If you can't counter the message, character-assassinate the messenger. That, apparently, is Daily Beast writer Samantha Allen's tack regarding the sting video wherein a Planned Parenthood official discusses selling aborted-baby body parts above break-even rates to medical researchers.
By Scott Whitlock | July 16, 2015 | 4:54 PM EDT
Has it come this? Conservatives need to rely on the liberal Mark Halperin to "follow up" on CNN's softball interviews with Hillary Clinton? Halperin grilled top Clinton adviser Jennifer Palmieri on a question the 2016 candidate ignored when she was on CNN. In early July, Brianna Keilar asked Clinton a question about deleting 30,000 e-mails. The Democrat didn't answer. On Wednesday, Halperin zeroed in: "We're going to play the role, real quick, of CNN follow-up reporter. Hillary Clinton did an interview with CNN. She answered a lot of the questions. There were at least a couple she didn't answer. So, we wanted to play one of those for you and have you answer it."
By Matthew Balan | July 16, 2015 | 4:19 PM EDT
Thursday's New Day on CNN played up how Bruce "Caitlyn" Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award from ESPN. Alisyn Camerota underlined that "it's an interesting moment in history. I think that it can't be underscored how important it is for that [transgender] community." Chris Cuomo spotlighted how Jenner used his acceptance speech "to call for tolerance, and to quiet critics." Cuomo also defended the honor: "It is often a platform to project different values into society that are born of sport. So why wouldn't it qualify?"
By Tim Graham | July 16, 2015 | 4:12 PM EDT
Not all pseudo-Republican women are out of a pundit’s job this week. Shortly after it reported Nicolle Wallace was being cut by The View, Variety reported Fox News Channel is picking up Meghan McCain as a contributor. That certainly doesn’t add a conservative voice to the allegedly unanimous channel...and it doesn't add intellectual heft to the often-dissed Fox blondes.
Brian Steinberg said young McCain “has identified” as a Republican before, when it was about the family’s business:
By P.J. Gladnick | July 16, 2015 | 4:01 PM EDT
Did it seem to you as if the Iranian negotiators and leaders were laughing at the naiveté of the Obama administration in accepting their claim that they only wanted to develop nuclear energy for just peaceful purposes? Well, that barely surpressed laughter was foretold in 2012 in the prophetic opening scene of "The Dictator" as the main character had great difficulty maintaining a straight face while making the same claim about their nuclear energy program.
Although comedic that opening scene was such a powerful argument against allowing Iran to further develop nuclear energy that the Prime Minister of Israel is urging everyone to share the video of that scene according to the Israel Video Network.
By Connor Williams | July 16, 2015 | 3:44 PM EDT
Wednesday night on The Kelly File, host Megyn Kelly invited The Blaze’s Dana Loesch and Democratic strategist Robert Zimmerman to the program to comment on a disturbing video showing a Planned Parenthood higher-up appearing to explain how the organization traffics the body parts of unborn children. Liberal talking head Robert Zimmerman claimed there was “fraud behind this video.” He cried: “Let’s call it what it is. This is right wing pornography.”
By Kyle Drennen | July 16, 2015 | 2:27 PM EDT
On Thursday, all three network morning shows skipped a new poll showing that Hillary Clinton’s favorablity rating had fallen to 39 percent. The newly-released Associated Press-GFK poll found: “Just 39 percent of all Americans have a favorable view of Clinton, compared to nearly half [49 percent] who say they have a negative opinion of her.”
By Katie Yoder | July 16, 2015 | 1:11 PM EDT
The media are leaving out one critical detail about the Democrats defending Planned Parenthood’s actions.
For The Hill, staff writer Sarah Ferris wrote “Several Dems defend Planned Parenthood.” In it, she quoted “several House Democrats” defending Planned Parenthood after an undercover video appeared to show an executive reveal how clinics procure and sell aborted babies’ body parts. But what she didn’t say was that the three Democrats she cited received nearly $43,000 from Planned Parenthood during election cycles.
By Scott Whitlock | July 16, 2015 | 12:33 PM EDT
CBS and NBC on Thursday skipped the revelation that ObamaCare is particularly vulnerable to scams. Only ABC's Good Morning America covered the Government Accountability Office's fraud investigation and the two-hour show only allowed a scant 17 seconds on the topic. GMA news reader Paula Faris quickly revealed that "ObamaCare is facing new scrutiny today on Capitol Hill... after a sting operation revealed just how vulnerable the system is to fraud."
By Tim Graham | July 16, 2015 | 12:10 PM EDT
The Hollywood trade paper Variety reported that ABC axed Nicolle Wallace from “The View” when this season is over. Reporter Ramin Setoodeh called her a “conservative personality,” which is not how she came across on ABC at all.
But Variety also suggested “The former communications chief for George W. Bush was selected as the resident Republican on the show in September, but underwhelmed ABC bosses by not offering enough dissent about political issues and continually voicing her lack of knowledge about celebrities.”
By Kristine Marsh | July 16, 2015 | 11:41 AM EDT
It’s one thing that Ted Cruz and one mainstream reporter can agree on: President Obama’s Iran nuke deal needs more pushback and less celebration.
That’s not something the liberal media is going to give him, though. The networks have lauded the “history-making deal” and Obama’s “spirited defense” of it. CBS News reporter Major Garrett bucked the trend at a press conference yesterday where he grilled the President on why he was ignoring the four American hostages still in Iran. Obama clearly bristled and liberals at CNN and even at his own network gave Garrett flak.
By Tom Blumer | July 16, 2015 | 11:41 AM EDT
Nicholas Confessore and Maggie Haberman at the New York Times studiously avoided talking about Hillary Clinton's campaign spending in their front-page print edition story Thursday ("Hillary Clinton Lags in Engaging Grass-Roots Donors").
Mrs. Clinton hauled in $48.7 million, but she spent a stunning $18.7 million. As seen in a table accompanying the Times story, that's more than triple that of any other candidate in the race from either party — for someone with no worries about name recognition.
By Jeffrey Meyer | July 16, 2015 | 11:18 AM EDT
On Wednesday night, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell began his show by cheering President Obama’s news conference performance and declared he “demonstrated more confidence at the podium than any president in the history of televised presidential press conferences, more even than Kennedy.”
By Kyle Drennen | July 16, 2015 | 11:13 AM EDT
At the top of Thursday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie hailed President Obama’s Wednesday press conference: “Unfiltered. President Obama launches a vigorous defense of his controversial deal with Iran.” Introducing a report on the topics minutes later, Guthrie proclaimed: “...a news conference some are calling unplugged. During a more than hour-long session with the reporters, the President was as emotional as we’ve seen him...”
By Matthew Balan | July 16, 2015 | 11:02 AM EDT
Bill Maher slammed CBS's Major Garrett in a Wednesday post on Twitter for his pointed question to President Obama during a press conference in the East Room: "#MajorGarrett is a huge asshole. If U wanna 'strike a nerve' with POTUS, why not just scream the N word? That shld [should] get his attention."