Politico’s Darren Samuelsohn reports that throughout Obama’s presidency, liberal comedian Jon Stewart was “summoned” to the White House for “secret...visits” with the president, an example of how the administration took “unusual steps to cultivate Daily Show comic.”
By Connor Williams | July 28, 2015 | 11:00 AM EDT
On Monday’s Last Word, Lawrence O’Donnell started his program with a panel discussing Mike Huckabee’s controversial comments about the Iran deal and the rhetoric in the Republican Party. Daily Beast columnist and MSNBC contributor Jonathan Alter had harsh words for the Republicans, claiming their rhetoric is far worse when compared to the Democrats: “[T]here's a vileness gap that is developing between our political parties.”
By Scott Whitlock | July 28, 2015 | 10:58 AM EDT
All three morning shows on Tuesday fretted over Mike Huckabee's comments about Iran, dismissing it as a "desperate" move to boost his poll numbers. On Good Morning America, co host (and Clinton donor) George Stephanopoulos complained that "former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee [is] stirring up the latest firestorm." In a radio interview, the candidate assailed Barack Obama as "naive" and said of the nuclear deal: "[Obama] would trust the Iranians and he would take the Israelis and basically march them to the door of the oven." GMA reporter Tom Llamas lectured, "Many saying there are just some things that are off the table and any comparison to the Holocaust is one of them."
By Spencer Raley | July 28, 2015 | 10:57 AM EDT
Rachel Maddow spent the first segment of her MSNBC show last night gushing over Bernie Sanders’ long shot campaign– because a bumper sticker was apparently found in the far north Alaskan city of Deadhorse!
By Joseph Rossell | July 28, 2015 | 10:06 AM EDT
Climate alarmist James Hansen recently dropped a “bombshell” study about rising seas, at least according to the media hyping his claims.
The former NASA lead climate scientist claimed sea levels could rise 10 feet in 50 years, which is far more than even the alarmist forecasts of the United Nations. Hansen and 16 co-authors published the study on July 23 in the open-source journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. It has not been peer-reviewed.
By Mark Finkelstein | July 28, 2015 | 8:03 AM EDT
Israelis wouldn't have to be marched to ovens. The ovens would come to them, in the form of an atomic bomb.
On today's Morning Joe, Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson said that he was "offended" by Mike Huckabee's remark that President Obama's Iran deal would "take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven." Robinson said the comment runs counter to the purpose of Israel, which is that "nobody is going to be marched toward any ovens."
By Melissa Mullins | July 28, 2015 | 7:29 AM EDT
On Sunday, Time Africa bureau chief Aryn Baker filed a gushy report from Nairobi: “Obama Electrifies Kenyan Youth With a Speech From the Heart.” Baker seemed to be harkening back to the first Obama campaign eight years ago.
Using words such as "electrifying," "youth," "future," and descriptive phrases such as "exuberant welcome," "spoke from the heart," "explosion of applause," "shouts of 'I love you!'," Baker can only remind a reader of when Obama became the first black presidential nominee of a major party.
By Tom Blumer | July 27, 2015 | 11:52 PM EDT
I guess the slogan of labor has changed from "Look for the union label" to "Look for the union waiver."
The Los Angeles Times published a long front-page story early this morning on an issue some people thought disappeared after its initial exposure two months ago. The issue is whether union workers should be exempt from minimum wage laws, especially the sky-high minimums being enacted in some U.S. cities. To those who have been unaware of the issue up until now and are thinking that all of this must be a joke — it's not. It's just that the press, which not coincidentally has a higher percentage of union members than the private sector as a whole, has barely noted it.
By Curtis Houck | July 27, 2015 | 9:51 PM EDT
The “big three” networks of ABC, CBS and NBC gleefully promoted on Monday evening President Obama’s “scolding” of 2016 Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee over his criticism of the Iran deal and his “scathing words” for the GOP field as candidates “are trying to out-trump [Donald] Trump.” Not surprisingly, the networks also sided with then-candidate Obama on May 15, 2008 when the same three networks chided then-President George W. Bush and fellow Republicans for a “two-pronged Republican attack” on Obama.
By Clay Waters | July 27, 2015 | 9:23 PM EDT
On Monday morning New York Times Public Editor Margaret Sullivan, facing an outcry from her paper's liberal readership, fretted over its coverage of the investigation into Hillary Clinton sending private emails containing classified material. The print edition sent a similar message to Republicans who might dare to use the issue against Clinton on the road to the White House: Ease off. Reporters Maggie Haberman and Ashley Parker suggested GOP presidential candidates tread lightly on the topic in "Focus on Clinton's Emails Forces Republicans to Weigh Risks of Criticism." Willie Horton and the "war on women" trope also make appearances as further warning of the alleged perils of Republican overreach.
By Mark Finkelstein | July 27, 2015 | 8:51 PM EDT
Is Hillary hearing donkey hoofbeats? On his Weekly Standard podcast today, Bill Kristol put the odds at "better than 50/50" that one or more of Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden or John Kerry would jump into the race against a Hillary Clinton whom he described as "extraordinarily weak."
Kristol made an undeniable point, to wit, that "if someone came down and gave you the poll numbers on Hillary Clinton, from the last two, three, four public polls, you would look at that and say, whoah: this is a very weak and very vulnerable frontrunner."
By Ken Shepherd | July 27, 2015 | 8:49 PM EDT
For MSNBC's Chris Matthews, his support of the president's Iran deal amounts to "simple math." The Hardball host reckons that bombing Iranian nuclear facilities would maybe buy the world three years, but a diplomatic accord with the Islamic Republic, heck, that gets you a whole decade!
By Yuri Perez | July 27, 2015 | 7:00 PM EDT
U.S. Inspector General findings that Hillary Clinton evidently mishandled - and potentially compromised - national security information through her rogue email practices as Secretary of State of the United States were the subject of scrutiny on the nation’s top Spanish-language networks. So far, Telemundo has dedicated the most time to the developing story, while Univision and MundoFox coverage of the matter has been limited to news briefs.
By Brad Wilmouth | July 27, 2015 | 6:53 PM EDT
On Monday's Wolf show on CNN, host Wolf Blitzer referred to GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry's criticism of gun-free zones as "controversial" and "eye-raising" before then giving gun control activist Mark Kelly an unchallenged forum to push for more gun laws.
By Brent Baker | July 27, 2015 | 6:24 PM EDT
New on July 27: MSNBC host Chris Matthews heralded Obama’s presidency: “He’s done everything right. He’s been immaculate in the presidency. Nobody has accused him of any corruption. His kids are perfect. His wife is perfect.”