Appearing on Fox News’ Media Buzz, David Zurawik, television and media critic for the Baltimore Sun, hammered President Obama over his relationship with the press and accused him of having “one of the most hostile press administrations in the world.” He asserted: "We have an administration that is as hostile as Richard Nixon's and we've tried to push back and it's guys like Jon Stewart who let him get away with it."
By Jeffrey Meyer | July 26, 2015 | 3:26 PM EDT
On Sunday’s Face the Nation, CBS’s John Dickerson spoke to Jamelle Bouie, liberal writer for Slate, about Hillary Clinton’s upcoming testimony before the Benghazi committee and wondered if the GOP will “go over the top, and that she'll be able to use that” to her advantage. He suggested that Clinton’s “team seems to be banking on the hopes that in this hearing, as Nancy [Cordes] suggested, members of Congress will behave as they occasionally do...use that. Do you think she’s got a shot at being able to turn that to her advantage?”
By Randy Hall | July 26, 2015 | 2:53 PM EDT
Back in 2009, reporters on NBC News and at Newsweek magazine compared Star Trek fan Barack Obama to a character in the popular phenomenon -- the half-human, half-Vulcan Mister Spock -- as “a person who has dealt with some of the same prejudices and problems that our new president does.”
On Thursday, GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz made another Star Trek comparison during a New York Times Magazine interview with Ana Marie Cox.
By Jeffrey Meyer | July 26, 2015 | 2:15 PM EDT
On Sunday, reporters on ABC’s Good Morning America and This Week repeatedly complained that the controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail while at the State Department “won’t go away.” On GMA, Cecilia Vega whined the story “just won’t go away.” On This Week, George Stephanopoulos asked Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison: “These questions about the e-mails don't go away. How much are you worried that this is hurting her campaign?”
By Clay Waters | July 26, 2015 | 1:43 PM EDT
Timothy Egan, who wrote liberal screeds for the New York Times as a reporter before finding a more fitting habitat as one of the paper's stable of left-wing anti-Republican columnists, piled on the GOP's current presidential front-runner in "Trump Is the Poison His Party Concocted," in the paper's Sunday Review. Egan suggested Trump is only the inevitable end result of toxic GOP racism and attacks on war heroes like....John Kerry?
By Jeffrey Meyer | July 26, 2015 | 12:44 PM EDT
On Sunday’s Meet the Press, National Journal reporter Ron Fournier downplayed the likelihood of Donald Trump becoming the Republican nominee by arguing “[t]his man is more liberal than any Bush and more slippery than any Clinton.”
By Ken Oliver-Méndez | July 26, 2015 | 11:27 AM EDT
Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart did not get very far trying to question Donald Trump during the leading Republican presidential candidate’s recent trip to the U.S.-Mexico border.
As Díaz-Balart started to launch into a question, with the words “Many feel that what you said when you said that people that cross the border are rapists and murderers” Trump abruptly cut Díaz-Balart off and lambasted what he termed media “misinterpretation,” to loud cheers from onlookers.
By Jeffrey Meyer | July 26, 2015 | 10:33 AM EDT
During an appearance on Sunday’s Today, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd did his best to play up a doomsday scenario in which Donald Trump would run as a third party candidate for president.
Goalposts Moved: Reporter Asks For Proof Hillary's Private-Server Classified Emails Caused 'National Security Harm'By Tom Blumer | July 26, 2015 | 10:00 AM EDT
Veteran journalist John Harwood, according to his Twitter home page, covers "Washington and national politics for CNBC and the New York Times."
Saturday morning, despite all of his experience, Harwood tweeted a question (HT Twitchy) so naive that a freshman journalism student would have been embarrassed to ask it:
By Melissa Mullins | July 26, 2015 | 9:08 AM EDT
“White People” – the long awaited and hyped up MTV documentary about white privilege in America, debuted Wednesday night, and the results are in; not only did it fail to captivate the audience, but liberals complained it barely touched the surface of race in America.
The Twitterverse lit up during the documentary with #WhitePeople. Many tweeted their opinions that Jose Antonio Vargas – the illegal alien and Pulitzer-winning reporter who made the documentary – wasn’t “hard enough” on “white people” or shamed them enough. Tough crowd!
By Tim Graham | July 26, 2015 | 7:54 AM EDT
Last Monday, Mollie Hemingway at The Federalist found a noticeable "lack of ferocity" on the Planned Parenthood tapes in the liberal media. So she composed a long list of questions incurious reporters should be asking if they somehow thought the story was prematurely exhausted. (Remember when they mocked George W. Bush as incurious?)
Hemingway also did a little Nexis searching to show how aggressively these same outlets could explore the issue of the Confederate flag, which isn't involved in selling the body parts of dead babies, but draws more outrage from "objective" reporters (this was before the second tape, which was mostly ignored):
By Brent Baker | July 26, 2015 | 12:08 AM EDT
FNC’s Special Report with Bret Baier wrapped up its Thursday “center seat” session, with Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio, by playing for him a clip of Jon Stewart ridiculing a New York Times hit piece about how Rubio had received a few traffic tickets.
By Tom Blumer | July 25, 2015 | 11:48 PM EDT
In a speech at a Republican Lincoln Day dinner in West Virginia earlier this week, Murray Energy Corp. founder and CEO Robert Murray decried the Obama administration's determination to, as described at the financial news site SNL.com (to be clear, no relation to Saturday Night Live), "bypass the states and their utility commissions, the U.S. Congress and the Constitution in favor of putting the U.S. EPA in charge of the nation's electric grid."
In the establishment press, Murray's speech was only covered in a single snarky paragraph by Darren Goode at the Politico titled "Don't Hold Back Now" — obviously attempting to paint Murray as unreasonable and extreme — and a writeup at the Wheeling (WV) Intelligencer. After all, what does Murray know? He's only the head of the largest company in an industry which is still responsible for fueling 39 percent of America's electrical grid, and the majority of it in many states. Who would want to give him any visibility, as if he has anything valuable to say? Well, I do.
By Tim Graham | July 25, 2015 | 10:59 PM EDT
Yahoo Sports basketball blogger Jeff Eisenberg wrote one of those feel-good anti-Islamophobia articles titled “Why an AAU team chose to name itself the Motor City Muslims.” The team was organized by a suburban Muslim Unity Center youth counselor named Ali Altimimy, “a former high school and community college basketball player whose love for hoops is only exceeded by his passion for his religion.”
Other outlets like the international New York Times picked it up with summaries like “An all-Muslim basketball team in Michigan consisting of 16-year-old boys decided to name itself Motor City Muslims to fight Islamophobia and dispel stereotypes.”
By Clay Waters | July 25, 2015 | 10:31 PM EDT
A 7,000-word New York Times Magazine cover story by Eliza Griswold, "The Shadow of Death," is an all-too-rare look from a major media outlet at the decimation of Christianity in the place of its birth, the Middle East, at the hands of radical Islamist groups like ISIS. From the cover text: "Christians in the Middle East are being forced out of their homes, enslaved and killed. Why is no one coming to their aid?"