Monday's CBS Evening News followed the example of CBS This Morning earlier in the day in failing to mention Michael Bloomberg's outspoken gun control stance in their coverage of the former New York City mayor's potential presidential run. By contrast, Jonathan Karl gave ABC's first mention of this liberal political position on Monday's World News Tonight: "He [Bloomberg] is a socially-liberal New Yorker, who just ran a big campaign in favor of gun control."
By Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | January 25, 2016 | 11:38 PM EST
It’s been said, “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist.” Fox’s new drama Lucifer seems hell bent on convincing the world he is harmless and sympathetic. Look no further than Fox’s slogan for the show, “He gives bad a good name.”
By Bruce Bookter | January 25, 2016 | 11:16 PM EST
So, just when you thought ESPN was beyond help, completely irredeemable, and more than happy to overlook any slight or attack on people of faith in order to uphold their completely biased, near company-wide anti-Christian bias...all of a sudden, they surprise you. A little, anyway.
By Matthew Balan | January 25, 2016 | 10:37 PM EST
On Monday, NBC Nightly News and CBS Evening News both spotlighted how a Texas grand jury indicted two people from the pro-life Center for Medical Progress on the felony charge of tampering with a government record. One of the two was also charged with purchasing and selling human organs, a misdemeanor. The grand jury also cleared Planned Parenthood of the Gulf Coast of any crime, despite the hidden camera footage shot by the organization. At the same time, ABC's World News Tonight chose not to cover the latest development in the ongoing controversy.
By Mark Finkelstein | January 25, 2016 | 9:26 PM EST
If he wants, Chris Hayes can crow about the refusal of a Houston grand jury to indict Planned Parenthood. But for him to claim, as he did on his MSNBC show tonight, that PP did not sell baby parts is absurd. As the videos revealed, not only was PP selling body parts, one of its officials joked [we have to hope] that she wanted to get as much money as possible so she could buy a Lamborghini.
To support his claim, Hayes relied on the Orwellian decision of a Houston grand jury today to indict not PP, but the makers of the videos exposing their sales of baby parts. Chris conveniently failed to mention that one of the prosecutors in the Houston DA's office is a Planned Parenthood board member and fundraiser.
By P.J. Gladnick | January 25, 2016 | 9:13 PM EST
Oh you rascal!
Rush Limbaugh today announced that he might launch Operation Chaos 2. For those of you who have forgotten, the original Operation Chaos was launched by Rush during the 2008 primary season in order to help Hillary Clinton with the goal of prolonging the Democrat primary season. Wikipedia describes how the original Operation Chaos worked:
By Curtis Houck | January 25, 2016 | 8:14 PM EST
As part of its three 2016 campaign segments on Monday, ABC’s World News Tonight featured Clinton campaign correspondent Cecilia Vega fretting that the campaign’s “grueling pace” may have “seem[ed] to catch up” with Hillary Clinton as she coughed multiple times during an appearance and had to take a drink of water.
By Tom Blumer | January 25, 2016 | 7:09 PM EST
In an unexpected development which may ultimately qualify as a "be careful what you wish for" exercise, the District Attorney in Harris County, Texas, whose county seat is Houston, has indicted Center for Medical Progress videographers David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt.
Yes you read that right, via coverage in the Houston Chronicle (bolds are mine):
By Curtis Houck | January 25, 2016 | 6:08 PM EST
Hours before moderating CNN’s Democratic presidential townhall on Monday, New Day co-host Chris Cuomo spoke with conservative radio talk show host/Ted Cruz supporter Glenn Beck and suggested to Beck that his firm opposition to President Obama and big government has laid the groundwork for the rise of Donald Trump: "You wound up somewhat birthing Donald Trump...some of those people who were angry about what was going on and telling people to be angry, now they've got somebody who's harnessing the power..."
By Scott Whitlock | January 25, 2016 | 5:48 PM EST
Talk about your wacky analysis. The women of The View on Monday weighed in on Michael Bloomberg’s potential third party run for the White House and deemed the former New York Mayor a “fiscal conservative.” This is the same Bloomberg behind the soda tax, the man who endorsed Obama for president and ObamaCare.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | January 25, 2016 | 5:45 PM EST
When one imagines the fabled William Wallace it typically involves a man with long dirty hair and blue face-paint, fighting for his people’s freedom. Ari Melber, on Monday afternoon’s MSNBC Live, said he imagines a man that wants to restrict people’s right to bear arms and dictate the size of people’s sodas. “We like a reluctant warrior, in war. It was important in Braveheart, right. Mel Gibson didn’t initially want to fight.” The man Melber is describing is Michael Bloomberg, the former Mayor of New York City.
By Tom Blumer | January 25, 2016 | 5:28 PM EST
Over the past several months, economics reporters at the Associated Press have told us time and time and time again that the U.S. economy is "largely insulated" from adverse economic developments overseas.
So why is the AP's Martin Crutsinger going along with the now-shifting conventional "wisdom" that Janet Yellen's Federal Reserve may have to defer implementing additional interest-rate increases for quite some time because of what the wire service headlined as a "darker global economy"? The obvious answer is that the U.S. economy is also weak, and the business press simply won't admit it.
By Brad Wilmouth | January 25, 2016 | 4:44 PM EST
As Ken Cuccinelli of the Ted Cruz presidential campaign appeared as a guest on Monday's CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, host Costello spent her first several questions hitting Senator Cruz over his "likeability" in the U.S. Senate and his unwillingness to negotiate as she debated her GOP guest over the Texas Senator's fitness to be President. Cuccinelli finally hit back at the CNN host, charging that she is the "left-wing media" and that she was "really pollut[ing] the discussion."
By P.J. Gladnick | January 25, 2016 | 4:26 PM EST
The first month of the year isn't even over yet and as people in the Northeast are digging their way out of one of the biggest snowstorms in recorded history, Time magazine has a message for you: "2016 Expected to Be the Warmest Year on Record." Yes, they couldn't even wait for the temperature readings to be evaluated in the months to come to make that prediction. Just as much of the mainstream media have already declared 2014 and 2015 based on highly questionable evidence, they are already declaring 2016 to be even hotter based on absolutely no evidence other than pretending to read future temperatures.
Time was so eager to dive into their "hottest year on record" shtick they couldn't even wait until 2016 started to issue their proclamation. It was actually made on December 17, 2015: