On Sunday night's Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver delved deeply into the topic of transgender rights. The comic argued that those opposed to transgenderism – or even gender-neutral bathrooms – are on the wrong side of history: “[T]his is a civil rights issue, if you are not willing to support transgender people for their own sake, at least do it for your own, because we've been through this before. We know how this thing ends. If you take the anti-civil rights side and deny people access to something they're entitled to, history is not going to be kind to you.”
By Kyle Drennen | June 29, 2015 | 4:45 PM EDT
On Monday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie described “a bizarre legal fight in California” that “pits a group of nuns against their own archdiocese and music superstar Katy Perry...over who gets to buy a former convent.”
By Sarah Stites | June 29, 2015 | 3:27 PM EDT
BREAKING: Elite lefty journalists residing on the coasts may not be representative of the population as a whole!
Well, New York Times education reporter Motoko Rich seems surprised by the news. She tweeted as much in response to an article highlighting the resurgence of maiden-name retention, or “how few women keep their names after marriage.”
Rich’s surprise, she tweeted, was “proof I live in a bubble.” [Cue millions of heads nodding in agreement.]
By P.J. Gladnick | June 29, 2015 | 3:24 PM EDT
Arrest that reporter for attempting to commit a blatant act of flagrant journalism!
The Washington Free Beacon today carried a report from Adam Kredo about the State Department removing him from a briefing on the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria. He was even threatened with arrest by security. Here is how the State Department of "most transparent administration in history" dealt with Kredo:
By Tom Blumer | June 29, 2015 | 3:12 PM EDT
The world's financial markets had a terrible Monday. The debt crisis in Greece (population: 11 million) has been dominating the headlines and the press's attention, while serious deterioration in China (population: 1.36 billion) is getting short shrift.
It isn't just that the mainland Chinese stock market has broken the bear-market decline threshold of 20 percent in less than three weeks, dropping 21,5 percent from its June 12 peak. Its underlying economy, to the extent that such things can be ascertained in an information-controlled and news-manipulated society, appears to be in serious trouble. Associated Press reporter Ken Sweet, in a Friday Q&A writeup, emulated the worst tendencies of politicians. He posed a question about China's economy, "answered" it with a complete dodge, and pretended that its economy hasn't started slowing yet (bolds are mine throughout this post):
By Kyle Drennen | June 29, 2015 | 3:01 PM EDT
On Monday’s CBS This Morning, co-host Norah O’Donnell asked New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor about how the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling would impact 2016 Republican candidates: “...none of the 13 Republican candidates who are running for president have embraced gay marriage. How does that affect the ongoing presidential campaign?”
By Katie Yoder and Andrew Miller | June 29, 2015 | 2:34 PM EDT
After the Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage, journalists rushed to show an America that agrees with them – but the win wasn’t one-sided.
One or two dissenting opinions is common for the Supreme Court. Four? Not so much. When the Court ruled in favor of gay marriage Friday in Obergefell v. Hodges 5-4, all four dissenting justices (John Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Samuel Alito, and Clarence Thomas) wrote opinions decrying the decision of the majority.
By Brad Wilmouth | June 29, 2015 | 2:18 PM EDT
On Monday's CNN Newsroom, anchor Carol Costello talked up the idea that it would be better for Republicans to just accept the recent liberal Supreme Court ruling bolstering same-sex marriage as she hosted a discussion with right-leaning CNN commentator Tara Setmayer and Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis. As Setmayer predicted that different GOP presidential candidates would put forth different ideas on how to react to the ruling, Costello posed the question:
By Kristine Marsh | June 29, 2015 | 1:11 PM EDT
Taya Kyle, widow to American Sniper Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, is not a fan of Hillary Clinton.
In a Boston Herald radio interview Friday, Kyle discussed how Clinton’s careless response to Benghazi proves her lack of leadership skills and empathy for the American people.
By Spencer Raley | June 29, 2015 | 12:38 PM EDT
For a very brief moment yesterday, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry stopped her normal Obama administration cheerleading to criticize him for the way he handled a heckler last week during his speech at a gay pride reception. When the protestor wouldn’t quiet down and kept talking over Obama, he responded with “listen, you’re in my house,” which resulted in cheers and applause from those in the room.
By Connor Williams | June 29, 2015 | 12:28 PM EDT
On June 29, in a discussion about the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to affirm gay marriage as a constitutional right, Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough slammed President Obama for taking undeserved credit. The former Florida congressman noted: “[I]t’s sort of mind boggling that the president’s up there in 2015 and just as early as 2012 Joe Biden got out in front of the president. And Joe Biden's low point, politically, inside the White House was when he did that. Because he became immediately persona non grata.”
By Kyle Drennen | June 29, 2015 | 10:40 AM EDT
In an interview with Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz on Monday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie grilled the Texas Senator on his opposition to the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling, equating his stance with being against interracial marriage: “...one thing you also said was that you would support a Texas state clerk who refused to issue a license to a gay couple on religious grounds. Let me ask you this, if a state clerk refused to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple, would you agree with that, too?”
By Tim Graham | June 29, 2015 | 10:09 AM EDT
CNN’s Reliable Sources was in a celebrating mood about the Supreme Court’s gay marriage mandate on Sunday. Host Brian Stelter began with former ABC weatherman Sam Champion, who spoke to the power of liberal bias on television: “TV always eases the path for change” and “leads the way for acceptance.”
Stelter noted part of that “leading the way for acceptance” was ABC’s celebratory coverage of Champion’s wedding to artist Rubem Robierb on Good Morning America.
By Jeffrey Meyer | June 29, 2015 | 9:57 AM EDT
During an appearance on Fox News’ MediaBuzz on Sunday, Senator Ted Cruz blasted the liberal media for going easy on Hillary Clinton despite the numerous scandals surrounding her. Speaking to host Howard Kurtz, Cruz accused the media of being “docile” towards Hillary and if “any Republican did what she’s doing right now” the press would be obsessing over it on a daily basis.
By Tom Blumer | June 29, 2015 | 8:57 AM EDT
To be clear, professional sports broadcasting is thankfully long past the time when the announcers would annoyingly sugarcoat dismal player performances. (Though I would prefer that those who actually played the game engage in this criticism, and that play-by-play announcers who haven't try to stay away from it.)
So it would have been somewhat acceptable if veteran NBC broadcaster Bob Costas, as he was doing the play-by-play for a Friday night Chicago Cubs-St. Louis Cardinals game, had merely stated the obvious, i.e., that Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop, after giving up a home run, hitting a batter, and walking one while only getting one out, had an "atrocious" outing. But that's not what he said. Costas ripped into Strop for (imagine that) looking up and pointing to the heavens as he headed towards the Cubs' dugout.