Radical leftist Michael Moore unsurprisingly picked up where MSNBC's Krystal Ball left off and politicized the ongoing Ebola scare in the U.S. by pointing the finger at the NRA and other regular targets of ire among his ideological fellow travelers. On Thursday, Moore devoted a series of posts on Twitter to an anti-conservative rant about the disease outbreak.
By Geoffrey Dickens | October 16, 2014 | 11:56 AM EDT
In the crucial weeks leading up to the midterm elections, the broadcast networks were obsessed with scandals, but not any of the Obama administration controversies that might influence how voters behave on Election Day. No, despite revelations in the Benghazi, IRS, Veterans Administration and Secret Service prostitution scandals it was the NFL domestic abuse scandals that captured the attention of the Big Three (ABC, NBC, CBS) networks.
By Kyle Drennen | October 16, 2014 | 11:05 AM EDT
After citing numerous Republicans on the campaign trail criticizing the Obama administration's handling of the ebola crisis, on Thursday, MSNBC Daily Rundown host Craig Melvin condemned such criticism as "the politics of fear" and "irresponsible."
By Jeffrey Meyer | October 16, 2014 | 10:58 AM EDT
On Thursday morning, all three network morning shows hyped Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott’s refusal to appear on stage for a scheduled debate with his Democratic opponent, former Governor Charlie Crist, due to the appearance of an unapproved fan. Despite the “big three” enthusiastically covering the Republican governor’s “Fangate” episode, the networks have repeatedly refused to cover political controversies from Democrats running for office this year.
By Joseph Rossell | October 16, 2014 | 9:58 AM EDT
Amidst the Ebola crisis, the government’s premier health agencies are burning their taxpayer funded budgets on wasteful programs faster than drunken monkeys. Based on a recent $3.2 million NIH study focused exclusively on getting monkeys drunk, that’s an analogy researchers should readily understand.
That’s not the story that is getting told by journalists. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are busy leveraging the Ebola crisis to demand more taxpayer dollars from Congress with the media's help.
By Mark Finkelstein | October 16, 2014 | 9:08 AM EDT
At the top of today's Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski mentioned that no one from any of the several Obama-administration agencies dealing with Ebola was willing to come on to defend the government's bungled handling of the crisis.
Not to worry: the show two found super-staunch Obama admin defenders in Dr. Emily Senay, consulting doc for PBS and CBS, and Todd Frankel of the Washington Post. When Nicolle Wallace pointed out that the Obama admin had no excuse for not foreseeing the scenario that has played out given that it was the precise plot of "Outbreak" 20 years ago, Senay snapped at Wallace that if she was interested in Hollywood "hysteria," she should "stick with Netflix." Later, the feckless Frankel's Pollyanish argument against closing the borders was so absurd that it prompted Mika to wryly observe "that sounds like luck to me."
By Tim Graham | October 16, 2014 | 8:15 AM EDT
In a Tuesday night segment on Colorado’s Senate race on the PBS NewsHour, anchor Gwen Ifill spurred liberal Sen. Mark Udall to trash the left-leaning Denver Post for endorsing his Republican opponent Cory Gardner for being Johnny One-Note on abortion.
Ifill said “Udall shrugs off the hometown rebuke.” He complained: “If the Denver Post doesn’t think women’s reproductive rights are important, that’s their decision, but that’s an important part of my campaign.”
By Brent Baker | October 16, 2014 | 7:29 AM EDT
Wednesday’s USA Today featured a laudatory front page profile of Tom Steyer, the far-left billionaire donor to efforts to elect liberals and un-seat Republicans of all stripes – especially if he can denigrate them as climate change “deniers.” Yet, in 1,832 words, the piece by Fredreka Schouten failed to identify Steyer -- or anyone in the article -- as a “liberal,” but Schouten applied the “conservative” tag twice.
By Tom Blumer | October 15, 2014 | 11:58 PM EDT
For years, government watchdog groups have chronicled numerous instances of waste and abuse — at the very least — at the Centers for Disease Control and its National Institutes for Health.
An establishment press corps doing its job, upon hearing the director of the National Institutes for Health claim that "if we had not gone through our 10-year slide in research support, we probably would have had a vaccine" for Ebola by now, and especially upon hearing leftist poltiticians then claim that it's all Republicans' fault, would look into whether part of the problem might be poor bureacratic stewardship. But they're not doing their job.
By Curtis Houck | October 15, 2014 | 10:47 PM EDT
On Wednesday night, Bill O’Reilly blasted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Thomas Frieden and the federal government’s response to the Ebola epidemic during his Talking Points Memo at the top of his Fox News Channel (FNC) program. He reiterated his call for Frieden to resign in the wake of the CDC’s response and called him out for “spouting nonsense” and being “almost incohent” during an interview on FNC’s The Kelly File on Tuesday night.
Charles Pierce: Wendy Davis Wheelchair Ad Shows ‘The Basic Principles of Modern Conservatism’ Are a ‘Lie’By Tom Johnson | October 15, 2014 | 9:52 PM EDT
The Esquire blogger claims that right-wingers don’t believe in small government, but rather in grabbing all the publicly funded goodies they can.
By Ken Shepherd | October 15, 2014 | 8:48 PM EDT
Below the fold on the front page of the October 15 edition of the Washington Post was a rather fascinating story out of Ferguson, Missouri, about how young black voters in the St. Louis suburb are considering casting at least one vote on the ballot this November for a Republican.
By Matthew Balan | October 15, 2014 | 6:56 PM EDT
On Tuesday, Turner Broadcasting, the parent company of CNN, started the process of cancelling several of the news network's series, including the reboot of Crossfire, and began laying off hundreds of employees. Chris Ariens at the TVNewser blog reported that "as many as 300, or 8%, of CNN's workforce is being cut." Ariens later noted that "Jane Velez Mitchell's nightly HLN show has been canceled, part of deep cuts at CNN."
By Ken Shepherd | October 15, 2014 | 4:00 PM EDT
The Houston Chronicle reports that the city's liberal Democratic mayor, Annise Parker, has spearheaded efforts by the city to subpoena sermons from local churches whose ministers have been critical of the city's new "equal rights" ordinance. That law requires private businesses to permit transgendered persons to use the bathroom of the gender of their self-identity as opposed to their biological sex.