The setting: An interview with Texas Senator Ted Cruz and KMBT-TV’s Kevin Steele in Beaumont, Texas. Steele repeatedly asked Cruz if he had a “personal animosity against gay Americans?" Cruz would have none of it.
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | May 23, 2015 | 7:37 AM EDT
There’s no classroom experience the libertine left supports more mightily than “sex education.” They have struggled to banish even a whisper of a religious worldview from the classroom. Only the secular and “science-based” ideology is allowed.
The Daily Beast website recently celebrated a San Francisco ruling: “Hero Judge Rules Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Is Illegal.” They have also discovered a brave new model of sex education for America. It’s found in Norway. “All Hail Scandinavia,” they proclaimed. A female doctor named Line Jansrud demonstrates sex for Norwegian children aged 8 to 12.
By Tom Blumer | May 22, 2015 | 10:12 PM EDT
Given how much wailing and gnashing of teeth there was in the press when the old Hostess liquidated in 2012, a mid-April story at Forbes on the company's has gotten surprisingly little attention. Well, maybe it's not that much of a surprise, for reasons which will be indentified here.
Readers may recall that the final straw in that drama occurred late that year when the the AFL-CIO-affiliated Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers union called a strike after rejecting management clearly communicated final offer. The company, already in bankruptcy, was through negotiating, and chose to liquidate. The press moaned about how all of this meant the end of an era. Steven Bertoni's Forbes writeup shows how wrong they were, and what a business can accomplish when it's not saddled with legacy costs and constraints.
By Yuri Perez | May 22, 2015 | 8:31 PM EDT
Even though Telemundo typically covers just about anything related to the topic of immigration, so far the network has failed to inform its audience about a new effort among conservatives to address the immigration issue.
Telemundo rivals Univision and MundoFox both reported on the initiative, which is the brainchild of the conservative organization American Principles in Action and was unveiled at a forum at Hillsdale College’s Allan P. Kirby Center for Constitutional Studies.
By Mark Finkelstein | May 22, 2015 | 7:19 PM EDT
On Al Sharpton's MSNBC show today, former DNC Chairman Ed Rendell dared congressional Republicans to recall Hillary Clinton to testify about Benghazi. Calling Clinton a "tough cookie," Rendell vowed that "Hillary will put them in short pants."
Paging Camille Paglia . . . Rendell surely thought he was paying Hillary a compliment. But is this really the Hillary persona that Dems want to project: that of a woman who makes little boys out of grown men?
By P.J. Gladnick | May 22, 2015 | 6:14 PM EDT
Oh Hillary! Can I ride on your lap to the White House? I know President Obama sends tingles up Chris Mathews' leg so can I go knee to knee with you and draw upon your energy? Oh Hillary...what do you eat? Drink? Dream about when you sleep?
Am I describing an awestruck liberal who goes dreamy eyed in the presence of Hillary Clinton? What if I were tell you that the scenario I just described actually happened and the dreamy eyed one was Wall Street Journal reporter, Monica Langley? Still don't believe me? Well, that is the scenario that Clinton aides described in the State Department email released today. Here is the October 11, 2012 email sent out by Hillary aide, Phillipe Rienes, in which he sounds like he is setting the scene of a comedic romance novel:
By Matthew Balan | May 22, 2015 | 5:43 PM EDT
Friday's New Day on CNN played up that the Hillary Clinton e-mails revealed by the New York Times "dispute the narrative that has been around for two years that she was trying to cover something up" about the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, as Alisyn Camerota put it. The CNN anchor also wondered, "Isn't this the opposite of what the GOP has been saying about her – that she...tried to keep it secret?"
NBC’s Richard Engel Continues Tearing Into Obama’s ‘Confused’ and ‘Self-Contradictory’ ISIS StrategyBy Curtis Houck | May 22, 2015 | 4:53 PM EDT
The morning after he appeared on multiple MSNBC and NBC programs to rip President Obama’s handling of ISIS, NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel joined the Friday panel of MSNBC’s Morning Joe to continue his streak of tearing into the President for a “confused” and “self-contradictory” plan that “fights itself.” Also participating in the critiquing of the Obama administration was Richard Haas of the Council on Foreign Relations, who repeatedly emphasized the need for the U.S. to explore a “plan B” and “alternative strategy” considering the way in which ISIS has swept across Iraq and Syria.
By Randy Hall | May 22, 2015 | 4:38 PM EDT
You know you're in trouble if you're a liberal TV host and a reporter with the far-left Huffington Post demands you receive the same punishment as NBC News anchor Brian Williams: suspension “for six months without pay and his future cast in doubt.”
That's what Denny Dressman called for in an article entitled “The Stephanopoulos Verdict: Nothing Less Than Williams Got.”
By Melissa Mullins | May 22, 2015 | 3:27 PM EDT
"[W]e in journalism need to come to a place and realize that when you make mistakes you need to own up to them immediately and apologize." -- Jake Tapper
By Kyle Drennen | May 22, 2015 | 3:20 PM EDT
In a Thursday column, PBS ombudsman Michael Getler took NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff to task for failing to disclose a 2010 donation to the Clinton Foundation: “It is always a bad idea for a journalist to give money to a political campaign or anything even remotely connected to the activities of a politician or party, or an organization that they might cover. You just shouldn’t do it.”
By Connor Williams | May 22, 2015 | 2:59 PM EDT
On the May 21 edition of All In, host Chris Hayes devoted time to bashing Republicans for lacking any advantage on wedge issues. Hayes took Jeb Bush’s comments – where he dismissed the idea that climate change is settled science – as a general example that Republicans are in a weak position on climate change, immigration, and gay marriage.
CBS’s O’Donnell to Loretta Lynch: Do Police Shootings Show ‘Individual Racism’ or ‘Institutional Racism’?By Kyle Drennen | May 22, 2015 | 12:49 PM EDT
In the first network interview with new Attorney General Loretta Lynch for Friday’s CBS This Morning, co-host Norah O’Donnell used recent police shootings to push accusations of racism: “Your first day on the job, you were dealing with what was going on in Baltimore....I mean, we've had Ferguson, we've had Cleveland, we've had North Charleston. What's going on in this country?...is it individual racism or do you think it’s institutional racism?”
By Ken Shepherd | May 22, 2015 | 11:59 AM EDT
Kimberly Dozier of Daily Beast has an excellent piece today you might not see picked up by many in the Obama-puffing national media: "Special Ops to Obama: Let Us Fight ISIS, Already."
By Joseph Rossell | May 22, 2015 | 11:54 AM EDT
Author Héctor Tobar used the pages of The New York Times to confess his "sins against Mother Nature" and promote the unproven claim that the California drought is the consequence of carbon emissions and climate change.
In his May 22 op-ed, "The Sins of Angelenos," Tobar said the "endless summer" in California is his "punishment."