On Friday, NBC finally noticed the corruption scandal swirling around Hillary Clinton. However, the coverage on the Today show was relegated to a 49-second mention within a story slamming Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. By contrast, the morning show devoted 3 minutes 56 seconds to a social media debate about the color of a dress.
Chris Matthews continues to be MSNBC’s unending source of enlightened commentary on race relations and Republican guilt. This time on Thursday’s edition of The Reid Report he suggested that conservative opposition to executive amnesty is rooted in southern racism and was sure to remind everyone that Republicans alone will be blamed if Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shuts down “because they don't like government."
The latest social media phenomenon to "break the Internet" was more important to the broadcast news networks than the federal decision to regulate the Internet which could cost taxpayers billions of dollars.
The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) passed Internet regulations on Feb. 26, that reclassified the Internet as a public utility. In spite of the significance, the broadcast news networks evening shows (February 26) and morning shows (February 27) spent only four minutes and 10 seconds on the issue. What NBC's Today labeled "the great dress debate" got more than three times that coverage (13 minutes six seconds).
New York Times nutrition writer Mark Bittman is making another display of his ultraliberal tendencies. In a piece on national nutrition guidelines that are at odds with the capitalist pigs of “Big Food,” Bittman offered this statist takeway:
"It tells you to drink all the coffee you want...But far more important is this statement: 'Strategies are needed to encourage the U.S. population to drink water when they are thirsty.'"
Desperate to tear down 2016 Republican frontrunner Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, co-host Matt Lauer led off Friday's NBC Today by proclaiming: "Governor's gaffe?...Presidential hopeful Scott Walker under fire for saying his experience with union protesters has prepared him to take on ISIS. Is it the first major blunder of the presidential race?"
Former CNN anchor Piers Morgan recently appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and when the topic of Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate, he told host Joe Scarborough that she’s “no spring chicken.”
“Hillary Clinton is slightly Ghost of Christmas Past to many people. She didn’t beat Barack Obama. She’s no spring chicken, and I say that in the nicest possible way. And if I were the Democrats, I’d be thinking, ‘we’ve got to be very careful here, that we don’t put all our eggs into the Hillary Clinton basket and we end up with somebody who could actually lose.’"
Good Morning America news reader Amy Robach on Friday mocked Republican James Inhofe as "bizarre" for a global warming speech he gave on the Senate floor. Robach described, "A bizarre scene in Washington. One senator used the recent snow to bolster his argument about climate change."
On today's Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski suffered a bad bout of PKSD: Post Kiss Stress Disorder.
After a clip was rolled of John Boehner blowing kisses at a reporter, Mika got all verklempt, exclaiming "I know a lot of dirty old men who did that to me. I'm throwing up. That brought back bad memories." Things got so bad for poor Mika that she eventually fled the set and had to be coaxed back.
In anticipation of his town hall meeting with the president, José Díaz-Balart dedicated a little over an hour and a half of his four prior broadcasts of The Rundown to the subject of immigration and to the battle over the funding of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). While he occasionally hosted conservative voices on these issues, he overtly sacrificed his objectivity on the altar of advocacy in a number of ways.
Díaz-Balart downplayed the conservative contention that Obama's completely exceeded his constitutional authority, insisting to guests that Obama's the only one that's moving the issue forward (so who really cares about the niceties?)
NewsBusters managing editor Ken Shepherd won the award for “Nonprofit Blogger of the Year” at Blog Bash Thursday night at Wolfgang Puck's Sunset Room near the Conservative Political Action Conference.
News concerning the mass kidnapping of Christians by ISIS in Syria worsened on Thursday with reports from multiple human rights groups that raised the initial number of those taken from 150 to now at least 220. If you watched the network evening newscasts, though, you would not have known that if you had tuned into CBS or NBC. This latest case of network bias by omission comes as NBC has yet to cover this story on either Today or NBC Nightly News.
At the Associated Press late Thursday morning, Ken Dilanian, the wire service's intelligence writer, did a marvelous job of covering up the essence of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's Worldwide Threat Assessment testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
The trouble is that if he were doing his job as our Founders anticipated he would when they gave the nation's press extraordinary and then unheard-of freedoms, he would have covered the story instead of covering it up.
After ABC and NBC failed to cover a front-page story in The Washington Post on Thursday morning about ethics questions surrounding the Clinton Foundation, their evening news counterparts continued the blackout by showing no interest in this story -- yet allocated nearly six minutes to efforts to catch two runaway llamas in Arizona.
In this week of the CPAC straw poll, the kiss of death for a Republican hopeful might be to say "endorsed by Chris Matthews."
But that dubious honor has been bestowed on Jeb Bush. On this evening's Hardball, Matthews declared that Jeb would be "the Hillary people's worst nightmare, if he runs, because if he wins the nomination the middle is in play." So Bush would be formidable because he's a moderate? Stop, Chris, you're killing Jeb!
General Electric Vox published a photo essay about the crises in Venezuela. The photos of the protests were picturesque but something important was missing. It was especially noticeable when the essay by Amanda Taub, 11 stunning photos of the protest movement sweeping Venezuela, touched on the dismal economy. Therefore the most stunning thing about the essay wasn't the photos but the very noticeable failure to mention a certain word seen all over Venezuela.