After completely ignoring a blatant display of anti-Semitism during last Friday’s judo competition at the Rio Olympics, this Friday, NBC’s Today finally noticed the shameful incident in which an Egyptian athlete refused to shake the hand of his Israeli opponent. During a round-up of highlights and lowlights from the games with NBC Sports commentator Mike Tirico, co-host Hoda Kotb noted: “Sports always brings like nations together that are sometimes at odds. But in judo, when the Egyptian athlete didn't shake the hand of the Israeli after losing, that was not cool.”
By Kristine Marsh | | August 19, 2016 | 11:04 AM EDT
It took former President Bush 5 days to visit Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina hit and the media would never let him off the hook for it, even calling it a “stain” he could “never recover from.” It’s been a week since devastating flooding hit many parts of the same state, destroying thousands of homes and killing 13 people but President Obama still has not stopped golfing in Martha’s Vineyard to visit. While none of the networks last night acknowledged the backlash Obama was facing, both ABC and CBS brought up the criticism this morning but took every chance to downplay the President’s role and defend his choice not to come to Louisiana’s aid.
By Sarah Stites | | August 19, 2016 | 9:33 AM EDT
Ben-Hur: when missing a golden opportunity for a gay love twist hurts worse than losing a chariot race.
Turns out not everyone is pleased with the platonic relationship between Ben-Hur and Messala in Timur Bekmambetov’s upcoming remake of the epic classic. According to Advocate contributor Daniel Reynolds, 1959 Ben Hur screenplay contributor and “godfather of gay literature” Gore Vidal would be “turning over in his grave” at the travesty.
By Dan Gainor | | August 19, 2016 | 8:25 AM EDT
A regular read of liberal websites calls to mind the famous Ian Drury and the Blockheads song, “Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll.” To quote the late punker, that’s “all my brain and body need.” Throw in politics and hating on conservatives and you have just defined every liberal website of any significance
By Tim Graham | | August 19, 2016 | 7:32 AM EDT
One perennially hot story on The Washington Post website promotes an “anarchist collective” of anti-Trump protesters and their attempt to humiliate the GOP nominee with a set of statues of a (mostly) naked Trump. Imagine for two seconds how much ink (or cyberspace) the Post would give to a set of humiliating “Naked Hillary” statues....or imagine how much it would be denigrated as a slimy effort by male chauvinist pigs, or a part of conservative “rape culture.”
The project is titlted “The Emperor Has No Balls,” which the Post bizarrely changed to “B—s,” as if decency is protected with a pile of photos of Naked Trump statues.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | August 19, 2016 | 12:38 AM EDT
Shocking news broke Thursday that the handoff of the $400 million cash payment to Iran was a highly coordinated endeavor and did not occur until the American hostages were safe. These new details lend farther evidence to the argument that the cash was a ransom payment. But when it came to reporting this development the “Big Three” networks barely gave it anytime at all.
By Dylan Gwinn | | August 18, 2016 | 11:17 PM EDT
Bill Simmons never promised to confine his HBO Show, Any Given Wednesday, to sports and sports alone. He also never promised to discuss politics with both conservative and liberal views represented. Like many shows, it's all liberals.
By Jorge Bonilla | | August 18, 2016 | 10:33 PM EDT
The dust has settled, the ink has dried, and a bankruptcy judge has approved Univision's purchase of Gawker Media for $135 million at auction. How does Gawker fit into Univision's media strategies, and what follows this blockbuster move? Let's take a look.
By Dylan Gwinn | | August 18, 2016 | 10:12 PM EDT
According to the Daily Mail, the left and the Obama Administration may have taken their war on the Redskins a tad too far.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | August 18, 2016 | 9:45 PM EDT
Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough brought on Time magazine Editor Nancy Gibbs to discuss the publication’s latest cover story about toxic environments on the internet. “I think we are all probably first amendment extremists about, yes, part of our life is that people will call us stupid and idiots and that's fine,” stated Gibbs, “But at what point do you not defend speech that suppresses speech?” Ironically the writer of the piece has his own history of trolling, and so does Morning Joe and MSNBC.
By Curtis Houck | | August 18, 2016 | 9:44 PM EDT
On multiple occasions throughout Thursday’s Hardball on MSNBC, liberal host Chris Matthews made his feelings clear that he was livid at the Obama administration over revelations hours earlier that they indeed waited to give Iran $400 million that they claimed to have been repayment for money frozen during the 1979 revolution until four American hostages had left Iran.
By Randy Hall | | August 18, 2016 | 7:10 PM EDT
As NewsBusters previously reported, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders followed the motto of “Do as I say, not as I do” when members of the “mainstream media” criticized the socialist Vermont senator for buying a third house.
On Wednesday, Dave Levinthal -- senior reporter for the nonprofit, nonpartisan Center for Public Integrity -- posted an article exposing another example of Sanders' motto by revealing the delaying tactics that enabled the “vociferous supporter of political transparency” to request three extensions and avoid posting details of his personal finances.
By Curtis Houck | | August 18, 2016 | 4:51 PM EDT
Giving proper coverage to the heartbreaking and tear-jerking scene out of Aleppo, Syria with a bloody and dusty young boy sitting in an ambulance, MSNBC/NBC’s Andrea Mitchell devoted a full segment to the matter on Thursday afternoon but of course made no mention of President Barack Obama or his administration’s inaction in Syria to dispose of the Assad regime or ISIS in the over five years since the conflict began.
By Scott Whitlock | | August 18, 2016 | 4:37 PM EDT
A new MSNBC ad touts the hosts of Morning Joe as tough “firebrands” and “disrupters” who stand up to people like Donald Trump. Yet, it was Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski who repeatedly fawned over Trump during the primaries and only turned on him once it became obvious he would be the nominee.
By Brad Wilmouth | | August 18, 2016 | 3:58 PM EDT
Appearing as a guest on Thursday's CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, CNN political analyst David Gergen worried that the Republican party has "turned right," and that GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is "doubling down" by choosing Steve Bannon of Breitbart News as CEO of his campaign. As if Bannon were similar to a Nazi, Gergen fretted: "Mr. Breitbart has called Mr. Bannon -- who's the new guru of the Trump campaign -- he's called him the Leni Riefenstahl of the American Tea Party."