Chris Brown used some choice words to describe police Tuesday – most of them consisting of four letters. Tuesday night, Los Angeles police arrested singer Chris Brown on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon after a woman, allegedly Baylee Curran, the 2016 Miss California Regional, claimed that he pointed a gun at her. But before his arrest, the 27-year-old posted three videos to his Instagram account in which he ranted about police.
By Sarah Stites | | August 31, 2016 | 3:22 PM EDT
Writer/director Elizabeth Wood remembers the day her parents used the provocative 1995 film Kids as a “cautionary tale” to discourage risky behavior. It backfired. Wood believes Kids actually “encouraged” her “to be worse behaved.”
“Drugs! Sex! Cool! The danger of it was very appealing,” she told Vice.
By Matthew Balan | | August 31, 2016 | 3:10 PM EDT
On Wednesday's GMA, ABC finally covered the latest development on Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal. Paula Faris gave a news brief noting that "the Justice Department now says that up to 30 deleted e-mails from her private server could be related to the Benghazi attack." CBS This Morning mentioned the new revelation on the Clinton scandal during the lead-in for a report on the former senator's lack of press conferences. NBC continued its blackout on the story from the previous evening. Instead, Today devoted over a minute to Tom Brady's new haircut.
By NB Staff | | August 31, 2016 | 2:41 PM EDT
On Wednesday afternoon, Media Research Center president Brent Bozell and the staff of NewsBusters awarded Washington Free Beacon video editor David Rutz the second annual Noel Sheppard Media Blogger of the Year Award at MRC’s headquarters in Reston, Virginia.
By Tom Blumer | | August 31, 2016 | 2:06 PM EDT
In Bangladesh on Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry had a concern about media coverage of terrorism he felt he needed to communicate, namely that "the media would do us all a service if they didn’t cover it quite as much." That would be a great thing, apparently, because then "People wouldn’t know what’s going on." You can't make this stuff up.
The dateline location at Diplomatic Writer Matt Lee's August 29 story at the Associated Press on Kerry's related speech indicates that he is accompanying the Kerry entourage on his current trip. Lee, who has acquired a reputation as a pesky questioner at State Department briefings in DC, failed to include Kerry's media-related remark, obviously the most controversial element in his speech, in his report. This move by a veteran reporter at the nation's de facto gatekeeping wire service likely influenced the three major broadcast networks, as Curtis Houck at NewsBusters noted Tuesday evening, to almost completely ignore Kerry's remark in their recent newscasts.
By Sam Dorman | | August 31, 2016 | 1:55 PM EDT
The Washington Post’s Wonkblog presented another way for liberals to hate on masculinity by connecting masculinity to a liberal cause du jour: climate change. “Your manliness could be hurting the planet,” reporter Danielle Paquette wrote.
By Mike Ciandella | | August 31, 2016 | 1:00 PM EDT
The broadcast networks have refused to cover the repeated failures of ObamaCare in 2016. During the entire year, ABC World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News have yet to give the floundering program any coverage at all, while CBS Evening News only found time to cover two of the ObamaCare updates – and that only added up to 2 minutes and 18 seconds of coverage for the entire year.
To put that in perspective, these same three evening news shows managed to find 46 minutes and 49 seconds to dedicated to Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte running afoul of Brazilian police.
By Sarah Stites | | August 31, 2016 | 12:31 PM EDT
Ariana Grande’s new hit “Side to Side” may be set in a spinning studio, but working out was just a sly cover for the real subject of the video: having so much sex that you can’t walk afterward.
Initially, reviewers and fans didn’t pay much attention to the lyrics, as they were easy to miss amidst the catchy beat and frenetic activity. Reflecting on the music video, which portrays Grande as a sort of dolled-up spin instructor Elle writer Alyssa Bailey wondered if the video were “a deeper commentary on the ridiculous pressure women face to always. look. good. even when they're at a hellish spin class.”
By Matt Philbin | | August 31, 2016 | 12:23 PM EDT
When Colin Kaepernick wore a tee shirt featuring the bearded mug of Fidel Castro as he explained why he won’t stand for the National Anthem before games in which he may not play, he didn’t help his cause, and undercut a brilliant game plan.
By Scott Whitlock | | August 31, 2016 | 12:22 PM EDT
Though many journalists and networks are still not complaining about Hillary Clinton’s media blackout, the silent treatment seems to be irritating the reporters at CBS. A network graphic on Wednesday pointedly complained, “No Questions, Please: Clinton Criticized for Having Few News Conferences.”
By Kyle Drennen | | August 31, 2016 | 10:49 AM EDT
On Wednesday’s NBC Today, correspondent Kerry Sanders once again acted like a representative from the Cuban board of tourism as he reported live from a plane set to take off for the Communist nation: “Well, good morning from the cockpit of Jetblue Flight 387....this is going to be a one hour and eight minute flight into history.” The on-screen headline proclaimed: “U.S. Flights to Cuba Resume; Jetblue Makes History With First Flight in More Than 50 years.”
By Sam Dorman | | August 31, 2016 | 10:45 AM EDT
Networks vilified a drug company and its CEO for the high price of life-saving allergy medicine, all while ignoring government actions which enabled the company’s monopoly, contributed to rising costs and increased demand. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton blasted Mylan Pharmaceuticals on Aug. 24, for raising the price of a life-saving medical device called EpiPen by 480 percent in recent years.
By Scott Whitlock | | August 31, 2016 | 10:34 AM EDT
A CNN.com article reporting on John McCain’s primary challenge included what could be a shot at John McCain’s age — or simply a typo. In a story from Tuesday night, Eric Bradner explained, “And McCain faces a test from Kelli Ward, a conservative 33 years McCain's junior who had suggested his age (he turned 80 on Monday) means he's too old for a sixth term. good.”
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | August 31, 2016 | 1:27 AM EDT
Jorge Ramos appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 Tuesday night to discuss his favorite person to hate, Donald Trump. While on the program he promoted his anti-Trump crusade and called for journalists to put objectivity aside. Ramos argued, “I think for journalists our social responsibility, I think, is to question those who are in power and when we're confronted with racism, discrimination, corruption, public lies, dictatorships and violations of human rights I think we have to take a stand.” And he received almost no push back from host Anderson Cooper.
By Tim Graham | | August 30, 2016 | 11:36 PM EDT
The Washington Post interviewed Doonesbury creator Garry Trudeau for Tuesday's Style section and highlighted how he said if Trump wins, "I'll miss civilization as we know it."
But Trudeau's take on mocking Hillary Clinton offered a potential summary of the media's feeling about this campaign. When asked what he as a satirist found interesting and worth mocking, he said "Nothing. When you’re obsessed with Trump, which, let’s face it, all of us are, going after Hillary feels like homework."