In the latest “Lean Forward” ad, which aired during Sunday’s Up w/ Steve Kornacki, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews continued the network’s theme of pushing liberal policies on its airwaves. The Hardball host declared that “the one lesson we learn again and again is that it matters who is elected. Whether it’s in a small suburb of Missouri or in the American presidency.”
By Matthew Balan | October 20, 2014 | 12:43 PM EDT
On Monday, the AP's David Bauder spotlighted the ongoing controversy over NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman breaking her own quarantine, after she returned from West Africa to cover the Ebola outbreak. Bauder underlined that Synderman's "the troubles clearly aren't over for NBC News' chief medical editor," and added that "NBC must now decide whether Snyderman's credibility is too damaged for her to continue reporting on Ebola or other medical issues."
By Katie Yoder | October 20, 2014 | 11:58 AM EDT
The media’s “conscience on abortion” is profiting off of babies – in more ways than one.
Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis’ online campaign store is selling baby onesies for a $20 contribution. The messages on the clothing read, “Wendy Davis for Texas” and “Generation Wendy.” (Ironic for a candidate the media showcased as an abortion heroine.)
By Clay Waters | October 20, 2014 | 11:33 AM EDT
The New York Times is one of the media's prime carriers of sickly White House assurances about Ebola, dictating unfounded claims that it has the disease under control, while dismissing calls from Republicans and health experts for banning flights out of infected countries as paranoid, unscientific overreaction.
By Jeffrey Meyer | October 20, 2014 | 11:13 AM EDT
Andrea Mitchell, NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, appeared on Sunday’s Meet the Press and did her best to make excuses for potential Democratic losses in the November midterm elections. Speaking to moderator Chuck Todd, Mitchell complained that the “Texas Supreme Court decision on Saturday morning is going to be really telling, if there are more voter restrictions placed in some of those states, it's going to be really hard for Democrats.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | October 20, 2014 | 9:53 AM EDT
On Sunday’s Nightly News, Kristen Welker, NBC News White House Correspondent, scolded the GOP over their criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of the Ebola crisis. The NBC reporter maintained that “with public fears spreading faster than the disease itself, some Republican candidates eyeing wins in the upcoming midterm elections are stoking public fears.”
By Mark Finkelstein | October 20, 2014 | 9:48 AM EDT
Tart-tongued Tina Brown is at it again. On today's Morning Joe, seeking to explain why Republicans are doing surprisingly well with women voters this year, Brown said: "they had their rabies shots."
Brown was responding to a Politico article reporting that President Obama is under water with women voters, and that this is spilling over into Senate races. In Colorado, for example, a poll shows Republican Cory Gardner leading Dem Mark Udall by nine points among women. And even Alison Lundergan Grimes [who may or may not have voted for Barack Obama], only leads among women by two. Brown's ugly metaphor was her way of saying that Republicans have had better message discipline and have avoided the kind of "legitimate rape" gaffes that doomed candidates in previous cycles.
By Rich Noyes | October 20, 2014 | 8:40 AM EDT
With the first confirmed cases of Ebola in America, CNN's Van Jones urges Democrats to exploit the issue: "We've got to get our base going....This Ebola thing is the best argument you can make for the kind of government that we believe in." But when Republicans criticize the Obama administration's response, journalists sneer. "This is the politics of fear. It's irresponsible," chastised MSNBC's Craig Melvin.
By Mark Finkelstein | October 20, 2014 | 8:28 AM EDT
Don't know what Dorian Warren's been smoking, but we can guess what he's been reading: Rolling Stone, and in particular a recent column in which Paul Krugman claims that Barack Obama is one of the most "successful presidents in American history" [ed.: not a typo].
On today's Morning Joe, MSNBC contributor Warren said he'd be happy to call his Vegas buddies to bet that "history will be very, very good to Barack Obama." Warren was responding to Joe Scarborough's suggestion that history will lump Obama and George W. Bush together for their lack of effective leadership.
Daily Kos: America Was Awesome Before It Started Down a ‘Regressive Path of Neoconservative Destruction’By Tom Johnson | October 20, 2014 | 12:01 AM EDT
A blogger says it seems that people “genuinely don't care what happens to this country or, for that matter, their own world anymore” and, therefore, vote for Republicans.
Arizona's Democratic Party Candidate For Governor: 14 Year-Old Shouldn't Need Parental Consent to AbortBy Tom Blumer | October 19, 2014 | 11:16 PM EDT
To the relief of sex offenders throughout the state, Arizona Democratic gubernatorial candidate Fred DuVal, during a Tuesday forum at Redemption Church in Gilbert, said that, in the words of an unbylined Washington Free Beacon story, "he is opposed to mandating parental consent for a girl as young as 14 years old to get an abortion."
This is a non-story in the establishment press, which made it a mission to take out two GOP U.S. Senate candidates two years ago over abortion-related remarks with far less real-world impact. Based on a search on "DuVal parental consent" (not in quotes) at the Arizona Republic, the paper hasn't done a story specifically noting DuVal's outrageous position — even though it did manage to notice that DuVal, like Ed FitzGerald, the Democrat who is running for Governor in Ohio, has been known to drive without a valid driver's license, though far less often or brazenly.
By Tom Blumer | October 19, 2014 | 8:01 PM EDT
The two dispatches are so radically different in tone and content that they it doesn't seem possible that they both could be from the same event. But they are. Jeff Mason at Reuters (saved here for future reference and fair use purposes) observed "early departures of crowd members while he spoke underscored his continuing unpopularity." But at AP (saved here) Josh Lederman (pictured at left) described "a rowdy crowd of about 8,000 people" attending "a rally that had the feeling of a gospel service." A more detailed comparison follows the jump:
By P.J. Gladnick | October 19, 2014 | 7:10 PM EDT
Candy Crowley on what Rush Limbaugh would label the state run CNN show of State of the Union seemed to place her blind trust in the assurances of state affiliated medical personnel that a travel ban on the Ebola Hot Zone nations of West Africa was both unnecessary as well as harmful. It took guest Senator Ted Cruz to make it clear to Crowley just why such a ban was absolutely necessary.
By NB Staff | October 19, 2014 | 7:03 PM EDT
MRC president Brent Bozell appeared on "Cavuto" on the Fox Business Channel Friday night to discuss Ebola coverage. Substitute host Connell McShane asked if the media were either overdoing it or underdoing it.
Bozell said it was too early to render a verdict. If the disease never takes hold, then it might look like hype. But if the disease worsens, then all the attention is justified.
By Tim Graham | October 19, 2014 | 5:49 PM EDT
The Drudge Report noticed the New York Times suggested a new leftist documentary honoring Edward Snowden “Tests Hollywood Obama Backers,” as in Harvey Weinstein, who often promotes his films by taking them into the Obama White House for a screening. Probably not this time! Michael Cieply reported in the Times:
“As I saw the promise of the Obama administration betrayed, and walked away from,” says Mr. Snowden, referring to drone strikes and invasive monitoring by the National Security Agency, “it really hardened me to action.”