A strong indicator that the plot of your show might be a tad underwhelming is when you feel compelled to make your opening scene an orgy of sadomasochistic torture. I won’t describe it. Just watch, if you dare.
Showtime’s 'Billions' is About a Billion Different Lib Stereotypes Mixed in With a Healthy Side of DominatrixBy Dylan Gwinn | January 18, 2016 | 11:51 PM EST
By Tim Graham | January 18, 2016 | 11:33 PM EST
Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday went about exposing the new Benghazi action movie 13 Hours on the front of Monday’s Style section. As she tweeted: “Is '13 Hours' political? Let me count the ways.”
With Republican super PACs holding screenings and conservative media "saturated with ads, the critic mocked Paramount for insisting the film is not political. "That’s a whopper, even for an industry that has so brilliantly perfected the art of relieving itself on consumers and telling them that it’s raining."
By Curtis Houck | January 18, 2016 | 8:50 PM EST
On Monday, the major English and Spanish network ignored on their evening newscasts the decision by the Republican National Committee (RNC) to officially strip NBC News of its chance to host the February 26 Republican presidential debate that was soon after awarded to CNN (while keeping previous partners Telemundo and National Review).
By Mark Finkelstein | January 18, 2016 | 7:45 PM EST
Mark Levin is American media's most knowledgeable, passionate proponent of constitutional conservatism. No wonder Chris Matthews hates him. On his MSNBC show Monday evening, Matthews slurred Levin as "one of the most distasteful human beings out there." Matthews' attack came in the context of commenting on the defense that Levin and Rush Limbaugh have mounted against Donald Trump's claim that Ted Cruz is "nasty."
By Brent Bozell | January 18, 2016 | 6:08 PM EST
MRC President Brent Bozell issued the following statement on Monday in reaction to the Republican National Committee’s decision to officially cut ties with NBC News for a planned February 26 Republican presidential debate.
“This was the right move by the RNC. After the dreadful performance by CNBC’s moderators at the Republican debate in October, it makes no sense to continue to allow committed left-wingers in the media to decide the nominee of the Republican Party. NBC News’s brand has been severely diminished by its continued antics over the last year in particular. NBC has proven itself unworthy of hosting a Republican primary debate. If NBC News ever wants to participate in this process again, I suggest it become reacquainted with journalistic ethics and fairness.”
By Matthew Balan | January 18, 2016 | 4:48 PM EST
On Monday's New Day, CNN's Phil Mattingly revealed his sympathy for Hillary Clinton's campaign. John Berman pointed out how Clinton's rival, Bernie Sanders, unveiled his Medicare-for-all health care plan mere hours before Sunday's Democratic presidential debate on NBC. Mattingly remarked, "I felt bad for the Clinton staffers who had so many great lines written up about his health care plan and its lack of details — that they just had to toss into the wastebasket two hours before — very, very depressing on that end."
By Scott Whitlock | January 18, 2016 | 4:24 PM EST
The journalists at Good Morning America on Monday worried that 13 Hours, the new Benghazi movie, is a “political hot potato.” Reporter Juju Chang trumpeted that the “untold version of events in Benghazi [is] also sparking fresh controversy.” Talking to Michael Bay, who she introduced as “known for killer Transformers,” the journalist fretted that it has "turned into a political hot potato."
By Nicholas Fondacaro | January 18, 2016 | 3:39 PM EST
“Well, let’s go to war” Mika Brzezinski sarcastically exclaimed, on Monday’s Morning Joe, in response to Joe Scarborough. The host elicited Brzezinski’s response when he said he wished the Obama administration would negotiate with parties “other than Iran and Cuba.” Scarborough hit back hard. “I'm not saying go to war. And that's the stupidity. That stupidity that the administration has been pedaling since day one…You either, cave in to Iran and give them over one hundred billion dollars or you go to war. There's an in between.” Brzezinski also hailed the Iran deal as a “milestone.”
TIME: Obama's Amnesty Order Like Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, Truman's Military DesegregationBy Tim Graham | January 18, 2016 | 2:28 PM EST
On MLK Day, it might be a good time to point out how Time magazine likes comparing President Obama to Lincoln and Harry Truman on racial matters. Near the front of the January 18 magazine, a “Brief History” article by Maya Rhodan explained Obama would take executive action to “combat gun violence, sidestepping a Congress that has thwarted his legislative attempts.” Then she compared it to “how similar situations played out in the past.”
That included not only Obama’s executive action on amnesty, but Abe Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and Harry Truman desegregating the military:
By P.J. Gladnick | January 18, 2016 | 1:40 PM EST
Was this an angry snub of Bernie Sanders by Hillary Clinton right after the Democrat debate last night? It sure looks like it although there is a possibility that Hillary shook hands with Bernie before the camera was on them. However, judging from Bernie's body language in the video below, he seems to be expecting the almost obligatory handshake that Hillary pointedly did not give him on camera.
By Kyle Drennen | January 18, 2016 | 1:22 PM EST
On Monday, CBS This Morning devoted a nearly three-minute-long report to Democratic presidential candidates and left-wing activists denouncing Michigan’s Republican Governor Rick Snyder over the Flint water crisis. Correspondent Adrianna Diaz began the one-sided segment by declaring: “Frustration over Flint's tainted water supply is spilling over.” A soundbite followed of Jesse Jackson telling a group of protesters: “Flint is now a crime scene.”
By Matthew Balan | January 18, 2016 | 12:59 PM EST
The Washington Post's Christine Emba and Karen Attiah promoted the leftist race theory of "white privilege" in a Saturday video posted on the newspaper's website. The two op-ed writers blamed "white privilege" for the hands-off approach to the occupation of the federal wildlife refuge in Oregon: "White privilege means being able to take over a federal building; to be armed to the teeth; and to threaten violence, if necessary; and yet, you're still not seen as a threat to national security. In fact, you get to live to tell the tale."
By Scott Whitlock | January 18, 2016 | 12:58 PM EST
Sunday night’s Democratic debate, finally on a night when many Americans are actually home to watch it, featured NBC journalists pushing Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O’Malley from the left. While the two hour program did feature some questions from the right, there were none of the personally insulting attacks seen at CNBC’s Republican debate. Here are top four worst examples.
By Katie Yoder | January 18, 2016 | 12:30 PM EST
Whoa. This doesn’t happen every day – or ever. An NBC host just blamed a late-term abortionist, on air, for causing the real “war on women.”
On Wednesday, Today co-hosts Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb invited actor Dean Cain (Lois & Clark) on their show to talk about a new season of VH1’s Hit the Floor. But Cain didn’t stop there.
By Tom Blumer | January 18, 2016 | 12:10 PM EST
During the middle years of last decade, the business press, including the Associated Press, worked the word "recession" into its reports on the economy quite regularly.
Yesterday, despite a current economy facing far worse fundamentals than were seen during 2007, the AP's Paul Wiseman and Bernard Condon gave us a nearly 882-word treatise on "WHY GLOBAL WOES AND SINKING STOCKS DON'T MEAN US RECESSION." In the process, they inadvertently admitted that the business press's recent obsession with blaming any and all weak U.S. economic news on the economies of the rest of the world has been wrong. Additionally, while quoting a prominent bank's full-year 2015 economic growth projection, they ignored the fact that this same bank projected that the fourth quarter of 2015 is on track to come in at a dismal annualized 0.1 percent.