Robert Redford's Sundance Channel is developing a new scripted series built around a fictional leader of the National Rifle Association called "Cold Dead Hands." The lead character is Early "Trip" Thibodeaux, described as "the nation’s most powerful gun-rights advocate and the de facto CEO of the gun industry."
The creator is Scott Gold, who's spent the last 15 years as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Times. He's a Hollywood newbie, with just a couple of writing credits for the CBS drama "Under the Dome." He’s working with veteran TV producer Tony Krantz, who was looking for an “important and current issue” not explored on network TV. Gold told The Washington Post they won't shy away from the controversial issues of gun violence and the NRA:
Liberal journalists never mounted Olympics protests about free speech in the U.S.S.R., but they’re very excited about President Obama opposing the Russian law against “gay propaganda.” Obama is skipping the ceremonies and sending a lesbian tennis legend in his place.
Under the headline “Obama jabs at Putin’s anti-gay stance,” USA Today topped its front page Wednesday with a blatant Obama-loving editorial from sports columnist Christine Brennan. It began: “President Obama's selection of Billie Jean King for the official U.S. delegation to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games is a stroke of genius.” It was a "perfect call," Brennan claimed. See her Olympic free-speech hypocrisy below.
John Podesta is well-known for wanting President Obama to go around Congress with his executive powers. He told Glenn Thrush at Politico the president should “focus on executive action, given that they are facing a second term against a cult worthy of Jonestown in charge of one of the houses of Congress.”
The House Republicans are somehow comparable to a suicidal-slash-murderous cult that killed 900 Americans. Podesta is channeling an occasional liberal media meme, that Jonestown is an apt metaphor for Republicans or Catholics or lame reporters or even all of us. Below is a little collection I've gathered from over the last 20 years of MRC analysis: [See video below. MP3 audio here.]
Brent Bozell sent this to me marked "Terrific." Cliff May wrote about "The Disinformation Age" for National Review Online.
May found that "mainstream" journalists and their "Newseum" can't seem to tell the difference between a journalist and a communications operative for an Islamic terrorist organization. With more information sources than ever, some of them are interested in spreading jihad, not in providing accurate information:
PBS NewsHour anchor and Washington Week host Gwen Ifill editorialized that the media coverage of the Nelson Mandela memorial service was marred by “non-stories” like President Obama’s “selfie” and his handshake with a Cuban dictator.
First heal thyself, taxpayer-funded liberal journalist. In 2005, it was this same Gwen Ifill that eagerly spread the non-story that Vice President Cheney -- the one with heart trouble -- wore a parka to an outdoor Auschwitz ceremony, doing the bidding of her outraged liberal buddy Robin Givhan:
The Washington Post's free commuter tabloid Express found no space to summarize the Post's Tuesday bad-news-for-Obama poll story. But in the Nation section, they did feature a story with this headline: "Is Santa a Military Pawn?"
AP reported "A children's advocacy group says an animated video on the NORAD Tracks Santa website injects militarism into Christmas by showing fighter jets escorting Santa's sleigh."
The new ABC News-Washington Post poll shows Obama’s approval rating stuck at 43 percent approve, 55 percent disapprove, very close to their last result. The Post headline was “Obama’s approval ratings plummet” – over the year. A year ago, it was 52 percent approve, 44 percent disapprove. Online, it was merely a "year of turmoil." But ABC put a happy spin on it.
The headline on ABCNews.com was “OPPOSITION TO OBAMACARE DECLINES.” Click on it, and the headline on pollster Gary Langer’s report? “A Drop in Opposition to Obamacare Helps Stabilize a Struggling Presidency.” So if you're just grazing on the Web, you might think Obama's poll ratings are on the mend. But that's not in the fine print.
MSNBC's occasional Christianity "expert" Frank Schaeffer has come truly unglued with a dreadfully overwrought blog post called “The Slow Motion Lynching of President Barack Obama.” On Twitter he boasted “My blog went global closing in on twenty thousand shares/likes”. There's probably a lot of overlap with the "Bring Back Bashir" crowd. Bashir liked putting on Frank's rants.
Schaeffer insisted he’s a wiser white man now about American racism, that “I’ve changed because if this country will lynch a brilliant, civil, kind, humble, compassionate, moderate, articulate, black intellectual we’re lucky enough to have in the White House, we’ll lynch anyone. What chance does an anonymous black man pulled over in a traffic stop have of fair treatment when the former editor of the Harvard Law Review is being lynched?”
The December 23 edition of People magazine looks through old pictures with Barbara Walters as she "looks back on her most memorable moments" in five decades of television interviews.
During her 1977 interview with Fidel Castro "I spent 10 days with him, traveled through the mountains and held his gun in my lap," she said. "People thought we had a romance, but we never did." There was no romance with Ronald Reagan:
With President Obama's approval rating in the dumps, it's time for softball interviews. We've seen the usual Barbara Walters holiday spit-and-polish. Then Obama sat down with black talk show host/game show host Steve Harvey. You can see why Obama would pick this opportunity to remind people how unbelievably likeable and down-to-earth he is. The show is syndicated nationally by NBC Universal.
In an interview with WRC-TV in Washington, Harvey insisted his interview (airing Friday) left out the politics. "I don’t care about the politics. It’s not important to me. Look, he’s a great guy. There’s a section of people who don’t agree with anything he does, and then there’s those of us who get it. So I don’t have to go into that again." Harvey then went on to defend both Obamas over the "selfie" in South Africa:
In "The Fix" column in Monday's Washington Post, political bloggers Aaron Blake and Chris Cillizza loved Speaker John Boehner attacking Tea Party groups so much that it qualified for their weekly prize for "Best Thing That Happened to Republicans." Then you read further...and it's also "Best Thing That Happened to Democrats."
Clearly, the Post thinks the Tea Party is the only thing blocking Washington from functioning properly. They want Obama to have more "signature achievements" like Obamacare. Democrats apparently have no strongly ideological base that doesn't like compromise:
Adam Wollner at NPR’s It’s All Politics blog reported that longtime “Price Is Right” host Bob Barker is endorsing a Republican for Congress in the special election to replace Rep. C.W. “Bill” Young, who recently died in office.
Barker, who's just turned 90 and retired from the popular CBS daytime show in 2007 after 35 years, appeared in a television ad Thursday on behalf of David Jolly, a lobbyist and former general counsel to Young in Florida’s 13th district.
Alex Burns at Politico was handed the Kennedy Goo bucket for their latest feature, headlined "Ambassador Kennedy: A Star Is Born." The liberal media establishment are very eager to say Caroline Kennedy is packed with charm in her role in Japan as "political royalty," and if she was a terrible candidate to replace Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate, well, diplomacy is more her bag.
After about three weeks, this "iconic daughter of American political royalty" is already a "rock star" in diplomatic circles. In other words, she was born on third base and servile journalists insist she's hit a triple. Someone left the cap off the sugar dispenser:
On Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden and domestic policy adviser Cecilia Munoz held a Skype question-and-answer session on immigration. The national media barely noticed. What Biden didn’t count on was Melissa Mullins, who was a reporter for our CNSNews.com site about a decade ago.
TheBlaze.com reported that Mullins caused Biden to insist that some of his ancestors entered the United States illegally, and suggested Mullins needs to check her ancestry as well. She asked what Biden what he says to legal immigrants who see illegal residents taking government benefits:
James Taranto of The Wall Street Journal took on the strange conflict that is PolitiFact picked a “Lie of the Year” they’ve repeatedly defended as “Half True.” Barack Obama repeatedly claimed that if you liked your health plan, you could keep it once he passed his badly named "Affordable Care Act." He called it "PolitiFact's Forked Tongue."
PolitiFact has only drawn a yellow Hi-Liter through what’s wrong with liberal media-elite “fact checking” patrols: It exploits their "objective" image as it declares a campaign promise as factual (or not) prematurely, before there’s any factual reality to judge. From the beginning of the “truth squad” tendency in the 1992 presidential campaign, we’ve found this disturbing tendency.
On the “Free For All” page in Saturday’s Washington Post devoted to letters to the editor, three locals smacked the Post for failing to note the 72nd anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attacks on December 7.
None of the letters as printed made the point that the Post has “flooded the zone” with lots of coverage and special sections this year for the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s March on Washington and then the JFK assassination. So what about the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor in 2011? What did that draw?
Dylan Byers at Politico reports that in an effort to reignite their cartoonish “war on women” narrative, the Democratic National Committee has sent an email to supporters asking them to push Republicans to stop appearing on the Rush Limbaugh show – which is a little strange, since Limbaugh rarely has guests.
Limbaugh made a crack about a man saying "Will you please ask your breasts to stop staring at my eyes?" Don't try that at the company Christmas party, but DNC deputy communications director Lily Adams broke out the consciousness-raising narrative, but at no time did the Politico media reporter wonder if Adams and the DNC ever sent an e-mail insisting Democrats should avoid appearing on the Martin Bashir show after his despicable suggestion that Sarah Palin deserved for someone to urinate and defecate in her mouth:
The latest version of Newsweek sounds like it’s going to be even more liberal than the The Daily Beast version. The group hoping to re-launch the print edition has an article on their website called “Is Pope Francis a Socialist?”
Their answer is no, but they’re so impressed with the new pope that they’re channeling the idea that somehow pope photos will replace Che Guevara as a revolutionary icon:
Matthew Archbold at Creative Minority Report passed along that "A reporter for a small town in Florida went on a crusade to have a nativity scene removed. And they wonder why people don't trust the media. This guy might as well be the Grinch."
He found a report from WJHG-TV in Panama City, Florida, in the Panhandle:
The Washington Post's habit of promoting Muslim author Reza Aslan and his lame book about how Jesus was a political messiah resurfaced on Thursday. On the Post's "WorldViews" blog, Max Fisher interviewed Aslan on the occasion of Megyn Kelly's statement on her Fox show that "Jesus was a white man, too. It's like we have, he's a historical figure. That's a verifiable fact, as is Santa."
Fisher declared "Kelly's insistence on a white Jesus has offended a number of people, who counter that Jesus's Middle Eastern ethnicity would likely have given him a darker complexion than that of, say, Kelly herself." Then Reza Aslan told Fisher that Jesus looked a lot like Reza Aslan:
Salon.com reported on a clash between NBC and its labor force: Chris Hayes held a secret meeting with members of the Writers Guild of America-East that’s in an ugly labor struggle with Peacock Productions, which is owned by NBC Universal. “We presented our case to Chris Hayes and he understood what we were dealing with,” Peacock Productions worker David Van Taylor told Salon.
The blog Inside Cable News thinks this is a serious career mistake for Hayes, maybe even a firing offense. Can MSNBC cashier another host after Bashir and Baldwin?
Liberals are going to be mad at Dan Zak today. The Washington Post Style section writer who nastily dismissed the Biden-Ryan debate last year as “a man debating a boy” sounded like he went head over heels for Megyn Kelly in a Thursday profile. The Post headline even oozed: “The Essential Megyn Kelly: Her new prime-time show is a swift hit. Buoyed by intelligence and intensity, is she poised to challenge O’Reilly?”
The Post had to pretend that this alleged competition was the controversy since she crushes Piers Morgan and Rachel Maddow in the ratings...combined. “Poor Piers,” she said as she eyed the numbers. Zak was comparing Kelly to classic movie stars:
On Wednesday, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd decided to invent a running commentary from House Speaker John Boehner on how Republicans stink at talking to women. “Some of these punks and losers in the Tea Party who have joined up with us do not have a clue how to smooth talk dolls,” she imagined him saying at an Italian restaurant.
Some could argue it's a little rich for Dowd to mock contempt for women when she's written a book titled "Are Men Necessary?" Dowd, who claims to be Catholic, went on a tear late in this burst of allegedly humorous fiction agaist Republicans having a "square, uptight Mother Superior past" and being "18-karat idiots trying to curb birth control." As if that sounds anything like Boehner:
The New York Times is including all the Happy Talk That’s Fit to Print. Their latest poll came with the headline “Obama Sees a Rebound In His Approval Rating.” One might think it’s getting close to 50 percent.
Sheryl Gay Stolberg and Allison Kopicki wrote, “President Obama’s approval ratings, which hit his all-time low last month, have returned to where they were before the rollout of the health care law’s enrollment process.” Talk about your faint praise: Obama’s back up to 42 percent, compared to 43 percent in September....where it was right before the 2010 midterm elections.
The Washington Post is painting the Tea Party as all “threat” and no benefit to the Republicans. Paul Kane’s Wednesday story is headlined “Tea party threat again hangs over Republicans’ efforts to take Senate.” Conservatives think some incumbents are “insufficiently strident” against Obama.
Kane played up several times how the GOP whiffed in “seemingly winnable” states with Tea Party candidates, demonstrating complete amnesia about how liberal national media outlets piled on the Angles, O’Donnells and Akins with partisan aggression.
New York Times TV critic Neil Genzlinger was half-serious on Monday about which network TV show would next try a musical episode, a la “Scrubs” or “Grey’s Anatomy.” The USA program “Psych” drew his praise for trying it on Sunday.
The first possibility on his list was “NCIS” on CBS, since “Fans of this CBS hit have been talking about this possibility for years, since almost everyone in the cast has a musical background.” But then he grew silly at the idea of a musical episode of “60 Minutes”:
On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday, new host Brian Stelter turned to President Obama the press critic. At the end of his cakewalk “Hardball” interview last week, Obama called out the media for being divisive. “The American people are good and they are decent. And yes, we get very divided partly because our politics and our media specifically tries to divide them and splinter them.”
Stelter asked a decent question about whether that was an odd statement to make on divisive MSNBC. NPR television critic Eric Deggans shot that down, insisting MSNBC was a “great place” to attack cable news and plugged his book "Race Baiter" on the subject:
Lisa de Moraes of Deadline.com reports NBC has found that somehow, Bob Costas just isn’t enough of a liberal blowhard for its Winter Olympics coverage in Sochi, Russia.
“The network announced this morning it has hired New Yorker editor (and former Washington Post Moscow bureau chief) David Remnick to provide guest commentary on the network’s air during its coverage of the Games,” which basically combines all the expected liberal Obama-loving attitude with someone who lived and reported in Moscow as the Soviet Union collapsed:
On Friday's edition of The Diane Rehm Show that's broadcast on many NPR stations from Washington, the host mangled her presidential history, but her guests and producers all humored her, like you might humor a nice lady who's 77. No one suggested a gold watch and an open space for a younger NPR liberal behind the mic.
As Rehm and a crew of reporters aerobically compared Barack Obama to Nelson Mandela, Rehm claimed Reagan was president in 1979 when she first took the microphone at WAMU-FM in Washington and he didn't want the U.S. involved in any anti-apartheid activities (video below):