Kevin Drum and other pundits take the press to task for misleading Iowa voters by, in Drum's words, pushing a “charade” that Republican Senate contender Joni Ernst is a “pragmatic centrist.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | November 4, 2014 | 11:10 AM EST
On Tuesday, the folks on CBS This Morning did their best to downplay the significance of a potential GOP-controlled Senate in this year’s midterm elections. Unlike ABC and NBC who provided mostly straightforward coverage of today’s elections, CBS made sure to push the line that regardless of the outcomes, the election was an indictment of both political parties. Throughout three segments, multiple CBS News contributors pushed the line that even if Republicans take control of the Senate “not only is this election not about either party's ideas, Democrats or Republicans, but really more about the fact that Americans just want to get rid of whoever is in there now and put somebody else in Washington.”
By Brent Baker | November 4, 2014 | 8:53 AM EST
Monday night on HBO viewers heard one of their stars call Rush Limbaugh an “idiot” and charge “he’s a liar and a hatemonger – makes me want to puke.” But it wasn’t Bill Maher. It was actress Frances McDormand in the second half of the pay network’s two-night Olive Kitteridge mini-series about the later years of life of a woman living in a coastal Maine town.
By Tim Graham | November 4, 2014 | 8:06 AM EST
"Moron vote energized," reported Twitchy. President Obama once called her husband Kanye West a "jackass," but Kim Kardashian pictured herself (in an Archie-style cartoon) with Obama on Twitter, advising her fans to vote Democrat on Tuesday.
By Curtis Houck | November 4, 2014 | 2:01 AM EST
On Monday night, NBC continued to doubt the real possibility of the Republicans taking over control of the U.S. Senate following the midterm elections on Tuesday. Both NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and NBC News political director and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd expressed reservations during the program’s opening five minutes, as Williams led off by describing the election as a “cliffhanger” with “several big races” that “have perhaps tightened.”
By Curtis Houck | November 3, 2014 | 9:58 PM EST
On Monday’s CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker opined during a roundtable discussion that Tuesday’s governor’s elections in Florida and Wisconsin featuring incumbent Republican Governors Rick Scott and Scott Walker (respectively) will be “a referendum on” the “policies” that the two have implemented in their states based on “the Republican playbook.” After mentioning that Scott is facing Democrat Charlie Crist (failing to mention Crist was both a former Governor and Republican) while Walker’s Democratic challenger is Mary Burke, Whitaker suggested that: “Now, both Scott and Walker have followed the Republican playbook on taxes, on abortion, on same-sex marriage, and tomorrow's kind of shaping up to be a referendum on those policies.”
By Ken Shepherd | November 3, 2014 | 8:54 PM EST
On his final Hardball before polls open for the 2014 midterm elections, MSNBC Chris Matthews groused about how an anti-Bruce Braley ad by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce was "dangerous."
By Randy Hall | November 3, 2014 | 7:59 PM EST
With only one day to go before the midterm elections, the panelists on Monday's edition of MSNBC's Morning Joe program focused on what could happen if the Republicans take the Senate and gain seats in the House of Representatives.
“I think this is going to be the best thing to ever happen to Barack Obama,” regular analyst Donny Deutsch asserted. “It might wake him up and re-energize him during his last two years” in the White House.
By Matthew Balan | November 3, 2014 | 7:57 PM EST
Left-wing academics Candida Moss and Joel Baden blasted conservative and traditionalist Catholics in a Sunday post on The Daily Beast website for their opposition to Pope Francis's change in tone on social issues. Moss and Baden made their loathing of orthodox believers clear by hyping how supposedly, "conservative Catholics have had their chastity belts in a twist over Francis and apparently, the chafing has finally grown too much to bear."
By NB Staff | November 3, 2014 | 6:10 PM EST
Well before the 2014 midterm race heated up, there was an "inescapable pattern" in the media's blackout on stories involving Obama administration scandals from Benghazi to Fast & Furious to the IRS's targeting of Tea Party non-profits. "If the accounts hurt the president and his party, the media deliberately suppress their airing before the public," Media Research Center founder and president Brent Bozell noted in a piece for National Review Online this morning.
Likewise, the pattern has held true with broadcast network coverage of the 2014 midterms, Bozell explained...
By Scott Whitlock | November 3, 2014 | 5:42 PM EST
The liberals on MSNBC have already begun to pre-spin the reasons behind a possible Democratic disaster in Tuesday's midterms: It's because the party didn't tout Barack Obama's "accomplishments." Host Ronan Farrow complained: "But, if these Democratic candidates are just flouting the President and at a time when he faces a tough environment on the hill already, sort of adding to his woes, do they risk alienating Democratic voters with that kind of divisiveness?"
By Matthew Balan | November 3, 2014 | 5:30 PM EST
NBC's Today and CBS This Morning both led their broadcasts on Monday with euthanasia advocate Brittany Maynard's drug-induced suicide. The morning shows' anchors sang the praises of the "beautiful, brave young woman," as Gayle King labeled Maynard. Charlie Rose touted how the cancer patient's "short and meaningful life is over." Savannah Guthrie gushed, "What a remarkable young woman, and to share it with everyone, obviously, took a lot of courage."
By NB Staff | November 3, 2014 | 5:00 PM EST
In case you missed it, here's the latest edition of NewsBusted, from October 31. Host Jodi Miller found something that Michelle Obama's said on the campaign stump that we can agree with.
By Joseph Rossell | November 3, 2014 | 4:39 PM EST
Watch out, because greedy businessmen might start fracking under your neighborhood, making your drinking water flammable and causing earthquakes.
The popular, animated satire “The Simpsons” made fun of hydraulic fracturing on its November 2 episode. More commonly called fracking, hydraulic fracturing is a process used to extract natural gas from shale buried deep underground. However, the show portrayed it as the dangerous venture of devious capitalists.
By Kyle Drennen | November 3, 2014 | 4:15 PM EST
Appearing on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports on Monday, NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw was already urging Republicans support liberal agenda items if they win control of the Senate in Tuesday's midterm election: "The question then is, what are they prepared to give to the Democrats to meet them in the middle ground? What are they going to do about immigration? What are they going to do about the minimum wage?"