In his March 26 softball interview with former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) -- "Barney's a good friend of mine, I hope we sell some books" -- Hardball host Chris Matthews misled his audience about the nature of a new law signed into effect in Indiana designed to protect the religious liberties of shop owners.
By Curtis Houck | March 26, 2015 | 10:56 PM EDT
After the network morning and evening newscasts ignored a Reuters poll showing tumbling support for Hillary Clinton last week, the CBS Evening News bucked the trend and covered the results of its own poll that also found dwindling support for Clinton in light of recent scandals. While the program spent only 32 seconds on the results of the poll, anchor Scott Pelley was still able to highlight three key results from the poll that served as bad news for former Secretary of State Clinton as she’s expected to launch a presidential campaign in the near future.
Labeling Overdose at the New York Times: Gabriel on 'Hard-Right...Right-Wing...Christian Right....Social Conservatives'By Clay Waters | March 26, 2015 | 10:36 PM EDT
Political reporter Trip Gabriel's front-page report from the Iowa hustings in Thursday's New York Times was, even by the paper's standards, an amazingly dense thicket of ideologically loaded labeling, with the word "conservative" or "hard-line" or "right wing" cropping up in seemingly every sentence, long after the average reader would get the point: "Conservatives Are Looking to Unite Behind an Alternative to Bush." In all, the word "conservative" appeared a whopping 18 times in headlines and non-quoted material in Gabriel's 1,200-word story -- a total of 28 labels in all. By contrast, the common conjunction "and" appeared only 25 times.
By Melissa Mullins | March 26, 2015 | 10:20 PM EDT
New York Times reporter Amy Chozick was “warned” on Twitter by a group called “HRC Super Volunteers” against using so-called “sexist” words about Hillary Clinton. The words they deemed “coded sexism” include:“polarizing,” “calculating,” “disingenuous,” “insincere,” “ambitious,” “inevitable,” “entitled,” “over confident,” “secretive,” “will do anything to win,” “represents the past,” and “out of touch.”
For added effect, the group threatened, “You are on notice that we will be watching, reading, listening and protesting coded sexism.”
By Curtis Houck | March 26, 2015 | 9:32 PM EDT
ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News ignored on Thursday night a scathing report that revealed how agents with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) attended so-called “sex parties” over a multi-year period while working in Colombia that were paid for by the very drug cartels that they were working to combat. Authored by the Department of Justice’s Inspector General (IG), the findings were part of a 181-page report into allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct across the various law enforcement agencies that fall under the purview of the DOJ.
By Tim Graham | March 26, 2015 | 9:27 PM EDT
Can we get a recount? That’s the natural reaction to this headline in the U.K. Guardian: “Russell Brand voted world's fourth most influential thinker.”
Hannah Ellis-Peterson relayed "the comedian turned activist has now earned the nod of approval from one of Britain’s most influential current affairs magazines, whose readers have voted him fourth in their annual table of the world’s top thinkers."
By Randy Hall | March 26, 2015 | 8:17 PM EDT
It's no secret that the liberal MSNBC cable channel is in freefall in both ratings and the important demographic of viewers from 25 to 54 years old, and one of the hosts most likely to face the chopping block is the anchor of the All In With Chris Hayes program.
Just when it seemed that things couldn't get any worse for Hayes, his series had its worst week since the show debuted in April 2013, averaging only 74,000 viewers in that demo during the week of March 16.
By Mark Finkelstein | March 26, 2015 | 7:50 PM EDT
Mark Halperin just compared the way Hillary has been foisted on Dem voters to the empty "choices" that Cubans have when it comes to their leaders.
On this evening's With All Due Respect, when Dem strategist Steve McMahon claimed that Dems are happy with "the" choice they have in the person of Hillary, Halperin retorted "like the way Cuban voters are happy with their choices."
By NB Staff | March 26, 2015 | 6:03 PM EDT
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By Scott Whitlock | March 26, 2015 | 4:41 PM EDT
Watch out for ABC journalists on the road! According to AAA, the most dangerous thing you can do while driving is to talk to another person in the car. Yet, that's exactly what Nightline reporter Linzie Janis did while reporting on the new study. While barreling down the road, Janis talked to Robert Sinclair Jr. of AAA. He was in the passenger seat and the journalist drove.
By Joseph Rossell | March 26, 2015 | 3:44 PM EDT
Many in the liberal news media again demonstrated their inability (or unwillingness) to identify communism when they see it.
Fast food restaurant Taco Bell “pulled out all the stops” with its new ad released March 24, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Although the ad did not mention McDonald’s by name, The Daily Mail also said the video portrayed “McDonald’s as a communist dictatorship where boring breakfasts rule.”
By Kristine Marsh | March 26, 2015 | 3:03 PM EDT
In a list that included Pope Francis and tech billionaires, two Ferguson protesters were lauded as among the 50 “greatest leaders,” by Fortune magazine.
Fortune described the people who made the list as “extraordinary men and women” who are “transforming business, government, philanthropy, and so much more.” Does burning down a city, looting local businesses, and shooting cops fit that description?
By Kyle Drennen | March 26, 2015 | 2:44 PM EDT
In an exclusive interview with Mitt Romney on Thursday's NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie wondered if the 2012 presidential contender would have traded five Taliban terrorists for Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl if commander-in-chief: "It was controversial. The President presumably knew the circumstance of Bowe Bergdahl's leaving his post. He said, though, leave no soldier on the battlefield. If that had been you in the Oval Office, would you have made that same call?"
Earnest on MSNBC: 'Success Or Stability Of The Yemeni Government' Not a Measure of Success of U.S. PolicyBy Tom Blumer | March 26, 2015 | 2:19 PM EDT
Employing a variant of the old surgeon's joke — "The operation was a success, but the patient died" — White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, on friendly ground on MSNBC this morning, essentially told viewers that the administration still considers Yemen a success, even as its government is on the fast track to being forced into indefinite exile.
Earnest told the "Morning Joe" show's Mika Brzezinski and the assembled panel that "U.S. policy should not be graded against the success or the stability of the Yemeni government" — although, just for starters, Yemen's President has fled, while the Los Angeles Times is reporting that, because of the Yemeni government's instability, Iran has obtained a treasure trove of U.S. intelligence. Video and a transcript follow the jump (HT Real Clear Politics):