On Wednesday, the CBS Evening News complained about the U.S. maternity polices and unfavorably compared America to Micronesia and Tonga. Anchor Scott Pelley noted Netflix's decision allow a year of leave. Reporter Jim Axelrod then chided: "The U.S. is the only western developed country not requiring companies to offer paid maternity leave, joining countries like Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, and Tonga." Axelrod featured Morgan Baden, a vice president at Scholastic, to complain, "I personally think that's a travesty. I think the U.S. could do so much more in valuing motherhood."
By Geoffrey Dickens | August 6, 2015 | 3:29 PM EDT
Bristol Palin was once in Lois Lerner’s sights, according to a newly released Senate report on the IRS executive’s e-mails. The daughter of liberal media hate object Sarah Palin got on Lerner's radar due to her work with Candie’s Foundation - a group that works to reduce teen pregnancy. In a newly released e-mail Lerner wrote: “Thoughts on the Bristol Palin issue? I’m asking because I don’t know whether to send to Exam as a referral.” So far Lerner’s interest has yet to be mentioned on the usually celebrity-obsessed Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) morning and evening shows.
By Ken Shepherd | August 6, 2015 | 3:24 PM EDT
The top law-enforcement officer in the Keystone State, Democrat Kathleen Kane, is in trouble for allegedly abusing the powers of her office. Yet in briefly noting the story in their Cheat Sheet digest on Thursday, the Daily Beast omitted any reference to her party affiliation.
By Kyle Drennen | August 6, 2015 | 2:53 PM EDT
On her Thursday MSNBC show, host Andrea Mitchell fretted that Republican candidates would be not be properly “fact-checked” during the upcoming presidential debate, especially on the Planned Parenthood scandal: “...one of the issues is going to be whether there's going to be any fact checking by the moderators. Certainly we can all do it later after the fact. But the Planned Parenthood debate has not been very fact-based because of those horrific videos, the edited videos.”
By Brad Wilmouth | August 6, 2015 | 2:43 PM EDT
On Thursday's CNN Newsroom, after showing several clips allegedly showing GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush to be "gaffe prone," anchor Carol Costello somehow thought it newsworthy to read and display on air some of the Twitter mockery of Bush and the other Republican candidates, including a suggestion that they are a group of clowns.
By Tom Johnson | August 6, 2015 | 2:30 PM EDT
Imagine an Abortion Pride Day parade in which women march while pushing empty strollers and baby carriages. That’s not far off from what Mother Jones pundit Drum recommended in a Wednesday post.
Drum suggested that women who’ve had an abortion and believe they made the right choice ought to say so publicly, and that they should view out gays and lesbians as role models in that regard: “As long as gays stayed largely closeted, it was easy for most people to think there weren't very many of them…[but] as more and more gays came out, that view was forced to fade away…The same is true of abortion…When it turns out your next-door neighbor had an abortion? Or the waitress at the diner you go to for lunch? Or your doctor? Then it gets a little harder to think of it as something unusual and sort of icky. It's just something people do.”
By Matthew Balan | August 6, 2015 | 2:21 PM EDT
Planned Parenthood and its defenders have played up that the recent undercover videos were "highly-edited," and that producers are "not journalists," but "violent extremists." However, ABC aired their own segment on biomedical firms possibly breaking the law to obtain organs from unborn babies. In 2000, Chris Wallace, then with ABC, revealed on 20/20 that a "hidden camera investigation has found a thriving industry, in which aborted fetuses women donate to help medical research are being marketed for hundreds – even thousands of dollars."
By Sarah Stites | August 6, 2015 | 2:16 PM EDT
Political analyst Kirsten Powers has some news for the Democratic Party: “It’s a baby!”
Powers is well known for her political spectrum-spanning views. She’s for same-sex marriage, but supportive of religious freedom. She’s a liberal, but also a Fox News fixture. However, in her recent USA Today column, Powers was simply a woman horrified by “the grotesque human rights abuses against unborn children by Planned Parenthood.”
“Democrats like to talk about the importance of being on the ‘right side of history,’” she wrote. But, in light of their reaction to the footage released by the Center for Medical Progress, Powers declared that they “have eschewed all concern for historical or moral rightness.”
By Katie Yoder | August 6, 2015 | 12:55 PM EDT
What has arms, legs, eyes and a heart? “Fetal tissue,” according to the three broadcast networks.
ABC, NBC and CBS journalists have not uttered the word “baby” once in their reports on the videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of aborted baby parts.
By Scott Whitlock | August 6, 2015 | 11:57 AM EDT
The three liberal networks on Thursday mourned the loss of Jon Stewart's Daily Show, hyping the comedian as a "trusted," "profound" "beacon" who became a "true 21st century anchor." Never directly identifying Stewart's left-wing slant, Good Morning America's Chris Connelly offered the most effusive praise: "Along the way, for many millennials and for the media elite, Stewart came to be regarded as a beacon guiding his viewers through a sea of spin and cynicism." Speaking of a man who brought in a choir to sing a "go f***k yourself" song to Fox News, Connelly fawned that Stewart is "a true 21st century anchor."
By Jeffrey Meyer | August 6, 2015 | 11:46 AM EDT
Appearing on Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier on Wednesday, Brit Hume blasted President Obama’s Iran speech in which the president compared Iranian leaders who chant “death to America” with Republicans in Congress who oppose the nuclear deal.
By Geoffrey Dickens | August 6, 2015 | 11:13 AM EDT
“Profound,” “trusted,” “insightful,” “invaluable patriot,” “too cool to be spun.”
These are just some of the over-the-top bouquets members of the so-called serious news media have thrown Jon Stewart’s way in the last few days of his run as anchor of The Daily Show. Of course this “trusted source in news” overwhelmingly skewered some of the liberal media’s favorite conservative targets.
By Sarah Stites | August 6, 2015 | 10:53 AM EDT
On August 4, The View celebrity guest Kelly Osbourne made a big-time gaffe on air. In a discussion of Donald Trump and racism, Osbourne declared “If you kick every Latino out of this country, then who is going to be cleaning your toilet, Donald Trump?”
Although her intentions were pure, Osbourne’s comment was met with big-time backlash, making her Tuesday’s “most hated person on the internet.” Yet, in the wake of the incident, co-host Nicolle Wallace, who was not present for Osbourne’s flub, had some thoughts to share.
By Kyle Drennen | August 6, 2015 | 10:39 AM EDT
In a rare acknowledgment of media responsibility, on Thursday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer declared that it was up to the press to properly cover the first Republican presidential debate: “...that idea of substance versus sizzle, one-liners versus issues. That's on us tomorrow as well. We’ve got to make sure that we cover what they talk about, the issues as opposed to those one-liners.”
By Connor Williams | August 6, 2015 | 10:35 AM EDT
Following the president’s comments comparing Republicans in Congress to the terror-sponsoring hardliners in Iran, Charles Krauthammer eviscerated Obama's entire conception of the Middle East nation. Appearing on The Kelly File last night, the Fox personality hit the president for being “delusional...pretending that those who chant death to America are some kind of KKK fringe in Iran.”