In the wake of the horrific attack on an Orlando nightclub by a man espousing allegiance to ISIS, it didn’t take long for the Big Three networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) to advance the preferred political line of the Democrats, in this election year, to push for more gun control. Beginning on the evening following the shooting, NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt on June 12, sounded the clarion call for gun control: “Today’s terror attack brings national security and the debate over gun control to forefront of the presidential campaigns once again.” And for the next week, an MRC study shows the broadcast network news programs flooded their shows with statements favoring gun control over gun rights by a ratio of 8 to 1.
By Tom Blumer | | June 22, 2016 | 8:08 AM EDT
The establishment press must not think that anyone should care about the millions of dollars Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary have "earned" making speeches, particularly to powerful banks and Wall Street firms, since he left the presidency in 2001 and after her time as Secretary of State ended in 2013.
That's the only explanation as to why Mrs. Clinton could promise, as she did on Tuesday, that the economy won't be rigged in favor of Wall Street if she is elected President, and then have a lapdog like MSNBC's Kasie Hunt completely fail to touch on the deep and shameless hypocrisy in Mrs. Clinton's statement. At least Hunt acknowledged that the economy, after 7-1/2 long years under President Barack Obama, "has been for many Americans slow to recover." No kidding, Kasie.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | June 22, 2016 | 2:19 AM EDT
Dana Loesch appeared on CNN’s Tonight with Don Lemon Tuesday to talk about, among other things, firearms in America. “There is something wrong with people's hearts when they want to go out and mass murder people,” she said to Lemon explaining the real issue behind mass shootings, “They are not going to be put off of committing that crime by just a simple gun law.”
By Erik Soderstrom | | June 22, 2016 | 1:05 AM EDT
After opening the series by mocking Donald Trump’s wife, NBC’s Maya and Marty decided to turn the lens on the presumptive Republican nominee himself in last night’s politically charged episode.
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | | June 21, 2016 | 10:53 PM EDT
In the wake of the Trump wrecking crane, President Obama’s approval ratings have risen above 50 percent. The media see greater appreciation for his “competence” in office – but why? In the wake of the Orlando attack, it’s easy to ask “How competent would the media make President Bush appear if an Islamic terrorist shot up a gay nightclub in Florida eight years ago?”
It seemed like every piece of bad news in the Bush years was somehow Bush’s fault, and proof of his incompetence. But absolutely no one in the media wonders for two seconds if Obama looks incompetent when a terrorist calls the cops to declare himself an ally of ISIS and shoots more than 100 people, killing 49.
By Clay Waters | | June 21, 2016 | 10:29 PM EDT
New York Times reporters Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Jennifer Steinhauer lamented the doomed legislative prospects for various gun-control bills in stories on Tuesday, tossing journalistic objectivity aside while all but weeping with the families of previous gun massacre victims. Stolberg’s profile piece, “Victims’ Families Watch as Gun Measures Stall,” was sodden with regret and bereft of objectivity, as shown from the first paragraph: "They are members of the Club Nobody Wants to Be a Part Of. And their numbers are growing."
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | June 21, 2016 | 10:13 PM EDT
News broke Tuesday that Democratic Representative Chaka Fattah, of Pennsylvania, was convicted of a laundry list of federal corruption charges. According to Politico, the list includes, “bribery, racketeering, money laundering, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, and filing false statements.” The elaborate scheme included Fattah lobbying the president or an appointment for one of his co-conspirator. All of this and the networks ignored it on their evening newscasts.
By Karen Townsend | | June 21, 2016 | 7:37 PM EDT
On Lifetime’s UnReal, a scripted drama about the behind-the-scenes making of a reality dating show, the recurring storyline of contestant Beth Ann (Lindsay Musil) being used as the chosen racist, white supremacist continues.
By Brad Wilmouth | | June 21, 2016 | 7:20 PM EDT
In the aftermath of the Orlando night club massacre, flawed polls claiming that about 90 percent of Americans want universal background checks for gun purchases have started making the rounds again as CBS last week and CNN this week have released such misleading findings. But over two years ago, a poll commissioned by the National Shooting Sports Foundation found that, when respondents were informed by the questioner that most gun show purchases already fall under the background check net, support for additional background check requirements plummeted.
By Randy Hall | | June 21, 2016 | 6:36 PM EDT
According to a report by Carol Costello of the Cable News Network, a theme park called the Ark Encounter that is being built in rural Williamstown, Kentucky, is generating controversy because the openly Christian facility has received $18 million in tax breaks from the state government. This is an inappropriate clash of religion and state, Costello claims, especially since employees at the park are required to sign a “Statement of Faith” disavowing same-sex marriage, premarital sex and adultery. They must also believe in Genesis and Jesus Christ.
By Samantha Cohen | | June 21, 2016 | 5:30 PM EDT
In the moments following Hillary Clinton’s “heartfelt” remarks on the economy, MSNBC on Tuesday showered the candidate with their ritualistic, post-appearance bravado. Correspondent Kristen Welker described the occasion as one where Clinton “turned up the heat on Trump.” As for reporter Kasie Hunt, the speech was one from a candidate who is “in a groove.”
By Matthew Balan | | June 21, 2016 | 4:35 PM EDT
Don Lemon boosted gun control on Monday's CNN Tonight during a panel discussion segment with Democratic Rep. Jim Himes, liberal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, and conservative guest Richard Feldman. Lemon played up how the "the police commissioner of New York City said...that Congress was completely controlled...by the NRA," and asked Himes, "Do you agree with that?" Toobin also asserted that gun rights supporters "control the entire Republican Party at this point....And that's why we're not getting gun control."
By Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | | June 21, 2016 | 4:32 PM EDT
Last week’s premiere of CBS’s new dramedy BrainDead certainly leaned left, but this week they were more evenhanded in their treatment of the right. Instead of the typical lefty caricature of conservatives, you get the sense they actually might have an understanding of real, sincerely-held conservative principles, which makes the Republicans’ dialogue in the show so much more realistic than anything we regularly see on TV.
By Remso Martinez | | June 21, 2016 | 4:28 PM EDT
Reports on ABC's World News Tonight on Monday and Good Morning America on Tuesday both downplayed the controversy, with correspondent Linzie Janis briefly remarking: "When asked his name, the gunman responds, 'My name is I pledge allegiance to Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi of the Islamic State.' Authorities initially redacting that pledge, but later releasing it caving into criticism." There was no mention of Republicans calling out the administration nor any use of the word "controversy."
By Kyle Drennen | | June 21, 2016 | 4:18 PM EDT
In an exclusive interview with Joe Biden on Monday for his PBS program, which was partially re-aired in the 8 a.m. ET hour on Tuesday’s CBS This Morning, host Charlie Rose actually questioned the Vice President on State Department officials rebelling against the Obama administration’s failed foreign policy in Syria: “So what did you think of those 51 diplomats in the State Department who said we need to be more aggressive?”