Friday's NBC Nightly News surprisingly (and perhaps, unwittingly) contradicted President Obama and his administration's talking point on combating extremism – that providing "job opportunities for these people" will discourage Muslims from joining terrorist groups. Correspondent Katy Tur's report on three British teenagers who may have traveled to Syria to join ISIS featured a counterterrorism expert who underlined that "they're not the disaffected. They're not necessarily unemployed youth. Instead, we're seeing educated young women who are engaged in politics."
By Kyle Drennen | February 20, 2015 | 4:57 PM EST
One day after Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent, Thursday's CBS This Morning decided to make a resolved two-month old controversy at a San Francisco Catholic school a national news story. Co-host Norah O'Donnell teased the segment: "Controversy at American Catholic archdiocese. Elementary school students are given pamphlets with some blunt language on sex. It's just one of several disputes that's creating a new divide."
By Ken Shepherd | February 20, 2015 | 4:12 PM EST
Earlier this week I noted an excellent piece in The Atlantic examining the very real Islamic theological underpinnings that drive ISIS from the inside-out. Now The Daily Beast is taking President Obama to task for his "tap-dance around whether ISIS is 'Islamic' or not."
By Curtis Houck | February 20, 2015 | 4:01 PM EST
As part of the left’s bashing of Rudy Giuliani for stating his belief that President Obama doesn’t love America, MSNBC’s The Last Word convened a panel on Thursday night to berate Giuliani. Liberal radio show host Stephanie Miller went as far as to compare what the former New York City Mayor told a gathering of Republican donors to using derogatory language toward African-Americans, gays, and women: “[W]henever someone starts a sentence with, this is going to be horrible, it's like when someone says I'm not a racist, but n-word for a black person. I'm not a homophobe, but f-word for gay person, I’m not a sexist, but c-word for a woman. That's what this is.”
By Tom Blumer | February 20, 2015 | 4:01 PM EST
Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was indicted on Thursday on charges of "honest services mail fraud, honest services wire fraud and extortion" involving almost $4 million in alleged bribes and kickbacks.
It took Larry Neumeister and Jennifer Peltz at the Associated Press nine paragraphs to tag Silver as a Democrat. It also seems likely, based on this unbylined shorter WGY/AP story time-stamped at 1 p.m., almost six hours before the time stamp on the two reporters' evening story, that the wire service kept Silver's party affiliation completely out of its early breaking news stories, i.e., the ones which would have quickly made it to the airwaves.
By Matthew Balan | February 20, 2015 | 3:48 PM EST
On Thursday's CNN Tonight, former CNN correspondent Frank Sesno brushed aside David Corn's supposed expose of Bill O'Reilly's claims about his reporting of the Falkland War: "It's not a Brian Williams problem. I don't think it's anywhere near on that scale." Sesno later added, "I just don't think that this is on a par...[with] the issues, the exaggerations, and the trouble that Brian Williams is in."
By Kristine Marsh | February 20, 2015 | 2:08 PM EST
It’s a little strange how much the liberal elite, who tend to congregate in New York’s Upper-East side and in West Hollywood, enjoy punishing themselves by bemoaning their privileged status. The New York Times today published a story on pg. MB1 about a trend of private New York schools hosting seminars, workshops and classroom lessons on “white privilege.” These aren’t college campuses either; they’re doing it at elementary, middle, and high schools.
The long-winded Times story had room for everything but skepticism. It relayed several examples where schools were “helping students explore their white identity” through seminars, workshops and discussions led by diversity activists from around the country. But the propagandizing isn’t just happening within the classroom – schools took field trips to march in “Black lives matter” protests after the deaths of Eric Gardner and Michael Brown, and have increasingly started sending students to the annual “White Privilege Conference.”
By Ken Shepherd | February 20, 2015 | 12:55 PM EST
"Bigger threat than ISIS?" blared the teaser headline on CNN.com's splash page shortly after noon Eastern today. "DHS warns of domestic right-wing terror threat," added the subhead, beneath a stock photo of a K-9 police unit looking into the trunk of an automobile.
By Tim Graham | February 20, 2015 | 12:51 PM EST
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki is moving back to the White House to be Communications Director. It’s easy to report on that in passing, with the expected praise-prose from the president that moves the brief story along. But Washington Post reporter Juliet Eilperin couldn’t keep from boosting Psaki, insisting twice she was “well-liked” by reporters. She's "respected," "trusted," "vital," "responsive," and "helpful."
There was no space for chronicling any gaffes or mistakes or tough exchanges at the podium, just space for how she’s liked and respected:
By Kyle Drennen | February 20, 2015 | 12:41 PM EST
Appearing on Friday's NBC Today, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd brushed aside criticism of President Obama's refusal to accurately label terrorism as "Islamic extremism": "...we're having what has turned into sort of a cable news fight and a cable news-type debate. All of this, they're not dealing with the two bigger issues here....So we're having this bizarre fight on the sidelines and we're actually not confronting the two reasons why, you could argue, ISIS has risen."
By Scott Whitlock | February 20, 2015 | 12:05 PM EST
An outraged Chris Matthews on Thursday railed against Rudy Giuliani's assertion that Barack Obama doesn't "love America." The cable anchor assailed the idea that anyone's patriotism would be questioned. An odd assertion from an MSNBC host as they do it quite often. A wounded Matthews howled, "They're saying [Obama] doesn't love America!"
By Julia A. Seymour | February 20, 2015 | 11:55 AM EST
It’s the job of a reporter to answer all the basic questions in a news story. Telling the who, what, when, where, why is foundational.
Yet, the broadcast network news media omitted key details from reports on the ethics scandal that led to Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber’s resignation. ABC, NBC and CBS admitted Kitzhaber and his live-in fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, are both under federal investigation because of “allegations” she “used their relationship to benefit her energy consulting business.”
By Clay Waters | February 20, 2015 | 10:14 AM EST
The New York Times played the race card while criticizing former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for suggesting President Obama doesn't love America. Not fo the first time, the Times implied Rudy was a racist.
By Melissa Mullins | February 20, 2015 | 9:20 AM EST
Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are all basketball legends in their own right, but it’s not what they’ve done on the court that’s earning them headlines these days, it’s what they’ve said off the courts that’s getting all the attention.
Barkley told Sports Ilustrated said if he could meet anyone today, it would be Jordan’s King Abdullah II because of his response to ISIS burning alive the captured Jordanian pilot, Muath Al-Kaseasbeh on video. He said he wished Obama was like that:
By NB Staff | February 20, 2015 | 8:45 AM EST
A new poll commissioned by the Media Research Center reveals that the tales Brian Williams told – which led to his eventual suspension without pay – have severely undermined his credibility with the American people.
In a survey of 1,007 respondents, 66.1% said Brian Williams should have been fired after he was caught in numerous lies. Williams famously lied about being in a helicopter that was shot down over Iraq and seeing a dead body float by his New Orleans hotel during Hurricane Katrina. An overwhelming 71.6% of respondents said that despite the anchorman's apology and suspension, he should still resign.