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?"
By Tim Graham | July 25, 2015 | 7:02 PM EDT
It’s the kind of article that makes you think the liberals are satirizing themselves. But it seems to be serious. Jacob Brogan has written an article on Slate subtitled “I’m a feminist. I’m a dude. And I hate that I love to grill.” Brogan confesses "I get the sense that I’ve fallen into a societal trap, one that reaffirms gender roles I’ve spent years trying to undo. The whole business feels retrograde, a relic of some earlier, less inclusive era."
By Jeffrey Lord | July 25, 2015 | 6:19 PM EDT
Late Friday afternoon the Washington Post headlined this front page story about the shooter in the Louisiana: "Reports: Shooter was mentally ill, anti-tax activist."
The story then reports that John Russell Houser “was a onetime entrepreneur who inveighed against women’s rights, liberals and minorities and had been involuntarily committed for mental illness.” Yes, Rusty Houser “was fiercely anti-tax,” “ anti-abortion,” and….wait for it… “pretty much a radical Republican.” And oh, by the way? “Rusty had an issue with feminine rights. He was opposed to women having a say in anything..."
By Mark Finkelstein | July 25, 2015 | 5:11 PM EDT
Shades of 1968 and the Days of Rage? Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has announced that "any opportunity we have to shut down a Republican convention, we will."
Appearing on today's Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC, Cullors also blithely spoke of "the murder of Mike Brown" in Ferguson, MO. Neither of the co-guest hosts sitting in for Harris-Perry, Richard Liu and Janet Mock, challenged Cullors' characterization. This despite the fact that even Eric Holder's Justice Department found no wrongdoing on the part of the police officer who shot Brown.
By Brad Wilmouth | July 25, 2015 | 4:41 PM EDT
On Friday afternoon's CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, just when it seemed like CNN legal analyst Philip Holloway was about to make a conservative case in favor people getting concealed carry permits to protect themselves in public places, it turned into a case of "Do as I say, not as I do," as he ended up warning that "it's not for everybody," and that too many people in a theater with concealed weapons could make things worse.
Shortly after 3:30 p.m., during a discussion of the Lafayette theater shooting, host Baldwin brought up Holloway's own tendency to carry firearms.
By Melissa Mullins | July 25, 2015 | 4:29 PM EDT
Jon Stewart's last day of hosting The Daily Show will be on August 6, and while many will miss the oftentimes controversial satirst, one writer in particular will not. That's because Wyatt Cenac, a former writer and correspondent for the show, recently revealed that he didn't get along with the famous host.
Speaking with Marc Maron on his "WTF" podcast, Cenac told Maron He also spoke about an explosive confrontation between Stewart and himself -- one that happened in 2011 when Stewart was making fun of black presidential candidate Herman Cain by doing "a voice" Cenac said sounded liked a character from the 1950s sitcom Amos & Andy, which prodded Stewart into a profane rage.