A report by Jeryl Bier of the Weekly Standard reveals the shocking information that federal agencies have paid Politico nearly a million dollars in subscription fees since 2011 including nearly $432,000 just last year alone. An even barely skeptical mind would have to suspect that such fees were a payoff for either favorable coverage or to simply avoid reporting uncomfortable facts about those agencies.
By Matthew Balan | March 26, 2015 | 1:23 PM EDT
Yet again, MSNBC had to issue an on-air apology, after one of its left-wing guests on Wednesday made an outrageous statement. On Now With Alex Wagner, Ebony.com's senior editor Jamilah Lemieux responded to Senator Ted Cruz's statement about listening to country music after 9/11 by snarking, "Nothing says, let's go kill some Muslims like country music....I mean, really? That's absurd."
By Kristine Marsh | March 26, 2015 | 12:41 PM EDT
Tolerance is only expected from the left, never given. That was never more evident than on The Nightly Show March 24 where Ted Cruz and evangelicals were mocked for their faith.
Host Larry Wilmore brought on liberal comedian Lewis Black, Actor and former member of the Obama Administration Kal Penn, pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, and anchor for The Blaze TV, Amy Holmes, to discuss Ted Cruz’s run for President. The discussion began with Black blasting Cruz as a relic of the segregated past.
By Kyle Drennen | March 26, 2015 | 12:39 PM EDT
While interviewing former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Wednesday's NBC Tonight Show, host Jimmy Fallon argued that if the Netflix documentary Mitt about the GOP candidate had been released before the 2012 election, voters may have made a different choice: "Because gosh, it was fantastic. And I was telling you, if you could have had that out, you know, while you were running, I think it would have been a different outcome almost....who knows?"
By Scott Whitlock | March 26, 2015 | 12:31 PM EDT
NBC and CBS on Thursday failed to label the scandal-tarred Jesse Jackson Jr. as a Democrat. Instead of identifying his political party, Today co-host Savannah Guthrie carefully explained, "And former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. left an Alabama prison this morning, accompanied by his family." She then noted that he would serve more time in a halfway house.
By Tim Graham | March 26, 2015 | 12:27 PM EDT
Al Kamen’s “In The Loop column in Thursday’s Washington Post carries just the latest in a long thread of left-wing musicians being upset at their music being liked by Republicans. In this case, Devo co-founder Gerald Casale hates House Majority Whip Steve Scalise creating a fundraising committee called “Whip It Good.” Scalise has also used Devo’s “Whip It” at events.
The Post wanted to manufacture a Scalise controversy, and Casale was ready to bring the pain to the allegedly evil right wingers.
New Republic Writer: Cruz’s Strategy For Winning the White House Based On ‘White Voter Shock and Awe’By Tom Johnson | March 26, 2015 | 11:39 AM EDT
Brian Beutler of The New Republic thinks no one who’s as far to the right as Ted Cruz is can be elected president, and, to support that opinion, he enlisted (or perhaps drafted) a conservative hero, albeit one who died in 1998. In a Monday article, Beutler asserted that “if Barry Goldwater were still alive, he’d be a guest on cable news somewhere warning Republicans that Ted Cruz is too conservative to win the presidency.”
By Scott Whitlock | March 26, 2015 | 11:07 AM EDT
Liberal MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews on Wednesday fumed over what he saw as Ted Cruz questioning the patriotism of Democrats. This is despite the fact that the cable anchor has questioned the patriotism of people he doesn't like. On Hardball, Matthews read a quote of the Republican Senator: "Understanding Harvard law school is very important to understanding our president," Matthews quoted Cruz, citing how Cruz claimed that "there were more self-declared communists on the Harvard faculty that there were Republicans."
By Jeffrey Meyer | March 26, 2015 | 10:39 AM EDT
Following an announcement that Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl would be formally charged with desertion and endangering his fellow soldiers, on Thursday morning, ABC and CBS continued to omit the fact that at least one member of Bergdahl’s military unit died while searching for him in Afghanistan. In addition, the “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks once again ignored a June 2014 clip of National Security Advisor Susan Rice praising Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl as “serving with honor and distinction.”
By Joseph Rossell | March 26, 2015 | 10:32 AM EDT
Green bullies are at it again, this time trying to shame museums into dropping conservative philanthropist David Koch and his money.
A group of alarmist scientists wrote an open letter claiming museums like the Smithsonian’s Museums of Science and Natural History in Washington, D.C., and the American Museum of Natural History in New York City have compromised their “integrity” by accepting money from him.
By Tom Blumer | March 26, 2015 | 1:25 AM EDT
Earlier this week, Meredith Shiner at Yahoo News, a political reporter with roughly six years of experience and a jourmalism degree from Duke, demonstrated breathtaking ignorance about Ted Cruz's reference to God-given rights. She tweeted the following in reaction: "Bizarre to talk about how rights are God-made and not man-made in your speech announcing a POTUS bid? When Constitution was man-made?"
In a post on Shiner's tweet on Monday, I wondered how widespread such breathtaking ignorance might be. In his Fox News "Watters' World" segment on Bill O'Reilly's show on Tuesday, Jesse Watters found some individual answers, many of them far from encouraging:
By Curtis Houck | March 26, 2015 | 12:25 AM EDT
On Wednesday night, the “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC all neglected to cover the latest problem facing likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as a report from the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General (IG) found that a senior DHS official assisted Clinton’s brother Tony Rodham and Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe (Va.) in obtaining visas for their foreign business associates.
By Tom Blumer | March 25, 2015 | 10:50 PM EDT
The pundit class in the U.S. and much of the rest of the world is still seething over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's electoral triumph last week.
On Monday, Dan Perry at the Associated Press took that hysteria to a new level, in effect attempting to discredit Bibi's win by writing that, after all, it may not really be correct to call Israel a democracy. That's because "Palestinians" who are in the occupied territories — whose leaders, and more than likely a majority of its residents would vote to expel all Jews from Israel in a heartbeat if they could — can't vote (HT Dan Gainor; bolds are mine):
By Curtis Houck | March 25, 2015 | 9:39 PM EDT
In their coverage of desertion charges filed against U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the major broadcast networks on Wednesday night failed to mention that National Security Advisor Susan Rice had praised Bergdahl for serving “with honor and distinction.” Standing in sharp contrast to this glaring omission by the “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC, the clip of Rice’s claim on the June 1, 2014 broadcast of ABC’s This Week was shown on CNN and FNC newscasts.
Oh the Irony: NYTimes Finds America's Cuba Media Service to Lack 'Balance, Fairness and Objectivity'By Clay Waters | March 25, 2015 | 9:19 PM EDT
The front page of Wednesday's New York Times featured Lizette Alvarez's "Out of Cold War Past, Broadcasts to Cuba Face an Uneasy Future." For conservative fans of hypocritical liberal media irony, the text box is a keeper: "Accusations of a lack of balance, fairness and objectivity." This from the liberal fortress known as the Times.