Wednesday night on The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC political analyst Jonathan Alter claimed that Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge “has helped to wreck the United States." The discussion centered around New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s decision to sign the pledge, and Jeb Bush’s refusal to do so. The Newsweek veteran declared the pledge was “about the worst kind of public policy for the reasons you just heard...[i]t’s terribly destructive.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | August 13, 2015 | 10:01 AM EDT
On Wednesday’s Special Report with Bret Baier, the three-person political panel took turns slamming Hillary Clinton for how she has handled the ongoing controversy surrounding the use of a private e-mail server while Secretary of State.
By Mark Finkelstein | August 13, 2015 | 8:30 AM EDT
Did Rush Limbaugh force Fox News, in the wake of the Donald Trump/Megyn Kelly dust-up, to back down and welcome Trump back on its network? That's what New York Times reporter Nick Confessore suggested on today's Morning Joe.
Asked by Mika Brzezinski who was the most powerful person in the media today, Confessore responded: "I think Fox or Rush Limbaugh [whose last name Confessore pronounced "Lim-bow], right? In this primary, right? There were two institutions that could have put a stop to Trump, talk radio and Fox. And talk radio likes him and Fox backed down."
By Tim Graham | August 12, 2015 | 10:07 PM EDT
NPR Morning Edition anchor Steve Inskeep was granted another interview with President Obama just before he left on another Martha’s Vineyard vacation, and the first story aired on Tuesday's Morning Edition, with a second on Tuesday night’s All Things Considered. The subject was limited to the Iran deal.
Despite the strange notion held by many liberals that NPR is a voice for civility in media and politics, Inskeep failed to ask the president about his controversial recent remarks in a speech at American University that “It’s those hardliners chanting ‘Death to America’ who have been most opposed to the deal. They're making common cause with the Republican Caucus.”
Networks Pass Off Hillary Handing Over Server; ‘Distraction’ & ‘Headache’ in What’s ‘Been a Tough Summer’By Curtis Houck | August 12, 2015 | 10:01 PM EDT
The “big three” networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC continued to cover on Wednesday night news that scandal-ridden Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton turned over her private e-mail server and numerous thumb drives to the FBI but largely brushed it off as “a headache” and “distraction” for Clinton in what has “been a tough summer.”
By Tom Blumer | August 12, 2015 | 9:44 PM EDT
Records are made to be broken, but apparently government spending records are not meant to be reported. The Monthly Treasury Statement released today showed that the federal government spent a mind-boggling $374.86 billion in July. That's an all-time single-month record, surpassing the previous high of $369.39 billion "achieved" in August 2012. Yes, there was a calendar "quirk" which caused this month's report to include five Fridays of disbursements; but that happens four times a year, and a record is a record.
By Ken Shepherd | August 12, 2015 | 9:15 PM EDT
On the August 10 edition of National Public Radio (NPR) Boston affiliate WBUR's Here & Now program, host Robin Young made reference to pro-life Republicans as "anti-choice." The reference, which violates NPR's own style manual, came in the midst of a discussion with Princeton University professor Julian Zelizer about Republican presidential candidates' plans to roll back various policy initiatives of the Obama era.
By Ken Shepherd | August 12, 2015 | 6:30 PM EDT
MSNBC's Saturday mornings might be dominated by professor Melissa Harris-Perry and her exceedingly esoteric left-wing academic nuttiness, but weekday anchor Craig Melvin today offered viewers a breath of fresh air when it comes to the issue of political correctness run amok at America's colleges and universities.
By Randy Hall | August 12, 2015 | 5:25 PM EDT
A coalition of 53 press and open government organizations has “once again” urged President Barack Obama and the people in his administration “to stop practices in federal agencies that prevent important information from getting to the public.”
According to an open letter sent to the Democratic occupant of the White House on Monday and released to the public the following day, groups ranging from the American Copy Editors Society to the Virginia Professional Communicators criticized Obama for not following through on a promise he made during his presidential campaign in 2008.
Activist On MSNBC Compares EPA Disaster To Defusing 'A Bomb In A Crowded Market', Blames Local MinesBy Spencer Raley | August 12, 2015 | 5:25 PM EDT
While filling in for Thomas Robers on MSNBC Live, Frances Rivera brought on Dan Olson from the San Juan Citizens Alliance to defend the EPA and cast all the blame on local mines in the region.
By Yuri Perez | August 12, 2015 | 5:13 PM EDT
California is hitting one home run after another on behalf of its teeming population of unauthorized immigrants. Or at least that’s the way it’s seen on the nation’s top Spanish-language television network, Univision.
By Scott Whitlock | August 12, 2015 | 4:14 PM EDT
Four of the country's largest papers kept the latest developments in Hillary Clinton's growing e-mail scandal off the front page on Wednesday. The revelation that the Democratic candidate had top secret information on her server was relegated to the bottom of page A13 in the New York Times. The Washington Post managed to place the additional news that Clinton will finally turn over her server on A2. The Los Angeles Times hid the story on A9. All, however, did better than USA Today, which skipped Clinton's scandal in the print edition.
By Kristine Marsh | August 12, 2015 | 4:10 PM EDT
What’s funnier than the illegal trafficking of aborted baby parts? To some comedians, it’s mocking the people shocked by it.
Will Ferrell’s comedy website, “Funny or Die” released a parody video, titled “The Shocking Truth about Planned Parenthood,” spoofing the Center for Medical Progress’ Planned Parenthood video series-- which revealed Planned Parenthood officials make profits off of selling aborted fetal tissues.
By Kyle Drennen | August 12, 2015 | 3:01 PM EDT
Rushing to defend Hillary Clinton in the wake of revelations that the former secretary of state sent classified material via a private e-mail server, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell fretted on Wednesday: “...there's going to be a cloud of suspicion, though, by those who just want to see conspiracy theories. There's almost no way she can clear this up to the satisfaction of critics on the other side in terms of the politics of this, and it's taking its toll.”