CNN's Chris Cuomo played defense for the Obama administration on Tuesday's New Day as he interviewed Senator Bob Corker on his proposed legislation to "give Congress a say on the Iran deal," as the anchor put it. Cuomo wondered, "How can they negotiate a deal if the Iran side of the table says – well, you really can't give me any assurances, because you have to go to your Congress after this? You know, that's a big...set of handcuffs."
By Ken Shepherd | April 14, 2015 | 5:34 PM EDT
Thinking they're on to an aha moment, catching Louisiana's Republican governor in gross hypocrisy, MSNBC.com today hits Bobby Jindal for refusing to release some work emails.
By Kyle Drennen | April 14, 2015 | 4:56 PM EDT
After NBC devoted three full segments and over seven minutes of air time to promoting Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign at the top of Monday's Today, the network morning show offered another full segment at the top of the 7:30 a.m. ET half hour fawning over the 2016 contender, with co-host Matt Lauer proclaiming: "Let us begin this half hour, though, with more on Hillary Clinton's second run for the White House and what we can expect from her family this time around."
By Scott Whitlock | April 14, 2015 | 4:24 PM EDT
As though they were teenage girls chasing after the Beatles, journalists on Tuesday excitedly chased after Hillary Clinton and her "Scooby van." MSNBC kept vigil, waiting for a 2016 campaign event. Reporter Alex Seitz-Wald gushed, "We can see the motorcade approaching right now... We see the Scooby van, the famous Scooby van is coming down the road right now towards our set up now!"
By Tom Blumer | April 14, 2015 | 4:13 PM EDT
Journalists' and leftists' (but I repeat myself) misguided love for Cuba goes back decades. Y'know, free healthcare (cough), yada-yada.
Now that President Obama is unilaterally changing the relationship between the two nations, and as usual getting nothing in return, you'd think that they'd be happy. Heck no. It started several months ago when Fox News's Shepard Smith fretted about how a thaw in U.S.-Cuban relations might "ruin the place," and has been echoed in many quarters since then. Early today, CNN International went over the top, essentially communicating in one picture their concern that the changed situation will "ruin" what has already been ruined:
By Kyle Drennen | April 14, 2015 | 4:08 PM EDT
On Tuesday afternoon, MSNBC laughably touted an eight-second exchange with Hillary Clinton by White House correspondent Kristen Welker as an "exclusive interview." During the 1 p.m. ET hour of his show, anchor Thomas Roberts excitedly told viewers: "Want to go back to Iowa where I just mentioned that we have this new exclusive NBC video of Hillary Clinton out on the stump there in Iowa. And our correspondent Kristen Welker talked with Clinton exclusively."
By P.J. Gladnick | April 14, 2015 | 4:02 PM EDT
Wow! How original! Hillary Clinton is taking a trip in a van to Iowa. That pretty much describes the attitude of Meet The Press host Chuck Todd in reaction to Hillary Clinton's "Scooby Doo" van. Chuck tweeted about the supposed spontaneity of such an "original" idea, completely forgetting the brutal reality as we shall see. As a result, poor Chuck was widely mocked in reaction.
By Kristine Marsh | April 14, 2015 | 3:40 PM EDT
The media are whining after a contentious interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie last week and an earlier one with CNBC’s Kelly Evans, that Rand Paul is the new "sexist" GOP candidate. On April 14’s Today show anchor Hoda Kotb asked Paul’s wife, Kelley, what was “going through her mind” while watching the contentious interview with Savannah Guthrie last Wednesday.
By Scott Whitlock | April 14, 2015 | 3:19 PM EDT
According to ABC's Cokie Roberts, hints that Hillary Clinton may be unlikable can be traced back to sexism. The veteran journalist appeared on Good Morning America, Tuesday, to promote her new book, but the conversation veered into a discussion of 2016. Citing an unnamed poll, Roberts referenced "research that shows that a woman who is strong and powerful is seen as not friendly and empathetic."
By Kyle Drennen | April 14, 2015 | 2:26 PM EDT
In interviews with ABC and NBC following his Monday presidential announcement, Florida Senator Marco Rubio was treated to nearly identical questions pressing him on why he dared compete with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush for the 2016 Republican nomination.
By Katie Yoder | April 14, 2015 | 2:25 PM EDT
Hippocratic Oath be damned. Abortion schooling is a must for physicians, according to one MSNBC host.
During her MSNBC’s Lean Forward on April 11, host Melissa Harris-Perry questioned Physicians for Reproductive Health’s Dr. Anne Davis on a North Carolina bill that would prohibit the “basic core skill” of abortion at state medical schools. The two described abortion education as a “core part” or a “core skill” five times during the five-minute seventeen-second interview.
By NB Staff | April 14, 2015 | 2:22 PM EDT
MRC president Brent Bozell appeared live from Washington today on the Fox Business program Varney & Co. The topic was the media’s difference in covering Hillary Clinton versus the Republican presidential candidates. Bozell said the campaign coverage is all “the Hillary Clinton spin machine.” With her wealth, she’s the “uber one percent,” not an “everyday American.”
Meanwhile, he said, Marco Rubio is being presented as too young and inexperienced to be president.
By Tom Blumer | April 14, 2015 | 2:01 PM EDT
Late Monday afternoon, the Associated Press's Martin Crutsinger produced a typically dodgy dispatch on the government's Monthly Treasury Statement. The Treasury Department released the March version of that report covering the first six months of the current fiscal year early Monday afternoon.
The odd thing is, while it has been published elsewhere at the web sites of certain of its subscribers, a search on "budget deficit" (not in quotes) at the wire service's national site indicates that it's not present there at all. The national site's only mention of March's deficit is in the sixth of 13 listings at a "Business Highlights" summary. It reads as follows (bolds are mine throughout this post):
By Jeffrey Meyer | April 14, 2015 | 1:30 PM EDT
While the media have so far refused to label Hillary Clinton as a liberal since she announced her White House bid, on Tuesday CBS This Morning was quick to ID her potential Republican opponent, Florida Senator Marco Rubio as “conservative.” In fact, the “Big Three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks took a similar route following Senator Cruz’s presidential announcement, labeling him conservative 13 times in on one day.
By Tim Graham | April 14, 2015 | 1:15 PM EDT
Daily Beast contributor Michael Daly, once a columnist for the New York Daily News, marked the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination by telling the story of Nancy Bushrod, the wife of a slave-turned-soldier who met Lincoln on his last day. But by the story's end, Daly had turned it into a promotion for President Hillary Clinton, and even President Michelle Obama.