On Wednesday night, the major broadcast networks ignored a series of new regulations issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that the agency claims will better explain regulations in the Clean Water Act, but are seen by many as a power grab by the Obama administration to further control America’s waterways. While the story received zero mention on ABC, CBS, or NBC (but full stories from the AP wire on their respective websites), the Fox News Channel’s Special Report devoted a 15-second news brief to the story on its Wednesday program.
By Tom Blumer | May 27, 2015 | 11:07 PM EDT
This has to be the month's top entry in the "Just when you think you've seen it all" category — and it will be more than a little interesting to see how the nation's press handles it.
As the Associated Press reported a week ago, the City Council in Los Angeles, by a vote of 14-1, ordered the drafting of a law mandating a citywide minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2020, noting that "the support of Mayor Eric Garcetti virtually guarantee its eventual adoption." Now that it's almost a done deal, labor unions whose members earn less want to be exempt from the law. Seriously. And it's not that the unions were caught off guard, because the person who is most visibly arguing for the exemption "helps lead the Raise the Wage coalition"! Apparently caught completely flat-footed, three Los Angeles Times reporters, in a rare break from the paper's non-stop leftist bias, filed a fair and balanced report on the truly offensive situation.
By Curtis Houck | May 27, 2015 | 9:40 PM EDT
Following Rick Santorum’s announcement late Wednesday that he will mount a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, CBS and NBC largely punted on news of a seventh Republican candidate entering the field with a combined 37 seconds of airtime on their Wednesday evening newscasts. Over on the Spanish-language networks, however, the coverage was even less as there was zero mention of Santorum’s announcement on the Wednesday evening newscasts of MundoFox, Telemundo, and Univision.
By Tom Johnson | May 27, 2015 | 8:46 PM EDT
Last Friday, author and historian Garry Wills, who blogs occasionally at the New York Review of Books site, praised Michelle Obama for challenging, in her recent Tuskegee University commencement address, conservatives’ complacency about race in America. Specifically, Wills approved of the first lady’s “breaking all of the four rules of racial discourse the right wing now wants to enforce.”
“The celebrators of rugged individualism will not allow successful blacks to reach back and help others up the ladder of achievement. That is just rewarding the ‘takers over the makers,’” wrote Wills. “But when we see or read the speech of Michelle Obama, stingy individualists melt down into their pooled little meannesses, and this tall black woman of achievement calls on us all to mount into the sky, following the Tuskegee Airmen. This is not playing the race card. It is playing the American card.”
By Ken Shepherd | May 27, 2015 | 8:24 PM EDT
Leave it to MSNBC host Chris Matthews to inject an absurd political angle into a completely apolitical story involving international soccer. In the midst of a panel discussion about today's revelations regarding a Justice Department case against FIFA corruption, the Hardball host wondered why on Earth former Attorney General Eric Holder didn't stick around at the DOJ long enough to bask in the glow of the klieg lights at the press conference announcing the corruption indictments.
By Curtis Houck | May 27, 2015 | 8:15 PM EDT
In Wednesday’s edition of the liberal media spinning for Hillary Clinton, ABC’s World News Tonight chose not to mention any of the recent developments regarding the various Clinton scandals but instead promote her prediction that, unlike previous presidents, her hair would not turn white if she’s elected president. After previewing George Stephanopoulos’s interview with newly-declared 2016 GOP presidential candidate Rick Santorum, anchor David Muir eagerly transitioned to Clinton as she was “making headlines of her own tonight.”
By Geoffrey Dickens | May 27, 2015 | 6:30 PM EDT
Kate McKinnon, who plays Hillary Clinton on Saturday Night Live, told The Hollywood Reporter (THR) she is “rooting for her, obviously” and gushed: “I find her so resplendent!”
By Scott Whitlock | May 27, 2015 | 5:44 PM EDT
Larry King on Wednesday sat silently with no objections as porn-peddler Larry Flynt smeared most cops as "racist" and "a lot" of priests as "pedophiles." King, who now hosts a show on Russia Today, asked for the Hustler publisher's "thoughts" on Ferguson and other cities. Flynt slimed, "To be a policeman in just about any police force in this nation, you have to have a certain mentality and unfortunately, that mentality incorporates racism."
By Yuri Perez | May 27, 2015 | 5:33 PM EDT
“Deportation Relief Stuck” was the title of a slanted segment on the latest edition of Enfoque, Telemundo’s weekly public affairs talk show. Host José Díaz-Balart allowed Congressman Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) to go unchallenged as the segment’s sole guest in the discussion of the plight of President Obama’s Executive Amnesty, the implementation of which has so far been blocked by federal courts.
By Kyle Drennen | May 27, 2015 | 4:53 PM EDT
During a live interview with Carly Fiorina on Wednesday, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell fretted over the Republican presidential candidate’s attacks on Hillary Clinton: “You were really the breakout star according to all reports from Iowa last weekend, the biggest crowds, especially when you went after Hillary Clinton. Is that because you’re the only woman in the Republican field, that you feel enabled to go after her?”
By Melissa Mullins | May 27, 2015 | 4:38 PM EDT
It looks like ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos isn’t the only one affected by his Clinton Foundation donation scandal. His wife, author and actress Ali Wentworth, is cancelling appearances to promote her upcoming book Happily Ali After and Other Fairly True Tales.
Tweeting excitement just days before her scheduled appearance on Bravo’s goofy-barroom late-night show Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Wentworth bailed at the last minute, forcing the show to find another replacement. Her excuse? She wanted the interview to coincide with the launch of her book on June 9, not because of her husband’s recent scandal. Sure.
By Tom Blumer | May 27, 2015 | 3:57 PM EDT
The Associated Press and Stephen Braun did all they could to cover for the Clintons yesterday.
First, the wire service attached the most boring headline imaginable to Braun's story about Bill Clinton's shell company shenanigans: "Bill Clinton company shows complexity of family finances." The message to subscribers, particularly the broadcast networks: "This is boring and time-consuming. Don't waste your time reading this, let alone using it." As Scott Whitlock at NewsBusters noted early this afternoon, "All three networks on Wednesday ignored the latest questions to hit the Clintons and their foundation." So if there was a strategy, it worked. Braun's story was seemingly designed to induce a MEGO (my eyes glaze over) reaction:
By Matthew Balan | May 27, 2015 | 3:39 PM EDT
TBS host Conan O'Brien took a new comedic shot at Hillary Clinton in a Wednesday post on Twitter – specifically, six-figure speaking fees that the former first lady charges; and, along with her husband's speaking engagements, has netted the couple $30 million in 16 months. O'Brien wrote, "I'd love to have @HillaryClinton as a guest on the show, but I can't afford her speaking fee."
By Brent Baker | May 27, 2015 | 3:31 PM EDT
New on May 26: MSNBC’s Chris Matthews compared Hillary Clinton to FDR, hailing how FDR “was very secretive and manipulative” and was “probably the best President we ever had,” so “if Hillary Clinton is secretive...”
By Matthew Balan | May 27, 2015 | 2:54 PM EDT
Wednesday's New Day shut out social conservatives from a panel discussion on Senator Marco Rubio's Tuesday remark that "if you do not support same-sex marriage, you're labeled a homophobe and a hater," and that "the next step is to argue that the teachings of mainstream Christianity – the Catechism of the Catholic Church – is hate speech." Instead, the CNN morning show brought on a Republican and Democrat – Ana Navarro and Donna Brazile – who both blasted Rubio for his warning.