After Senator Rand Paul engaged in a heated interview with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie on Wednesday's Today, Andrea Mitchell and Chuck Todd repeatedly scolded the Republican presidential candidate over his conduct with their colleague.
By Matthew Balan | April 8, 2015 | 3:29 PM EDT
As the Big Three networks were touting President Obama's claim that climate change affects the health of children – including that of his own daughter – on Wednesday, their morning and evening newscasts have yet to report on the politician's criticism of many Christians during a Tuesday prayer breakfast. Mr. Obama underlined that "on Easter, I do reflect on the fact that as a Christian, I am supposed to love. And I have to say that sometimes, when I listen to less-than-loving expressions by Christians, I get concerned."
Salon Writer: Conservatives Who Routinely ‘Peddle False Narratives’ Shouldn’t Gloat Over Rolling Stone 'Debacle'By Tom Johnson | April 8, 2015 | 3:08 PM EDT
When it comes to false media narratives, the typical right-winger should be more concerned with the plank in his own eye than with the speck in the eye of a liberal. That, minus the allusion to the Sermon on the Mount, was the essential argument from Heather Digby Parton in a Wednesday column.
Parton sees Rolling Stone’s debunked, retracted University of Virginia rape story as one component of the right’s “new meme about liberal lies and false narratives.” This meme, she suggested, is wildly overblown (for example, even though “hands up, don’t shoot” was discredited, “young black males being unfairly targeted by police” still is a major problem) as well as hypocritical (e.g., Fox News has “peddle[d] false narratives” about matters such as the Benghazi attack and made a ton of money doing so).
By Joseph Rossell | April 8, 2015 | 2:56 PM EDT
Opposing new FCC “net neutrality” mandates is suspicious, according to Politico. The politics insider site recently cast suspicion on a conservative group over emails asking legislators to oppose the FCC’s new Internet regulations.
As part of American Commitment’s campaign opposing net neutrality regulations the limited-government, free-market group helped hundreds of thousands of people send emails to their congressmen requesting they oppose the FCC’s Internet takeover.
By Katie Yoder | April 8, 2015 | 12:03 PM EDT
Overwhelmed by the shrill hysteria of the left and most media over Indiana’s RFRA controversy? Want to hear some calm, reasoned and respectful arguments, for and against religious freedom accommodations? Check out the latest episode of CBS’ drama The Good Wife. Really.
A subplot to the April 5 episode of CBS’ The Good Wife featured two characters, Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) and Reese Dipple (Oliver Platt) as they argued over legal cases of Christians who refused wedding services to gay couples. Dipple, a conservative client, asked Lockhart, who heads a law firm, to weigh in with a “liberal viewpoint” on certain cases – cases he wanted to fund because “it’s the right thing to do.”
By Scott Whitlock | April 8, 2015 | 11:58 AM EDT
All three networks on Wednesday featured Barack Obama to attack climate "deniers" and lament how global warming has personally "impacted" his family. NBC, ABC and CBS offered almost no skepticism. Typical was NBC medical contributor Dr. Natalie Azar. She wondered, "What do you say to the people who deny that climate change is real and that it's impacting our health?"
By Tim Graham | April 8, 2015 | 11:54 AM EDT
Last October, we relayed that the NBCUniversal-owned Syfy cable network made a development deal with leftist actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck for a corporate-dystopia series called “Incorporated.” Now The Hollywood Reporter is offering an update: Syfy has greenlighted the making of a pilot episode.
Corporate leftists demonstrate a surprising capacity for hypocrisy. The Syfy press release – coming out of Comcast, a large entertainment conglomerate with one of the largest lobbying staffs in the nation’s capital – comically imagines today’s trend in Obama-era government is a “dismantling of the public sector."
By Jeffrey Meyer | April 8, 2015 | 11:31 AM EDT
On Wednesday, NBC’s Today offered up yet another puff piece on the Clintons as Andrea Mitchell touted Bill Clinton's new role as a "backstage advisor" for Hillary's 2016 presidential campaign. She beamed at how “[n]ever known to shy away from a campaign, Bill Clinton now vowing to step back when his wife runs in 2016, telling Town and Country magazine, ‘My role should primarily be as a backstage adviser to her until we get much, much closer to the election.’”
By Tom Blumer | April 8, 2015 | 10:39 AM EDT
In an early Wednesday morning report containing an undercurrent of amazement and frustration that Japan's journey into Keynesianism and quantitative easing on steroids somehow hasn't worked, the Associated Press's Elaine Kurtenback wrote that a steep "April 1, 2014 sales tax hike ... triggered a brief recession and growth since has been flat."
The Land of the Rising Sun with the long-stagnating economy should be so lucky. Six days ago, the Wall Street Journal reported something Kurtenbach should have known when she submitted her writeup, namely that the country is once again on the brink of slipping into contraction:
By Jeffrey Meyer | April 8, 2015 | 10:10 AM EDT
On Wednesday, Today co-host Savannah Guthrie repeatedly badgered Kentucky Senator Rand Paul over his views on foreign policy following his presidential announcement. Things got so heated during the discussion that Paul had to tell Guthrie “before we go through a litany of things you say I’ve changed on, why don't you ask me a question.”
By Bryan Ballas | April 8, 2015 | 9:49 AM EDT
It is not surprising that Rand Paul has a media target on his chest for announcing himself as a Republican presidential candidate. What is unusual is the fact that CNN saw fit to bring in Van Jones, a man with flirtations with communism and 9/11 conspiracy theories (and briefly President Obama’s "green jobs" czar) to evaluate Paul’s political aspirations.
When Carol Costello asked Jones for his thoughts regarding Paul’s outreach to the black community, he used the opportunity to slander Republicans, “You know, the Republicans have a very tough branding issue when it comes to people of color. Since that they are not in touch. They don't care about some of these communities. I think Rand Paul has been the big exception to that over the past couple of years.”
By Tim Graham | April 8, 2015 | 6:59 AM EDT
In their constant celebration of gender-bending, NPR still has time for old-fashioned transvestites. On the April 3 Morning Edition, their headline was “Longtime Couple Found That Clothes Didn't Make The Man,” The producer, Liyna Anwar, tweeted “He's a Vietnam vet who teaches electric power tech. He just does it all in a dress.”
Anchor Steve Inskeep introduced America to “Sissy” Goodwin and his wife Vickie of Laramie, Wyoming.
By Curtis Houck | April 7, 2015 | 11:52 PM EDT
After all three networks declined to label Senator Rand Paul a conservative during their morning news shows, on Tuesday night ABC’s World News Tonight broke ranks and labeled him a “mainstream conservative” on issues such as abortion, gay marriage, and tax cuts. Fellow networks CBS and NBC continued to not use the conservative label and stuck to labels such as “Republican” and “libertarian.”
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | April 7, 2015 | 11:04 PM EDT
The Old Media loathes the New Media as unreliable, and have no right to pass judgment. Increasingly they are prone to leap into news stories based on their own liberal networks of social media. Look no further than the new Indiana religious freedom law. They could not get enough of those angry tweets from Hillary Clinton and public-policy geniuses like Miley Cyrus.
Based on Twitter, they touted a "growing outrage" from coast to coast and obsessed over Indiana's "bigotry" for days. Conservative social media also reacted to the Hoosier contretemps forcefully in the opposite direction, but apparently it's too much to expect "objective" journalists to notice too much of that.
By Curtis Houck | April 7, 2015 | 9:44 PM EDT
On the heels of a power outage that struck key government buildings in Washington D.C. and surrounding areas in the Maryland suburbs on Tuesday, NBC Nightly News seized on the story to advocate for the increased infrastructure funding and the need to defend against “cyber attacks.” Anchor Lester Holt told viewers that the incident has raised “questions about our nation’s power grids.” Chris Jansing warned: “Experts put the price tag anywhere from several billion to hundreds of billions of dollars to update a system so old, some of it is based on technology dating back to Thomas Edison.”