MSNBC host Chris Hayes devoted a segment during Monday’s All In to commenting on the financial crisis in Greece and chose not to attack the left-wing government or any of the previous governments for their spending habits, but rather laid blame at the feet of “morally monstrous” European banks and others in the Eurozone for grinding “Greece into misery” in “a sadistic exercise in sheer will to power.”
By Curtis Houck | July 1, 2015 | 12:28 AM EDT
On Tuesday night, the major broadcast networks refused to cover the latest news regarding the fight for religious liberty as Oklahoma’s Supreme Court ruled hours earlier that a Ten Commandments monument at the State Captiol grounds in Oklahoma City must be removed due to it being “obviously religious in nature” and “an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths.” While the networks ignored this story, the Fox News Channel’s The Kelly File dedicated a full segment to the decision with host Megyn Kelly explaining that it’s “what some are calling a new blow to the faithful” and possibly the start of “religiously based divisiveness.”
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | June 30, 2015 | 10:52 PM EDT
Friday’s gay-marriage mandate from the Supreme Court is merely the latest “landmark” decision on the slippery slope toward obliterating any definition of consensual deviancy. We haven’t defined deviancy down. We’ve shredded it.
Now, it’s social conservatives who have become the focus of fear, violence, and discrimination for maintaining their deeply held religious views that homosexuality is a sin and that “gay marriage” is an act of cultural deconstruction.
By Tim Graham | June 30, 2015 | 9:47 PM EDT
Donald Trump fought back on Tuesday by filing a $500 million lawsuit against Univision. The Spanish-language network replied the suit was “both factually false and legally ridiculous.”
What’s been missed in all this hubbub is that large chunks of the national media have completely ignored Univision executive Alberto Ciurana’s post on Instagram comparing Trump to Dylann Roof, the mass murderer in the Charleston church shooting. ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR have all avoided the topic.
By Curtis Houck | June 30, 2015 | 9:45 PM EDT
The “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC were out in full force on Tuesday night following New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie’s 2016 presidential announcement to attack Christie over his temper and use the Bridgegate scandal to argue that it’s “fed his image as bully” leading to “a long road ahead” for the nomination. CBS and NBC also earned the distinction of featuring a clip of Christie from October when he engaged a heckler to further the illustrate his temper without providing any context whatsoever.
By Brad Wilmouth | June 30, 2015 | 9:19 PM EDT
Appearing on Tuesday's New Day, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin renewed his lambasting of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, as he asserted that Scalia's dissent on the Court's gay marriage ruling was "unprecedented in its vitriol." The CNN analyst saw the conservative justice showing "abuse and contempt" for his fellow justices. Toobin also repeated his characterization of Justice Scalia as the "'get off my lawn' justice."
By Ken Shepherd | June 30, 2015 | 8:46 PM EDT
Last night I noted how Chris Matthews took as literal a hyperbolic statement that Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) made regarding the Supreme Court. Tonight, the Hardball host repeated the attack on Jindal, sneering that it put him in the "clown car."
By Brad Wilmouth | June 30, 2015 | 6:38 PM EDT
Tuesday's New Day featured its latest CNN/ORC poll results showing that President Obama's overall approval rating has recently inched up a few points to 50 percent, his highest number in two years, with co-anchor Chris Cuomo touting the results as "the good word" as he introduced correspondent Jim Acosta. For his part, after recounting the finding that President Obama's approval for his handling of race relations had increased to 55 percent, the CNN correspondent oddly cited as good news what should have been viewed as a negative finding that only 20 percent of Americans believe race relations have improved since Obama became President, with 43 percent saying relations have gotten worse.
On MSNBC, EMILY's List Flack Praises Lindsey Graham Hinting She Could Almost See Herself Voting for HimBy Ken Shepherd | June 30, 2015 | 5:41 PM EDT
If you're a Republican presidential candidate, getting an on-air thumbs-up on MSNBC from both a public-radio personality and a pro-abortion-rights activist is not exactly something to brag about to prospective donors or primary voters. But, alas, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-.S.C.) found himself on the receiving end of praise from EMILY's List communications director Jess McIntosh.
By Scott Whitlock | June 30, 2015 | 4:16 PM EDT
A cranky Lawrence O'Donnell on Monday lashed out at the "terrible" Antonin Scalia, deriding the Supreme Court justice for his "wacky," bad writing. O'Donnell wondered if the conservative is "now the Donald Trump of the Supreme Court?" O'Donnell hosted a panel discussion on Scalia's dissents over ObamaCare and gay marriage. The liberal host complained, "...These are just terrible bits that he is sticking into these opinions and terrible thinker. And they are combined, you know, in that wacky reference he made the other day."
By Matthew Balan | June 30, 2015 | 4:15 PM EDT
On Tuesday, CNN's Jim Acosta asked President Obama about "what some people are calling 'your best week ever.'" Acosta played up that "you had two Supreme Court decisions supportive of the Affordable Care Act and of gay rights. You also delivered a speech down in Charleston that was pretty warmly received." The correspondent then underlined that 'it seems that you've built up some political capital for the remaining months of your presidency." He asked, "I'm curious, how you want to use it? What hard things do you want to tackle at this point?"
By Yuri Perez | June 30, 2015 | 3:29 PM EDT
“Crucial days in the history of the United States” was how Telemundo, the Spanish-language sister network of NBC and MSNBC, titled a recent evening news feature that turned out to be a virtual tribute to President Obama’s “legacy of social change.”
By Tom Blumer | June 30, 2015 | 2:46 PM EDT
In a column at ForeignPolicy.com, a former Obama administration defense official who "served as a counselor to the U.S. defense undersecretary for policy from 2009 to 2011" has asked: "Can Gay Marriage Defeat the Islamic State?"
Rosa Brooks, who "is a law professor at Georgetown University," is serious. Her earnestness and deep ignorance are especially troubling, because it's clear that there are many people who "think" just like her who are still in the Obama administration and at the State Department (See: John Kerry's slow-motion sellout in Iranian negotiations).
By Kyle Drennen | June 30, 2015 | 2:44 PM EDT
Introducing a segment on Tuesday’s NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer proclaimed: “The tragic mass shooting in Charleston has renewed questions about gun control and the gun culture in this country.” He then led into a report by left-wing MSNBC correspondent Ronan Farrow, who the network “sent out to meet the new face of gun ownership.”
By Javier Zurita | June 30, 2015 | 2:39 PM EDT
“From undocumented to entrepreneurs” is how Univision morning host Satcha Pretto celebrated the implementation of a new California law that allows unauthorized immigrants to receive work permits from the state’s Department of Consumer Affairs.