During a press conference on Thursday with State Department spokesman John Kirby, it came to fruition that in January of 2016, the Obama administration used an unmarked cargo plane to airlift $400 million worth of cash to Iran in exchange for four American hostages. Earlier in August, President Obama coyly suggested this wasn’t some “nefarious” or “secret” deal. Friday on Morning Joe, co-host Joe Scarborough had harsh words for Obama, insisting he was “indignant” while “telling deliberate untruths.”
By Alatheia Nielsen and Katie Yoder | | August 19, 2016 | 2:05 PM EDT
Target took steps toward protecting women this week, but you won’t hear about it from the networks -- because the credit should go to conservatives.
In April, the retail giant announced it would allow employees and customers to use the restroom of their choice to accommodate transgender individuals. But on Wednesday, Target revealed it would invest $20 million into building single-stall bathrooms in stores.
By Clay Waters | | August 19, 2016 | 1:54 PM EDT
After literally fitting up President Obama as a candidate for Mt. Rushmore (“Obama was better than we imagined, better than the body politic deserved...”) Jim Nelson, editor-in-chief of men’s fashion magazine GQ (Gentleman’s Quarterly), followed up Friday with some fashionable Hillary hagiography and a side of Trump sexism: “The Trump Campaign Is Fueled by the Fear of a Female President.” Nelson posed the question “why were his followers so drawn to that hot temper and fulminating rage?” and answered it: “...fear of a gynarchy. Rule by women."
By Curtis Houck | | August 19, 2016 | 1:32 PM EDT
Former Daily Show host Jon Stewart made a cameo appearance on Thursday night’s finale of The Nightly Show to wish Larry Wilmore the best before cancellation and informed him that he shouldn’t “confuse cancellation with failure” because his fellow far-left comedian actually did resonate for having “started a conversation that was not on television when you began” about race in America.
By Scott Whitlock | | August 19, 2016 | 12:31 PM EDT
The network evening and morning shows seem to have badly misplaced priorities. ABC, CBS and NBC have already devoted 10 times more coverage to the Olympic swimmer “scandal” than they did the bombshell admission that the Obama administration linked the release of four American prisoners and a $400 million payment to Iran.
By Kyle Drennen | | August 19, 2016 | 12:29 PM EDT
With a news brief in the 9 a.m. ET hour on Friday, NBC’s Today jumped on a report that Hillary Clinton tried to blame former Secretary of State Colin Powell for her e-mail scandal during conversations with the FBI. The morning show’s news anchor Sheinelle Jones told viewers: “...sources tell NBC News that Hillary Clinton told the FBI that former Secretary of State Colin Powell recommended that she use a private e-mail account for unclassified communication.”
By Kristine Marsh | | August 19, 2016 | 12:29 PM EDT
Has Brazil ever been considered a “safe” place to visit (at least in recent history)? According to ABC, Ryan Lochte’s exaggerated and possibly fabricated tale of robbery has been the sole incident that has ruined Brazil’s stellar reputation for safety. On Friday’s Good Morning America, ABC’s legal correspondent Dan Abrams lamented this idea, arguing that Brazil didn’t want to jail the American athletes but just wanted to get “their reputation back."
WashPost Buries Iran-Ransom Admission in Middle of Page A-10 -- Despite Ransom Paid for Post Reporter!By Tim Graham | | August 19, 2016 | 12:14 PM EDT
Friday's New York Times put Iran on the top of front page, left corner: "U.S. Concedes It Postponed Iran Payment: GOP Cites 'Ransom' to Free 3 Americans." One of those ransomed Americans was Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, so it was peculiar that the Post buried this story on page A-10, and not at the top of page A-10 -- but underneath columnist Joe Davidson writing about the National Park Service.
By Sarah Stites | | August 19, 2016 | 11:40 AM EDT
More than 20 Team USA athletes have clearly articulated their faith in God through interviews, social media and blog posts. By giving God the glory in their successes, and gracefully yielding to His will in their disappointments, these stars are an inspiration to all of us.
By Kyle Drennen | | August 19, 2016 | 11:07 AM EDT
After completely ignoring a blatant display of anti-Semitism during last Friday’s judo competition at the Rio Olympics, this Friday, NBC’s Today finally noticed the shameful incident in which an Egyptian athlete refused to shake the hand of his Israeli opponent. During a round-up of highlights and lowlights from the games with NBC Sports commentator Mike Tirico, co-host Hoda Kotb noted: “Sports always brings like nations together that are sometimes at odds. But in judo, when the Egyptian athlete didn't shake the hand of the Israeli after losing, that was not cool.”
By Kristine Marsh | | August 19, 2016 | 11:04 AM EDT
It took former President Bush 5 days to visit Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina hit and the media would never let him off the hook for it, even calling it a “stain” he could “never recover from.” It’s been a week since devastating flooding hit many parts of the same state, destroying thousands of homes and killing 13 people but President Obama still has not stopped golfing in Martha’s Vineyard to visit. While none of the networks last night acknowledged the backlash Obama was facing, both ABC and CBS brought up the criticism this morning but took every chance to downplay the President’s role and defend his choice not to come to Louisiana’s aid.
By Sarah Stites | | August 19, 2016 | 9:33 AM EDT
Ben-Hur: when missing a golden opportunity for a gay love twist hurts worse than losing a chariot race.
Turns out not everyone is pleased with the platonic relationship between Ben-Hur and Messala in Timur Bekmambetov’s upcoming remake of the epic classic. According to Advocate contributor Daniel Reynolds, 1959 Ben Hur screenplay contributor and “godfather of gay literature” Gore Vidal would be “turning over in his grave” at the travesty.
By Dan Gainor | | August 19, 2016 | 8:25 AM EDT
A regular read of liberal websites calls to mind the famous Ian Drury and the Blockheads song, “Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll.” To quote the late punker, that’s “all my brain and body need.” Throw in politics and hating on conservatives and you have just defined every liberal website of any significance
By Tim Graham | | August 19, 2016 | 7:32 AM EDT
One perennially hot story on The Washington Post website promotes an “anarchist collective” of anti-Trump protesters and their attempt to humiliate the GOP nominee with a set of statues of a (mostly) naked Trump. Imagine for two seconds how much ink (or cyberspace) the Post would give to a set of humiliating “Naked Hillary” statues....or imagine how much it would be denigrated as a slimy effort by male chauvinist pigs, or a part of conservative “rape culture.”
The project is titlted “The Emperor Has No Balls,” which the Post bizarrely changed to “B—s,” as if decency is protected with a pile of photos of Naked Trump statues.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | August 19, 2016 | 12:38 AM EDT
Shocking news broke Thursday that the handoff of the $400 million cash payment to Iran was a highly coordinated endeavor and did not occur until the American hostages were safe. These new details lend farther evidence to the argument that the cash was a ransom payment. But when it came to reporting this development the “Big Three” networks barely gave it anytime at all.