On Monday, Eriq Gardner of The Hollywood Reporter spotlighted how the National Association of African-American Owned Media filed a lawsuit against Comcast and Time Warner Cable which seeks "at least $20 billion in damages from the way the two giants allegedly discriminate against black-owned media." The lawsuit also alleges that Comcast "made large cash 'donations'" to Al Sharpton and his National Action Network in order to "divert attention away from discrimination."
By Tom Blumer | February 23, 2015 | 4:10 PM EST
In a discussion with plenty of other objectionable elements on Sean Hannity's Fox News show Friday, Juan Williams asserted that "There's no question that if you look at our Constitution, there are elements of racism right in it." Note his use of the present tense.
The version of this country's founding document Williams was referencing must be 147 or more years old, because the only element of the original Constitution which was arguably racist — the inclusion of non-free persons as three-fifths of a person for the purpose of allocating House seats in Article I — went away when the 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868. Even that argument ignores the existence of white slaves at the time of its adoption.
By Ken Shepherd | February 23, 2015 | 3:44 PM EST
On the Monday after the Oscars, MSNBC Morning Joe co-host Mika Brezinski appeared on her colleague Ronan Farrow's canceled-but-still-broadcasting to promote her "Know Your Value" campaign to teach women how to be more effective negotiators in the marketplace for better pay and benefits. During her chat with Farrow, the issue of "pay inequality" in Hollywood was discussed, including the allegation that movie star Jennifer Lawrence was "underpaid" relative to her male co-stars in 2013's American Hustle.
Brzezinski ludicrously insisted that Lawrence should demand back pay from producers of the film.
By Matthew Balan | February 23, 2015 | 3:07 PM EST
Jonathan Martin of the New York Times targeted Scott Walker on CNN's New Day on Monday over his "gotcha game" attack on the media." Martin contended that Governor Walker "doesn't want to answer these kinds of questions – which is problematic, but it also gives him an opportunity on the right." He added that "it's all kind of a depressing, cynical exercise, frankly, because...Walker doesn't want to play the game, and by not playing the game, he then gins up sympathy on the right against the media."
By Bryan Ballas | February 23, 2015 | 2:32 PM EST
The Islamic State is beheading Christians and sex trafficking young girls as it ruthlessly consumes everyone in its path. The Islamic group Boko Haram is wreaking havoc across Nigeria. An Islamic terrorist murdered Charlie Hebdo staff over cartoons. But Newsweek -- or the wandering ghost of the old Newsweek brand, now owned by IBT Media -- has identified a much graver threat than Islamic terrorism: Islamophobia.
On the Opinion section of Newsweek.com last week, an article explored a Center for American Progress report called “Fear 2.0" which explored “The Islamophobia Network’s Efforts to Manufacture Hate in America.” But in fact, the article was simply a reprint directly from the CAP website.
By Kyle Drennen | February 23, 2015 | 12:58 PM EST
On Monday, both NBC's Today and CBS This Morning used a terrorist threat against the Mall of America in Minneapolis to hit the Republican Congress over the Department of Homeland Security funding fight. On Today, White House correspondent Kristen Welker concluded her report on the security concerns by declaring: "Meanwhile, the clock is ticking with Congress locked in a bitter battle over how to fund DHS. If Congress can't resolve its differences by Friday, the agency that oversees much of the nation's security operations will run out of money."
By Jeffrey Meyer | February 23, 2015 | 12:01 PM EST
On Sunday’s State of the Union, CNN’s Gloria Borger hosted three prominent Republican politicians to discuss the ongoing debate surrounding Rudy Giuliani and his suggestion that President Obama doesn’t love America. Throughout the combative segment, Borger hit the former New York City mayor for his “hateful” comments and went so far as to claim that he “kind of hijacked the conversation in a different direction.”
By Scott Whitlock | February 23, 2015 | 11:03 AM EST
Hollywood conservative John Ratzenberger, best known for starring in the long-running Cheers, appeared on Fox News, Friday, to blast liberal elitists who look down on those without college degrees. Your World anchor Neil Cavuto referenced Scott Walker and noted, "He didn't finish college. So, he doesn't have that prestigious degree. He could be up against an Ivy Leaguer like Hillary Clinton." Ratzenberger zinged, "You know Ivy Leaguers and I know Ivy Leaguers. And I tell you, those are not the people whose houses you rush to after an earthquake."
By Jeffrey Meyer | February 23, 2015 | 10:29 AM EST
For the fifth day in a row, the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks have obsessed over comments made by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in which he questioned President Obama’s love of America. Since the Giuliani story first broke on Thursday, February 19, the “big three” have given the story 21 minutes and 22 seconds of coverage, with NBC representing 14 minutes and 53 seconds of that total.
By Tom Blumer | February 23, 2015 | 10:25 AM EST
On Friday, Jim Kuhnhenn at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, seemed to enjoy President Barack Obama's rant against Republicans and others grossly dissatisfied with the economy's performance on his watch. He described Obama as "taunting Republicans" in his speech at the Democratic Party's winter meeting in Washington.
The wire service itself seems less enamored of Kuhnhenn's less than presidential portrayal of Obama. Based on a search on "taunting," the first word in his report, it is no longer present at the AP's national site.
By Kyle Drennen | February 23, 2015 | 10:11 AM EST
During an interview with House of Cards actor Kevin Spacey for NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday, correspondent Cynthia McFadden noted: "A life-long Democrat, Spacey says he, like many Americans, is frustrated with Washington." Spacey proclaimed: "I think that what is truly unfortunate is when an entire party makes a decision that they're going to block every single thing that a president wants to accomplish. It's very – it's very hard to get anything done in those circumstances."
By Mark Finkelstein | February 23, 2015 | 9:50 AM EST
MSNBC might like to replace "Lean Forward" with a new slogan: "Dissent Is Unpatriotic."
On today's Morning Joe, discussing the Rudy flap, Mika Brzezinski said: "I question the patriotism of someone who questions the president's patriotism." Joe Scarborough retorted that for years on MSNBC, Keith Olbermann got away with saying much worse about W without criticism from Mika or others in the MSM.
By Tim Graham | February 23, 2015 | 9:03 AM EST
On their front page Monday, The Washington Post explored Team Obama’s pursuit of a presidential library to further his legacy. The headline was “Which side of Chicago is Obama’s kind of town?”
The story by Nick Anderson lovingly chronicles the people campaigning for Obama’s “presidential center,” and contained zero mention of a recent left-wing “die-in” against the more upscale option at the University of Chicago, as we noted in mid-January.
By Rich Noyes | February 23, 2015 | 8:52 AM EST
This week, after a federal judge delays implementation of President Obama's executive amnesty, the networks frame it as “a historic day... on hold,” and a ruling that “dashes American dreams for millions of families.” Also, a rogues’ gallery of journalists led by Dan Rather leap to the defense of suspended NBC News anchor Brian Williams, while others in the media wish we'd stop talking about ISIS terrorists in favor of something more important: global warming.
By Tom Blumer | February 23, 2015 | 12:08 AM EST
In his Friday Washington Post column, Dana Milbank accused Scott Walker of "cowardice" which "ought to disqualify him as a serious presidential contender."
Walker's alleged "cowardice" was his failure to disown the following remark made by New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani: “I do not believe that the president loves America.” Last time I checked, Rudy's entitled to his opinion, and Walker's entitled to opt out of psychoanalyzing the Oval Office's current occupant. This sent Milbank into a a blind fury (bolds and numbered tags are mine):