You might have heard the tales of horror over the supposed throwing of chairs by disgruntled Bernie Sanders supporters at the recent Democrat convention in Nevada. Several news outlets repeated those fables to demonstrate how barbaric the Sandernistas are in stark contrast to the "civilized" folks who support Hillary Clinton. California Senator Barbara Boxer who was present even claimed that she feared for her safety. However, one problem. No chairs were thrown. Snopes.Com has rated that story as false.
By Tom Blumer | | May 22, 2016 | 7:12 PM EDT
Friday morning, the Louisville Courier-Journal gave the Kentucky chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America priceless free publicity by promoting the group's "event on gun violence Saturday at Spalding University in Louisville."
Reporter/promoter Deborah Yetter relayed the group's hype that "Due to limited space, organizers are asking people to register in advance for free tickets." As seen after the jump, the space may have been "limited," but the attendance at Saturday's event was even more limited:
Ex-Conservative Tells Hillary-Haters to ‘Get Over’ Their Obsession With Her ‘Trivial…Petty’ ScandalsBy Tom Johnson | | May 22, 2016 | 6:25 PM EDT
Damon Linker, a self-described former “conservative intellectual” (he was an editor at First Things) believes that Hillary Clinton’s policy positions are “good enough” to earn the votes of current conservatives, given that a Donald Trump administration would pose a “national threat” and that most right-wing Hillary-hatred “lack[s] any rational connection to reality.”
Take Hillary’s scandals -- please, take them. “Every single accusation is trivial. Petty. Penny-ante,” Linker asserted in a Thursday column for The Week. “Yes, even the business about Clinton's private email server. And especially the septic tank full of hyped-up, conspiracy-laden nonsense that goes by the name of ‘Benghazi.’ (If well-meaning members of the conservative movement want to explore how the Republican electorate ended up hoodwinked by a transparent charlatan-demagogue like Donald Trump, they could do worse than reflecting on their own complicity in publicizing, or at least failing to defuse, this endless, cockamamie ‘scandal.’)”
By Clay Waters | | May 22, 2016 | 6:05 PM EDT
Left-wing bias; it’s not just for the news pages. The New York Times Weekend Arts roundup demonstrates how it saturates the paper, even -- perhaps especially -- in the paper’s Manhattan-centric cultural coverage, with rants about racist voter suppression in 2016 and how high-end art buyers "control the inequitable economy in America today."
By Tim Graham | | May 22, 2016 | 5:03 PM EDT
“Begrudging WaPo” became a trending topic on Twitter on Sunday afternoon as Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner mocked how the Washington Post buried the lead in Sunday’s story on their new poll:
It took 219 words to get to the point: "Republican Donald Trump leads Democrat Hillary Clinton among registered voters 46 percent to 44 percent."
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | May 22, 2016 | 3:59 PM EDT
Host Brian Stelter raised a very important question on Sunday’s Reliable Sources, “Is media to blame for political polarization?” The popular opinion on the panel was yes, the media does deserve blame for the “hyper-partisan” nature of modern politics. But Journalist Carl Bernstein went farther with a scathing condemnation of how reporting is conducted by the media today. “It's been an abdication of responsibility,” he exclaimed, showing his disgust with modern journalism.
By Tim Graham | | May 22, 2016 | 12:42 PM EDT
The Washington Post announces it’s a liberal newspaper by highlighting right-wing extremism and coddling left-wing extremism. Both of these happened in Sunday’s paper. The front page carries a story on the threat of “patriot” groups in Oregon – the only times the Post wants to present people defending liberty and the Constitution is when they’re 9-11 truthers who conduct paramilitary exercises on weekends.
But The Washington Post Magazine carried an article that made a platform for “The New Language of Protest,” asking campus leftists to explain “safe spaces,” “trigger warnings,” and “microaggressions.” Shutting down speech is somehow described as “a new civil rights movement.”
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | May 22, 2016 | 12:27 PM EDT
No matter how hard she tries Hillary Clinton cannot seem to be able to put Bernie Sanders away once and for all, and the liberal media is not happy about it. On his Sunday show This Week, Clinton Foundation donor and former aide to President Bill Clinton, George Stephanopoulos badgered Senator Sanders about his steep chances of winning and how he’s hurting the Democratic Party’s ability to win in November. “Can you lay out a credible path to stopping her,” the host asked of Sanders.
By Daniel Garza | | May 22, 2016 | 8:45 AM EDT
Univision’s May 19, 2016 edition of its late-night national news show Edición Nocturna featured a completely favorable story about drug legalization activist Jerónimo Saldaña, the creator and vendor of baseball caps that are stamped with the slogan “Make America Mexico Again.” Saldaña says he was inspired to start making and selling the hats after first seeing one on the Latino Rebels Facebook page and because, as he puts it, he just flat-out doesn’t like Trump. Surprising nobody, in its report Univision included no critical or opposing views against the hat.
By Brent Baker | | May 22, 2016 | 12:16 AM EDT
BuzzFeed’s Chris Geidner got a sit-down with President Obama at the White House this past Monday afternoon and, as NBC’s Jimmy Fallon noticed, in waiting for Obama to arrive for the live session he became a bit obsessed with the door to the room.
By Tim Graham | | May 21, 2016 | 10:01 PM EDT
Truth Revolt reports that Sean Penn is not the toast of the Cannes Film Festival. He’s just toast. His new film The Last Face flopped badly. One critic said "There were several lines so wincingly written and embarrassingly delivered that they caused the audience at the press screening to burst into sarcastic applause."
By Brent Baker | | May 21, 2016 | 8:50 PM EDT
“Clueless for $400.” This past week Jeopardy! aired its “Power Players” shows recorded in Washington, DC back on Saturday, April 9. Viewers were treated to some embarrassing moments for several prominent journalists, including CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Kate Bolduan, who were seemingly ill-informed about relatively recent events in the news. The video below shows five of the biggest flubs, focused just on current events/recent history questions.
By Tim Graham | | May 21, 2016 | 4:53 PM EDT
Retired USA Today White House reporter Richard Benedetto penned an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal on Friday titled “How Obama Gets Away With It.” He suggested “Usually when an incumbent president is leaving office and a slew of candidates are battling for his job, that departing chief executive’s record is a major campaign issue.”
But Obama’s record in office is not an issue. Obviously, one reason is the Republican establishment didn’t want Obama to be an issue, which is why they moved to take any budget fight with Obama off the table for the rest of his presidency. He also argued the media is putty in Obama's hands.
By Brad Wilmouth | | May 21, 2016 | 4:33 PM EDT
On Friday's The View on ABC, during a discussion of trust issues surrounding presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, co-host Sunny Hostin cluelessly wondered "what makes Hillary so untrustworthy" as co-host Paula Faris asserted that both candidates are "untrustworthy." Hostin then demanded to know, "Why is she untrustworthy? How many lies has she told?" and, when co-host and FNC contributor Jedediah Bila began recalling Benghazi, Hostin deflected by demanding to know what else other than Benghazi.
By NB Staff | | May 21, 2016 | 2:56 PM EDT
Appearing on Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg Show on Thursday, NewsBusters’ executive editor Tim Graham commended Facebook for meeting with conservative leaders – including Media Research Center president Brent Bozell – over accusations of liberal bias, but warned: “...these are...the kind of questions that say even in the social media now...there’s just going to be that temptation to say, ‘Let’s do something for the good guys’...usually those are the liberals....And that’s where you get this kind of suppress-the-conservatives business.”