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 Republican opponents of gun control -- 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."
By Mark Finkelstein | August 29, 2015 | 9:27 AM EDT
Give Josh Barro credit for candor. When it comes to guns, the New York Times correspondent makes no bones about the kind of draconian, Second Amendment-defying approach he thinks is necessary.
Forget about expanded background checks or other such measures. The only way to have a "big impact on violent crime," according to Barro, is to emulate Australia and "really take away massive amounts of guns that people have, reduce the rate of gun ownership substantially."
By Melissa Mullins | August 29, 2015 | 9:04 AM EDT
Stephen Colbert graces the cover of the latest issue of Time magazine and discusses why he folded The Colbert Report to take over David Letterman’s Late Show.
Only bits of the interview with Time TV writer James Poniewozik have been released online, but it gives some insight on what to expect from the full interview. Most notably, Colbert claimed that when “in character” – a politically charged character – that he never wanted to come across as some sort of political hero or ambassador:
By Erin Aitcheson | August 29, 2015 | 8:45 AM EDT
Remember the days when there were just boys and girls? Thanks to liberals that ship has not sailed, but the Left is doing everything possible to make sure that ship burns and sinks to the bottom of the ocean.
Now more than ever, it seems the gender and sexual identity movement is everywhere you turn. The growing trend has attracted more and more young people and pushes against anything considered “traditional.”
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | August 29, 2015 | 8:01 AM EDT
The double standard our media impose on child sexual abuse is garishly obvious. On August 14, The Washington Post set the stage for the coming American visit of Pope Francis with another splashy front-page story on a man still berating the Catholic Church after being abused by a priest from 1969 to 1976.
But on August 21, after a court sentenced former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck, 48, for sexually abusing a 15-year old boy merely a year ago, the Post ignored it completely. Apparently there was no room. That boy’s family had no media advocate there.
Media Yawns as Fox Reports That FBI's Investigation Into Hillary Clinton Is Focusing on Espionage ActBy Tom Blumer | August 29, 2015 | 12:53 AM EDT
The establishment press is all over revelations by Fox News Friday morning that the investigation of Hillary Clinton's emails involves a "section of the Espionage Act is known as 18 US Code 793," and that "the focus includes a provision of the law pertaining to 'gathering, transmitting or losing defense information,'" according to "an intelligence source." ... Just kidding.
The only reaction I've seen thus far is at the Friday evening version of "The 2016 Blast" collection by Henry C. Jackson at the Politico. The fifth item covered — after a snippet on "John Kasich's Aerial Attack" and three snoozers on Mrs. Clinton's predictable dissembling — reads as follows (bolds and italics are theirs):
By Tom Blumer | August 28, 2015 | 10:22 PM EDT
At the Associated Press today, Christopher Rugaber appears to have played along with a game of make-believe in his coverage of the August release of the University of Michigan's Survey of Consumers.
The index dropped for the second straight month, this time from 93.1 to 91.9, a point below August's prelimnary reading of 92.9. That trailed expectations that it would come in at 93.0. The survey's director, Richard Curtin, claimed that the drop occurred "mainly due to the recent volatility in stock prices." Whatever his reason for making that claim, it doesn't pass the smell test, and Rugaber had all the information needed to figure that out (which he may have) and report it (which he didn't).
By Matthew Balan | August 28, 2015 | 10:15 PM EDT
ABC, CBS, and NBC 's evening newscasts on Friday all failed to cover Hillary Clinton's latest inflammatory attack on Republicans – this time on illegal immigration. Clinton slammed the GOP earlier in the day on the issue, and made a thinly-veiled comparison to the Holocaust: "I find it the height of irony that a party, which espouses small government, would want to unleash a massive law enforcement effort...to go and literally pull people out of their homes and their workplaces, round them up, put them...in buses, boxcars – in order to take them across our border."
By Tim Graham | August 28, 2015 | 9:19 PM EDT
In the Los Angeles Times, Dexter Thomas warmly recalled hip-hop artist Kanye West dropping a rhetorical bomb on President George W. Bush ten years ago in a supposedly unifying fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina victims on NBC. It was headlined “When Kanye West told George Bush that Black Lives Matter.”
"I hate the way they portray us in the media,” West said, quavering. “If you see a black family, it says they’re looting. If you see a white family, it says they’re searching for food.” The paranoia grew. He declared “Those are my people down there … they’ve given [the military] permission to go down and shoot us.” Then he said “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.”
By Mark Finkelstein | August 28, 2015 | 7:02 PM EDT
Care to see the sneering face of supercilious liberal condescension? Check out the video clip of John Fugelsang, a Sirius host who appeared on MSNBC this afternoon. He laid out a loony conspiracy theory according to which Fox News wanted to "give" the GOP nomination to Jeb, so that he in turn could lose to Hillary, and Fox could be the "hate Hillary network" for the next four years.
By Dylan Gwinn | August 28, 2015 | 6:45 PM EDT
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti apparently doesn’t think Bruce Jenner has won enough laurels in his heroic struggle against biology, so the mayor is recommending that Jenner headline an event with a wee bit more visibility than his foundering E! Channel reality series.
Reacting to Virginia Shootings, New Yorker Writer Trashes 'Dense and Hysterical Mythology of Gun Love'By Tom Johnson | August 28, 2015 | 5:55 PM EDT
The Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor famously and emphatically rejected the idea that the host used in the Communion rite is a mere symbol. Gun owners might have a similarly negative response to Adam Gopnik’s claim that guns “have an almost entirely symbolic function.”
“No lives are saved, and no intruders are repelled [by the use of guns]; the dense and hysterical mythology of gun love has been refuted again and again,” declared Gopnik in a Friday post dealing in part with this week’s murder of two TV journalists near Roanoke, Va. “The few useful social functions that guns do have—in hunting or in killing varmints, as a rural man such as my father has to do—can be preserved even with tight regulations, as in Canada.”