Washington Post sports columnist Dan Steinberg decided to insert politics in his recent column on the release of Washington Nationals relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon. It was apparently a bad move for Papelbon to play a pro-Trump song in the clubhouse. It showed he didn't care about winning over the D.C. fan base. (Or the media.)
By Tom Blumer | | August 20, 2016 | 11:58 PM EDT
After 52 percent of voters in Great Britain cast their ballots in favor of leaving the European Union on June 23, financial commentators around the world, particularly in the U.S., predicted ugly economic tidings for the UK.
People who swallowed the gloom and doom whole must have been especially surprised early Friday morning when Bloomberg News published a piece headlined "Pro-Leave Economists Can Smell Vindication." Keeping hope for bad news alive, the caption underneath the piece's accompanying video reads, "Brexit Effect Missing So Far From U.K. Economic Data." Sorry, guys, it isn't just that bad news is missing. It's that the news out of the UK has been very good — "unexpectedly," of course.
By Tim Graham | | August 20, 2016 | 10:42 PM EDT
NPR ombudsman Elizabeth Jensen tenderly noted that the “public” broadcasters were about to look a little less open to the public. NPR.org is is dumping any online commentaries on their stories. This could be seen as lessening the chance a conservative can actually protest their leftist content. All existing comments on the site will disappear, since they "actually live within Disqus, an outside commenting platform used by NPR. So when the commenting software is removed, the archival comments go with it".
By Clay Waters | | August 20, 2016 | 6:57 PM EDT
New York Times liberal TV critic Mike Hale found every excuse for the cancellation of left-wing comic Larry Wilmore’s Comedy Central show save the obvious one. The headline flattered the failed TV host: “A Characteristically Low-Key Farewell for a Cerebral Host.” One would have to read all the way through, and very carefully, to get the vague hint that "The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore" just may have been too unremittingly left-wing and humorless to succeed with the public.
By Tom Blumer | | August 20, 2016 | 6:43 PM EDT
In a CNN interview on Friday, former three-term U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, a Democrat, thanked Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for visiting the flood-ravaged Bayou State. Then, addressing the absence to that point of President Barack Obama and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, she said, "I hope Secretary Clinton will make her way down. I hope President Obama will make a visit" — which is as close as a fellow Democrat can possibly get to saying what's really on their mind, which is "Where in the heck are you guys?"
Those who have noticed it have decribed Landrieu's gratitude to Trump combined with her de facto callout of Obama and Clinton a "rare moment." It should surprise no one, though such behavior continues to deeply disappoint, that based on relevant searches neither Landrieu's statements nor any allusion to them have appeared at the two main national sites of the Associated Press or at the New York Times.
NBA Replaces Charlotte with New Orleans as All-Star Game Host City Over LGBT Law, Huff Po CelebratesBy Dylan Gwinn | | August 20, 2016 | 6:23 PM EDT
It’s been a rough week for Louisiana, with a horrific flood that left thousands homeless. An event so moving it prompted the lefties in the mainstream media to make virtually no appeals to President Obama --for days-- to visit the disaster area. Unlike in 2005 where, according to the media, President Bush was doing his level best to intentionally drown the 9th ward.
By Kyle Drennen | | August 20, 2016 | 4:24 PM EDT
During an interview with Yahoo News anchor Katie Couric on Wednesday, left-wing feminist and staunch Hillary Clinton supporter Gloria Steinem portrayed the Democratic nominee as the victim of a hostile and sexist press corps: “...the other thing I notice, especially with men in press and so on, is that when they see a powerful woman...I think they feel regressed because the last time they saw one, they were ten. And so, they feel threatened without being conscious of it I think.”
By Christian Toto | | August 20, 2016 | 3:02 PM EDT
Quick show of hands ... who misses Hollywood's Bush-bashing years? You’ll get a blast from the recent past with “War Dogs,” a new comedy ripped from real headlines. Only this isn’t “In the Valley of Elah 2” or “Redacted: Even Redactier.”
NYT Wallows Over ‘Farcical’ Burkini Bans; Preventing French from Expanding ‘Their Sense of Identity’By Curtis Houck | | August 20, 2016 | 11:32 AM EDT
The New York Times on Friday offered a one-two punch when it came to defending French Muslims and particularly women wearing “burkinis” that allow them to comply with Islamic laws of women staying completely covered and lambasting those raising concerns about women’s rights as “farcical” and downright “bigotry” preventing French women from “widen[ing] their sense of identity.”
By Clay Waters | | August 20, 2016 | 9:25 AM EDT
New York Times sports/TV columnist Richard Sandomir complained (with an awkward pun) Friday that NBC was tolling “their jingo bells” with excessively pro-American coverage of the Olympics in Rio: “NBC Coverage Doesn’t Stray From Home.” The online headline was harsher: “Little Is Medal-Worthy About NBC’s Coverage of Foreign Athletes.” Of course, the United States has earned a huge haul of medals, far more than any other nation. Social media commenters pointed out it was hardly unusual for a nation’s Olympics coverage to favor their national teams and wondered why Americans weren’t allowed the same privilege.
By Tom Blumer | | August 20, 2016 | 9:06 AM EDT
The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times "Daybreak" poll released Thursday had a stunning finding: Donald Trump's support among African-Americans had increased by over 10 points virtually overnight.
Armand Emamdjomeh and David Lauter, who wrote the narrative accompanying that poll, predictably ignored it, but they did even more. Readers here will see that their verbiage in the section specifically addressing "By race/ethnicity" pretended that the shift hasn't even occurred (dashed box around the "Black" box added by me):
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | | August 20, 2016 | 7:58 AM EDT
Civility and political decorum demand that one should never pick on a president's family. Presidential children did not choose the career of their parents. Their privacy should not only be respected, it should be actively protected.
Pretty much the entire media observed this rule perfectly when Radar Online published blurry pictures of 18-year-old Malia Obama puffing some sort of cigarette at a Lollapalooza concert in Chicago on July 31. Radar’s 18-year-old eyewitness cried “weed.” Video also showed Malia dancing suggestively to a rap song.The press refused to touch the story. Praiseworthy? Yes – if you’re willing to applaud media hypocrisy.
By Tom Johnson | | August 20, 2016 | 12:18 AM EDT
This past Monday in TNR, Eric Kleefeld had a message for self-satisfied liberals: Don’t apologize for your smugness. Own it. Why not? You’ve “been right all along” about Donald Trump’s candidacy. Kleefeld wrote that “Republican voters this year behaved exactly as the smuggest liberal would’ve predicted, supporting a race-baiting pseudo-strongman who is basically an outgrowth of the conservative infotainment complex.”
By P.J. Gladnick | | August 19, 2016 | 10:04 PM EDT
Jonathan Chait of New York Magazine blasted Hillary Clinton's ethics. Of course, being a Hillary supporter he must have realized he went too far so he also bizarrely slammed people who dare to criticize Hillary. Finally he ends up worrying that her corrupt image could harm her in the election or even beyond. Yes, it is a real rollercoaster ride so let us join Chait in his initial blast mode as you can tell from the title of his article, Hillary Clinton’s Ethics Problems Are Worse Than She Understands:
By Matthew Balan | | August 19, 2016 | 10:02 PM EDT
ABC and NBC's evening newscasts on Thursday barely mentioned the Clinton Foundation's announcement that it would stop accepting foreign and corporate donations if Hillary Clinton is elected president. ABC's World News Tonight set aside 25 seconds of air time to the news. NBC Nightly News devoted 26 seconds to the story immediately before a segment on the Clinton campaign blasting "conspiracy theories" about the Democrat's health. CBS Evening News didn't cover the story until Friday, but aired a full report that lasted one minute and 42 seconds.