Keeping up the drumbeat against North Carolina’s religious freedom law on Wednesday, the three network morning shows seized on Republican Governor Pat McCrory amending the legislation and used the development to further hammer the state.
By Edgard Portela | | April 13, 2016 | 3:45 PM EDT
A New York cleric known for bombast, demagoguery, rabble-rousing and harangues has found receptive platforms on Univision and Telemundo, on which to compare Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump to Osama bin Laden.
By Scott Whitlock | | April 13, 2016 | 3:14 PM EDT
Conservatives were not surprised when Time magazine published a cover story on Ted Cruz with an extreme close-up of the Republican. The photo included a headline wondering, “Likable Enough?” The picture was so zoomed in that it included stray eyebrow hairs. Well, the Onion also anticipated this. Back on March 23, 2015, the satire site prognosticated, “‘Time’ Magazine Subscribers Brace For Inevitable Issue With Close-Up Of Ted Cruz’s Face.”
By Brad Wilmouth | | April 13, 2016 | 2:07 PM EDT
On Wednesday's New Day on CNN, co-host Michaela Pereira sympathetically gave country singer and gay rights activist Chely Wright a forum to complain about religious freedom initiatives in several Southern states, with Wright deriding the bills as "very bigoted" and "ridiculous."
By Jorge Bonilla | | April 13, 2016 | 1:21 PM EDT
Our nation has been rocked, yet again, by news of horrific crimes committed against the most vulnerable among us- by individuals who are in this country illegally. Sadly, our domestic Spanish-language networks have once again chosen to be derelict in their duty to fully inform the community; by either hiding the suspects' immigration status if not blacking out the story altogether.
By Daniel Garza | | April 13, 2016 | 12:01 PM EDT
Yet another twisted cultural debate is now raging among the liberal left. Can white kids wear dreadlocks without being accused of cultural appropriation?
By Kyle Drennen | | April 13, 2016 | 11:57 AM EDT
At the top of Wednesday’s NBC Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie hyped: “Grand Old Problems. New disarray for the Republican Party. Trump now calling the delegate rules a ‘disgrace.’ The head of the party telling Trump to, quote, ‘Give us all a break.’”
By Tom Blumer | | April 13, 2016 | 11:45 AM EDT
Today's report from the government on retail sales was awful — "unexpectedly" so, according to both Bloomberg and Reuters. Following on the heels of a 0.4 percent seasonally adjusted decline in January and a flat February, March sales fell by 0.3 percent.
Two of the three main U.S. business wire services blamed the American people, not the worst post-recession economy since World War II during the Obama administration — an economy which is clearly weakening even further — for these results.
By Scott Whitlock | | April 13, 2016 | 11:40 AM EDT
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Wednesday speculated that one reason Speaker of the House Paul Ryan disavowed any interest in the 2016 Republican nomination is because it’s “not worth having.” Talking to reporter Nancy Cordes, co-host Charlie Rose speculated, “Is it possible he thinks this is not a nomination worth having in this political year?”
By Katie Yoder | | April 13, 2016 | 10:44 AM EDT
The big-name couple that once made headlines for practicing abstinence is now capturing attention for their God-centered relationship.
Singer Ciara graced the cover of Essence magazine’s May issue. Inside, the Grammy winner revealed that she trusted “God had a plan” after an ugly break-up in 2014 and that she wanted a “God fearing man.” She found that man in her fiancé Seattle Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson – and now can’t wait for the “beauty” of marriage.
By Mairead McArdle | | April 13, 2016 | 10:21 AM EDT
Transgender bathroom bills were a hot topic and a favorite of the media including NBC, ABC, and CBS this past year.
The networks have made clear where they stand as state after state decides whether it will require transgenders to use the bathroom corresponding with the gender indicated on his or her birth certificate. Since July 1, 2015, the networks have devoted 48 stories to the array of bathroom bills. CBS covered the issue 22 times, NBC 13 times, and ABC 13 times since July 1.
By Alatheia Nielsen | | April 13, 2016 | 9:09 AM EDT
Since the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010, the broadcast networks have been whining about corporate influence in politics — but not right now.
The media often attack the conservative Koch brothers for “trying to influence the political process.” They similarly complained that the Supreme Court was “opening the floodgates for big money” when the Citizens United ruling allowed businesses to make unlimited political donations.
By Mark Finkelstein | | April 13, 2016 | 8:56 AM EDT
Does Donald Trump think he's going to lose the nomination at the convention? Are his current complaints about RNC "dirty tricks," the system being "rigged," etc. a preview of the explanation he'll be offering when he does indeed lose? Yes, and yes, if you buy what former senior Cruz aide Rick Tyler said on today's Morning Joe.
After the show rolled video of Trump's attacks on the RNC, Joe Scarborough said that the Donald had hit the "sweet spot." Scarborough again made the case for Trump, saying "no, that's the speech of somebody that can win 49 states and would be enraged he lost the 50th." But Tyler pushed back, saying "that's not the speech of a winner. That's the speech of someone who believes he's losing . . . He actually believes now he's going to lose this nomination at the convention on the second ballot."
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | | April 13, 2016 | 7:44 AM EDT
Now that the Republican campaign looks like it will last until a contested convention in Cleveland, Donald Trump and his supporters assert the whole system looks undemocratic.
But if democracy was organized to give everyone a fair and equal shot to impress the voters based on their knowledge and experience, then this system has been rigged for Donald Trump for the last nine months. The media - not just the liberal media, but some "conservative" media, too - have been the gale-force wind beneath Trump's wings.
By Curtis Houck | | April 13, 2016 | 1:10 AM EDT
During the daily segment on MSNBC’s Hardball entitled “Tell Me Something I Didn’t Know” on Tuesday, longtime British journalist and former Newsweek head Tina Brown touted the widely debunked claim that “over 100,000 women in Texas have tried to self-abort” since 2011 due to pro-life legislation.