Historians will record that 2014 was a terrible year for liberal Democrats, not just at the polls but also in the news. The networks spent most of the fall campaign pretending there wasn’t a fall campaign, and for good reason. Obama’s Hope and Change aura had completely sunk into the muck as Obama’s honesty and competence both took a hit in the hard news of ISIS and Ebola.But if Team Obama was going down, the journalistic elite were going down with him. They are cemented with their so-called savior, as can be seen in the Media Research Center’s “Worst of the Worst 2014,” marking the worst quotes gathered from media coverage this year.
Give MSNBC an opportunity to blame guns for a shooting and they will take advantage every time. On the December 23 edition of Ronan Farrow Daily, guest host Ayman Mohyeldin declared that the “NYPD shooting this past weekend is one case where gun laws somehow failed.”
In an apparent effort to promote its association with the digital media company Vocativ, the network turned the tragedy into a gun control issue. Mohyeldin led into a report from Vocativ by making a completely unfounded assertion about how the shooter, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, got his weapon: “It could have been through the black market or the so-called private sale loophole. That means private sellers don't have to do background checks.”
The New York Times investigated the finances of MSNBC host Al Sharpton and his National Action network and found “$4.5 million in current state and federal tax liens against him and his for-profit businesses...Mr. Sharpton has regularly sidestepped the sorts of obligations most people see as inevitable, like taxes, rent and other bills,” and yet Sharpton “traveled first class and collected a sizable salary.”
Fox News host Greta Van Susteren took to her Facebook page to wonder why Rev. Al Sharpton’s TV paycheck isn’t getting garnished to pay his tax debts?
The affair of Virginia State Delegate Joseph Morrissey – the 57-year-old legislator bedding a 17-year-old legal aide – was a juicy story the late Ben Bradlee might have adored. But the Post didn’t put a news story on the front page of the Metro section until last Friday, December 19, five days after they buried it on C-7.
The story underlined why the Democrat-backers at the Post found this salacious tale so boring, what with their fascination with putting former Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell behind bars for a decade or so.
During a press conference on Monday afternoon, Bill de Blasio -- the liberal mayor of New York City -- finally found someone to blame for all the protests and marches that have taken place over the last several weeks: the news media, whom he accused of “dividing” the people living in the Big Apple.
When a reporter challenged the mayor's perspective of the city, he shot back: “That's how you want to portray the world, but we know a different reality.” After referring to “some people” who do “immoral,” “wrong,” “nasty," “negative” and "threatening" things, de Blasio stated: “But they, my friend, are not the majority. Stop portraying them as the majority.”
Congratulations to Washington Post columnist and MSNBC analyst Eugene Robinson for achieving a complete Double Standard in the game "Blood On Your Hands." In Tuesday’s newspaper, Robinson presented a column titled “Blood on whose hands? Protesters weren't the ones who gunned down two N.Y. police officers.” But on January 18, 2011, Robinson wrote an article titled "Palin's egocentric umbrage." Sarah Palin should shut up for a long time after being blamed by the media for the Gabby Giffords shooting:
While low gas prices prompted strong sales last month of trucks and SUVs produced by American automakers, one Los Angeles Times columnist found multiple experts who viewed this as bad news. And his criticism was published online by The Detroit News.
Columnist David Lazarus promoted the views of multiple experts critical of low gas prices. One claimed those prices were actually bad news because they undermined “progress” in green energy. The Detroit News ran his column on its website December 21, despite the fact that Detroit’s economy still relies heavily on the auto industry. The unemployment rate in Detroit was at 8.1 percent in October 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The national rate that month was 5.5 percent.
Did you know there is a new crime of great concern in certain quarters? I am referring to "manspreading." It is the act of men simply sitting down in what until recently was considered to be a normal posture but is now considered to be something of a hate crime by certain feminists who are constantly on the lookout for reasons to be offended.
Establishment press reporting has all too often been about perpetuating a narrative, even long after it has been proven false, than conveying facts and truth. Anyone arguing that 2014 has been one of the worst years ever for this growing trend won't get an argument here.
An Associated Press poll about the top stories of the year got responses from 85 editors at subscribing AP outlets. Although the top story named wasn't a surprise (disappointing, yes; surprise, no), the way the AP's David Crary wrote it up to support the proven-false "Hands up, don't shoot!" narrative on Monday was absolutely outrageous (bolds and numbered tags):
Last week, the Media Research Center announced the “Best Notable Quotables of 2014,” and NewsBusters is reviewing the list as a way to reflect on the worst media bias of the year. Today: the Planet in Peril Award for Climate Hysteria.
The New York Daily News knows how to insult their least favorite people. On Monday, they were suggesting former governor Sarah Palin was a “ho, ho, ho.”
The headline was: “Ho, ho, ho! Sarah Palin wishes fans holiday cheer as sweater falls down: Fans of the former GOP sensation must have been nice this year because Palin appears to have gifted them with the naughtiest Christmas present of all — flesh.”
In an angry editorial published in the Sunday edition of the New York Times, the newspaper's editorial board called on president Barack Obama to “Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses.”
The list of offenders “in a credible investigation” is a long one, including former vice president Dick Cheney; his chief of staff, David Addington; former CIA director George Tenet; and John Yoo and Jay Bybee, the lawyers for the Office of Legal Counsel who helped draft the documents clearing the way for “enhanced interrogation“ of prisoners and enemy combatants.
David Draiman, the lead singer of the platinum selling hard-rock band Disturbed, is using his voice to defend Israel. Draiman contends that mainstream media is biased in its portrayal of Israel, and is setting the stage for a new holocaust.
He describes the media coverage of Israel as “shameful, unbelievably biased” and “progressive, liberal propaganda.” Draiman said that news organizations including CNN, Reuters and the BBC “jump at the opportunity to chastise and crucify Israel every chance they get while ignoring and making excuses for every single transgression and every single war crime committed by these terrorists.”
This helps explain those countless boatloads of desperate refugees fleeing Florida for Cuba over the last several decades. Oh wait ...
Paleo-lib columnist Eleanor Clift was in fine fiddle on The McLaughlin Group yesterday and did not disappoint when the conversation turned to Cuba.
With Christmas three days away, one liberal atheist took to the far-left website Salon to dismiss the existence of a “war on Christmas” spotlighted annually by conservatives and news pundits, led by the Fox News Channel’s (FNC) Bill O’Reilly. At the same time, however, the author seemed perfectly fine attacking Christmas himself, claiming that Jesus Christ never existed and wondered if “anyone” would “truly mourn the holiday if we did without it.”
In a piece entitled “Let’s Make Bill O’Reilly’s Head Explode: We Desperately Need a War on Christmas Lies,” Atlantic magazine contributing editor Jeffrey Tayler began by summarizing one of O’Reilly’s latest segments regarding the “war on Christmas” that discussed into a series of billboards being sponsored by the American Atheists.