The Washington Pom-Pom Post is at it again on Sunday with the article “Support for Clinton overflowing in Calif.” The only thing missing was an exclamation point and hearts to dot the I’s. It was “another stage, another overflowing ballroom.”
Post reporter Matea Gold – a recent transplant from the Los Angeles Times – features Hillary mugging in photos with rock star Lenny Kravitz and panel discussions with Rob “Meathead” Reiner. Everywhere she goes, liberals pile on to create a “Hillary Effect” for the next campaign:
Washington Post media blogger Erik Wemple read through a stack of books by cable-news hosts for a Sunday Outlook piece, and declared “MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is the clear winner of the cable-news-host literary prize” for her book “Drift.”
On Sunday’s front page, The Post called it a “blab lit review” and called it “A survey of the many cable big mouths who have stuffed it between hard covers." Wemple accurately captured the contempt the liberal media has for Fox hosts:
On Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News and Thursday’s Today, NBC hyped the notion that Palestinian guerrilla leader Yasser Arafat “may have” been assassinated by poisoning. They let Palestinians accuse Israel, and bizarrely suggested only Israel “considered” Arafat a terrorist (forgetting decades where the U.S. officially agreed).
There was no NBC update Friday when NPR’s All Things Considered reported the Palestinian Authority released a separate Russian study that did not confirm the notion of poisoning with Polonium-210. NBC didn’t offer any journalist or government official who disagreed with the pro-Arafat line:
In May, ABCNews.com reported that Democrats were unhappy that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie put his family into state tourism ads begging people to come back to beaches on the New Jersey shore. “That Gov. Christie would allow $25 million in federally-funded ads to feature him in the middle of an election year is both supremely arrogant and wildly inappropriate,” his opponent Barbara Buono said. Chris Matthews barely mentioned Buono this year, mostly to note she was getting creamed in the polls.
On Thursday night's "Hardball," MSNBC host Chris Matthews was livid that Sen. Rand Paul would second that critique, that it's unseemly for the governor to put himself in tourism ads in an election year. "Pissant" was the word Matthews used -- twice:
New York Times columnist David Brooks always knows he's sitting on a liberal Democrat set at the PBS NewsHour. PBS viewers don't want a real conservative that makes conservative arguments. Only insults are welcome. So in praising Chris Christie on Friday's show, he said the 2012 GOP presidential debates were "Looney Tunes." He was dead serious.
But when the subject turned to liberal Democrats in New York City, he made a very mild crack about the "Democratic intelligentsia, such as it is," and immediately retracted and apologized:
“Since the Affordable Care Act became law in 2010, Republicans have claimed repeatedly that it would be a job-killing monstrosity, with ample evidence of its withering effect on the economy by now. “The health-care law will cause significant job losses for the U.S. economy,” a 2011 report sponsored by House Speaker John Boehner, Rep. Paul Ryan and other Republicans declared. Well maybe, someday, but in the law’s first month of existence it appeared to have no impact whatsoever on jobs.” Newman even argued Obamacare could create jobs by spurring people to quit jobs they were only keeping for the health benefits:
CBS wouldn’t invite Dan Rather to remember the JFK assassination for its 2013 anniversary coverage. “No loss,” said former CBS producer Michael Rosenblum in a guest column at The Hollywood Reporter. Rosenblum was Robert Pierpoint’s producer at “Sunday Morning.”
“As Rather was not invited to participate in the 50th anniversary, Bob Pierpoint was not invited to participate in the 25th anniversary,” despite being at the center of the story that dark day in Dallas for CBS. Someone sitting in the anchor chair in 1988 was an egotistical jerk, brushing his colleague out of CBS history's frame.
NPR ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos is accusing liberal NPR fans of guilt by association. Some want NPR reporter Mara Liasson fired, just as they succeeded in ranting against Juan Williams appearing on Fox until he was abruptly fired. The ombudsman reviewed her reporting, and says “Applaud her.”
"Would you please consider letting Mara Liasson go?" wrote listener Michael Duba in what Schumacher-Matos said “is typical of the several complaints that come in almost every time Liasson does a story.”
Erik Wemple at The Washington Post reports that when the Rev. Al Sharpton was negotiating with MSNBC in 2011 for a nightly program, he made clear right away he wouldn’t stop agitating through his National Action Network (NAN). MSNBC President Phil Griffin proposed a nightly gig for Sharpton, the controversial figure stipulated, “I said, well, I’m still going to run NAN, I’m still going to be an activist.”
He said Griffin replied, “Put it in the contract. We’d never interfere with what you’re doing, your civil rights work.” The reverend ended up with a “carve out” from NBC News’s policies against political participation, unlike Joe Scarborough and Keith Olbermann.
When The Washington Post headlines a story “A half-century of deep, hopeless intellectualism,” there’s a puff piece underneath. It’s not about Obama’s globe-trotting genius since the age of two. It’s a rave for The New York Review of Books, a leftist literary rag. (It's not The New York Times Book Review. This comes out about 20 times a year.)
Post writer Neely Tucker oozed all over “legendary editor Robert Silvers” and how “circulation is at an all-time high of 150,000.” Then came the "oh, so hopelessly smart" waterfall of gush:
NPr headlines in the Bush years were in a different spirit, such as this beaut: “Naomi Wolf Likens Bush to Hitler.” The happy talker on this forget-lousy-polls story was NPR’s Ari Shapiro, who just left the Obama White House beat:
Actor/comedian Russell Brand just keeps promoting his new socialist crusade in the British press, this time in the radical-left Guardian. They love slams on capitalism from anyone, and that income inequality is a sign of the “end of days.”
“I can't deny that I've done a lot of daft things while I was under the capitalist fugue, some silly telly, soppy scandals, movies better left unmade,” Brand wrote. “I've also become rich. I don't hate rich people; Che Guevara was a rich person. I don't hate anyone, I judge no one, that's not my job.” (Naturally, a few paragraphs later he judges a tax evader as an "a***-hole.") He doesn’t like the charge of hypocrisy:
Joel Gehrke of the Washington Examiner reports the media can look too close to power: “Reporters with the Society of American Business Editors and Writers received 'training' on how to cover Obamacare's rollout from a policy expert who works with President Obama's former health information technology adviser.”
On the group's blog, SABEW executive director Warren Watson had announced “a two-day symposium in Chicago for 18 reporter fellows who will go through immersion education in the nuances of the ACA.” He approvingly quoted Mike Barnicle from MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” comparing Team Obama to the World Series-winning Boston Red Sox:
I couldn’t believe it as I saw it on Election Night: CNN analyst-Democratic flack Stephanie Cutter claimed Chris Christie’s big victory should be read as a “rejection of the Republican Party.” Bill Kristol had just proclaimed Christie was “impressive” and “Obamacare is toxic.”
Some at NewsBusters HQ said, “Come on, it’s Stephanie Cutter.” But this kind of mockable junk it exactly what defines Stephanie Cutter. It’s the sheer Wasserman-Schultziness of it all:
Conservative Telegraph (U.K.) columnist Tim Stanley reported on the latest outrage from MTV star Dan Savage in Australia. “As part of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, he went head-to-head with Britain's Peter Hitchens on marriage, Christianity and sex – and got progressively filthier and angrier as the evening wore on.”
At the end, when panelists were asked to provide a truly “dangerous idea,” he cracked that abortion should be mandatory:
Even as American movie theatres rebel against abiding by the NC-17 rating to keep high-school kids away from sex-drenched French movies, AP's Malin Rising reports (positively) that the Left would love to impose its own cultural standards on the movie industry: "movie theaters in equality-minded Sweden are introducing a new rating to highlight gender bias, or rather the absence of it."
To get an “A” rating, a movie must pass the so-called Bechdel test – named for American lesbian cartoonist Alison Bechdel, who created a new standard in her comic strip "Dykes to Watch Out For" in 1985 – that a movie “must have at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.” So many movie classics fail this politically correct measurement:
In the halftime of Super Bowl 51 in 2012, the rapper M.I.A. "flipped the bird" at 114 million viewers. NBC failed to prevent it. But now that she has a new album out, M.I.A. claimed to NPR's David Greene on Tuesday's Morning Edition that this wasn't san attempt at televised profanity.
Instead, it was what she called a "Matangi mudra," a yoga hand gesture. Not even NPR was buying it:
NPR practiced its typical Inevitable Gay Progress bias on Tuesday’s Morning Edition. By a vote of 61-30, the Senate voted to proceed on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which would allow LGBT activists to file lawsuits if they felt they were fired or weren’t hired or promoted on the grounds of “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.”
Congressional correspondent David Welna piled up five soundbites in favor of the “common sense” gay agenda (including two liberal Republicans), and “balanced” that by relaying one perfunctory sentence from Speaker John Boehner. Not one social conservative could be found in all of Washington, and there was no mention of religious freedom being crushed:
While the NFL is embroiled in a scandal over athletes threatening death to other athletes with racial epithets, the NBA is fining coaches for fleeting expletives. Yahoo Sports reported Washington Wizards coach Randy Wittman was fined $20,000 by the league for ranting at a post-game press conference.
This is tougher punishment than anything Obama's Federal Communications Commission has done, as the networks and the nation's leading courts have made TV safe for fleeting, unbleeped expletives. After years of inaction, Obama's outgoing FCC boss Julius Genachowski threw a huge pile of complaints on the trash heap.
In a sign of liberal panic, NPR's Diane Rehm Show spent its first hour Monday questioning President Obama's management style. As their website elaborated on the Healthcare.gov fiasco and the NSA spying on world leaders, "the latest embarrassments have even some of the president’s supporters questioning his management style."
To insure that their comments weren't too upsetting to Obama-loving NPR listeners, several journalists -- Ruth Marcus of the Washington Post and David Gergen of CNN -- insisted the Obama administration has been "relatively scandal-free" in its operations:
AP media reporter David Bauder seems shocked that CBS would exclude Dan Rather from their gaudy 50th anniversary coverage of JFK’s assassination, “further proof of the lingering bitterness following Rather's messy exit and subsequent lawsuit against the network.”
The same man who thinks he’s never been wrong about the phony documents he launched against George W. Bush announced "I held off doing anything for anybody else for a while, thinking I may be asked to do something (for CBS)...I can't say I had any reason for that hope.” Rather’s delusional enough to think CBS can’t put a dent in his golden reputation with the American people:
Who says the Fox News Channel is all conservatives? Sometimes, its employees are socialists who want America to be more like Sweden.
Take Geraldo Rivera on his radio show on Friday. When a caller complained he wasn't extolling the positives of Obamacare, he said the program is “deeply flawed” because “we let the insurance industry write the legislation,” when he prefers a “single payer” government-dominated health care system like Sweden or Canada, where private insurance is banned.
On the front page of Sunday's New York Times came the headline "In Virginia, I.O.U.'s Give The Democrat an Edge." Democrats nearly always get an "edge" in liberal newspapers.
In describing how Terry McAuliffe is cashing in all his favors for Bill and Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, reporters Trip Gabriel and Nicholas Confessore creatively employed the word "innovation" to describe McAuliffe's shady idea to sell nights in the Lincoln Bedroom to Clinton donors:
David James Poissant began by describing his distaste for having to make friends with men who didn’t share his politics: “I had friends, plenty of friends. If I wanted more, they would be liberal, super-educated friends who could do rhetorical back flips over the Fox News jargon I was sure these husbands would spout if politics ever came up, which, were I to lead this group, would never happen.” Then he realized at least some conservatives were human:
Washington Post Magazine humorist Gene Weingarten is a fairly routine basher of conservatives, but when he brings in his feminist friend Gina Barreca, he can end up looking like some kind of Giuliani moderate. Last year, Weingarten brought in Barreca to trash Mitt Romney after the election as a woman-hater, a "terrible, terrible date."
At the start of his "Chatological Humor" webchat last week, Weingarten brought in Barreca to trash an article by Emily Yoffe on Slate.com that suggested women should avoid getting drunk at frat parties The jaw drops at how this somehow brought Barreca to declare that frat parties are somehow the segregationist drugstore lunch-counters of the modern age. What? Yes (Emphasis mine):
Katie Couric sat for the softest of softball interviews for Gotham magazine -- with her pal Sheryl Crow. (The pop star wrote her talk show's theme song.)
Crow asked who she'd really love to interview: "Who is the ultimate get for you, and why?" Couric replied, "Kate Middleton because she’s so enigmatic; the Pope because he’s been surprisingly forward thinking and outspoken; and I would love to interview Harper Lee." She also offered thoughts on New York City's next mayor:
Here’s a headline you couldn’t have found in Saturday’s Washington Post: “Washington Post Deliverer Almost Kills Professor, Leaves Him Unconscious on Sidewalk.” The Post carried a little story buried on B-3 inside the Metro section blandly headlined “Man arrested in attack on professor.”
You had to wait until paragraph six of Peter Hermann’s story to find the Post tried to spin furiously that this thug putting a professor into a coma wasn’t really a Post employee:
As Obamacare’s launch is described even by the Obamacare architects as a “debacle,” Washington Post health policy reporter Sarah Kliff penned a Sunday article titled “5 Myths About the Affordable Care Act."
You could stop dead at Alleged Myth Number One. “Americans will be forced to buy health insurance.” Kliff claimed “The health-care law's individual mandate, despite its name, isn't meant to force Americans into health plans.” What? If you have to pay a staggering fine, it’s not a force issue?
In May, reporter J.D. Mullane of the Bucks County Courier-Times described how covering the murder-manslaughter trial of abortionist Kermit Gosnell changed his mind on abortion. He told Fox News, “You can’t sit there day after day and week after week and listen to that testimony and not be changed, and not have a change of heart, or at least reconsider your position.”
Pat Dowling and Charol Abram of Lifenews.com report that on October 15, Mullane “spoke to a packed hall at the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Doylestown” about his horror in the courtroom during the Gosnell trial: