On Thursday, the network morning shows were beside themselves with enthusiasm over Democrats taking to the House floor to demand gun control with an all-night sit-in. On NBC’s Today, correspondent Peter Alexander was particularly swept up in the excitement and declared the partisan political stunt to be “Truly one of the most dramatic demonstrations on the House floor in modern American history.”
By Scott Whitlock | | June 23, 2016 | 12:28 PM EDT
All three networks on Thursday gushed over the possibility that Barack Obama might have an ownership stake in a basketball team after leaving the White House. NBC opened the Today show with naked excitement. A graphic cheered, “Full court Prez!” Co-host Savannah Guthrie enthused, “Does President Obama have his sights set on owning a team in the NBA after he leaves office? What the White House is revealing about the Commander in Chief's hoop dreams.”
By Sam Dorman | | June 23, 2016 | 11:48 AM EDT
Just before the UK’s vote regarding whether it should remain in the European Union (EU), National Public Radio aired three stories on Brexit on one program. All the stories were biased against leaving the EU.
By Maggie McKneely | | June 23, 2016 | 11:43 AM EDT
Meet Supergirl’s newest side-kick, Madame President. The CW’s Supergirl is the antidote to cries that there’s not enough estrogen in the superhero industry. The title character is Superman’s biological cousin and, like every good superhero, uses her powers to save the world from imminent peril.
By Kristine Marsh | | June 23, 2016 | 11:13 AM EDT
On Thursday morning’s CNN Newsroom, host Carol Costello brought on Erich Pratt, executive director for Gun Owners of America to argue with him about guns as the root cause of violence in the U.S. Unfortunately for Costello, her guest had facts ready to combat the journalist’s agenda and ably argued his point to where Costello had nothing left to defend her case.
By Karen Townsend | | June 23, 2016 | 11:08 AM EDT
The premiere episode of HBO’s new weekly sports talk show hosted by Bill Simmons debuted Wednesday night. The 46-year-old blogger, podcaster and ESPN talent now hosts his very own talk show on HBO called Any Given Wednesday where he is free to allow guests to swear like sailors and he can have fun bashing Republicans.
By Elliot Polsky | | June 23, 2016 | 10:58 AM EDT
Oscar, Tony, and Emmy award winning actress, Helen Mirren, travelled to Israel to host the Genesis Prize, which is colloquially called, “the Jewish Nobel.” According to Haaretz, she “has visited Israel several times, and has been a vocal critic of pro-Palestinian activists who have called for a cultural boycott of Israel.”
By Melissa Mullins | | June 23, 2016 | 9:46 AM EDT
Last week the New York Daily News thought they would try to make a bold statement by donning a picture of a U.S. Marine dressed in military fatigues and holding a big bad “assault rifle” on the front cover with the following headline, “No civilian should own this gun.” In addition to such a blasphemous news cover, the editors of the paper snarkily added, “Hey, NRA: This Marine served in Iraq and says assault rifles should be banned. Does that make him a gun-grabbing commie, too?”
"This Marine" was a liberal Democrat congressman from Massachusetts
By Jorge Bonilla | | June 23, 2016 | 9:16 AM EDT
It has often been said that politics is downstream from culture. But when it comes to Spanish-language media, politics and culture are virtually joined at the hip, as evidenced by recent coverage of an anti-Trump tweetstorm from Mexican actress Kate del Castillo.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | June 23, 2016 | 12:48 AM EDT
Donald Trump delivered a condemning speech against his opponent Hillary Clinton Wednesday, explaining why he calls her “Crooked Hillary.” The “big three” networks rushed to her defense, mostly picking on the easy targets among his allegations. But NBC’s Hallie Jackson went the farthest in bending the truth to counter Trump, and make Clinton look good. “Trump never one to mince words, though today not all of them were true,” Jackson reported during Nightly News.
By Tom Blumer | | June 22, 2016 | 11:46 PM EDT
Here's a new item for the sarcasm-laden "Our country is in the very best of hands" stack of embarrassments Instapundit's Glenn Reynolds has been accumulating during the past several years. The headline at media aggregator Grabien.com is: "AG LYNCH ADMITS THE FBI HAS LOST TRACK OF OMAR MATEEN’S WIFE."
If this admission had occurred during any non-leftist presidential administration, the establishment press would jump at the chance to publish and broadcast embarrassing law enforcement news such as this far and wide. But in this case, a review of stories at the Associated Press's main national site, its Big Story site, and at the New York Times found no indication that the nation's two primary establishment news gatekeepers have noted Attorney General Lynch's admission concerning Noor Salman, the wife of Orlando massacre terrorist Omar Mateen.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | June 22, 2016 | 10:56 PM EDT
On Wednesday, House Democrats staged a sit-it on the House floor trying bring their failed Senate bills to a vote in the House. Many are calling their actions a publicity stunt, and they seem to be right. All three of the liberal networks were glued to Capitol Hill during their evening broadcasts. “The dramatic sit-in on Capitol Hill,” ABC’s David Muir touted on World News Tonight, “Sitting down, demanding action on gun control.” The sit-in also gave them the opportunity to trash House Republicans.
By NB Staff | | June 22, 2016 | 10:21 PM EDT
On Monday, Tim Graham reported that NPR was wrong to suggest gun activist Shannon Watts was one of those accidental activists who were “just regular people....folding the kids’ laundry...who had never done anything political before.” But in reality, Watts was a longtime PR specialist with a record of political contributions to Barack Obama and national Democrats.
On Tuesday, NPR ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen announced on Twitter that complaints to NPR had spurred the taxpayer-supported network to post a correction online. NPR and Jensen are to be commended for posting a correction and making it known, which is fairly rare in our national broadcast media.
By Tim Graham | | June 22, 2016 | 10:01 PM EDT
ABC’s Good Morning America spent four minutes on Tuesday morning promoting a new birth-control app where doctors can dispense contraceptives without a face-to-face visit. ABC even promoted it for what’s controversial about it.
Co-host Lara Spencer began: But right now – the way girls as young as 13 may be getting the pill. The New York Times reporting it is happening with new apps and websites.”
By Tom Johnson | | June 22, 2016 | 9:21 PM EDT
With developments including the Democratic sit-in on the House floor and Sen. Chris Murphy’s yeah-he-went-there allegation that “Republicans have decided to sell weapons to ISIS,” it’s been a busy and highly theatrical week among anti-gun forces. Michael Tomasky thinks the tide on gun issues is turning in favor of liberals, but expects they won’t win decisively until there’s “a tragedy” -- a deadly mass shooting -- “that will make everyone, even the number of Republicans who’d be needed to break a filibuster, say ‘enough.’” Tomasky imagined that such an incident “would have to…click all the demographic boxes just right—a white man who bought an assault weapon with no background check and went on a rampage and killed many white people in a heavily Republican part of the country.”