For a small display of the liberal arrogance that takes place inside news rooms across America, see the editor of the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff, Arizona. Editor Randy Wilson wrote last Sunday that global warming “deniers” don’t deserve space in the newspaper. The headline was "It’s not censorship by ignoring those denying climate change.”
“When is a scientific question settled to the point that entertaining further debate becomes not only a waste of precious newsprint but also a diversion from finding a solution to the problems raised by the answer to the question?” The “deniers” are like people who denied smoking causes cancer.
Dylan Byers and Maggie Haberman of Politico reported Chelsea Clinton earned an annual salary of $600,000 at NBC News before switching to a month-to-month contract earlier this year.
This might not be a shocking number if the former president’s daughter was an experienced journalist with tons of charisma...and if she was churning out a pile of stories. So how many stories do you think Chelsea filed since joining NBC in November 2011?
Liberal Los Angeles Times columnist Robin Abcarian gushed in a book review that Hillary Clinton’s new memoir was the “richly detailed and compelling chronicle” of a “policy wonk.”
But in an interview for the Times video channel on Thursday, she was blunt about the attacks over her ludicrous, counter-factual “dead broke” comments to Diane Sawyer. “Is it fair?” asked troubled interviewer Ann Simmons. “Yeah, I think it’s totally fair,” said Abcarian. Her answer was “completely tone deaf.” (Video below)
Jimmy Carter is not a saint. If you doubt that, read Steven Hayward’s The Real Jimmy Carter. But The New York Times never noticed that book. Last Sunday, they boosted Randall Balmer’s Carter book Redeemer, which pitches Carter metaphorically as...Christ-like.
It’s bad enough that Balmer uses his book to claim nastily that the Religious Right was organized by the late Paul Weyrich around segregationism. Reviewer Molly Worthen began by claiming “Jimmy Carter may be the most pious man ever to have occupied the White House. He was ‘born again’ at age 11 and has taught Sunday school for decades.”
NPR star Terry Gross has been an aggressive defender of Hillary Clinton on her Fresh Air show on the taxpayer-funded airwaves. So it was a bit shocking to witness her pressing and pounding the former First Lady and Secretary of State for her shifting stands on gay issues in the second half of the 44-minute interview.
Buzzfeed’s LGBT-beat reporter Chris Geidner counted ten times Gross whacked at Hillary. ABC, CBS, and NBC skipped this fracas tonight, but NPR in a Thursday night news break replayed Hillary snapping at Gross as being insincere and hostile (audio below):
Diane Sawyer’s surprisingly challenging interview with Hillary Clinton makes some media elitists hopping mad. At the Los Angeles Times, columnist Meghan Daum began: “It's open season on Hillary Rodham Clinton again.”
Daum is furious that Clinton has now been scolded for failing “to realize that having temporary cash-flow problems when you're on the verge of getting rich doesn't exactly mirror the struggles of the masses.” Diane Sawyer asking about her speaking fee was “if not exactly stupid, pretty ridiculous.”
Feminists are demanding Washington Post columnist George Will be fired for a Sunday column on campus sexual assaults. Politico media reporter Hadas Gold wrote “the reception from progressives went about as well as expected when an older, white, male conservative columnist writes about college sexual assaults.”
So an old white guy can’t write about the excesses of liberalism? Free speech for everyone, except the race-and-gender-privileged? Gold repeated herself a few sentences down: “Will's own identity — older, white, male and conservative — made him especially prone to liberal criticism on the subject of sexual assault.” Her piece was loaded up with angry lefties.
Diane Sawyer's surprisingly tough questions to HIllary Clinton on Benghazi and her massive speaking fees have spurred more questions, especially when she answered she was "dead broke" and it wasn't her job as Secretary of State to micromanage the safety of diplomats.
But New York Times reporter Amy Chozick announced on MSNBC's Now with Alex Wagner on Tuesday that reporters like her are enjoying these "gaffes, if you call them that" because she's going unscripted, which is a "refreshing sign" that she's learned from the last presidential campaign (video below):
Barack Obama may be headed toward the Lame Duck Preserve, but some Internet attention-seekers are still willing to swoon over him and hope to go viral. Tracy Clayton at Buzzfeed.com – a star of “Black Twitter” – posted a set of photos Tuesday night with the headline “27 Pictures That Prove That Barack Obama Is Our Hottest President Ever.” (HT: Michelle Malkin)
What followed below was a set of lecherous lines that would clearly get you sued for sexual harassment if the genders were reversed. Someone warn Michelle. This lady is sporting a beret and is looking to make a presidential scandal.
In a sidebar to People magazine’s softball interview/cover story – with People’s Sondra Sobieraj Westfall making inquiries like “What kind of grandma will you be?” – they honored “15 Women Changing the World Right Now,” including gay “equality crusader” Mary Bonauto and “mom against gun violence” Shannon Watts.
Then there’s a list of “Hillary’s Picks,” for “some of the women whose lives have inspired her own.” There’s Burmese dissident Aung Sun Suu Kyi, and German prime minister Angela Merkel, and ...Russian punk rockers Pussy Riot:
Often, the climactic question-and-answer round of beauty pageants is a recipe for loaded questions (take Perez Hilton) or uneducated answers. On Sunday night’s Miss USA broadcast, The Right Scoop points out that Miss Louisiana, Brittany Guidry, was put on the spot about the Obama administration’s swap of Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban terrorists.
Like a politician, Guidry said she was glad Bergdahl came home, but we should not “subject ourselves” to terrorist demands. The crowd went wild there in Baton Rouge (video below):
CNN made a big deal on Wednesday afternoon about how almost all of Hillary Clinton’s TV interviews are with females: ABC’s Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts, Jane Pauley for CBS, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour NBC’s Cynthia McFadden, and Fox’s Greta Van Susteren is pairing up with Bret Baier, the only male on the list.
With Fox excluded, every one of these interviewers have offered softball interviews to Mrs. Clinton over her 20-plus years on the national scene, but for some reason, CNN’s 28-year-old "senior media correspondent" Brian Stelter tried to talk up how these female-on-female interviews might be loaded with tough questions. Laugh track, anyone? (Video below):
Matthew Kassel at theNew York Observer reports that The New York Times has created an innovative new beat for a reporter named Mosi Secret: sin and vice.
“I always thought that one of the more compelling things you could ever cover in New York was sin,” city editor Dean Chang told the Observer. So Secret wrote a long story for the front of last Sunday’s Metro section on an underground strip club/brothel titled “A Strip Club in Manhattan Proves That Vice Is Hard to Kill.”
On ABC’s “The View,” they’ve already advertised their Diane Sawyer interview with Hillary Clinton, promoting her memoir of her State Department years, Hard Choices. An announcer says: “Monday night. Hillary Clinton. You know her life, public and private, both filled with hard choices. But what don't you know? Now she talks about it all. Nothing off limits. A Diane Sawyer exclusive. Monday at 9, 8 Central on ABC.”
This is almost exactly what ABC promised in 2003, advertising a two-hour Hillary special with Barbara Walters. (Video below)
The Smoking Gun reports that with his ugly divorce trial looming, leftist filmmaker Michael Moore is battling his wife over the valuation of the couple’s assets, while branding her a spendthrift who “unilaterally wasted a large percentage of the marital funds” building a lakefront mansion that has prompted mocking news stories about Moore's millions.
More of interest to NewsBusters readers is that Moore’s wife, Kathleen Glynn, noted that Moore was offered funding for another anti-gun movie about the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting just three days after the horror unfolded:
ABC is running a promo strangely claiming no topic is “off limits” in Diane Sawyer’s Hillary Clinton interview. “No questions off limits,” promised substitute anchor David Muir on Friday’s World News.
But in an excerpt shown on Friday night, Sawyer sticks to questions so short they barely count as sentences. She’s not an interviewer. She’s just a facilitator. It’s another puff job, even if Diane keeps a dour face on (video, transcript by Matthew Balan below):
The liberals at National Public Radio can’t really imagine guns being necessary for anything...unless perhaps it’s to keep Southern segregationists at bay.
On Thursday afternoon’s Tell Me More talk show, host Michel Martin brought on Charles Cobb, who wrote the book This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made The Civil Rights Movement Possible. She called it a “hiding in plain sight story” and asked why he wrote the book:
For most of this week, the front page of The New York Times has been trying to dig out Team Obama on the Bowe Bergdahl scandal. So it might be unsurprising that pseudo-conservative Times columnist David Brooks is echoing his "objective" colleagues in a Friday column simply titled "President Obama Was Right."
This isn't just a blatantly baked spin blossom for the Times. It might naturally spur Brooks to be asked to "complete the thought" about Obama being correct on his Friday "week in review" platforms on NPR's All Things Considered and the PBS NewsHour.
The New York Times knows just how to rebuild the Republican Party in California...in the image of The New York Times. In Thursday’s paper, correspondent Norimitsu Onishi highlighted the Republican nominee for governor, Neel Kashkari, “a social moderate backed by the Republican establishment.”
“Social moderate”? In the next paragraph, we learn Kashkari “is of Indian descent and supports same-sex marriage and abortion rights, all positives for a party that has been steadily losing influence because of California’s increasingly diverse and liberal electorate.” So he is a social liberal, which the Times thinks is where all “moderates” belong. He's not one of those unelectable "Anglo" conservatives.
Planned Parenthood likes to paint itself as a crucial provider of affordable women's health care to the poor. But it also aids the rich. JillStanek.com reports that the Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s 2012 IRS Form 990 shows that CEO Cecile Richards made over one-half million dollars – $523,616 – for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2013.
In fact, for that 2012 reporting period, PPFA’s 12-member executive team tallied a combined income of $3.87 million.
On Tuesday night’s PBS NewsHour, a panel of journalists were exploring how Democratic candidates for the Senate were going to struggle with Obama’s new crackdown on coal plants. PBS anchor Gwen Ifill even said, “why then does the White House rub salt into the wound on this issue? Why make it so hard for Democrats especially?”
Washington Post reporter Reid Wilson replied that Obama wants it for his legacy as his term winds down, and reminded Ifill that he said his time would be when the planet starts to heal: [See video below.]
Alana Goodman at the Washington Free Beacon reports that the Hillary Clinton camp held a secret meeting with editors and reporters at The New York Times to complain about their coverage. The message: Back off.
Goodman writes “sources familiar with the meeting describe it as an attempt to brush back and even intimidate the staff of the Times.” This could be especially intimidating after the newspaper's publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. tossed out female executive editor Jill Abramson.
Amid Fox’s Howard Kurtz sensing the press is walking away from the VA scandal, Investor’s Business Daily reported a new poll on its front page Wednesday: “Just 29% think President Obama has done a good job managing the VA in the wake of the department's patient-care scandal, according to the latest IBD/TIPP poll, while 43% surveyed say he's done a poor job and 22% rate his performance as only average.”
Sixty-three percent said Obama was either disengaged (29%) or that he "knows more than he claims" (34%) about the scandal.The public also overwhelmingly rejected the liberal claim that a lack of money was the chief reason for the VA scandal:
On June 4, 1989, the communist regime in China cracked down violently on democratic protesters in Tiananmen Square. American networks had provided weeks of coverage of the protests, and the crackdown was a global outrage.
But both then and later, some national reporters embarrassed themselves by making odd comparisons between the communist crackdown and allegedly similar outrages in America:
Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner reports that a Thursday news report from Coral Davenport of The New York Times is being used by the Obama-promoting group Organizing for America to sell his War on Coal. It’s a news story they’re quoting, not an editorial.
In a new e-mail, OFA writes, “I needed you to see this, because what we're doing here is big.” The nation's newspaper of record is impressed:
How radical is Hollywood? There are two competing movie projects sure to lionize Edward Snowden betraying America’s secrets. Naturally, one of them is helmed by Oliver Stone, who bows to no one in casting America as a global supervillain. See his Untold History of the United States bilge on Showtime.
"This is one of the greatest stories of our time," said the leftist director. "A real challenge." Stone has repeatedly called Snowden a "hero" and slammed President Obama as a "disgrace" for his "Bush-style eavesdropping techniques." A rival Snowden movie based on Glenn Greenwald's Snowden book No Place to Hide is also in the works from Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of the James Bond movies. Alongside the Brian Williams softball special on NBC, there’s a “Snowden business” emerging:
It’s the media equivalent to declaring a Big Gulp with Pepsi-Cola is nutritious. TV Newser notes that professors at the University of Pennsylvania issued a study proclaiming that watching “The Colbert Report” served as “an extended civics lesson” compared to CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, broadcast evening news, talk radio, and newspapers.
“It’s the first study actually showing that Colbert is doing a better job than other news sources at teaching people about campaign financing,” said Bruce W. Hardy, Ph.D., lead author of the study and a senior researcher at the Annenberg Public Policy Center.
As a network, ESPN continues to propagate the bizarre idea that it’s non-ideological to celebrate the drafting of gay NFL draftee Michael Sam. ESPN ombudsman Robert Lipsyte – a former New York Times columnist – unsurprisingly gave the network “high marks” for its promotional Sam coverage in a column posted Friday.
“I think ESPN’s point of view here is nonideological, unless you believe capitalism and proper journalism are ideological,” Lipyste claimed.