On Sunday, ABC’s This Week promoted Socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and his recent trip to Iowa as he considers a potential 2016 presidential run.In a pre-taped segment, reporter David Wright touted how Sanders is “as unabashedly progressive as Ben & Jerry's…Sanders rails against the corrupting influence of money in politics. He stands for economic justice.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | February 22, 2015 | 10:29 AM EST
On Saturday and Sunday, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today continued to play up the ongoing controversy surrounding comments made by former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in which he questioned President Obama’s love of America. Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd went so far as to suggest that some Republicans fear the New York City mayor had caused the “issue of race” to pop up.
By Tim Graham | February 22, 2015 | 7:24 AM EST
On Saturday, The Washington Post published what can only be read as a Nancy Pelosi press release on the back page of the front section. The former speaker was in Havana with a bunch of other liberals “heaping praise” on Obama for softening up on the Castro dictatorship. There was nothing resembling a critic of Obama, Pelosi, or the Castros.
By Tom Blumer | February 21, 2015 | 11:59 PM EST
Thursday on his Your World show, host Neil Cavuto went after the Obama administration's near obsession with the coverage it gets on Fox News.
While Team Obama can count on the Big Three triumvirate of ABC, CBS and NBC to toe the line, promoting its points while generally avoiding damning information, Fox has generally remained fair and balanced, an approach which has clearly gotten under their ultra-thin skins.
By Brent Baker | February 21, 2015 | 11:48 PM EST
Bret Baier ended his Thursday show by playing the best items from the Late Show’s “Top Ten Things Joe Biden Said at This Moment” – the moment, a lengthy one, when Biden used both hands to grasp the shoulders of Stephanie Carter, wife of incoming Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, as he leaned in to whisper in her ear during her husband’s Tuesday swearing-in ceremony.
By Clay Waters | February 21, 2015 | 8:24 PM EST
The New York Times kept on its old Rudy the Racist beat, using the former New York City mayor's recent remarks suggesting President Obama doesn't love America to attack him in a front-page story on Saturday: "His remarks this week mostly drew derision and outrage, and seemed to further distance Mr. Giuliani from the heroic, above-the-fray image he carefully burnished after the Sept. 11 attacks, aligning him more squarely with the hard right of the Republican Party than at any other time in his career."
By Tim Graham | February 21, 2015 | 6:18 PM EST
Since the story hit The Boston Globe and The New York Times in 2002, the network newscasts of ABC, CBS, and NBC have been aggressive watchdogs of the Catholic Church in America and the accusations and lawsuits filed about sexually abusive priests.
But on Monday, the front page of The New York Times was utterly ignored by the networks, even the cable news networks (according to transcripts available for Nexis searching). “Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Imam Stir Rifts in Insular Illinois Community” was the headline of a a story by Matt Apuzzo, a Pulitzer Prize winner.
By Ken Shepherd | February 21, 2015 | 2:40 PM EST
President Obama is so wedded to his faulty notion that ISIS has absolutely nothing at all to do with Islamic theology that he banned a group of reform-minded Muslims from the just-concluded Countering Violent Extremism summit, the Washington Examiner is reporting today.
Lefty Bloggers Agree: Jeb’s Too Calm and Reasonable For Angry, Self-Pitying Christian Republican BaseBy Tom Johnson | February 21, 2015 | 12:56 PM EST
Bush seems not to share what Ed Kilgore calls the “vengeful rage about the alleged persecution of good conservative Christian folk” and what Peter Beinart describes as “the sense of Christian victimhood and superiority that lurks just below the surface in today’s GOP.”
By Jeffrey Lord | February 21, 2015 | 12:22 PM EST
Here is Joe Scarborough, a guy who blithely plays the co-host of a morning show on a network that has a god-awful record for living in the sewers of racial politics. This is the network that gives the possibly-soon-to-be-removed-to-the weekend lineup Al Sharpton an entire show.
But Joe is concerned about Rudy Giuliani - a guy whose political heroes include those vociferous racists Robert Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, with a considerable record of his own for saving black lives with a tough crime policy. Talk about turning things upside down?
By Tom Blumer | February 21, 2015 | 10:28 AM EST
On February 12, in a report on inventories, the Associated Press's Martin Crutsinger referred to an economist who believed, in Crutsinger's words, "that the economy expanded at a 2 percent annual rate in the final three months of the year (2014)." That result would be a fairly significant downward revision to the 2.6 percent rate the government estimated in late January.
The next day, Macroeconomic Advisers, a leading economic research firm which describes itself as "independent with no loyalty to any political ideology," estimated that the economy, as measured in its Gross Domesitic Product, "declined by 0.6% in December, and growth for November was revised down by three-tenths." Since then, though they may be out there somewhere, I haven't seen AP or other major news outlets make any reference to analysts' revised fourth-quarter estimates.
By Tim Graham | February 21, 2015 | 9:58 AM EST
Anyone who thinks the PBS NewsHour is a calm, rather nonpartisan forum on politics where no one does any trash-talking hasn’t seen Mark Shields on Fridays.
On Friday, Shields trashed Jeb Bush as a bumbler, and then just insulted governors Scott Walker and Chris Christie as “total novices” on foreign policy, like he’s a standup comedian. But eight years ago, Shields said only "serious candidates" were running.
By Mark Finkelstein | February 21, 2015 | 9:47 AM EST
From a shining city on a hill and Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall, to terrible deeds in the name of Christ and terrorists' legitimate grievances.
The chasm between Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama when it comes to their views of America and the world could hardly be wider. But on today's Up With Steve Kornacki, when the host asked the Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart whether President Obama talks and thinks about America differently from Reagan [and Clinton and Carter], Capehart emphatically replied "No. Rudy Giuliani is lying."
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | February 21, 2015 | 7:45 AM EST
Here’s one obvious sign that we live in a profane world. Fifty Shades of Grey, the “mommy-porn” book turned into a movie, complete with its whips and chains and erotic punishment, debuted to far less controversy than The Passion of the Christ in 2004.
The media toasted Fifty Shades as the biggest February movie opening weekend ever at $83.8 million, just a shade more than The Passion. But Mel Gibson’s Jesus film debuted on Ash Wednesday, not on Friday. According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, in its first five days, The Passion grossed $125.5 million; Fifty Shades stood at $98.5 million. It received a lousy C-plus CinemaScore from audiences, so its ticket sales may begin to trail off.
By Tom Blumer | February 20, 2015 | 11:32 PM EST
Earlier today, Thaddeus Murphy was charged in U.S. District Court in Colorado in connection with an attempted January bombing in Colorado Springs.
The targeted building houses that city's chapter of the NAACP, a barber shop — and, apparently at one time, a tax accountant's office. Quite a few people leaped to the conclusion that the bomb had to be meant for the NAACP, even though, as syndicated columnist and area resident Michelle Malkin noted last month, "The NAACP office is located on the opposite side of the building" from where the explosion occurred. The Criminal Complaint filed today indicates that the NAACP was not the target. The long vacant accountant's office was.