Tuesday's CBS Evening News and Wednesday's CBS This Morning touted the latest poll results from the regular CBS News/New York Times poll regarding the 2016 presidential race. However, as of Wednesday evening, the evening and morning newscasts have yet to report on one statistic from the poll: a bare majority of Americans (51 percent) believe that business owners "should be allowed to refuse services to same-sex couples if same-sex marriage violates their religious beliefs."
By Tom Blumer | May 6, 2015 | 3:50 PM EDT
Tuesday evening, I wrote that there appears to be a need for an intervention among the economics writers at the Associated Press.
At the time, I was referring to how the wire service's Christopher Rugaber, in his dispatch on a trade group's upbeat business sentiment survey appearing about an hour after Martin Crutsinger's writeup on the horrible March trade imbalance, failed to report Crutsinger's relayed observation, based on the opinions of others, that the economy likely contracted in this year's first quarter instead of barely growing at the 0.2 percent annualized rate currently recognized.
By Katie Yoder | May 6, 2015 | 3:22 PM EDT
When it comes to politics, abortion is one of Hollywood’s preferred topics – as actress Kathleen Turner recently demonstrated.
In a recent piece for the abortion-happy site RH Reality Check, Kathleen Turner (Romancing the Stone, Prizzi's Honor) deemed barriers to abortion as “fundamentally wrong.” The Golden Globe award-winning actress called out “anti-choice” and personhood groups that aim to “end abortion rights in our country.”
By Tim Graham | May 6, 2015 | 2:23 PM EDT
Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight wrote that Pamela Geller and her “hateful ilk” displayed the “freedom to do something stupid.” But Knight wrote a passage that is surprisingly ignorant of what’s in the newspapers:
By Jeffrey Meyer | May 6, 2015 | 12:54 PM EDT
On Wednesday, NBC’s daily “First Read” online political publication touted how Hillary Clinton has set a “trap” for Republicans by supporting full citizenship for illegal immigrants here in the United States.
By Jeffrey Meyer | May 6, 2015 | 11:47 AM EDT
On Tuesday night’s Hannity, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke slammed the ”liberal mainstream media” for ”propagating this false narrative about how law enforcement treats black males and people in the black community” in places like Baltimore and Ferguson. He accused the media of ginning up “race politics. They support a lot of the leftist agenda when it comes to this stuff, identity politics....they have become the mouthpiece, they have become the propaganda wing of leftist policy and leftist ideology.”
By Matthew Balan | May 6, 2015 | 11:44 AM EDT
CNN's Chris Cuomo made an eyebrow-raising argument about the First Amendment in a Wednesday post on Twitter. Cuomo replied to a post that decried that "too many people are trying to say hate speech (isn't equal to) free speech," and claimed that "it doesn't. hate speech is excluded from protection. don't (sic) just say you love the constitution...read it."
By Tom Johnson | May 6, 2015 | 11:25 AM EDT
Some pundits have speculated that the Baltimore riots may benefit Republicans in next year’s elections. On the other hand, Walsh, of Salon and MSNBC, thinks that the unrest has yielded an opportunity for liberalism.
In a two-part series, Walsh argued that one lesson of Baltimore is that Democrats' Bill Clintonesque center-left “approach to race, crime and inequality” has proved inadequate, and that the party now must confront “the big structural issues driving poverty and rising inequality, not the behavior of the poor.” Meanwhile, sniped Walsh, when it comes to those problems the GOP is “still race baiting” and “still stuck in the 1980s.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | May 6, 2015 | 10:43 AM EDT
During an interview on Wednesday’s Good Morning America to discuss his newly formed presidential campaign, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee hilariously told George Stephanopoulos, former communication director for Bill Clinton, how he is best suited to defeat the “Clinton machine.”
By Tom Blumer | May 6, 2015 | 10:09 AM EDT
The headline at Sandhya Somashekhar's Washington Post column on Pamela Geller, whose Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest was the target of a failed terrorist attack, acts as if that attack is her fault: "Event organizer offers no apology after thwarted attack in Texas."
Somashekhar's work reeks of contempt for Geller and her efforts, even going beyond the media malfeasance cited in the Brent Bozell-Tim Graham column posted at NewsBusters Tuesday evening.
By Bryan Ballas | May 6, 2015 | 9:49 AM EDT
The pro-abortion crowd is getting desperate. With public opinion slowly shifting away from their favor and the number of abortion mills closing, it seems their days are numbered. According to Salon,com there is only one thing left to do about the pro-life movement: "more people, media and academics in public discourse, need to talk about this as terrorism — because that’s what it is."
By Jeffrey Meyer | May 6, 2015 | 9:29 AM EDT
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley sat down with CBS This Morning’s Norah O’Donnell for an exclusive interview that aired on Wednesday and the CBS anchor made sure to push the liberal line about whether or not the GOP has a “problem with women voters?”
By Mark Finkelstein | May 6, 2015 | 8:24 AM EDT
Timer ready? Go!: foreign countries and rich people gave millions to the Clinton Foundation and/or paid Bill big bucks to give speeches. In return, Hillary's State Department pushed policies favorable to them. And, stop! I timed that at exactly eleven seconds.
On today's Morning Joe, Mike Barnicle made the absurd claim that the shady dealings described in Clinton Cash, officially out today, won't hurt Hillary much because they're too hard for Americans to understand. "I challenge you to explain in one or two minutes to, you know, anyone, what is going on here with the Clintons and all this foundation money."
By Tim Graham | May 6, 2015 | 7:02 AM EDT
Even The Washington Post is picking up juicy gossip from The Daily Caller. A long-running lawsuit against Ed Schultz from NBC producer Michael Queen revealed e-mails from Schultz “in which he’s less than complimentary about his now-MSNBC brother, Chris Matthews.”
By Curtis Houck | May 6, 2015 | 2:02 AM EDT
During the opening monologue of Tuesday’s Late Show on CBS, David Letterman channeled his inner Chris Matthews in professing his admiration for President Barack Obama following his appearance on Monday’s program by declaring that “you can feel the electricity in the room” whenever he’s on the program.