CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has aggressively attacked those who support Indiana's religious freedom law and on Thursday night he brought on Charles Barkley to slime Christians as "religious nuts." The former NBA player, who is from Alabama originally, sneered, "All these rednecks hide behind the Bible. That's what they do. That's one of the reason the south is behind in everything. They always hide behind the Bible. It's strictly about discrimination."
By Tim Graham | April 3, 2015 | 10:26 AM EDT
The PBS NewsHour hosted a panel discussion on Thursday night on the controversy over religious freedom in Indiana. To their credit, PBS brought on a Baptist minister, Tim Overton, to speak for Christians who are upset at the current liberal trend. But National Journal correspondent Ron Brownstein pushed hard on the politics -- on how Republicans are going to suffer as “we expand the circle equality. That is the American story...there’s no reversing that.”
By Julia A. Seymour | April 3, 2015 | 10:14 AM EDT
Some climate alarmists are already trying to play up legendary journalist Walter Cronkite’s April 3, 1980, coverage of “global warming” and the “greenhouse effect.” But what they will almost certainly ignore is that only a few years earlier Cronkite and fellow journalists were warning about a “new ice age.”
The media have been susceptible to climate change alarmism for more than 100 years, but it wasn’t always about warming. In the 1970s journalists were chilled to the bone and found arguments for a coming ice age “pretty convincing.”
By Tim Graham | April 3, 2015 | 8:32 AM EDT
The Washington Post apparently knows when it’s appropriate to completely omit a majority viewpoint from a news story: when an Obama-appointed U.S. district judge in California orders “sex reassignment surgery” for a murderer because denying an expensive surgery on the taxpayer dime is a denial of “her” constitutional rights.
Lindsey Beyer reported that Jeffrey Norsworthy, who now identifies as “Michelle,” is creating a real problem for prison officials:
By Curtis Houck | April 3, 2015 | 1:48 AM EDT
NBC became the first network to move on from the scandal involving Democratic Senator Robert Menendez (N.J.) on Thursday as NBC Nightly News made zero mention of the story and that entered a plea of not guilty in a Newark, New Jersey federal courtroom. As fellow networks ABC and CBS, ABC’s World News Tonight aired a one-minute-and-25-second segment on Menendez while the CBS Evening News devoted a 19-second news brief to his not guilty plea. However, between the two reports, Menendez was labeled a Democrat only twice.
By Curtis Houck | April 2, 2015 | 11:44 PM EDT
The Washington Post’s editorial board slammed the Obama administration Thursday evening over the framework for additional negotiations with Iran concerning its nuclear program that “fall well short of the goals originally set by the Obama administration” and would allow Iran to “instantly become a threshold nuclear state.” Set to run in the Friday print edition of the newspaper, the editorial also pointed to numerous examples of hypocrisy on the part of the President from previous moments in his presidency when he called for a deal far tougher than the one being discussed.
By Tom Blumer | April 2, 2015 | 10:41 PM EDT
Update, April 3: The Indiana man who claims to have been hacked now admits that he wasn't, but says he was "joking" about robbing Memories Pizza, and is threatening to sue those who exposed his (ahem) public comments.
Those of us following the Memories Pizza story won't have trouble remembering it as the years go by, thanks only partially to the Walkerton, Indiana store's fairly unusual name for a pizzeria.
What will also easy to recall are the "memories" of the unhinged and threatening leftist behavior that accompanied its owner's simple statement that, if the request ever arose, they would have to turn down catering a same-sex "marriage" because participating in or supporting such a ceremony violates their firm Christian religious beliefs — and the press's attempts to cover up what their journalistic malfeasance unleashed.
By Curtis Houck | April 2, 2015 | 10:29 PM EDT
On Thursday night, ABC and NBC cheered the “historic” agreement of an outline for continued talks with Iran and declared that “the United States could be entering a new era in its relationship” with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. NBC's Andrea Mitchell reflected on the “18 months of tough negotiations” that “end[ed] with an all-nighter” with the possibility that “the United States could be entering a new era in its relationship with Iran and President Obama is telling critics this will make our world safer.”
By Clay Waters | April 2, 2015 | 10:28 PM EDT
If it's Thursday, it must be...yet another front-page New York Times story on the issue that is going to tear the Republican Party apart and doom prospects in 2016 (the actual issue changes every week, of course).
On cue with the ginned-up controversy over Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, came reporter Jennifer Steinhauer's story, under a liberally stacked deck of headlines: "Rights Measures Expose Divisions In G.O.P.'s Ranks – Debate Enters '16 Race – Laws Seen as Targeting Gays, and Posing a Peril to Business."
By Ken Shepherd | April 2, 2015 | 9:04 PM EDT
Two days ago I noted how Hardball host Chris Matthews slandered Catholic nuns in Indiana as bigots who want to deprive gay Americans of their rights. Tonight, the evening of Holy Thursday, Matthews was not as explicit or as strident in language, but he did hint that the nuns who appeared with Gov. Mike Pence at his signing ceremony for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act earlier this week were not there because they're champions of religious liberty.
By Ken Shepherd | April 2, 2015 | 6:51 PM EDT
Liberal constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe may be one of the men who inspired President Obama politically, but he strongly disagrees with his power grab regarding EPA regulation now, and so all bets are off as far as the Daily Beast's Eleanor Clift is concerned.
By Tom Blumer | April 2, 2015 | 6:49 PM EDT
A short unbylined Associated Press report at its national site on the situation at Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana this afternoon made sure to mention that the pizzeria "won't cater gay weddings" (in the headline).
It also misstated the owner's statement to a South Bend TV station, claiming, using its own words, that she "said the state's new religious objections law backs their right to deny catering to a same-sex wedding." (Sorry, the statement that they wouldn't cater a same wedding was independent of any legal opinion.)
By Matthew Balan | April 2, 2015 | 6:08 PM EDT
CNN's Gary Tuchman condescended towards Christian florists in rural Georgia on Wednesday's Anderson Cooper 360 over their religious-based stance against participating in homosexual "commitment ceremonies," as the state hasn't legalized same-sex "marriage" yet. Tuchman used the Bible as a club against two female employees: "The Bible talks an awful lot about love and loving your fellow man....You're not loving them if you don't want to serve them – right?"
By Jordan Ecarma | April 2, 2015 | 4:31 PM EDT
Hen. Three little letters that make up a gender-neutral Swedish pronoun could become a new progressive rallying cry.
The Swedish Academy’s SAOL dictionary is adding “hen” as an official gender-neutral counterpart to the oh-so-restrictive “binary” options “han” (male) and “hon” (female), The Washington Post reported on April 1, 2015. But it was no April Fool’s joke.
Liberals hailed the addition as a sign that the oppressive, old-fashioned society where teachers can address a class as “boys and girls” was crumbling and wanted to know when English would catch up.
By Scott Whitlock | April 2, 2015 | 4:00 PM EDT
All three networks provided live coverage on Thursday afternoon for Barack Obama's White House speech on a possible deal with Iran. ABC journalist Martha Raddatz echoed talking points and declared a deal to be "historic." The senior foreign affairs correspondent recounted her time in Iran, reminiscing, "I was walking in crowds where they were saying 'death to America.'" On NBC, Chris Jansing parroted Obama: "You heard his description. He believes it is robust. It's a good deal. It's historic and one that makes the world a safer place."