On Monday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case of United States v. Texas - the case in which a coalition of 26 states, led by Texas, sued the Obama administration over the executive DACA/DAPA programs. On the leading domestic Spanish-language television network newscasts, the case was given existential treatment. Unfortunately, the coverage was just as one-sided as we would have expected.
By Clay Waters | | April 18, 2016 | 9:50 AM EDT
As the Supreme Court begins to debate whether President Obama's executive actions on immigration exceeded his authority, the New York Times lead National section story Sunday by Julia Preston, one of the paper’s most pro-amnesty reporters documented “A Family Anxiously Awaiting a Supreme Court Outcome – Justices Hold the Key To Immigration Mix.” Again, the Times skipped the clear formulation of “illegal immigrants” in favor of the longer “in the country illegally,” apparently to avoid hateful stigmatizing. The paper’s euphemism of choice was “unauthorized immigrants."
By Scott Whitlock | | April 18, 2016 | 9:02 AM EDT
Posted below: the April 18 edition of Notable Quotables, MRC’s bi-weekly compilation of the latest outrageous quotes in the liberal media. This issue: The “first-rate” Hillary Clinton is just like Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams, according to journalists.
Meanwhile, Chris Matthews told Bernie Sander’s campaign chairman that the socialist candidate stimulates his “erogenous zone.” Over on CNN, Chris Cuomo gushed to Bernie Sanders that “thousands of young people” are “shouting your name.”
By Mark Finkelstein | | April 18, 2016 | 8:13 AM EDT
John Heilemann: self-appointed avenging angel and scourge of lies and liars? Earlier this month, Heilemann accused Dan Senor to his face of "lying" about Paul Ryan's presidential ambitions. Heilemann was back at his accusatory beat on today's Morning Joe, this time making the affable Willie Geist, of all people, his target.
To introduce a feel-good segment congratulating Willie on his new gig, Morning Joe rolled a clip of the opening of Geist's hosting debut of NBC Sunday Today yesterday. Willie told viewers they were welcome to hang out on their couches in sweatpants, while he got dressed in his "church clothes." But Heilemann, raining on the parade, jumped ugly: "Do you think it was a good idea to start off a show with a lie like that?" Challenged, Heilemann said that he realized many people go to church "but I don't assume Willie goes to church." For the record, Willie said he had been to church last weekend, but even then Heilemann remained skeptical: "what were you doing there?"
By Mairead McArdle | | April 18, 2016 | 12:08 AM EDT
The Whiteness Project is back to revive the ill will engendered by racism in American culture.
Documentary filmmaker Whitney Dow released the second installment of the PBS series designed to show white people speaking genuinely about racism. This part consists of interviews of 24 white millennials in Dallas over the summer of 2015. His first installment, filmed in October, 2014, features 21 white adults in Buffalo, New York. Dow’s goal is to interview 1,000 white Americans across the country.
By Dylan Gwinn | | April 18, 2016 | 12:05 AM EDT
Because this series is running out of ways to completely gross out and mortify what few, very few, remaining viewers they have left, this week’s showing of I Am Cait, titled ‘Kiss and Make Up,’ decided to go down the road of transgender adoption.
As U.S. Manufacturing Decline Continues, AP Tries to Counter — By Citing One State's Positive ResultBy Tom Blumer | | April 17, 2016 | 11:17 PM EDT
Key data about the U.S. economy's performance released this past week was mostly dismal. Wednesday brought news that seasonally adjusted March retail sales, instead of climbing as predicted, fell by 0.3 percent. Later that morning, the government reported that manufacturing and trade inventories and sales both fell in February.
The worst news came on Friday, when the Federal Reserve reported that March industrial production, defying predictions of a tiny decrease, fell by 0.6 percent for the second straight month. The manufacturing component fell by 0.3 percent, and February's 0.1 percent manufacturing increase was revised to show a 0.1 percent decline. The Fed's Friday report was especially problematic for the Associated Press.
By Tim Graham | | April 17, 2016 | 10:11 PM EDT
Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple reports that The New York Times is getting very serious about diversity goals in recruiting, hiring, and promoting. Chief Executive Mark Thompson raised eyebrows at a gathering of managers on the business and news sides of the newspaper.
According to three Wemple sources, “Supervisors who fail to meet upper management’s requirements in recruiting and hiring minority candidates or who fail to seek out minority candidates for promotions face some stern consequences: They’ll be either encouraged to leave or be fired.”
By Brad Wilmouth | | April 17, 2016 | 7:05 PM EDT
On Sunday's Fareed Zakaria GPS, host Zakaria used a segment promoting an effort to legalize heroin in Ithaca, New York, as a way to mock Republican presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz's negative comments about "New York values," as the CNN host tagged the effort "a New York value that Ted Cruz would probably hate" and later concluded "Maybe Ithaca's bold proposal -- its New York values -- aren't so bad after all."
By P.J. Gladnick | | April 17, 2016 | 5:29 PM EDT
Donald Trump hasn't even been nominated yet but that hasn't kept Politico from engaging in wild speculation about what they claim could be his impending impeachment. The Politico fantasy takes us on a time travel trip to the summer of 2017 which goes into such detail, you have to wonder if author Darren Samuelsohn has been indulging in an overabundance of magic mushrooms. The funniest thing of all is that Samuelsohn concludes by pretty much stating Never Mind! See, it probably won't happen so why engage in all this impeachment speculation in the first place?
So let us now watch Politico engage in fantasy impeachment:
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | April 17, 2016 | 3:22 PM EDT
On Saturday, Senator Ted Cruz swept the state of Wyoming and captured all 14 of the state’s GOP delegates. But if you were watching the Sunday morning news briefs you probably would have missed it. What you would have learned is that Donald Trump is still calling the Republican election system rigged, Trump has a new nick name for Hillary Clinton, and John Kasich eats pickles in a weird way. NBC dedicated only one sentence to Cruz before moving on to talk about Trump’s chances of getting 1,237 delegates before the GOP convention.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | April 17, 2016 | 1:25 PM EDT
“I think [Citizens United is] the worst -- one of the worst laws passed since I have been around … and so our job is to try and counter that in some way,” stated movie star and Democrat fundraiser George Clooney. Clooney appeared to be in blame shifting mode Sunday on Meet The Press, following a massive uproar after a highly exclusive fundraising event he held for Hillary Clinton in his L.A. home.
By Tom Johnson | | April 17, 2016 | 12:24 PM EDT
One demographic group you won’t see mentioned in poll results from Quinnipiac, Monmouth, or pretty much anywhere else is “aggressive a**hole[s].” Nonetheless, according to Washington Monthly blogger Martin Longman, such voters have constituted the key bloc in this year’s Republican presidential primary-and-caucus process.
“If you take the electorate and subtract every laid off mechanic and guy over 40 who obsessively fantasizes about being a successful golf pro, [Donald] Trump’s support approaches zero,” asserted Longman in a Thursday post. “The GOP has been so denuded of ordinary people that the aggressive a**hole vote is now a big enough plurality of the party to decide their nomination. This becomes doubly clear when you realize that the main alternative to Trump is Ted Cruz, who almost defines the aforementioned term of non-endearment.”
By Tim Graham | | April 17, 2016 | 7:05 AM EDT
A leftist with a failed comedy/satire show called Totally Biased is a very natural subject for a fawning National Public Radio interview. On the NPR show Fresh Air on Thursday, host Terry Gross honored black comedian W. Kamau Bell, now a new show on CNN. Don’t call it “news” – the episode they’re promoting is Bell “hilariously” trying to get to know Ku Klux Klansmen.
NPR titled its Bell interview “Standing Tall And Finding Humor In America's Racism.”
By Brad Wilmouth | | April 16, 2016 | 10:31 PM EDT
On Friday's Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, host Maher ended the show with a commentary against religion as he demanded that churches in the U.S. be taxed. The HBO comedian compared taxing religion to taxing destructive habits like smoking by suggesting a tax on Sunday school so children "don't get stupid." Conveniently ignoring that the Nazis and communists who mass murdered tens of millions were atheists, Maher also linked religion to genocide and other destructive behavior.