On Sunday’s MediaBuzz, Fox News contributor Juan Williams joined the liberal media in celebrating Univision anchor Jorge Ramos after his confrontation with Donald Trump. The former NPR correspondent argued “Jorge Ramos is no reporter. So, let’s not equate him with a reporter. He is the Walter Cronkite of Spanish language media in this country. He is the star journalist and he has a certain weight on issues of immigration specifically when he says that to his community this amounts to racism, discrimination, and oppression.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | August 30, 2015 | 12:48 PM EDT
On Sunday’s Meet the Press, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry blamed the growth of charter schools in New Orleans post-Katrina as one of the reasons the city has not improved since the storm. The MSNBC host proclaimed “for many who are African-American it's not a better city in part because this so-called success story in the schools also included charterizing the entire system, which also meant deunionizing all teachers."
By Jeffrey Meyer | August 30, 2015 | 11:40 AM EDT
On Sunday’s This Week, Cokie Roberts gushed over Univision’s Jorge Ramos as an “absolute icon in the Hispanic community.” After ABC’s Martha Raddatz interviewed Ramos about his confrontation with Donald Trump, Roberts swooned over the liberal journalist as someone who is a “very, very big deal, and you know, he's also sort of someone they swoon over.” Panelist Newt Gingrich rejected identifying Ramos as an actual journalist and labeled him Trump’s “opponent” who “[e]very night on Univision, he opposes the Republican Party. Every night.”
By Tom Blumer | August 30, 2015 | 10:42 AM EDT
The leftist press has despised Clarence Thomas ever since he fought off their attempt at what he properly characterized as a "high-tech lynching" to become a Supreme Court justice almost 24 years ago. It has worked to smear and discredit him ever since.
The latest such effort was posted online at the New York Times on Thursday and published in its Friday print edition. The online and print edition headlines at the piece by Adam Liptak, the paper's Supreme Court correspondent, made it appear as if the Times had discovered serious instances of plagiarism.
By Jorge Bonilla | August 30, 2015 | 10:40 AM EDT
Jorge Ramos' longtime co-anchor shot all the way in on the Jorge Ramos trollfest, and her editorial column really has to be seen to be believed. Here it is full text in all its glory (link to Spanish-language original here)
By Mark Finkelstein | August 30, 2015 | 9:34 AM EDT
Looks like Up With Steve Kornacki is becoming the go-to place for liberals to let their radical cats out of the bag . . . Yesterday, as we reported here, Josh Barro of the New York Times said that the only way to impact violent crime is to undertake a "massive" gun grab. Today, it was the turn of Salon's Joan Walsh to admit that she doesn't know "any liberals upset--outraged" by illegal immigration.
As we said of Barro, kudos to Walsh for her candor. And really, why would liberals be upset by millions of illegal, low-skilled, immigrants flooding into the country? It's not as if America has a culture worth preserving, after all. And as we know, another term for illegal immigrants is "future Democratic voters."
By Melissa Mullins | August 30, 2015 | 12:51 AM EDT
Carly Fiorina's seen a surge in approval ratings in polling after her excellent performance in the Fox News "undercard" debate in early August. But it appears that CNN's criteria for selecting which candidates get on stage for its debate in mid-September will leave Fiorina once again out of the main event, something the Fiorina camp is challenging.
By Brad Wilmouth | August 29, 2015 | 11:06 PM EDT
On Friday's PBS NewsHour, during a discussion of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's sagging poll numbers, host Judy Woodruff seemed unfazed by Clinton's incendiary claim that Republicans have similar views toward women as terrorists as she cited the charge as evidence that her campaign may be bouncing back.
Woodruff's suggestion came after liberal columnist and PBS regular Mark Shields warned that it is "a real problem" and "a killer" for a Democratic candidate to have poll numbers as weak as Clinton's when it comes to whether voters view her as someone who "cares about people and the needs of someone like you." After recounting that Democrats like Bill Clinton and Barack Obama had scored highly on this measure before their electoral victories, Shields fretted over her numbers:
By Clay Waters | August 29, 2015 | 9:02 PM EDT
Well, he may have been a "cynical figurehead," a "sinister puppet master" and "saber-rattling menace," but he did have nice hair. President Ronald Reagan is still a reliable figure of mockery in the liberal entertainment world, and a compliment about his hair was the most flattering thing in a New York Times story on the current crop of Reagan impersonations on 1980's-themed shows.
By Jeffrey Lord | August 29, 2015 | 7:47 PM EDT
Call it Trump paranoia. Or Trump Derangement Syndrome Be afraid. Be very afraid.
That is the unsubtle message from The New Yorker magazine this last week as its cover flap promoted the notion in big and bold white letters. "TRUMP And The White Nationalists: By stoking paranoia about immigration, Trump has energized the far right and is creating chaos in the G.O.P."
By Brad Wilmouth | August 29, 2015 | 4:34 PM EDT
Friday's CNN Newsroom showed a classic liberal media double standard as a GOP guest was hit from the left substantially more on the gun issue as compared to a later Democratic guest who was just barely hit from the right. In the aftermath of Connecticut Democratic Senator Chris Murphy's recent incendiary claim that congressional members -- referring mostly to Republicans -- who have opposed enacting more gun laws have "complicity" and are "sending a message of quiet endorsement of these murders," CNN host Poppy Harlow hit former Virginia Republican Governor Jim Gilmore almost entirely from the left.
Lefty Blogger: Excessive Political Correctness ‘Affects Maybe a Tenth of One Percent of the Population’By Tom Johnson | August 29, 2015 | 1:55 PM EDT
On Friday, Washington Monthly's Ed Kilgore and Kevin Drum of Mother Jones contended that the conservative war on political correctness is a tempest in a teapot, and that being politically correct is pretty much synonymous with not being a bigoted jerk.
By Tom Blumer | August 29, 2015 | 10:21 AM EDT
Three weeks ago, concerning Associated Press coverage of investigations into Planned Parenthood's baby body parts business, I noted that "Bad news for Planned Parenthood gets only local coverage," while "Exculpatory news, even if artificially concocted, gets national exposure."
Add the following to that observation: Obama administration attempts to punish states for attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, clearly nationally significant, only get local coverage. Kansas provides such an example.
By Scott Whitlock | August 29, 2015 | 10:15 AM EDT
The journalists at MSNBC may have too much time on their hands. On Thursday, the network played a graphic of a Donald Trump speech with the "breaking news" about his hair. MSNBC blasted, "Breaking News: Trump Has Woman Pull Hair to Prove It's Real."