Klein thinks pushing the climate-change issue might cost Gore votes, but it’s a risk that could pay off big if Gore’s elected, since “climate change is an issue where the president has real unilateral authority.” In any event, funding the campaign wouldn’t seem problematic. Klein noted that Gore himself now is “fabulously wealthy — richer, even, than Mitt Romney” and added, given super-rich environmentalists’ esteem for the star of An Inconvenient Truth, that “it's easy to imagine, say, billionaire Tom Steyer gathering some friends and putting some massive superPAC money behind Gore.”
Vox’s Ezra Klein: ‘Al Gore Should Run For President’ to Combat the ‘Existential Threat’ of Climate ChangeBy Tom Johnson | March 16, 2015 | 2:09 PM EDT
By Tim Graham | March 16, 2015 | 1:45 PM EDT
New Yorker editor David Remnick, formely a foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, is a notable figure in the Thrill Up My Leg department for Obama, but is not much of a Hillary Clinton fan right now.
In a “Talk of the Town” essay in his magazine, he expressed disgust with her 21-minute press availability at the United Nations, contrition was not in her plans. Instead, she chose a familiar course, offering explanations that were by turns petulant and pretzelled.” Her excuses for e-mails were a "transparent exploitation of gender."
By Kyle Drennen | March 16, 2015 | 1:14 PM EDT
While both ABC's Good Morning America and CBS This Morning on Monday covered the latest developments in the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal and the Clinton Foundation accepting money from foreign governments, NBC's Today didn't bother to update viewers on either of the controversies continuing to swirl around the likely 2016 contender.
By P.J. Gladnick | March 16, 2015 | 11:23 AM EDT
Susan Estrich is a bigtime Hillary Clinton supporter. Therefore it was no surprise that in her March 6 column she wrote off the Hillary e-mail scandal as mere silliness. However, following reader input and Hillary's disastrous press conference at the United Nations, Estrich had a bit of a change of heart. Not exactly a 180. More like a 90 chock full of extreme naivete.
By Jeffrey Meyer | March 16, 2015 | 11:18 AM EDT
Appearing on Fox News’ MediaBuzz on Sunday, Baltimore Sun media critic David Zurawik mercilessly mocked MSNBC’s low ratings, calling the network “24-hours a day of mess.” Zurawik appeared on MediaBuzz to discuss a recent Quinnipiac poll that found Americans consider Fox to be the most trusted television news network whereas MSNBC was the least trusted network.
By Matthew Philbin | March 16, 2015 | 11:14 AM EDT
OK, it’s probably not cause and effect, but it’s definitely karma. Liam Neeson’s new flick, Run All Night, just posted the worst opening of any of the Irish actor’s action movies. And it’s the first Neeson movie to premier after his January public assertion that “There’s too many [expletive] guns out there, especially in America.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | March 16, 2015 | 10:12 AM EDT
Speaking from Switzerland on Monday morning regarding the continuing nuclear negotiations between the United States and Iran, CBS News reporter Margaret Brennan used the term “hardliners” to equate Republicans who oppose a potential deal to those within the Iranian regime.
By Tom Blumer | March 16, 2015 | 10:06 AM EDT
After his appearance yesterday on ABC's "This Week," Hillary Clinton may be wondering whose side James Carville is on.
Never mind Carville's frequent and rude interruptions of other guests, his seemingly calculated incoherence, and his false claims about the Clintons' past record of corruption. Even though that behavior doesn't represent the Clintons well, they have to know that's part of the package when they use Carville as a defender. What wasn't expected is that Mr. Mary Matalin would admit that Mrs. Clinton may have set up her private server at her home in Chappaqua, New York specifically to hamper any future efforts by congress to carry out its consitutionally assigned oversight functions. But he did, as will be seen after the jump.
By Seton Motley | March 16, 2015 | 9:26 AM EDT
As we know - America’s media is for the most part decidedly Leftist, often befuddled and rarely right. So when they wade into an intricate issue like President Barack Obama’s Net Neutrality Internet power grab - we can only expect even more Leftism, befuddlement and wrongness.
On February 26, the Obama Administration’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC) pretended to be Congress and rewrote law. To suddenly start regulating the Internet under the 1934 Telecommunications Act - under rules written to regulate the landline telephone.
By Mark Finkelstein | March 16, 2015 | 8:52 AM EDT
Imagine the audacity of a freshman senator presuming to speak out forcefully on foreign affairs! What? You thought we were alluding to Barack Obama, who after less than a year in the Senate and with no discernible foreign policy credentials began a campaign to become Commander-in-Chief?
No, no, no! We were talking about Tom Cotton, of course! On today's Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski castigated Cotton as a "toddler" and a "fool" for writing that letter to Iran. For good measure, Al Hunt said that, like America, Iran has its "crazies" too. Did Hunt just equate Republican senators who sign a letter to those in Iran who have killed Americans and others around the world with impunity? So who's crazy now?
By Katie Yoder | March 16, 2015 | 8:44 AM EDT
Does Margaret Sanger’s legacy have redeeming qualities? One Christianity Today board member thinks it does.
For Christianity Today, Rachel Marie Stone discussed how “Contraception Saves Lives” in a March 11 piece. Stone, who sits on the editorial board of CT, attempted to redeem Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger through her birth control support – and “give the charge of ‘eugenicist’ a more complete background.” Facing a Twitter backlash, she later defended her story by tweeting about Sanger’s “compassion.”
By Tim Graham | March 16, 2015 | 7:32 AM EDT
In Friday’s USA Today, media columnist Michael Wolff came out defending Hillary Clinton’s shifty e-mail tactics as ... “responsibly paranoid.”
Wolff barely nods to the argument of "do-gooders" and “schadenfreudeists” that perhaps when four Americans die in a terrorist attack at a badly secured consulate in Benghazi, e-mail might help figure out the mess. That’s “vastly disingenuous,” because e-mail is wildly unreliable as evidence.
By Bryan Ballas | March 16, 2015 | 7:07 AM EDT
With her 21-minute press conference admitting she should have had two phones for her e-mail practices, Hillary Clinton wants to put the matter behind us, the media wants to move on, and it looks like Americans are going to be forced to watch the Clintons dodge another scandalous bullet.
But during his guest appearance on Thursday’s Special Report With Bret Baier, Charles Krauthammer supplied a different take: too much is in play, and too many people want her e-mails for the scandal to simply disappear into oblivion.
Unlike NY Times, AP's Salter Fails to Directly Acknowledge That Man Arrested in Fergsuon Cop Shootings Is BlackBy Tom Blumer | March 15, 2015 | 11:09 PM EDT
Here is a clear case of media reluctance to acknowledge a drop-dead obvious fact — one even the often fact-averse New York Times has admitted.
In an 8:40 p.m. report tonight, Jim Salter at the Associated Press spent eight paragraphs avoiding any mention of the race of Jeffrey Williams, the 20 year-old man arrested today and charged in connection with the shooting of two Ferguson, Missouri police officers on Thursday. Finally, in paragraph 9, the AP reporter only partially relented, writing that "Williams, who St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said is black, is being held on $300,000 bond." An easily found mugshot of Williams relating to a prior arrest indicates that the law enforcement system classified him as black six months ago:
By Tim Graham | March 15, 2015 | 6:24 PM EDT
The New York Times isn’t the only iconic media outlet to ignore George and Laura Bush’s visit to Selma as they obsess over the Obamas. On page 12 of the March 23 edition of People magazine, in the “Star Tracks” section, there’s a whole page devoted to “THE FIRST FAMILY IN SELMA.” In chronicling the events of March 7, there was no picture and no mention of President and Mrs. Bush (or any other Republicans).