In covering the failed terrorist attack at a Prophet Mohammad cartoon event in Texas, NBC neglected to describe the two gunmen on Monday evening as “Islamic extremists” or “terrorists” while all three English networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC) prominently touted the Southern Poverty Law Center’s (SPLC) description of AFDI as an “anti-Muslim” or “anti-Islamic” “hate group.”
By Curtis Houck | May 4, 2015 | 11:35 PM EDT
On Monday night, English-language networks ABC and CBS joined Spanish-language networks MundoFox, Telemundo, and Univision in ignoring the news that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has finally agreed to testify before the House Select Committee on Benghazi regarding the 2012 terror attack in Libya and her usage of a private e-mail account while at the State Department.
By Ken Shepherd | May 4, 2015 | 10:25 PM EDT
Taking a classic blame-the-victim posture on his May 4 Hardball program, host Chris Matthews joined terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann in blaming The American Freedom Defense Initiative for the would-be terror attack at the Garland, Texas, event on Sunday.
By Curtis Houck | May 4, 2015 | 9:56 PM EDT
Following the announcements from Republicans Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina that they will each be running for president, the “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC showed no interest in giving extensive to either candidate during their Monday evening newscasts with a combined one minute and 10 seconds of news briefs devoted to new 2016 candidates.
Current, Former Salon Writers Ponder Ben Carson’s ‘Ridiculous Thoughts’ and ‘Crazy Things That He Says’By Tom Johnson | May 4, 2015 | 9:18 PM EDT
Salon’s Jim Newell doesn’t think Ben Carson will be the 2016 Republican presidential nominee, but he doesn’t see him as a garden-variety wanna-be. Rather, Newell believes that Carson is likely to incur one “spectacular humiliation” after another on the campaign trail. In a Monday article, Newell contended that the “free-flowing style [Carson] showed at the  National Prayer Breakfast has been subject to diminishing returns in the last two years. The novelty is wearing off, and now he’s in a position where he makes a fool of himself just about every time his mouth opens.”
Also on Monday, Steve Benen, a former Salon and Washington Monthly blogger who’s now a producer for MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, opined on the show’s blog, "As a candidate for national office, [Carson is] likely to keep sharing ridiculous thoughts, which may endear him to some GOP factions, but which probably creates a ceiling for his presidential ambitions.”
By Ken Shepherd | May 4, 2015 | 8:47 PM EDT
According to MSNBC pundit Michelle Bernard -- best known at NewsBusters perhaps because of her insistence that there is a "war on black boys" in America -- savaged newly-announced GOP presidential aspirant Dr. Ben Carson tonight by alleging his success is all owed to "affirmative action." She also suggested that he's a disgrace to his enslaved ancestors and to the black community in Baltimore, where he's lived throughout his career as an acclaimed neurosurgeon.
By Matthew Balan | May 4, 2015 | 6:43 PM EDT
Taylor Wofford spotlighted how Pope Francis "publicly affirmed his stance on so-called traditional marriage between men and women" in a Wednesday item for Newsweek. Wofford did his best to indicate that the pontiff was commenting about the recent oral arguments on same-sex "marriage" at the Supreme Court: "Though he made no specific mention of the case before the court during his daily general audience, the pope reiterated his position that marriage is only between one man and one woman."
By Tom Blumer | May 4, 2015 | 6:14 PM EDT
At the Associated Press today, Martin Crutsinger's coverage of the Census Bureau's March Factory Orders report admitted that a leading economic forecasting firm currently believes that the economy will grow at an annualized rate of just 1.9 percent in the second quarter.
Despite the fact that just about everyone who is anyone had until very recently been saying that the figure will be 3 percent or more, Crutsinger wrote once that achieving that mediocre 1.9 percent result would constitute a "rebound," and another time that it would be "a significant rebound." So much for genuinely great expectations.
By Randy Hall | May 4, 2015 | 6:02 PM EDT
A Vienna-based magazine that calls itself Vangardist -- and a “progressive men’s magazine” -- is seeking to renew interest in the rise of HIV and AIDS around the world this week by printing a select number of magazine covers using ink infused with HIV-infected blood.
The 3,000 copies of the publication's special edition also features stories of "HIV heroes" at a time when the editors say too many people have grown complacent about the disease.
By Scott Whitlock | May 4, 2015 | 5:43 PM EDT
Andrea Mitchell opened her show on Monday by immediately insisting that an organization, targeted by Muslim gunmen in Texas on Sunday, was both "hateful" and "bizarre." Talking to journalist Ayman Mohyeldin, she fretted, "Do we know anything more about this, frankly bizarre, draw-the-prophet gathering? Is this the first time they've ever held something like this?"
By Matthew Balan | May 4, 2015 | 5:31 PM EDT
On Monday's New Day, CNN's Alisyn Camerota played up how the leftist Southern Poverty Law Center labeled the group targeted by two suspected Islamists in Texas a "hate group." Camerota underlined that "other people say" that Pamela Geller's American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) is "even a hate group, and that they're vehemently anti-Islam....They talk about Islam, and they talk about it with, sort of, real repugnance, quite frankly."
By Katie Yoder | May 4, 2015 | 4:23 PM EDT
Birth control shouldn’t be controlled, according to Amy Schumer’s new ad.
Amy Schumer’s “Ask if birth control is right for you” ad premiered during the third season of Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer on April 21 – but is just starting to go viral on social media. The ad follows Schumer as she asks everyone from her boss to strangers on the street for permission to buy birth control, and concludes with a little boy easily obtaining a gun because “that’s your right.”
By Brent Baker | May 4, 2015 | 4:22 PM EDT
New on May 4: Former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien charged that the word “thug,’ used to describe looters in Baltimore, “is a proxy, it is a word we use instead of the N-word.”
By Kyle Drennen | May 4, 2015 | 4:10 PM EDT
In declaring his presidential candidacy on Monday, Dr. Ben Carson took the liberal media to task: "You know, the media, the press, is the only business in America that is protected by our constitution.... It was because our founders envisioned a press that was on the side of the people, not a press that was on the side of the Democrats or the Republicans....And this is a direct appeal to media: you guys have an almost sacred position in a true democracy. Please don't abuse it."
By Jeffrey Meyer | May 4, 2015 | 3:18 PM EDT
In the wake of an attempted mass shooting at a free speech event hosted by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) in Texas, on Monday MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts hosted Mark Potok of the far left Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and allowed him to equate them with a “Klan group that decides to hold a cartoon contest satirizing black people.”