Secret police raids in Wisconsin targeted conservatives whose only crime seems to have been donating to conservative causes. Yet, the story, first reported in National Review, has been ignored by the networks. It was only Fox News that highlighted the story on Wednesday. Correspondent Trace Gallagher explained how Wisconsin's John Doe investigation allowed prosecutors to go after conservative groups, such as the Wisconsin Club for Growth. Then, it expanded to supporters.
By Jeffrey Meyer | April 23, 2015 | 12:06 PM EDT
In his first three months as host of the Nightly Show, Comedy Central’s Larry Wilmore has seen his audience down nearly 40% compared to the Colbert Report which occupied the same 11:30 p.m. time slot.
By Jeffrey Meyer | April 23, 2015 | 11:00 AM EDT
A front page exclusive in Thursday’s Washington Post details the extent to which former President Bill Clinton’s personal wealth is deeply “intertwine[d]” with the growth of the Clinton Foundation yet the “Big Three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks have so far yawned at the story and given it zero coverage.
By Mark Finkelstein | April 23, 2015 | 10:14 AM EDT
On today's Morning Joe, ardent Hillary Clinton fan Howard Dean ran into a buzzsaw when he tried to defend her against serious charges of conflict of interest by going after the authors of the stories rather than the substance of the allegations.
Joe Scarborough ripped Dean's "comic-book politics" and called his conduct "unbecoming." New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters accused Dean of maligning his fellow reporters, and Mika Brzezinski taunted Dean, saying "you can go on your little jihad against the author, but it's not going to change the facts."
By Jeffrey Meyer | April 23, 2015 | 9:53 AM EDT
On Thursday morning, CBS and NBC ignored the latest report involving alleged pay-for-play at the Clinton Foundation. According to the New York Times, a Russian company received permission to acquire one of America’s largest uranium mines while at the same time the company’s chairman donated $2.35 million to the Clinton charity.
By Melissa Mullins | April 23, 2015 | 8:16 AM EDT
“For the first time in history, there are two Hispanic candidates running for president…the Republicans have been doing something right,” proclaimed Univision anchorman Jorge Ramos during a recent speech at Harvard’s Kennedy School.
The mainstream media has barely given any attention to the historic candidacies of Rubio and Cruz, unlike the constant attention they gave Obama in 2008.Ramos also pointed out that “Democrats don’t have a single Hispanic candidate for this election."
By Curtis Houck | April 23, 2015 | 12:23 AM EDT
On Saturday, Newsweek reported that the largest donor to the Clinton Foundation “may be in breach of US sanctions” on Iran due to his business dealings with the authoritarian regime in his capacity as the billionaire head of a Ukrainian pipe-making business. Since the article went public, the “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC have yet to even acknowledge this new development. Wednesday’s The Kelly File on FNC led with this story and Howard Kurtz noted how Newsweek itself buried the story which has generated little notice.
By P.J. Gladnick | April 22, 2015 | 10:06 PM EDT
Robert Downey Jr., you are accused of possibly being a conservative. How do you plead? Oh, you aren't pleading one way or another? Well, we have an old quote from you that indicates you may possibly have conservative leanings and therefore guilty of a thought crime. ...Hey, where are you going!
By Tom Johnson | April 22, 2015 | 9:24 PM EDT
Four Aprils ago, polling showed Donald Trump in or near the lead in the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination. In a Wednesday column, Heather Digby Parton suggested that Scott Walker could wind up as the Trump of this election cycle: the guy who peaked when he wasn’t even an official candidate.
Parton admitted that she’s never understood why so many Republicans think Walker’s great or why so many Democrats believe he’d be a tough opponent, given that he supposedly “makes epic gaffes over and over again.” In any event, she argued that now he’s hurt himself badly by going hard-right on immigration, thereby displeasing libertarian conservatives like Charles and David Koch who “tend toward a more moderate stance” on the issue and, of course, donate megatons of money to political causes.
By Curtis Houck | April 22, 2015 | 9:11 PM EDT
Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer hypothesized on Wednesday’s Special Report with Bret Baier that, if Hillary Clinton moves to either support or remain indecisive on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal, it “could provoke” liberal Senator Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) to challenge Clinton for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Despite having previously hailed the deal in 2011 while Secretary of State as “the gold standard,” Clinton has yet to fully comment on TPP since legislation was introduced in Congress to ratify the deal.
Matthews Hypes Former GOP Congressman Who Called for Carbon Tax, Won Kennedy 'Profile In Courage' AwardBy Ken Shepherd | April 22, 2015 | 8:32 PM EDT
Tonight with his interview of former South Carolina Republican Congressman Bob Inglis, MSNBC's Hardball host Chris Matthews worked a trifecta of Matthewsian tropes into one segment: adulation of all things Kennedy, bashing the GOP as "anti-science," and praising a renegade Republican for taking a liberal position on a policy issue, in this case a so-called carbon tax.
By NB Staff | April 22, 2015 | 6:29 PM EDT
"Face the Nation anchor Bob Schieffer announced he will retire this summer. And he plans to stay out of the public eye – by getting his own show on MSNBC." -- NewsBusted's Jodi Miller
By Mark Finkelstein | April 22, 2015 | 5:55 PM EDT
Serious question: what did Mark Halperin mean when he said that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio "may be playing a more dangerous game than he realizes" by refusing so far to endorse Hillary?
On today's With All Due Respect, Halperin prefaced his ominous observation by saying that there is "furor in Hillary Clinton's camp" over the matter. De Blasio's omission certainly is striking, considering that he was Hillary's campaign manager when she ran for Senate from New York.
By Alatheia Larsen | April 22, 2015 | 5:31 PM EDT
“America’s Doctor” has made a bad impression on 10 American doctors, and in response they have put his claims under the knife. TV’s Dr. Mehmet Oz isn’t happy about it.
On April 16, 10 doctors wrote a joint letter to Columbia University’s Dean of Medicine, asking that Dr. Oz be removed from his position as the Vice Chair for the Department of Surgery. Oz is the host of the nationally syndicated Dr. Oz Show and is often cited as a medical/health expert by the media.
By Ken Shepherd | April 22, 2015 | 5:25 PM EDT
In a Variety magazine profile piece published days before Cecily Strong takes to the podium to emcee the White House Correspondents Association dinner, Saturday Night Live player Cecily Strong gushed that President Obama is "an amazingly funny guy" and "maybe our funniest president." Variety senior editor Ted Johnson noted that Strong's brother helped out in Obama's 2004 U.S. Senate campaign and that Strong is a huge fan of Stephen Colbert's turn at the emcee duties back in 2006, wherein he savaged President Bush.