NBC News continued hitting possible Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush as being “in damage control mode” on Tuesday’s NBC Nightly News regarding comments he made to the Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly in an interview that aired on Monday night. In a change from a similar segment that aired earlier Tuesday on Today, correspondent Kristen Welker made no mention of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in relation to both her vote for the Iraq war as a U.S. Senator and her refusal to sit down for a full interview since declaring her candidacy.
By Randy Hall | May 12, 2015 | 7:27 PM EDT
Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, a freelance writer and self-proclaimed liberal, wrote a column for the Guardian newspaper website entitled “Why It's OK to Cry About This Election,” when candidates in the conservative Tory Party scored a significant victory on May 7 over the liberal Labour Party without losing any of its seats in Parliament.
“'Don’t despair,' came the resounding cry from the earnest, energetic left on Friday,” Cosslett said at the start of her column.
By Tim Graham | May 12, 2015 | 5:06 PM EDT
Via Mediaite, we learn comedian Keegan-Michael Key – who performed with President Obama as his character “Luther the Anger Translator” – was merely acting out with attack lines given to him by the White House writers shop. So it really was Team Obama unloading on CNN and Fox and Chuck Todd in the routine.
“They wrote it, the White House wrote the piece,” Key told an interviewer from TMZ. “He just told me, whatever you do, just don’t break up out there, just don’t laugh while we’re doing it, and I said, ‘OK, sir, I promise.”
By Kyle Drennen | May 12, 2015 | 4:31 PM EDT
On her Monday MSNBC show, host Andrea Mitchell gushed over Cuba's Communist dictator possibly heading "back to Church" and returning to "his Jesuit roots" after a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican: "Cuba's president Raul Castro is praising Pope Francis for helping to thaw relations between U.S. and Cuba....he said that the Pontiff inspired him to consider returning to the Catholic Church."
By Scott Whitlock | May 12, 2015 | 4:21 PM EDT
A Cuban cancer treatment is coming to the United States and all MSNBC's Thomas Roberts could worry about is if America will "ruin" the drug. On Tuesday, Roberts hyped the possibilities of Cimavax, which fights lung cancer. Talking to Dr. Kelvin Lee of the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Roberts fretted, "...The Cubans have created a drug that costs the government about a dollar per shot, which is unheard of in the cancer treatment. Will the American market ruin it?"
By Matthew Balan | May 12, 2015 | 4:09 PM EDT
CNN's Fareed Zakaria inserted a thinly-veiled shot at Fox News Channel during his Monday special on ISIS. Zakaria underlined that "the angry rhetoric of cable news fits right into the script [of ISIS]." He continued that "CNN makes an occasional appearance" in the Islamist terrorist group's propaganda, but then played up that "Fox News is a favorite of ISIS, with commentators who demand boots on the ground – playing into ISIS's dreams of a grand battle against America."
By Katie Yoder | May 12, 2015 | 3:12 PM EDT
As some words are losing their “bad” meanings, others are rising to take their place, according to comedian Larry Wilmore.
During Comedy Central’s May 11 The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, the host proclaimed that the once-bad connotations associated with the words “black” and “gay” now apply to the word “Muslim.”
By Tim Graham | May 12, 2015 | 1:15 PM EDT
It can easily be said that NBC News has enough authenticity problems with Brian Williams. But can’t anyone at NBC ask someone else at 30 Rock to provide a comment or explanation for Saturday Night Live’s draw-the-prophet-Muhammad skit seems awfully plagiarized from a Canadian Broadcasting Company comedy show?
The New York Daily News reports NBC had no comment on the “nearly identical” skit, but that this is par for the ‘SNL’ course:
By Alatheia Larsen | May 12, 2015 | 12:42 PM EDT
NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd announced on Sunday they were starting a new series called "Meet the Money: The Billionaire Donors." They started with GOP-backing Sheldon Adelson. When will they get to George Soros?
In an effort to revitalize and unify the far-left Democratic party, progressives have relied on the very thing they often criticize -- the deep pockets of a billionaire supporter. Agenda supporters were linked to at least $159 million dollars in donations or political contributions from Soros.
By Kyle Drennen | May 12, 2015 | 12:17 PM EDT
On Tuesday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer proclaimed: "potential presidential candidate Jeb Bush under fire now from both Democrats and fellow Republicans....a comment that, just like his brother, he would have authorized the 2003 invasion of Iraq." The headline on screen read: "Jeb's First Interview Fail?; Slammed by Both Parties Over Iraq Comments."
By Scott Whitlock | May 12, 2015 | 11:57 AM EDT
An angry Chris Matthews on Monday flipped on Jeb Bush, abandoning the man he'd previously cheered for having the "guts" to stand up to conservatives. Matthews raged against the potential Republican candidate for insisting he would make the same decision on Iraq as his brother, George W. Bush. The cable anchor fumed over "this strange, weird, desperate behavior of Jeb Bush."
By Tom Johnson | May 12, 2015 | 10:28 AM EDT
Mainstream pundits generally have seen the protests over Jade Helm 15 as an embarrassment to conservatives, but blogger Leslie Savan of The Nation suggested in a Friday post that looking silly now may benefit the right in the long run.
The Jade Helm uproar, opined Savan, “is like Obamacare death panels, or Sharia law coming to a court near you, or fluoride in the water supply. It doesn’t matter if the particular charge is proven to be completely false. Just getting the larger idea (don’t trust Obama’s feds, they want to un-cling you from your guns and religion) into the mainstream media is a victory. It validates the paranoia.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | May 12, 2015 | 10:05 AM EDT
Former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw appeared on FNC’s Hannity Monday night to promote his memoir but when the subject of Brian Williams’ suspension was brought up, he insisted that “almost all” of the stories about the two of them were “wrong.”
By Mark Finkelstein | May 12, 2015 | 8:52 AM EDT
Hey Barack? Yes, Your Royal Majesty! Look, know what I said about coming to that thing at your place? Of course, oh Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques. Not going to make it--turns out I have to rearrange my stallion's sock drawer.
On today's Morning Joe, Andrea Mitchell acknowledged the undeniable: that the last-minute decision by Saudi King Salman not to attend the White House summit, after previously having informed John Kerry that he would be there, was such an "in your face" snub, so embarrassing to Kerry and the Obama White House, that "I don't see any way that they can spin it."
By Brent Baker | May 12, 2015 | 7:50 AM EDT
Liberal media bias lives beyond the borders of the United States. As Michael Wolff noted in a front page article for Monday’s USA Today: “Many popular media notions of what a restless electorate is against (bankers, corporate power, tax dodgers, economic austerity) and what it is for (fundamental change, leveling the powerful, taxing the rich and big social program promises) came a cropper in the British election last week.”