“If a Republican, any Republican candidate wrote an essay like this,” Bloomberg’s John Heilemann predicted on Friday’s With All Due Respect, “whether they were 16 years old and high on dope or whether it was weeks ago, it would be a huge scandal.” Calling for some media consistency in covering the revelation that socialist Senator Bernie Sanders, now a Democratic presidential candidate, once wrote that women fantasize about rape, Heilemann urged: “So I think we need to hold Bernie Sanders to the same standard.”
By Jeffrey Lord | May 30, 2015 | 1:59 PM EDT
One can only imagine the result of that kind of play had been produced. Not to mention if an already verboten image of The Prophet were plunged into a jar of urine and the resulting photo was prominently displayed on the CNN website. Safe to say one can expect the Broadway theater would need the National Guard to protect it and so too would CNN.
Somehow, Chris Cuomo is quiet as a church mouse on all of this. There is no Cuomo campaign to get his own network to remove the Piss Christ image. Nor is he furious that CNN has a favorable review of the Book of Mormon on the site. And, it is important to add, as insulting as both may be free speech is - free speech. Yet there is Cuomo badgering Pamela Geller about being “offensive to a group of people” - meaning Muslims.
The utter CNN hypocrisy is no surprise. This has long become a standard in the country’s way-too-long course in Liberalism 101. But the question in this case - with the answer obvious - is: why? Why do Chris Cuomo and his network never blink when it comes to offending Christians and, in this specific case, Mormons?
By Kyle Drennen | May 30, 2015 | 1:15 PM EDT
On Friday, even the hosts of NBC’s Today had enough of Michelle Obama’s effort to micro-manage people’s food choices as they mocked the First Lady’s attempt to create a healthy version of s’mores.
Daily Beast Writer: GOP’s ‘Messianic Tax-Cutting,’ Opposition to Gay Marriage Could Be ‘Liberal Wedge Issues’By Tom Johnson | May 30, 2015 | 11:55 AM EDT
A recent Gallup poll found that 31 percent of Americans self-identify as social liberals, and that an equal percentage call themselves social conservatives -- the first time since Gallup began conducting such surveys in 1999 that conservatives haven’t outnumbered liberals. On Tuesday, pundit Michael Tomasky seized on this development as an indication that Republicans no longer will be able to use so-called wedge issues to gain Democratic crossover votes, but that maybe now Dems can win away GOPers who aren’t thrilled with their party’s stands on matters like gay marriage.
Tomasky added that any Democratic wedge issues would have a different “psychic ingredient” than those that Republicans have pressed, given that the GOP has relied on “fear-mongering…Conservatives are much better at this than liberals are, and in any case, if liberals tried this it just wouldn’t make sense or work. Everybody knows that the anti-same-sex-marriage side is losing fast.”
By Katie Yoder | May 30, 2015 | 11:00 AM EDT
Watching PBS? Might want to ask the kindergartners to leave the room.
In a May 27 piece for tax-funded PBS, NewsHour producer Saskia de Melker argued “The case for starting sex education in kindergarten.” In her piece, she held up the Netherlands as an example for the United States in “sexuality education” – for those as young as 4-years-old to learn “honest conversations about love and relationships.”
By Tom Blumer | May 30, 2015 | 10:52 AM EDT
This shouldn't be a trick question, but to the nation's establishment press business reporters it apparently is: What is the current length of the U.S. economy's expansion?
The answer, after yesterday's reported 0.7 percent annualized contraction in U.S. Gross Domestic Product, is obviously zero. But that's not what Bloomberg News and reporter Sho Chandra, who has used her full first name of Shobhana in previous reports, would say. Despite three separate quarterly contractions since the recession officially ended in the second quarter of 2009, they, like the Associated Press's Martin Crutsinger two months ago, want us to believe a fairy tale, namely that we're still closing in on six straight years of expansion.
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | May 30, 2015 | 8:17 AM EDT
Ann Coulter has another best-selling book coming out, provocatively titled Adios, America! The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country Into a Third World Hellhole. One major target of Coulter barbs is our “objective” media.
Lord knows Coulter understands they deserve the hectoring. News reports are slavishly sensitive to the Latino Left’s political correctness. Start with the terminology. The factual term “illegal immigrants” is somehow an extremely mean-spirited description, even though that’s 100 percent accurate.. They claim to prefer less loaded lingo. Like “Dreamers.”
By Melissa Mullins | May 30, 2015 | 7:26 AM EDT
Amy Zimmerman recently wrote an article for the Daily Beast on the “Right-Wing War on Lena Dunham.” Somehow this article landed in the Politics section of the liberal news website. If anything, it should be an opinion piece since Zimmerman chooses to brush off undisputed facts over an alleged rape as well as written passages in Dunham’s book Not that Kind of Girl where she basically describes the molestation of her little sister.
Zimmerman claims that “right wingers obsessively document and chastise her every move.” I beg to differ. Those of us who write about Ms. Dunham aren’t obsessed with her, rather, we do what the mainstream media does not – we write about her hypocrisy and lies.
By Bryan Ballas | May 30, 2015 | 6:36 AM EDT
In light of the media’s blitz of Iraq War “gotcha questions” on Republican candidates in general and Jeb Bush in particular, Salon’s Heather Cox Richardson decided to reveal the true origins the Iraq War: conspiratorial Cold War-obsessed rich white men. She spun the tale of "the biggest blunder in American history — and the right wing’s obsessive need to cover it up."
By Matthew Balan | May 29, 2015 | 8:56 PM EDT
On Friday's World News Tonight, ABC's David Muir avoided mentioning the critics as he reported on the Obama administration removing Cuba from the list of state sponsors of terrorism. Instead, Muir spotlighted how "President Obama [told] us back in December his plans to restore diplomatic ties with the Cuban government," and that during a January 2015 visit to the island country, "the children of Cuba [told] us they want to visit America."
By P.J. Gladnick | May 29, 2015 | 7:06 PM EDT
As we have seen many times in the past, CNBC Chief Washington correspondent John Harwood has been reliably liberal. In fact just a few hours ago, Newsbusters ran a story featuring Harwood once again spinning for Hillary Clinton. Therefore it is notable when even a team player such as Harwood gets so upset with the content free Hillary "briefing" that he breaks out in one snarky paragraph after another.
Perhaps the Hillary campaign thinks it is a cute idea to cut reporters off from any meaningful information but when it causes someone like Harwood to go full out snark, perhaps someone there might dare to suggest another press strategy to Hillary. In the meantime let us enjoy a few chuckles from the Harwood snark attack before he relapses back to liberal team player mode:
By Matthew Balan | May 29, 2015 | 5:42 PM EDT
Friday's Morning Edition on NPR did its best to try to promote the liberal cause of expanding Medicaid in Texas. Wade Goodwyn lined up six soundbites from pro-expansion talking heads, versus only two from former Texas Governor Rick Perry, an opponent. Goodwyn played up that "in hating the Affordable Care Act, the state is leaving on the table as much as a hundred billion dollars of federal money over ten years – money that would pay for health insurance for more than a million of its working poor."
By Ken Shepherd | May 29, 2015 | 5:04 PM EDT
MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews made perfectly clear he is over the moon with the newly "authentic" and "relatable" Hillary Clinton, beguiled by her jokes the other day at a South Carolina Democratic women's event about how she's been dying her hair for years and so won't go gray in the White House.
By Curtis Houck | May 29, 2015 | 4:42 PM EDT
CNBC Washington correspondent Richard Harwood and the co-hosts of CNBC’s Squawk Box briefly discussed during Friday’s show the age difference between Hillary Clinton and Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio that included Harwood knocking Rubio for “look[ing] like a schoolboy” compared to Clinton.
By Kyle Drennen | May 29, 2015 | 4:13 PM EDT
Wrapping up a live interview with Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Friday’s MSNBC Live, anchor Thomas Roberts invited the left-wing congressional leader to attack Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio: “...we have the sound from the interview that Marco Rubio gave, where he painted a pretty broad brush in a characterization about those for and against marriage equality. Take a listen.”