A 7,000-word New York Times Magazine cover story by Eliza Griswold, "The Shadow of Death," is an all-too-rare look from a major media outlet at the decimation of Christianity in the place of its birth, the Middle East, at the hands of radical Islamist groups like ISIS. From the cover text: "Christians in the Middle East are being forced out of their homes, enslaved and killed. Why is no one coming to their aid?"
By Tim Graham | July 25, 2015 | 7:02 PM EDT
It’s the kind of article that makes you think the liberals are satirizing themselves. But it seems to be serious. Jacob Brogan has written an article on Slate subtitled “I’m a feminist. I’m a dude. And I hate that I love to grill.” Brogan confesses "I get the sense that I’ve fallen into a societal trap, one that reaffirms gender roles I’ve spent years trying to undo. The whole business feels retrograde, a relic of some earlier, less inclusive era."
By Jeffrey Lord | July 25, 2015 | 6:19 PM EDT
Late Friday afternoon the Washington Post headlined this front page story about the shooter in the Louisiana: "Reports: Shooter was mentally ill, anti-tax activist."
The story then reports that John Russell Houser “was a onetime entrepreneur who inveighed against women’s rights, liberals and minorities and had been involuntarily committed for mental illness.” Yes, Rusty Houser “was fiercely anti-tax,” “ anti-abortion,” and….wait for it… “pretty much a radical Republican.” And oh, by the way? “Rusty had an issue with feminine rights. He was opposed to women having a say in anything..."
By Mark Finkelstein | July 25, 2015 | 5:11 PM EDT
Shades of 1968 and the Days of Rage? Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors has announced that "any opportunity we have to shut down a Republican convention, we will."
Appearing on today's Melissa Harris-Perry show on MSNBC, Cullors also blithely spoke of "the murder of Mike Brown" in Ferguson, MO. Neither of the co-guest hosts sitting in for Harris-Perry, Richard Liu and Janet Mock, challenged Cullors' characterization. This despite the fact that even Eric Holder's Justice Department found no wrongdoing on the part of the police officer who shot Brown.
By Brad Wilmouth | July 25, 2015 | 4:41 PM EDT
On Friday afternoon's CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin, just when it seemed like CNN legal analyst Philip Holloway was about to make a conservative case in favor people getting concealed carry permits to protect themselves in public places, it turned into a case of "Do as I say, not as I do," as he ended up warning that "it's not for everybody," and that too many people in a theater with concealed weapons could make things worse.
Shortly after 3:30 p.m., during a discussion of the Lafayette theater shooting, host Baldwin brought up Holloway's own tendency to carry firearms.
By Melissa Mullins | July 25, 2015 | 4:29 PM EDT
Jon Stewart's last day of hosting The Daily Show will be on August 6, and while many will miss the oftentimes controversial satirst, one writer in particular will not. That's because Wyatt Cenac, a former writer and correspondent for the show, recently revealed that he didn't get along with the famous host.
Speaking with Marc Maron on his "WTF" podcast, Cenac told Maron He also spoke about an explosive confrontation between Stewart and himself -- one that happened in 2011 when Stewart was making fun of black presidential candidate Herman Cain by doing "a voice" Cenac said sounded liked a character from the 1950s sitcom Amos & Andy, which prodded Stewart into a profane rage.
By Dylan Gwinn | July 25, 2015 | 11:25 AM EDT
Apparently, baseball is so simple that even a Dominican can do it! At least that was the sentiment expressed by the now-former ESPN, and possibly never-going-to-be Fox Sports 1 host Colin Cowherd, who on Thursday’s edition of his show “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” broke with one of his longtime patterns and devoted an entire segment to baseball.
If Colin had any idea that this particular baseball monologue would result in his firing, he would have definitely stuck with not talking about baseball. As it is, it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
By Tom Blumer | July 25, 2015 | 10:41 AM EDT
I'm virtually certain that he wouldn't dream of it, but the Associated Press's Josh Lederman seriously needs to consider correcting two extremely embarrassing paragraphs he wrote in his coverage of President Obama's appearance on Jon Stewart's Daily Show earlier this week.
At the 15:03 mark of the Comedy Central video following the jump, Obama treated Stewart as if he's a legitimate journalist, telling him that "It's not your job to focus on the three-quarters of a loaf or half a loaf that we get. Your job is to point out what we still haven't gotten." Actually, after enduring the video, it seems far more correct to say that Stewart's job was to make it look like he was challenging Obama by giving him a bit of grief several minutes earlier about the still-scandalous situation at the Veterans Administration, and then to give him a virtual open mic the rest of the way. But I digress.
By Katie Yoder | July 25, 2015 | 10:01 AM EDT
Don’t agree with something? Then discredit it by calling it “fake,” as exemplified by MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.
During the July 22 Rachel Maddow Show, Maddow said presidential candidate Jeb Bush visited a “fake abortion clinic,” in other words, a crisis pregnancy center.
By Tim Graham | July 25, 2015 | 8:17 AM EDT
Al Sharpton has an hour every night on MSNBC to blast away at whoever he wants -- usually anyone who dares question the Obama administration. He has a media megaphone. NewsBusters would enjoy a nightly show on cable news to question the "objective" media. But Al Sharpton wants to start criticizing the liberal media which has been so willing to promote him over the years?
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | July 25, 2015 | 7:57 AM EDT
The end of the Supreme Court term was depressing for conservatives. The double-whammy of a 50-state mandate for gay marriage and the upholding of Obamacare sounded the alarms for religious freedom. All that unease is measurable.
Credit The Washington Post for doing precisely that. The polling team has just reported, “Liberals have won a string of victories on gay marriage and health care reform this year, but a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds a large majority of Americans are unhappy with where the nation is headed on social issues.”
By Tom Blumer | July 24, 2015 | 11:50 PM EDT
The press — especially the Associated Press — wants everyone to know that the email controversy "swirling" around her is partisan and distracting. Why anyone would worry about its national security or legal implications is almost completely lost on them. That's their story, and they've been sticking to it for months.
The latest installment from the AP came tonight from Lisa Lerner, Eric Tucker and three other contributing reporters. Even though it's at the core of the firestorm over her undisclosed use of a private server out of her home, the term "national security" didn't appear until Paragraph 17 — and even then it was in a quote from a Republican. The big problem, from the AP team's perspective, is capsulized in their report's pity-party headline and opening paragraphs (bolds are mine):
By Matthew Balan | July 24, 2015 | 9:40 PM EDT
On Friday's World News Tonight, ABC's Ryan Owens played up how Lafayette, Louisiana mass shooter John "Rusty" Houser was "politically active – even running for office as an ultra-conservative, anti-tax crusader in Georgia." Owens also spotlighted how "investigators are scouring Houser's postings on known anti-government websites – hoping, perhaps, to find some answers there."
By Tom Blumer | July 24, 2015 | 6:48 PM EDT
Thanks to year-over-year declines in manufacturing orders, manufacturing shipments, and wholesale sales, along with bloated inventories, apologists for the current condition of the U.S. economy are down to three defenses supposedly demonstrating that all is still really well after yet another rough first quarter (once again excused away as due to supposedly historically awful winter weather).
One of the three is that the housing market, particularly for new homes, is in a genuine recovery. Effective today, we can scratch at least the new-home element of that claim. The Census Bureau told us today that seasonally adjusted new-home sales fell by 7 percent in June, after May's originally strong figure was also revised down by 5 percent. The raw data showed that the number of new homes sold in June — supposedly peak season for new home purchases — was the same as the number sold in February.
By Matthew Balan | July 24, 2015 | 5:55 PM EDT
Jeff Schweitzer heralded the discovery of an apparent Earth-like planet as a nail in the coffin for religion in a Thursday item on Huffington Post. Schweitzer, a scientist, "rationalist," and former Clinton administration senior policy analyst contended that "with this discovery, we come ever closer to the idea that life is common in the universe," and added that religions would "all will come out and say such a discovery is completely consistent with religious teachings. My goal here is to declare this as nonsense before it happens."