Fox News host Bill O’Reilly appeared on Tuesday’s CBS This Morning to promote his latest book “Killing Patton” and was met with a barrage of questions for insisting that a mercenary army needs to be established to defeat the terrorist group ISIS. During the interview, O’Reilly maintained that we need a 25,000 “man force to be deployed to fight on the ground against worldwide terrorism.” In response, CBS co-host Gayle King obnoxiously asked her Fox News guest “why do you always say all the things, you say, Bill, with such certainty?”
By Tom Blumer | September 23, 2014 | 10:17 AM EDT
The two major-party Texas gubernatorial candidates, Democrat Wendy Davis and Republican Greg Abbott, debated Friday night. I knew it didn't go well for Davis, once a national media darling, when I searched on "Wendy Davis Abbott debate" (not in quotes) and found no coverage of the event at the Associated Press's national web site, the New York Times and the Politico.
Davis, trailing significantly in the polls, did not acquit herself well. Her most awful moment, seen in the video after the jump, came when she insisted that Abbott, currently Texas's Attorney General, should stop defending the state against an education funding lawsuit, when doing so would violate a law Davis herself supported. After the Republican pointed out that inconvenient fact, Davis lost it, ranting out of turn for a solid 15 seconds, talking over the debate's moderator as he tried to bring the proceedings back to order.
By Kristine Marsh | September 23, 2014 | 9:34 AM EDT
In what must be a new record, at least 19 Fall TV shows will host transgender, lesbian and gay characters in lead roles. And of course NBC is ready to hype these shows as “awesome” and “incredible TV.”
As if it wasn’t already obvious how obsessed with “alternate sexuality” NBC is, talking endlessly about gay football players, and transgender beauty queens, Sept. 22’s Today show highlighted a new TV show all about a transgendered man.
Premiering Sept. 26, Amazon’s new original series “Transparent” features Jeffrey Tambor (“Arrested Development”) as Mort, a Jewish father who comes out as a woman, Maura, to his adult children, and the drama that follows.
By Tianna DiMartino | September 23, 2014 | 8:25 AM EDT
Move over Farrah Abraham! There’s a new contender for “worst mom of 2014.” Rita Templeton is a stay at home mother of four young boys, who range in age from two to nine, and she is a blogger who calls herself an “over sharer.” That is putting in mildly.
One specific article of hers was picked up by, no surprise here, the Huffington Post and it was posted on HuffPo “Parents” on Thursday, September 18. Then, to make sure she got extra attention for her twisted views, she also appeared in a Huffington Post Live interview. The topic HuffPo and Rita felt the need to over share with us? Parental nudism. Yep, you read that correctly. The article and interview are titled: ‘Why I Want My Sons to See Me Naked.” You really can’t make this stuff up.
NBC Late Night Star Seth Meyers Kisses Up as Clinton Awards Emcee: 'President Clinton Is Here! And So Is Bill!'By Tim Graham | September 23, 2014 | 8:24 AM EDT
Like every other group of Democratic boot-lickers, NBC stars are moving the eye of their adoration from Obama to the next alleged president, Hillary Clinton. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that NBC late-night star Seth Meyers hosted the opening of the annual Clinton Global Initiative on Sunday night.
“President Clinton is here! And so is Bill!” Meyers joked after Hillary opened the glitzy awards banquet. “Bill grinned and applauded from the audience,” reported the Post.
By Curtis Houck | September 23, 2014 | 12:19 AM EDT
Starting on Monday night, a series of town hall meetings in Ferguson, Missouri began taking place in light of the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in conjunction with the Department of Justice (DOJ) that will be closed to the media. When it came to the major broadcast networks reporting this censoring of the press, none of them chose to cover it.
According to an article posted on MSNBC’s website, an agency within the DOJ known as the Community Relations Service (CRS) has been “working behind the scenes to cool racial tensions in the city” by coming in and closing “the meetings to the media and non-residents.”
By Curtis Houck | September 22, 2014 | 9:57 PM EDT
On Monday night’s NBC Nightly News, the program took a look at how Utah is now allowing teachers to obtain concealed carry permits to have firearms in their schools after training and continually passing background checks. As the media has done countless times, they found a way to turn it into coming across as a bad thing.
NBC News senior legal and investigative correspondent Cynthia McFadden interviewed special education teacher Casey Hanson and seemed intrigued by her decision to purchase a pistol “to defend my students” after being shaken by the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary in December 2012.
By Ken Shepherd | September 22, 2014 | 9:38 PM EDT
In a segment on the September 22 edition of Hardball, MSNBC's Chris Matthews was informed by guest Carol Leonnig, a staff writer for the Washington Post, that Friday's White House fence-jumper, Omar Gonzalez, was found to have been carrying a serrated knife on his person, not a switchblade.
Yet about 30 minutes later, in a separate panel discussion, Matthews referred to the knife as a switchblade, demonstrating how little Mr. Matthews listens to his guests.
By Tom Blumer | September 22, 2014 | 7:08 PM EDT
Politico's Kenneth Vogel and Byron Tau filed a long Friday article moaning about how influential opposition research has become in the conduct of this year's political campaigns. My takeaway is that they really don't like it this time around — not because the money involved has increased, and not because supposedly lax campaign-finance laws have accommodated this increase. No, they're really upset because, according to Joe Pounder, a cofounder of the conservative American Rising, "so far, at least — Democrats had endured more such hits than Republicans."
So I guess the next step for the Politico pair inevitably had to be to minimize the importance of hits against Democrats. Here's their one-sentence evaluation of one of them: "[S]maller scoops have proliferated as well — an Ohio gubernatorial candidate caught driving without a license, for example." You've got to be kidding.
By Matthew Balan | September 22, 2014 | 6:46 PM EDT
On Sunday's Reliable Sources, CNN's Brian Stelter touted a disgraced former representative as a non-partisan pundit and as an expert on media bias: "Now, I could bring in two partisan commentators now to argue about the media, but I'd rather from someone who's been in the glare of the news media – someone who's all too familiar with what happens when you go from darling to bad boy – then, maybe, back and forth. That's former Congressman Anthony Weiner."
By Kyle Drennen | September 22, 2014 | 4:32 PM EDT
In an interview with Ken Burns on Sunday's web-based Meet the Press feature Press Pass, moderator Chuck Todd asked the historian and film-maker about his PBS documentary on the Roosevelts: "It's amazing what the press didn't cover....I mean, and if they had, obviously it could have changed history." Burns responded:
It could. But I think we focus too much – we presume that because there was a gentleman's agreement to turn off the cameras as he [FDR] started to stand up or when he started to sit down, that we know less...."Wasn't that quaint an arrangement? They sort of looked the other way when JFK did that or they, you know, didn't really notice Franklin Roosevelt's illness." They actually did and they actually knew more and had better and more intimate access to power, and that's an important thing. [Listen to the audio]
By Ken Shepherd | September 22, 2014 | 4:10 PM EDT
It turns out the politician who called colleague Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) "chubby" and admonished her not to lose too much weight is none other than the late Sen. Daniel Inouye. So naturally when covering the story, MSNBC.com's Michele Richinick made sure to soften the blow against the late Hawaiian Democrat by tagging him as a longtime "advocate of women."
By Kristine Marsh | September 22, 2014 | 2:52 PM EDT
Editor’s Note: This article contains offensive language.
“There is a network of American extremists who work tirelessly to undercut LGBT people around the world at every turn. They spew venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories, and discredited science.” Sounds terrifying. Actually, these ominous words are in a new report profiling Christian and conservative pastors, writers and other media as “radical extremists” who need to be shamed and monitored.
The Sept. 15 report entitled “Exposed: The Export of Hate” by the Human Rights Campaign, a gay “civil rights organization” has highlighted several members of “the radical right” they want to demonize as dangerous criminals.
By Katie Yoder | September 22, 2014 | 2:48 PM EDT
For CBS, it isn’t enough to cover Hillary Clinton merely in the news.
“Madam Secretary” premiered Sunday, Sept. 21, on CBS. The show stars Tea Leoni as Elizabeth McCord, a CIA agent turned Secretary of State, and boasts Lori McCreary and Morgan Freeman as executive producers. While the creators and producers sent mixed signals on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s influence on McCord’s character, the media didn’t, noting “inevitable comparisons” and the “obvious inspiration.”
By Julia A. Seymour | September 22, 2014 | 1:48 PM EDT
Not only did the broadcast networks spent more time on the People’s Climate March, than the March for Life, they portrayed it positively, ignoring all the radicalism promoted by participants.
NBC “Nightly News,” ABC “World News Tonight” on Sept. 21 and CBS “This Morning” and ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Sept. 22 gave a combined 3 minutes and 27 seconds to the climate march. That was four-and-a-half times the 46 seconds of stories that NBC and ABC evening news shows gave to the March for Life in January 2014.