In the past, the hosts of CBS This Morning fawned over Hillary Clinton and potential candidate Elizabeth Warren, but on Tuesday they grilled Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul. The Senator appeared to promote his new book, but Charlie Rose focused on Paul's stand against government surveillance. He dismissed, "Senator McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham have both said this is revenue-raising, that is a performance."
By Kyle Drennen | May 26, 2015 | 12:09 PM EDT
While ignoring the rolling release of her State Department e-mails, Tuesday’s CBS This Morning did find time to tout Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton making the number two spot on the annual Forbes magazine list of the world’s most powerful women.
By Connor Williams | May 26, 2015 | 11:40 AM EDT
On the May 26 edition of Morning Joe, panelists Mike Allen, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin were all bullish about Hillary Clinton’s prospects for creating a wave that could carry down-ballot Democrats to their own election victories in 2016.
By Katie Yoder | May 26, 2015 | 11:24 AM EDT
The media remembered Memorial Day this weekend by covering something beautiful: a Marine in prayer with his bride-to-be.
A photo of a U.S. Marine and his bride-to-be before marriage went viral over Memorial Day weekend. Moments before their wedding, U.S. Marine Cpl. Caleb Earwood and his fiancée Maggie joined hands in prayer around a corner to avoid making eye contact before the ceremony. Dwayne Schmidt Photography captured the scene on camera, and posted the photo to Facebook where it got picked up – by the media.
By Kyle Drennen | May 26, 2015 | 11:03 AM EDT
In a story for Tuesday’s NBC Today devoid of any Hillary Clinton critics, correspondent Andrea Mitchell highlighted “one Democratic ally,” Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro, “considered a potential running mate by some should Clinton win the nomination,” dismissing the e-mail scandal still swirling around the former Secretary of State as a “side show.”
By Kristine Marsh | May 26, 2015 | 10:02 AM EDT
Tip for retailers: If you’re trying to make money disrespecting the American Flag – especially on Memorial Day Weekend – just hope James Woods doesn’t hear about. Or, for that matter, thousands of other patriots on Twitter.
PacSun, a national clothing retailer aimed at teens and young adults was selling a black t-shirt with a graphic of the American flag upside down in stores and online this past Memorial Day weekend. A woman saw the display at her local Pacific Sunwear store in Foley, Alabama, and posted it to Facebook where it went viral. This elicited a strong reaction from others calling for a boycott on the retailer for this insensitivity, particularly on a patriotic holiday.
By Tom Blumer | May 25, 2015 | 11:12 PM EDT
In a Thursday interview recorded for Megyn Kelly's Fox News show that evening, Charles Krauthammer provided stunning evidence rarely mentioned even on Fox — and almost never in the establishment press — relating to how unserious the administration's and the Pentagon's "strategy" has been in containing, let alone defeating, ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
Krauthammer began discussing the inadequacy of the American military effort at the 1:58 mark of the video which follows the jump, charging that President Obama is only "pretending to be doing something," and discussed the long-term consequences if the situation doesn't turn around.
By Tim Graham | May 25, 2015 | 10:22 PM EDT
Politico has just discovered something we at MRC have been noticing since 1996: women's magazines are a "liberal pipeline to soccer moms." Media reporter Hadas Gold announced “a Politico review of several of the magazines’ past few months of coverage suggests that readers will be getting a heavy dose of liberal cheerleading this campaign season along with their skincare, makeup and fashion tips.”
The headline was "Where the media loves Hillary Clinton." As if other establishment media outlets are anti-Hillary?
By Melissa Mullins | May 25, 2015 | 7:33 PM EDT
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews once famously said that Obama sent a “thrill up my leg,” and even announced on air that it was his job to make sure Obama succeeded. With news that his wife, Kathleen Matthews, is expected to run for Maryland’s 8th District congressional seat, who’s to say he won’t use his status and show as a platform to do the same for her campaign?
Politico reporter Dylan Byers reported that Matthews has been involved with his wife’s campaign meetings, which have focused on campaign planning and strategy. Let's guess who does most of the talking...
By Jack Coleman | May 25, 2015 | 7:28 PM EDT
Future commencement speech invitations for Beltway media eminence grise Bob Woodward effectively evaporated, at least in the Northeast, after his appearance yesterday on Fox News Sunday.
Woodward, who'll be known in perpetuity as the stable half of the reporting duo who brought down Richard Nixon for a scandal that now appears paltry compared to the vast money-laundering scheme dignified under lofty title of Clinton Global Foundation, admirably did his part to puncture a sacred liberal myth -- that Bush lied and people died. As Woodward sees it, only the latter half of that equation is correct.
Conviction, Courage, and Catholic Identity: Brent Bozell's Address to the University of Dallas Class of 2015By Brent Bozell | May 25, 2015 | 5:57 PM EDT
The full text of Media Research Center founder and president Brent Bozell's commencement address to the Class of 2015 at his alma mater, the University of Dallas, on Sunday, May 17.
By Tom Blumer | May 25, 2015 | 4:58 PM EDT
Today at Arlington Cemetery, President Obama said — not kidding — "For many of us, this Memorial Day is especially meaningful; it is the first since our war in Afghanistan came to an end." He immediately added: "Today is the first Memorial Day in 14 years that the United States is not engaged in a major ground war."
At the White House's twitter account, one finds the first of those two sentences in a tweet — but not the second. Of course, Darlene Superville at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press, cleaned it all up to avoid nationally embarrassing the wire service's beloved president (bolds are mine):
By Tom Johnson | May 25, 2015 | 12:57 PM EDT
In the early 1990s, politicians floated the term “peace dividend” regarding a hoped-for post-Cold War reduction in the U.S. defense budget, and Pentagon spending indeed fell somewhat in the mid- and late ‘90s. Sean McElwee, a research associate at the lefty think tank Demos, argues that America now needs a post-9/11, post-Afghanistan, post-Iraq peace dividend which would allow greatly increased spending on certain domestic programs.
“As violent deaths from war and terrorism decline,” wrote McElwee in a Sunday piece for Salon, “the greater threat to Americans is their failing infrastructure, costly healthcare system and incoherent environmental policy…In addition, [America’s] ability to lead by example is threatened by poverty, homeless[ness] and rampant inequality.”
McElwee concluded that “Americans need to realize that today, the larger threat they face is their own fear leading them to underinvest in vital services. As Franklin Delano Roosevelt famously warned, ‘the only thing we have to fear is… fear itself.’”
By Scott Whitlock | May 25, 2015 | 11:23 AM EDT
A lengthy expose in the new Vanity Fair claims veteran journalist Barbara Walters wasn't thrilled that Rosie O'Donnell would return to The View. Writer Suzanna Andrews asked the show creator and long-time star if bringing back the liberal comedienne was a good idea. Walters paused and then responded, "Rosie and Whoopi together was not peaches and cream... I don’t think we needed the two of them together."
By NB Staff | May 25, 2015 | 9:40 AM EDT