Speaking to MSNBC's Rachel Maddow on Tuesday night, NBC's Andrea Mitchell blamed the press coverage of Hillary Clinton in the 1990s for why she created a wall of secrecy. Mitchell also complained about having to cover Hillary’s self-inflicted e-mail controversy instead on a women's rights report: “The Clinton Foundation and Gates Foundation report on the no ceilings report was very important and had a lot of data in it, and I wish we had been working on that, frankly.”
By Tim Graham | March 11, 2015 | 9:50 AM EDT
Washington Post "fact checker" Michele Ye Hee Lee targeted Sen. Ted Cruz -- but she wasn't questioning his facts. She just didn't like they way he used the facts. It's correct to point out that there are more words in the tax code than the number of words in the Bible, but that's "utterly meaningless," she argued. It's somehow a "nonsense fact."
By Jeffrey Meyer | March 11, 2015 | 9:47 AM EDT
On Wednesday, CBS This Morning was the only network morning show to cover the Obama administration’s decision to drop their proposed ban on ammunition that is commonly used in the AR-15. After the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) all ignored the bullet ban reversal during their Tuesday night broadcasts, CBS’s Charlie Rose devoted a mere 20 seconds to the decision by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, And Explosives (ATF) to not ban the specific type of ammunition. ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today ignored the story altogether.
By Curtis Houck | March 11, 2015 | 1:42 AM EDT
On Tuesday, none of the major English or Spanish-language networks devoted any news coverage during their evening newscasts to the decision by the Obama administration to not follow through with a proposed ban on ammunition that is often used in AR-15s. The move by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) comes after an overwhelming response from gun owners, gun rights advocates, and members of Congress expressing opposition to the ban. FNC's Special Report did mention it during its Tuesday show.
By Curtis Houck | March 10, 2015 | 11:56 PM EDT
Following in the footsteps of Tuesday’s CBS This Morning, the CBS Evening News worked to paint the 47 Republican Senators who signed a letter to Iranian leaders in a negative light and portraying their actions as meddling in the Obama administration’s negotiations while making no mention of the moves that Democrats made to thumb their noses at Republican administrations.
By Ken Shepherd | March 10, 2015 | 11:26 PM EDT
Closing a panel segment with three fellow liberals about the open letter to the Islamic Republic of Iran by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and 46 Republican colleagues, MSNBC's Chris Matthews subtly hinted that the president's race was a motivating factor for the missive.
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | March 10, 2015 | 10:49 PM EDT
The media have developed a predictable and equally annoying habit every presidential election cycle. We hear the Republicans are going to be crushed by pandering too much to conservatives. The Democrats are firmly moderate and need a push from the left so they don’t forget their “compassion.”
So it was with Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter 35 years ago. So will it be in 2016, no matter who is nominated
By Curtis Houck | March 10, 2015 | 10:26 PM EDT
CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley took it upon himself on Tuesday night to pull out all the stops to dismiss Hillary Clinton’s email scandal by chalking it up to just “one of those stories” Washington obsesses over and channeling a famous phrase of Clinton’s by wondering: “[W]hat difference does any of this make in Hillary Clinton's campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination?” Following the show’s opening teases, Pelley avowed that the ongoing story represents “one of those stories that gets Washington hyperventilating.”
By Brent Baker | March 10, 2015 | 8:27 PM EDT
Taking on the Democratic line, eagerly embraced by the news media, on the letter to Iran from Republican Senators, the Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes declared on Tuesday’s Special Report: “The idea that this is somehow new, or this is ending the idea that foreign policy stops at the water’s edge, is totally preposterous.” Hayes reminded FNC viewers of past Democratic intervention into foreign policy when a Republican held the White House, starting with when, financed by Saddam Hussein, top Democrat David Bonior “flew to Baghdad” and went on U.S. television to “trash the Bush administration.”
By P.J. Gladnick | March 10, 2015 | 7:25 PM EDT
Although the usual suspects eagerly slurped up the stale Clinton Kool-Aid as a rather unconvincing signal to the public that all is now well in the wake of Hillary's press conference on the email scandal, other liberal sources less interested in blindly flacking for her are much more skeptical. Among the latter is The Atlantic. The skepticism is evident in the very title of an article by David Graham, Hillary: Just Trust Me on This One.
By Mark Finkelstein | March 10, 2015 | 7:21 PM EDT
Which was the bigger insult to Hillary: that she might have committed hanky-panky with the handling of her email, or that she's a huge Barry Manilow fan?
On today's With All Due Respect, Mark Halperin mocked Hillary's decision to delete thousands of supposedly personal emails: "was she running out of server space because she was, like, downloading every Barry Manilow song?" John Heilemann was equally unimpressed, quoting someone who tweeted: "Nixon didn't burn the tapes but Hillary destroyed the emails." Ouch.
By Bryan Ballas | March 10, 2015 | 6:18 PM EDT
MSNBC seems to be full of surprises this week. On Monday the Morning Joe crew hosted a genuine conservative from National Review. On Tuesday, they called out Democratic strategist James Carville and dogpiled on former DNC chairman Howard Dean.
Wolf Blitzer Praises ‘Good’ First Question to Hillary; Gergen Implores Viewers to ‘Admire Her Bravado’By Curtis Houck | March 10, 2015 | 6:16 PM EDT
In reaction to Hillary Clinton’s press conference on Tuesday addressing her email scandal, CNN host Wolf Blitzer praised the softball question asked by a Turkish reporter about gender playing a role in the media coverage of the scandal as a “good question from Turkish television.” After expressing approval of the question from Turkish reporter Kahraman Haliscelik, CNN’s chief political analyst Gloria Borger spun for the Clinton camp by predicting that the presser “detoxed” the scandal “a little bit” and defended her deleting of emails by saying she “delete[s] personal emails after I get them very often.”
By Matthew Balan | March 10, 2015 | 5:57 PM EDT
CNN's Chris Cuomo's consistent liberal bias emerged yet again on Tuesday's New Day as he interviewed Senator Tom Cotton. Cuomo confronted the Arkansas politician over the open letter to Iran that he and 46 of his Republican colleagues from the Senate signed: "Is this letter really about explaining the Constitution [to Iranian leaders], or is it an overt move to undermine the President?" The anchor later asserted, "By sending this letter...you are undermining his [Obama's] authority. Isn't that the truth?"
By Tom Johnson | March 10, 2015 | 5:43 PM EDT
Jelani Cobb, who’s also a professor at the University of Connecticut, writes that even though it’s “tempting” to think of Carson as the new Herman Cain, ultimately it’s superficial. He suggests that if you look past skin color, you’ll see that Carson’s “radically paranoid” worldview makes him more analogous to another 2012 GOP candidate, Michele Bachmann. Cobb blasts Carson’s “sweaty-palmed fixation on government power” as well as his “fear that President Obama has made himself into an American Caesar.”