Jeffrey Tayler of The Atlantic treated religious belief as a mental illness in a Sunday column for the far-left website Salon, which targeted Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia for "imposing your obscurantist dogma on impressionable young minds" – specifically, "the bizarre Catholic cult." Tayler made no secret of his anti-Catholic bigotry when he slammed the supposed "pedophile pulpiteers of your creed [who] have...warp[ed] the minds of their credulous 'flocks' for two millennia."
By Connor Williams | June 15, 2015 | 4:13 PM EDT
Transgenderism is so yesterday. It’s time to “discuss” transracial issues! That, of course, according to a guest on the June 15 edition of MSNBC’s NewsNation. Tamron Hall invited Earl Hutchinson – a radio host and prominent author on racial issues – to the program to chat about the still unfolding story surrounding Rachel Dolezal, the now former head of the Spokane NAACP who lied about being black.
By Tom Blumer | June 15, 2015 | 4:08 PM EDT
Marlow Stern at the Daily Beast, who reviewed Jurassic World on June 10, must be absolutely furious.
The Steven Spielberg-produced movie just had "the highest-grossing opening weekend of all time." Not bad for a film Stern panned as "A Big, Dumb, Sexist Mess." — with heavy emphasis on the "sexist" part.
By Spencer Raley | June 15, 2015 | 3:41 PM EDT
The Dallas Police Association isn’t taking any of CNN’s anchor Fredricka Whitfield’s attempts to downplay a comment she made Saturday (link to NB article) referring to an attempted cop killer as “courageous and brave.” After immediate backlash, Whitfield attempted to deflect criticism on Sunday by halfheartedly claiming she “misspoke.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | June 15, 2015 | 2:54 PM EDT
On Saturday, NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! brought on Kim Kardashian to play “Not my job” but the show’s liberal audience blasted NPR for inviting the reality TV star onto public radio and supposedly ruining their airwaves.
By Kyle Drennen | June 15, 2015 | 2:46 PM EDT
Ahead of Jeb Bush announcing his 2016 presidential run on Monday, NBC’s Today and CBS This Morning hyped his effort to “regain some lost momentum” and overcome the “baggage” of his last name. In contrast, the two morning shows barely touched the problems facing Hillary Clinton’s campaign in the wake of her formal announcement on Saturday.
By Joseph Rossell | June 15, 2015 | 2:41 PM EDT
Newsweek senior writer Kurt Eichenwald publicized what he called an “ugly civil war” between doctors and one of America’s largest medical organizations in a series of lopsided attacks on the group some of which remain labeled as "Tech & Science" rather than opinion.
Eichenwald, a liberal who once asked if conservatives were “ever right,” is an award-winning former Time magazine investigative reporter. Beginning in March, he wrote multiple pieces for Newsweek about alleged problems with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and a fight brewing with doctors. While ABIM responded by saying the group was making some needed changes, it accused Eichenwald and Newsweek of misrepresenting opinion as news.
By Melissa Mullins | June 15, 2015 | 2:10 PM EDT
Rachel Dolezal pretended to be black for years as president of the Spokane NAACP. She's now become the "Caitlyn" Jenner of a "trans-black" discussion. People may want to identify as black when they are not.
Always one for a controversial discussion about race in America, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry decided to jump in on the “trans-black” bandwagon, wondering out loud on her Saturday show:
Business Press Mostly Fails to Note that Industrial Production Has Not Advanced for Six Straight MonthsBy Tom Blumer | June 15, 2015 | 2:06 PM EDT
Today's release from the Federal Reserve on industrial production (including mining and utilities) told us that it declined by a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent in May. It was the sixth consecutive month showing a decline or no gain, during which time output has fallen by 1.1 percent (not annualized).
Bloomberg News, which reported that economists and analysts expected an increase of 0.2 percent, described the result as "unexpected." Reuters gave us the adverb version of the U-word: "U.S. industrial production unexpectedly fell in May." In covering the news, Associated Press reporter Josh Boak failed to note the length of the protracted slump, and even went into a light version of "Happy Days Are (Still, Probably, We Really Hope) Here Again," using a sentiment survey to argue against the hard information collected by the Fed.
By Andrew Miller | June 15, 2015 | 1:47 PM EDT
While interviewing fellow comedian Jeff Ross on his show Real Time, Bill Maher brought up Jerry Seinfeld's recent criticism of political correctness.
Maher and Ross went back and forth on the topic, praising Seinfeld’s defense of “comedy as an art form” and decrying “generic,” “watered-down” comedy that adheres to the politically correct standard.
By Matthew Balan | June 15, 2015 | 1:13 PM EDT
In a Friday column, the Washington Post's Dana Milbank again misquoted a conservative, where he attacked pro-lifers for not being "on the right side of logic" for opposing abortion, but not supporting "contraceptives [which] would seriously reduce abortions." Milbank cited Americans United for Life's Charmaine Yoest, who supposedly stated, "'I haven't seen anything' to convince her that more contraceptive use reduces abortions. She [Yoest] pointed to Guttmacher's 2011 findings that between 2001 and 2008, a reduction in the proportion of pregnancies ending in abortion 'could represent increased difficulty in accessing abortion services.'"
Bozell: Media Still Taking It On the Jaw As Hillary Restricts Access; It's Proof They're On Her SideBy NB Staff | June 15, 2015 | 1:07 PM EDT
"When you see MSNBC attacking [Hillary Clinton] from the left, you realize, I think, just how far MSNBC has gone," Media Research Center president and founder Brent Bozell quipped on today's edition of Fox Business Network's Varney & Co., responding to host Stuart Varney's observation that the former Secretary of State is beginning to see some tough treatment in the media, albeit perhaps from her left.
But by and large, Bozell noted, the liberal media are still taking Hillary's abuse lying down
By Scott Whitlock | June 15, 2015 | 12:21 PM EDT
Talk about a softball. On Sunday's Good Morning America, co-host Dan Harris asked George Stephanopoulos, a former Bill Clinton operative, if class warfare was a "winning strategy" for Hillary Clinton. Unsurprisingly, the man who secretly donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation answered in the affirmative. Regarding Saturday's campaign launch, Harris mused, "Hillary Clinton has not wanted to be seen as a class warrior. But in this speech, she really went for it... Is this a winning strategy for her?"
How Nice: Chuck Todd Actually Lets Other Journos Question Guest; Novel for Program Called 'Meet the Press'By P.J. Gladnick | June 15, 2015 | 12:18 PM EDT
Today marks the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. It was on June 15, 1215 that the English King John met his barons on Runnymede field to reluctantly affix his seal to the great charter that granted more powers to the latter. By strange coincidence, yesterday also marked the notable event when Chuck Todd on Meet The Press allowed a couple of panelists to question a guest, Bill Daley.
This was actually nothing new because in its original format, which has been forgotten in recent years, Meet The Press meant exactly that...meet the press, not just the host. Your humble correspondent, often feeling like Captain Ahab in his desperate search for the great white whale, has been harping on this point for nearly a year when he reminded any who would listen about the promise of a return to the original format by NBC News president Deborah Turness:
By Jeffrey Meyer | June 15, 2015 | 10:59 AM EDT
This week marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta “one of the most important documents in human history” and on Monday, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today apparently felt their viewers don't appreciate a key part of world history and skipped the event altogether.