NewsBusters executive editor Tim Graham sent an open letter to The Washington Post on Tuesday over Post humorist/blogger Alexandra Petri mocking the Duggar family's "dangerous cult of purity" on camera and off in a Friday article on her blog "ComPost."
By Matthew Balan | May 26, 2015 | 3:39 PM EDT
On Tuesday's New Day, CNN's John King touted Bill and Hillary Clinton's participation in a Memorial Day parade in Chappaqua, New York. King played up how "we don't see them together in public all that often," and gushed over how it was apparently "smart on her part" for not taking "any questions about politics."
By Kyle Drennen | May 26, 2015 | 3:04 PM EDT
In an effort to preemptively denounce a Supreme Court ruling against ObamaCare, on Monday, the Associated Press warned of “ugly potential fallout” if health insurance subsidies in the law were struck down. The article began by fretting: “A Supreme Court ruling due in a few weeks could wipe out health insurance for millions of people covered by President Barack Obama's health care law.”
By P.J. Gladnick | May 26, 2015 | 2:06 PM EDT
Say my name. ---Walter White aka Heisenberg in Breaking Bad.
New York Times writer Robert Pear knows his name but he didn't say it in his article about how four words in the Obamacare law was simply a mistake. Pear quotes a number of people involved in the law's writing process but fails to mention the one who was acknowledged as the architect of Obamacare...until it became politically inconvenient to do so---Jonathan Gruber. And the reason why Gruber's name went unmentioned in the article is because of his claim, recorded for all eternity on video, that only state established health exchanges would be eligible for subsidies.
By Tom Blumer | May 26, 2015 | 1:56 PM EDT
I think it's a safe assumption that I need to inform the vast majority of readers here that former Democratic Massachusetts Congressman Patrick Murphy has a new weekend show on MSNBC.
On that show on Sunday, Murphy interviewed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. In the "Who was more out of touch?" contest between the two, it was a draw. Murphy asserted that the war against ISIS had "mixed results" during the past week, virtually equating the fall of Ramadi in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria, the latter of which he did not mention, with the special forces operation which killed ISIS's "money man" in Syria. Pelosi, aka San Fran Nan, somehow took comfort in how "we" are making "advances" against ISIS — in social media.
By Scott Whitlock | May 26, 2015 | 12:34 PM EDT
In the past, the hosts of CBS This Morning fawned over Hillary Clinton and potential candidate Elizabeth Warren, but on Tuesday they grilled Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul. The Senator appeared to promote his new book, but Charlie Rose focused on Paul's stand against government surveillance. He dismissed: "Senator McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham have both said this is revenue-raising, that is a performance."
By Kyle Drennen | May 26, 2015 | 12:09 PM EDT
While ignoring the rolling release of her State Department e-mails, Tuesday’s CBS This Morning did find time to tout Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton making the number two spot on the annual Forbes magazine list of the world’s most powerful women.
By Connor Williams | May 26, 2015 | 11:40 AM EDT
On the May 26 edition of Morning Joe, panelists Mike Allen, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin were all bullish about Hillary Clinton’s prospects for creating a wave that could carry down-ballot Democrats to their own election victories in 2016. Allen happily noted that Democrats were using “the historic element of her candidacy and the higher turnout that you traditionally get in a presidential year” to help propel down-ballot candidates in House, Senate and state races.
By Katie Yoder | May 26, 2015 | 11:24 AM EDT
The media remembered Memorial Day this weekend by covering something beautiful: a Marine in prayer with his bride-to-be.
A photo of a U.S. Marine and his bride-to-be before marriage went viral over Memorial Day weekend. Moments before their wedding, U.S. Marine Cpl. Caleb Earwood and his fiancée Maggie joined hands in prayer around a corner to avoid making eye contact before the ceremony. Dwayne Schmidt Photography captured the scene on camera, and posted the photo to Facebook where it got picked up – by the media.
By Kyle Drennen | May 26, 2015 | 11:03 AM EDT
In a story for Tuesday’s NBC Today devoid of any Hillary Clinton critics, correspondent Andrea Mitchell highlighted “one Democratic ally,” Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, “considered a potential running mate by some should Clinton win the nomination,” dismissing the e-mail scandal still swirling around the former Secretary of State as a “side show.”
By Kristine Marsh | May 26, 2015 | 10:02 AM EDT
Tip for retailers: If you’re trying to make money disrespecting the American Flag – especially on Memorial Day Weekend – just hope James Woods doesn’t hear about. Or, for that matter, thousands of other patriots on Twitter.
PacSun, a national clothing retailer aimed at teens and young adults was selling a black t-shirt with a graphic of the American flag upside down in stores and online this past Memorial Day weekend. A woman saw the display at her local Pacific Sunwear store in Foley, Alabama, and posted it to Facebook where it went viral. This elicited a strong reaction from others calling for a boycott on the retailer for this insensitivity, particularly on a patriotic holiday.
By Tom Blumer | May 25, 2015 | 11:12 PM EDT
In a Thursday interview recorded for Megyn Kelly's Fox News show that evening, Charles Krauthammer provided stunning evidence rarely mentioned even on Fox — and almost never in the establishment press — relating to how unserious the administration's and the Pentagon's "strategy" has been in containing, let alone defeating, ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Krauthammer began discussing the inadequacy of the American military effort at the 1:58 mark of the video which follows the jump, charging that President Obama is only "pretending to be doing something," and discussed the long-term consequences if the situation doesn't turn around.
By Tim Graham | May 25, 2015 | 10:22 PM EDT
Politico has just discovered something we at MRC have been noticing since 1996: women's magazines are a "liberal pipeline to soccer moms." Media reporter Hadas Gold announced “a Politico review of several of the magazines’ past few months of coverage suggests that readers will be getting a heavy dose of liberal cheerleading this campaign season along with their skincare, makeup and fashion tips.”
The headline was "Where the media loves Hillary Clinton." As if other establishment media outlets are anti-Hillary?
By Melissa Mullins | May 25, 2015 | 7:33 PM EDT
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews once famously said that Obama sent a “thrill up my leg,” and even announced on air that it was his job to make sure Obama succeeded. With news that his wife, Kathleen Matthews, is expected to run for Maryland’s 8th District congressional seat, who’s to say he won’t use his status and show as a platform to do the same for her campaign?
Politico reporter Dylan Byers reported that Matthews has been involved with his wife’s campaign meetings, which have focused on campaign planning and strategy. Let's guess who does most of the talking...
By Jack Coleman | May 25, 2015 | 7:28 PM EDT
Future commencement speech invitations for Beltway media eminence grise Bob Woodward effectively evaporated, at least in the Northeast, after his appearance yesterday on Fox News Sunday.
Woodward, who'll be known in perpetuity as the stable half of the reporting duo who brought down Richard Nixon for a scandal that now appears paltry compared to the vast money-laundering scheme dignified under lofty title of Clinton Global Foundation, admirably did his part to puncture a sacred liberal myth -- that Bush lied and people died. As Woodward sees it, only the latter half of that equation is correct.