On Sunday’s Good Morning America, ABC reporter Mary Bruce went to bat for Vice President Joe Biden as he contemplates a potential White House run in 2016.
By Tim Graham | August 2, 2015 | 7:44 AM EDT
Liberals are already getting verklempt over Jon Stewart retiring from The Daily Show. On the front of Sunday’s Arts & Style section of The Washington Post, the headline is “Shrug it off. John would want it that way.”
“The longer the run and more devoted the fan base, the louder the wails,” proclaimed TV critic Hank Stuever as “Jon Stewart’s incomparable, culturally significant run as the host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show cuts deeper than the usual sign-off.” His devotees “still speak the language of denial: How can he leave us?”
By Brent Baker | August 1, 2015 | 11:58 PM EDT
Lieutenant Clay Higgins, of the St. Landry, Louisiana Parish Sheriff’s Department, delivered a tough video message to a thief who, FNC’s Bret Baier noted, had “targeted his favorite restaurant.” Baier ended his show this past Tuesday night with the “crime stoppers” video Jimmy Fallon had played on the Tonight Show.
By Tim Graham | August 1, 2015 | 11:17 PM EDT
In a chat this week with a roomful of TV critics, incoming Daily Show host Trevor Noah upset his liberal audience base by suggesting he’s going to be different than Jon Stewart by hammering less on Fox News Channel in the future.
One liberal complained to The Washington Post: "Isn't that like ignoring the 5000 lbs of Elephant Dung in the Middle of the Room?"
By Tim Graham | August 1, 2015 | 10:17 PM EDT
A Los Angeles Times report on Saturday made it sound like disgraced NBC anchor Brian Williams was going to be spread all over the schedule on MSNBC. The headline was “MSNBC opens daytime hours for breaking news; Brian Williams will helm.” Reporter Stephen Battaglio wrote Williams will be "set up at his own anchor desk on the third floor of NBC News headquarters in New York's Rockefeller Center."
Williams, who isn't likely to show up on the air until September, "will be MSNBC's go-to anchor from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the East Coast."
By Melissa Mullins | August 1, 2015 | 9:53 PM EDT
Did anyone tell Ed Schultz he missed his final episode on Friday?
The Ed Show was cancelled along with three other MSNBC shows, and although the entire gang was there for the last episode of The Cycle, and Alex Wagner had a few laughs at the conclusion of her show, Mr. Ed was nowhere to be found. The reason, MSNBC say it was due to “pre-existing scheduling conflicts.” Somehow I don’t believe that.
By Clay Waters | August 1, 2015 | 8:14 PM EDT
"How Fox News Made My Dad Crazy" is how The Daily Beast introduced Jen Yamato's profile of Jen Senko's left-wing documentary The Brainwashing Of My Dad, and that's not just headline hyperbole but an accurate summary of a truly wacky documentary. Used her dad as a political prop, Senko's Brainwashing doc, which found a suitable home at a Michael Moore film festival, purports to show how her loving, "goofy," popular dad became a racist homophobic Republican pig thanks to radio hosts Bob Grant and Rush Limbaugh – a dangerous dosage of audio hate drug injected via long daily car commute. But how to deprogram a dittohead?
By Melissa Mullins | August 1, 2015 | 3:24 PM EDT
Fox News Channel personality Geraldo Rivera recently weighed in on Cecil the Lion and the controversy surrounding Walter Palmer, the Minnesota dentist who killed the beloved lion.
Geraldo took to twitter and tweeted the following: "Is it penis envy?"
By Tim Graham | August 1, 2015 | 2:50 PM EDT
Diana Falzone at FoxNews.com reports that there’s some intra-liberal squabbling on the Hollywood Left over a new proposal being considered at Amnesty International that would call for a global decriminalization of sex trafficking.
Over 400 people signed a letter from the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW) that decries a “policy that calls for the decriminalization of pimps, brothel owners and buyers of sex — the pillars of a $99 billion global sex industry."
By Jeffrey Lord | August 1, 2015 | 1:04 PM EDT
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | August 1, 2015 | 8:07 AM EDT
In 2002, it was considered scandalous when Bob Woodward revealed Fox News boss Roger Ailes had sent a "back-channel message" to President Bush urging tough talk on terrorism shortly after 9/11.
In the Obama administration, journalists have sauntered in and out of White House meetings with (not notes sent to) President Obama, with no brow-furrowing and harrumphs from their peers. Still, it came as a surprise when Politico reported that liberal comedian and “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart made two secret visits to the White House. Controversial? Not on your life. Politico gushed it “speaks volumes about Stewart and his reach.”
By Tom Blumer | July 31, 2015 | 11:11 PM EDT
On Thursday, Curtis Houck at NewsBusters noted how the Big Three networks and the two leading Spanish-language networks ignored the latest developments in the now 813 day-old IRS targeting scandal. As usual, only Fox News covered a congressional hearing on, in Fox's words, "the lack of accountability following the IRS targeting of tea party and other groups" as well as a federal judge's threat "to hold (IRS Commissioner John Koskinen and Justice Department attorneys in contempt of court for failing to produce status reports and Lois Lerner e-mails."
Not that this excuses the non-coverage, but if these outfits were relying as subscribers on the Associated Press to make sure that the contempt threat made by U.S. District Court Judge Emmitt Sullivan got the visibility it deserved so they would be aware of it and use it, the wire service's Stephen Ohlemacher let them down — and, I would argue, deliberately so.
By Melissa Mullins | July 31, 2015 | 11:07 PM EDT
Here’s something you don’t hear very often. CNN political commentator Sally Kohn seems to think “white privilege” encompasses white murderers.
Kohn wrote a piece for the Washington Post titled, “We blame minority groups for individual crimes. Why do white conservatives get a pass?” The article is about James Houser, the man who opened fire in a Lafayette, La., movie theater, and how white privilege allows society and the media to treat him as an individual who committed a crime, and not holding a certain group accountable for one person’s actions like is often done with minorities.
By Matthew Balan | July 31, 2015 | 10:52 PM EDT
On Friday's NBC Nightly News, Lester Holt badgered former Florida Governor Jeb Bush on the issues of race and racism. Holt underlined how "12 percent of African-Americans, 25 percent of Latinos have a favorable view of the Republican Party," and asked, "Is it a perception problem, or is this party fundamentally out of touch – tone-deaf – to minority communities?" He later played up how Bush "never used the word 'race' or 'racism'" during a speech "in front of a predominantly black audience."
By Matthew Balan | July 31, 2015 | 9:30 PM EDT
Friday's World News Tonight on ABC failed to mention that 37 out of 1,000 of Hillary Clinton's e-mails from her private e-mail server, which were released earlier in the day, contained information that is considered "confidential." Substitute anchor Elizabeth Vargas did give a 28-second news brief on the "flood of documents from the Hillary Clinton campaign" that include tax forms from between 2007 and 2014, as well as a statement from her doctor that she is apparently "fit to serve as president."