Twelve years after interviewing communist leader Fidel Castro, Barbara Walters is still mesmerized by the "charismatic" dictator.
By Kyle Drennen | December 12, 2014 | 12:25 PM EST
Wrapping up a report on Friday's NBC Today about CIA Director John Brennan reacting to the Senate Democrats' "torture report" during a Thursday press conference, chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell highlighted: "The unveiling of the brutal tactics gave American adversaries a chance to accuse the U.S. of hypocrisy – on International Human Rights Day, no less."
By Scott Whitlock | December 12, 2014 | 11:26 AM EST
The ongoing scandal involving a hack attack on a major Hollywood studio has ensnared liberal columnist Maureen Dowd. Dowd's March 4, 2014 column praised Sony co-chair Amy Pascal as a trailblazer for women in film. As reported by BuzzFeed, the writer at the prestigious newspaper "promised to show Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal’s husband, Bernard Weinraub, — a former Times reporter — a version of a column featuring Pascal before publication."
By Joseph Rossell | December 12, 2014 | 10:56 AM EST
The broadcast networks may not want to give credit to hydraulic fracturing for increasing U.S. oil production and lowering global oil prices, but at least one angry world leader did just that.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro complained that fracking in the U.S. has “flooded” the world market and contributed to lower oil prices, a connection that broadcast networks’ evening news reports barely made recently.
NBC Hails Elizabeth Warren as ‘the Liberal Wing’s Newest Star’; Blasted Cruz Over 2013 Funding FightBy Curtis Houck | December 12, 2014 | 10:29 AM EST
During Thursday’s NBC Nightly News, NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Kelly O’Donnell heaped praise on far left Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren (Mass.), anointing her “the liberal wing’s newest star” as one of many to speak against the $1 trillion government funding bill being considered by Congress (which passed the House late Thursday night).
When one goes back to look at the program’s coverage of the government funding battle in 2013 that led to a government shutdown, it had far different descriptions for one of the leading figures of that debate in Republican Senator Ted Cruz (Tex.).
By Kristine Marsh | December 12, 2014 | 10:20 AM EST
Instead of the Daily Show’s usual targets – conservatives and Christians – atheists were the surprising villains on the Dec.9 episode of the left-leaning comedy show.
Daily Show correspondent Jordan Klepper pulled no punches, calling the atheist group Freedom from Religion Foundation “petty a**holes,” and “trolls” who needed to “lighten the f*ck up” for making a fuss over a diner offering small discounts to customers who pray before they eat.
By Tim Graham | December 12, 2014 | 10:14 AM EST
Thursday’s Washington Times included a commentary by Fox News analyst and author Monica Crowley on national media bias.
Crowley described getting into a conversation with a “smiling older woman” at Rockefeller Center in New York (NBC News territory) with an anonymous veteran network TV news producer who insisted her network colleagues now asks at the morning meeting “How do we protect Barack Obama today?”
By Clay Waters | December 12, 2014 | 9:53 AM EST
While the New York Times allows inflammatory race-baiters like Al Sharpton to get away with spouting about racial justice, and global warming activists like Al Gore can fly around the world with impunity before returning to one of their energy-sucking estates, the paper reliably plays the hypocrisy card against conservative politicians who fail to adhere to moral values.
By Tim Graham | December 12, 2014 | 9:04 AM EST
Apparently, The Washington Post can’t use the word “liberal” without feeling slightly nauseous. Its coverage of the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill included a front-page story headllined “Democrats’ Warren wing sends message.”
Reporter Paul Kane waited until the story skipped to page A-20. On the front page, it was all “populist” euphemism
By Tom Blumer | December 11, 2014 | 11:20 PM EST
Tuesday afternoon, Kyle Drennen at NewsBusters observed that the Big Three networks "Appear Finished With Gruber Coverage," and that their Tuesday morning shows had no coverage of the de facto Obamacare architect and his congressional appearance.
One factor likely influencing the nets' posture is how original news sources like the Associated Press and the nation's largest dailies have managed to shield their readers from almost anything relating to Gruber for weeks. One particularly comical example of that has been the Los Angeles Times.
By Curtis Houck | December 11, 2014 | 11:20 PM EST
On Thursday night, CBS continued to make no mention of the news that the hacking attack on Sony Pictures has revealed emails between co-chairwoman Amy Pascal and film producer Scott Rudin mocking what they perceived to be President Barack Obama’s movie tastes.
The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley covered continued fallout from the attack, but only in the context of no press being allowed at the premiere of the Sony film The Interview, which is largely believed to be the reason that the movie studio was targeted for attack.
By Tom Johnson | December 11, 2014 | 9:37 PM EST
The Nation’s Leslie Savan alleges that conservatives still are fixated on the image of the Rev. Al as “a radical and a race hustler,” and opines that “because he’s the best-known single figure in the growing protest movement, the right will blame him for any violence.”
By Ken Shepherd | December 11, 2014 | 8:55 PM EST
Chris Matthews and gang at MSNBC have repeatedly attacked Tea Party conservatives in Congress, such as Ted Cruz, for attempts to use continuing resolution votes as leverage for conservative policy items. But now that liberal Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the fly in the ointment, threatening to scuttle a spending bill agreed upon by Senate leadership and President Obama, the Hardball host is showering the Bay State Democrat with praise for a "revolutionary spirit" aimed at reinvigorating a despondent Democratic Party base.
By Randy Hall | December 11, 2014 | 7:38 PM EST
During a panel discussion on race relations on Sean Hannity's Fox News Channel program on Wednesday evening, senior correspondent Geraldo Rivera grumbled that he saw basketball player LeBron James wearing a T-shirt that displayed the words “I Can't Breathe.”
That phrase, Rivera said, obviously referred to Eric Garner, the Staten Island man “who was choked to death in that horrifying video that we all saw.”
By Tim Graham | December 11, 2014 | 6:30 PM EST
USA Today’s website is carrying a report that “controversial” and “conservative” columnist George Will is drawing protests after being selected as a commencement speaker at Michigan State University. But the protesters aren’t leftists, they’re “advocates for sexual assault survivors.” They aren’t protesting another speaker, unlabeled “filmmaker Michael Moore.”