On Monday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest suggested that Republican members of Congress were partly to blame for the death of a San Francisco girl by an illegal immigrant yet his comments have been completely ignored by the “Big Three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks.
By Kyle Drennen | July 7, 2015 | 12:25 PM EDT
On Monday evening, both NBC Nightly News and ABC’s World News Tonight touted President Obama claiming success in the fight against ISIS while ignoring criticism of his strategy. On Nightly News, anchor Lester Holt proclaimed: “A warning today from President Obama, who emerged from a Pentagon briefing and called the fight against ISIS a quote, ‘generational struggle,’ saying it will take time to defeat this enemy.”
By Joseph Rossell | July 7, 2015 | 12:02 PM EDT
Coffee prices are falling, but liberal Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has decided to raise its prices anyway. CNBC’s Squawk Box co-host Joe Kernen called Schultz out on July 7, saying Schultz was trying “to pad his profits.”
Kernen argued it was unfair to criticize airlines for failing to pass savings along to consumers when oil prices fell, but not criticize Starbucks for raising its prices even as the cost of coffee dropped.
By Scott Whitlock | July 7, 2015 | 11:25 AM EDT
Is this 2008 all over again? ABC on Tuesday insisted that Bernie Sanders's campaign rallies are like "rock concerts" and that "Bernie-mentum" is sweeping the country. During Barack Obama's first campaign, the network routinely hyped the "rock star" candidate. Cecila Vega insisted that "Bernie Sanders has [Hillary] worried... She may be the Democratic front-runner, but this morning Clinton is feeling the burn." According to the reporter, the socialist senator enjoyed a "massive turnout at a campaign rally overnight in Maine, that at times felt more like a rock concert."
By Sarah Stites | July 7, 2015 | 11:16 AM EDT
“Caitlyn” Jenner is now blogging for the Huffington Post.
At the beginning of the week, the news outlet revealed that Jenner will be authoring an original series called “The Real Me,” about LGBT issues.
By Connor Williams | July 7, 2015 | 10:34 AM EDT
Last night, Lawrence O’Donnell gushed over Bernie Sanders’ authenticity and the consistently large crowds he has acquired in his speeches across the country. The July 6 edition of The Last Word featured a panel discussion which emphasized that the Vermont senator’s policies aren’t that far outside the mainstream.
O’Donnell asked former Vermont governor Howard Dean if Sanders has “managed to educate Vermonters to the essential truth that we’re all socialists now?” He prefaced that question by noting the tendency of Democrats to “run away” from calling themselves liberal. The MSNBC personality then cheered the fact that Sanders openly embraces socialism and “the fact that he is a socialist.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | July 7, 2015 | 9:55 AM EDT
During an appearance on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show on Monday night, liberal New York magazine writer Frank Rich fantasized over the ways in which lesser-known GOP presidential candidates could make their way onto the first debate stage.
By Andrew Miller | July 7, 2015 | 9:16 AM EDT
Surprise! Another celeb was on Huff Post Live, sounding off in the liberal echo chamber on gay “marriage.” This time, it was Ryan Reynolds on Monday.
Interviewer Alyona Minkovski asked Reynolds, “What are your thoughts on gay marriage? Obviously you’re not opposed to it.” His response was “No, I’m not a monster. I think it’s fantastic.”
By Sarah Stites | July 7, 2015 | 9:07 AM EDT
People magazine, like any good liberal media, raves over all things Obama, Hillary and LGBT. So, in July’s edition, there was bound to be a lot of celebratory rainbows.
Indeed, readers did not get further than page 6 before they encountered one. The letter from the editor — entitled “Love in America”—was completely dedicated to Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court’s recent gay marriage ruling. The editor was obviously thrilled for Obergefell, declaring that “wherever you stand on the issue, it was impossible not to feel elated” for him.
By Mark Finkelstein | July 7, 2015 | 8:47 AM EDT
From the man who brought you malaise, now an even more depressingly negative view of America . . . On today's Morning Joe, Jimmy Carter declared that America is in "inevitable decline."
But no finger-pointing at President Obama, please: Carter declared that the decline is "not because of any defect or fault on the part of the President of the United States." Cue the Cole Porter: it's just one of those things.
By Curtis Houck | July 7, 2015 | 12:36 AM EDT
While it may have been surprising that all three broadcast networks covered on Monday evening the deadly violence in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend, what wasn’t surprising was that they looked to blame guns for the violence and advanced the cause of more gun control (as opposed to gang violence or the need for better policing).
Bloomberg Reporter Bases 'Factories Making a Comeback' Story on a Survey, Ignoring Horrible Contrary DataBy Tom Blumer | July 6, 2015 | 11:55 PM EDT
As I was looking for news coverage of Thursday's horrid factory orders report from the Census Bureau late last week, I came across an incredibly optimistic Blomberg News report by Victoria Stilwell.
The headline of her story on July 1, the day before that factory orders release, read: "Factories Making a Comeback as U.S. Domestic Demand Picks Up." My reaction: On what planet? It turns out that Stilwell based her assessment on largely on a survey, namely the June Manufacturing Index published by the Institute for Supply Management earlier that day.
By Tim Graham | July 6, 2015 | 11:11 PM EDT
Only on PBS would it be considered part of a Fourth of July celebration to have the editor of The New Yorker gush over Barack Obama’s most “progressive” accomplishments. It’s also quite like PBS to have this journalist conclude that he feels about Obama just like you would feel about “your favorite ball team.”
The program was the late-night talk show Charlie Rose, and the gushiest moment from both Rose and New Yorker editor David Remnick came in celebrating Obama’s eulogy in Charleston for the late Clementa Pinckney, shot dead by a racist. They agreed this was an emotional pinnacle for the president, with Rose even saying it was “one of the great moments anyone has ever seen.” PBS, they suggest, is the channel for emotional restraint?
By P.J. Gladnick | July 6, 2015 | 10:11 PM EDT
To the barricades! Or rather, to the virtual barricades since that requires much less effort. And in the case of lethargic Politico labor reporter the less real effort the better since according to his "work" schedule, Elk has produced only five Politico stories in fourteen weeks with absolutely no work performed by him in over five months.
Ironically, Elk is now the one demanding that Politico be unionized. Um, before you advocate for "workers' rights" don't you have to at least do a little work? The most work that Elk has actually done in over five months was producing a semi-literate workers' manifesto relayed to the world by Eric Wemple at the Washington Post:
By Tom Johnson | July 6, 2015 | 10:02 PM EDT
Boldly combining the investigative techniques of David McCullough and Maury Povich, New York magazine’s Chait has done a little historical paternity testing and determined that Andrew Jackson “is, clearly, the father of the modern Republican Party.”
Chait argued that Jackson’s status as “the progenitor of the Democratic Party” is based on “a myth.” On the other hand, Jackson “believed the Constitution prevented the government from taking an active role in managing economic affairs” and “was instinctively aggressive, poorly educated, anti-intellectual, and suspicious of bureaucrats,” all of which correspond to right-wing GOP behaviors and attitudes of today.