Thursday on Morning Joe the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, Ben Smith, attempted to justify President Obama’s recent stunt in a commercial that mocked the difficulties people face when registering to vote. Naturally, making a joke of it in a BuzzFeed video was Obama’s way of addressing the complexities of voter registration. The perplexed hosts of Morning Joe vocalized how “disturbed” they were by the video. Ben Smith’s response? “YOLO,” short for “You Only Live Once.”
By Tim Graham | | June 30, 2016 | 2:54 PM EDT
The New York Times appears to be playing games again with conservative authors, trying to keep them off its vaunted (and secretively manipulated) Best Sellers list. This has happened to Ted Cruz, to Dinesh D’Souza, and to David Limbaugh.
This case is more ironic: Wall Street Journal columnist Kimberley Strassel has a new book out called The Intimidation Game: How the Left Is Silencing Free Speech.
By Curtis Houck | | June 30, 2016 | 2:28 PM EDT
Thursday’s CBS This Morning was already on a roll as they dismissed Attorney General Loretta Lynch “innocent” meeting with former President Bill Clinton when they dug themselves further into the hole of liberal media bias as they giggled in pleading with an investment company guest to be Hillary Clinton’s Treasury Secretary under the assumption she becomes president.
By Kyle Drennen | | June 30, 2016 | 2:01 PM EDT
During her 12 p.m. ET hour MSNBC show on Thursday, host Andrea Mitchell dismissed the controversy over Bill Clinton’s private meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch as nothing more than a “conspiracy theory” as she rushed to defend Hillary Clinton. Mitchell lamented even having to discuss story: “Now on top of all of this, as though there weren't enough conspiracy theories out there already...."
By Scott Whitlock | | June 30, 2016 | 1:58 PM EDT
In case you weren’t aware, the liberal Chris Matthews is the king of the “tough questions.” That’s according to a new ad airing on MSNBC. In the spot, Matthews brags, “I take it as my job not to just ask the tough questions... but to get answers to them.”
By Maggie McKneely | | June 30, 2016 | 1:47 PM EDT
Marc Lamont Hill is about to get his own late night talk show. Because there just aren’t enough liberal pundits clogging the nightly airwaves already. VH1 recently announced that the CNN political commentator will be the host of VH1 Live, the channel’s first-ever late-night talk show. The Hollywood Reporter hyped the upcoming show by gushing that the “Ivy League-educated host [will] infuse his opinions and wit with what's billed as a "raw street savvy" approach to the subject matter,” entertainment news and gossip.
By Tom Blumer | | June 30, 2016 | 1:17 PM EDT
Apparently following up on his Washington Post column earlier this week, the paper's Chris Cillizza appeared on Thursday's Morning Joe show and observed that Hillary Clinton has "large-scale problems on honesty and trustworthines," that "she is the status quo" and "represents the past." Because of that, and despite the conventional wisdom in much of the establishment press that Mrs. Clinton can't possibly lose in November, Cillizza argues that her Republican opponent "can win this race."
Cillizza has previously staunchly denied media bias in the coverage of Mrs. Clinton's campign. That's hard to square with what Tim Graham at NewsBusters observed on Wednesday, namely the contrast between Cillizza's take — "Hillary Clinton’s email story continues to get harder and harder to believe" — and the fact that no televsion network had "noticed this latest AP (Associated Press) story and (Mrs. Clinton's) latest (very problematic) batch of emails."
By Matthew Balan | | June 30, 2016 | 1:11 PM EDT
On Wednesday, the Associated Press spotlighted how "CNN political commentator Sally Kohn, who has heard a lot of trash talk in her job, is working on a book about the benefits of civility." The AP didn't mention that Kohn has her dished out plenty of trash talk of her own during her time at CNN — all of which was targeted at conservatives. The left-wing pundit has likened Christian "hardliners" to ISIS and wildly predicted that a Donald Trump presidency would be like "Nazi Germany."
By Scott Whitlock | | June 30, 2016 | 12:23 PM EDT
Will journalists come to the defense of another media outlet? Maybe not if that organization is Fox News. The Washington Examiner on Thursday that Democrats on the Federal Election Commission targeted Fox News for punishment in 2015. Bedard explained, “Finally making good on long-harbored anger at conservative media, Democrats on the Federal Election Commission voted in secret to punish Fox News' sponsorship of a Republican presidential debate, using an obscure law to charge the network with helping those on stage.”
By Kyle Drennen | | June 30, 2016 | 11:39 AM EDT
While credit goes to Thursday’s CBS This Morning for leading the broadcast with the controversy swirling around Bill Clinton having a 30-minute private meeting with Attorney General Loretta Lynch amid the FBI investigation to Hillary Clinton’s e-mail scandal, the hosts of the morning show proceeded to dismiss the suspicious incident as an “innocent” encounter.
By P.J. Gladnick | | June 30, 2016 | 11:15 AM EDT
According to CNN's Jake Tapper, Donald Trump is currently living inside Barack Obama's head, constantly uppermost in his thoughts, no matter the situation. And in this case the situation was the press conference yesterday at the North American Leaders Conference in Ottawa, Canada. During CNN's The Lead, Tapper explained:
By Scott Whitlock | | June 30, 2016 | 10:59 AM EDT
ABC and NBC on Wednesday and Thursday ignored the highly suspicious news that Bill Clinton had a secret meeting this week with Attorney General Loretta Lynch. This as the Justice Department and the FBI are investigating Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server. Only CBS bothered to cover the story.
By Clay Waters | | June 30, 2016 | 10:33 AM EDT
In the wake of Congress's official report on the Benghazi massacre, the front page of the New York Times Wednesday eagerly absolved Hillary Clinton of any fault in the attack in Libya that killed four Americans: “Benghazi Panel Finds No Misdeeds by Clinton.” The paper’s inside-the-paper analysis by Mark Landler and Amy Chozick found further vindication, not addressing Hillary Clinton’s moral culpability in the attack but merely treating it as a partisan victory for the Democratic Party’s nominee, just one more hurdle to get past on the way to the presidency: “An 800-Page Report Down, and a Server of Emails to Go.”
By Elliot Polsky | | June 30, 2016 | 9:42 AM EDT
On The Late Show Tuesday, Stephen Colbert misreported Pope Francis’ recent comments on Christian treatment of gays in order to blame the Roman Catholic Church for historical violence and to make fun of its sacraments and rites.
By Jorge Bonilla | | June 30, 2016 | 8:00 AM EDT
Univision's news brand pretty much centers around the stridency of its immigration coverage these days. However, it is fascinating to watch the network try to hide its biases on other major issues, as evidenced by coverage of the Supreme Court's ruling in the Texas abortion case.