On Tuesday’s MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts, fill-in anchor Frances Rivera eagerly promoted Planned Parenthood attacking Republicans: “Planned Parenthood is going on the offensive, releasing ads in four states targeting these senators, urging supporters to tell them not to shut down the government to defund Planned Parenthood.”
By Matthew Balan | August 18, 2015 | 4:44 PM EDT
On Tuesday's CNN Newsroom, Carol Costello did her best to downplay the significant rise in violent crime in major cities around the country during a segment with Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa. Costello wondered if "the crime statistics were so unbelievably low over the last decade or so, and there's been this little spike – right? And so, because the crime statistics were so low, does it just feel bad – but in reality, it's not really that bad?"
By Scott Whitlock | August 18, 2015 | 4:31 PM EDT
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith appeared on Late Night, Monday, and told host Seth Meyers that no one knows who he voted for. The journalist insisted, "Well, I don't tell them. So, people don't know." Meyers blurted, "But people can't read it on your face?" The comedian added, "Let me try. Did you vote for Obama?" Smith replied, "No." After a pause, he quipped, "I might have lied." The Fox anchor then insisted, "If I got around to voting last time, I don't remember."
By Alatheia Larsen | August 18, 2015 | 4:22 PM EDT
Three years after liberal environmentalist Tom Steyer bullied Californians into not opposing the Clean Energy Jobs Act, the payoffs have failed to materialize. Steyer promised that the Act, which was little more than a tax hike on corporations, would create 11,000 new green jobs and raise $1 billion in revenue each year. So far it’s more than 30,000 jobs and $2 billion short.
The media have ignored the dismal progress of the California Act. Not a single network has discussed the Act’s failure, and the results have just begun to get attention after an August 17 Associated Press report.
By Tom Blumer | August 18, 2015 | 3:43 PM EDT
Yesterday, CNN.com published a attempted defense of Hillary Clinton's tenure as Secretary of State by Eleni Kounalakis. An "Editor's Note" before the piece begins describes Ms. Kounalakis as the "United States ambassador to Hungary from 2010 to 2013," the author of a book on her time there, and "a senior adviser to the Albright Stonebridge Group" (as in "Madeline Albright").
The "editor" at CNN "forgot" to mention one "little" thing, noted by John Hinderaker at Powerline: "... she was one of Hillary’s top (2008) fundraisers, a fundraiser who was paid off with an ambassadorship, and therefore hardly an objective observer of Hillary’s successes (or lack thereof) as Secretary of State."
By Jeffrey Meyer | August 18, 2015 | 3:10 PM EDT
Appearing on MSNBC’s Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell on Monday, the New York Times’ Josh Barro dismissed controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server as “all just background noise.” He contended: "The Clintons have been embroiled in scandal longer than I have been alive. And at this point it's all just background noise. Everybody’s formulated an opinion about whether they think the Clintons are above board or whether they care about whether the Clintons are above board or not. And I can't imagine this breaking through..."
By Kristine Marsh | August 18, 2015 | 2:28 PM EDT
Is 13 out of 319 million people killed a national "crisis"? Well The Washington Post and TIME would like you to think so. In the Post Aug. 14, reporter Michael E. Miller cited a bogus study from LGBT advocacy group, the National Coalition for Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), to claim violence against transgenders was on the rise.
The NCAVP study claimed 12 people were killed in hate crimes in 2014 and 13 had been killed so far in 2015. TIME cited the same study Aug.17, calling the murder rate “historic,” adding two more people killed to make that number 15.
The Post’s Miller wrote Friday, “According to transgender advocacy groups, at least 13 trans women have been killed so far this year.” He hyped, “That makes this year even deadlier for trans women than 2014, which was already the highest on record.”
By Dylan Gwinn | August 18, 2015 | 2:00 PM EDT
If there were a parenting award, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ James Harrison would win it. On the other hand, if the Self-Esteem Industrial Complex had a Most Wanted List, Harrison would be on that too.
The Super Bowl champion linebacker took to Instagram over the weekend, and unlike the sort of lewd depravity and self-congratulation that normally attends the Instagram messages of the NFL’s elite, Harrison had an actual message for his audience, and it should be sung from the mountaintops.
By P.J. Gladnick | August 18, 2015 | 1:16 PM EDT
Time travel is one of the elements of science fiction writing. However, in the case of former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett writing in The Atlantic it is more in the realm of science fantasy, emphasis on fantasy. Lovett's time travel to the near future of President Donald Trump tells us much less about Trump than it does about extreme liberal fantasies. As a bonus, Lovett's essay veers from science fantasy to extreme comedy but first let us watch him mock a future Donald Trump that exists only in his fervid liberal imagination:
By Scott Whitlock | August 18, 2015 | 12:47 PM EDT
Blame the Secret Service. One reason Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign is running into trouble could be the "limiting nature" of her protective detail. On Monday's Rachel Maddow Show, NBC's Kasie Hunt asserted: "Now, of course, it's hard for her to negotiate the sort of details of this caucus process in part because she has Secret Service protection. And that just makes it more difficult to get up close and personal with voters." The journalist spun, "And the Secret Service agents do the best they can, but at the end of the day, that just makes it more limiting for her."
By Brad Wilmouth | August 18, 2015 | 12:28 PM EDT
As GOP presidential candidate Rick Perry appeared as a guest on Tuesday's New Day, co-anchor Alisyn Camerota challenged the former Texas governor for vetoing a Texas bill on equal pay, as she demanded, "Don't women deserve equal pay?"
By Kyle Drennen | August 18, 2015 | 11:57 AM EDT
While all three network morning shows covered the latest development in the Clinton e-mail scandal on Tuesday – that over 300 e-mails are being reviewed for classified material – all three broadcasts also touted the Clinton campaign defense that the former secretary of state “never sent or received any e-mails that were marked classified at the time.”
By Scott Whitlock | August 18, 2015 | 11:31 AM EDT
NBC finally cares about government spending. The network that has been very friendly to Barack Obama (under whom the national debt will reach $19 trillion) worried that Donald Trump's policy goals may cost too much. Today reporter Hallie Jackson on Tuesday fretted: "The candidate known for his big money...turns out to be a big spender when it comes to his presidential proposals." Jackson lamented Trump's plans as wasteful: "Deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants estimated to cost about $138 billion....repealing the Affordable Care Act may cost the government $137 billion in the next decade."
By Jeffrey Meyer | August 18, 2015 | 10:23 AM EDT
During an appearance on Morning Joe on Tuesday, New York Times reporter Jeremy Peters eagerly spun on behalf of Hillary Clinton and the ongoing problems regarding her private e-mail server containing classified documents.
By Dylan Gwinn | August 18, 2015 | 10:04 AM EDT
This week’s edition of, “Let’s freak out over something completely irrelevant and meaningless in the sports world,” brings us into the realm of college football.
The Confederate Battle flag remains very much on the hit list of the left, and some on the right. Now the Stars n’ Bars finds itself in the crosshairs of the coaches at Ole Miss and Mississippi State.