Last week, Wendy Davis, the Democratic Party candidate for governor of Texas, aired a controversial ad attacking her opponent, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, depicting him as an empty wheelchair who had turned his back on disabled people in Texas. Despite MSNBC doing everything it could to promote Ms. Davis, her latest attack ad appeared indefensible for the “Lean Forward” network. On Sunday morning, an entire panel on Up w/ Steve Kornacki condemned the Davis ad, with liberal columnist Michael Tomasky declaring “this makes liberals squirm in their chairs.”
Correction Needed: WashPost Book Critic Indicts Fox News (Born In 1996) for Gary Hart Scandal In 1987By Tim Graham | October 12, 2014 | 9:24 AM EDT
Washington Post book critic Jonathan Yardley somehow imagined Fox News played a role in Gary Hart’s undoing over his adultery in 1987....but Fox News went on the air in 1996. Aren’t there any copy editors at the Post who are old enough to remember such a basic fact about the news business?
Yardley was reviewing the new book “All The Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid” by former Newsweek reporter Matt Bai, lamenting how Hart was ruined by a suddenly nosy “media rampage,” and politics was forever changed. While Yardley correctly suggests Bai’s prose is overwrought, it’s also remarkably un-historical, since the press never exactly ruined the presidential chances of Bill Clinton or John Edwards in a “media rampage.”
Sex Abuse Allegations Against '7th Heaven' TV Star Smeared on the Christian Right, Parents Television CouncilBy Tim Graham | October 11, 2014 | 11:00 PM EDT
On Friday’s edition of “The View,” both Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell expressed great surprise and horror at the reports from a nasty divorce that actor Stephen Collins admitted sexually abusing young girls.
This should be added to the growing list of scandals over sex abuse in liberal Hollywood. But at The Daily Beast, uber-feminist writer Amanda Marcotte tried to smear this dark new portrait of Collins all over the religious right and the Parents Television Council (founded by our MRC president Brent Bozell).
By Jack Coleman | October 11, 2014 | 8:37 PM EDT
New York magazine reported this week that NBC was willing to move heaven, earth and heaven yet again if necessary to corral Comedy Central's Jon Stewart to moderate "Meet the Press." Anyone who heard Rush Limbaugh's epic evisceration in response is likely to see Stewart and NBC in a dimmer light.
Limbaugh could see this coming months ago, telling his listeners in May that "comedians are now the 21st century journalists for the far left."
Lefty Blogger: Does Religious Right Want ‘Parallel Society’ Free of ‘Painful Diversity of Contemporary Life’?By Tom Johnson | October 11, 2014 | 7:28 PM EDT
Ed Kilgore says conservative Christians don’t want to put up with unpleasant things like “equality” and “rights” and “government schools.”
By Tom Blumer | October 11, 2014 | 4:07 PM EDT
The federal government's latest fiscal year ended on September 30. The final Monthly Treasury Statement for the fiscal year, will likely be published during the coming week or possibly a few days later.
From time to time, commenters at NewsBusters have pointed that Uncle Sam's reported deficits don't represent the whole story. They are certainly right. While the press is all excited over this week's Monthly Budget Review released by the Congressional Budget Office, which contain an unofficial but probably accurate estimate that the fiscal 2014 budget deficit was "only" $486 billion, the national debt has grown by far more than that.
By Tom Blumer | October 11, 2014 | 2:26 PM EDT
In covering the latest debate between incumbent Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke, the Politico's James Hohmann significantly understated the number of jobs added in the Badger State during Walker's tenure.
Hohmann wrote that "Burke attacked Walker for his 'broken promise' to create 250,000 private sector jobs during his first term. He’s now at a little over 100,000." That's only true if you think that 126,000 is only "a little over" 100,000:
By Tim Graham | October 11, 2014 | 2:00 PM EDT
Huffington Post media correspondent Michael Calderone reported on the latest batch of documents released from the Clinton Presidential Library. It shows that not only did MSNBC host Keith Olbermann beat his breast across the media in 1998 about his overflowing guilt over covering the Monica Lewinsky-presidential perjury story. He actually wrote to the president about it.
A presidential aide named R. Scott Michaud referred to an e-mail from the MSNBC star: “Keith Olbermann has written to POTUS [President of the United States] apologize for, ‘whatever part I may have played in perpetuating this ceaseless coverage (of the Lewinsky story)…. I’ll be heading back to my previous career in sports as quickly as possible.’” Clinton aides planned a warm presidential reply.
PBS Pounds Panetta About Loyalty, Poor Timing of His Book; Didn't Do That to Scott McClellan in 2008By Tim Graham | October 11, 2014 | 12:55 PM EDT
PBS NewsHour seemed upset at Leon Panetta's apparently questionable loyalties to Democrats from the beginning of her interview segment on Thursday. She incorrectly stated that Panetta served as "President Reagan's chief of staff." She meant President Clinton.
She scolded Panetta (and other Obama administration officials) for daring to write memoirs before Obama concludes his presidency, wondering why they couldn't be loyal:
By Mark Finkelstein | October 11, 2014 | 12:43 PM EDT
Melissa Harris-Perry proudly portrays her MSNBC show as "Nerdland." But has it devolved from a cozy academic coffee klatsch for lefties into something else?
To discuss the issue of relations between police and black Americans, with the backdrop of Ferguson and a shooting this week in St. Louis, Harris-Perry had as a member of her panel Mychal Denzel Smith. On the one hand, Denzel Smith would appear, as a writer for The Nation, to fit the Nerdland bill. But a review of his Twitter feed reveals that two days ago Denzel Smith tweeted: 'F---.The.Police." And late last month he tweeted "I'm for prison abolition."
By P.J. Gladnick | October 11, 2014 | 11:55 AM EDT
The Washington Post has published a story with allegations that Senator Mark Warner attempted to bribe a Virginia state senator to remain at his post by making job offers to his daughter. If true it would not be the first time Warner has engaged in attempted bribery.
Back in 2006 when he was governor of the state, Warner used a plush party in Las Vegas in an attempt to sway the folks at the Daily Kos convention there to support his possible bid for the presidency. The funniest thing about that bit of bribery is that the Kossacks absolutely loved the idea that they were being bribed as they feasted on sushi, drinks, and the chocolate fountain.
On Fox, MRC's Brent Bozell Slams Double Standard on Loyalty of Top Officials When It Comes to MemoirsBy NB Staff | October 11, 2014 | 10:46 AM EDT
MRC president Brent Bozell appeared on The Kelly File on Fox News on Friday night to discuss the very limited TV coverage of Leon Panetta's book and its tough critique of President Obama's foreign-policy actions (and inaction).
Bozell said: “This is a bombshell. It is an absolute bombshell. Whether you agree with the policy or not, it's irrelevant. It's a bombshell when the secretary of defense says that the president has completely screwed up foreign policy.”
By Tim Graham | October 11, 2014 | 8:07 AM EDT
During Tuesday's segment of the new Bloomberg TV show, "With All Due Respect," hosts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann were getting whimsical with their guest, Obama press secretary Josh Earnest, asking which reporter at the White House is the "consistently most delightful."
Earnest picked ABC's Jon Karl -- suggesting he's the un-favorite right now.
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | October 11, 2014 | 7:33 AM EDT
That left-wing group called “Rock the Vote” has released its latest silly new video urging the youth of America to vote. But vote for what? As usual, they featured celebrities and young people urging a turnout for “marriage equality,” for “global warming awareness,” and against “deforestation.”
What’s completely, transparently fraudulent at this late date is Rock the Vote announcing on the “Frequently Asked Questions” section of its website that the group “does not support or endorse candidates, nor do we advocate for one political party over another. We don’t care who you vote for – we just want you to vote, period.”
By Tom Blumer | October 10, 2014 | 11:44 PM EDT
Another day, another dishonest Associated Press headline.
No one realistically expects the AP, aka the Administration's Press, to go after Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis for her vicious ad attacking her opponent, Greg Abbott. The 30-second ad, seen after the jump, denigrates Abbott as a man who sued for millions when he was crippled by a falling tree and then supposedly turned his back on victims as the Lone Star State's Attorney General. That said, it shouldn't be too much — but it apparently is — to expect the AP to avoid presenting headlines which are the direct opposite of reality.