In news which appears to have first become known to the general public at the Financial Times on Wednesday, research done by Goldman Sachs indicates that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, has led to more involuntary part-time employment — something which the Act's proponents claimed is something that wouldn't happen, and still insist hasn't happened. How much more? According to the Times, "The New York investment bank reckons “a few hundred thousand workers might be working part-time involuntarily” as a result of the legislation’s employer mandate."
By Kyle Drennen | | June 9, 2016 | 12:41 PM EDT
All three network morning shows on Thursday reveled in the news that during an upcoming White House meeting, President Obama would “nudge” Bernie Sanders out of Hillary Clinton’s way. NBC’s Today set the tone, as co-host Savannah Guthrie led the broadcast by proclaiming: “The presidential push. Bernie Sanders heads to the White House today, where President Obama is expected to gently nudge him out of the race.”
By Elliot Polsky | | June 9, 2016 | 12:39 PM EDT
To combat the “media’s” unrealistic body images, BuzzFeed put on “Body Positivity Week” this past May. Capping off the plethora of articles about body shaming, BuzzFeed took photos of four “ordinary” guys (a comedy group, The Try Guys) imitating the poses of well-sculpted celebrities. Unfortunately, one media outlet – BuzzFeed – failed to get the message.
By Tim Graham | | June 9, 2016 | 12:30 PM EDT
Harper Neidig at The Hill reports that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff issued a fake press release from Speaker Paul Ryan on Wednesday with the headline “Media Advisory: Speaker Ryan to Hide from Reporters Today.”
Deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill wisecracked Ryan wouldn't take questions "about his surrender to Donald Trump," especially on why "the House GOP wants to hand the nuclear codes to a person who engages in textbook racism."
By Scott Whitlock | | June 9, 2016 | 12:24 PM EDT
Journalists on NBC and CBS appeared excited over a possible endorsement of Hillary Clinton from “progressive champion” Elizabeth Warren. Both on Thursday made sure to highlight angry attacks by Warren on Donald Trump. Today reporter Kristen Welker cheered, “As the President starts that healing process, Clinton is poised for a big endorsement.”
By Kristine Marsh | | June 9, 2016 | 11:01 AM EDT
Late Wednesday night on MSNBC’s Last Word, host Lawrence O’Donnell asked his guests, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards and CBS Sunday Morning contributor Nancy Giles, what they thought about Elizabeth Warren as Hillary Clinton’s potential running mate. O’Donnell seemed thrilled at the prospect and asked Giles if she felt the same way. She praised Warren “going for the jugular” against Trump, wondering if that was the only way to attack someone who was “clinically insane.”
By Elliot Polsky | | June 9, 2016 | 9:28 AM EDT
It’s about time kids got some LGBT propaganda. According to Huffington Post LGBT “Queer Voices” Deputy Editor James Michael Nichols, new cartoons on Hulu featuring gay heroes and lesbian heroines are providing some much-needed children’s education.
By Curtis Houck | | June 9, 2016 | 8:52 AM EDT
For the first time since Hillary Clinton began her official presidential campaign in April 2015, The Washington Post was granted an interview with her and, needless to say, Clinton campaign correspondent Anne Gearan spent the first portion inquiring whether or not Clinton cried on Tuesday night and what she’ll tell granddaughter Charlotte years from now.
By Clay Waters | | June 9, 2016 | 8:31 AM EDT
The New York Times' Amy Chozick predictably celebrated Hillary Clinton as the Democratic victor (in a story filed even before Tuesday’s late night California primary results) in “Clinton’s Trek, Fueled by Grit, To Finish Line – Riding Steely Fortitude to Brink of History.” Meanwhile, an amazing Times headline on Thursday showed outrage at Sanders for having “Stubbornly Ignored” his Democratic opponent's “History-Making Moment."
By Tom Blumer | | June 9, 2016 | 6:21 AM EDT
Until very recently, those of us who follow the routine instances of journalistic malfeasance committed at the Associated Press only thought that its writers are so enamored of the idea of a Hillary Clinton presidency that they simply accept her campaign's spin as the gospel truth and willingly dress it up as "objective news."
That's obviously bad enough. But Monday night, that all changed for the worse — and in the following days, it has became even more obvious. It is now eminently reasonable to believe that the wire service has been proactively involved in real time in advancing and even planning the Clinton campaign's strategies and tactics — essentially serving her as a stenographer, like the Soviet Union's old Pravda.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | June 9, 2016 | 12:03 AM EDT
The “big three” networks continue to refuse to report on the US State Department’s manipulation of archived video, even after Secretary of State John Kerry publically demanded answers. The State Department has since announced that it is expanding its investigation into who ordered the video edited. “The state department is reversing course, saying it will investigate who ordered a cut to a 2013 state department briefing,” Fox News’ Shannon Bream reported Wednesday on Special Report.
By Curtis Houck | | June 8, 2016 | 11:36 PM EDT
The Good Wife star, far-left actor, and Hillary Clinton supporter Denis O’Hare joined MSNBC’s Hardball host Chris Matthews Wednesday night to join the pundit in extolling Clinton as “an amazing success story” who had “no problems” while secretary of state to become “one of the most qualified candidates we’ve ever had.”
By Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | | June 8, 2016 | 11:26 PM EDT
Lifetime’s second season of UnReal premiered this week and it is an all-too-real, sad commentary on our culture. The scripted drama shows a behind-the-scenes look at the cutthroat making of a The Bachelor-type reality dating show called Everlasting where producers go to extremes to manipulate cast members for ratings.
By Nicholas Fondacaro | | June 8, 2016 | 10:53 PM EDT
On Wednesday evening, both Fox News and CNN held interviews with presumptive Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton and they really held her feet to the fire. The ‘Golden God’ also allowed the “big three” network broadcasters to interview her as well, but in stark contrast their interviews were slow pitch softball games. In what seemed like a scene out of Disney’s The Lion King, ABC’s David Muir led Clinton over to a window to show her the excited crowd below.
By Randy Hall | | June 8, 2016 | 9:32 PM EDT
Jake Tapper, host of a Cable News Network afternoon program, took part in a raucous debate on Tuesday in which the anchor of The Lead asserted that it would be easier to make a case for the media to be tough on Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump if that same standard was applied to his Democratic counterpart, Hillary Clinton.
“Would the argument of reporters,” he asked, “not be stronger if those ridiculously sycophantic questions that were asked of Hillary Clinton yesterday about “I get so teary when I think about a woman nominee” and “Congratulations.”