Liberals are horrified that on paper, NPR now only has one reporter on the "climate change" beat. Katherine Bagley at InsideClimate News reports there used to be three full-time reporters and an editor on the Earth-on-fire watch. But NPR insists that it knows this is a deeply important issue, and never one in need of balance.
By Curtis Houck | October 29, 2014 | 1:00 AM EDT
NBC Nightly News showered praise on President Obama regarding his Ebola response on Tuesday night, declaring that Obama was “hitting back” and “[came] out swinging in this fight over quarantines” against those who demanded and then implemented quarantines for aid workers returning from West Africa.
The rhetoric followed NBC’s Today from Tuesday morning in which Matt Lauer slammed Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for quarantining health care workers that return to the United States through his state after treating those stricken with Ebola in Africa.
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | October 28, 2014 | 10:54 PM EDT
Liberals have this terrible and annoying habit of congratulating themselves for their intellectual heft merely because they hold liberal views. Once this arrogant notion reigns, it’s tough for liberals to acknowledge when one of their own says something so remarkably unfactual and stupid that it makes you wonder just how ignorant the liberal really is.
At an event for Massachusetts gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley in Boston on October 24, Hillary Clinton told the assembled Democratic faithful: “Don’t let anybody tell you that, you know, it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs.”
By Melissa Mullins | October 28, 2014 | 10:23 PM EDT
HBO Real Time host Bill Maher, a self-proclaimed atheist, is often viewed as controversial among conservatives. Recently, however, it’s not conservatives who are up in arms over Maher’s latest comments. Instead, it's one of the most liberal colleges in the country – the University of California, Berkeley.
Maher is expected to speak at a graduation ceremony at Berkeley in December. It is this speaking engagement that has many students protesting Maher’s planned speech because of his “racist and bigoted” views on the Muslim faith.
CBS Wonders If a Scott Walker Loss Will ‘Send a Message’ Nationwide About His 'Policies and Politics’?By Curtis Houck | October 28, 2014 | 10:03 PM EDT
With the midterm elections one week away from Tuesday, the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley profiled the race in Wisconsin for governor as incumbent Governor and Republican Scott Walker faces off against Democratic candidate Mary Burke.
While it’s certainly worth covering governor’s races across the country, CBS News correspondent Dean Reynolds chose to use the occasion to go after Walker and his policies by asking Burke if a victory over Walker would “send a message to the rest of the country about the kind of policies and politics that he practices.”
By Tom Johnson | October 28, 2014 | 9:42 PM EDT
A blogger tells DKos readers that even if they’re disappointed that Democrats aren’t farther to the left, it’s vital for them to vote in the midterms against racist ultra-right-wing GOPers.
By Ken Shepherd | October 28, 2014 | 7:42 PM EDT
After Michael Steele, the first African-American chairman of the Republican Party, left office, the RNC became singlemindedly devoted to blocking black people from the ballot box. That's the allegation that MSNBC's Chris Matthews made not once, but twice, to Steele's face, on the October 28 edition of Hardball.
By Matthew Balan | October 28, 2014 | 5:37 PM EDT
MSNBC's Daniel Berger trumpeted on Tuesday that "Pope Francis broke with Catholic tradition Monday by declaring that the theories of evolution and the Big Bang are real." Berger later asserted that Pope Francis's "language was a significant departure from Benedict XVI and his close advisers, who had voiced support for the idea that intelligent design underpins evolution."
By Ken Shepherd | October 28, 2014 | 5:32 PM EDT
Christopher Ingraham hails as a "rather nifty side benefit" of high tobacco taxes a corresponding decrease in alcohol consumption. That's perfectly fine to have as an opinion, of course, but Ingraham made that admission in an ostensibly objective article for the Washington Post.
By Tom Blumer | October 28, 2014 | 5:31 PM EDT
Apparently Ann Romney believed that no one was going to call Democrats and the press onto the carpet over their disgraceful conduct and non-reaction, respectively, after South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen called incumbent Palmetto State Governor Nikki Haley a "whore" — and failed to "apologize" for it for four days.
Mrs. Romney, sadly, is presumptively correct. Searches indicate that the Associated Press still has no national or regional story on what Sheheen said ("we're gonna escort whore out the door"). She correctly asserts that "if a Republican had said this, it would be blowing up in their face like nobody's business." For those who haven't seen it, the Sheheen video, along with excerpts from coverage at Charleston's Post and Courier, follow the jump.
By Kyle Drennen | October 28, 2014 | 5:07 PM EDT
Today co-host Matt Lauer spent most of a Tuesday interview with Chris Christie attacking the New Jersey governor's response to the Ebola crisis: "I want to read to you what Dr. Anthony Fauci from NIH said yesterday. He called the mandatory quarantine of all health care workers who come in contact with Ebola patients in West Africa and then return, 'draconian'....Is it possible, Governor you're on the wrong side of science here but the right side of public opinion?"
Guess Who's Losing? NY Times Scorns 'Bumpkinification' of the Midterms, Picks Palin as Bumpkin QueenBy Tim Graham | October 28, 2014 | 4:34 PM EDT
New York Times political writer Mark Leibovich employed the Full Sneer in a story for this weekend's New York Times Magazine entitled "The Bumpkinification of the Midterm Elections.” Leibovich began with Iowa Republican candidate Joni Ernst talking about castrating hogs, but he soon turned to the announcement that the “apotheosis” of bumpkin-hood was Sarah Palin, the mama grizzly with the brawling children.
By Kristine Marsh | October 28, 2014 | 2:17 PM EDT
You can’t accuse Jon Stewart of not being a team player. Like the rest of his media colleagues, he’s done his part to help Wendy Davis – even having her as a “Daily Show” guest while her spectacularly awful Texas gubernatorial campaign is in its death throes.
On Oct. 27, he offered her sympathy and softballs – really not much different than the love the media favorite has gotten from other outlets. Stewart dutifully brought up Davis’ June 2013 filibuster 2013 to stop “anti-choice legislation” that would close several abortion clinics in Texas. Yet the legislation passed anyway.
By Laura Flint | October 28, 2014 | 2:10 PM EDT
While many on the Left spent last week using the terrorist attack in Canada to promote their gun control agendas, all three major networks managed to overlook a newsworthy story that supported gun rights. On October 20 in North Carolina, a grandfather used a gun to successfully protect his family from violent home invaders.
By Scott Whitlock | October 28, 2014 | 12:56 PM EDT
It's no shock that liberal View hosts Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie Perez and Whoopi Goldberg fawned over Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday. But so did former Republican operative and co-host Nicolle Wallace. Hardly representing the right, Wallace enthused, "Senator Elizabeth Warren has become a rock star in American politics!"