The coverage of Indiana’s decision to protect religious liberty from government coercion has given the public access to an unveiled look at the aggressive liberal media in action. Case in point is MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, who invited George Takei, the Star Trek actor turned gay rights activist, and Stuart Milk, president of the Harvey Milk Foundation to rage against the Indiana law for nearly eight minutes of air time.
By Scott Whitlock | April 1, 2015 | 12:16 PM EDT
All three networks on Wednesday rushed to defend Trevor Noah, the newly announced Daily Show host who has been attacked for making anti-Jewish, anti-Israel comments. ABC's Good Morning America avoided quoting the tweets. Instead, George Stephanopoulos summarized that Noah is "in the hot seat within online critics saying some of his tweets are sexist and anti-Semitic."
By Jeffrey Meyer | April 1, 2015 | 11:47 AM EDT
On Wednesday morning, the “Big Three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) networks implemented a new tactic in its effort to smear Indiana’s religious freedom law by hyping a similar law that just made its way through the Arkansas legislature and its opposition from the CEO of Walmart.
By Joseph Rossell | April 1, 2015 | 11:02 AM EDT
Las Vegas bookies are betting on the University of Kentucky to win the NCAA men’s basketball title, ESPN reported. But that’s not where left-wing billionaire George Soros has his money.
With the Final Four facing off next weekend, Soros has focused on the long game. He put his money into the other three remaining schools, albeit for non-sports related reasons.
By Katie Yoder | April 1, 2015 | 9:35 AM EDT
God created man in His image. It’s only natural for self-obsessed liberals to try to return the favor. Just in time for Easter, The Huffington Post is blasting articles of artwork illustrating Jesus’ death and resurrection – artwork incorporating a “gay Jesus,” a yoga Jesus and a mental illness awareness-raising Jesus.
By Mark Finkelstein | April 1, 2015 | 9:05 AM EDT
Sometimes you just want to shake the TV and say "enough with the cutesy facial expressions, already: spit it out, Mika!" Morning Joe mavens will know what I mean: Mika Brzezinski has the annoying habit of letting a series of sighs, raised eyebrows and facial tics substitute for a clear articulation of her position on a given issue.
There was a prime example of the phenomenon on today's show, when after rolling a clip of Bibi Netanyahu criticizing the prospective Iran deal, Mika announced that she would "reserve" comment, satisfying herself yet again with dramatic pauses, grimaces, etc. [see example below].
By Curtis Houck | April 1, 2015 | 7:17 AM EDT
In a commentary masquerading as a news brief, CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley took multiple shots at Indiana and its Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) on Tuesday by complaining about the bill’s length and indirectly using the First Amendment to support opponents of the law: “We may have found the reason for all this confusion.” He complained it contains “eleven paragraphs, 62 lines, and 832 words” and then thumbed his nose at lawmakers by saying that “James Madison did more in 16 words” in writing the First Amendment.
By NB Staff | April 1, 2015 | 6:49 AM EDT
In the most surprising news of the year so far concerning liberal celebrities, the New York Times reported in its Wednesday editions that Michael Moore and Rosie O’Donnell have more than ideological synchronicity. They are now “romantically involved” and expecting their first child.
As befits the leftist agenda of the Times, reporter Amanda Portcullis, who interviewed Moore and O’Donnell for the story, presented the developments in a highly positive light. She quoted no one who criticized Moore’s anti-business, anti-conservative movies, nor did she allow anyone to state an opposing view to O’Donnell’s 9/11 “trutherism” and hostility to gun rig
By Curtis Houck | April 1, 2015 | 3:11 AM EDT
On Tuesday, NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell took time out of her NBC Nightly News report from Switzerland on the Iranian nuclear talks to hail Secretary of State John Kerry as someone who “doesn’t give up easily” and gush that a local pizzeria in the town where the talks are being held has decided to name “a pizza after him.”
By Curtis Houck | April 1, 2015 | 12:33 AM EDT
For the fifth straight night, the major broadcast networks used their evening newscasts to blast the State of Indiana on Tuesday for sparking an “uproar” and “national outcry” over its Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) while also choosing to heavily promote the arguments of opponents.
Not News: Black Church Group Cuts Ties With PCUSA Over Same-Sex 'Marriage'; Membership Decline ContinuesBy Tom Blumer | March 31, 2015 | 11:24 PM EDT
On March 18, Associated Press Religion Writer Rachel Zoll covered the decision by the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA) "recognizing gay marriage as Christian in the church constitution after decades of debate over same-sex relationships."
A search at the AP's national site indicates that the wire service hasn't done a story on the U.S. congregation since then. This means that it has ignored a development going at least back to Friday indicating that there has been significant external blowback:
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | March 31, 2015 | 10:55 PM EDT
Imagine an eighth grader, presented with a portrayal of Sen. Edward Kennedy, the late patriarch of the “royal family” of American politics. The student would learn nothing but legends about “the greatest Senator of all time,” as Sen. Ed Markey proclaimed.
On the occasion of the opening of an “Edward M. Kennedy Institute” in Boston, CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley oozed, "Another New England superstar was honored today. Politics was his game, and we'll have his story next.” There was not one discouraging word...not even the word “liberal,” applied to arguably the single most left-wing senator of all time.
Heritage’s Ryan Anderson Spars with Ed Schultz on Indiana’s RFRA; Gets Mic Cut, Told He Needs CounselingBy Curtis Houck | March 31, 2015 | 10:47 PM EDT
After appearing on Monday’s All In on MSNBC, the Heritage Foundation’s Ryan Anderson again ventured into hostile territory by joining the Tuesday edition of The Ed Show to discuss Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). At various points during the nearly eight-and-a-half-minute segment, Ed Schultz cut Anderson’s microphone, accused him of not wanting to “have a civil conversation,” and declared those who share Anderson’s position on the Indiana law “need to be counseled up in a big way.”
Lefty Blogger Charles Pierce: It’s Extreme ‘Journalistic Malpractice’ Not to Report That the GOP Is ‘Demented’By Tom Johnson | March 31, 2015 | 10:02 PM EDT
Is the Republican party a political organization or “a terrarium of retrograde fauna”? Both, suggests Esquire’s Pierce, and if too few of the American people understand that, it’s in large part a result of, in his words, “the worst episode of journalistic malpractice that I can recall.”
What set Pierce off was a remark from a former Democratic congressional staffer, quoted in the newspaper The Hill, that "Elizabeth Warren is the mirror image of Ted Cruz, and if we aren't careful, she'll drive the Democrats into the same ditch Cruz is trying to drive the Republicans." Pierce says even though the Warren-Cruz comparison is “stupid and wrong...it is quintessential Washington political journalism.”
By Tim Graham | March 31, 2015 | 9:54 PM EDT
Reuters announced its latest poll results on Monday: “Republicans see Obama as more imminent threat than Putin.” Republican views were deemed the most newsworthy ones, because they sound vaguely unpatriotic about the president.
Reporter Roberta Rampton began: “A third of Republicans believe President Barack Obama poses an imminent threat to the United States, outranking concerns about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.”