From “Above Average,” a skit imagining the strategy session held by Hillary Clinton and her staff planning her van trip to Iowa with a stop at a Chipotle in Ohio. “We’re doing a casual drop-in, so we need to work out every single detail.”
By Jeffrey Lord | April 18, 2015 | 11:06 PM EDT
Will they just stand there and take it? Or will the Republican candidates for president push back against the fawning media coverage of Hillary Clinton?
By Brent Baker | April 18, 2015 | 9:59 PM EDT
An early Hollywood endorsement for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign. For Thursday’s With All Due Respect on Bloomberg TV, a staffer quizzed celebrities at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City about their opinion of the hospital sign-like Hillary campaign logo and prompted actor Harvey Keitel’s endorsement. He trumpeted: “She deserves the job if she wants it. And let’s help her.”
By Mark Finkelstein | April 18, 2015 | 9:53 PM EDT
Maureen Dowd's Sunday column ostensibly centers on the problem of Hillary's persona being alternatively too masculine or too Chipolte-granny feminine.
But in passing, Dowd discharges a major diss in the direction of President Obama. Analyzing lessons learned from 2008, Maureen writes [emphasis added] that "Hillary saw the foolishness of acting like a masculine woman defending the Iraq invasion after she fell behind to a feminized man denouncing it." Barack Obama: feminized man. Ouch.
By Jack Coleman | April 18, 2015 | 7:03 PM EDT
On his HBO show last night, comic Bill Maher made a dubious claim about the alleged lack of widespread reporting in the 1970s on global cooling, an assertion that even his core audience of confirmed stoners must have known was inaccurate.
Maher claimed that media accounts of the purported phenomenon were limited to a single story in a major news magazine for the entire decade -- which is true only if one ignores the scores of other stories across the spectrum of media during that period.
By Bryan Ballas | April 18, 2015 | 5:20 PM EDT
The Huffington Post has long been a haven for progressive lectures in sensitivity training. Case in point is Leora Tanenbaum who has a history of ranting about the evils of "slut-shaming" and its ties to oppressive sexism.
In a Wednesday post on "The Truth About Slut-Shaming," Tanenbaum defined the concept as "the experience of being labeled a sexually out-of-control girl or woman (a "slut" or "ho") and then being punished socially for possessing this identity." One of her examples was the occasion in which "Monica Lewinsky was called "a little tart" in a Wall Street Journal editorial in 1998."
By Tom Blumer | April 18, 2015 | 4:59 PM EDT
Time.com's Zeke Miller tweeted yesterday that a "reporter" asked recently declared presidential candidate Marco Rubio of Florida the following question: "Is 43 old enough to be president?" Meanwhile, two weeks ago, a column at Time.com claimed that Hillary Clinton is "biologically primed to be a leader." Seriously.
Since he either can't or won't tell us who asked the question, we're unable to determine if the "reporter" to whom Miller referred was asking the question because he or she doesn't know the Constitution or was trying to bait Rubio into giving an answer implicitly or explicitly criticizing other candidates. It would be worth knowing, because the first answer betrays ignorance, while the second reveals bias and a likely double standard in interviewing. Miller's tweet, which includes Rubio's priceless answer, is after the jump:
By Curtis Houck | April 18, 2015 | 1:07 PM EDT
In one of the cover stories for Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, liberal CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour wrote about Fusion and Univision host Jorge Ramos by describing him as someone “with a heart of gold” and voice that he’s not afraid to use. Amanpour’s 170-word post led off with this short description of Ramos that few (if any) in the media would use to describe any conservative commentator: “Jorge Ramos is silver-haired and gray-eyed, but inside that ring of steel beats a heart of gold.”
By Mark Finkelstein | April 18, 2015 | 12:52 PM EDT
I have a sneaky feeling that MSNBC political correspondent Kasie Hunt isn't a registered Republican. Even so, there's little doubt that at least for now Marco Rubio is winning the Kasie Hunt primary.
In successive appearances on the Up with Steve Kornacki and Melissa Harris-Perry shows this morning, Hunt made clear that Rubio was her standout in the Republican field assembled this weekend in New Hampshire. On "Up" Hunt called Rubio "the strongest candidate in telling a story . . . really somebody to watch." A bit later on MH-P, Hunt hailed Rubio as the person who "stood out to me the most."
By P.J. Gladnick | April 18, 2015 | 12:42 PM EDT
A conservative leader complained of an overwhelmingly leftwing audience during a BBC political debate and was berated by the host for his objection. Unfortunately for the BBC, that conservative leader, Nigel Farage of Britain's UKIP party, was proven to be correct about the audience being stacked to the extent that the BBC was forced to give him a half hour of broadcast time to answer audience questions.
By Katie Yoder | April 18, 2015 | 10:09 AM EDT
It’s time for pro-lifers to go on the offense, or so Sen. Rand Paul suggests.
On April 16, Sen. Paul (R-Ky.) addressed the pro-life movement at the Susan B. Anthony Campaign for Life Summit in Washington, D.C. Referencing his back-and-forth with DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), the 2016 presidential candidate stressed that the pro-life movement must ask the other side, “When does life begin?” That question, he suggested, will keep the media from placing pro-lifers “neatly” in a “box.”
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | April 18, 2015 | 7:56 AM EDT
Radical activists in the gay community have put pedal to the metal to force Gay Acceptance on Christians -- making not only their position but their tactics anti-Christian. They are deliberately targeting the Christian wedding industry – the cake-makers, the caterers, and the quaint bed-and-breakfast owners, and the like. They are head-hunting Christians who will refuse their business on moral grounds so as to slap them with lawsuits or “human rights” complaints.
By Melissa Mullins | April 18, 2015 | 7:01 AM EDT
It was only a matter of time before the media began their drool parade over Hillary Clinton. Since the announcement of her presidential run on Sunday, they have been chasing after her like paparazzi, patiently waiting for any word she might utter, and alas, begin the tedious task of trying to paint her into a likeable person.
No more of the “old” Hillary - an opportunistic, scandal ridden, “technically challenged,” pantsuit-wearing former first lady, Senator, Secretary of State….and one of those “evil one-percenters” she claims to detest. The media’s mission, which they have chosen to accept, is to humanize her as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.
By Steve Edwards | April 17, 2015 | 11:42 PM EDT
As a parent, one of the most heart wrenching things you can go through in life is the loss of a child, and no less traumatizing for the parent is when this loss is by suicide. However, there are some in the media that feel no compunction in using a situation like this to take political shots at a person if he holds different views politically, especially if the parent is a politician. This callousness was exemplified recently by Indy Week reporter Jane Porter.
By Tim Graham | April 17, 2015 | 10:06 PM EDT
The April 27 issue of People magazine includes two goopy mentions of Hillary Clinton. On the “Passages” page, the headline is “Hillary Clinton: It’s On!” The caption under Hillary’s picture read: “Clinton, 67, would be America’s first woman president.”
They quoted the first tweet: “Everyday Americans need a chamipon, and I want to be that champion. –H”. They quoted superfans: “’I didn’t know in my lifetime a woman president would be so possible,’ marveled Carol Conklin-Spillane, 56, a high school principal with a cameo in Clinton’s video.”