On Tuesday's The Situation Room on CNN, host Wolf Blitzer and correspondent Dana Bash followed the lead of CNN's New Day in forwarding accusations that Jeb Bush and other Republicans have been "hypocritical" in slamming Donald Trump's dismissal of John McCain's military record, while Republicans supported the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth in 2004 when they ran ads discrediting some of John Kerry's claims about his war record.
Matthews on Kasich: 'People Like Me Tend to Like This Guy'; Hardball Host Hails Governor's Liberal StancesBy Ken Shepherd | July 21, 2015 | 7:55 PM EDT
For the second segment of his July 22 Hardball program, MSNBC's Chris Matthews took a brief break from his priority on Trump-bashing to effusively praise the latest GOP presidential primary entrant, Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio), whom he once dreamed on air of accepting a vice presidential nomination from Democrat Hillary Clinton.
By Tom Blumer | July 21, 2015 | 7:31 PM EDT
ESPN analyst and reporter Stephen A. Smith, apparently in reaction to seeing anyone who dares to say the words "all lives matter" in succession getting mercilessly attacked, pushed back hard today against the censorship and intimidation of the "Black Lives Matter" crowd in three tweets. The first: "Where is all the noise about #BlackLivesMatter when black folks are killing black folks?" The second: "There's nothing wrong when a presidential candidate says 'All lives Matter'!" The third: "I'm a black man. Of course I know #BlackLivesMatter. You can't boo a presidential candidate just b/c he says 'all lives matter'."
Only in the la-la land of the perpetually aggrieved would someone saying that "All lives matter" be interpreted as really meaning that they don't genuinely believe that black lives matter. But, as would be expected, Smith, who is black, is catching flak for this, just as he did when he went on the air and ranted against those who blame all of their woes in life on racism in May of last year. That video will appear at the end of this post.
MSNBC Guest Compares Getting an Abortion to Donating Blood; ‘There Are Costs Associated With Donation’By Curtis Houck | July 21, 2015 | 6:37 PM EDT
While appearing on the Tuesday edition of MSNBC’s Now, Dr. Anne Davis of the Physicians for Reproductive Health compared undergoing an abortion to donating blood in context of the Planned Parenthood video scandal and that both have “costs associated with [the] donation” of giving “fetal tissue” over to “science.” David Corn of Mother Jones lamented “right-wing media” have created “a false controversy” as “[t]he fact that there are tissue donations was not a secret” and “she was obviously making a joke” in stating that “selling body parts is her way to her Lamborghini.”
By Katie Yoder | July 21, 2015 | 6:09 PM EDT
What’s more important: Planned Parenthood aborting babies and selling the body parts or a cancer charity defunding the abortion giant? The broadcast networks think money is more important – especially if it goes to an organization they support.
In the first week of coverage, the three broadcast networks spent 9 minutes and 11 seconds on the Center for Medical Progress’ (CMP) video campaign exposing Planned Parenthood's havesting of aborted baby parts. In contrast, ABC, NBC and CBS lavished 31 minutes and 11 seconds on the 2012 Susan G. Komen controversy, in the week after the cancer charity temporarily decided to stop funding for Planned Parenthood.
By Spencer Raley | July 21, 2015 | 5:19 PM EDT
As if anyone needed to be reminded, Chris Hayes really doesn’t like conservatives. The far left MSNBC host led off his show last night with an extended anti-Republican rant, then had fellow liberal Sam Seder come on the show to reinforce his monologue by claiming all the GOP presidential candidates are “buffoons” who are allowing the buffoon-leading Donald Trump set the issues for them.
By Ken Shepherd | July 21, 2015 | 5:14 PM EDT
Shocking revelations about Planned Parenthood's sale of unborn-baby organs for medical research "doesn’t mean that research on fetal tissue is wrong Or that it should be stopped," TIME magazine's Alice Park lectured today in her piece, "Why We Still Need Fetal Tissue Research."
By Matthew Balan | July 21, 2015 | 5:03 PM EDT
Gayle King expressed her astonishment on Tuesday's CBS This Morning that two Catholic sisters were unmoved by Katy Perry, after the hyper-sexualized pop singer sang to them in an attempt to get them to sell their property in Los Angeles to her: "I was surprised to hear they met her, and still weren't impressed, because – you know, she's a doll! She's a really, really nice, nice girl."
By Tom Blumer | July 21, 2015 | 4:32 PM EDT
In a ruling handed down on July 15, a federal court issued a permanent injunction against the enforcement of the federal government's Obamacare contraception mandate against Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
The same establishment press which gleefully and virtually instantly covered the July 14 setback suffered by the Little Sisters of the Poor in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled that the order "must allow employees to have contraception coverage," has from all appearances ignored the Tyndale ruling for six days.
By Kyle Drennen | July 21, 2015 | 4:27 PM EDT
In a softball interview with Secretary of State John Kerry aired on her MSNBC show on Tuesday, host Andrea Mitchell was in awe of Kerry meeting with the Cuban foreign minister on Monday following the reopening of the Communist nation’s embassy in Washington: “The first time since 1958 a Cuban foreign minister was here in this building....Did you have a sense of history? Did he?”
By Scott Whitlock | July 21, 2015 | 4:20 PM EDT
The hosts and journalists of MSNBC seem to have found a new Republican favorite, one in the mold of 2012 moderate Jon Huntsman. Daughter Abby Huntsman, a co-host on The Cycle, lamented presidential primary politics, sneering, "You have got to be an entertainer. You've got to feed the far-right what they want." Huntsman described the process, "You've got to sometimes say things you don't always agree with." Howard Fineman, perhaps using liberal journalist code, praised Jon Kasich: "He's a serious guy who thinks about issues seriously."
By Connor Williams | July 21, 2015 | 4:10 PM EDT
Tuesday morning on CNN Newsroom, CNN contributor Sally Kohn slammed Donald Trump and his supporters. Kohn argued that the billionaire real estate mogul’s rise “is troubling to anyone who cares about this country and its values.” Kohn asserted there was something more “insidious” about Trump’s surge: “You know, there is disaffected, highly racialized, highly us versus them part of the American electorate that he is firing up, and that’s – Trump’s a clown. We should be worried about who he's speaking to.”
By P.J. Gladnick | July 21, 2015 | 3:34 PM EDT
Fake and not a bit accurate. What part of that does Dan Rather after all these years and many investigations later not understand about why his September 2004 report produced at 60 Minutes by Mary Mapes was a complete fraud? Certainly no expert has come forward to claim that the six supposed Texas Air National Guard documents showing special treatment for George W. Bush were authentic instead of the obvious fakes they turned out to be.
And yet Rather continues to cling to the fiction that the documents were real and that he was unfairly removed from CBS News the following year. Perhaps he might have been able to retain his anchor job had he admitted the easily provable obvious: that the documents were fake and, as a result, his documentary based on those fake documents was equally fraudulent. Instead Rather went into a complete denial of reality which he maintains to this day as you can see in his quotes in a Page Six Cindy Adams column about the soon to be released movie about that scandal with the laughable title of "Truth."
By Yuri Perez | July 21, 2015 | 2:56 PM EDT
In covering Hillary Clinton’s recent rollout of her economic agenda for the country, the Spanish-language MundoFox network provided an uncritical platform for the leading Democratic candidate’s attack against Republican rival, Jeb Bush, for his comment about the need for people to work longer hours.
By Brad Wilmouth | July 21, 2015 | 1:38 PM EDT
So far this week, CNN's John King and Chris Cuomo on New Day have both felt the need to dredge up the 2004 Swift Boat Veterans for Truth ads exposing negative aspects of then Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's military service and anti-war activities, as CNN personalities have suggested "hypocrisy" in Jeb Bush and other Republicans condemning Donald Trump's dismissal of John McCain's military record.