While Matt Lauer pressed Secretary of State John Kerry on the Iran nuclear deal during an interview on Friday’s NBC Today, the co-host did allow Kerry to continue to make false claims about the policy without challenge.
By Curtis Houck | July 24, 2015 | 4:19 PM EDT
At two separate points on Friday's The Rundown on MSNBC, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd, NBC's Chris Jansing and fill-in host Thomas Roberts bemoaned the lack of gun control during the Obama administration and especially after Newtown. Todd called on “responsible leaders” to put “everything on the table” to consider whether or not incidents such as the one in Lafayette Thursday night are part of “an epidemic” because “[i]t feels like one.”
By Geoffrey Dickens | July 24, 2015 | 3:52 PM EDT
New e-mails, obtained via Judicial Watch, show the IRS didn’t just target conservative non-profits but also donors who gave to those organizations. So far none of the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) networks have yet to report on these latest revelations in the IRS scandal.
By Scott Whitlock | July 24, 2015 | 3:20 PM EDT
Andrea Mitchell apparently had a brain freeze on Friday as she tried to come up with a synonym for the "progressive" policies of Bernie Sanders. While discussing Hillary Clinton, Mitchell stumbled, "It is her trying to walk the line between the far more progressive and far more – I don't know what to call them other than the progressive policies – of Bernie Sanders which have caught fire certainly in Iowa." Mitchell "doesn't know what to call" the policies of Bernie Sanders? Bernie Sanders has repeatedly called himself a socialist. So, how about starting there?
By Sarah Stites | July 24, 2015 | 2:04 PM EDT
It’s old news that Jimmy Carter believes Jesus would support gay marriage and some abortion. But Fox News? Well, Carter doesn’t like that.
Earlier this week, NY Times reporter Philip Galanes sat down for lunch with the former president and black author Jacqueline Woodson to discuss issues of race and religion, including the confederate flag, black-white relations and same-sex marriage.
By Spencer Raley | July 24, 2015 | 12:06 PM EDT
Following the tragic Lafayette shooting last night, Boston Globe and Slate freelancer Luke O’Neil took to Twitter to voice his opinion on the matter. Liberals like O’Neil believe that simply banning guns will make them magically go away, along with all the violence committed by gun-carrying criminals. But before all the firearms evaporate, this liberal freelancer would enjoy seeing something else happen first: the mass murder of all 2nd amendment supporters.
By Brad Wilmouth | July 24, 2015 | 11:50 AM EDT
On Friday's CNN Newsroom, anchor Carol Costello declared that it is "ridiculous" that the CDC has opposed President Obama's idea to do a study on gun violence because, as relayed by correspondent Michelle Kosinski, the government agency was afraid of being targeted for budget cuts if it did so.
After Kosinki filed a report recalling President Obama's "frustration" at not getting more gun laws passed, she concluded by relating:
By Kyle Drennen | July 24, 2015 | 11:33 AM EDT
In a live interview with Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer lobbed a softball about the news that the Justice Department was considering launching a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal: “As you’ve heard, two inspectors general have called for a criminal investigation into her use of that private e-mail server for sensitive information. As someone who occupies the job and knows what information is handled by someone in your position, is this politics or is she in real trouble?”
By Connor Williams | July 24, 2015 | 11:27 AM EDT
In a discussion on Planned Parenthood today on Morning Joe, regular MSNBC contributor and editor of Bloomberg Politics Mark Halperin championed the popularity of the ‘family planning’ organization. Halperin asserted that “Planned Parenthood in general and what they do – as we saw with Mitt Romney – is pretty popular with a lot of people who will vote in this presidential election.”
By Clay Waters | July 24, 2015 | 11:24 AM EDT
News broke on Hillary Clinton's email controversy Thursday night, and Michael Schmidt and Matt Apuzzo led with this sentence in their initial report on nytimes.com: "Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether Hillary Rodham Clinton mishandled sensitive government information on a private email account she used as secretary of state, senior government officials said Thursday." But after pushback from the Clinton camp, that tough lede became a laughably evasive accusation "into whether sensitive government information was mishandled in connection with the personal email account Hillary Rodham Clinton used as secretary of state...."
By Scott Whitlock | July 24, 2015 | 11:02 AM EDT
The co-hosts of CBS This Morning on Friday ganged up on Marco Rubio and pushed the idea that the Senator should just give up opposing Barack Obama's deal with Iran. Co-host Norah O'Donnell lectured, "You heard Secretary Kerry say it's a fantasy to think you can just bomb away Iran's knowledge." She later reminded, "Senator, the deal now has the unanimous support of the UN Security Council. You heard the Saudi foreign minister as well say that they support this deal." O'Donnell pestered Rubio as to whether he had enough votes to override a presidential veto.
By NB Staff | July 24, 2015 | 10:28 AM EDT
On Thursday’s edition of The O’Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel, host Bill O’Reilly cited statistics complied by the Media Research Center to lambast the “big three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC for their minuscule coverage of the Planned Parenthood video scandal which O’Reilly and guest Bernie Goldberg found to be yet another sign that “[l]iberal philosophy dominates” the news media.
By Tim Graham | July 24, 2015 | 10:22 AM EDT
The New York Times has repeatedly demonstrated that protesters they like are far more newsworthy than protesters they don’t like. The number of protesters doesn’t really matter at all. Five years ago, they reported a whole story on four (count them on one hand) illegal-alien protesters for amnesty. A few months later, they repeated it with a whole story on five protesters.
But on Wednesday, thousands (as many as 12,000) flooded Times Square a few blocks north of the newspaper’s offices to protest President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, and the Times buried that in one paragraph -- paragraph 15 -- of a Thursday story headlined “Campaign for Congressional Backing of Iran Nuclear Deal Begins.”
By Curtis Houck | July 24, 2015 | 12:19 AM EDT
It took only 12 minutes into their live coverage on Thursday night of the deadly movie theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana before CNN Tonight invoked gun control and President Obama with panelists lamenting the lack of “sufficient common sense” on guns, the need for a “more realistic in a interpretation of the Second Amendment” and that the issue will go down in history as President Obama’s “biggest defeat.”
By Matthew Balan | July 24, 2015 | 12:11 AM EDT
Rachel Zarrell, BuzzFeed's news editor, quickly apologized on Thursday night after two "reactive," as she put it, posts on Twitter regarding the shooting at a theater in Lafayette, Louisiana. Zarrell first linked to a NBCNews tweet about the murders, and added her obscenity-laced take on the incident: "Let's just give everyone guns, right? It's in the goddamn constitution." Twenty-one minutes later, the journalist brushed aside the understandable calls for prayer for the victims to lobby for the usual liberal solution to firearms crimes: "Don't pray. Push for gun control."