ABC and CBS's evening newscasts on Friday spotlighted the friendly transatlantic trash-talking between the British and American heads of state. However, the programs failed to cover the latest too-close intercept of American military assets by Russian aircraft. On World News Tonight, ABC's David Muir touted "the royal mic drop — the Queen and Prince Harry responding to the First Family's challenge" over the upcoming Invictus Games for wounded veterans. On CBS Evening News, Scott Pelley trumpeted that "it's not often that the Queen gets involved in a Twitter war. She and Prince Harry traded barbs with President and Mrs. Obama."
By Tom Blumer | | April 29, 2016 | 11:16 PM EDT
On Thursday, shortly after the government estimated that the economy only grew at an annual rate of 0.5 percent in this year's first quarter, Jeffry Bartash at Marketwatch.com commented on the especially weak performance in nonresidential business investment.
That category subtracted 0.76 points from GDP, the worst result since the second quarter of 2009, during the recession. Bartash, presumably based on real discussions he's had with real economists wrote: "Many economists doubt business investment will show much strength in 2016. A tepid global economic scene and a tumultuous U.S. presidential election marked by heavy anti-corporate rhetoric appears to have made business executives more cautious." What? "Anti-corporate rhetoric" affects the decisions of entrepreneurs, investors and businesspeople? Who knew?
By P.J. Gladnick | | April 29, 2016 | 9:39 PM EDT
WARNING! David Brooks has admitted that he lives in a wealthy bubble and to rectify that he plans to break out of his New York Times cocoon and travel down the Heart of Darkness to mix with the hoi polloi.
What caused Brooks to issue his bubble admission was the rise of Donald Trump whom he had previously discounted. So before getting down from his high horse to possibly mix with the peasants at your neighborhood sports bar Brooks, with a massive chip on his shoulder, declares his moral superiority:
By Clay Waters | | April 29, 2016 | 6:50 PM EDT
George Mason University law school announced it would be renamed the Antonin Scalia School of Law in honor of the recently deceased justice. Yet even in death, the left and its allies at the Times won’t cease their attacks. Friday’s New York Times featured young reporter Nicholas Fandos, “University Critics Draw a Line at Naming Law School for Scalia.” The online headline was positively “fearful” of the change: “What’s in a Name Change? Politics, Some at George Mason University Fear."
By Alexa Moutevelis Coombs | | April 29, 2016 | 5:35 PM EDT
ABC’s new Shonda Rhimes series The Catch is predictably following all the other Shondaland shows in pushing liberal agendas on primetime TV. This time, the episode “The Benefactor” propagandizes women in combat and the evil men who want to stop them.
By Mike Ciandella | | April 29, 2016 | 5:31 PM EDT
On the one-year anniversary of the riots and systematic failures of Democrat-run Baltimore in Democrat-run Maryland, only CBS Evening News managed to acknowledge that anything even happened. ABC's World News Tonight’s only mention of Baltimore or Freddie Gray was a throwaway line in an April 22 obituary for the pop singer Prince, where correspondent Byron Pitts noted that “Prince was an artist and an activist, releasing songs in the aftermath of Freddie Gray in Baltimore.” End of sentence, end of topic, end of discussion. NBC failed to mention even that much.
By Scott Whitlock | | April 29, 2016 | 5:10 PM EDT
Hours before the announcement that actor Will Ferrell would not star in a smear film portraying Ronald Reagan as a dementia-addled invalid, the women of The View discussed the potential movie. Liberal co-host Joy Behar insisted that the concept could be making a “larger point” and also repeated a smear about the 40th president.
By Randy Hall | | April 29, 2016 | 5:03 PM EDT
Despite the fact that Google -- a multinational technology company that specializes in Internet-related services and products -- has announced it will serve as the official livestream provider during this year's Republican convention, liberal groups and civil rights advocates have called on the technology giant to sever any connection to the event, which will be held July 18-21 in Cleveland, Ohio.
According to an article by Tony Romm, senior technology reporter for the Politico website, the company's “mere presence at the GOP convention is sure to spark new opposition from liberal groups and civil rights advocates” due to Republican front-runner “Donald Trump's incendiary rhetoric.”
By Tim Graham | | April 29, 2016 | 4:42 PM EDT
The networks reported – and enjoyed – former House Speaker John Boehner smearing Sen. Ted Cruz as “Lucifer in the flesh.” But they’re not noticing how Sen. Mike Lee fiercely denounced Boehner on the national Mark Levin radio show on Thursday night.
By Kyle Drennen | | April 29, 2016 | 4:40 PM EDT
Only a year after cancelling The Reid Report in February 2015, on Friday, MSNBC announced that left-wing pundit Joy Reid would once again be getting her own show on the network, replacing Melissa Harris-Perry, who recently stormed off the cable channel following a racially-charged tirade against her employer. In a statement about the staff shake-up, MSNBC president Phil Griffin laughably proclaimed: “MSNBC viewers crave not only the facts, but also in-depth discussion and analysis from a range of perspectives. There is no one better equipped than Joy to lead this new project..."
By Clay Waters | | April 29, 2016 | 4:17 PM EDT
New York Times campaign reporters Amy Chozick and Ashley Parker played into Hillary Clinton’s campaign’s feminist theme in Friday’s lead story, “Trump’s Attacks On Clinton Have Calculated Risk – Gender-Based Criticism – Democrat, With Eye on November, Studies Ways to Parry." The original lead was even more slanted in favor of the Democrat, with Clinton called “a trailblazing woman” which was changed in the final to “the first woman to lead a major party.”
By Curtis Houck | | April 29, 2016 | 3:28 PM EDT
Again showing that he’s incapable of being simply humorous without going on liberal rants, NBC’s Late Night host Seth Meyers lashed out overnight Thursday into Friday by touting Ted Cruz as a “lizard dresse[d] up in a suit” and North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory as “fear mongering” for signing into law “hateful and discriminatory” transgender bathroom bills.
By Mairead McArdle | | April 29, 2016 | 3:16 PM EDT
It turns out Alzheimer's Disease is not funny, not even when it happened to a U.S. president the left loves to bash. Reagan, a movie “comedy” being developed about former president Ronald Reagan’s supposed descent into dementia at the start of his second term received so much backlash that the lead actor has backed out.
Will Ferrell was set to play Reagan in the new “dementia comedy,” but dropped out after Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis wrote an open letter to the actor asking him to quit.
By Tom Blumer | | April 29, 2016 | 2:58 PM EDT
The Black Lives Matters folks and their enablers in the press won't like this one bit.
On Wednesday, Washington Post writer Tom Jackman, at the paper's True Crime blog, reported on a rigorous study of police behavior which found that, in his words, "even with white officers who do have racial biases, officers are three times less likely to shoot unarmed black suspects than unarmed white suspects." Talk about busting a meme.
By Tim Graham | | April 29, 2016 | 2:13 PM EDT
When former MSNBC host Ed Schultz signed up with a Russian-government-funded channel, the Cold War conservative joke was that it was a lateral move. But Politico’s Michael Crowley took the time to note that Big Ed is toeing the Russian line in the new gig. The article is titled “The Kremlin’s Candidate: In the 2016 election, Putin’s propaganda network is picking sides.”
The art with the article clearly signaled that meant Trump...like they were running mates. Politico’s pull quote asserted “Just under the surface is a bought-and-paid-for propaganda vehicle trying to nudge viewers toward Russia’s side of the story at a time when Moscow has increasingly become an international pariah."