Friday's NBC Nightly News stood out for its coverage of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, which began on April 24, 1915. Anchor Lester Holt gave a 27-second news brief on the "somber hundredth anniversary being marked around the world today – remembering what Pope Francis recently called the first genocide of the 20th century." ABC's World News Tonight and CBS Evening News both failed to cover the centenary of the mass murders.
By Bryan Ballas | April 24, 2015 | 9:29 PM EDT
While Mika Brzezinski is leftist enough to be an Elizabeth Warren fan girl, this has not stopped her from being a vocal critic of Hillary Clinton's e-mail scandal. However, if her treatment of John Boehner's attack on Hillary's e-mail practices is any indication, Brzezinski seems to believe that only a select few can legitimately criticize Hillary.
Brzezinski kicked off the discussion by noting that "it does seem like there are a lot of politics involved" with Speaker Boehner's openness to the possibility of subpoenaing Hillary's e-mails for the sake of the Benghazi investigation.
By Yuri Perez | April 24, 2015 | 8:19 PM EDT
The first major network news program to take notice of the National March for Marriage that will take place in the Nation’s Capital on Saturday was not on one of the English-language networks, but on Spanish-language MundoFox.
What apparently drew the attention of MundoFox to the event, which is being held three days before the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments to either uphold or strike down state marriage laws defining marriage as a male-female relationship, was the expected high-level of participation in the March by pro-traditional marriage Latinos.
By Matthew Balan | April 24, 2015 | 8:07 PM EDT
On Friday's CBS Evening News, a NASA scientist made a surprising admission about climate change during a report about an erupting volcano in South America. Correspondent Michelle Miller turned to Dr. Allegra LeGrande, who detailed how the gases from a volcanic eruption can lead to a reduction in the amount of sunlight that reaches the Earth. Le Grande added that "this is a small component of why we're not as warm today as the climate models predicted we would be seven years ago."
By Tim Graham | April 24, 2015 | 5:21 PM EDT
Alex Griswold of the Daily Caller reports that on Thursday, “Press secretary Josh Earnest dodged no less [sic] than ten consecutive questions in a span of five minutes. Nine of the 10 questions came from ABC’s Jonathan Karl, the 10th from CNN’s Jim Acosta. Karl demanded transparency – a very belated request – for the 2009 memorandum that somehow made the Clintons responsive to the administration on Foundation activities:
By Kyle Drennen | April 24, 2015 | 4:16 PM EDT
On her Friday MSNBC show, host Andrea Mitchell dismissed the upcoming Clinton Cash book as having "a lot of holes" in its corruption allegations against Bill and Hillary Clinton: "There is the question of, how do you connect the policy that she was pursuing as a secretary of state with the allegation that money was being contributed to the charity or speeches were being booked for Bill Clinton that wouldn't have otherwise been booked?"
By Randy Hall | April 24, 2015 | 3:54 PM EDT
A common occurrence on MSNBC's The Ed Show is the liberal host venting all the bluster he can muster against someone who disagrees with him. However, on Thursday's edition of the afternoon program, Ed Schultz didn't try to hammer conservative Republicans, his usual targets. Instead, his vitriol was aimed at Barack Obama.
While interviewing Bernie Sanders, a far-left senator from Vermont, Schultz abruptly cut away to a video of the president criticizing the liberal network.
Seth Meyers Defends Hillary from Clinton Cash; ‘Fair to’ Question ‘the Cottage Industry of Anti-Clinton Books’By Curtis Houck | April 24, 2015 | 3:54 PM EDT
On the Thursday edition of NBC’s Late Night, host Seth Meyers jumped aboard the Clinton campaign’s push to discredit the upcoming book Clinton Cash by Peter Schweizer by mocking Schweizer’s background, previous book titles, and chalking the book up to be nothing more than the latest work from “the cottage industry of anti-Clinton books that come out every year.”
By Dylan Gwinn | April 24, 2015 | 3:32 PM EDT
Liberals love science. Except when they come face-to-face with science that lacks a political agenda. That occurred this week when Judge Anita Brody handed down her ruling in the NFL’s concussion settlement that only deceased NFL players whose brains show evidence of CTE will automatically qualify for benefits from the fund. Not living retired players.
It was a victory for science over the supposedly science-loving media because it is a scientific fact, and for the media, an inconvenient truth, that CTE cannot currently be detected in a living person. In other words, you have to be dead in order to prove that you actually had CTE.
Lefty Professors: Media Fail to Inform Public That GOP Has Made Government ‘Ever More Dysfunctional’By Tom Johnson | April 24, 2015 | 3:02 PM EDT
For liberals, the great mystery of the last few decades is how Republicans usually have won enough votes to control one or both houses of Congress even as the party moves increasingly to the right. As political-science profs Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson put it in their 5,500-word article in the spring issue of The American Prospect, “In a 50-50 nation, Republicans have learned how to have their extremist cake and eat it too.”
Hacker (of Yale) and Pierson (of UC Berkeley) contend that there are two major reasons why the GOP has been able to “mak[e] American politics ever more dysfunctional while largely avoiding accountability for its actions.” One is that our system of government, with its “dispersal of authority,” makes it hard for voters to see which party is causing the trouble. The other is that our “often-feckless news media” have routinely failed to enlighten the public that “Republicans are primarily responsible for polarization and deadlock” and that GOPers have engineered “an ongoing massive shift of…the ‘center’ of American politics…toward the anti-government fringe.”
By Tom Blumer | April 24, 2015 | 2:36 PM EDT
Rush Limbaugh posted an interesting pair of questions at his web site yesterday: "How can CNN still be on the air with no audience? How can MSNBC have been on the air with no audience? In the old days, they're gone, kaput. Something else is tried. But they stay. And they double down on what they're doing that's losing audience."
A large part of the answer, as I noted on March 30, is that those two networks apparently have suffered very little financially as they have lost audience. That's because, as is apparently the case with most of the major cable channels, their primary source of revenue comes from "subscriptions," also referred to as "carriage fees" or "license fee revenues." In plain English, cable channels get paid a great deal of money even if nobody watches them, and don't benefit as much as would be expected when their audience grows.
By Ken Shepherd | April 24, 2015 | 1:44 PM EDT
Mexican human traffickers were positively giddy when Republicans held up the Loretta Lynch confirmation vote, Daily Beast writer Michael Daly insisted in his April 24 story "New Attorney General Loretta Lynch Is Sex Traffickers’ Worst Nightmare."
By P.J. Gladnick | April 24, 2015 | 1:42 PM EDT
Congratulations to Jake Tapper! The host of CNN's The Lead has today been named as the new host of the Sunday morning news show, State of the Union. Whatever his personal political proclivities might be, Tapper has proven himself to be a generally honest reporter. It is hard to imagine him acting in such a blatantly political manner as previous State of the Union host, Candy Crowley, did when she acted as an Obama enabler when she moderated a 2012 presidential debate.
However will Tapper's positive personal qualities be enough to buck the liberal CNN tide? Sadly yesterday amidst the fast breaking news of even more serious Clinton scandals, Tapper's The Lead as well as almost all the rest of CNN shows yesterday remained a Clinton scandal-free zone. We shall get to that later but first let us view the happy announcement of Tapper's new duties in addition to continuing to host The Lead.
By Tim Graham | April 24, 2015 | 1:41 PM EDT
Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi reported on Friday that employees in the Washington bureau of NBC News strongly pushed against the return of Nightly News anchorman Brian Williams in a February meeting with NBC executive Deborah Turness.
They expressed angry embarrassment that “Williams’s embellished statements about his reporting exploits had damaged NBC’s credibility and that he should not be permitted to return to the anchor chair.” One person who attended the meeting described the overall tone as a “bloodbath” for Williams.
By Scott Whitlock | April 24, 2015 | 12:37 PM EDT
ABC's Good Morning America, hosted by former Bill Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos, on Friday skipped any mention of the growing scandal involving foreign donations to the foundation of Bill and Hillary Clinton. Yet, the lengthy program found plenty of time for superficial topics.