As Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus appeared as a guest on Sunday's This Week show on ABC, host George Stephanopoulos pressed the RNC chairman on whether Indiana Governor Mike Pence, as Donald Trump's running mate, would hurt the party with his pro-life views, and, after Priebus recalled the videos of Planned Parenthood selling aborted fetal tissue, the ABC host was in denial as he asserted that "There was never any proof of selling fetal parts."
By Dylan Gwinn | | July 17, 2016 | 8:32 PM EDT
Fox Sports 1’s Clay Travis did not suffer fools today, in the aftermath of yet another murderous attack on police officers. This time in Baton Rouge. Travis, also a trained lawyer, let the knowledge bombs fall.
By Tom Blumer | | July 17, 2016 | 8:31 PM EDT
Adam Ragusea, writing at Slate.com, believes that the word "terrorist" has become "uselessly arbitrary and loaded," because it "has acquired a powerful religious—and specifically Islamic—connotation" that "is substantively consequential."
As a result, Ragusea believes that the Associated Press, whose Stylebook sadly exerts nearly ironclad control over language used in U.S. establishment press journalism, should follow the lead of Reuters and stop using that word. Oh, and based on looking at what Reuters shamefully did with little fanfare, the word "terrorism" also needs to go.
By Jack Coleman | | July 17, 2016 | 6:28 PM EDT
Only a week after returning to the airwaves after deciding that even for a liberal she was too young to retire in her mid-50s, Randi Rhodes has staked a firm claim on the churlish end of left-wing commentary.
The ex-Air America Radio host, now venting via podcasts and a Kickstarter-funded website, let loose last week with what those deemed more balanced would consider a peculiar irritation.
By Clay Waters | | July 17, 2016 | 5:14 PM EDT
The New York Times' pulverizing of Trump’s vice-presidential choice, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, continued on Sunday. A front-page story by Monica Davey and Michael Barbaro painted Pence as a conservative extremist forcing an unconstitutional abortion regime onto the women of his state in “Abortion Wars Brought Pence Praise of Right." Another piece used the terms "loony lighweight" and "cranky" to characterize Pence.
By Tim Graham | | July 17, 2016 | 5:06 PM EDT
They say it’s the Republican convention, but the press will be happy to make it the Anti-Republican convention. On the home page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s website on Sunday was a large picture with the headline “National Convention of the Oppressed marches in Cleveland.” It doesn't matter how many attend. The crowd was estimated at “about 100.”
By Brad Wilmouth | | July 17, 2016 | 4:51 PM EDT
On Sunday's PoliticsNation on MSNBC, it was ironic enough that Daily Beast columnist and MSNBC analyst Jonathan Alter tried to indict GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump on "race" in the presence of career race-hustler and MSNBC host Al Sharpton, but, moments later, the liberal Alter made a point of praising Sharpton as having a "distinguished history as a street protester." That "distinguished history" of Sharpton's includes inciting riots -- some anti-Semitic in nature -- that resulted in arson and a number of homicides.
By Curtis Houck | | July 17, 2016 | 4:10 PM EDT
ThinkProgress LGBT editor Zack Ford went on an anti-police, vile Twitter tirade Sunday afternoon in reaction to the deadly ambush of Baton Rouge, Louisiana police officers by touting how “it’s no surprise some are taking justice into their own hands” considering “how police haven’t been held accountable for murdering black people.”
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | July 17, 2016 | 3:29 PM EDT
In a rather action packed interview during CNN’s State of the Union Sunday morning, host Jake Tapper grilled Secretary of State John Kerry about the extent of the ISIS threat and the government’s response. “They are shrinking … they are on the run,” Kerry claimed. But in a show of force Tapper countered hard, “Well, with all due respect, sir, I'm not sure that it looks that way to the public, that ISIS is on the run.”
Memphis Commercial Appeal Editor Apologizes For Presenting 'Wrong' But True Dallas Massacre HeadlineBy Tom Blumer | | July 17, 2016 | 3:23 PM EDT
The Memphis Commercial Appeal died as a genuine newspaper on July 12.
Its journalistic pulse stopped when its editor, Louis Graham, apologized for the paper's three-word front-page headline after the July 7 race-motivated massacre of five Dallas policemen, which read: "Gunman Targeted Whites."
By Tom Johnson | | July 17, 2016 | 2:04 PM EDT
Like or dislike Barack Obama, his keynote address at the 2004 Democratic convention caused a lot of people to think of him as a potential president. Now we have a Donald Trump speech that’s supposedly disqualifying as far as Trump’s bid for the presidency is concerned. According to the headline in Vox, Trump’s Saturday remarks introducing his VP pick, Mike Pence, “showed why” Trump “shouldn’t be president.” The article that followed, by editor-in-chief Klein, asserted that Trump’s speech “was weird [and] shocking. Forget the political mainstream. What happened today sat outside the mainstream for normal human behavior...This was also a scary speech to watch, and insofar as the presidential campaign is a test to see who has the character, the discipline, and the seriousness to be President of the United States, Trump is failing it.”
By Curtis Houck | | July 17, 2016 | 1:43 PM EDT
Predictably, some in the media sprinted to their corners minutes after news broke on Sunday that multiple Baton Rouge, Louisiana police officers had been shot dead with an MSNBC guest lashing out at “maniacs running around our country saying crazy things” concerning President Barack Obama and not individuals committing such atrocities but the guns they’re able to use to carry them out.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | July 17, 2016 | 12:45 PM EDT
It didn’t take long for MRC’s Rich Noyes’ prediction regarding the anti-GOP narrative the liberal media would be pushing to come true. Sunday morning on MSNBC’s PoliticsNation host, and riot inciter, Al Sharpton condemned the 2016 GOP platform, “the RNC platform is probably the most conservative one that we have ever seen.” One of the biggest problems with Sharpton’s generalization of the platform is that it’s very similar to previous platforms.
By Rich Noyes | | July 17, 2016 | 8:55 AM EDT
Here's a safe prediction about this week's Republican National Convention: TV reporters will paint the GOP as too conservative, hostile to women, anathema to blacks, and an all-around turn-off to voters. And that's not just because the ever-controversial Donald Trump is set to be nominated as the party's presidential candidate. Going back to the 1988 convention, the MRC has documented how reporters act like Democratic surrogates, lecturing Republican officials and delegates about how they are too far to the right and intolerant.
By Tim Graham | | July 17, 2016 | 8:31 AM EDT
Secular liberal journalists with a sensitivity toward Islam get very reluctant to cover "honor killings," when Muslim men kill the women in their families for bringing "dishonor" on their name. On Saturday, USA Today reporter Nick Penzenstadler penned an article on a Pakistani social-media celebrity being strangled by her own brother. The first headline caused Twitter outrage. It was "Pakistani model killed after offending conservatives."