On Monday night, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell devoted his nightly “rewrite” segment to challenging former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s claim that he loves America. During his lengthy diatribe, the MSNBC host not only suggested that “when Rudy Giuliani talks about love, he has, and we have, no idea what he’s talking about” and “love of country isn’t easily defined and might not even be necessary.”
By Tim Graham | February 24, 2015 | 9:33 AM EST
Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank came positively unglued in Tuesday’s newspaper. He tweeted out this attack on Scott Walker: “Can we be sure Scott Walker isn't a eunuch, Klansman, ISIS sleeper cell or IBS sufferer?”
Like other paranoid Obama-loving liberals, Milbank can’t stand that Walker would punt when liberal Washington Post reporters ask gotcha questions about whether Obama is a Christian. These people all assume this is a slam-dunk question, like asking if Obama is black.
By Katie Yoder | February 24, 2015 | 9:05 AM EST
Cosmopolitan’s role models are clear: the magazine featured Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards last December, and now, for their next pro-choice celebrity, they’ve chosen NARAL’s Ilyse Hogue.
For Cosmopolitan, senior political writer Jill Filipovic interviewed NARAL president Ilyse Hogue for a Feb. 23 article instructing their young women readership how to “Get That Life: How I Became the President of NARAL Pro-Choice America.” In it, Hogue deemed “freedom, equality, [and] self-determination” as the “values that drive us to fight” for abortion.
By Tim Graham | February 24, 2015 | 7:19 AM EST
Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple devoted a whole post to a fuss caused by David Corn of Mother Jones magazine claiming Bill O’Reilly exaggerated the drama of covering the Falkland Islands war for CBS in 1982. The left is trying to knock off O’Reilly after the Brian Williams scandal.
At the very bottom of the post was this: “(Disclosure: The wife of the Erik Wemple Blog works for Mother Jones).” He’s married to staff writer Stephanie Mencimer. Shouldn’t this information been at the top of the blog? Or convinced Wemple into recusing himself from this one?
By Curtis Houck | February 24, 2015 | 1:06 AM EST
In an interview with The Huffington Post published on Monday night, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald admitted to falsely claiming in a segment on January 30's CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley on January 30 that he had served in U.S. Army Special Forces during his service from mid-1970s to 1980.
McDonald retracted what he had told a homeless veteran in Los Angeles by saying, in part, that “I have no excuse,” “I was not in special forces,” and had “no intent in any way to describe my record any different than it is.”
By Curtis Houck | February 23, 2015 | 11:32 PM EST
NBC Nightly News offered up a segment on the continued debate in Congress over funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that is set to expire on February 27 in what was the only network coverage of the topic on the three Monday night newscasts. Anchor Lester Holt and senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing left out the underlying issue of the entire debate, which is whether or not to fund President Obama’s executive amnesty for illegal immigrants.
By Tim Graham | February 23, 2015 | 10:34 PM EST
Monday’s Washington Post carried a large piece on page A-3 by reporter Karen Tumulty and research editor Alice Crites on the jewelry-shopping habits of Jeb Bush’s wife Columba. The headline was “Documents show the expensive tastes of Jeb Bush’s wife.”
The story began: “In 1999, Columba Bush, the famously private wife of then-Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, was detained and fined by federal customs officials for misrepresenting the amount of clothing and jewelry she had bought while on a solo five-day shopping spree in Paris.” This is not exactly how the Post introduced Michelle Obama to the country eight years ago.
By Clay Waters | February 23, 2015 | 9:49 PM EST
The New York Times, having feasted for days on remarks made by former New York City Governor Rudy Giuliani at a private dinner for Scott Walker, is now switching targets to Walker himself.
By Curtis Houck | February 23, 2015 | 9:47 PM EST
All three major broadcast networks took time during their post-Oscars stories on Monday night to mention actress Patricia Arquette’s calls for “wage equality” and “equal rights for women,” but it was the CBS Evening News that went one step further by devoting a whole segment to the topic and used loaded statistics to craft a one-sided argument to prop up Arquette’s rant. Anchor Scott Pelley noted her as one example of how award winners “used the national stage as a soapbox” and gushed that “she has point” when it comes to the issue of what men and women earn.
By Ken Shepherd | February 23, 2015 | 9:31 PM EST
Oh, Hollywood, you're racist and you don't even know it!
That was the undercurrent of post-Oscars analysis delivered by Chris Hayes and panelists on the Monday, February 23 edition of All In. From emcee Neil Patrick Harris's opening joke to a running bit with Octavia Spencer to Sean Penn's "green card" joke, the faculty-lounge lefties assembled on set lectured the Academy Awards for being too white and too insensitive to persons of color.
By Mark Finkelstein | February 23, 2015 | 9:07 PM EST
How unhinged has Howard Dean become? So bad that an MSNBC host had to gently walk him back off the ledge.
On Chris Hayes' MSNBC show tonight, Dean claimed that Scott Walker says Barack Obama was "born in Kenya." It took Hayes two attempts to break through Dean's blather, but eventually he was able to politely point out: "I should note, you mention the Kenya thing, he has not been asked that."
By Jorge Bonilla | February 23, 2015 | 8:16 PM EST
Univision news anchor emeritus Jorge Ramos recently complained about being potentially "silenced." Perhaps Mr. Ramos would be better served by taking a hard look at the silencing going on within his own company.
By Randy Hall | February 23, 2015 | 8:14 PM EST
Seth Meyers, host of the Late Night program on NBC, was a guest on Howard Stern's SiriusXM show on Monday, when he described Brian Williams -- the suspended NBC Nightly News anchor -- as “very friendly” and “a great storyteller” who has a tendency to “embellish” his experiences in an effort to be “entertaining.”
Stern began the segment by noting: “The other day, you did something interesting. You went down to the 'Y.' I don't know why it's at the 'Y,' but you interviewed Allison Williams, the daughter of Brian Williams.”
By Jack Coleman | February 23, 2015 | 6:39 PM EST
It never fails to amuse when news is intentionally vague.
It never fails to amuse when news is intentionally vague.
On her MSNBC show this past Friday, Rachel Maddow showed excerpts from an NBC interview with a 16-year-old boy who had joined ISIS, become disillusioned, and managed to escape.
By Mark Finkelstein | February 23, 2015 | 6:07 PM EST
In a classic example of phony political jujitsu, an MSNBC contributor has tried to turn the patriotism issue back against Republicans. Appearing on today's Ed Show, Steve Clemons attacked the "patriotism" of GOP congressional leaders, accusing them of "undermining the security of the nation."
This because Republicans have attached amendments to the DHS funding bill denying funds for President Obama's executive amnesty. Of course neither Clemons nor Schultz revealed that in a potential DHS "shutdown," all essential personnel, including those at TSA, Customs and Border, Secret Service, FEMA and Coast Guard, would continue to work. Only non-essential personnel, mainly office workers, would be furloughed.