On Sunday, self-described Democratic Socialist Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sat down with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos to discuss his newly formed presidential campaign and the This Week moderator fretted that his guest’s campaign could cause trouble for Hillary Clinton.
By Tom Blumer | May 3, 2015 | 10:05 AM EDT
Is the Associated Press playing a numbers game in its reporting on a massacre in Iraq?
Stories about ISIS massacring 300 Yazidi captives have appeared in several places. Leftists and Obama administration's apologists who want to believe that the number involved is just a figment of the imaginations of UK tabloid troublemakers and U.S. right-wing bloggers can't use that copout to explain away a report from their venerable BBC:
By Jeffrey Meyer | May 3, 2015 | 10:01 AM EDT
On Saturday’s Today, fill-in host Thomas Roberts interviewed Baltimore state attorney Marilyn Mosby about the recent charges filed against 6 Baltimore police office for the death of Freddie Gray and actually pressed her on the case as well as her qualifications to lead the investigation.
By Tim Graham | May 2, 2015 | 11:58 PM EDT
Liberals are incapable of thinking that Democrats becoming more leftist is a political problem. On the week-in-politics roundup on Friday night's All Things Considered, National Public Radio anchor Robert Siegel suggested to Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne that Sen. Bernie Sanders running for president is a "perfect sparring partner" for Hillary Clinton. Dionne agreed, and said Bernie's socialist focus on economics will help Democrats in 2016:
By Jeffrey Lord | May 2, 2015 | 8:51 PM EDT
Is President Obama responsible for the Baltimore riots? If you take a look at how The New York Times portrayed the reaction to the Los Angeles riots of 1992, apparently so. Bill Clinton was blaming Reagan and Bush on the front page of the paper.
Today, as the events in Baltimore unfold - now with formal charges including murder brought against six Baltimore cops - there is one striking aspect that is not present as it was in Los Angeles. That would be blaming the President of the United States.
By P.J. Gladnick | May 2, 2015 | 8:46 PM EDT
Remember last year's warning about the end of snow? Then we were told that 2014 was the hottest year on record. Well, goodbye to all that and hello to snow in May! In May? Yes, in May. The Associated Press is reporting that many New England snow resorts are still open...in May.
By Bryan Ballas | May 2, 2015 | 7:40 PM EDT
While reviewing the Baltimore mayhem on Thursday’s Morning Joe, Ben Goldberger of Time magazine said that these riots were just like the those of the 60's. “For nine months now we've all been covering and talking about the sort of spasms in Ferguson and North Charleston, in New York. And they're all prompted by policemen's conduct, but that's the result, not the cause.”
Few people in the world are gifted as much as the media in tracing riots back to economic inequality. “The causes are much deeper, far more systemic, and they are 50 years of income inequality and inequality of opportunity and those are the very same things that people were protesting and even rioting for 50 years ago."
By Tim Graham | May 2, 2015 | 5:41 PM EDT
For the second time in five weeks, People magazine put Bruce Jenner on the cover, and since announcing “I am a woman” on national television -- a "bombshell interview" -- the cover said he’s “Living as a woman every day – and feeling ‘elated’.”
Inside, People gushed about Jenner’s “long journey to self-acceptance.” A photo caption recalled how Jenner told Diane Sawyer “Maybe this is my cause in life...this is why God put me on this earth – to deal with this issue.”
New Republic Writer: Baltimore’s Problems Worsened Because Liberals Bought Into Conservative PoliciesBy Tom Johnson | May 2, 2015 | 1:59 PM EDT
All week, liberals and conservatives have accused each other of causing the longstanding socioeconomic woes of Baltimore. TNR's Rebecca Leber had a subtler take in a Friday piece: she put part of the blame on liberals, but only because they went along with conservative ideas.
“Democrats exacerbated these problems [in Baltimore] not by embracing the policies of the left. Rather, they dug the hole deeper by yawing to the right,” contended Leber. “Aggressive policing, tougher drug sentencing, slashing the budgets of school and public housing and parks—throughout Baltimore’s history, lawmakers at the local, state, and federal level adopted policies that entrenched poverty and segregation in the city.”
By Tom Blumer | May 2, 2015 | 10:31 AM EDT
On Thurday, the government, apparently as determined as the press to create good news where there is none, opened its March report on Personal Income and Outlays as follows: "Personal income increased $6.2 billion, or less than 0.1 percent." Yeah, it was so much less than 0.1 percent that it rounded down to 0.0 percent in current dollars in the table which followed. In real terms, i.e., after adjusting for inflation, personal income fell by 0.2 percent.
Naturally, the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, joined in on the spin. Excited over the fact that spending rose by 0.4 percent (0.3 percent in real terms) despite the income decline, AP's headline writers went all-in: "SPRING AWAKENING: US CONSUMER SPENDING ROSE IN MARCH." Martin Crutsinger's coverage was also predictably rosy, and of course played the weather card:
By Katie Yoder | May 2, 2015 | 10:09 AM EDT
The pro-abortion media crowd is embracing new ally in their fight: Satanists.
“Mary” from Missouri is hoping to bypass her state’s 72-hour abortion waiting period by citing “sincerely held religious beliefs” – as a Satanist. The Friendly Atheist blog broke the story of how the Satanic Temple plans to aid a woman it calls Mary who believes in its “tenets.” The media followed suit, from a Think Progress editor expressing “love,” to a Salon editor concluding, “[R]eligious exemption laws are maybe cool when Satanists use them to get abortions.”
By Tim Graham | May 2, 2015 | 9:22 AM EDT
Liberal actor Morgan Freeman is so tired of the riot stories he’s telling Marlow Stern of the Daily Beast “F— the media.” This came at the end of a rant in which he suggested Baltimore media coverage is less one-sided than Ferguson...and he’s suggesting Ferguson wasn’t sympathetic at all to the black activists.
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | May 2, 2015 | 8:00 AM EDT
The last year or so could be described as The Year of Transgender Propaganda. The Hollywood and news-media push on the latest frontier of “gender fluidity” demonstrates the libertine left’s absolute arrogance that the LGBT revolution is an unstoppable juggernaut.
Time placed Laverne Cox on a “Transgender Tipping Point” cover last June, and the aggressive culture-tipping took off. Amazon created a series around a retiree deciding he was a woman in “Transparent,” and won Golden Globes. Fox’s “Glee” had their female football coach grow a beard and be celebrated by a “historic” 200-member transgender choir. The cherry on this vomit is Bruce Jenner.
By Bryan Ballas | May 2, 2015 | 7:36 AM EDT
The mayhem in Baltimore provoked many responses from many people. Perhaps most outrageous, however, is MSNBC’s Joy Reid claim that a man on the street compared the situation to Israel and the Palestinians living in the Gaza strip.
By Matthew Balan | May 1, 2015 | 11:16 PM EDT
ABC and NBC's evening newscasts on Friday both spotlighted how a former New Jersey government official pled guilty as a result of Bridgegate. On World News Tonight, ABC's Ron Claiborne touted how "this scandal has taken a tremendous toll on Governor [Chris] Christie's presidential prospects," even after pointing out how "nowhere in today's indictments is Governor Christie said to have known about the alleged plot." By contrast, both programs continued their week-long blackout on the Clinton Foundation scandal.