TVNewser's Chris Ariens reported on Friday that MSNBC hired current White House associate communications director Rachel Racusen to be their vice president of communications. The left-leaning network, which rarely misses an opportunity to defend President Obama, was reportedly "looking for a candidate with connections to the current administration," according to a report that Ariens linked to from sister blog PRNewser.
By Curtis Houck | November 21, 2014 | 12:44 PM EST
In a segment on his PBS show Thursday night, Charlie Rose and his guests discussed President Obama’s executive order on illegal immigration and described the responses from those in the Republican Party as “a bit extreme” and “ludicrous” while also harping on the conundrum that Republican leadership now supposedly faces in dealing with conservatives now that the executive amnesty is announced.
Joined by Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post and Michael Shear of The New York Times, the three discussed the President’s executive action in a segment that was taped prior to his speech during the program’s first 15 minutes.
By Scott Whitlock | November 21, 2014 | 12:13 PM EST
The journalists at CBS This Morning on Friday downplayed conservative opposition to Barack Obama's amnesty and instead hyped unease about how long it took for the order to be issued. Reporter Major Garrett showcased complaints, noting, "For immigration activists long disappointed by White House indifference, it all sounds like a new day." He then featured Lynn Tramonte, the head of an organization supporting Obama's amnesty move.
By Kyle Drennen | November 21, 2014 | 11:48 AM EST
In the wake of President Obama's announcement Thursday night that he would go around Congress to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, Friday's NBC Today warned of Republican overreaction to the presidential power grab. Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd proclaimed: "Republican leaders are nervous that they won't be able to control their conservative members who would like to lash out and have a fight now with the President."
By Matthew Johnson | November 21, 2014 | 11:13 AM EST
It’s getting hot in here.
Hip Hop artists and rappers including Common, Ne-Yo, Karmin and Elle Varner collaborated on a new album that mixes hip hop with climate change alarmism and left-wing talking points. On Nov. 18, National Journal said four original tracks with environmental themes were released that day on the “HOME” EP. The full album from People’s Climate Music project will be released in December.
Common, Malik Yusef and Kumasi recorded one of those songs, “Trouble in the Water,” after a discussion of water pollution and drought, National Journal said. In the song he used several liberal talking points related to climate change. One of them was that hurricanes were related to global warming, “Through hurricanes, the pain is made audible.”
By Tom Blumer | November 21, 2014 | 10:58 AM EST
A June 4 story at Willamette Week summarized the already serious problems pioneering longtime Oregon-based homosexual activist and ardent Barack Obama supporter Terry Bean was already facing before the Democratic Party "Kingmaker" was arrested Wednesday and "charged with two felony counts of having sex with a minor last year."
Even before his arrest, the accusations made by Bean's former homosexual lover were serious. Even now, the local press in Oregon seems reluctant to acknowledge the potential implications of Bean's arrest. The national press remains AWOL.
By Tim Graham | November 21, 2014 | 10:57 AM EST
The Washington Post divided its Obama-speech coverage into three parts on Friday's front page: the speech, "the immigrants," and "the opposition," because it's always fun to pitch Republicans as opposing immigrants. The headline was "The Opposition: Republicans confront own worst enemy." That would be the conservatives.
Post reporter Robert Costa warned of an "immediate and widening rebellion among tea party lawmakers that top Republicans are struggling to contain." Inside the A section, Obama's speech was headlined. "Obama promotes a 'common-sense' approach." The article on the opposition was headlined "GOP to face internal bickering."
By Mark Finkelstein | November 21, 2014 | 8:10 AM EST
Joe Scarborough isn't exactly the voice of movement conservatism, but with Joe away today, Mika Brzezinski took advantage to flood Morning Joe's first hour with a lopsided liberal lineup of guests supporting President Obama's executive-order amnesty.
The first two guests were Javier Palomarez, head of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Ray Suarez of Al Jazeera [ex of NPR]. A bit later, Dem Rep. Linda Sanchez put in an appearance. No Republican or conservative was given a chance in the first hour to decry the President's diktat. At the top of hour two Mika finally let Matt Lewis of the Daily Caller appear. But far from being a full-throated critic, Lewis said that he favors a path to citizenship, supports the substance of Obama's executive order, and cautioned Republicans against using Obama's own language about the illegality of his act against him. Thanks for nuthin'!
By Ken Oliver-Méndez | November 21, 2014 | 3:10 AM EST
“There’s a lot to celebrate tonight,” Telemundo anchor José Díaz–Balart declared during Telemundo’s special coverage of President Obama’s Nov. 20 announcement of unilateral executive actions that include lifting the threat of deportation for 4.1 million unauthorized immigrants in the United States, along with eliminating the Secure Communities program of federal, state and local cooperation in the enforcement of U.S. immigration law that was launched during the administration of President George W. Bush.
Newt Gingrich Blasts Obama’s Speech: ‘This Was a Gruber Speech’; ‘Simply Not Telling the Country the Truth’By Curtis Houck | November 21, 2014 | 12:52 AM EST
Following President Barack Obama’s speech announcing his executive order on illegal immigration, CNN political commentator and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich unloaded on the President, likening his speech to statements made by ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber and that those in the “elite” class “really underestimate” the disdain Americans have for unfortified borders.
Responding on CNN in the minutes after it ended, Gingrich opined that it was wrong for the President to go against the incoming Congress as it had “repudiated his policies in the election” a few weeks ago. Gingrich then slammed what viewers just heard as “a Gruber speech” where the President was “simply not telling the country the truth.”
By Tom Johnson | November 20, 2014 | 10:39 PM EST
The New York magazine blogger speculates that some sort of “mental breakdown led [Republicans] to a place where [a shutdown] has received serious consideration” and claims such a move would be “almost a masterpiece of self-sabotage” for the GOP heading into 2016.
By Curtis Houck | November 20, 2014 | 10:38 PM EST
Ahead of President Obama’s speech on immigration on Thursday night, the major broadcast networks all did their parts to push the arguments in favor of his executive amnesty ranging from a whole segment devoted to a family that would benefit from the President’s executive order to promoting one pro-amnesty group.
On the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, over two minutes was spent on segment promoting a family of children born in the U.S. with an illegal immigrant mother, who currently is in an Arizona detention center, but now could be allowed to be freed and apply to become a U.S. resident under the President’s executive amnesty.
By Tom Blumer | November 20, 2014 | 9:57 PM EST
Brett M. Decker is a member of USA Today's Board of Contributors and "consulting director at the White House Writers Group." Early this evening, he effectively did double duty for the paper, both as a columnist and a journalist.
Decker appears to be the first person to report visibly in a national publication that "influential gay rights advocate and top Obama donor" Terry Bean was arrested on Wednesday and "charged with two felony counts of having sex with a minor last year." There were three links to Decker's column at USAT's front page at 7:43, while a story appearing at the site about 20 minutes earlier than Decker's forwarded from KGW-TV in Oregon is absent from its front page. The portion of Decker's discussion of the media double standard follows the jump (HT Instapundit; bolds are mine):
By Ken Shepherd | November 20, 2014 | 9:52 PM EST
Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes are hardly devout Christians, but they shouted out hearty "Amens" to President Obama's deployment of scripture to make his case for executive amnesty.
By Ken Shepherd | November 20, 2014 | 9:04 PM EST
On Wednesday's Hardball, Daily Beast columnist Jonathan Alter insisted that President Obama's executive amnesty would lead to Latinos being squarely in the Democratic column for decades and even revering the president with portraits in the living rooms, much like white Appalachians in years gone by had hung portraits of FDR in theirs.Tonight on Twitter, Alter rehashed that lame and frankly insulting talking point shortly after President Obama's speech.