Ahead of Pope Francis’s upcoming visit to the United States, Wednesday’s NBC Today touted a new Pew Research Center poll finding that a minority of Catholics do not believe abortion to be a sin. Fill-in co-host Willie Geist used the Pope adjusting the process of forgiving abortion as a segue: “...the Vatican announced priests may now forgive women who’ve had abortions....The Pope isn't alone when it comes to a bit of a change of heart.”
By Kristine Marsh | September 2, 2015 | 10:48 AM EDT
Well this certainly falls into the weird news section. Longtime Fox News anchor Harris Faulkner is suing Hasbro toy company for making and selling a toy hamster with her exact name -- after Hasbro was warned earlier this year to discontinue selling it.
Six-time Emmy Award winning journalist Harris Faulkner (Outnumbered, Fox Report Weekend) wasn’t too happy to find out her unique name was used for a plastic rodent (albeit a cute one) for Hasbro’s popular “Littlest Pet Shop” toy line. Faulkner alleges that her likeness was also used in designing the toy in terms of its complexion, eye shape and eye makeup, according to the suit.
By Jeffrey Meyer | September 2, 2015 | 10:35 AM EDT
James Carville, long-time Democratic strategist and aide to the Clintons, appeared on MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes on Tuesday to repeatedly deflect criticism away from Hillary Clinton after the latest batch of e-mails from her tenure as Secretary of State were released. Not only did Carville call Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server just another one of a long list of “faux Clinton scandals” he dismissed the investigation into the Benghazi terrorist attack, specifically its chairman Trey Gowdy “who is a tool of the Koch Brothers.”
By Mark Finkelstein | September 2, 2015 | 10:29 AM EDT
How bad is it getting for Hillary when the best her defenders came come up with is Harold Ford Jr.'s formulation: okay, so the words most associated with her are "liar," "dishonest" and "untrustworthy" but, hey!—she's not "unpatriotic."
On today's Morning Joe, after Ford resorted on Hillary's behalf to the last refuge of scoundrels, Joe Scarborough hit him with a killer question: does Ford think David Petraeus—who was convicted of a crime for improperly passing classified material--is a patriot? Ford had to acknowledge that he is, but when Harold tried to distinguish Hillary's actions from Petraeus', Scarborough swept in to challenge him to a Romneyesque $10,000 bet: "who do you think passed more classified material along, David Petraeus or Hillary?"
By Erin Aitcheson | September 2, 2015 | 10:04 AM EDT
It seems like Hollywood these days is only capable of pumping out movies with violence, gore, sex, and drugs, or zillion-dollar comic book effects. So how is it that a movie with none of those things managed to come out second in box office ratings? Did we mention the movie centers around prayer? Perhaps prayer really is that powerful.
Filmmaking brothers Stephen and Alex Kendrick have shocked Hollywood again with the success of their most recent movie, War Room, a film depicting an African-American family with a shaky marriage and the very real presence of prayer.
By Dylan Gwinn | September 2, 2015 | 9:32 AM EDT
It seems as though the “Chi-coms” have found a new right “enumerated in the penumbras” of human history.
The right to snowboard.
By Curtis Houck | September 2, 2015 | 7:08 AM EDT
One day after denouncing the media for their double standard in the portrayal of the tea party compared to the Black Lives Matter movement, Kelly File host Megyn Kelly returned Tuesday night and along Townhall editor Katie Pavlich, the pair squared off against Fox News Channel contributor Richard Fowler in a heated debate with Fowler excusing members of the movement who have chanted violent, anti-police rhetoric.
By Brent Baker | September 2, 2015 | 1:21 AM EDT
A Tuesday USA Today preview of the movie Truth, which presumes Dan Rather’s 2004 “Memogate” hit piece against President George W Bash was accurate, conveyed the hostility of actor Robert Redford, who plays Rather, toward Bush. But Redford also undermined the “truth” premise by relaying that “loyalty” was Rather’s main motivation in defending his flawed story.
By Curtis Houck | September 1, 2015 | 11:54 PM EDT
Deeming it not pertinent for their viewership, ABC’s World News Tonight refused to cover on Tuesday night the latest round of Hillary Clinton’s e-mails released by the State Department despite having briefly reported on them on Monday hours before they were actually released. Joining ABC in their zero coverage of Clinton was Spanish-language network Telemundo (which also failed to mention the scandal on Monday’s Noticiero Telemundo before the e-mails were made public).
By Curtis Houck | September 1, 2015 | 9:53 PM EDT
As part of President Barack Obama’s visit to Alaska this week to promote climate change, Tuesday’s NBC Nightly News showcased investigative correspondent Cynthia McFadden’s trek to Arctic Alaska ahead of Obama to meet “some of America’s first climate change refugees” due to rising seas near their villages.
By Tom Johnson | September 1, 2015 | 9:42 PM EDT
In a Tuesday post, David Roberts opined that “nativist conservatives” won’t accept that America shares responsibility for climate change, or for any other “ills in the world,” because they believe that the very idea is “unpatriotic.”
“Conservative psychology is averse to ambiguity and nuance,” asserted Roberts, “so for ideological conservatives America is either God's chosen country, a force for good, or not. Any discussion of American culpability or responsibility is interpreted as an argument for the latter.”
By Mark Finkelstein | September 1, 2015 | 9:35 PM EDT
The cavalcade of liberal contempt for conservatives continued on Chris Hayes' MSNBC show on Tuesday night, as Esquire's Charlie Pierce, formerly with the Boston Globe, described the Republican Iowa caucuses as being controlled by "a political party that's gone insane. The Iowa caucuses are a freakish mechanism that have been controlled since about 1988, by a freakish minority of a freakish Republican party."
By Ken Shepherd | September 1, 2015 | 9:03 PM EDT
The "Pigs in a blanket. Fry 'em like bacon!" chant by Black Lives Matter activists this weekend at the Minnesota State Fair was taken out of context, an organizer told MSNBC's Chris Hayes tonight, insisting that the chant was sort of an inside joke, in a "playful" context between activists and the cops who were escorting the marchers.
By Ken Shepherd | September 1, 2015 | 6:45 PM EDT
You kind of have to give it to MSNBC.com for publishing this article, if only because it shows the folly that inevitably comes with demeaning the office of the president with cheap pop-culture stunts.
By Randy Hall | September 1, 2015 | 6:30 PM EDT
During Monday morning's edition of the Fox & Friends program, co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck asked black guest Kevin Jackson: “Why has the Black Lives Matter movement not been classified yet as a hate group?”
The segment drew a tremendous negative online response, with one of the most unusual coming from Hasselbeck's former co-host on The View ABC program, who tweeted that “some r slow 2 wake.”