Talk about a conflict of interest. Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd sat down with former Senator Jim Webb (D-V.A.) for an interview Sunday morning and set up the discussion by declaring how his wife worked on the Democrat’s 2006 Senate campaign. The NBC News Political Director introduced the Virginia Democrat by highlighting how Webb is “a successful author and screenwriter and has written eight books over the years. And I do want to mention that my wife helped Jim Webb in his 2006 Senate campaign.”
By Tom Blumer | October 5, 2014 | 2:09 PM EDT
On Thursday, President Barack Obama did something Republicans have inexplicably been reluctant to do. He nationalized the impending midterm elections by telling a friendly audience at Northwestern University that "I am not on the ballot this fall ... But make no mistake: These policies (of my administration) are on the ballot -- every single one of them."
That evening on Fox News's Special Report hosted by Bret Baier, in video seen after the jump (HT Real Clear Politics), George Will was ready with some facts and a deadly redistributionist riposte on how Obama's policies have worked out in the real world, including in the President's home state, during the past six years:
By Katie Yoder | October 5, 2014 | 1:49 PM EDT
For a show so focused on rabid feminism, SNL didn't live up to expectations last night.
On Oct. 4, comedian Sarah Silverman hosted Saturday Night Life. One of her projects -- a song with SNL's Kate McKinnon -- explained how "there are a lot more women out there than you think," from Marvel's female Thor character, to Bill Maher, to Jesus.
By Jeffrey Meyer | October 5, 2014 | 12:23 PM EDT
It appears as though former Obama official Van Jones has taken Rahm Emmanuel’s belief that you never “want a good crisis go to waste” to heart during a Sunday appearance on ABC’s This Week w/ George Stephanopoulos. During a panel discussion on the upcoming midterm elections, Jones suggested that Democrats should point out that the “Ebola thing is the best argument you can make for the kind of government that we believe in.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | October 5, 2014 | 10:56 AM EDT
Goddard College, a small liberal arts college in Vermont, has taken it upon themselves to invite convicted cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal to speak at their fall commencement ceremony despite the tremendous outcry from the slain officer’s widow and much of the public. While many on the left have supported Abu-Jamal, on Saturday morning CNN host Michael Smerconish slammed the college for their invitation, accusing them of “being completely ignorant in what actually happened in the case.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | October 5, 2014 | 9:17 AM EDT
Once again, CBS has proved that it is the lone “big three” network that attempts to be a real news network. Friday’s CBS Evening News w/ Scott Pelley actually reported on the rise of anti-Semitism in Germany primarily caused by Muslims immigrating into the country. Anchor Scott Pelley highlighted how “tonight, armed guards have been posted at synagogues throughout Germany for the start of Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement. Mark Phillips reports anti-Semitism is once again on the rise in Europe, especially in Germany.”
By Tim Graham | October 5, 2014 | 6:41 AM EDT
The cover of Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine preaches the gay gospel again. Over an illustration of one groom helping another groom to the top of a wedding cake is the headline “The Gay Moment: How we got to a new American reality.”
Post editor Erica Johnston profiled gay activists Michelangelo Signorile and Human Rights Campaign boss Chad Griffin. One unleashed hate on the radio. The other's been profiled at least three times in the Post since 2012.
By Brent Baker | October 4, 2014 | 11:36 PM EDT
Okay, maybe not so much falling down funny as amusing. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver put HBO’s producers to work tracking down video of TV newscasters and guests avoiding certain words and only referring to, for example, “the T word.”
By Jeffrey Lord | October 4, 2014 | 10:07 PM EDT
There’s no tale here of some 18-year-old Russian kid hacking into an American chain store or a super secret Mossad/CIA plot to insert the Stuxnet cyber worm into the computers running the Iranian nuclear program.
This time these stories of cyber warfare or cyber fraud are all homegrown. The fingers on the keyboard belong to American leftists and two of the three targets are exactly those you would expect leftist digital warriors of social media to target -- Rush Limbaugh and Fox News
By Tim Graham | October 4, 2014 | 9:34 PM EDT
More proof that the women's magazines are all in the tank for the Democrats arrives in the October issue of Vogue magazine (edited by major DNC donor Anna Wintour). After all the fashion ads comes a gooey story on Secretary of State John Kerry.
Writer Sally Hansen keeps bringing the reader back around to Kerry’s (very brief) service in Vietnam, reminding some of James Taranto’s 2004 gibe mocking Kerry’s milking of his war resume: “the haughty, French-looking Massachusetts Democrat, who by the way served in Vietnam.”
By Brent Baker | October 4, 2014 | 8:02 PM EDT
Watch the MRC’s 2014 Gala, featuring the “DisHonors Awards” and Mark Levin receiving the eighth annual “William F. Buckley Jr. Award for Media Excellence.” Full video below of the entire two hours from Thursday night, September 25.
By Tom Blumer | October 4, 2014 | 7:04 PM EDT
Yesterday's news that the economy added 248,000 payroll jobs, while the official unemployment rate dropped to 5.9 percent, generated the expected hosannahs from much of the establishment press.
One utterly predictable such writeup came from the Associated Press. The headline at Christopher Rugaber's report, "SURGE OF HIRING CUTS US JOBLESS RATE TO 5.9 PCT," utterly ignored the fact that much of the 0.2-point drop was attributable to 97,000 Americans leaving the workforce (the official rate would not have changed at all from August if a still-unacceptable 100,000 people had instead entered the workforce). The most troubling aspect of Rugaber's dispatch was how he shielded the Federal Reserve and left-dominated economics community from its relatively recent irresponsible decision to accept an unacceptable benchmark as the best the economy can do.
'Trans Athlete' Publicity Push: WashPost Highlights Crusade for 'Preferred Gender' High School SportsBy Tim Graham | October 4, 2014 | 4:27 PM EDT
When The Washington Post makes a Minnesota story a national story, they really want to push it. Take Saturday’s front page story, headlined “Transgender athletes struggle to find their playing field.” Under the color photo, the caption explained “Zeam Porter, who is transgender, talks about feeling devastated while playing on the girls basketball team in high school.”
The sensitivity is so great that a correction (or I would call it an ideological “incorrection”) was issued: “An earlier version of this story used an incorrect pronoun in the caption for the person in the photograph, Zeam Porter. Porter's preferred pronouns [for herself] are 'they' and 'them.'"
By Tom Johnson | October 4, 2014 | 3:09 PM EDT
A blogger declared that as many as 17,000 Americans per year needlessly die because of what “might be the greatest act of political spite in modern American history.” The good news, he added, is that the “GOPer virus” can be killed at the polls.
By Brent Baker | October 4, 2014 | 2:48 PM EDT
Prompted by Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski to confirm “you watch Morning Joe, I take it?”, actor/author Ron Perlman affirmed: “I get all my news from MSNBC.” He then quickly quipped: “Which is probably not wise.”