"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."
By Tim Graham | July 31, 2015 | 7:43 PM EDT
While most political reporters are delighted to focus on Donald Trump roiling the Republican race for president, Washington Post reporter David Weigel underlined how liberal Democrats are quite unhappy with Democrat candidates for failing to be staunch enough in supporting Planned Parenthood's ugly trafficking in fetal baby parts.
One former Planned Parenthood leader complained of waffling: "I just think that when candidates get to the firing line of a campaign they get thrown off balance and waffle."
By Melissa Mullins | July 31, 2015 | 7:28 PM EDT
It’s not hard to make Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz look dumb. But she probably didn’t expect it on MSNBC. When liberal Hardball host Chris Matthews stumps her, it’s a gift that keeps on giving.
Matthews asked if Sanders lost the nomination, if there be a place for him to speak at the DNC convention. Wasserman-Schultz lauded Sanders on his “progressive populist message” that some in the party like, but ducked the question. It’s when Matthews asked Wasserman-Schultz the difference between a socialist and a Democrat that things got awkward:
By Tom Blumer | July 31, 2015 | 6:44 PM EDT
These economics reporters at the Associated Press have become experts at deadpan humor.
Earlier today, I noted how the wire service's Christopher Rugaber told readers, in the wake of a government report showing the lowest wage and benefit increases on record, that "the job market is not yet back to full health." No kidding, Chris. On top of that, the AP's Martin Crutsinger reacted to yesterday's tepid report on gross domestic product, which was accompanied by significant downward revisions to the past three years, by expressing "concerns that the U.S. economy has entered a period of historically slow growth." Dude, we have been living through historically slow growth for six years, ever since the recession officially ended in the middle of 2009.
By Christian Robey | July 31, 2015 | 6:04 PM EDT
Here we go again – the FEC has launched another attack on free speech.
By Brad Wilmouth | July 31, 2015 | 5:38 PM EDT
Appearing as a guest on Friday's New Day on CNN, GOP presidential candidate George Pataki -- who is known for generally supporting the legality of abortion -- charged that Planned Parenthood has shown a "callous disregard for humanity and people's sensibilities," as he responded to the undercover videos showing employees discussing the sale of body parts from aborted babies. The former New York governor called for the federal government to stop funding the abortion provider with taxpayer dollars.
By Randy Hall | July 31, 2015 | 4:55 PM EDT
An official with the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign sent a lengthy missive to Dean Baquet, executive editor of the New York Times, indicating “grave concern” over a controversial report the newspaper carried regarding the former secretary of state's private email account.
That's pretty audacious when Mrs. Clinton destroyed her own e-mail server and the State Department's getting scolded by judges over her department's slowness to respond to record requests from Hillary's tenure as Secretary of State.