CBS journalist Major Garrett on Wednesday grilled Barack Obama, demanding answers to why a deal with Iran didn't include the freeing of four U.S. prisoners in the country. While Garrett and ABC's Jon Karl pressed the President on his negotiations with Iran, there were still plenty of softballs. Garrett solemnly lectured, "...There are four Americans in Iran, three held on trumped up charges, according to your administration." The reporter demanded, "Can you tell the country, sir, why you are content, with all the fanfare around this deal, to leave the conscience of in this nation, the strength of this nation unaccounted for in relation to these four Americans?"
By Alatheia Larsen | July 15, 2015 | 3:42 PM EDT
Another unconscionable skeleton was recently discovered in Planned Parenthood’s closet, thanks to undercover video.
The Center for Medical Progress released that video on July 14, 2015, exposing a Planned Parenthood executive explaining how the organization sells organs from aborted babies.
By Ken Shepherd | July 15, 2015 | 2:54 PM EDT
Seeking to hook his readers early in his piece, "The Magic of New York Hotel Bars," Newsweek senior writer Alexander Nazaryan opened his July 15 feature by noting the genesis of the John Edwards-Rielle Hunter affair was in one such bar.
By Jeffrey Meyer | July 15, 2015 | 2:04 PM EDT
The “Big Three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks have hailed the “historic” deal with Iran which was a described as a “major victory” for President Obama. The media, however, have a poor record when it comes to U.S. negotiations with rogue nations seeking nuclear weapons. In 1994, President Bill Clinton agreed to a deal with North Korea, an agreement which the networks at the time hailed as a sign that “the Cold War is really over.”
MRC Culture VP Dan Gainor: Media Blackout of Planned Parenthood’s Selling of Aborted Babies’ Body Parts Is UnconscionableBy NB Staff | July 15, 2015 | 2:01 PM EDT
MRC Culture Vice President Dan Gainor issued the following statement after ABC and CBS ignored a chilling video of Planned Parenthood’s Senior Director of Medical Services selling body parts of aborted babies. Although Planned Parenthood receives taxpayer subsidies and a senior official appears to admit on tape to violating federal laws against partial-birth abortion and selling human body parts, ABC and CBS didn't devote a single second to the story. NBC's Today used only 39 seconds to tell the story, carefully avoiding any damning quotes from the video and using the images merely as background.
By Tom Johnson | July 15, 2015 | 1:48 PM EDT
The Miracle on Ice and Hoosiers aside, the underdog usually loses, and Penn State's Sophia McClennen speculates that it’s happened again: Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show because he’s “exhausted” and "dejected" from battling Roger Ailes and the Fox News juggernaut. “Could Stewart really be giving up his show due to Fox News fatigue?” wondered McClennen in a Wednesday article for Salon. “It’s time to take seriously the idea that Fox News killed the greatest satire show of our nation’s history.”
By Kristine Marsh | July 15, 2015 | 1:28 PM EDT
A white artist is making waves in the media for creating a reenactment of Michael Brown’s death as an art exhibit in Chicago.
The exhibit opens on the heels of a federal judge dismissing four counts of wrongful-death lawsuits filed by Brown’s parents. More are still being filed, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
By Tom Blumer | July 15, 2015 | 1:20 PM EDT
In an extraordinarily and inappropriately indulgent interview with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif yesterday, MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell rolled her eyes as she mentioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's position that the "deal" between Iran and an alliance led by the U.S. is a "mistake of historic proportions."
Immediately after doing so, she refocused her attention on Zarif, smiled and batted her eyelashes as she finished her question. The video which immediately follows the jump was posted at Digitas Daily (HT PJ Tatler via Ed Driscoll at Instapundit):
By Matthew Balan | July 15, 2015 | 12:42 PM EDT
Wednesday's Fox and Friends spotlighted how two members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors treated a Fox News Channel journalist with contempt, after he tried asking them about their sanctuary city policy. Host Steve Doocy later zeroed in on how anchor Chris Cuomo at competitor network CNN asserted that the term "sanctuary city" was a "misnomer" on Monday's New Day. Doocy mocked CNN as "the Cuomo news network," and added: "So that's what you get on the real news channel over there."
By Scott Whitlock | July 15, 2015 | 11:53 AM EDT
The three networks on Wednesday hyped the "historic agreement" between the Obama administration and Iran, seeing it as "legacy-defining" for the President. Yet, ABC, NBC and CBS also woke up to harsh Republican criticism. On Good Morning America, Amy Robach trumpeted, "There were celebrations on the streets of Tehran. People there welcoming the historic agreement." Martha Raddatz announced that John Kerry had scored a "historic deal." She added, "But it is clear his work is not over, despite the excitement about the agreement here in Tehran." Over on NBC's Today, Peter Alexander saw "a legacy-defining deal for President Obama."
By Katie Yoder | July 15, 2015 | 11:48 AM EDT
A taxpayer-funded organization reportedly selling baby hearts and livers should be a huge story. Not so, say the broadcast networks, which have devoted just 39 seconds to the story, out of the 9 hours and 30 minutes of news shows they’ve aired since it broke.
The broadcast networks censored an undercover video of Planned Parenthood senior director of medical services Dr. Deborah Nucatola explaining how her organization procures and sells the body parts of aborted babies. Of the three broadcast networks, only NBC has mentioned the footage released July 14 by the “anti-abortion” Center for Medical Progress (CMP) – in a mere 39 seconds.
By NB Staff | July 15, 2015 | 11:48 AM EDT
Media Research Center President Brent Bozell appeared on Fox Business, Wednesday, to slam the networks for their fawning reaction to Barack Obama's deal with Iran. After noting that journalists fell for optimistic talk about Bill Clinton's negotiations with North Korea, Bozell derided, "...The same reporters in the media are taking the Obama line and they're cheering." Speaking of the deal itself, the MRC President told Stuart Varney: "It is going to be historic and it is historically bad news for this country." Bozell pointed out that there has been some criticism of Obama's plan, suggesting this is "a statement of recognition that this deal is going to come under some tremendous scrutiny on Capitol Hill."
By Kyle Drennen | July 15, 2015 | 11:38 AM EDT
Citing Obama administration talking points word for word on Wednesday’s Today, co-hosts Willie Geist and Savannah Guthrie grilled Republican Senator and presidential candidate Lindsey Graham on GOP opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. Geist, filling in for Matt Lauer, began: “Secretary Kerry...said yesterday opponents of this deal have proposed no viable alternative....What makes you think that a President Lindsey Graham would have any more luck than President Obama with Iran?”
By Connor Williams | July 15, 2015 | 11:31 AM EDT
Following the announcement of a deal reached with Iran to lift economic sanctions in exchange for ostensible restrictions on their nuclear program, MSNBC’s primetime hosts slobbered over the “historic” nature of the agreement. All In host Chris Hayes, on Tuesday night, labeled the deal “one of the most historic days in the Obama presidency and a potentially transformative moment for American foreign policy.” Rachel Maddow claimed the deal could represent “the major foreign policy achievement, not only of this presidency, but of this American generation.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | July 15, 2015 | 10:53 AM EDT
On Wednesday, the “Big Three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks continued to cheer the “historic” Iranian nuclear agreement during their Wednesday morning broadcasts, but ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today ignored the four Americans who continue to be held in Iranian prisons.