As if any more proof was needed that HBO's Bill Maher has a very sick sense of humor to match his overweening arrogance, our own Noel Sheppard alerted us early that on Friday night, Maher somehow thought it would be funny to suggest that conservatives are made out of just the stuff that would host "a mass shooting at the Country Music Awards."
Cracking "wise" at his show-ended "New Rules" segment over a Photoshop of country star Carrie Underwood brandishing weaponry with the chyron "Bride and Prejudice," Maher suggested the mass-shooting scenario was for conservatives the appropriate answer to a mass wedding including gays at the Grammy Awards: [See viddeo below.]
Former New York Times columnist Frank Rich wrote a long attack piece on Fox News for New York magazine theorizing that the Left pays too much attention to “waning” Fox News and gives them too much cachet by opposing them fiercely. It's called "Stop Beating a Dead Fox."
Fox never succeeds on its own. Liberals have the power to make it succeed:
Back in 2005, ABC started the second Bush term by creating a drama called “Commander In Chief” starring Geena Davis as Mackenzie Allen, the first female president. USA Today reported actress Sara Rue summed “up the opinions of the mostly Democratic Hollywood crowd” when she declared: “We all thought of Hillary Clinton when we heard they were making this show. I hope it takes off!" It didn’t. It only lasted one season.
Nine years, later CBS has approved a pilot for “Madam Secretary,” starring Tea Leoni as a “maverick female Secretary of State” who “balances a complex family life.” There’s no word on whether “complex” means wildly adulterous husband. The Hollywood Reporter elaborated:
The PJ Tatler recently reported on the case of Larry Brinkin, for many years an “icon” on the Human Rights Commission in San Francisco: “A former high-ranking San Francisco government employee convicted of felony possession of child pornography will continue to receive his government pension because, according to city regulations, evidence of ‘moral turpitude’ is required to revoke a pension yet viewing violent kiddie porn does not qualify as moral turpitude." (Emphasis theirs.)
Michael Chapman of CNSNews.com also noted shocking racist remarks in Brinkin’s e-mails about "nailing" black toddlers. The media that loves riffing on pedophile Catholic priests have done nothing on this pedophile story. But 25 years ago, Brinkin was hailed as a gay-rights hero for instituting the “domestic partnership” rules in San Francisco.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, former vice president Al Gore asserted that it's crucial for global philanthropists to impose "fertility management" on Africa. No one called that racist.
Gore, who apparently mismanaged his fertility by having four children, praised the “wonderful work' of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation: “Depressing the rate of child mortality, educating girls, empowering women and making fertility management ubiquitously available -- so women can chose how many children and the spacing of children -- is crucial to the future shape of human civilization."
NBC political reporter Mark Murray – whose wife works in the Obama administration – took last night’s touching tribute to Army Ranger Cory Remsburg and obscenely tried to rub his heroism on President Obama, who has never served in the military.
Remsberg story was just like Obama's story. Seriously? This was not a momentary gaffe. It was a tweet, and then Murray doubled down on it:
The New York Times carried this nauseating headline on Tuesday: “Obama's Puzzle: Economy Rarely Better, Approval Rarely Worse.” Times reporter Jackie Calmes found “never during his time in office has the state of the economy been better — yet rarely has he gotten such low marks from the public for his handling of it.”
An accompanying chart shows Obama under 40 percent approval on the economy, but the actual number never appeared in the story.
Leftist actor-director Robert Redford laid into Republicans in a Sunday interview on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” Try not to notice this journalism show began with a Justin Bieber segment and included a Redford interview. Host Brian Stelter first asked how Redford felt about Obama. "I think he's a good human being. That's, I think, clear," Redford replied. "He's a humanitarian at heart, and that's good. He's trying to manage an extremely difficult situation. I mean, it's -- it's almost too much for one person."
He wouldn't say the same for the GOP: “When you have one half whose only motive is to destroy the motives of the president of the United States, then you have a diseased system. And I don't think that's his fault. I think it just makes his job tougher.” Redford lamely claimed there was bipartisanship in getting to “truth” in Watergate: [See video after jump.]
Joe Strupp at Mediamatters.org on Monday was claiming that an anonymous spokesperson for CBS News was allegedly “knocking down right-wing media claims that an interview with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was edited for political reasons, explaining that the one-on-one just went too long and was also shortened for breaking news on the Maryland mall shooting.”
Seriously? Anyone can watch the show online and see CBS didn’t spend more than 30 seconds recounting the shooting in Columbia. Why was it so crucial for CBS to announce the name of this shooter? It never came up again after the first few minutes.
The gay lobby recognizes no boundaries when it comes to raising consciousness about the LGBT agenda. After watching “Frozen,” lesbian pundit and Daily Beast contributor Sally Kohn tweeted over the weekend “come on @DisneyPictures ain't it finally time for a kid's film where the princess marries a princess?!”
Maybe Kohn saw an article by Victoria Kallsen for the Daily Campus at the University of Connecticut, who also insisted “the primary complaint is: where are homosexual characters in animation aimed at children? I’d like to think our lesbian Disney Princess story is upcoming. (Then again, these are the same people who needed 86 years to feature a black Disney Princess.)” Kallsen attacked children’s TV as a "wasteland of social conservative garbage” because it’s heteronormative:
The assumption that the Sunday news shows might be live and unedited certainly unraveled with Sunday's discovery that CBS opportunistically edited anti-Obama remarks out of Bob Schieffer's interview with Ted Cruz.
The most insincere thing Schieffer said at the end was "We're going to leave this for another day, Senator." It's more like "We're going to kill this and never let it see another day, Senator." MRCTV's Bob Parks has assembled a nice video that illustrates what CBS cut out below:
After a recent high-school graduate killed two people and then killed himself at Columbia Mall in suburban Maryland on Saturday, The Washington Post added to its mall-shooting package at its PostTV site with the focus on advice: “Protecting yourself in a shooting event.”
Utterly left out was the idea of protecting yourself with a gun. Instead, the Post suggested all the sensible get-away scenarios – move to safety, take cover, look for an exit. In a video repurposed from 2013, Post reporter Nia-Malika Henderson interviewed former Navy SEAL Matt Maasdam for a minute and disputed the notion that anyone should fight a shooter with a gun or anything else:
Earlier, I wrote up MSNBC's Alex Wagner unleashing her exaggeration on former Gov. Mike Huckabee speaking to the Republican National Committee on Thursday: "Just when you thought the Republican Party’s open antagonism toward women and their reproductive organs couldn’t get any more hostile, hours ago, talk show host, former governor, and failed presidential candidate Mike Huckabee took it upon himself to 'mansplain' to the women of America how one party wants to tame their wild libidos.”
Bob Parks of MRCTV has a nifty side-by-side video that underlines how MSNBC carefully edited out every ounce slice of woman-praising context around Huckabee's "Uncle Sugar" passage:
The New York Times reports CBS will air a "solemn" political stunt during the Grammy Awards on Sunday night during a rap song trashing "right wing conservatives" in the lyrics:
"An on-air wedding of 34 couples — gay, straight, old, young, of many races and many colors," they write. "The ceremony will be part of the hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s performance of their Grammy-nominated song “Same Love,” which became a marriage-equality anthem last year just as that issue was drawing intense national attention."
For snobby liberal film critics, few match A.O. Scott of The New York Times. I remember giggling at this puff on PBS for a George Clooney message movie: "I liked 'Syriana.' I thought it was very hard to follow in a way that I found very engaging and bracing. I felt like the arguments it was making and the connections it was making were very interesting."
So it’s no shock that Scott would slam the new pro-life movie “Gimme Shelter” on Friday as “a crude, earnest parable that uses some of the techniques of indie filmmaking to deliver a culturally conservative message.” Then he slammed it as ideologically ferocious:
The New York Times has a very strange sense of morality. Abortion at any time for any reason is never savage. When the Kermit Gosnell case erupted, the Times could only editorialize it was irrelevant: “What does the trial of a Philadelphia doctor who is accused of performing illegal late-term abortions by inducing labor and then killing viable fetuses have to do with the debate over legal abortion?”
But on Sunday, the Times Magazine published a column titled “Is It Immoral to Watch the Super Bowl?” Writer Steve Almond, best known previously for resigning an adjunct professorship at Boston College because Condoleezza Rice was picked for commencement speaker, argued that sending men to the NFL was like sending our underclass soldiers off to war in Afghanistan (don't miss the part about the late Pat Tillman):
Kudos to New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan for asking why the Times couldn’t provide much coverage of Wednesday’s March for Life. Hundreds, if not thousands of New Yorkers were there, so “Was this local participation, or the event itself, worthy of a news story in the paper of record? Apparently not.”
“The Times, in print, published only a stand-alone photograph of the event on Page A17 with a two-line caption on Thursday.” Sullivan reproduced complaints from pro-life readers:
One way that liberal journalists promote a “rapid string of victories for the gay marriage movement” is by utterly shutting out any voice that dares speak in opposition to it. In Friday’s USA Today, reporter Richard Wolf (not MSNBC’s Richard Wolffe) wrote an entire story on how new Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring refuses to defend a gay marriage “ban,” and Wolf refused to quote any opponents.
“In a stunning reversal for a Southern state, newly elected Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, said Thursday that the ban is unconstitutional and the state will instead side with two same-sex couples challenging it,” he wrote. By contrast, Friday’s Washington Post noted “Herring’s move outrages foes of same-sex marriage.” Who cares about outraged Republicans? Not USA Today.
MSNBC's furor over Mike Huckabee's remarks on women and the Democrats boiled over on "Now with Alex Wagner" on Thursday afternoon. Radical feminist "comedians" Sarah Silverman and Lizz Winstead were promoted once again for their "V to Shining V" crusade for "Lady Parts Justice" -- that is, untrammeled abortion, the full Gosnell. (See previous promotional segment here.)
“It’s so bizarre,” Silverman said about Huckabee's remarks, smelling careerism and insincerity. “When a politician is speaking on behalf of those people who are pulling their strings, for their purse and for their, um, the betterment of their career, it’s gross. I’m just an actress and when I speak out politically it does not help my career at all.” Silverman babbled and rambled about how sperm can smell, leaving Lizz Winstead to look like the articulate side of the Left.
Mediaite reports that ABC’s star producer Shonda Rhimes – creator of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal” – reacted strongly to reports of former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s remarks on women before the Republican National Committee.
"I want Mike Huckabee to wake up tomorrow having suddenly grown a vagina," Rhimes wrote on YouSay.com, "Then I wanna deny his vagina proper medical care and birth control while making crazy statements about his libido. And see how he likes it." Huckabee’s remarks about women’s libidos and “Uncle Sugar” had a rather elastic run through the left-wing outrage machine. Here’s how it was originally stated:
TheWrap.com reports HBO’s new drama “Looking” had a "limp debut," with “not many people ‘looking’ at it on their TV screen. The new HBO comedy-drama had a paltry 338,000 viewers at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday.”
Meanwhile, the Matthew McConnaughey-Woody Harrelson drama “True Detective” (Sundays at 9 pm) averaged 1.7 million viewers in its second week.
When most people hear the word "Fargo" these days, they might think about the dark comedy by the Coen brothers where a crook ends up in a wood-chipper. But when you think of getting an abortion in Fargo, you're supposed to think happy thoughts due to a feminist group called "Plants for Patients."
Stacy Trasancos at Lifenews.com reported on this group, devoted to comforting women who've had abortions by giving them a plant so they can "bring one life home."
When Edgar Tamayo killed a police officer in Houston, he could have been defined by our national media as "an American living in the shadows." But in Thursday's New York Times, the headline was "Texas Executes Mexican Man for Murder."
Reporter Manny Fernandez began by noting outrage at Rick Perry's Texas from "the State Department, Mexican officials, and Latino advocates," but it wasn't until the second paragraph from the end that Fernandez whispered in print that Tamayo was "in the United States illegally." The Times even took most of three paragraphs to get to the cop-killer part:
Something about the bitter cold that the protesters endured in Wednesday's March for Life brought out a bold commentary Wednesday night from Fox's Brit Hume on "Special Report."
"Science has given us an ever clearer picture of just how much of a baby a fetus is," he said. Liberals think the Republicans wage war on science, but they keep describing an eight-month-old baby as merely a "choice." Hume reminded the country that as many as 55 million unborn lives have been snuffed out in the 41 years since Roe v. Wade legalized abortion:
In an interview set to air Sunday on al-Jazeera America, New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson told the Arab network’s John Seigenthaler than the Obama adminisistration “is the most secretive White House that I have ever been involved in covering, and that includes — I spent 22 years of my career in Washington and covered presidents from President Reagan on up through now, and I was Washington bureau chief of the Times during George W. Bush's first term.”
She complained “The Obama administration has had seven criminal leak investigations. That is more than twice the number of any previous administration in our history. It's on a scale never seen before.” She also denied the Times had much of a liberal bias, but perhaps it had an important “cosmopolitan” tilt that needs to be shared:
Conservative talk-radio host Hugh Hewitt interviewed CNN host Jake Tapper on Wednesday, and pressed him on whether Gov. Chris Christie is getting more national scrutiny for “Bridgegate” than Hillary Clinton did for the terrorist attacks on the consulate in Benghazi.
“Well obviously, Christie is getting a lot more attention when it comes to Bridgegate than Hillary got when it came to Benghazi,” Tapper acknowledged. Then he strangely suggested that when he covered the Benghazi aftermath in the fall of 2012 (for ABC), he was covering the State Department mistakes, but somehow not...the Secretary of State?
Fox News host Megyn Kelly is profiled in the latest edition of the women’s magazine Elle. Ben Dickinson, usually the magazine’s “books editor,” started with flattery: “With her naughtily mussed blond bob framing her flashing dark blue eyes and perpetually glossed lips, Kelly is an almost self-parodically perfect apotheosis of her species, the FOX fox.”
She's "on top, and there to stay." But by the story’s end, Dickinson turned his article into a little lecture on Fox News viewers are in despair because America is changing for the better/leftier:
Politico media reporter Dylan Byers jumped on the story of Maine Gov. Paul LePage and his claim on the Laura Ingraham Show that Portland (Maine) Press Herald reporter Colin Woodward chased after his ex-wife and children in Canada for a Politico article. "He does have a tendency to invent stories," Woodard said. "I'm surprised that he can maintain his status as a public figure and say these things and think it won't catch up with him."
But Byers hasn’t found any time to report on how the media’s covering the invented stories of Texas Democrat Wendy Davis. This is a little weird seeing Byers left the liberal pack last September and said conservatives were right about pro-Davis bias.
A forthcoming PBS documentary reviewing the Jayson Blair plagiarism scandal at The New York Times will feature the Latina reporter who exposed Blair to complain that the scandal that followed “gave people permission” to stop focusing on newsroom diversity.
Tim Molloy of The Wrap reports Macarena Hernandez “said that as newspapers have suffered financially, there has been far less emphasis on hiring people of color — because of the prejudicial belief that Blair’s case discredits all efforts at making newsrooms look like the communities they serve.” But will PBS ignore the role of race in Blair’s rapid ascent at the Times?