Carrying water for the left as their pet programs implode while pretending to be an objective reporter is a daunting task. The Associated Press's Stephen Ohlemacher was not up to that task Thursday afternoon. Twice, in relatively early paragraphs of his 31-paragraph writeup, the AP reporter claimed that the Social Security system has "money." He then separately quoted a Democratic congressperson who insisted that it has money, and that the mere act of correctly asserting that it doesn't "manufactures a crisis."
By Curtis Houck | August 13, 2015 | 11:34 PM EDT
After ABC, CBS, and NBC devoted portions of their Thursday morning newscasts to the FBI taking control of Hillary Clinton’s e-mail server, the picture was far different on Thursday night as ABC, NBC, Telemundo, and Univision moved on from this scandal and neglected to mention it. The CBS Evening News, however, found it pertinent to continue keeping their viewers abreast of Clinton’s e-mail scandal in the form of a two-minute segment from congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes.
By Tim Graham | August 13, 2015 | 10:36 PM EDT
On Wednesday night’s edition of The Rachel Maddow Show, Boston Globe national political reporter Annie Linskey sounded just like a writer from The People’s Republic of Massaschusetts, employing the words “wonderful and refreshing” to describe Bernie Sanders preaching the old-time religion of socialist reform.
Fill-in MSNBC host Ari Melber was asking about how Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton was handling this hard-left opponent. Linskey felt she was unexciting and failing to grab on to the Sanders socialist magic
By Curtis Houck | August 13, 2015 | 10:16 PM EDT
On Thursday night, the CBS Evening News omitted reports that the Islamic terrorist group ISIS used chemical weapons in multiple attacks in Iraq over the past week against Kurdish forces the group claimed responsibility for a bombing in Iraq earlier in the day. In contrast, ABC’s World News Tonight and NBC Nightly News offered news briefs on the development with the latter program also providing a full report from chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel on the brutality of female members of ISIS in enforcing Islamic laws on women living under the terrorist group’s control.
By Ken Shepherd | August 13, 2015 | 9:14 PM EDT
Cuban dissidents will not take part in Friday's formal ceremony opening the U.S. Embassy in Havana tomorrow, something that Secretary of State John Kerry is chalking up to a matter of respecting diplomatic protocol and a lack of space at the venue. But the controversy over the matter was omitted entirely from an NBC News article at MSNBC.com on Thursday evening.
By Curtis Houck | August 13, 2015 | 7:57 PM EDT
During a discussion on Thursday’s The Five about the Planned Parenthood videos, liberal co-host Geraldo Rivera suggested to fellow co-host Greg Gutfeld that aborted babies should made into “dog food” and after claiming that he “want[s] a cure” to various diseases using baby parts, Gutfeld schooled him by informing him that he “hope[s] you live long on the backs of dead fetuses.”
By Randy Hall | August 13, 2015 | 7:35 PM EDT
While a guest on Wednesday's edition of Tom Joyner's morning radio show, Al Sharpton -- the host of the PoliticsNation weekday program on the liberal MSNBC cable television channel – used the opportunity to declare that most instances of race-related violence during the past 50 years have been “sparked by police violence.”
The civil rights activist also stated that he had flown overnight to Los Angeles to attend an event marking the 50th anniversary of the Watts riots, which took place in that suburb of Los Angeles from August 11 to 17, 1965.
By Melissa Mullins | August 13, 2015 | 6:21 PM EDT
The Newsweek website was so impressed by historian Rick Perlstein of The Washington Spectator declaring war on a historic flag that they republished him. He’s talking about a flag that is deemed as racist, “one that supposedly honors history but actually spreads a pernicious myth, and is useful only to venal right-wing politicians who wish to exploit hatred by calling it heritage….”
Surely he means the Confederate flag, given the uproar over the past two months for something that has been around since the Civil War. Wrong. Perlstein is talking about the POW/MIA flag, and in an attempt to remain newsworthy, Newsweek actually published this pile of manure.
By Ken Oliver-Méndez | August 13, 2015 | 6:03 PM EDT
Judging from his diverging comments to English and Spanish-language media outlets, when it comes to immigration Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders seems increasingly prone to speaking out of both sides of his mouth.
'The Wire' Creator Simon Blames Bill Clinton for Mass Incarceration of Black Men, Praises Ga. Republicans for ReformsBy Ken Shepherd | August 13, 2015 | 5:48 PM EDT
The creator of HBO's The Wire, a liberal former Baltimore Sun reporter David Simon, has come out and blamed former President Bill Clinton for the large number of young black men in America's prisons. He also praised a quite conservative Southern state for leading the way on criminal-justice reform.
By Brad Wilmouth | August 13, 2015 | 4:47 PM EDT
Appearing as a guest on Tuesday's PoliticsNation, MSNBC contributor Jonathan Alter -- formerly of Newsweek -- rejoiced over Republicans being uneasy over Donald Trump's presidential campaign as he asserted that GOPers "have created Trumpenstein," "their own Frankenstein monster," adding that they are getting "their just deserts as a political party."
After host Al Sharpton noted that they were awaiting a press conference by Trump, he turned to Alter who declared:
By Scott Whitlock | August 13, 2015 | 3:33 PM EDT
The journalists at CNN again went after Marco Rubio on abortion, Thursday. Veteran reporter Carl Bernstein appeared on New Day to weigh in on the state of the presidential race. Singling out the pro-life senator, Bernstein suggested Rubio "has painted himself so far to the right" and "has put abortion so front and center in this campaign as to render his candidacy unelectable, probably, in terms of the general electorate, no matter how articulate he might have appeared in that debate."
By Tom Blumer | August 13, 2015 | 2:32 PM EDT
It "seems" that a bit of doubt seeped into an economy-related Associated Press report today. An hour later, it was gone.
An early report by Josh Boak with a 10:22 a.m. time stamp found at a subscribing outlet's site described job growth in the past 12 months as "seemingly robust." An hour later, in an expansion of that early report primarily covering today's government release on July retail sales, Boak, in collaboration with Anne D'Innocenzio, described it as "solid."
By Geoffrey Dickens | August 13, 2015 | 2:30 PM EDT
Lois Lerner’s utter contempt for Republicans was on full display in a newly uncovered email in which she railed: “They called me back to testify on the IRS ‘scandal,’ and I too[k] the 5th again because they had been so evil and dishonest in my lawyer’s dealings with them.”
By Kyle Drennen | August 13, 2015 | 2:23 PM EDT
On her MSNBC show on Wednesday, host Andrea Mitchell brought on Heather McGhee, president of the left-wing group Demos, to “sort all this out” when came to the debate over student loan debt in the 2016 race: “...student debt 101. The presidential candidates are put to the test on what to do about the rising cost of college.”