Yet again a liberal media outlet is trying to engender controversy in a completely non-controversial and commonplace gesture by Pope Francis.
By Tom Blumer | August 30, 2015 | 11:47 PM EDT
Miami Herald sportwriter and columnist Greg Cote, whose career has entered or is about to enter its third decade, seems to have incorporate da sideline into his work: glib, ignorant political commentary.
One such example surfaced at the end of his August 25 Random Evidence blog post. Apparently, Cote believes that anyone who has ever received any kind of government benefit or has made use of a government service at any time in their life is a flaming hypocrite if they believe that Uncle Sam and other public entities should be able to survive on less money than they currently spend. They're also hypocrites if they believe that the federal government has become far too intrusive in our everyday affairs and threatening to the fundamental freedoms identified in the naton's Constitution. Greg, who clearly should stick to sportwriting, has convinced himself that such people are "anti-government":
By Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | August 30, 2015 | 11:04 PM EDT
Actress Rebel Wilson did a comedic police bit on the MTV 2015 Video Music Awards and the Black Lives Matter activists were none too pleased.
By Brad Wilmouth | August 30, 2015 | 10:45 PM EDT
Appearing in a pre-recorded interview on Sunday's Fareed Zakaria GPS on CNN, English actress Helen Mirren -- known for portraying the part of Queen Elizabeth II -- lavishly praised Hillary Clinton as someone with "enormous intelligence," "extraordinary brilliance," and a "very, very, very fast-moving" brain.
And, although she ended up hedging on whether she would actually vote for her if she were a U.S. citizen, Mirren declared that it would be "absolutely fantastic" if Clinton were elected President because she believes it would give a boost to actresses looking for more distinguished characters to play.
By Tom Blumer | August 30, 2015 | 9:49 PM EDT
One of the odder pieces appearing during the past week in connection with the Hillary Clinton email and private server scandal was David Ignatius's attempt to deny that it's a scandal at all in Thursday's Washington Post.
Ignatius devoted four of his first five paragraphs to relaying the allegedly expert assessments of Jeffrey Smith, who Ignatius described as "a former CIA general counsel who’s now a partner at Arnold & Porter, where he often represents defendants suspected of misusing classified information." Sounds like an arms-length guy, doesn't he? He's not. He has been a security adviser to Hillary Clinton's previous presidential campaign, defended John Kerry against criticism of the Massachusetts senator's national security negligence in 2004, and served on Bill Clinton's presidential transition team in late 1992 and early 1993.
By Tom Johnson | August 30, 2015 | 8:33 PM EDT
In March 2013, the Republican National Committee released what soon became known as the “autopsy report,” which looked at how the GOP might reverse trends that recently had caused the party to lose the popular vote for the fifth time in six presidential elections. Washington Monthly blogger Martin Longman believes that conservatives’ hostile response to the report’s big-tent ideas paved the way for the disruptive candidacy of Donald Trump.
“This was all supposed to turn on a dime when the presidential election started,” wrote Longman in a Tuesday post. “All this hate and resentment and bigotry was supposed to just get turned off and Jeb Bush would waltz in with his sunny Reaganesque nobility and his love of amnesty and Common Core and his Mexican wife and family…and the hive would settle down and get back driving around that ideological cul-de-sac like good little stormtroopers. But these aren’t good little stormtroopers. These are genuine ruffians. And they’re having a block party and they’ve got their own music provided by Donald Trump.”
By Clay Waters | August 30, 2015 | 7:07 PM EDT
Ginia Bellafante's "Big City" column in Sunday's New York Times smacked of a particular brand of star-struck, fact-allergic old-style liberalism in which Bellafante, metro columnist and occasional reporter for the Times, went after an old enemy, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani: "The Dark Ages of Giuliani." Some urban liberals will apparently never forgive Giuliani for cleaning up the city and getting crime under control. After Giuliani made a common-sense observation about the homeless, Bellafante was so outraged she compared him to....Donald Trump.
By Brad Wilmouth | August 30, 2015 | 4:15 PM EDT
Catching up on Wednesday's PBS NewsHour, a report filed by PBS political director Lisa Desjardins on the debate over Planned Parenthood funding featured several soundbites of a University of California at Davis professor who, although not presented as a biased source, put forth a mostly liberal slant on the issue as he tagged GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz as the "most radical" on the issue, and warned that Hillary Clinton may benefit in the general election.
By Jeffrey Meyer | August 30, 2015 | 2:13 PM EDT
On Sunday’s MediaBuzz, Fox News contributor Juan Williams joined the liberal media in celebrating Univision anchor Jorge Ramos after his confrontation with Donald Trump. The former NPR correspondent argued “Jorge Ramos is no reporter. So, let’s not equate him with a reporter. He is the Walter Cronkite of Spanish language media in this country. He is the star journalist and he has a certain weight on issues of immigration specifically when he says that to his community this amounts to racism, discrimination, and oppression.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | August 30, 2015 | 12:48 PM EDT
On Sunday’s Meet the Press, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry blamed the growth of charter schools in New Orleans post-Katrina as one of the reasons the city has not improved since the storm. The MSNBC host proclaimed “for many who are African-American it's not a better city in part because this so-called success story in the schools also included charterizing the entire system, which also meant deunionizing all teachers."
By Jeffrey Meyer | August 30, 2015 | 11:40 AM EDT
On Sunday’s This Week, Cokie Roberts gushed over Univision’s Jorge Ramos as an “absolute icon in the Hispanic community.” After ABC’s Martha Raddatz interviewed Ramos about his confrontation with Donald Trump, Roberts swooned over the liberal journalist as someone who is a “very, very big deal, and you know, he's also sort of someone they swoon over.” Panelist Newt Gingrich rejected identifying Ramos as an actual journalist and labeled him Trump’s “opponent” who “[e]very night on Univision, he opposes the Republican Party. Every night.”
By Tom Blumer | August 30, 2015 | 10:42 AM EDT
The leftist press has despised Clarence Thomas ever since he fought off their attempt at what he properly characterized as a "high-tech lynching" to become a Supreme Court justice almost 24 years ago. It has worked to smear and discredit him ever since.
The latest such effort was posted online at the New York Times on Thursday and published in its Friday print edition. The online and print edition headlines at the piece by Adam Liptak, the paper's Supreme Court correspondent, made it appear as if the Times had discovered serious instances of plagiarism.
By Jorge Bonilla | August 30, 2015 | 10:40 AM EDT
Jorge Ramos’ longtime co-anchor shot all the way in on the Jorge Ramos trollfest, and her editorial column really has to be seen to be believed. Here it is full text in all its glory (link to Spanish-language original here):
By Mark Finkelstein | August 30, 2015 | 9:34 AM EDT
Looks like Up With Steve Kornacki is becoming the go-to place for liberals to let their radical cats out of the bag . . . Yesterday, as we reported here, Josh Barro of the New York Times said that the only way to impact violent crime is to undertake a "massive" gun grab. Today, it was the turn of Salon's Joan Walsh to admit that she doesn't know "any liberals upset--outraged" by illegal immigration.
As we said of Barro, kudos to Walsh for her candor. And really, why would liberals be upset by millions of illegal, low-skilled, immigrants flooding into the country? It's not as if America has a culture worth preserving, after all. And as we know, another term for illegal immigrants is "future Democratic voters."
By Melissa Mullins | August 30, 2015 | 12:51 AM EDT
Carly Fiorina's seen a surge in approval ratings in polling after her excellent performance in the Fox News "undercard" debate in early August. But it appears that CNN's criteria for selecting which candidates get on stage for its debate in mid-September will leave Fiorina once again out of the main event, something the Fiorina camp is challenging.