On Monday, all three network morning shows eagerly touted the Obama administration’s long-delayed effort to reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear program. On NBC’s Today, news anchor Natalie Morales announced: “Negotiators from six world powers are finally making some encouraging progress with Iran on a deal over its nuclear program.”
Nets Tout ‘Encouraging Progress’ in Iran Nuclear Talks; Predict ‘Celebration in the Streets’ of TehranBy Kyle Drennen | July 13, 2015 | 3:01 PM EDT
By Tim Graham | July 13, 2015 | 1:51 PM EDT
On the morning Gov. Scott Walker announced on social media he would run for president, The New York Times was comparing him to Sarah Palin as not the deepest, most intelligent contender.
Somehow, “admiring voters” are deployed against Walker as not thinking of the word “smart” or "sophisticated" first in describing him. Those words are apparently adjectives for "liberal."
By Joseph Rossell | July 13, 2015 | 12:59 PM EDT
Proponents of renewable energy will grab on to any sign of success.
That’s precisely what The Guardian (UK) did on July 10, when it ran a misleading headline claiming, “Wind power generates 140% of Denmark's electricity demand.” The idea presented by the headline, was far from accurate, but the hype was no surprise. The Guardian long ago abandoned objectivity on energy issues in favor of climate alarmism and activism. It actively opposes fossil fuels use with the ongoing #KeepItInTheGround campaign.
By Kristine Marsh | July 13, 2015 | 12:16 PM EDT
County clerks across the country are resigning after the June 26 Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage.
Just a few days after the monumental ruling, an entire county clerk office in Tennessee resigned. Decatur County Clerk Gwen Pope and both of her deputy assistants, Sharon Bell and Mickey Butler, resigned, saying the order clashed with their religious beliefs. All three were long-time employees of the clerk’s office. Pope told The Jackson Sun they didn’t want to make the news.
By Connor Williams | July 13, 2015 | 11:44 AM EDT
On Monday's Morning Joe, panelists Al Hunt, Mark Halperin, and Steve Schmidt discussed Scott Walker’s entry into the race for the 2016 Republican nomination. All three of them voiced concern about the Wisconsin governor and criticized him for “flip-flopping” and for supposedly being inauthentic. Bloomberg’s Hunt: “I think it's a question of authenticity. He has flipped on a number of issues. And you can do some of that, you can change your mind, but, you know, you have to be authentic. And I'm not sure Scott Walker has passed that test yet.”
By Scott Whitlock | July 13, 2015 | 11:30 AM EDT
One reason that journalists can't seem to understand the seriousness of the immigration issue raised by Donald Trump is because they are "baffled" by him, according to a reporter who has worked for the Daily Beast and Slate. Betsy Woodruff appeared on Fox News's MediaBuzz, Sunday and said of political reporters: "We see him, they see him as a fraudulent, petulant goofball blowhard who is only running for office so reporters will write about him and that makes reporters not want to write about him." Woodruff conceded: "For most national politics reporters, the love of Trump is baffling and that is, itself, a bubble "
By Jeffrey Meyer | July 13, 2015 | 10:38 AM EDT
During it’s preview of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s presidential announcement on Monday, CBS This Morning made sure to cast doubt on whether or not the Republican was “ready” to assume the White House in 2016. The CBS reporter insisted that “awkward exchanges” like one with a British reporter “have raised questions about his readiness for prime time” and “[t]o guard against criticism that he lacks a certain presidential heft, the governor has been undergoing weeks of briefs on global issues, everything from net neutrality to ISIS.”
By Rich Noyes | July 13, 2015 | 8:52 AM EDT
Journalists seize upon one week's good news for President Obama to proclaim he's "clearly" a "transformational President" who has engineered "a massive progressive shift to the left." And ABC champions the "Bernie-mentum" of socialist Bernie Sanders's far-left candidacy, cheering how his campaign events seem "more like rock concerts," while the boomlet for Donald Trump is merely evidence that "xenophobic language sells" among GOP primary voters.
By Mark Finkelstein | July 13, 2015 | 7:43 AM EDT
Liberal media types like Al Hunt haven't called Donald Trump a Hitler. Yet. But Judy Woodruff's husband has branded Trump a modern-day version of an iconic personification of racism.
On today's Morning Joe, Hunt declared that Trump is "George Corley Wallace, 40 years later."
By Tim Graham | July 13, 2015 | 7:37 AM EDT
On Friday’s PBS NewsHour, pseudo-conservative New York Times columnist David Brooks offered disbelief that Donald Trump’s anti-amnesty position on immigration would win the day with Republicans. They’re not “complete idiots,” he suggested. Brooks insisted the “talk radio part” of the Republican party is “waning, frankly,” and that the platform of Dole, McCain, and George W. Bush would return.
The PBS anchor was having trouble believing the Republicans weren’t doomed already.
By Tom Blumer | July 12, 2015 | 11:07 PM EDT
Aamer Madhani at USA Today took the easy way out on Friday in covering the sharp increases in murders in many U.S. cities during the first half of this year.
He quoted Milwaukee's police chief bemoaning "absurdly weak" gun laws. He noted that "the increased violence is disproportionately impacting poor and predominantly African-American and Latino neighborhoods." He found a university prof to allege that there's a lack of resources to "fund a proactive law enforcement." What rubbish. The fact is that the "broken windows" approach to law enforcement, the "proactive law enforcement" initiative pioneered in New York City under Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the 1990s which made New York one of the safest cities in America, is being systematically discredited by the left and abandoned by many police departments, with all too predictable results.
By Tim Graham | July 12, 2015 | 9:40 PM EDT
CNN correspondent Brianna Keilar talked tough about Hillary on Sunday’s State of the Union after going soft in her Tuesday interview. Keilar suggested much of what Hillary said on e-mails wouldn’t pass a fact check.
She directly replied to former Obama communications director Dan Pfieffer, who when asked if Hillary “stepped in it” on the e-mail questions, replied “Well, I think she was technically correct but probably overly precise.” There was no laugh track.
By Brad Wilmouth | July 12, 2015 | 8:44 PM EDT
On his The Nightly Show on Comedy Central, in the aftermath of the Charleston church massacre, host Larry Wilmore tried to deceive his audience into believing that Fox News hosts as well as former Senator Rick Santorum had been clinging to the possibility that the Charleston church massacre was motivated by religion, even after reporting surfaced that the gunman had expressed blatantly racist motivations during the rampage.
In the case of Santorum, Wilmore's staff even reversed the order of some of the Republican presidential candidate's words from an interview to make it sound like he had suggested the massacre could not have been motivated by anything other than "assaults on religious liberty."
By Scott Whitlock | July 12, 2015 | 6:55 PM EDT
MSNBC released two new "Lean Forward" ads last week, the latest examples of the network's echo chamber thinking. In the spots, Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow, respectively, cheered the Supreme Court's liberal decisions from the last term. The commercials brand the network as the official cheerleader of liberal causes. In one, Matthews lauded, "This is, let's joyously agree, a time of triumph. The Supreme Court has validated the President's Affordable Care Act... and it's a time for equality of marriage for gay and lesbian people."
By Jeffrey Meyer | July 12, 2015 | 6:43 PM EDT
During an interview with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on CNN’s State of the Union, Dana Bash fretted that if Republicans confront Donald Trump over his controversial comments about Mexican immigrants they risk losing the White House in 2016.