On Monday, CBS This Morning did its best to play up how the current battle among House Republicans to pick their next Speaker could do lasting damage to the party’s 2016 White House chances. Co-host Anthony Mason introduced the segment by declaring “there is new concern that the Republican disarray on Capitol Hill could hurt the party's presidential chances.”
By Rich Noyes | October 12, 2015 | 9:05 AM EDT
This week, Hillary Clinton is treated to fawning tributes and softball quesions during her "town hall" forum on NBC's Today, while network reporters finger the "far right" as at fault in the surprise resignation of House Speaker John Boehner. Plus, CNN's Christiane Amanpour claims some in the GOP are part of a "war on Muslims," and ex-CBS newsman Dan Rather is sticking to his bogus story: "There is no doubt in any reasonable person's mind now, the story was true."
By Mark Finkelstein | October 12, 2015 | 8:03 AM EDT
Says Joe Scarborough, if Jeb Bush had Donald Trump's poll numbers, the media would proclaim the race "T-K-Over." Yet rather than touting Trump's commanding lead, the liberal media speculates instead on the Donald's "exit strategy." That had Scarborough blasting CNN and other MSM outlets as "Trump deniers" on today's Morning Joe.
Why is the MSM unwilling to give Donald his due? Scarborough suggested the media should "just admit: we hate him so much, that even when he is trouncing everybody, we loathe this vulgarian from Queens who we've never accepted into our club and screw him, we're never going to give him any sort of respect." Concluded Joe: "I call them Trump deniers."
By Tim Graham | October 12, 2015 | 7:27 AM EDT
Tom Tillison at BizPac Review reports that CNN is being targeted by the hard left for having no progressive analogue to Hugh Hewitt in Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas.
The group Roots Action has started a petition for “basic fairness and balance” demanding an “unapologetic progressive” as one of the moderators:
By Dylan Gwinn | October 12, 2015 | 1:49 AM EDT
CBS’ Madam Secretary has just about succeeded in turning the office of Secretary of State into the most important government post in the history of history. In an episode titled “The Doability Doctrine,” Secretary McCord (Tea Leoni) becomes extremely miffed that the President has decided to entrust his CIA director with resolving the case of a captured American Foreign Service Officer in Kabul.
By Erik Soderstrom | October 12, 2015 | 1:00 AM EDT
Quantico’s writers just can’t resist the temptation to take shots at the American military or to reinforce left-wing stereotypes. In last week’s episode, the trainees uncovered a plot to burn down a Planned Parenthood. This week, we are told to be suspicious of all veterans; they’re unstable, just like Timothy McVeigh, explains Simon Asher (Tate Ellington).
By Karen Townsend | October 12, 2015 | 12:35 AM EDT
Season 7 of The Good Wife is off with a roar using timely references for its liberal, pro-abortion viewers. The writers pull no punches that this show promotes Hillary Clinton for President – a continuing part of this season’s storyline is that Peter (Chris Noth) is running for re-election as governor of Illinois and is really, really hoping to be Hillary’s pick for Vice President. In this episode, "Innocents," Alicia (Julianna Margulies), Peter’s ex-wife, notes how much their relationship and the Clintons’ are alike. Both relationships, you see, are full of adultery and enabling. How fun! Alicia and Hillary could swap tips on how best to live with a man who has so little respect for women!
By Brad Wilmouth | October 11, 2015 | 11:56 PM EDT
Friday's Erin Burnett Outfront on CNN ran a report by correspondent Ed Lavendera focusing on negative reaction to a new law in Texas that will allow concealed carry permit holders over age 21 to bring their guns onto college campuses to enhance security.
The report was heavily slanted toward airing the views of those who wish to keep colleges as gun-free zones as Lavendera included six soundbites totaling 44 seconds from opponents of the law, with only two soundbites totaling 12 seconds from those who want to allow guns on campus. One of the only two soundbites on the pro-gun side was only about one second long.
By NB Staff | October 11, 2015 | 11:26 PM EDT
Conservative comedian and talk show host Joe Piscopo brought the laughter to Thursday night’s 2015 Media Research Center Gala and DisHonors Awards. While the rest of the dinner hammered the liberal media, “The Funnies” were a compilation of the year’s most humorous clips, as complied by the MRC.
Lefty Blogger Charles Pierce: Congress ‘Has Been Broken By Crazy People’ (Namely, Conservative Republicans)By Tom Johnson | October 11, 2015 | 8:42 PM EDT
Esquire’s Charles Pierce seemingly would like a time machine to take him back a quarter-century so he could advise the Tom Foley/George Mitchell-era Democratic party. Failing that, Pierce wishes today’s Dems would at last act on his idea to persuade the American people that the Republican party is “thoroughly, deeply, banana-sandwich loony,” thereby “beat[ing] the crazy out of [the GOP] so the country can get moving again.”
“Republican extremism should have been the most fundamental campaign issue for every Democratic candidate for every elected office since about 1991,” argued Pierce in a Friday post. “The mockery and ridicule should have been loud and relentless. It was the only way to break both the grip of the prion disease, and break through the solid bubble of disinformation, anti-facts, and utter bullshit that has sustained the Republican base over the past 25 years.”
By Tim Graham | October 11, 2015 | 4:53 PM EDT
Planned Parenthood is delighted with Rolling Stone magazine. They’re sending around a link to the hippie rag. Andrea Grimes penned what might be the most deluded clause of the year: “the myth that Planned Parenthood is a baby-killing behemoth persists, despite all evidence to the contrary.”
That makes as much sense as the magazine's false tale of gang rape at the University of Virginia.
By Mark Finkelstein | October 11, 2015 | 12:51 PM EDT
Yeah, that's been our big beef with the New York Times: it's too tough on top Democrats . . .
So we'll all sleep better now that Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet has assured us that the paper is not "too aggressive" or "unfair" in its coverage of Hillary Clinton. On CNN's Reliable Sources today, Bacquet, as proof of the paper's even-handedness, noted to host Brian Stelter a Times story on Benghazi that "did not point a finger at her" and another story probing problems within the Benghazi committee.
By Jeffrey Meyer | October 11, 2015 | 12:24 PM EDT
On Sunday’s Face the Nation, National Journal reporter Ron Fournier accused Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson of “putting a target on government officials” after the retired neurosurgeon stressed the need for Americans to have the right to protect themselves from an oppressive government.
By Jeffrey Meyer | October 11, 2015 | 11:45 AM EDT
On Sunday’s Meet the Press, Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker did her best to give Hillary Clinton the “benefit of the doubt” after she has flipped her position on a number of policy issues, most recently her sudden opposition to TPP. Parker acknowledged that Clinton would never admit to changing her positions for “political expedience” in order to satisfy Bernie Sanders' supporters, but she stressed that you “can give her the benefit of the doubt too.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | October 11, 2015 | 9:19 AM EDT
Last night, Saturday Night Live used its cold opening skit to wade into the Planned Parenthood scandal and the “stomach churning” undercover videos released by the Center for Medical Progress. SNL opened with a skit featuring a recreation of Fox and Friends and cast member Vanessa Bayer initially tried to downplay the videos. While portraying Elizabeth Hasselbeck, Bayer joked that Planned Parenthood was “selling baby parts on Snapchat.”