New York Times reporters Monica Davey and Alan Blinder used protests over the weekend in St. Louis, which targeted the controversial shooting death of a young black man by a police officer in nearby Ferguson, to recreate its fawning coverage of the left-wing Occupy Wall Street movement.
In Colorado, Democrat Spokesman Threatens Reporter With Arrest for Requesting Governor's Tax ReturnsBy Tim Graham | October 12, 2014 | 8:08 PM EDT
The Democrats are looking desperate in Colorado. Chuck Plunkett of the Denver Post reported that “Arthur Kane, an award-winning journalist, posted a first-person account Friday of an encounter with the [Gov. John] Hickenlooper campaign in which he says he was threatened with arrest.”
Kane is a former Denver Post reporter and former local investigative TV producer now working for Watchdog.org. He's seeking the governor's tax returns. Mitt Romney Alert!
By Tom Blumer | October 12, 2014 | 6:06 PM EDT
Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey's told Marth Raddatz on ABC's "This Week" that ISIS fighters got to within 16 miles of Baghdad's airport in Iraq earlier this week. Framing that distance in a way those in the nation's out of touch Beltway political class will understand, that's the driving distance from the U.S. Capitol Building to Tysons Corner Mall in Northern Virginia. The U.S. had to call in Apache helicopters to prevent Iraqi forces from being overrun.
ABC's Benjamin Bell, in preparing his 12:50 p.m. report on the Dempsey interview, saved that startling piece of information for his fourth paragraph and kept it out of his headline. It's almost as if he was hoping that no one will want to watch the report's accompanying video, which is nowhere near as blasé about that news.
By Randy Hall | October 12, 2014 | 4:11 PM EDT
Hot-tempered comedian Lewis Black has never been shy when it comes to taking on controversial topics, and his latest crusade has paired the foul-mouthed performer with the American Civil Liberties Union in an attempt to “F@&* Voter Suppression,” particularly through requiring voters to have IDs with their picture on them.
In a fake “photo shoot” with Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's voting rights program, Black declares: “Elected officials shouldn't get to choose who gets to choose elected officials! Look, people marched and fought and died for the right to vote, and they wanna legislate away that sacrifice to stay in power? Not on my watch, baby!”
By Jack Coleman | October 12, 2014 | 4:03 PM EDT
The ominously growing Ebola outbreak has taken a turn for the Orwellian.
The ominously growing Ebola outbreak has taken a turn for the Orwellian.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a ubiquitous media presence of late, made the talk show rounds again this morning to ease public anxiety about the possibility of the outbreak getting worse.
By Jeffrey Meyer | October 12, 2014 | 4:01 PM EDT
Fox News host Bill O’Reilly sat down with Media Buzz host Howard Kurtz for an interview that aired on Sunday morning had some harsh words for the liberal media, specifically MSNBC. When asked about MSNBC’s coverage of Leon Panetta’s criticism of President Obama, O’Reilly mocked the “Lean Forward” network and argued, “they basically said, oh, every administration has people who disagree. And, you know, I it was -- it was humorous. But let's be honest, MSNBC's ratings cannot really get much lower.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | October 12, 2014 | 2:44 PM EDT
Last week, the Supreme Court declined to hear several Appeals Court cases on gay marriages, which resulted in bans on gay marriage being struck down in numerous states across the country. Following the Supreme Court’s decision to punt on the issue of gay marriage, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd saw this as a sign that social conservatism was declining and obnoxiously asked “is it time for conservatives to surrender in the culture wars?”
By Tom Blumer | October 12, 2014 | 1:41 PM EDT
Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis's "wheelchair" ad, her latest and most despicable attempt to smear her Republican opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbott, got favorable reviews in a Friday evening column by Jonathan Tilove at the Austin American-Statesman.
Tilove, the Statesman's chief political writer, wrote that the ad provoked "debate about whether it was an act of unseemly desperation or daring inspiration," and asserted that it "breathed new life" into Davis's flagging campaign. Cheerlead much, Jonathan? As seen in the excerpts which follow, Tilove also found a prominent University of Texas at Austin prof who characterized the Davis ad as "ballsy" (bolds and numbered tags are mine):
By Jeffrey Meyer | October 12, 2014 | 12:06 PM EDT
On Sunday’s This Week, ABC’s Jim Avila gave Democrat Julian Castro, newly appointed Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, nearly 5 minutes of promotional airtime to play up his political ambitions. The ABC reporter began the Castro advertisement by declaring “he's just 77 days into his new job, but ever since his swearing in, so many Democrats have skipped ahead trying to figure out what's next for the rising star? Could he be on a presidential ticket in 2016?”
By Jeffrey Meyer | October 12, 2014 | 10:59 AM EDT
Last week, Wendy Davis, the Democratic Party candidate for governor of Texas, aired a controversial ad attacking her opponent, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, depicting him as an empty wheelchair who had turned his back on disabled people in Texas. Despite MSNBC doing everything it could to promote Ms. Davis, her latest attack ad appeared indefensible for the “Lean Forward” network. On Sunday morning, an entire panel on Up w/ Steve Kornacki condemned the Davis ad, with liberal columnist Michael Tomasky declaring “this makes liberals squirm in their chairs.”
Correction Needed: WashPost Book Critic Indicts Fox News (Born In 1996) for Gary Hart Scandal In 1987By Tim Graham | October 12, 2014 | 9:24 AM EDT
Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley somehow imagined Fox News played a role in Gary Hart’s undoing over his adultery in 1987....but Fox News went on the air in 1996. Aren’t there any copy editors at the Post who are old enough to remember such a basic fact about the news business?
Yardley was reviewing the new book “All The Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid” by former Newsweek reporter Matt Bai, lamenting how Hart was ruined by a suddenly nosy “media rampage,” and politics was forever changed. While Yardley correctly suggests Bai’s prose is overwrought, it’s also remarkably un-historical, since the press never exactly ruined the presidential chances of Bill Clinton or John Edwards in a “media rampage.”
Sex Abuse Allegations Against '7th Heaven' TV Star Smeared on the Christian Right, Parents Television CouncilBy Tim Graham | October 11, 2014 | 11:00 PM EDT
On Friday’s edition of “The View,” both Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell expressed great surprise and horror at the reports from a nasty divorce that actor Stephen Collins admitted sexually abusing young girls.
This should be added to the growing list of scandals over sex abuse in liberal Hollywood. But at The Daily Beast, uber-feminist writer Amanda Marcotte tried to smear this dark new portrait of Collins all over the religious right and the Parents Television Council (founded by our MRC president Brent Bozell).
By Jack Coleman | October 11, 2014 | 8:37 PM EDT
New York magazine reported this week that NBC was willing to move heaven, earth and heaven yet again if necessary to corral Comedy Central's Jon Stewart to moderate "Meet the Press." Anyone who heard Rush Limbaugh's epic evisceration in response is likely to see Stewart and NBC in a dimmer light.
Limbaugh could see this coming months ago, telling his listeners in May that "comedians are now the 21st century journalists for the far left."
Lefty Blogger: Does Religious Right Want ‘Parallel Society’ Free of ‘Painful Diversity of Contemporary Life’?By Tom Johnson | October 11, 2014 | 7:28 PM EDT
Ed Kilgore says conservative Christians don’t want to put up with unpleasant things like “equality” and “rights” and “government schools.”
By Tom Blumer | October 11, 2014 | 4:07 PM EDT
The federal government's latest fiscal year ended on September 30. The final Monthly Treasury Statement for the fiscal year, will likely be published during the coming week or possibly a few days later.
From time to time, commenters at NewsBusters have pointed that Uncle Sam's reported deficits don't represent the whole story. They are certainly right. While the press is all excited over this week's Monthly Budget Review released by the Congressional Budget Office, which contain an unofficial but probably accurate estimate that the fiscal 2014 budget deficit was "only" $486 billion, the national debt has grown by far more than that.