Friday's CBS Evening News stood out for not covering Hillary Clinton's interview with NBC's Andrew Mitchell. The newscast didn't even mention the former first lady during their 2016 election coverage. Instead, Scott Pelley played up how Donald Trump "seems to stumble a lot, but never seems to fall" – specifically, his confused answers on foreign policy during an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. Pelley also covered Vice President Joe Biden "agonizing publicly about whether he would run" for president.
By Randy Hall | September 4, 2015 | 4:46 PM EDT
Earlier this week, Fox & Friends co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked: “Why has the Black Lives Matter movement not been classified yet as a hate group? I mean, how much more has to go in this direction before someone actually labels it as such?”
On Thursday, representatives of that organization issued a statement that instead referred to Black Lives Matter as “a love group” and criticized Hasselbeck for “sensationalizing tragedy” to further her own agenda.
By NB Staff | September 4, 2015 | 4:44 PM EDT
"Last week in Iowa, Donald Trump had Univision’s Jorge Ramos kicked out of a press conference. But Ramos was able to question Trump later -- after tunneling back in. Speaking of Trump, he recently accused Jeb Bush of being a ‘low-energy’ person… Bush aides say Jeb will respond shortly -- after he wakes up from his nap." -- Jodi Miller, NewsBusted anchor.
By Melissa Mullins | September 4, 2015 | 4:03 PM EDT
Earlier this summer, in advance of the fall premiere of a new Muppets TV show on the ABC network, fictional characters Kermit the Frog and longtime partner Miss Piggy – who told MSNBC’s Irin Carmon she is a pro-choice feminist -- announced their separation to the public via Facebook, with the porcine half of the famous couplet kicking her beloved Kermie to the curb.
By Matthew Philbin | September 4, 2015 | 3:58 PM EDT
In a move that will most certainly result in the purge of the ESPN films department, the “4-letter network” will air a...wait for it...positive feature on President George W. Bush’s throwing of the first pitch in Game 3 of the World Series in the weeks following 9/11.
MSNBC’s Mitchell, WashPost’s Gearan Tout Hillary’s ‘One-on-One’ Skills; Todd Laments Her ‘Diplomatic Speak’By Curtis Houck | September 4, 2015 | 3:51 PM EDT
In the first few hours after Andrea Mitchell’s interview with Hillary Clinton, reactions poured in on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports and MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts that ranged from Rachel Maddow dismissing the growing e-mail scandal as “kinetic activity” to The Washington Post’s Anne Gearan fawning over her “one-on-one” skills to Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd excusing her non-answers to her versatility in “diplomatic speak.”
By Bryan Ballas | September 4, 2015 | 3:16 PM EDT
Before Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis was jailed for sticking to her religious beliefs, Janell Ross of the Washington Post was quick to take sides against her. On September 2 the Post headlined the story as follows: “We Have Reached the George Wallace Stage of the Same-Sex Marriage Fight.”
Ross begins this accusation with the same amount of objectivity as her headline.
By Erin Aitcheson | September 4, 2015 | 3:09 PM EDT
This past Wednesday night, USA Network premiered the season finale of “Mr. Robot” after postponing it for a week. Why the wait? NBCnews reported, “a ‘graphic scene’ similar to the fatal shootings on live television of two journalists Wednesday in Virginia.”
By Kyle Drennen | September 4, 2015 | 3:02 PM EDT
In an exclusive interview with Hillary Clinton on Friday, NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent and MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell began by gently wondering if the former Secretary of State was “sorry” about the e-mail scandal: “You said recently that using your personal e-mail while you were secretary of state was not the best choice and that you take responsibility. Are you sorry?”
By Tom Johnson | September 4, 2015 | 2:27 PM EDT
Apparently at least two of the Beach Boys are Republicans, but when Daily Kos's Mark Sumner used a GOP/surfing metaphor, it didn't mean “catch a wave and you’re sittin’ on top of the world.” Rather, as Sumner sees it, the party is heading for a wipeout.
“For decades, Republicans have been thriving on a theme of Me-firstism and an insistence that it's the sworn duty of every American to fear those who have less than them,” wrote Sumner in a Tuesday post. “Republicans unleashed the tide of unreasoning fear and distrust, then they climbed up onto their boards and began to surf…Only, that wasn't so much a wave. It was more a tsunami.” And now, Sumner added, GOPers are so unhinged that in the presidential contest they’re abandoning their own political pros in favor of unqualified candidates who’ve never held public office.
By Scott Whitlock | September 4, 2015 | 12:56 PM EDT
Despite a combined eight hours of air time, the three networks on Friday allowed a scant one minute and 48 seconds to the latest details of Hillary Clinton's evolving e-mail scandal. This, despite the revelation that a top Clinton adviser announced he will plead the Fifth Amendment. In contrast, ABC, NBC and CBS devoted a staggering 41 minutes and 54 seconds to various rock concerts.
By Melissa Mullins | September 4, 2015 | 12:18 PM EDT
David Axelrod is jumping ship to CNN. After serving as a senior political analyst for MSNBC and NBC since 2013, Axelrod will make the move to CNN as a senior political commentator.
Prior to his work at the Lean Forward network, Axelrod was best known for his role as a senior advisor to Obama during the president’s first term, and playing an important role in getting Obama elected twice.
By Curtis Houck | September 4, 2015 | 11:30 AM EDT
Bringing some humor to the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal and 2016 election, NBC’s Jimmy Fallon joked during his on monologue on Thursday’s Tonight Show about Anthony Weiner and another gaffe by Vice President Joe Biden that had him once again including China as part of North America.
By Kyle Drennen | September 4, 2015 | 10:23 AM EDT
In an interview with author Salman Rushdie on Friday’s CBS This Morning, co-host Gayle King teed him up to bash Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, imprisoned for refusing to issue gay marriage licenses: “What do you think about what's going on in Kentucky with Kim Davis, who’s standing up for her religious beliefs, when you were really the victim of religious beliefs, where they were trying to get you?"
NYT's Patrick Healy Spins Frantically for Hillary: GOP Overreach (Including Ken Starr) Is Helping HerBy Clay Waters | September 4, 2015 | 10:05 AM EDT
New York Times reporter Patrick Healy portrayed the Republican candidates for president as bumblers blowing their chances against Hillary Clinton with their harsh attacks and right-wing obsessions, in Thursday's "Clinton Uses G.O.P.’s Words to Aid Her Arguments." (No factual backup was provided.) Even former independent prosecutor Ken Starr made an appearance, under spin straight from Bill Clinton's White House: "When White House controversies dogged Mrs. Clinton as first lady, the independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr made her sympathetic with his Javert-like investigations. When Mrs. Clinton showed flaws during her 2000 Senate race, Rudolph W. Giuliani and Rick Lazio looked even worse to many New Yorkers. And when the attacks on American diplomats in Libya sullied her record as secretary of state, Republicans struck many viewers as overreaching when they badgered her at a televised hearing."