Actress and liberal activist Susan Sarandon is still blaming America’s homeless problem on Ronald Reagan. The actress, probably best known for her role in the 1988 baseball hit movie Bull Durham, was invited on the May 13 edition of PBS’s Tavis Smiley to plug her son’s 2014 documentary, Storied Streets, that is now available on AMC’s streaming service. "I think that the conversation changed around the Reagan era, where everything was your fault."
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | May 16, 2015 | 7:55 AM EDT
Sofia Vergara is the Spanish-accented sexpot center of attention on the ABC sitcom Modern Family. She’s also now the center of an unwanted controversy over a “modern family.” She’s fighting with an ex-fiance over two frozen embryos.
Back in 2013, Vergara granted a TV interview to Dr. Oz to discuss her baby-making plans: “I’ve been very concerned about fertility and I wanted to take advantage of science, so I froze my huevos.” She and her fiancé Nick Loeb had no success with a surrogate mother on two embryos, and made two more before the relationship soured.
By Bryan Ballas | May 16, 2015 | 7:02 AM EDT
With at least seven dead and hundreds more injured in Tuesday’s Amtrak crash, many in the nation have paused for a moment to lament and pray for the dead and wounded. The same cannot be said for Philip Bump of the Washington Post, who rushed on Wednesday to note “House Republicans had planned to spend Wednesday marking up a transportation spending bill that included steep cuts to the budget for Amtrak, the federally funded passenger train service.”
Bump explained why these cut-cut-cut Republicans wanted to cut Amtrak: their constituents don’t use it.
By Tim Graham | May 15, 2015 | 11:23 PM EDT
On Wednesday’s Morning Edition, NPR reporter Tamara Keith claimed the media-questions-to-Hillary count is 13. “And you can quibble about whether some of the answers were really answers,” she added.
But what stuck out in the story was failed 2008 McCain-boosting (and Palin-trashing) Republican strategist Steve Schmidt, arguing it’s “ludicrous” that any voter really cares that Hillary won’t talk to anyone in the media:
By Tom Blumer | May 15, 2015 | 10:43 PM EDT
On May 1, the Associated Press's Paul Wiseman was pleased to tell the wire service's readers and subscribing outlets that "The University of Michigan's sentiment index rose to 95.9 from 93 in March," reaching "its second-highest level since 2007." Among other things, the survey's chief economist said that the result reflected "improving prospects for jobs and incomes."
What a difference two weeks makes. Today's preliminary U of M survey for April dropped to 88.6, completely missing expectations of 95.9. Zero Hedge notes that it's the biggest expectations miss on record, and the largest single-month drop since December 2012. Naturally, a search at its national site indicates that the AP prepared no story on the U of M report.
By Matthew Balan | May 15, 2015 | 9:39 PM EDT
Friday's NBC Nightly News picked up where Today left off earlier in the day by hyping former Florida Governor Jeb Bush's "long week," after his Monday remark that he would have authorized an invasion of Iraq if he had been president in 2003. Lester Holt echoed Savannah Guthrie in underling that Bush has "struggled since then to put daylight between him and his brother's legacy on Iraq." He also asserted that Karl Rove's refusal to endorse him during his interview on Today was "another potential blow...to Bush's White House ambitions."
By Mark Finkelstein | May 15, 2015 | 8:53 PM EDT
It's easy for people--with the possible exception of Jeb Bush--to say that they would not have supported the invasion of Iraq knowing what we know now about WMD there.
But Chris Matthews took things a foolish step further on this evening's Hardball, actually claiming that "there was no intelligence they had a weapon. Never was." Really? So Hillary, Bill Clinton, John Kerry, Al Gore, Ted Kennedy et al. were collective fabricators when they issued dire warnings, based on the intelligence they had seen, about Saddam's WMD?
Morning Joe: ‘No Modern Parallel’ for Stephanopoulos’s Donations; ‘What Was Going Through His Mind?’By Curtis Houck | May 15, 2015 | 5:46 PM EDT
After having stayed silent on the George Stephanopoulos scandal on Thursday, MSNBC finally covered the story with multiple segments on Friday’s Morning Joe devoted to Stephanopoulos’s previously undisclosed donations to the Clinton Foundation. Surprisingly, the main theme that was derived from segments of banter was how the panelists were struck by the ABC News chief anchor’s inability to disclose the $75,000.
By Yuri Perez | May 15, 2015 | 5:00 PM EDT
Following on the heels of a puff piece on Telemundo, the six and a half minute interview with Rentería on Univision also failed to bring up the flurry of financial and ethical controversies swirling around Rentería’s candidate, in relation to the Clinton Foundation (including Univision’s own close ties to the Foundation).
By Kyle Drennen | May 15, 2015 | 4:00 PM EDT
Wednesday's episode of ABC sitcom Blackish treated Republican African Americans as abnormality that could not be tolerated. Father Dre Johnson, played by actor Anthony Anderson, began the show by proclaiming: "There are certain things in life that are just true. Fact: The Earth revolves around the Sun. Fact: Two times two is four. And fact: Black people aren't Republicans. We just aren't. We vote for Democrats."
By Geoffrey Dickens | May 15, 2015 | 3:33 PM EDT
Apparently ABC News standards have dropped since Geraldo Rivera used to work for them. Unlike George Stephanopolous -- who is currently still employed even after his $75,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation -- Rivera was axed when he made a mere $200 political contribution back in 1985.
By Ken Shepherd | May 15, 2015 | 3:05 PM EDT
B.B. King passed away Thursday night at the age of 89. The legendary musician is being remembered fondly by Twitter users the world over and, as such, is a trending topic on the social-media site today. But in an explanatory note for why he's trending, Twitter curators apparently had to make it all about President Obama.
By Matthew Balan | May 15, 2015 | 3:02 PM EDT
On Friday's CNN Newsroom, liberal anchor Carol Costello actually didn't buy the spin of a Hillary Clinton supporter on her skirting of questions from the press. When Democratic strategist Robert Zimmerman did his best to shield Mrs. Clinton, Costello interjected, "I want our political candidates to take tough questions." She later underlined that "she's not answering questions! About her foundation – there are really important issues out there that she needs to address!" Costello later complimented Jeb Bush: "At least he's out there answering hard questions!"
By Clay Waters | May 15, 2015 | 2:54 PM EDT
New York Times political reporter Michael Barbaro made print with his gushy mini-profile of Ivy Ziedrich, the Young Democrat turned instant left-wing heroine for her testy exchange with Jeb Bush over ISIS and his brother's presidential legacy: "Student Who Stood Up To Debate ISIS With Bush."
By Geoffrey Dickens | May 15, 2015 | 1:43 PM EDT
George Stephanopoulos may be in trouble right now for donating cash to the Clintons but for years he’s been giving in-kind contributions, in the form of on-air praise and suck-up questions to them in his time as anchor of Good Morning America and host of This Week.