Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt and every other presidential candidate in history were pikers compared to Hillary Clinton when it comes to experience. That, at least, was the determination of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin when she appeared, on Friday’s CBS This Morning, for a panel discussion about the historic importance of Clinton’s nomination. This Morning co-anchor Norah O’Donnell asked the author and presidential historian to “fact-check” President Obama’s assertion that nobody was as qualified to be President as Clinton.
By Kyle Drennen | | July 29, 2016 | 1:46 PM EDT
On Friday’s NBC Today, correspondent Stephanie Gosk devoted a full report to hyping concerns that Russia could somehow rig the U.S. presidential election in November. In the wake of the hacking of Democratic National Committee e-mails, Gosk warned viewers: “The incident is raising new questions about the security of our country's overall electoral system. Could voting booths or voting tallies themselves be vulnerable?”
By Rich Noyes | | July 29, 2016 | 12:45 PM EDT
With both the Republican and Democratic conventions now concluded, it’s time to judge the news media on how fairly they covered the two parties. Media Research Center analysts looked at various aspects of coverage, all of which demonstrate that journalists obviously favored the Democratic gathering.
NYT Giddily Launches ‘Astronaut’ Hillary Into ‘History,' Celebrates Her 'Profound Service' of Being FemaleBy Clay Waters | | July 29, 2016 | 12:41 PM EDT
The ultimate night of the Democratic National Convention saw the coronation of Hillary Clinton as the first female presidential nominee, celebrated on whole top half of the front page of Friday's New York Times. Meanwhile, Patrick Healy and Amy Chozick did their best to both humanize and historicize Hillary, "who sacrificed personal ambition for her husband’s political career and then rose to be a globally influential figure....a prize that generations of American women have dreamed about for one of their own."
By Tim Graham | | July 29, 2016 | 12:33 PM EDT
Hillary Clinton’s speech on Thursday was a test of the media’s honesty. If you presented the speech itself as a wonderful oration, then you’re clearly reading from the DNC press release. If you’re acknowledging, hedging, that Hillary is no Obama-raising-the-oceans orator, then you’re acknowledging the political reality outside the DNC-staff bubble.
CBS stayed inside the bubble on Thursday night, and the laugh line of the night trying to turn Hillary into some kind of Rambo came from CBS anchorman Scott Pelley, who suggested at one point, “she mentioned Trump and stared into the camera with a look so menacing it probably stirred Trump's Secret Service detail.”
By Kristine Marsh | | July 29, 2016 | 11:31 AM EDT
After the networks spent the morning going crazy over Clinton’s "emotional" and "historic" speech last night at the DNC, the cable news shows proved they couldn’t get enough either. Carol Costello on CNN’s Newsroom, provided one of the more over-the-top examples from the media’s fan club, calling Clinton women's "white knight."
By Maggie McKneely | | July 29, 2016 | 10:29 AM EDT
Last week, celebrities took to Twitter to mourn the future of America following Donald Trump’s acceptance speech. Their reaction after Hillary’s celebrity-filled moment was the complete opposite. The convention hall was filled with the Hollywood elite – from Morgan Freeman’s voiceover on the Shonda Rhimes Hillary video to politicking from actress Chloe Grace Moretz. Here are some the most outrageous of those who stuck to Twitter.
By Kyle Drennen | | July 29, 2016 | 9:05 AM EDT
Acting more like a doorman than a journalist during PBS coverage of the Democratic National Convention Thursday night, CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose invited former Attorney General Eric Holder to blast Donald Trump: “You also said that Donald Trump, you questioned his gray matter. You mean he’s not smart enough to be president?”
By Alatheia Nielsen and Katie Yoder | | July 29, 2016 | 8:36 AM EDT
Thursday spells the end of two weeks of tumultuous party conventions -- conventions which the media have treated more like tabloid gossip than events of national importance.
Newsbusters reporters Alatheia “Alli” Nielsen and Katie “Kat” Yoder found that the morning shows from ABC, CBS and NBC never covered Democratic Party Platform changes approved Monday night -- just like they virtually ignored the Republican Party Platform last week.
By Dan Gainor | | July 29, 2016 | 8:34 AM EDT
In the midst of Convention Insanity II, other things did exist in the liberal universe. That universe has tons of interesting characters in it -- from cop killers to crass comedians.
By Edgard Portela | | July 29, 2016 | 8:20 AM EDT
In marked contrast to their coverage of the final night of the 2016 Republican convention, the nation's top Spanish-language television networks was characterized by overwhelmingly celebratory coverage of the final night of the Democratic National Convention.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | July 29, 2016 | 5:00 AM EDT
The Democratic National Convention wrapped up Thursday evening following Hillary Clinton accepting the party’s nomination. Many were glad that evening such as the CNN panel that praised her as a “political genius.” CNN Tonight host Don Lemon was glad for as well, but he had a bone to pick with Bernie Sanders’ supporters who protested on the convention floor. “But the same thing conservatives said about Ted Cruz last week— have some dignity,” Lemon snipped at the protesters, “If you come to someone else's house have some respect.”
By Melissa Mullins | | July 29, 2016 | 4:44 AM EDT
Liberal celebrities get overwrought at Democratic conventions, but The Daily Beast exaggerated it even further. Asawan Suebsaeng wrote an article on Sigourney Weaver’s convention speech with the headline “Sigourney Weaver at DNC 2016: Donald Trump Will Kill Planet Earth.”
There’s only one problem. Weaver never said it, and it’s nowhere in the article.
By Curtis Houck | | July 29, 2016 | 3:45 AM EDT
After having had a great time piecing together a list for readers of some crazy, surprising, and downright weird moments/statements from MSNBC’s late Monday night/early Tuesday morning coverage of the Democratic National Convention (DNC), I thought it would be an appropriate time to do another one for the DNC’s closing night.
By Scott Whitlock | | July 29, 2016 | 1:46 AM EDT
[Warning: profanity ahead.] The not-married Bill Maher on Thursday closed out his live convention shows by insisting that Bill Clinton can “fuck around” on Hillary Clinton and still “love her.” The Real Time host also pleaded for Americans to have a more “European” attitude about such infidelities.