A frequent whiner when it comes to Republicans and voter ID laws, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews couldn’t help but briefly commiserate with his guests following the first 2016 GOP presidential debate that the “denial of voting rights” and other issues like “childhood development” that “parents, especially mothers care about” were not discussed in the debate.
By Curtis Houck | August 7, 2015 | 1:24 AM EDT
Speaking during CNN’s analysis of the first 2016 Republican presidential debate on Thursday night, CNN political commentator and former Obama White House adviser Van Jones panned Jeb Bush’s performance as “terrible” and “like oatmeal getting colder” but praised Ohio Governor John Kasich as “just unreal,” “emotional,” and an “authentic guy who cares.”
By Spencer Raley | August 7, 2015 | 12:27 AM EDT
During Thursday night's MSNBC coverage of the Republican presidential debate, Andrea Mitchell praised Ohio Governor John Kasich’s defense of expanding Medicaid in his state: "Kasich's defense of taking the Medicaid money was absolutely a great defense. It could sell with Republican primary voters and it is terrific for a general election candidate."
NYT's Manohla Dargis Offers More Summer Movie Bummer: 'Wide Diversity Gap Among 2014’s Top-Grossing Films.'By Clay Waters | August 6, 2015 | 11:03 PM EDT
Thursday's New York Times delivered yet another summer-movie bummer from Manohla Dargis, the paper's most doctrinaire liberal movie critic. Dargis, previously stuck on counting the number of women in movies, is expanding her film interests to include counting old people, gays, and minorities. Yes, it's a non-stop thrill ride in "Report Finds Wide Diversity Gap Among 2014’s Top-Grossing Films."
By NB Staff | August 6, 2015 | 8:52 PM EDT
At our moderators' request, here is a First GOP Debate Open Thread. Online votes show Carly Fiorina was the winner in a landslide in the first "junior varsity" debate. Share your views on the candidates and the moderators with us.
By Curtis Houck | August 6, 2015 | 8:36 PM EDT
On Thursday’s network evening programs, ABC’s World News Tonight was the only newscast to make no mention of the 5:00 p.m. EDT debate between the bottom seven Republican presidential contenders ahead of the 9:00 p.m. EDT event featuring the top ten candidates. In addition, the CBS Evening News skipped Carly Fiorina’s attack on fellow candidate Donald Trump for his phone call with Bill Clinton.
Carly Fiorina Pushes Back Against Chris Matthews on 'Hardball', Defends Charges That Hillary Lied Re: BenghaziBy Ken Shepherd | August 6, 2015 | 8:10 PM EDT
Republican presidential contender Carly Fiorina has to be Chris Matthews's worst nightmare: a conservative who punches back hard and doesn't let Chris control the narrative during his interview. Watch this exchange from the August 6 edition of Hardball.
By Randy Hall | August 6, 2015 | 6:35 PM EDT
Even before Jon Stewart hosted his final edition of The Daily Show on the Comedy Central cable television channel, liberal journalists announced on Thursday that they "are thrilled" to celebrate his 16 years as host, when he “often blurred the lines between news, satire and comedy,” according to a press release from the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
“Today, the Newseum announced it will acquire the set of The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” in a “donation” that will become part of the organization's collection “for future display,” the article noted while avoiding the concept that “Fake News” is apparently considered just as good as “Real News” by the museum.
By Jorge Bonilla | August 6, 2015 | 5:18 PM EDT
And behold, the Center for Medical Progress opened the fifth seal, and thus came forth the most horrific revelations to date in the ongoing Planned Parenthood scandal, with talk of “intact fetal cadavers”, “just another line item” and the most damning admissions of apparent illegality to date. And lo, Univision News has at long last seen fit to come off the sidelines, albeit with entirely predictable coverage.
By Kyle Drennen | August 6, 2015 | 4:51 PM EDT
During MSNBC’s 4 p.m. ET hour pre-debate coverage on Thursday, Hardball host Chris Matthews called on Fox News moderators to grill the Republican presidential candidates on evolution: “So I would like to think that Fox is just brazen enough to ask some – what they call bizarre questions....If a person doesn’t believe in science or evolution or the evidence of our life on this earth, that’s a bad start. Okay?”
By Ken Shepherd | August 6, 2015 | 4:33 PM EDT
"Just stop this, @MartinOMalley," sneered Greg Sargent on Twitter earlier today, reacting to an O'Malley aide's complaint about the DNC rigging the primary debate process in favor of frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Lis Smith of the O'Malley camp quickly shot back that it was "not a good look" for a "journalist" like Sargent to oppose "more debates and dialogue."
By Scott Whitlock | August 6, 2015 | 4:14 PM EDT
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.”