On Friday's Wolf show on CNN, as they updated viewers on the Hillary Clinton email scandal, substitute host Dana Bash and correspondent Evan Perez began by downplaying the classified emails in question as mostly "innocuous" but ended up conceding that the Clinton campaign's "legal argument" in her defense is "not enough of an answer."
By Tom Blumer | August 15, 2015 | 10:49 AM EDT
All you need to know about the Associated Press's interest in accurately reporting current developments in the investigations into 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's private email server is this: A search at its national site on "Hillary crime" (not in quotes) returns nothing.
Ken Thomas's coverage of the former Secretary of State's "forceful defense" last night in "a speech before influential Iowa Democrats" is all too typical: Mrs. Clinton gets to say that all of this is "partisan games" involving "playing politics." All I see is substance-free whining. "My opponents don't like me" is not a defense. Several paragraphs from Ken's calamity follow the jump:
By NB Staff | August 15, 2015 | 10:29 AM EDT
NewsBusters executive editor Tim Graham appeared on C-SPAN's Washington Journal program on Monday morning to discuss the coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign, which offered an opportunity to share the MRC numbers on evening news coverage so far.
While Hillary Clinton coverage has been negative, Graham was amazed at her refusal to grant interviews. "I start to wonder if the press has any self-respect. They didn’t look like they had a lot of respect when they were roped in on the street."
By Dylan Gwinn | August 15, 2015 | 10:10 AM EDT
For the second time in just over two months since Michael Sam joined the CFL Montreal Alouettes, he is leaving the team. This time it sounds like it’s for good.
Sam, a defensive end from Missouri, came out as gay before the 2014 NFL draft, to the triumphal declarations from ESPN and the media at large. When the confetti settled, the “Gay Jackie Robinson” was drafted in the seventh round by the St. Louis Rams. Cut by the Rams without ever playing a down, he joined the Dallas Cowboys practice squad for a cup of coffee.
By Mark Finkelstein | August 15, 2015 | 9:19 AM EDT
How about "angry and lame?" After playing a clip of Hillary in Iowa yesterday in which she addressed the email scandal and took a shot at Donald Trump, MSNBC's Richard Wolffe, sitting in for Steve Kornacki, called her comments "feisty and funny."
Have a look and judge for yourself. There's a difference between feisty and flat-out angry. As for funny, Rodney Dangerfield can rest in peace. Hillary's delivery was wooden. The funniest thing she said was a bit of unintentional humor. Speaking of the email scandal, Clinton claimed "I won't play politics with the national security." Right. Protecting her personal politics was what having her own server was all about.
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | August 15, 2015 | 8:04 AM EDT
It’s been six years since a Michael Moore mockumentary struggled at the box office. Capitalism: A Love Story grossed a paltry $14.3 million, less than an eighth the take of his hit Fahrenheit 911. The long wait for the next Moore spectacle is almost over. The day before the next 9/11 anniversary, Moore’s new America-bashing film Where To Invade Next will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, where movies about America by an American make their debut.
As usual, the film’s “principal cast” is just Michael Moore, egomaniac. Moore boasted he hadn’t done a TV interview in a year. (Thank the Lord for small favors.) And succeeded wildly in keeping this film a secret (ditto).
By Melissa Mullins | August 15, 2015 | 6:54 AM EDT
Just days after posting a selfie of herself and Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, Kim Kardashian – made famous for a sex tape of her and a former boyfriend– decided to try and get political by taking aim at stricter gun control laws.
After learning that David Conley shot and killed his ex-girlfriend, her husband and six children in Texas, Kardashian tweeted to her 34.4 million followers "These gun safety laws have to change!"
By Tom Blumer | August 14, 2015 | 11:50 PM EDT
As Spencer Raley at NewsBusters noted earlier this evening, StemExpress, "the now infamous biomedical company which allegedly bought fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood for profit, is breaking off its relationship with the nation’s leading abortion provider." Raley referenced a Politico item by Jennifer Haberkorn with a mid-afternoon Friday time stamp. As far as I can tell, it is the only establishment press outlet to note this development.
No establishment press outlet has noted a key courtroom development yesterday which may have been what really drove StemExpress to make its move — a move which, by the way, has not been announced in the "news" section at the company's web site, even though it has posted five other items during the past month relating to the Planned Parenthood fetal tissue outrages.
By Tim Graham | August 14, 2015 | 10:53 PM EDT
Noah Michelson, the editor of the Huffington Post’s “Gay Voices” website, thinks the gays are a special crowd in their enthusiasm for sexual activity: “Oh the hours -- the afternoons! The days! The weekends! -- I have spent looking for and having sex. And oh the incomparable joy it's brought me!...we've long enjoyed the pursuit of sexual relations whenever, wherever, however and with whomever we could get our sweaty gay mitts on.”
So Michelson doesn’t like prudes, especially in the gay commmunity: “But you know what I can't understand, and furthermore, won't stand for? Other gays playing sex police -- and it's starting to happen more and more.”
By Mark Finkelstein | August 14, 2015 | 6:26 PM EDT
This blog brought to you by Orville Redenbacher . . . One short segment on today's With All Due Respect packed plenty of explosive commentary. There was John Heilemann saying that Al Gore "hates" Hillary and that if he gets in the race would be a "huge" problem for her. Lending credence to Heilemann's "hates" claim is the fact that he mentioned having "spent a lot of time" with Gore in 2006. Translation: I was with him on those long nights when Al let his beard down and spoke straight from his globally-warmed heart.
A second noteworthy comment came from Mark Halperin, who opined that "everyone" in the Dem party doesn't "trust" going into the race with Hillary as the only establishment choice and that the vacuum "is going to be" be filled by someone. Hmm.
By Spencer Raley | August 14, 2015 | 6:18 PM EDT
StemExpress, the now infamous biomedical company which allegedly bought fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood for profit, is breaking off its relationship with the nation’s leading abortion provider reports Politico.
By Randy Hall | August 14, 2015 | 5:15 PM EDT
A group of 98 prominent members of the Jewish community in Los Angeles -- most of whom have close ties to Hollywood -- signed an open letter supporting the proposed nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers led by the United States.
According to an article written by Seth Abramovitch at The Hollywood Reporter's website, a full-page advertisement that appeared in Thursday's edition of the city's Jewish Journal calls for Congress to approve the agreement since it “is in the best interests of the United States and Israel.”
By Curtis Houck | August 14, 2015 | 5:03 PM EDT
In the midst of the covering the U.S. Embassy’s reopening in Havana, Cuba on Friday morning, MSNBC’s The Rundown couldn’t help but repeatedly ooze over the fact that Secretary of State John Kerry attended the ceremony using a walking cane that belonged to former President John F. Kennedy’s brother and former fellow Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy. Gushing that it’s “a fascinating backstory,” NBC's Andrea Mitchell made the first mention just after 9:00 a.m. Eastern about Kerry using “Teddy Kennedy’s cane.”
By Kyle Drennen | August 14, 2015 | 4:38 PM EDT
While all three broadcast networks on Friday morning celebrated the American flag being raised at the newly-reopened U.S. embassy in Havana, CBS ignored Cuban dissidents not being invited to the ceremony, while NBC and ABC gave mere seconds to the controversy.
By Tim Graham | August 14, 2015 | 4:30 PM EDT
While Chris Cuomo worried out loud on Friday about The New York Times questioning an excessive focus on the religion inspiring ISIS when they resort to rape, the same concern about stereotypes didn’t come up pseudo-Catholic Cuomo for the Catholic-bashing front of The Washington Post. In “Pope urged to address clergy sex abuse in visit,” religion correspondent Michelle Boorstein repeats the never-ending stream of allegations that the Vatican has never done enough to appease critics and accusers and their trial lawyers on commission.
It’s quite a contrast with the Post’s Weekend section, where film critic Ann Hornaday is praising the new movie Diary of a Teenage Girl (four stars out of four stars!), where a 15-year-old girl is seduced by a 35-year-old “man-child” who’s dating her mother. Online the headline called it "funny, forthright, and daringly frank." Since there’s no organized global religion involved, the child abuser “isn’t so much the villain of this piece as one more misguided seeker whom [filmmaker Marielle] Heller treats with more amused compassion than disdain.”