The liberal New York Daily News wallowed in anti-Trump comments made by Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Ryan Harris, who won a Super Bowl ring in February with the Denver Broncos. Harris, a convert to Islam, put on his freedom swagger and said Trump’s comments on Islam have been “un-American.” No one asks about the serious tensions between Islam and freedom of religion.
By Clay Waters | | June 5, 2016 | 12:49 PM EDT
The liberal Euro-philes at the New York Times are at it again, mocking ignorant Britons for resenting the grand European Union trading bloc. London-based reporter Sarah Lyall made gentle mockery of the right-of-center push for England to exit the EU (a proposal known colloquailly as "Brexit") on Friday’s front page by evoking Monty Python, especially John Cleese: “On ‘Brexit’ Vote, British Ask If It Would Be Silly to Walk.” Lyall opened her news story with an editorialist anecdote: "Jackie O’Neill, a 54-year-old administrative assistant, was explaining the other day why Britain should vote to divorce itself from the European Union in this month’s referendum. As she enumerated her many grievances, I couldn’t help thinking of the scene in Monty Python’s 'Life of Brian' in which a bunch of disaffected Judeans sit around, complaining about the Romans."
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | June 5, 2016 | 11:34 AM EDT
In an earlier than usual broadcast of NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, the panel was gleefully predicting the demise of Republicans and their future loss of the Senate. “The fact that John McCain, because of the Hispanic vote, is at risk of losing the election after five terms in the Senate and being the party standard bearer … because of the top of the ticket, and this would of course also contribute to losing the Senate,” stated NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, a known Hillary Clinton fan.
By Tim Graham | | June 5, 2016 | 8:55 AM EDT
On Friday, PBS ombudsman Michael Getler paid a subtle compliment to NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck and to the blog in general by noticing how quickly Curtis challenged PBS NewsHour anchor Gwen Ifill for asking Elkhart, Indiana "So what gives?" -- why they hadn’t voted for Barack Obama despite the improving economy?
He noted the question was "a little glib" and "sure to be vulnerable to criticism by some viewers as partisan. I thought it was fair for NewsBusters to call attention to it." But he also praised the outburst as a "smart and gutsy way to set the stage."
By Tom Blumer | | June 4, 2016 | 9:03 PM EDT
Philip Bump and the Washington Post have apparently had a couple of pretty bad days. The Post had to endure having to cover, and cover for, an absolutely awful jobs report released Friday morning. That news made their beloved Dear Leader, who had just celebrated the allegedly wonderful economic accomplishments seen during his presidency on Wednesday, look quite foolish. Never fear: By Paragraph 4 of its related story, the Post found an "expert" who claimed that "This just does not square with all the other things we’re seeing in the economy." Actually, the job market has been virtually the only exception to otherwise uniformly weak data since the fourth quarter of last year.
Perhaps partially influenced by the bad jobs news, Bump, who toils at the Post's "The Fix" blog, came completely unhinged in reacting to a Thursday evening retweet by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
By Tim Graham | | June 4, 2016 | 8:20 PM EDT
Actress and Fox News contributor Stacey Dash was trashed by the Left again for suggesting transgender activists should “go to the bushes” at bathroom time if they can’t decide which gender they are. In an interview on Thursday with Entertainment Tonight to promote her new book There Goes My Social Life, Dash insisted “Hollywood pushes a liberal agenda to the rest of the country. Whether we like it or not, Hollywood dictates the culture of the country.”
When ET’s Nischelle Turner asked about “Caitlyn Jenner,” Dash implied that gender was a “choice,” which violates the code of LGBT political correctness.
NY Times Finds Trump Threat to First Amendment, Yet Downplays Anti-Trump Free-Speech Denial in San JoseBy Clay Waters | | June 4, 2016 | 7:31 PM EDT
What’s the real danger to the First Amendment? Trump! the New York Times shouts in its Saturday lead. Supreme Court reporter Adam Liptak gathered up opinions from left and right for “Trump Declarations Seen As Threat to Rule of Law -- Scholars Finds Disregard for Constitutional Rights in Remarks That Raise Alarm." Yet after going after Trump for disrespecting the First Amendment, another story on Saturday’s front page dismissed the violent attacks on Trump supporters in San Jose.
Politico's Thrush: Trump Is 'First Candidate In Our Lifetimes' to Require Real-Time Fact-Checking on TVBy Tim Graham | | June 4, 2016 | 5:04 PM EDT
Coming out of Donald Trump’s contentious press conference on Tuesday, Politico chief political correspondent Glenn Thrush went on MSNBC and suggested Trump was such a unique liar – a liar for the ages, the biggest political liar “of our lifetimes” – that he needs a live fact-check on the TV screen. Like many reporters, Thrush is utterly blind to Bill and Hillary Clinton’s routine and relentless falsehoods.
Thrush proclaimed: “And I tell you something. What I would like to see is real-time fact-checking of Trump. I think this is the first candidate in our lifetimes that we need a chyron at the bottom of the screen where we have live fact-checking.”
By Tom Johnson | | June 4, 2016 | 3:37 PM EDT
As many NewsBusters readers know, a fairly common talking point on the left is that Hillary (and Bill) Clinton have consistently gotten a raw deal from the national media. Unsurprisingly, New York Magazine’s Rebecca Traister raised the issue in an 8,200-word piece on Hillary and her campaign that appears in the magazine’s May 30 issue. “If Clinton suffers from a kind of political PTSD that makes her overly cautious and scripted and closed-off, then its primary trigger is the press corps that trails her everywhere she goes. Clinton hates the press,” wrote Traister.
By Jeffrey Lord | | June 4, 2016 | 3:34 PM EDT
The virulently anti-Trump Washington Post has just illustrated how the game of racializing the judiciary is played.
The other day Donald Trump began criticizing the judge in the Trump University case being brought against him. He pointed out that the Judge was “Mexican.” U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, born in Indiana, is indeed of Mexican parentage. The Post headlined their front page story this way: "Trump’s vendetta against federal judge alarms legal experts."
By NB Staff | | June 4, 2016 | 10:08 AM EDT
After a successful first journey on Holland America's Westerdam, the Media Research Center is gearing up for another week-long MRC Caribbean Cruise featuring prominent conservatives, scheduled to set sail from Florida in February of 2017.
The cruise will dock in the Bahamas, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica, with plenty of excursions so passengers can play and explore. The Celebrity Silhouette cruise ship is fully equipped with everything to be expected from a luxury cruise liner, offering award-winning cuisine and the opportunity to dine with the best conservative experts.
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | | June 4, 2016 | 8:00 AM EDT
The NFL has a serious PR problem with concussions. NFL star Junior Seau committed suicide in 2012 to underline the issue. Count on flower children at NPR to go over the edge with this issue. The problem isn't the size and strength, and therefore power of professional football players. No, it's -- ready? -- the evil game of football itself.
This is your taxpayer-funded broadcasting in action: Planned Parenthood selling dead baby parts is just a "women's health" group aiding "medical research," but the NFL is organized savagery.
By Melissa Mullins | | June 4, 2016 | 7:38 AM EDT
The liberal-media site Politifact had the option of calling out Hillary Clinton on the lies of her email scandal by using their catchy designation "Pants on Fire," but instead went with just “False.” Add to that the lame headline, "Fact-checking Hillary Clinton's claim that her email practices were 'allowed.'" But recently, they sounded like a Hillary Clinton campaign page when they assessed her attacking Trump: “Hillary Clinton faults Donald Trump for hoping for real estate crash that led to the Great Recession.”
I can almost guarantee that if it were Donald Trump they were fact checking, there would be a "Pants on Fire" next to his name. So Politifact, why not Clinton when she lies?
By Tim Graham | | June 3, 2016 | 11:42 PM EDT
Politico senior media writer Jack Shafer is usually a fairly sensible media critic, but not this week. He wrote a snarky article on Wednesday headlined "Donald Trump Is a 2-Year-Old. It’s Time for the Press to Treat Him Like One."
Shafer announced that Trump's angry Tuesday press conference demonstrated he's just like a big baby, or an irritable two-year-old.
By Tom Blumer | | June 3, 2016 | 10:51 PM EDT
A Pew Research report published three weeks ago on America’s Shrinking Middle Class presented a fundamentally misleading narrative which the press was only too eager to relay and continues to use, namely that the middle class has been seriously shrinking since the turn of the century. Christopher Rugaber at the Associated Press typified the initial press coverage, writing: "In nearly one-quarter of metro areas, middle-class adults no longer make up a majority ... That sharp shift reflects a broader erosion that occurred from 2000 through 2014."
The not particularly subtle message: "It all started with George W. Bush, and it hasn't let up since then." This post will disprove and thus discredit that notion.