On Friday's New Day on CNN, during a discussion of violent protests outside a Donald Trump rally, after conservative CNN political commentator Matt Lewis suggested that they might be "leftist agitators" who are effectively boosting Trump's campaign with their behavior, co-host Chris Cuomo defused his characterization by asserting that many of them "were just dissatisfied citizens who were taking out their dissatisfaction the wrong way in anger and destroying a lot of property there."
By Katie Yoder | April 29, 2016 | 8:46 AM EDT
The networks routinely gush over petitions – especially when the message fits the liberal agenda. But this one doesn’t. So while the news shows have a responsibility to provide fair coverage, it’s a toss-up as to whether or not they will report on the 1 million people against Target’s new transgender policy.
While NBC’s and CBS’s news shows covered the Target boycott pledge when it reached around 500,000 signatures, ABC dragged its feet.
By Tom Blumer | April 29, 2016 | 12:44 AM EDT
Venezuela's hyperinflationary economic crisis has gotten worse in one very important and apparently unprecedented sense than even the one seen in Weimar Germany in the 1920s. Yet the Associated Press and the New York Times apparently have no interest in telling their readers, listeners or viewers about it.
In the post-World War I German Weimar Republic, the situation became so out of control that people needed wheelbarrows to carry around the money they needed to pay for basic everyday purchases. A Bloomberg News story published early Wednesday morning, i.e., in plenty of time for the rest of the world's press to notice the story by now, has a similar "wheelbarrows" reference to Venezuela's crisis. But there's more. Venezuela doesn't even the money to pay to keep those wheelbarrows stocked with ever more worthless cash.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | April 28, 2016 | 11:55 PM EDT
Donald Trump scored a major endorsement from a very beloved Indiana hero, Hoosier basketball coach Bobby Knight. The endorsement serves to Trump an important boost to help win the state in his march to the nomination. But on CNN Tonight with Don Lemon Thursday when asked to respond to critics that suggest Trump was not a real conservative Knight admitted, “You know, I'm not sure what a conservative is.”
By Tom Blumer | April 28, 2016 | 11:09 PM EDT
The editorialists at Investor's Business Daily have reported on the results of an important study by several George Mason University Mercatus Center economists showing what regulations have cost the economy in economic growth since 1980. The establishment press, which has been singularly uninterested in reporting anything that has to potential to slow the regulatory leviathan down — y'know, because its causes are so noble and righteous — is virtually ignoring the Mercatus study.
IBD tied the study's findings into the "new normal" nonsense the "mainstream" economics community and most of the business press has been foisting on us since it became obvious about 6-1/2 years ago that the U.S. economy's post-recession performance would likely be singularly underwhelming. What we've seen is the worst growth post-downturn economy by far since World War II.
By Jorge Bonilla | April 28, 2016 | 10:39 PM EDT
Liberal Blogger Blasts Bernie’s ‘Strange,’ ‘Ironic,’ ‘Right-Wing’ Opposition to Philly Tax on Sugary DrinksBy Tom Johnson | April 28, 2016 | 10:22 PM EDT
New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait admires Bernie Sanders’s willingness (eagerness?) to raise taxes so as to “finance the kind of social benefits American liberals would prefer.” That’s why Chait is disappointed that Sanders opposes Philadelphia’s proposed three-cents-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened drinks, revenue from which would fund citywide pre-kindergarten and other programs.
In a Tuesday post, Chait wrote that Sanders “has received justifiable credit for breaking the taboo on middle-class taxation and asking just why it is that Americans must be denied public services taken for granted elsewhere…But where does this leave his opposition to the soda tax? His position is strange and ironic because taxes on specifically defined, unhealthy goods has long been the loophole through which Democrats escape the pressure of their own no-taxes-on-the-middle-class vise…What’s more, the proceeds of the soda tax finance a vital liberal social goal (in this case, early education).”
By Brad Wilmouth | April 28, 2016 | 9:58 PM EDT
On Thursday's CNN Newsroom, host Brooke Baldwin and chief political correspondent Dana Bash both seemed amused by the vitriol aimed at GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz by both former House Speaker John Boehner and by fellow candidate Donald Trump. The first sign of amusement occurred while Baldwin was reading a recent quote from Boehner in which he called Senator Cruz "Lucifer in the flesh" and a "miserable son of a b****," as what sounds like a giggle -- presumably from Bash -- can be briefly heard in the background.
By Kristine Marsh | April 28, 2016 | 9:23 PM EDT
On CNN Thursday night, Sally Kohn sparred with Tea Party News Network’s Scottie Nell Hughes over Donald Trump calling out Hillary Clinton for using “the woman card.” Hughes defended Trump’s statement while Kohn claimed that it was worse on Trump’s side because “most of his supporters are only voting for him because he’s a white guy.”
By Curtis Houck | April 28, 2016 | 8:44 PM EDT
Fresh off accusing Ted Cruz of being a political bigamist, MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews stated Thursday night that Cruz has put on a “Baghdad Bob performance this week” for failing to concede the Republican presidential nomination to Donald Trump while also displaying “political narcissism” in responding to former Speaker John Boehner’s Lucifer analogy.
By Matthew Balan | April 28, 2016 | 8:30 PM EDT
The Washington Post's Philip Bump followed the Huffington Post's example on Thursday in semi-seriously pursuing whether Ted Cruz is, in fact, "Lucifer in the flesh," as former House Speaker John Boehner recently put it. But instead of turning to a Satanist, the journalist consulted with a pastor/exorcist, even though he admitted that "of course there was no truth" to the Republican's jab at the Texas senator.
By Kristine Marsh | April 28, 2016 | 8:17 PM EDT
Thursday night’s NBC Nightly News broadcast tried to shame Ted Cruz for earning the wrath of former House speaker John Boehner. During a speech at Stanford University yesterday, Boehner told students that he would vote for Cruz “over his dead body” and “that miserable son of a bitch” was “Lucifer in the flesh.” That crass characterization didn’t earn Boehner any harsh words from NBC but it did for Cruz, whom NBC reminded viewers was “the most hated man on Capitol Hill.”
By Nicholas Fondacaro | April 28, 2016 | 7:11 PM EDT
As the media pivots with the candidates towards the general election so are their narratives about them. As reporter for The Daily Best Betsy Woodruff put it on MSNBC Live Thursday, “this election is becoming a battle of the sexes.” A social justice warrior’s dream election between “not just the first female presidential candidate, but the first feminist presidential candidate” Hillary Clinton and the “misogynist” Donald Trump, as articulated by Michelle Goldberg of Slate on the same show.