The New York Times saw grim tidings for Democrats in the congressional elections, but over the weekend, one could spot the paper subtly separating President Barack Obama from the travails of his party. And one headline should make the Hall of Fame for wishful thinking on the part of the liberal media.
By Jeffrey Meyer | November 2, 2014 | 7:20 PM EST
On Sunday, both ABC and NBC did their best to play up a new United Nations report on climate change, proclaiming its findings to be “alarming.” On GMA, newsreader Ron Claiborne hyped how “scientists say that the Earth is locked now in a irreversible course of global warming due to the buildup of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | November 2, 2014 | 2:25 PM EST
On Sunday, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) spoke with Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd to discuss the future of the Republican Party. Following the conclusion of the interview, the MTP panel eagerly criticized the Kentucky Republican for daring to call for a repeal of ObamaCare if the Republicans win control on the Senate. Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, argued that repealing ObamaCare was “a waste of time, it contributes to gridlock…it’s so retro.”
By P.J. Gladnick | November 2, 2014 | 1:27 PM EST
Politico seems to have the distinction of publishing the most awkwardly hilarious story headline title of this political campaign season: "Bill Clinton Plugs Kay Hagan in N.C.." If that did not put at least a smile on your face if not cause a belly laugh, it sure had that effect on a lot of people including readers of the Politico article as well as folks on Twitter. To make matters worse, or funnier, the story was accompanied with a photo of Clinton and Hagan with the latter wearing a blue dress.
By Jeffrey Meyer | November 2, 2014 | 1:17 PM EST
On Sunday, Face the Nation moderator Bob Schieffer followed in NBC host Chuck Todd’s footstepsby predictably dragging up the tired liberal line that money is destroying American politics. The CBS host complained that “the right to vote is our proudest possession, but the way it has become debased by money shames us all.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | November 2, 2014 | 12:13 PM EST
On Sunday’s This Week w/ George Stephanopoulos, the usually reliable Cokie Roberts had some surprisingly harsh words for Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) and his reelection campaign against Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO). Speaking during a panel on the midterms, the NPR correspondent maintained that “Mark Udall has run a terrible campaign…Going after women on abortion and birth control and all of these things is pandering in a way that women start to just resent.”
By Brent Baker | November 2, 2014 | 11:03 AM EST
Responding on Fox News Sunday to a question from a Facebook user about the lack of a Republican agenda in this election, George Will zinged the media’s effort to undermine the expected GOP victories: “I think what Tim is echoing is the belief that this is a Seinfeld election, an election about nothing, which is what the media says every time there’s a danger that the Republicans are going to get a mandate. This is a way of preemptively denying a mandate.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | November 2, 2014 | 9:54 AM EST
On Friday, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd insisted that Tuesday’s midterm election seemed like a ‘hold-your-nose’ election and on Sunday’s Today, the NBC News Political Director threw even more cold water on the GOP’s chances of winning the Senate. Todd pointed out how he “ran into a bunch of voters that said I'm tired of the hold-your-nose vote. Forget it. I’m going to vote none of the above. I’m going to vote for one of these third party candidates.”
By Tim Graham | November 2, 2014 | 9:13 AM EST
The Charlotte Observer seems to be suffering from a vanishing-Kay-Hagan-scandal problem today. Republicans seized on a new story (cached here) on how Senator Hagan's husband benefited from the "stimulus" program. But the link went into "Page Not Found."
Local TV station WBTV was reporting that the Hagan family self-dealing is under "further legal review." That's not a great story for the weekend before the election. Is that why its link broke? It reported this:
Lefty Blogger: Opposing Obamacare Proves GOP’s Creed Is ‘I Got Mine, and the Rest of You Can Go to Hell’By Tom Johnson | November 1, 2014 | 8:51 PM EDT
The American Prospect’s Paul Waldman argues that grand-scale “lies and fear-mongering” about the ACA has further lowered the popularity of universal health coverage.
By Brent Baker | November 1, 2014 | 8:50 PM EDT
Asked by John Heilemann who he thinks “would be a better Democratic nominee” in 2016, Hillary Clinton or MSNBC host Ed Schultz, Vermont’s socialist Senator Bernie Sanders avoided a direct answer but made clear his affection for Schultz: “I think Ed does a great job. I think Ed is one of the heroes of the media. I think he speaks to the needs of the working class people.”
By Tim Graham | November 1, 2014 | 3:34 PM EDT
The programmers at the cable channel TLC have often promoted the Duggar family as strangely, exotically Christian – just as much of a curiosity as the polygamous family of “Sister Wives.”
On Friday, The Washington Post published segments of an online chat with their TV critic Hank Stuever, where he brought out the verbal bat and suggested TLC treats Duggar-family fans as “learning disabled” – and perhaps that fits the Duggars, too:
By Laura Flint | November 1, 2014 | 2:32 PM EDT
In his Washington Post column on Thursday, Robinson made it quite clear that he should receive a televised “liberal” label every time he appears as a nonpartisan commentator. In his op-ed entitled “Do Republicans have a plan for the country? The answer is ‘no,’” Robinson explained how “no matter how well Republicans do at the polls Tuesday — and my hunch is they won’t do as well as they hope — the GOP won’t be able to claim any kind of mandate.” According to him, it is “because they have refused to articulate any vision for governing.”
By Rich Noyes | November 1, 2014 | 2:25 PM EDT
Looking back at 2006, the media weren’t wagging their fingers at Democrats warning that, if they won Congress, it was their job to become responsible partners for then-President George W. Bush. Instead, the media were rejoicing at the idea that an all-Democratic Congress could tie up the Bush administration with subpoenas, and even impeachment.