During an exclusive interview with former Baltimore Mayor and Maryland Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley on Thursday’s edition of The Lead on CNN, host Jake Tapper asked the possible presidential candidate for what he thinks of “conservatives who say, this shows that liberal policies are failing urban America.” In addition to discussing the protests and rioting in Baltimore and what was then known about the investigation into the death of Freddie Gray, Tapper shifted to discussing his record as mayor in context of what’s taken place over the last week in the Charm City.
By Randy Hall | May 1, 2015 | 5:44 PM EDT
Just when you think you've heard it all from the Rev. Al Sharpton, who combines his liberal activism with hosting the weekday PoliticsNation program afternoons on the MSNBC cable channel, he comes up with another absurd demand that leaves people of all races shaking their heads in disbelief.
His latest outrageous comment came on Thursday, when Sharpton met with Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore's Democratic mayor, and other local officials to address the issues behind the riots and looting that took place after 25-year-old Freddie Gray died while in police custody for allegedly possessing a switchblade on April 12.
By Kyle Drennen | May 1, 2015 | 4:30 PM EDT
Apparently voters can expect to see Rick Harrison of History Channel's Pawn Stars hitting the campaign trail for Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio.
By Ken Shepherd | May 1, 2015 | 3:44 PM EDT
On Thursday evening I blogged about how Chris Matthews clumsily used the phrase "crack the whip" when asking a black actor about why the Congressional Black Caucus doesn't do more to push their agenda items in the U.S. Congress.
Well today I discovered that Matthews used similar language in an interview with President Obama from Dcember 2013.
By Katie Yoder | May 1, 2015 | 3:32 PM EDT
Baltimore experienced terrorism – but not from abroad, according to Morgan Freeman.
In an April 30 Newsweek interview, Morgan Freeman supported the recent Baltimore riots following the death of Freddie Gray. The Academy-Award winning actor blamed “police terrorism” for the “unrest in Baltimore,” and backed the protestors.
By Joseph Rossell | May 1, 2015 | 3:10 PM EDT
One socialist coalition is inadvertently relying on capitalism to protest just that.
The World Socialist Web Site and other groups sponsored the International May Day Online rally, which will feature live speeches streaming around the world on May 3, 2015. The event has many slogans including, “Down with capitalism and imperialism,” and “Unite the working class internationally against war, dictatorship and poverty!”
By Tim Graham | May 1, 2015 | 2:43 PM EDT
On Monday night, NPR’s newscast All Things Considered did a fact-check on the Clinton family’s claims about their own foundation’s transparency. Money-and-politics correspondent Peter Overby found both Chelsea Clinton and Bill Clinton weren’t entirely factual, exaggerating how transparent their foundation was. But NPR quoted watchdogs that this could just be an “innocent mistake.”
Overby strangely concluded this was like other Clinton controversies, “not terribly clear, shaped by exaggerations on both sides.” Both sides? Overby failed to list any anti-Clinton exaggerations
By Kyle Drennen | May 1, 2015 | 12:20 PM EDT
In a scathing article for Politico Magazine on Thursday, senior media writer Jack Shafer wrote an obituary for the career of suspended NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams: "At this point, Brian Williams knows he's dead: He's simply negotiating the terms of his burial."
By Curtis Houck | May 1, 2015 | 12:09 PM EDT
During a segment about Twitter, NBC’s Late Night host Seth Meyers on Thursday night praised Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s reaction to series of tweets from Republican Senator Tom Cotton (Ark.) as “well-done” and admitting that he was “very impressed” with Zarif’s use of “reverse criticism.”
By Bryan Ballas | May 1, 2015 | 12:04 PM EDT
For the first time since Norman Thomas, America finally has a viable self-proclaimed socialist presidential candidate in the form of Senator Bernie Sanders. However, the Huffington Post tells us not to panic. After all, Sanders is not just a socialist. He’s a “democratic socialist.” That makes it okay.
By Scott Whitlock | May 1, 2015 | 11:22 AM EDT
While the journalists at Good Morning America on Friday hyped details on the "devastating" Bridgegate scandal that is creating a "headache" for Chris Christie's 2016 presidential bid, they avoided the latest on the unfolding revelations enveloping the Clinton Foundation and its foreign donors. However, CBS This Morning reporters actually followed up with Nancy Cordes alerting viewers that "the foundation acknowledged the week it did not disclose 1,100 mostly foreign donors" and that the organization "did not inform State Department ethics officials when foreign governments increased their donations."
By Tim Graham | May 1, 2015 | 10:33 AM EDT
In his Friday column, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman launches into the press for failing to honor Hillary Clinton as a learner for flip-flopping on the drawbacks of trade agreements.
"The press, I’m sorry to say, tends to punish open-mindedness, because gotcha journalism is easier and safer than policy analysis. Hillary Clinton supported trade agreements in the 1990s, but now she’s critical. It’s a flip-flop! Or, possibly, a case of learning from experience, which is something we should praise, not deride."
By Curtis Houck | May 1, 2015 | 12:14 AM EDT
English-language networks ABC, CBS, and NBC and Spanish networks MundoFox, Telemundo, and Univision covered the news on Thursday night that independent Senator Bernie Sanders (Vt.) will seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, but only NBC Nightly News chose to label him a “socialist” after ABC and CBS had previously done so on Thursday morning. While correspondent and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell characterized Sanders as a “socialist,” Mitchell offered some fawning words for him when she declared that he was “not your typical blow-dried politician.”
By Tom Blumer | April 30, 2015 | 10:51 PM EDT
On Wednesday, Fox News reported that "a senior law enforcement official" who has since emerged from anonymity told them that Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake "gave an order for police to stand down as riots broke out Monday night."
That source, Michael Lewis, currently the Sheriff in Wicomico County and a former Sergeant with the Maryland State Police, appeared on the Norris and Davis show in Baltimore today and repeated his assertion, while adding that the orders included commands to retreat. Those who listen to the interview following the jump will have little doubt that Mr. Lewis is telling the truth, leaving all to wonder how it can be that, from what I can tell, no one in the nation's establishment press at this point has reported what he is saying:
By Melissa Mullins | April 30, 2015 | 10:16 PM EDT
By now, most of us have seen "Baltimore Mom" Toya Graham take matters into her own hands when she saw her son participating in Monday’s rioting in Baltimore. The video of Graham going after her 16-year-old son went viral, making her somewhat of a celebrity, others would say hero. Many have applauded Graham and her actions, while some in the media – particularly in liberal outlets like Salon.com and The Washington Post -- have condemned those who praise Graham for having "chased down, cursed and beat her 16-year-old son in the middle of a riot."