.
CNBC’s chief international correspondent Michelle Caruso-Cabrera said on June 30 she “found it hard to believe” there were still communists in Greece, then played an interview with one of “many” communist protesters at an anti-euro rally. She challenged the protester to explain why he thought communism would “work now,” given its failure in countries like the USSR and Cuba. He responded by blaming the communist “bureaucratic elite” for taking power “back from the people.”
By Tom Blumer | June 30, 2015 | 1:26 PM EDT
The latest confirmation that Erick Erickson's original warning at RedState "you will be made to care" about the legalization of same-sex "marriage" even if you think it doesn't affect you comes from Minnesota Senator Tammy Baldwin.
On Saturday, the day after the Supreme Court's related ruling, Baldwin was on MSNBC’s “Up w/ Steve Kornacki” program. Baldwin was asked, "Should the bakery have to bake the cake for the gay couple getting married? Where do you come down on that?" The short version of her answer: "Damn right they should."
By Katie Yoder | June 30, 2015 | 12:56 PM EDT
Can kids explain gay marriage? Late night host Jimmy Kimmel set to find that out -- with a generous laugh track included.
For Jimmy Kimmel Live June 29, the host began by stating the difficulty parents faced in explaining what gay marriage is to their kids. “One of the common arguments you hear is ‘How do I explain this to my kids?’” he stated. “And it’s a good question. At the very least, it’s a fair question. You wonder if children are sophisticated enough to wrap their head around something like this.”
By Brent Baker | June 30, 2015 | 11:59 AM EDT
New on June 29: Keith Olbermann, formerly of MSNBC, took to ESPN to equate the Washington Redskins football team with the “same kind of genocide, the same kind of persecution and mockery” as the Confederate flag represents.
By Tom Blumer | June 30, 2015 | 11:47 AM EDT
The current headline at a June 29 New York Times story by Peter Eavis, also appearing on the front page of today's print edition, is "Loads of Debt: A Global Ailment With Few Cures."
But the last portion of the story's web address is "... trillions-spent-but-crises-like-greeces-persist.html." That's because the original headline, the one used at the Times's Twitter account — was "Trillions Spent But Crises Like Greece Persist." Of course without admitting it, Eavis's writeup is an ode to the worldwide failure of Keynesian economics — a term which naturally never appears in any form — and the closed minds of those who don't understand why shoveling vast sums of money created out of thin air into the financial system is only marginally helpful in the short-term, and serious harmful, over the long-term.
By Scott Whitlock | June 30, 2015 | 11:44 AM EDT
ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday used Chris Christie's presidential announcement as an opportunity to remind viewers just how unpopular the Republican looks. Yet, co-anchor George Stephanopoulos and guest Matt Dowd ignored the fact that Christie was ultimately cleared for Bridgegate, the main reason for his faltering polling. CBS and NBC mentioned the scandal, but not the clearing of the governor.
By Jeffrey Meyer | June 30, 2015 | 11:43 AM EDT
During a discussion with Bloomberg Politics’ John Heilemann on Tuesday, CBS This Morning played up how Chris Christie is damaged goods ahead of his 2016 presidential announcement. In introducing the segment, co-host Norah O’Donnell made sure to point out that “[n]ational polls show Christie’s support is in single digits. Only 30 percent of voters in his home state approve of Christie’s performance as governor.”