Rumors swirled that ABC's Blackish would take this week off from extremely controversial political issues to instead deal with the common, everyday issue of people dealing with their parents getting older and needing to go see the doctor. Instead, they found a way to turn a simple trip to the doctor into a commentary on mid-20th century medical racism.
By Tom Blumer | October 8, 2015 | 3:39 PM EDT
Did you know that the "The Gun Lobby Rewrote the Second Amendment"?
No, really. Even though not a single word contained in that amendment has changed in over 220 years, you should believe it because former Obama administration official Cass Sunstein said so at Bloomberg View on Wednesday.
By Tim Graham | October 8, 2015 | 3:12 PM EDT
Variety reports CBS News is hopping mad about the forthcoming Dan Rather-lionizing movie Truth. They hoped it “would come and go quickly in limited release. But [Cate] Blanchett is generating Oscar buzz as a best actress contender for her tour de force performance as [Mary Mapes,] the hard-charging producer swept up in a firestorm of partisan politics and media scrutiny of her work.”
"It's astounding how little truth there is in Truth," proclaimed CBS in a statement. "There are, in fact, too many distortions, evasions and baseless conspiracy theories to enumerate them all. The film tries to turn gross errors of journalism and judgment into acts of heroism and martyrdom. That's a disservice not just to the public but to journalists across the world who go out every day and do everything within their power, sometimes at great risk to themselves, to get the story right."
By Curtis Houck | October 8, 2015 | 3:07 PM EDT
To the surprise of no one, MSNBC ran to find the nearest token Republicans it could after shocking news that House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) dropped out of Speaker of the House race and once such person was MSNBC political analyst and former 2008 McCain campaign adviser Steve Schmidt, who railed against the GOP for “hunting heretics” and not “converts.”
By Bill Donohue | October 8, 2015 | 3:02 PM EDT
On September 30, the New York Times ran a front-page story that smeared St. Junipero Serra. Repeated attempts to have the paper correct the record have failed. This is yellow journalism at its worst. When I submit paid ads to the Times, I am often asked to identify my sources. Yet it accepts hit jobs like Holson's. The fact is there is no list of historians who claim Fr. Serra tortured Indians, and the Times knows it.
By Scott Whitlock | October 8, 2015 | 2:30 PM EDT
Matt Damon is no longer mad at Barack Obama. In the October 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter, the actor explained his affection for the President and previous unhappiness over with Obama. In 2013, Damon complained, “There are a lot of things that I really question, you know: the legality of the drone strikes, and these NSA revelations.” But now: "He's a remarkable human being."
By Matthew Balan | October 8, 2015 | 1:47 PM EDT
The Daily Beast's John Avlon, a supposed "No Labels" moderate, revealed his true liberal colors on Thursday's New Day on CNN during a discussion of Ben Carson's response to the mass shooting in Oregon. Alisyn Camerota pointed out how competitor Lindsey Graham rebuked Dr. Carson, and wondered why the "rational" senator wasn't getting more traction. Avlon replied, "Responsible is a net negative for Republicans right now. Instead of trying to be more responsible, you try to be more irresponsible, more inflammatory, get more attention, and play to the base, which already deeply polarized and inflamed."
By Curtis Houck | October 8, 2015 | 1:31 PM EDT
During a fascinating and wide-ranging interview on the Wednesday edition of Charlie Rose’s PBS show, Fox News Channel (FNC) host Megyn Kelly pushed back at liberal feminists and the very label for their complete double standard in the treatment of conservative and pro-life women (and specifically Sarah Palin). The issue came up when Rose asked Kelly if she was an advocate like many of his personal friends in that they’re “constantly making us and helping us remember how much we need to do with respect to women and equal pay.”
By Scott Whitlock | October 8, 2015 | 12:59 PM EDT
Despite a four-hour running time, NBC’s Today on Thursday skipped any mention of the latest on the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal. CBS This Morning managed 25 seconds. ABC’s Good Morning America offered 27 seconds. GMA’s Dan Harris highlighted an Associated Press report claiming, “Clinton's private e-mail server was the target of attempted cyber attacks from China, South Korea and Germany.” He added, “A contractor hired to protect Clinton's private information warned that her server was vulnerable.”
By Ken Shepherd | October 8, 2015 | 11:58 AM EDT
Cradle Catholic Chris Matthews devoted a segment of his Oct. 7 Hardball program to furthering Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's attack line against Republicans supporting a select-committee investigation into Planned Parenthood. Clinton likened the probe to the select committee investigating Benghazi. Joining in on the fun was liberal Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.).
By Steve Edwards | October 8, 2015 | 11:55 AM EDT
Ever since Ben Carson made comments in a recent interview where he said that if involved in an active shooter situation, he would actually make an attempt to defend himself instead of being a sitting duck for a shooter, he has been excoriated by the mainstream press for not being a victim. However, training provided by professionals for this exact scenario tell you to do exactly what Carson said he would do - defend yourself.
By Scott Whitlock | October 8, 2015 | 11:46 AM EDT
ABC, NBC and CBS on Thursday immediately pounced on a tweet by Ruper Murdoch in which the Fox News chairman suggested that Ben Carson would be America’s first “real” black president. These same networks stayed silent this week after a major college professor smeared Carson by calling him a “coon.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | October 8, 2015 | 11:34 AM EDT
On Wednesday night’s Kelly File, Fox News hosts Dana Perino and Howard Kurtz had some harsh words for the upcoming movie “Truth” which attempts to tell the story of how a fake story about the National Guard service of George W. Bush resulted in the downfall of CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather.
By Kyle Drennen | October 8, 2015 | 11:12 AM EDT
On Thursday, NBC’s Today joined CNN in promoting the latest issue of People magazine, which demanded congressional action on gun violence. At the top of the morning show, co-host Savannah Guthrie heralded: “People gets political. The glossy magazine known more for its celebrity scoops and red-carpet fashions wades into one of the most controversial issues in America. Is the magazine taking sides?”
By Matt Philbin | October 8, 2015 | 10:34 AM EDT
An MRC study published yesterday was the subject of a piece in The Hollywood Reporter. The study analyzed the violence in the top 10 movies currently in theatres to showcase the hypocrisy of celebrities demanding gun control after the Roseburg shooting.
(For the record: 334 separate violent acts; 121 acts of gun violence; 39 dead out of 142 total victims.)