On Wednesday, security for NBC’s Today expelled a conservative protester on the plaza outside the morning show’s New York City studio for holding up a “Don’t Believe the Liberal Media” sign. However, back in 2011, a left-wing protester had no trouble getting camera time while holding up a sign accusing former Vice President Dick Cheney of “torture” and calling for him to be investigated.
By Clay Waters | April 7, 2016 | 8:08 AM EDT
New York Times San Francisco bureau chief Thomas Fuller embraced a major shift toward European-style social policy in that city in Wednesday's “No Pay Cuts for New Parents in San Francisco – City Becomes the First in the Country to Approve Six Weeks of Fully Paid Leave.” As shown by that headline, the Times got really excited about the local liberal ordinance, with a full story on the front of the National section, including two large photos with parents and cute toddlers. (Conservative legislation protecting religious freedom wasn’t welcomed with the same enthusiasm.) The paper clearly saw the socialist-style measure as an indisputable good thing, and Fuller himself questioned on Twitter why it took so long for America to get with the program of becoming more like European social democracies.
By Curtis Houck | April 7, 2016 | 1:46 AM EDT
For the second time in a week, CNN Tonight host Don Lemon entered into an on-air debate late Wednesday with a conservative by misrepresenting the newly-signed religious freedom law in Mississippi as akin to “discrimination,” banning interracial marriage, and what “they did with black folks” before the Civil Rights Era.
By Tom Blumer | April 7, 2016 | 12:33 AM EDT
In a properly functioning news environment, where genuine journalists recognize important news and report it without first screening its relevance through a PC filter, the deaths of volunteer firefighter Peter Hacking and his two young daughters in a car crash near Wylie, Texas last week would have become a widely covered national story by now. Sadly, virtually the only reason it's known at all outside of Texas is because a center-right media outlet learned of it, and Matt Drudge has headlined it.
Given the prominence of illegal immigration in the two major parties' presidential contests this year, and the death of Kate Steinle at the hands of an illegal immigrant who had previously been deported several times in the sanctuary city of San Francisco last year, the Hackings' deaths should be national news.
By Brad Wilmouth | April 6, 2016 | 11:11 PM EDT
On Wednesday's The Situation Room on CNN, host Wolf Blitzer suggested that GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz would not do well in a general election with minorities and women as he discussed Idaho Republican Senator James Risch's preference for Cruz over Donald Trump as his party's nominee: "After losing in 2012 when President Obama was reelected, the Republican National Committee did what they called an autopsy, how to bring in more support from women, from minorities, from young people. How's that working out so far?"
By Dylan Gwinn | April 6, 2016 | 10:50 PM EDT
So, just when you thought network television couldn’t mangle the sanctity of the American family any further…I give you NBC’s Heartbeat.
By Curtis Houck | April 6, 2016 | 10:43 PM EDT
The front-page of Wednesday’s local section in The Washington Post featured a large photo and glowing article touting a United Methodist Church pastor’s nationwide protest by camping out in front of churches ahead of the UMC global conference that will feature a vote to support gay marriages.
By Mark Finkelstein | April 6, 2016 | 10:21 PM EDT
Bernie Sanders: rabid right-winger? A senior Hillary surrogate has accused Bernie Sanders of "McCarthyism," of all things. Has Bernie's big Wisconsin win knocked the Clinton campaign off its moorings?
Five years ago, I wrote that the irascible Barney Frank could pick a fight in a phone booth. Further proof came on Chris Hayes' MSNBC show tonight, as Hillary-fan Frank jumped ugly with fellow liberal but Bernie-backer Robert Reich. The ostensible topic was whether Sanders had the substance to back up his plan to break up the big banks. But the big bottom line is that Barney Frank accused Sanders of "McCarthyite" tactics and "McCarthyism." In the liberal lexicon, them's serious fightin' words. Will Hillary stand by Barney's accusation tomorrow?
By Ken Shepherd | April 6, 2016 | 9:47 PM EDT
In Chris Matthews's mind, Ted Cruz's criticism of Donald Trump for exhibiting "New York values" was not about the social and economic liberalism of the Big Apple's cultural and political elite, but rather an attack on city life itself.
By Tom Blumer | April 6, 2016 | 9:24 PM EDT
Perhaps this is why the press has been reluctant to cite economists who are predicting that sharp increases in state minimum wages like the $15-per-hour minimums just passed in California and New York will reduce employment: They're with many of their lefty brethren who don't care whether jobs are lost. So they must believe that no one else should care either.
At the Washington Post's WonkBlog on Friday, in what was not an April Fool's-related column, Lydia DePillis ridiculed "warnings of a job apocalypse." And besides, she wrote, "the economic architecture that supports the Fight for $15 is built entirely different logic" — logic which the establishment press has refused to report as the hikers' real agenda.
By Kristine Marsh | April 6, 2016 | 8:07 PM EDT
Like CBS and NBC did in their morning shows, and all three networks did in the evening news the night before, Wednesday’s World News Tonight on ABC obsessively harped on Mississippi’s “controversial” “religious freedom law,” complete with scare quotes. Correspondent Steve Osunsami highlighted how critics called the law “state-sanctioned bigotry.”
By Tom Blumer | April 6, 2016 | 6:40 PM EDT
On Sunday, I noted how USA Today, the Associated Press, and the establishment press in general have swallowed the Obama administration's line that the 61 convicted and incarcerated criminals whose sentences the President commuted last Thursday were "low-level inmates" guilty of "low-level drug offenses." A spreadsheet working only from the information the White House provided demonstrates that this characterization was largely bogus.
Over at the Heritage Foundation's Daily Signal on Monday, Leah Jessen provided more damning detail about the certain of these criminals' "low-level" offenses — details which almost certainly won't be reported at national establishment press outlets (bolds are mine throughout this post):
By Ken Shepherd | April 6, 2016 | 6:39 PM EDT
"Yet another 'religious freedom' bill stands on the brink of becoming law," MSNBC.com's Emma Margolin sighed in the lead paragraph of her April 6 story, "Tennessee the latest red state poised to approve 'religious freedom' bill."
By Randy Hall | April 6, 2016 | 5:59 PM EDT
While appearing as a guest on the Tuesday edition of ABC's The View daytime program, Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton touched on a number of topics, including abortion, religion and her primary opponent, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
However, one of the most interesting things she did was praise Megyn Kelly -- the host of The Kelly File weeknight program on the Fox News Channel -- as "a superb journalist,” a comment that drew quick responses of “Yes, she is,” from the other women seated at the table.