Eight years after Barack Obama launched his presidential campaign, national media journalists have changed their tune and discovered an interest in experience and accomplishments in those running to occupy the Oval Office. To wit, on Sunday’s Meet the Press, Ruth Marcus, the veteran Washington Post reporter turned columnist, dismissed Republican Carly Fiorina: “I don’t think we would be taking her seriously at all if she weren’t a woman.”
By Tom Johnson | May 10, 2015 | 1:48 PM EDT
According to columnist Eric Alterman, prominent journalists tend to realize that most Republicans are “ideological extremists” whose agenda, dictated by “the super-wealthy,” warps our politics. The problem, he added, is that the news stories those journalists write don’t reflect that realization.
Instead, argued Alterman in a piece for the magazine’s May 18 issue, “even our best reporters feel the need to put forth a fairy-tale narrative in which the United States enjoys a fully functioning democracy…When you consider that far-right billionaires like Sheldon Adelson and Charles and David Koch have the power to demand that presidential aspirants pledge fealty to their ideological preferences and financial interests, the notion that our laws represent the collective will of the American people appears comical at best.”
By Tim Graham | May 10, 2015 | 1:15 PM EDT
Bloomberg TV host Mark Halperin drew a serious rhetorical beating from columnist Ruben Navarrette over his prove-you’re-a-Cuban line of questioning to Ted Cruz on his program With All Due Respect. (The “respect” seemed to be missing, or as phony-sounding as it can be during an argument.)
The interview came on April 30, but the columnist just picked up the argument. Would a liberal Latino get this line of questioning? And notice that Halperin has a grim visage during these questions, like it’s an interrogation, not a friendly chat.
By Tom Blumer | May 10, 2015 | 9:57 AM EDT
One of the more simultaneously annoying and alarming developments on college campuses these days is how the idea of "microagressions" has regained visibility after four decades of previously well-deserved obscurity, largely under the establishment press's radar. Almost no one in "the real world" would know what microaggressions are if it weren't for stories and critiques at center-right media outlets and campus watchdog groups.
Cut through the clutter, and it's quite easy to see that "microaggression" is really a tool used by so-called "victim classes" to allege unconscious discrimination or "marginalization" in virtually anything people they don't like might say. The idea has taken particular hold at Oberlin College, where iconoclastic feminist Christina Hoff Sommers appeared last month. Fortunately, there are still sane people with a sense of humor about all of this. That cadre includes the "Oberlin College choir."
By Brent Baker | May 10, 2015 | 12:41 AM EDT
FNC’s Bret Baier ended his show this past Monday with a clip the Tonight Show featured of President Obama at an event the previous Thursday with middle schoolers at a library in Washington, DC, to promote reading. Baier explained that “when the President began to ramble a bit, the moderator gave him what those of us on live TV know as ‘the hard wrap.’”
By Tim Graham | May 9, 2015 | 11:06 PM EDT
Maurice Tamman at Reuters put spin on the latest Reuters poll in a blog headlined “Fake newscaster, real credibility: Jon Stewart stands at the peak of American punditry poll.”
Tamman reported: "As Jon Stewart winds down his 19-year stint as host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, he and Stephen Colbert sit at the peak of American punditry despite their left-leaning view of life, the universe and everything."
Lefty Blogger: As Conservatives Lose the Culture War, ‘Their Rhetoric…Is Absolutely Awash In Nostalgia’By Tom Johnson | May 9, 2015 | 8:58 PM EDT
Edmund Burke wrote that “a state without the means of some change is without the means of its conservation.” To American Prospect blogger Paul Waldman, “change” for conservatives means living to fight another day by conceding battle after battle to liberals.
“Much of the history of the United States,” wrote Waldman in a Friday post, “is a slow but inexorable movement in a progressive direction, as one issue after another is eventually settled in favor of the position liberals had been advocating, from slavery to women's suffrage to Jim Crow to the legalization of contraception to sex discrimination and up to gay rights today. You can find exceptions…but the fundamental trend in social relations moves in only one direction.”
Waldman stated that right-wing “rhetoric…is absolutely awash in nostalgia” but added that some conservatives seem to be making their peace with an America no longer ruled by older men of northern European ancestry.
By Clay Waters | May 9, 2015 | 8:10 PM EDT
Conservative Party leader David Cameron led his party to a shocking outright win in Thursday's general election in Britain. But the honeymoon is already over for Cameron, at least on the front page of the New York Times, which featured Steven Erlanger's "news analysis" of the win by the mean and "nasty party": "To Cameron, the Tory Victor, Go the Headaches."
By Jeffrey Lord | May 9, 2015 | 7:47 PM EDT
So which is it? Is the liberal media Islamophobic? Or homophobic?
If drawing cartoons of The Prophet is - as the New York Times insists - an “exercise in bigotry and hatred posing as a blow for freedom”? And - again from the Times - a “blatantly Islamophobic provocation”? All because drawing cartoons of the Prophet violates the Islamic faith? Then what, exactly, is gay marriage? Like drawing an image of The Prophet, homosexuality is a “blatantly Islamophobic provocation” all by itself - long before you even get to the idea of gay marriage.
By Brent Baker | May 9, 2015 | 3:02 PM EDT
Appearing on Bill Maher’s HBO show Friday night, actor/comedian Billy Crystal delighted in recounting a phone call he supposedly received from the late Robin Williams on the day of Ronald Reagan’s funeral in 2004. Crystal, now a star of FX’s The Comedians, impersonated Williams impersonating Reagan calling from Heaven and wondering why it was so hot.
By P.J. Gladnick | May 9, 2015 | 2:44 PM EDT
Remember those poll numbers on the eve of the parliamentary election in Great Britain that showed an even split between the Conservative Party and Labour? Oops! They were wrong. Man how they were wrong! The Conservatives won a clear majority and the big losers besides Labour are the pollsters.
Although many Americans on this side of the pond find British politics to be a bit confusing, this "Hitler" rant video clears up the election results in a very humorous manner. Strong language alert but you will find out the election results in a very entertaining manner.
By Tim Graham | May 9, 2015 | 12:11 PM EDT
George Clooney is a big Hillary fan. He was asked by Fusion host Jorge Ramos “Are you going to be helping her for 2016?” Clooney replied, “Sure, whatever she wants, whatever I way I can help.” He added, I think she would be a tremendous candidate...I know her, and I think the world of her, and I think that I would be very happy if she were president.”
But Ramos pointed out “You said in 2008 she was the most polarizing figure in American politics.” Clooney said, “She was...at the time.” But then he seemed to mess up the Hillary time line, suggesting Benghazi hurt her last presidential campaign, when that terrorist attack came on September 11, 2012:
By NB Staff | May 9, 2015 | 10:12 AM EDT
Appearing on FBN's Cavuto Friday night, MRC President Brent Bozell argued that the news media are losing the trust of the American public because they've become more "marginalized" and "radicalized" during the Obama years, deliberately ignoring news "if it harms the narrative of the left."
By Katie Yoder | May 9, 2015 | 9:36 AM EDT
Abortion is making the rounds on network television again – and the media are all for it.
Now in its fourth season, ABC political drama Scandal aired its 21st episode, A Few Good Women, on May 7. The show starring Kerry Washington, featured a military woman who became pregnant from rape – and her 30-second long abortion scene. Rather than condemning the rape, some in the media, including US Weekly and The Wall Street Journal, expanded their stories to praise the “groundbreaking” and “powerful” abortion scene.
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | May 9, 2015 | 8:08 AM EDT
Hollywood and global-warming panic have always been a natural match. After all, who can tell you better to cut back on your wasteful ways better than a high-flying multi-millionaire movie star with the carbon footprint of a Tyrannosaurus Rex?
It's never mattered that the stars have all the scientific expertise of Pee Wee Herman. They're just so good-looking and famous, who cares? PBS broadcast a ten-hour series in 1990 entitled Race to Save the Planet. The show's host was Meryl Streep, who proclaimed: "By the year 2000...the Earth's climate will be warmer than it's been in over 100,000 years. If we don't do something, there will be enormous calamities in a very short time." Oops.