On Monday, CBS This Morning hosted several political analysts to help lay out a potential electoral strategy for Hillary Clinton’s newly announced presidential campaign. In two separate segments, John Dickerson, CBS News Political Director, and Bloomberg Politics’ John Heilemann offered up some free political advice to Clinton’s campaign as she looks to “change the perception people already have of her.”
By Bryan Ballas | April 13, 2015 | 1:43 PM EDT
While President Obama’s announcement that he would work with the states to ban “conversion therapy” was met with applause of the sexual revolutionaries on the Left, gay MSNBC anchor/activist Thomas Roberts was noticeably irritated on his Thursday afternoon show. He wanted a federal law to ban it across the nation and repeatedly advocated for it in an interview with top White House aide Valerie Jarrett.
Roberts began by recounting what he called the “huge symbolic move out of the White House” in response to a petition that circulated the net, following the suicide of 17-year-old Leelah Alcorn [born Joshua Alcorn].
By Tom Johnson | April 13, 2015 | 1:38 PM EDT
Hillary Clinton is not the incumbent president, but otherwise is in a similar position to Barack Obama’s in the spring of 2011: she’s already next year’s presumptive Democratic nominee but has, at best, an educated guess as to who her Republican opponent will be. In the meantime, recommended lefty pundit Marcotte in a Monday piece for Talking Points Memo, Hillary should decide to run as a “bitch who [gets] things done” rather than as “your mom,” an approach which fizzled for her in 2008.
“If Clinton is smart,” contended Marcotte, “she’ll put on those sunglasses and that black pantsuit and be the ladyboss we all wish we had: tough, smart, but compassionate. Soccer mom Hillary is too thirsty and it turns voters off. But ass-kicking Hillary makes people swoon. Hopefully, the campaign will pay heed to this difference.”
By Scott Whitlock | April 13, 2015 | 12:38 PM EDT
When Ted Cruz announced his bid for the presidency, the New York Times derided him as a "demagogue" and a "flamethrower" in an online article. The print edition deemed the Republican "an ambitious conservative with sharp elbows." In contrast, the Times on Monday failed to identify Hillary Clinton as a liberal while recounting her 2016 launch. The headline for the 1,550 word story by Amy Chozick promoted, "Hillary Clinton Starts to Detail Rationale for Run as Campaign Begins."
By Tim Graham | April 13, 2015 | 12:07 PM EDT
The National Rifle Association annual meeting in Nashville drew nasty coverage from Anita Wadhwani, who reports for the Tennessean and for USA Today. On Saturday, the local paper reported “At NRA, little love for media turnout.” The NRA’s not used to fair and balanced coverage.
Wadwhani dramatically underscored their hostility on Monday with a story headlined “Big conventions, like NRA, can draw sex trafficking.” Commenters quickly jumped on the argument that the Tennessean wasn’t using that crooks-from-outside-town tactic for the home games of the Titans or the Country Music Association Awards.
By Geoffrey Dickens | April 13, 2015 | 11:40 AM EDT
Not long after he arrived on the national scene in 2010 Republican Senator and forthcoming presidential candidate Marco Rubio was exploited by the liberal media as a way to depict Republicans as anti-immigrant. Anchors like ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and Charlie Rose portrayed him as a token Latino in the GOP. MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch actually hurled a racial slur against Rubio, calling him a “coconut.”
By Tom Blumer | April 13, 2015 | 11:36 AM EDT
On Saturday evening (published in print on Sunday), the editorial board at the New York Times had an epic meltdown over the Republican Party's allegedly shabby treatment of President Barack Obama.
Although its title claimed that the GOP had entered "A New Phase in Anti-Obama Attacks," nothing truly new seemed to prompt this rant. Its primary focus was the letter 47 GOP Senators led by Tom Cotton of Arkansas sent to Iran's leaders. But that was a month ago, on March 9. The Times's take on that letter was so embarrassing that it tried to keep curious readers from actually seeing it, forcing them to click through to two other items before deigning to expose them to its almost bland but legally and constitutionally accurate text.
By Scott Whitlock | April 13, 2015 | 11:26 AM EDT
Despite devoting three segments to Hillary Clinton's 2016 launch, the journalists of Good Morning America on Monday totally avoided any mention of the Democrat's scandal involving deleted e-mails. Also ignored was any description of the former politician as a liberal. Instead, ex-Clinton operative George Stephanopoulos enthused that the wife of his old boss "is in a commanding position."
By Kyle Drennen | April 13, 2015 | 11:18 AM EDT
Amid a plethora of coverage on Monday's NBC Today fawning over Hillary Clinton's announcement of her presidential campaign, co-host Matt Lauer led off a discussion with Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd by wondering: "What's she running on? What's her message? If the Hillary Clinton campaign could write the headline on the front page of major newspapers this morning, what would they write?"
By Jeffrey Meyer | April 13, 2015 | 11:01 AM EDT
Following Hillary Clinton’s formal presidential announcement over the weekend, Monday’s CBS This Morning eagerly promoted her candidacy, and provided it more than 10 minutes of coverage throughout the broadcast but completely ignored the multiple scandals surrounding her as of late.
By Tim Graham | April 13, 2015 | 10:54 AM EDT
Bloomberg Politics published a report claiming Nancy Reagan had endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. They fell for a fake news site called NationalReport.net. An editor’s note was added: “This story has been retracted. We fell for a hoax. Apologies.”
Hadas Gold at Politico noted Bloomberg Politics Executive Editor Mike Nizza said in a tweet "very very stupid mistake, and one we take very seriously. Simple as that."
By Mark Finkelstein | April 13, 2015 | 10:28 AM EDT
As we would cynically say back in the good old days in Queens [insert NYC accent]: yeah, right.
On today's Morning Joe, Associated Press White House correspondent Julie Pace claimed that one thing that made Hillary hesitate in deciding to run for president was that she "worried that her candidacy would block out Joe Biden who is quite a close friend of hers." When Joe Scarborough expressed skepticism, and the panel burst into guffaws, Joe said "Good. I'm not the only one laughing at that."
By Mark Finkelstein | April 13, 2015 | 8:50 AM EDT
Ronald Reagan: "My idea of American policy toward the Soviet Union is simple, and some would say simplistic. It is this: we win and they lose." Thomas Friedman on Barack Obama: "He actually knows what America looks like from the outside in. And he can actually see America even to some point from the Iranian perspective."
So whom will history record as being more effective in countering America's adversaries? The "simplistic" Ronald Reagan, or that cosmopolitan sophisticate, Barack Obama? Appearing on today's Morning Joe, Friedman apparently thought he was praising Obama, but Joe Scarborough wasn't so sure, asking "is it an admirable quality for us to have a president who can look at the world through the eyes of a regime that you and I both know has been the epicenter of terrorism since 1979?"
By Tom Blumer | April 13, 2015 | 1:33 AM EDT
With months (really years) to prepare, the allegedly well-oiled Hillary Clinton for President machine still managed to produce a howler of a mistake in her campaign bio's debut. Since corrected, it originally stated that "she's fought children and families all her career."
This and other obvious gaffes are likely destined to go unreported by the Hillary-worshipping establishment press, while the slighest of real or imagined mistakes — up to and including supposedly taking an untimely drink of water — will become media obsessions for the next 19 months.
By Curtis Houck | April 12, 2015 | 11:33 PM EDT
In the first network newscasts since Hillary Clinton officially announced her presidential campaign, on Sunday night ABC and NBC cheered Clinton’s announcement and gushed over her campaign video as well as the traffic it received on Twitter. In addition, the networks refused to label her a liberal. “The campaign kicked off with this video sent out on social media. Twitter lighting up the announcement. Check this out. Retweeted 3 million times the first hour, trending number one across the globe.”