On Saturday, the Twitter account of CNN Politics posted a cartoon portrayal of Hillary Clinton to promote an article about the Democratic presidential candidate's visit to her campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. The caricature depicted Mrs. Clinton in "6 things Hillary could use in Brooklyn," and placed a cup of "artisinal (sic) coffee" in her hand, a floral print suit with matching "skinny pants," silver Birkenstocks, iPhone earbuds, and Warby Parker eyeglass frames.
By Tim Graham | May 18, 2015 | 11:22 AM EDT
Cable-news networks today are replaying the opening skit on Saturday Night Live mocking Hillary Clinton trying to talk to voters who are on summer vacation. But NBC “balanced” that skit with a mean-spirited hit on how ISIS was created by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney and was a “Halliburton production.”
The fake newscast Weekend Update lamely ran Seventies-style TV credits that said “ISIS: Created by George Bush and Dick Cheney. Executive Producer Donald Rumsfeld.”
By Tom Blumer | May 18, 2015 | 10:49 AM EDT
The competition is fierce, but perhaps the most consistent area of outright and arguably deliberate U.S. and worldwide press distortion is found in their coverage of the Catholic Church and its pontiff.
Last week, the major international wires and several U.S. outlets once again demonstrated that readers, listeners and viewers can never trust that they will get an accurate story relating to these matters without also consulting other publications and online outlets. Numerous stories claimed that Pope Francis called Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas (aka Abu Mazen) an "angel of peace." As Stephen Kruiser at PJ Media and Ellen Carmichael at National Review have noted, he did no such thing.
By Jeffrey Meyer | May 18, 2015 | 9:53 AM EDT
On Monday, CBS This Morning was the only network morning show to cover Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) receiving blowback for her “controversial sound” depicting Native Americans at a Democratic event over the weekend. Co-host Gayle King highlighted how Sanchez is now “apologizing for what some call racist remarks” after being caught on camera at a Democratic convention over the weekend making the noise.
By Rich Noyes | May 18, 2015 | 9:05 AM EDT
This week, as the Clinton Foundation scandal simmers, NBC travels to Africa to tout the "heartwarming" stories of the Foundation's good works, while CBS belittles the scandals as "distractions" and "noise." Yet, even as they protect Hillary, reporters deride GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina: "I don't think we would be taking her seriously at all if she weren't a woman."
By Mark Finkelstein | May 18, 2015 | 8:57 AM EDT
On today's Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski criticized George Stephanopoulos for covering the story of the Clinton Foundation without disclosing that he had donated to it. But Brzezinski's biggest blast was reserved for ABC, which had hired the hyper-partisan Clinton adviser in the first place.
Brzezinski hit the "lack of judgment of the people who are hiring him to think that he can just erase [his close Clinton ties] from his brain."
By Tim Graham | May 18, 2015 | 7:21 AM EDT
Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi dragged out a series of tiresome Stephanopoulos defenses on Monday. First, he weirdly claimed no new developments in the scandal (not true). Then he found liberal experts to say that this isn't a scandal because it doesn't change the ABC anchor's "persona," which is already identified with the Clintons. They even suggested Good Morning America isn't really a news show, so it's not as serious as the Brian Williams scandal.
By Tom Blumer | May 17, 2015 | 11:52 PM EDT
On May 5, PolitiFact's Louis Jacobson kept with the alleged "fact-checking" web site's actual role as pack of leftist hacks by issuing a fundamentally dishonest "Half True" ruling on a statement made by CarlyFiorina.org's cybersquatter. I raise the matter now because the web site's critics, while raising most of the relevant points, haven't gone far enough in tearing apart Jacobson's work.
As his headline states, the cyberquatter "accuses Carly Fiorina of wishing she'd laid off 30,000 employees more quickly" during the Republican presidential candidate's tenure as Hewlett-Packard's CEO which ended a decade ago. The squatter is lying. She didn't make that statement in connection with H-P's layoffs. That should have been the end of it, but Jacobson still pretended that the lie is "Half True" in his evaluation.
By Tim Graham | May 17, 2015 | 9:47 PM EDT
Florida mailman Doug Hughes flew a gyrocopter onto the Capitol grounds to strike a blow for “campaign finance reform.” In Sunday’s Washington Post, his illegal act was rewarded with an op-ed (complete with a large photo of the landing). The headline was "My flight for democracy: Shining a light on the corruption in Washington is the only way to clean things up."
The flight exposed lax security in the nation’s capital, and yet Hughes is so haughty about his cause that he compared large political donors to terrorists, a national security threat:
Salon: MSM Debate Moderators Allow GOPers to Blast ‘Stealth Liberal Agenda’ As Audiences ‘Hoot and Holler’ ApprovinglyBy Tom Johnson | May 17, 2015 | 5:22 PM EDT
In the wake of the furor over his gifts to the Clinton Foundation, George Stephanopoulos has taken himself out of the running to moderate a Republican presidential debate set to air on ABC next February. That development gave Salon’s Jim Newell a peg for his Friday argument that GOPers are off-base in their recent push for conservatives (or at least non-liberals) to moderate their party’s debates.
“The mainstream media moderator serves a useful function in Republican presidential debates,” wrote Newell. “If [he or she] asks a difficult or uncomfortable question, the Republican candidate can simply badger the moderator for pursuing a stealth liberal agenda. Whenever the candidate is on the verge of embarrassing him or herself, he or she can lash out at the moderator for trying to embarrass the cause of conservatism as a whole. All of the Republican voters in the audience are conditioned to hoot and holler with approval whenever this happens.” Newell added that if the moderator is a bona fide righty, however, “it eliminates [the candidates’] escape hatch. It’s much harder to yell at a Fox News host or a Hugh Hewitt about how they’re protecting Democrats.”
By Bryan Ballas | May 17, 2015 | 2:04 PM EDT
They don’t observe any pretense of objectivity at the Daily Beast with a headline like “Hero Judge Rules Abstinence-Only Sex Ed Is Illegal.” The sexual revolution was the one of the foundational layers of 1960’s leftism. But “national reporter” Kate Briquelet came along much later.
In the course of her celebration of this “groundbreaking decision,” Briquelet showcased the shouts of joy from other leftist groups, such as the ACLU, who called the ruling a “huge victory for students.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | May 17, 2015 | 1:12 PM EDT
Liberal New York magazine essayist Frank Rich appeared on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday and repeatedly blasted the GOP’s foreign policy views when stacked up against Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. The former New York Times columnist contended Clinton was the “red phone at 3:00 in the morning candidate and you have bunch of fresh-faced youngish Republicans for the most part who look like neophytes, before he proceeded to blast the “far to the right” foreign policy of the GOP.
By Jeffrey Meyer | May 17, 2015 | 11:35 AM EDT
On Sunday’s This Week, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos made a second on-air apology for failing to disclose that he donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation from 2012-2014.
By Jeffrey Meyer | May 17, 2015 | 10:37 AM EDT
On Fox News Sunday, the entire political panel blasted ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos for his failure to disclose $75,000 worth of donations to the Clinton Foundation despite covering the Clintons and promoting the work of the foundation over the years. Brit Hume criticized the ABC anchor’s actions and argued “if there's anybody in the world that you want to seem independent from it’s the Clintons. That's the mistake…I think by and large he's done a good job being even-handed in his work. But this was a mistake and I'm not sure he'll recover from it any time soon.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | May 17, 2015 | 8:53 AM EDT
On Sunday, the hosts of NBC’s Today laughed at how Russian President Vladimir Putin scored 8 goals during an exhibition hockey game in Sochi on Saturday.