Cradle Catholic Chris Matthews devoted a segment of his Oct. 7 Hardball program to furthering Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's attack line against Republicans supporting a select-committee investigation into Planned Parenthood. Clinton likened the probe to the select committee investigating Benghazi. Joining in on the fun was liberal Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.).
By Scott Whitlock | October 8, 2015 | 11:46 AM EDT
ABC, NBC and CBS on Thursday immediately pounced on a tweet by Ruper Murdoch in which the Fox News chairman suggested that Ben Carson would be America’s first “real” black president. These same networks stayed silent this week after a major college professor smeared Carson by calling him a “coon.”
By Jeffrey Meyer | October 8, 2015 | 11:34 AM EDT
On Wednesday night’s Kelly File, Fox News hosts Dana Perino and Howard Kurtz had some harsh words for the upcoming movie “Truth” which attempts to tell the story of how a fake story about the National Guard service of George W. Bush resulted in the downfall of CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather.
By Kyle Drennen | October 8, 2015 | 11:12 AM EDT
On Thursday, NBC’s Today joined CNN in promoting the latest issue of People magazine, which demanded congressional action on gun violence. At the top of the morning show, co-host Savannah Guthrie heralded: “People gets political. The glossy magazine known more for its celebrity scoops and red-carpet fashions wades into one of the most controversial issues in America. Is the magazine taking sides?”
By Matt Philbin | October 8, 2015 | 10:34 AM EDT
An MRC study published yesterday was the subject of a piece in The Hollywood Reporter. The study analyzed the violence in the top 10 movies currently in theatres to showcase the hypocrisy of celebrities demanding gun control after the Roseburg shooting.
(For the record: 334 separate violent acts; 121 acts of gun violence; 39 dead out of 142 total victims.)
By Katie Yoder | October 8, 2015 | 10:14 AM EDT
Planned Parenthood isn’t exactly a pro-child organization. Regardless, the media are fawning over this “smart” little girl after her media activist mother prompted her to talk about Planned Parenthood on camera.
Poet and activist Staceyann Chin and her 3-year-old daughter, Zuri, donned pink to show their support of Planned Parenthood during the abortion giant’s “Pink Out Day” Sept. 29. For the event, Chin created a video with Zuri entitled, “We Stand with Planned Parenthood!” In the four-minute YouTube vlog, Chin prompted her toddler to explain why they’re wearing “powerful pink.” And the media praised them for it.
By Jeffrey Meyer | October 8, 2015 | 9:37 AM EDT
On Thursday, the hosts of CBS This Morning repeatedly urged Ohio Governor John Kasich to criticize his fellow Republicans for being to conservative on issues ranging from ObamaCare to immigration reform. Co-host Norah O’Donnell proclaimed Kasich has “taken a risk within your party, differing on a number of issues whether it’s immigration, on gay marriage, even on ObamaCare” before she asked if the “party’s platform needs to evolve on those issues?”
By Mark Finkelstein | October 8, 2015 | 8:36 AM EDT
For weeks now, Joe Scarborough has been expressing befuddlement over Ben Carson's appeal. It boiled over on today's Morning Joe, as Scarborough went on an extended anti-Carson rant.
Scarborough unleashed after clips were played from town halls in Iowa and New Hampshire in which Republican voters expressed strong support for the notion of Carson as a qualified president. Calling Carson unqualified to be president, Joe railed that he'd seen people like Carson on school boards who got into trouble because they were in "over their heads."
By Tim Graham | October 8, 2015 | 7:14 AM EDT
The forthcoming Rather-phony-documents movie – shamelessly titled Truth – is the latest occasion for Rather to claim (to The Hollywood Reporter) "We reported a true story....There wasn't any doubt then, and there is no doubt in any reasonable person's mind now, the story was true."
Rather does sound more like a wounded dog than usual after his two-hour interview. "I have a lot of flaws and a lot of vulnerabilities," he says at the end of the two-hour interview. "I've made a lot of mistakes. I have a lot of wounds, some of them self-inflicted, some of them still partially open. But I'm a fighter."
By Curtis Houck | October 8, 2015 | 3:11 AM EDT
Embattled 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sat down for her latest interview on Wednesday and surprisingly, the liberal media’s questioner in Judy Woodruff of the PBS NewsHour (and Clinton Foundation donor) came prepared and hit Clinton on issues ranging from her e-mail scandal to the administration’s misjudgment of Russia’s global threat to allied super PACs attacking socialist Bernie Sanders and possible candidate Joe Biden.
By Curtis Houck | October 7, 2015 | 11:12 PM EDT
The major broadcast networks of ABC, CBS, and NBC all omitted from their Wednesday evening newscasts the latest noteworthy comment from Vice President Joe Biden that the Republican Party is “beating” up Hispanics but instead continued harping on Ben Carson’s response to how he’d react if he came face-to-face with a mass shooter.
By NB Staff | October 7, 2015 | 10:59 PM EDT
MRC president Brent Bozell was interviewed Wednesday on the Fox Business program Varney & Co. about the MRC’s latest numbers on network evening news coverage of the Democratic presidential race. Hillary Clinton has dominated with 80 percent of the coverage, but a majority of it has dealt with her scandals, as Bozell explained.
Bernie Sanders has a much smaller share, but his coverage is all positive. None of the coverage focuses on his socialist extremism.
By Tom Blumer | October 7, 2015 | 10:42 PM EDT
In a September 23 post ("Impending Layoffs at ESPN Aren't Only About the 'Media Landscape'"), I argued that ESPN's impending decision to lay off hundreds of employees is at least partially due to its determination to stuff political correctness down viewers' throats.
I noted that the network's ratings suffered a nearly 30 percent decline from August 2014 to August 2015 — a sea change which begged for an explanation beyond cable industry turmoil. A commenter observed that the network's ratings were up during a recent week in September, so I said I would look at ratings for entire third quarter when they became available. ESPN's primetime audience loss spread over the entire quarter was over 9 percent — a result nowhere near as awful as August alone, but certainly nothing to crow about:
By P.J. Gladnick | October 7, 2015 | 9:26 PM EDT
It has only been a few hours since Hillary Clinton has announced that in contrast to her previous enthusiastic support of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, she now opposes it (with convenient caveats). Of course, her new opposition to TPP is a completely principled position and has nothing to do with politics. Yeah, right! However, will those on the left be so skeptical of such an obvious political ploy? Well, it seems that at least some are not buying her self-serving rationale for now opposing the TPP starting with Jonathan Chait of New York magazine. In fact the very title of his article, "Hillary Clinton Pretends to Oppose Pacific Trade Deal," reveals complete cynicism about her motivation:
By Brad Wilmouth | October 7, 2015 | 9:25 PM EDT
On Wednesday's CNN Newsroom with Carol Costello, in a pre-recorded interview with Jerusalem Mayor Mir Barkat that aired around 9:20 a.m. about a recent spate of Palestinians attacking Israelis with knives in public places, substitute anchor Ana Cabrera brought up her guest's tendency to carry a gun in public and absurdly asked him, "Does that not incite more violence?"