When Charlie Rose, on his Thursday PBS show, asked the current Bloomberg View columnist why Obama had become “such a liability” to the Democratic Party in this 2014 election cycle, Lewis responded that it was “unfair” and then predicted: “I think history is going to be very kind to him...the year after he’s out people are going to miss him.
By Scott Whitlock | October 31, 2014 | 12:00 PM EDT
ABC's The View, a show featuring a woman who believes the United States government may have been involved in the September 11th, 2001 attacks, will now be overseen by the network's news division, according to Variety. ABC News President James Goldston announced, "Moving ‘The View’ to our non-fiction programming group now allows it to fully draw on the vast resources of ABC News and our team in New York, where the show is based right next door."
By Jeffrey Meyer | October 31, 2014 | 11:07 AM EDT
MSNBC loves to run ads promoting its liberal “Lean Forward” programs but its latest celebratory commercial championing Morning Joe’s ratings “success” seems a bit odd. Over the last few days a new MSNBC ad hilariously has been running proclaiming that “2014 marks the fifth straight year Morning Joe continues to beat CNN. Since 2010 Morning Joe has out-delivered CNN as the place to get the top news headlines, comprehensive analysis, and election coverage.”
By Tim Graham | October 31, 2014 | 10:02 AM EDT
Politico isn't holding back its tilt at the end of this campaign. Here's a headline: "The return of mean John McCain." Reporter Burgess Everett began: "Mean John McCain is back on the campaign trail."
Return to mean? Everett dug up AP bias from 2008: "He’s called fellow Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa a 'f——- jerk' and former Budget Committee Chairman Pete Domenici, also of the GOP, an 'ass——' — just two examples from a 2008 Associated Press story about 'Senator Hothead.'”
By Kyle Drennen | October 31, 2014 | 9:59 AM EDT
As the chances of Republicans gaining control of the Senate in the upcoming midterm election remained high, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd appeared on Friday's NBC Today to pour cold water on the possibility: "...definitely feels like a hold-your-nose election....talking to voters that I did, they'd like to punish the President's party without rewarding the Republicans. And in many cases, they're sort of sitting on their hands, they're not sure what to do....They're probably leaning against the President, but they're not happy about it."
By Jeffrey Meyer | October 31, 2014 | 9:57 AM EDT
On Wednesday, the Fox News show The Five tackled the controversial video showing a New York City woman repeatedly receiving catcalls from random men over a 10-hour period. While most of the Fox hosts felt that as long as the men weren’t being obnoxious and following the woman for a long period of time the comments were harmless, liberal Bob Beckel predictably took things to a whole new level. After Dana Perino called out one guy that “walks with her for five minutes, that is creepy. And I wouldn't like that” Beckel chimed in by disgustingly saying “I just think she got 100 catcalls. Let me add 101. Damn, baby, you're a piece of woman.”
By Joseph Rossell | October 31, 2014 | 9:49 AM EDT
Media outlets spent years bashing for-profit colleges and universities, calling for regulation, claiming they provided “woefully inadequate education,” all while ignoring these institutions’ efforts to educate underprivileged students.
On Oct. 30, 2014, the Department of Education announced new regulations on for-profit colleges that would strip them of financial aid unless these institutions proved graduates achieved “gainful employment.”
By Mark Finkelstein | October 31, 2014 | 7:24 AM EDT
Did the editor of Politico's Daily Digest notice that the arrangement of the two top stories this morning played directly into the Dem playbook? We sure did.
The first headline is "Democratic donors prepare for disappointment," and the sub-headline reads "The plan is to shift focus to 2016, when Democrats face a much more hospitable Senate map." And sure enough, Politico's very next story obliges Dem desires. The headline: "Why a GOP Senate could be short-lived," and the sub-headline reads "A half-dozen blue-state Republicans could be in trouble during the 2016 elections."
By Tim Graham | October 31, 2014 | 7:23 AM EDT
Ed Morrissey at Hot Air ably announced that liberal reporters and analysts are breaking out the latest spin – that victory will be terrible for Republicans. I’d call it the Mary Tillotson special: after the GOP took the house in 1994, CNN’s Tillotson suggested this 52-seat landslide was bad news for 1996.
Morrissey calls it “the media’s Sour Grapes Index, in which analysts posit that a big win is really a loss, or that a loss is really a big win.” Alexander Bolton at The Hill offers the classic take, “Civil war looms for the GOP":
Charles Pierce: America’s ‘Deliberately Cultivated Stupidity’ Would Doom an Elizabeth Warren Presidential CampaignBy Tom Johnson | October 31, 2014 | 1:14 AM EDT
The Esquire blogger Charles Pierce says Elizabeth Warren’s economic message is popular, but, for reasons that include a Republican “campaign of vandalism” and Democratic ineptitude, she doesn’t get the credit she deserves for it.
Butterfield Effect Still in Full Effect at NYT: 'Crime Is at Its Lowest Level...Even While Overstuffed Prisons Cripple' BudgetsBy Clay Waters | October 31, 2014 | 12:23 AM EDT
James Taranto's Opinion Journal page features a long-running gag, "Fox Butterfield, Is That You?" an homage to former New York Times crime reporter Fox Butterfield, who wrote an article under a now-notorious headline: "Crime Rates are Falling, but Prisons Keep on Filling." Yet the paper's liberal confusion had a straightforward explanation: Crime was down at least partially because more criminals were locked in prison. Now Taranto has struck again.
By Tom Blumer | October 30, 2014 | 11:51 PM EDT
An unbylined "Q&A" column at the Associated Press yesterday began with the following false declaration: "The $4 trillion experiment is over." That just isn't so.
Maybe the Federal Reserve is done building up its debt holdings — that is by no means certain — but the "experiment" known as "quantitative easing," or "QE," won't be over until the Fed fully unwinds those balances. In the meantime, it has unwarranted leverage over the stock and bond markets. Fed Chair Janet Yellen has what appears to be a de facto veto over Washington policies she doesn't like should she decide to use her leverage in that manner. The rest of the AP item wasn't much better, particularly how it wormed around the reality that if the Fed wishes to avoid winding down its balances, it's going to have to keep buying Treasury and mortgage-backed securities as current holding mature:
Gaffe! On NBC, Landrieu Blames Obama Disapproval in South on Not Being ‘Friendliest Place' for BlacksBy Curtis Houck | October 30, 2014 | 11:37 PM EDT
On Thursday’s NBC Nightly News, Louisiana Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu told NBC News political director and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd that President Barack Obama is unpopular in the South because the region “has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans” and thus “[i]t’s been a difficult time for the President to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.”
Prior to Landrieu’s remarks, Todd emphasized that the one thing he learned while on a bus tour meeting voters was “that the most omnipresent person on the campaign trail is somebody you don't see on the campaign trail” in President Barack Obama.
By Curtis Houck | October 30, 2014 | 10:14 PM EDT
The broadcast network blackout of Hillary Clinton telling an audience that corporations and businesses don’t create jobs ended on Thursday night as the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley brought it up during a segment that continued the liberal media’s hammering of New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie for confronting a heckler at an event on Wednesday. While CBS deserves some credit for finally mentioning this, they just as easily lost it when anchor Scott Pelley and CBS News political director John Dickerson rationalized away what she said as an attempt to please the Democratic base.
By Randy Hall | October 30, 2014 | 7:31 PM EDT
With less than a week to go before the midterm elections arrive, David Firestone -- a member of the New York Times Editorial Board -- vented his anger in an attempt to diminish the influence the National Rifle Association has on the political process.
In an article entitled “The NRA's Instant Classic Attack Ads,” Firestone accused the national organization of producing false advertisements as part of its role as the “grand master” of fear, “which thrives on putting guns in nervous hands.”