Once again, loon-left publication The Nation reminds us that in this time of exquisite PC sensitivity, we can all still hate on Israel.
By Mark Finkelstein | July 27, 2015 | 9:19 AM EDT
It's a point of pride at Morning Joe that the show is unscripted. But in a notable deviation that might reflect the gravity of the moment, Joe Scarborough clearly seemed to be reading off a teleprompter today as he promulgated a damning indictment of Hillary Clinton's mishandling of classified information on her private email system. Scarborough's statement was interspersed with clips of Hillary making statements about her email use that in light of the Inspectors General statements seem clearly to be untrue.
Even more ominous for Hillary and her presidential ambitions was that none of Andrea Mitchell, Mark Halperin nor Ron Fournier--who claimed that as a former Arkansas resident he had probably voted more often for Clintons than any other journalist in DC--deigned to offer a defense of Hillary's actions.
By Tim Graham | July 27, 2015 | 7:11 AM EDT
The liberal media is on high alert for “transphobia,” especially when it comes to Bruce Jenner. No one is allowed to joke he’s still a male with male body parts. That’s doubly true for anyone in the entertainment industry, so you can imagine the reaction when rapper Eminem did a rap about tucking the bulge.
“Eminem’s freestyle rap slurs Caitlyn Jenner” was the USA Today headline. McPaper has become a blue-ribbon champion in political correctness. Kelly Lawler began on Friday:
By Tom Blumer | July 27, 2015 | 12:32 AM EDT
2016 GOP presidential candidate and former Texas Governor Rick Perry is fighting a legal battle against an out-of-control Lone Star State county. That county's prosecutor has sued Perry, claiming that a) he committed an illegal act of "coercion" by threatening to veto legislation funding a "public integrity" office headed by Travis County's Rosemary Lehmberg, who was convicted of drunk driving in 2013 but refused to resign; and b) that he committed another illegal act by carrying out his veto promise. In effect, the County wants to criminalize Perry's exercise of his then-gubernatorial duties.
A Texas Court threw out the "coercion" contention on Friday. The Associated Press's Will Weissert was clearly quite displeased.
By Brad Wilmouth | July 26, 2015 | 9:44 PM EDT
On Saturday's CNN Newsroom, host Fredricka Whitfield brought aboard liberal American University Professor Allan Lichtman to get his views on why recent presidents have had so much difficulty in passing new gun control laws. Lichtman, whose history of running as a Democrat for the U.S. Senate in Maryland was not mentioned, was given an unchallenged forum to push for more gun control in which he predictably derided the National Rifle Association.
By Tom Johnson | July 26, 2015 | 9:25 PM EDT
The Brooklyn birth-control clinic to which Planned Parenthood traces its roots opened in the fall of 1916, but according to Molly Redden, there’s concern on the left that the two recent so-called sting videos have damaged PP’s reputation to the point that the organization might not even be around for its hundredth anniversary.
“That Planned Parenthood is the target of a withering attack by anti-abortion activists is no surprise,” wrote Redden in a Thursday piece. “But this time seems different, with some of Planned Parenthood's strongest allies drawing nervous comparisons to the 2009 sting operation that destroyed” ACORN. Redden contended that the videos have taken the focus from PP the “critical women's health care provider” and instead made it “seem like a sinister outfit that profits wildly from abortion.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | July 26, 2015 | 4:34 PM EDT
Appearing on Fox News’ Media Buzz, David Zurawik, television and media critic for the Baltimore Sun, hammered President Obama over his relationship with the press and accused him of having “one of the most hostile press administrations in the world.” He asserted: "We have an administration that is as hostile as Richard Nixon's and we've tried to push back and it's guys like Jon Stewart who let him get away with it."
By Jeffrey Meyer | July 26, 2015 | 3:26 PM EDT
On Sunday’s Face the Nation, CBS’s John Dickerson spoke to Jamelle Bouie, liberal writer for Slate, about Hillary Clinton’s upcoming testimony before the Benghazi committee and wondered if the GOP will “go over the top, and that she'll be able to use that” to her advantage. He suggested that Clinton’s “team seems to be banking on the hopes that in this hearing, as Nancy [Cordes] suggested, members of Congress will behave as they occasionally do...use that. Do you think she’s got a shot at being able to turn that to her advantage?”
By Randy Hall | July 26, 2015 | 2:53 PM EDT
Back in 2009, reporters on NBC News and at Newsweek magazine compared Star Trek fan Barack Obama to a character in the popular phenomenon -- the half-human, half-Vulcan Mister Spock -- as “a person who has dealt with some of the same prejudices and problems that our new president does.”
On Thursday, GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz made another Star Trek comparison during a New York Times Magazine interview with Ana Marie Cox.
By Jeffrey Meyer | July 26, 2015 | 2:15 PM EDT
On Sunday, reporters on ABC’s Good Morning America and This Week repeatedly complained that the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail while at the State Department “won’t go away.” On GMA, Cecilia Vega whined the story “just won’t go away.” On This Week, George Stephanopoulos asked Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison: “These questions about the e-mails don't go away. How much are you worried that this is hurting her campaign?”
By Clay Waters | July 26, 2015 | 1:43 PM EDT
Timothy Egan, who wrote liberal screeds for the New York Times as a reporter before finding a more fitting habitat as one of the paper's stable of left-wing anti-Republican columnists, piled on the GOP's current presidential front-runner in "Trump Is the Poison His Party Concocted," in the paper's Sunday Review. Egan suggested Trump is only the inevitable end result of toxic GOP racism and attacks on war heroes like....John Kerry?
By Jeffrey Meyer | July 26, 2015 | 12:44 PM EDT
On Sunday’s Meet the Press, National Journal reporter Ron Fournier downplayed the likelihood of Donald Trump becoming the Republican nominee by arguing “[t]his man is more liberal than any Bush and more slippery than any Clinton.”
By Ken Oliver-Méndez | July 26, 2015 | 11:27 AM EDT
Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart did not get very far trying to question Donald Trump during the leading Republican presidential candidate’s recent trip to the U.S.-Mexico border.
As Díaz-Balart started to launch into a question, with the words “Many feel that what you said when you said that people that cross the border are rapists and murderers” Trump abruptly cut Díaz-Balart off and lambasted what he termed media “misinterpretation,” to loud cheers from onlookers.
By Jeffrey Meyer | July 26, 2015 | 10:33 AM EDT
During an appearance on Sunday’s Today, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd did his best to play up a doomsday scenario in which Donald Trump would run as a third party candidate for president.
Goalposts Moved: Reporter Asks For Proof Hillary's Private-Server Classified Emails Caused 'National Security Harm'By Tom Blumer | July 26, 2015 | 10:00 AM EDT
Veteran journalist John Harwood, according to his Twitter home page, covers "Washington and national politics for CNBC and the New York Times."
Saturday morning, despite all of his experience, Harwood tweeted a question (HT Twitchy) so naive that a freshman journalism student would have been embarrassed to ask it: