On MSNBC’s The Rundown on Tuesday, fill-in host Frances Rivera touted Hillary Clinton slamming Florida Senator Marco Rubio for having “offensive and troubling” views on abortion and asked The Washington Post’s Anne Gearan: “So when you hear Hillary Clinton talk about that...how is this new war on women narrative, if that's what it's going to be called, play into Hillary Clinton's hands?”
By Scott Whitlock | August 11, 2015 | 10:56 AM EDT
Laziness or just an incompetent screw-up? On Tuesday, the journalists at Good Morning America replayed the exact same segment (in its entirety) on Donald Trump that ABC used on Monday morning. This, despite the fact that one of the statements within the story became out of date and inaccurate. On both days Tom Llamas insisted of Megyn Kelly: "She hasn't spoken about his latest statements, but now his fellow candidates piling on." That may have been accurate on Monday morning, but it wasn't on Tuesday.
By Connor Williams | August 11, 2015 | 10:24 AM EDT
On Tuesday's Morning Joe, the Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson attacked the Republican Party for “going way, way, way to the right on abortion.” The columnist based this opinion on Marco Rubio’s refusal to rule out voting for a bill that wouldn't have exceptions for cases of rape or incest. No word from Robinson about a move to the left in the Democratic Party despite a surge in the polls from self-avowed socialist Bernie Sanders.
By Jeffrey Meyer | August 11, 2015 | 9:50 AM EDT
During an interview with Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson on Tuesday, CBS This Morning’s Norah O’Donnell repeatedly hit the famed neurosurgeon from the left on abortion and whether or not he agreed with Donald Trump’s disparaging remarks about women.
By Mark Finkelstein | August 11, 2015 | 8:45 AM EDT
Well, she did stop short of accusing Chuck Schumer of being worried about losing donations from co-religionist contributors . . . But on today's Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinksi repeatedly claimed that Schumer was acting out of politics in opposing the Iran deal.
Battling with Bill Kristol, an exceptionally exercised Brzezinski broke out the over-the-top adjectives, branding opposition to the deal "ludicrous," "crazy" and "calamitous." What explains Mika's unusual outburst on this subject?
Blogger: When Pope Addresses Congress, ‘Right-Wing Republicans’ Will Put Him ‘Through a Partisan Hell’By Tom Johnson | August 10, 2015 | 9:09 PM EDT
When you think of tough crowds, Philadelphia sports fans or the audience for Amateur Night at the Apollo may come to mind. The Washington Monthly's D.R. Tucker thought of the “right-wing Republicans” he expects will heckle Pope Francis when the pontiff speaks before a joint session of Congress late next month.
“Joe Wilson’s…infamous 2009 'You lie!' outburst will be considered a term of endearment relative to what ultra-conservative Republicans will holler when the Holy Father discusses income inequality and climate change in his speech,” wrote Tucker in a Sunday post. “Right-wing obnoxiousness has no known limits, and it’s a guarantee that you will see Republicans on their worst behavior on September 24…Their contempt will thrust forth like the ‘chestburster’ in Alien. Their voices will vibrate with venom.”
By Ken Shepherd | August 10, 2015 | 8:57 PM EDT
While all three broadcast evening newscasts tonight noted Hillary Clinton's reaction to Donald Trump's offensive comments regarding Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly and her menstrual cycle, NBC gave considerable attention to Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton's attempt to exploit the Trump kerfuffle in order to attack all Republican presidential candidates as anti-woman.
By Ken Shepherd | August 10, 2015 | 7:56 PM EDT
The Big Three broadcast evening newscasts tonight ignored a new audit showing that the government may have paid out subsidies to ObamaCare purchasers who were not eligible for them.
By Mark Finkelstein | August 10, 2015 | 7:48 PM EDT
In the liberal universe, there's no correlation between hard work or ingenuity and financial success. As President Obama recently put it, the rich are simply "society's lottery winners."
Sounding a similar theme, Al Sharpton today declared it "astounding" that Rand Paul believes that income inequality is due to "some people working harder." Astounding, indeed! What's wrong with Rand? How could he possibly believe that someone who works, say, 60 hours per week might earn more than someone else who works 20?
By Tom Blumer | August 10, 2015 | 7:01 PM EDT
The Associated Press has been in Ferguson covering the anniversary of Michael Brown's death and the George Soros-funded out-of-towners leading the "festivities."
I'll leave it to others to dissect the wire service's on-the-street reporting during the past several days. What also concerns me is how AP's reports continue to bitterly cling to half-truths and distortions about how Brown died and the nature of the evidence evaluated by the grand jury which refused to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in his death. Five paragraphs containing such distortions were included in at least three different AP reports this weekend.
By Kyle Drennen | August 10, 2015 | 4:59 PM EDT
On MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts Monday afternoon, environmental reporter Tony Dokoupil described the Environmental Protection Agency causing three million gallons of toxic waste to spill into a Colorado river as “good intentions leading to a bad outcome.” He explained: “This mine has been leaking sludge for a long time and EPA was on the scene in hopes of cleaning it up.”
By Ken Shepherd | August 10, 2015 | 4:11 PM EDT
While MSNBC host Chris Matthews may be over the moon about John Kasich, seeing him as the most "moderate" and ergo acceptable choice of the Republican presidential primary field, The Rachel Maddow Show host and msnbc.com contributor Steve Benen took to the Lean Forward network's website today to denounce Kasich as a hard-core rightie.
By Scott Whitlock | August 10, 2015 | 4:10 PM EDT
An angry Chris Matthews on Friday fumed over comedian Rosie O'Donnell becoming a laugh line at last Thursday's debate. Rather than allow that conservatives might object to the liberal comedian's trashing of conservatives, Matthews saw Republican voters as full of hate. Speaking of Donald Trump and the debate crowd in Cleveland, Ohio, Matthews derided, "...[Trump] threw Rosie O'Donnell under the bus, you know, a gay woman. He thought it would be a laughingstock and he turned her into the joke with that nasty audience last might."
By Kyle Drennen | August 10, 2015 | 3:31 PM EDT
Appearing on MSNBC’s The Rundown with Jose Diaz-Balart on Monday, political reporter Alex Seitz-Wald speculated on whether Hillary Clinton would comment on Donald Trump during an upcoming speech in New Hampshire: “...it might be hard for her to resist, right? Donald Trump was the biggest news of the weekend....And he’s been most useful to her as a cudgel against the rest of the GOP field.”
By Katie Yoder | August 10, 2015 | 2:53 PM EDT
One retail store is right on target to fight gender stereotypes – according to the media, that is.
On Friday, Target announced that it would “phase out gender-based signage” by not advertising differences between boys’ and girls’ items, including toys and bedding. From The Washington Post to Upworthy, writers praised the “exciting move” that bashes “harmful” “gender stereotyping” and connected the decision to “awareness of the transgender community.”