In an interview with the black website TheRoot, incoming MSNBC host Joy Reid repeated the usual network mantra that “Everyone at MSNBC has a different, unique perspective," and she hopes her new 2pm Eastern show will be a “table-setter for prime time.” Translation: whatever "War on Women" or Bridgegate segment I’m doing at 2 will be repeated at 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.....by one "unique perspective" after another.
Reid claimed to lament a political climate that she says has "just become really nasty" and made civilized disagreements few and far between. It's thanks in part to what she calls a "very virulent strain that is sort of in the underbelly of society." It’s racism, or the right wing’s horrid tendency to counter-accuse MSNBC of racism, like the accusation is a weapon:
When you're an acclaimed liberal movie star like Leonardo diCaprio, there's apparently nothing controversial that you can put on film. On the February 16 "Sunday Morning" on CBS, reporter Lee Cowan created an entire interview feature around diCaprio's latest movie "The Wolf of Wall Street" without ever mentioning scenes of orgies or midget tossing, or the more than 500 uses of the F-bomb in the film.
Instead, Cowan merely repeated the movie star's lines back to him about how this controversial film was merely "vibrant and polarizing," the role of a lifetime, with no critics or moral objections:
Nick Denton, the British-born boss of Gawker Media, was interviewed by media writer Jeff Bercovici for Playboy magazine. Not only did he discuss why he hates liberals in America ("so (bleep)-ing prissy" with conservatives), but he discussed his engagement to actor Derrence Williams.
Within that, Denton lectured that what is called the "mainstream press" is still paralyzed by gayness: "the true pansexual messiness of most gay sexual histories is not something they or their readers are ready for." There's always room to "grow" into the sexual future:
In an utterly typical flourish, the front of the "Thursday Styles" section of The new York Times featured two gay men and a tot over the headline "And Surrogacy Makes 3: Surrogate baby-making, through restricted in many states, has been growing among gay men."
Times reporter Anemona Hartocollis told the utterly unopposed story of New York State Sen. Brad Hoylman and his partner David Sigal with their daughter, Silvia Hoylman-Sigal. In New York, Sen. Hoylman is trying to make it easier for gays to use surrogates for their "fundamentally conservative embrace of family values." Their baby story "carries with it an extra frisson of the illicit that seems to them more than a little archaic and unfair in the post marriage-equality world."
On Friday, Washington Post reporter Juliet Eilperin filed a Style section front-pager on Marlon Marshall, the “deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, where he is charged with helping to sell the Affordable Care Act, which remains politically polarizing and was damaged by a disastrous Web site rollout last fall.”
What sticks out most in this profile is how Planned Parenthood – which receives hundreds of millions of dollars in federal money each year – is an integral part of selling Obamacare door to door, and this is somehow not seen as controversial:
Andrea Mitchell’s parade of complaints about “The Hillary Papers” at the University of Arkansas can be better explained by a peek at her own 2005 memoir “Talking Back.” In her chapter on being a “White House Pit Bull” in the Clinton years, Mitchell made clear that for more than two decades, she’s sympathized with Hillary’s rise to power.
“One of the first times I ever say Hillary Clinton, she looks like a trapped animal, fighting for her life. Still in her head-band long hair mode, she had joined her husband to campaign in New Hampshire as he tried to cope with twin scandals” – a sex scandal and a draft-dodging scandal.
Washington Post reporter Zachary Goldfarb caused spit takes in Washington on Friday morning. At the top left of the paper, the headline is "Obama budget to rebuff austerity." Or, as Goldfarb described the new White House budget document, "Obama will call for an an end to the era of austerity that has dogged his presidency..."
Is there nobody at the Post who can properly understand that the largest deficits in American history have occurred in the past five years? This was quickly mocked on Twitter:
The New York Times defined it as newsworthy that Rolling Stone's hard-left fancifier-fulminator Matt Taibbi is taking a new job with Pierre Omidyar's First Look Media. The headline was bland: "Start-Up Site Hires Critic of Wall St." The Times had no ideological label except "fierce critic of Wall Street." That's probably about the label Karl Marx would get if he wrote today.
The account was short enough to somehow exclude Taibbi's infamous 2005 article on "52 Funniest Things About the Upcoming Death of the Pope." The Times account waited until the end to quote typically rabid or possibly drug-fueled Taibbi passages, puffing it as "vivid writing and colorful language" in a "now-famous metaphor" (which a quick Nexis search demonstrates The New York Times has now quoted 24 times):
As a way of promoting the Netflix DC melodrama "House of Cards," the local magazine Capitol File and the gossip column at The Washington Post are promoting anonymous gossip from a "senior person" inside Team Obama.
Actress Robin Wright -- best known to older movie watchers as the title character in "The Princess Bride" -- claimed she gleaned "this little gem from a conversation with an unnamed “senior person” in the Obama administration: Washington reporters sleep with their sources!" In "House of Cards," the Kevin Spacey character did so with the reporter played by Kate Mara.
Is The Washington Post a rag for liberal Democrats? It’s certainly striving for that reputation today. On the front page (above the fold) is this story, trying to ruin another GOP presidential hopeful like Chris Christie: “Gov. Walker, eyeing 2016, faces fallout from probes: Release of ex-aide’s e-mails could stall rise of national Republican.”
Meanwhile, on the front page of the Style section is a picture of ex-Republican Charlie Crist hugging Barack Obama on a card that says “Happy Hug-iversary.” The headline over the aticle is “Charlie Crist: Embraceable Blue.” Newly arrived Post reporter Ben Terris reports Crist loves a good hug:
Via Twitchy we learn that Mike Dickinson, hoping to challenge House Majority Whip Eric Cantor in central Virginia, is running against Fox News, even asking for Federal Communications Commission regulation. "Fox News does nothing but tell lies and mistruths. They have unqualified political analysts. We need FCC to monitor and regulate them," he tweeted.
"Fox News is basically a opinion channel. It's there (sic) view of events. It's not news. They lie and distort everything to fit their opinion," he added. He also tweeted Sean Hannity was "just as qualified" a political analyst as comedian Kevin Hart and even a house cat:
When you work at that “Valhalla” of liberal journalism called The New York Times, you can’t believe it when Republicans associate themselves with trash-talking celebrities who make wild charges about President Obama.
But when President Obama associates himself with trash-talking celebrities who made wild charges about President Bush, that’s not newsworthy at all. See these lead paragraphs of the Times, one from Wednesday’s story on Ted Nugent and Texas candidate Greg Abbott, and the other one from 2012 on Spike Lee and President Obama:
In 2012, DNC chairman Debbie Wasserman Schultz certainly felt it was fair game to make fun of a decades-old private issue of family business when she cracked jokes about Mitt Romney putting his dog on the roof of his car on a family vacation. But when asked about Bill Clinton putting Hillary Clinton in the grip of very public adultery? Dredging that up is “offensive,” and alienating to women.
See Barbara Boland of our sister site CNSNews.com on how DNC Debbie complained the Republicans were "obsessed" with Hillary on MSNBC:
If it’s Friday on PBS, it’s time for “conservative” pundit David Brooks to bash the real conservatives. One of his favorite targets is Sen. Ted Cruz. On Valentine’s Day, PBS anchor Judy Woodruff announced “We watched this drama play out this week, David, in Congress, which ended up in the Senate with Senator Ted Cruz of Texas essentially hanging some of his fellow Republicans out to dry. What was he trying to accomplish, and did he -- did he do it?”
Brooks shot back: “Nothing says Valentine’s Day like Senator Ted Cruz, our national aphrodisiac.” Then he said the conservatives were allergic to strategy (video below):
The “new media” is expanding in the digital realm, but one trend of liberal bias certainly isn’t new: While The New York Times repeated and repeated that expanding Breitbart News network is “conservative,” left-wing ventures by Glenn Greenwald and Ezra Klein were apparently non-ideological, and drew no ideological labels of any kind – liberal, leftist, progressive – at all.
On the front of Monday’s Business Day section, the Times promoted “The conservative news group begun by Andrew Breitbart, who died in 2012, is going global.” The headline on B-3 was “Conservative News Group to Add Staff to Websites.” Leslie Kaufman's story began with another two C-labels in the first 45 words:
Andrew Kirell of Mediaite filed a story from a convention of globalist libertarians, a panel discussion entitled “Imperial Overreach and the National Security State,” that demonstrated that they really don’t like Barack Obama on the radical left. They thought he would be one of them, but instead he's a tool of the "warfare state." They’re also disgusted with MSNBC.
“The vast majority of the hate mail that I get today is from hard-core partisan Democrats, who are nothing more than lemmings for the White House, and when you watch MSNBC, it's like watching one big Obama For America meet-up,” radical journalist Jeremy Scahill said, “and when you watch Fox News it's full of conspiracies about the scary black Marxist Manchurian candidate who wants to resurrect Chairman Mao and put him in charge of our economy.” Movie director Oliver Stone condemned Obama as a “weak man” who’s essentially a black George Bush:
On Sunday's Meet the Press, host David Gregory seemed to pick up where Andrea Mitchellleft off, expressing shock that the Republicans would think it's fair to revisit the 1990s to assess Hillary Clinton.
Gregory's interviewee was Mitt Romney, who somehow refrained from saying "You people thought allegations of my high-school bullying in 1965 were relevant, but not the Clinton presidency?" Romney dared to say Bill Clinton "embarrassed the nation" and didn't act like an adult. (Video below):
Here’s a calculated Miley Cyrus outrage our Clinton-loving media won’t want to touch. London’s Daily Mail reports she brought on a “a back-up dancer dressed up as former US President Bill Clinton."
“Miley's most shocking move was when she performed a racy song-and-dance with the Clinton impersonator during her ‘Party In The USA’ finale number.” The media want to say all this will Not Be Allowed if Hillary runs. Think again:
If it’s the Lord’s Day, The Washington Post is observing it again as LGBT Day. Splashed on the front of the Sunday Outlook section is this, in large capital letters: “GENDERQUEER AT THE GYM: If your identity seems ambiguous, asks law studient Marion Cory, which looker room do you use?”
Like Sandra Fluke, Cory is a law student at allegedly Catholic Georgetown University. Cory didn’t feel that even liberal Washington is progressive enough, and neither are gay gyms:
The Los Angeles Times and Belgium see eye to eye. In an editorial on Valentine's Day, Times editorial writer Scott Martelle wrote “Extend assisted suicide to children? Belgium says yes; so should we.”
“The Times’ editorial board has gone on record supporting the right of terminally ill patients to end their lives on their own terms, and I hope state lawmakers — or voters — eventually agree,” Martelle wrote. So why not Euthanasia for Kiddies?
The London Daily Mail reported this week that “CNN caused a firestorm when it included a war monument in Brest, a city in the former Soviet republic of Belarus, in an article on the 'world's ugliest monuments' published last month.” This isn’t Ted Turner’s CNN, where a reporter would be disciplined for saying the word “foreign” in a sentence. The online article from a travel-piece contributor was intended as humor.
A Russian news commentator responded by suggesting the Marine Corps War Memorial – the Iwo Jima sculpture just north of Arlington National Cemetery – is “easy to mock” for its homoerotic look, and "you don't have to be very smart to get it." (video below):
“Being born gay is one of the great blessings of my life,” Anderson Cooper proclaimed to a crowd of nearly 6,000 at University of Texas in Arlington on Monday night, according to The Advocate.
Cooper acknowledged different viewpoints on homosexuality, but suggested the "arc of history" was going to take the respectability out of opposition to homosexuality. In the discussion over NFL draft prospect Michael Sam coming out as gay, Cooper compared it to being black or Jewish or Christian. (Video below)
The White House Correspondents Association certainly doesn't have any "edgy" anti-Obama comics lined up to zing the president like Stephen Colbert whacked Bush in 2006. For this year's correspondents' dinner (celebrated on Twitter as "Nerd prom"), they picked Joel McHale, star of NBC's perpetually ratings-saggy sitcom "Community" and the E! channel talk show "The Soup."
Michael W. Chapman of our sister site CNSNews.com reports on cost estimates for the hand-sewn gown Michelle Obama wore at Tuesday’s state dinner for the prime minister of France. Think five figures. If Ann Romney were First Lady now, would that escape the media’s politicized scrutiny? (In 2012, she was slammed for wearing a $990 shirt on "CBS This Morning."
Wednesday’s Washington Post merely carried the headline “America, elegantly draped over her shoulders” next to a foot-high page-dominating photograph of Mrs. Obama in the dress. Michelle-loving fashion writer Robin Givhan insisted only “churlish” rumblers would lower themselves to asking about the price tag of a gown like this:
While in Russia for the Olympics, NBC morning weatherman Al Roker sent several hostile tweets at ultraliberal New York mayor Bill de Blasio for keeping the city's schools open during the winter storm. The most acidulous tweet said: "I knew this am @NYCMayorsOffice @NYCSchools would close schools. Talk about a bad prediction. Long range DiBlasio forecast: 1 term."
That raised from eyebrows in the Big Apple! Now Roker is apologizing for that remark, if not for the gist of his attacks (or misspelling "de Blasio"):
The Washington Post is glorifying the man who calls himself “Janet Mock” on the front of the Friday Style section, but it’s a bit puzzling. They noted the recent kerfuffle over Piers Morgan’s CNN show describing Mock as “a boy until 18" as “a ticking time bomb that later exploded on Twitter.”
But wait, Post reporter Dan Zak first wrote, “She had three goals when she was growing up as Charles Mock in Honolulu.” So she grew up as a girl named Charles, apparently. Zak celebrated this “trans woman.” Dan Zak – the smug snarkster who trashed Paul Ryan as a little boy – is now sincerely scolding the “wider world” as “always way behind on trans issues,” as if he were the most sensitive, clued-in reporter on the planet:
NPR is branding itself for Valentine's Day with social-media Valentine's Day messages. After some seriously lame puns with names of NPR personalities, the most liberal-friendly one states "Make my world more just, verdant, and peaceful."
For NPR regulars, this is a wisecrack about the "underwriting announcement" of the leftist John D. and Catherine T. McArthur Foundation, where the announcer says on a very regular basis they are "committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world" at macfound.org.
Associated Press reported Thursday that Facebook is caving to the LGBT (especially T) lobby in completely blurring its gender category. Users can now choose from fifty options of gender-blending instead of the allegedly archaic "gender binary" of male and female.
AP's Martha Mendoza offered one paragraph of dissent to Focus On The Family, and the rest was loaded with transgender activists, starting with the third paragraph:
Larry King lost his CNN show at the end of 2010, but he’s still pitching liberal inanities. Media bias? King’s never seen or heard of such a thing.
"Always annoyed me,” he said. “I worked at CNN for almost 26 years. I worked in Mutual Radio for 20 years. I've been in the business 57 years. I have never seen a bias off the air or on," King told talk-show host Steve Malzberg on Wednesday. He’s never seen a feeding frenzy (video below):
From the Not a Parody Department: Politico tweeted out on Wednesday night: “The #Obamacare rollout is changing before our very eyes.”
Under the headline "Obamacare finally clears the tower," reporter David Nather promised “The Obamacare rollout is changing in front of our eyes — turning from a running joke into one big shoulder shrug. And that’s good news for the White House, because at this point, even basic competence is good news.” The spin got even lamer: