Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s first national TV interview aired during Tuesday’s edition of The Situation Room on CNN and while senior political correspondent Brianna Keilar pressed Clinton on her e-mail scandal and tumbling poll numbers, the interview measured up to little more than a stroll in the park. Along with gooey questions about which woman she thinks should go on the $10 bill and who plays a better Hillary Clinton on Saturday Night Live, Keilar came at Clinton from the left on the candidacy of socialist Bernie Sanders and allowed the former Secretary of State to pontificate without interruption for over a minute and a half on the work of the scandal-ridden Clinton Foundation.
How Convenient: AP's Rugaber Changes Post-Jobs Report Assessment of Employment Market From 'Nearing Full Health' to 'Mixed'By Tom Blumer | July 7, 2015 | 6:11 PM EDT
This post will document wnat transpired at the Associated Press on Thursday before and just after the release of the government's employment report. It should be a humiliating lesson to its business and economics writers. One would hope that they might learn to concentrate solely on discerning and accurately reporting the relevant facts, and to leave the analysis to others. (I know; fat chance.)
As will be seen after the jump, several hours before that jobs report, the AP's Christopher Rugaber was all ready to pronounce the job market as "nearing full health," basing his bizarre assessment largely on "a surge in people looking for work" (reports referenced at this post have been saved at my host for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes; bolds are mine throughout this post):
By Tim Graham | July 7, 2015 | 5:44 PM EDT
The Huffington Post knows how to jazz up headlines from the Associated Press. On Monday, AP’s Steve Peoples and Julie Bykowicz penned a story headlined “As Republican infighting grows, donors call for calm.” The HuffPo put a dizzying spin on it: “Billionaire Overlords Urge GOP Presidential Contenders To Play Nice.”
“Overlords”? The word causes us to remember TV news anchor Kent Brockman on The Simpsons saying “I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords.”
By Ken Shepherd | July 7, 2015 | 5:15 PM EDT
Baptist-affiliated Baylor University has elected to change language in its student sexual conduct policy such that it removes a ban on "homosexual acts" while maintaining that "the biblical understanding that human sexuality is a gift from God." and that sexual affections are to "be expressed in the context of marital fidelity."
This move seems to meet at least the begrudging approval of of the liberal-leaning Houston Chronicle's Benjamin Wermund, who laments that in the past Baylor "has at times been slow to change with the world around it, fearing the wrath of fundamentalists."
By Matthew Balan | July 7, 2015 | 4:28 PM EDT
Fox News Channel's Elisabeth Hasselbeck interviewed Pastor Rit Varriale on Tuesday's Fox and Friends over his church's decision to fly a Christian flag over the American flag. Hasselbeck noted how "the move is sparking an outrage on social media," and wondered it was "a fight for faith, or a slam to Old Glory."
By Scott Whitlock | July 7, 2015 | 4:27 PM EDT
Veteran journalist Howard Fineman on Tuesday smeared conservatives primary voters, saying that Donald Trump's comments on immigration indicate "xenophobia" "sells in New Hampshire and Iowa." Appearing on The Cycle to discusses the rise of Trump, co-host Krystal Ball wondered what "it says about the Republican Party that this guy seems to have momentum?" Fineman, a former editor of Newsweek who is now with the Huffington Post, responded, "Even though Trump is getting in tremendous trouble financially and politically for his comments about Hispanics, that kind of xenophobic language sells in New Hampshire and Iowa."
By NB Staff | July 7, 2015 | 3:39 PM EDT
During an appearance on FBN's Varney & Co. on Tuesday, MRC's Brent Bozell discussed the media's coverage of Donald Trump's immigration comments as well as the docile campaign media's meek acceptance of Hillary Clinton's moving rope line.
Salon Writer Tantrum: Pro-Choice Advocates Care Most About Family, Pro-Life Movement 'Downright Dangerous'By Spencer Raley | July 7, 2015 | 3:30 PM EDT
Mary Elizabeth Williams of Salon was at it again Monday, writing that if pro-lifers truly cared about mothers and babies, they would push for more abortion! In her article, the liberal extremist argues that the pro-life movement in general doesn’t care about the lives of women, simply because they promote doing everything possible to protect unborn lives.
By Andrew Miller | July 7, 2015 | 2:33 PM EDT
Liberals love to define the bible the way they want. This time it was the 39th U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
About half way through the interview on Huffington Post Live, Carter was asked his opinion of gay marriage, to which he gave the obligatory, “That’s no problem with me. You know, I think everybody should have the right to get married regardless of their sex.”
By Scott Whitlock | July 7, 2015 | 2:29 PM EDT
Former Washington Post journalist Howard Kurtz on Monday night excoriated Hillary Clinton's attempt to literally rope off the press at a parade over the weekend. Kurtz, now with Fox and appearing on the Kelly File, derided what he saw as Clinton's contempt for reporters: "This is the most embarrassing political image since Mike Dukakis was riding around in a tank and kind of serves as a metaphor for a campaign that literally is trying to lasso reporters." The journalist added that because of the "metaphor alert," "I think it really has resonance." Fox News digital politics director Chris Stirewalt attacked his fellow journalists: "There is something masochistic about the press's relationship with the Clintons, especially with Hillary Clinton."
By Jeffrey Meyer | July 7, 2015 | 12:54 PM EDT
On Monday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest suggested that Republican members of Congress were partly to blame for the death of a San Francisco girl by an illegal immigrant yet his comments have been completely ignored by the “Big Three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks.
By Kyle Drennen | July 7, 2015 | 12:25 PM EDT
On Monday evening, both NBC Nightly News and ABC’s World News Tonight touted President Obama claiming success in the fight against ISIS while ignoring criticism of his strategy. On Nightly News, anchor Lester Holt proclaimed: “A warning today from President Obama, who emerged from a Pentagon briefing and called the fight against ISIS a quote, ‘generational struggle,’ saying it will take time to defeat this enemy.”
By Joseph Rossell | July 7, 2015 | 12:02 PM EDT
Coffee prices are falling, but liberal Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has decided to raise its prices anyway. CNBC’s Squawk Box co-host Joe Kernen called Schultz out on July 7, saying Schultz was trying “to pad his profits.”
Kernen argued it was unfair to criticize airlines for failing to pass savings along to consumers when oil prices fell, but not criticize Starbucks for raising its prices even as the cost of coffee dropped.
By Scott Whitlock | July 7, 2015 | 11:25 AM EDT
Is this 2008 all over again? ABC on Tuesday insisted that Bernie Sanders's campaign rallies are like "rock concerts" and that "Bernie-mentum" is sweeping the country. During Barack Obama's first campaign, the network routinely hyped the "rock star" candidate. Cecila Vega insisted that "Bernie Sanders has [Hillary] worried... She may be the Democratic front-runner, but this morning Clinton is feeling the burn." According to the reporter, the socialist senator enjoyed a "massive turnout at a campaign rally overnight in Maine, that at times felt more like a rock concert."
By Sarah Stites | July 7, 2015 | 11:16 AM EDT
“Caitlyn” Jenner is now blogging for the Huffington Post.
At the beginning of the week, the news outlet revealed that Jenner will be authoring an original series called “The Real Me,” about LGBT issues.