Carly Fiorina's seen a surge in approval ratings in polling after her excellent performance in the Fox News "undercard" debate in early August. But it appears that CNN's criteria for selecting which candidates get on stage for its debate in mid-September will leave Fiorina once again out of the main event, something the Fiorina camp is challenging.
By Brad Wilmouth | August 29, 2015 | 11:06 PM EDT
On Friday's PBS Newshour, during a discussion of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's sagging poll numbers, host Judy Woodruff seemed unfazed by Clinton's incendiary claim that Republicans have similar views toward women as terrorists as she cited the charge as evidence that her campaign may be bouncing back.
Woodruff's suggestion came after liberal columnist and PBS regular Mark Shields warned that it is "a real problem" and "a killer" for a Democratic candidate to have poll numbers as weak as Clinton's when it comes to whether voters view her as someone who "cares about people and the needs of someone like you." After recounting that Democrats like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama had scored highly on this measure before their electoral victories, Shields fretted over her numbers:
By Clay Waters | August 29, 2015 | 9:02 PM EDT
Well, he may have been a "cynical figurehead," a "sinister puppet master" and "saber-rattling menace," but he did have nice hair. President Ronald Reagan is still a reliable figure of mockery in the liberal entertainment world, and a compliment about his hair was the most flattering thing in a New York Times story on the current crop of Reagan impersonations on 1980's-themed shows.
By Jeffrey Lord | August 29, 2015 | 7:47 PM EDT
Call it Trump paranoia. Or Trump Derangement Syndrome Be afraid. Be very afraid.
That is the unsubtle message from The New Yorker magazine this last week as its cover flap promoted the notion in big and bold white letters. "TRUMP And The White Nationalists: By stoking paranoia about immigration, Trump has energized the far right and is creating chaos in the G.O.P."
By Brad Wilmouth | August 29, 2015 | 4:34 PM EDT
Friday's CNN Newsroom showed a classic liberal media double standard as a GOP guest was hit from the left substantially more on the gun issue as compared to a later Democratic guest who was just barely hit from the right. In the aftermath of Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy's recent incendiary claim that congressional members -- referring mostly to Republicans -- who have opposed enacting more gun laws have "complicity" and are "sending a message of quiet endorsement of these murders," CNN host Poppy Harlow hit former Virginia Republican Governor Jim Gilmore almost entirely from the left.
Lefty Blogger: Excessive Political Correctness ‘Affects Maybe a Tenth of One Percent of the Population’By Tom Johnson | August 29, 2015 | 1:55 PM EDT
On Friday, Washington Monthly's Ed Kilgore and Kevin Drum of Mother Jones contended that the conservative war on political correctness is a tempest in a teapot, and that being politically correct is pretty much synonymous with not being a bigoted jerk.
By Tom Blumer | August 29, 2015 | 10:21 AM EDT
Three weeks ago, concerning Associated Press coverage of investigations into Planned Parenthood's baby body parts business, I noted that "Bad news for Planned Parenthood gets only local coverage," while "Exculpatory news, even if artificially concocted, gets national exposure."
Add the following to that observation: Obama administration attempts to punish states for attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, clearly nationally significant, only get local coverage. Kansas provides such an example.
By Scott Whitlock | August 29, 2015 | 10:15 AM EDT
The journalists at MSNBC may have too much time on their hands. On Thursday, the network played a graphic of a Donald Trump speech with the "breaking news" about his hair. MSNBC blasted, "Breaking News: Trump Has Woman Pull Hair to Prove It's Real."
By Mark Finkelstein | August 29, 2015 | 9:27 AM EDT
Give Josh Barro credit for candor. When it comes to guns, the New York Times correspondent makes no bones about the kind of draconian, Second Amendment-defying approach he thinks is necessary.
Forget about expanded background checks or other such measures. The only way to have a "big impact on violent crime," according to Barro, is to emulate Australia and "really take away massive amounts of guns that people have, reduce the rate of gun ownership substantially."
By Melissa Mullins | August 29, 2015 | 9:04 AM EDT
Stephen Colbert graces the cover of the latest issue of Time magazine and discusses why he folded The Colbert Report to take over David Letterman’s Late Show.
Only bits of the interview with Time TV writer James Poniewozik have been released online, but it gives some insight on what to expect from the full interview. Most notably, Colbert claimed that when “in character” – a politically charged character – that he never wanted to come across as some sort of political hero or ambassador:
By Erin Aitcheson | August 29, 2015 | 8:45 AM EDT
Remember the days when there were just boys and girls? Thanks to liberals that ship has not sailed, but the Left is doing everything possible to make sure that ship burns and sinks to the bottom of the ocean.
Now more than ever, it seems the gender and sexual identity movement is everywhere you turn. The growing trend has attracted more and more young people and pushes against anything considered “traditional.”
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | August 29, 2015 | 8:01 AM EDT
The double standard our media impose on child sexual abuse is garishly obvious. On August 14, The Washington Post set the stage for the coming American visit of Pope Francis with another splashy front-page story on a man still berating the Catholic Church after being abused by a priest from 1969 to 1976.
But on August 21, after a court sentenced former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck, 48, for sexually abusing a 15-year old boy merely a year ago, the Post ignored it completely. Apparently there was no room. That boy’s family had no media advocate there.
Media Yawns as Fox Reports That FBI's Investigation Into Hillary Clinton Is Focusing on Espionage ActBy Tom Blumer | August 29, 2015 | 12:53 AM EDT
The establishment press is all over revelations by Fox News Friday morning that the investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails involves a "section of the Espionage Act is known as 18 US Code 793," and that "the focus includes a provision of the law pertaining to 'gathering, transmitting or losing defense information,'" according to "an intelligence source." ... Just kidding.
The only reaction I've seen thus far is at the Friday evening version of "The 2016 Blast" collection by Henry C. Jackson at the Politico. The fifth item covered — after a snippet on "John Kasich's Aerial Attack" and three snoozers on Mrs. Clinton's predictable dissembling — reads as follows (bolds and italics are theirs):
By Tom Blumer | August 28, 2015 | 10:22 PM EDT
At the Associated Press today, Christopher Rugaber appears to have played along with a game of make-believe in his coverage of the August release of the University of Michigan's Survey of Consumers.
The index dropped for the second straight month, this time from 93.1 to 91.9, a point below August's prelimnary reading of 92.9. That trailed expectations that it would come in at 93.0. The survey's director, Richard Curtin, claimed that the drop occurred "mainly due to the recent volatility in stock prices." Whatever his reason for making that claim, it doesn't pass the smell test, and Rugaber had all the information needed to figure that out (which he may have) and report it (which he didn't).