CBS on Friday reversed course and covered the latest details on the growing scandal involving Bill and Hillary Clinton and suspicious, foreign donations to their foundation. CBS This Morning's Julianna Goldman offered a surprisingly thorough investigations of the latest charges arising out of a new book, Clinton Cash.
By NB Staff | April 24, 2015 | 10:35 AM EDT
The Washington Free Beacon has made another terrific clip compilation – this time, on the MSNBC hosts who owe large chunks of tax money thumping a tub against tax avoidance and in favor of civic-minded taxpaying.
One precious clip is Melissa Harris-Perry proclaiming “I don’t get to opt out of paying taxes once we’ve kind of made a collective decision.” David Rutz offered a summary:
By Mark Finkelstein | April 24, 2015 | 8:43 AM EDT
There's an understandable tendency not to take Donny Deutsch too seriously. He can come across not as a credible political analyst but as a guy more interested in his abs and biceps and the next lady at the next Hamptons cocktail party. But let's give Donny his due: as an ad man, he at times offers interesting insights on politics seen in terms of brands and marketing. He also serves as a credible bellwether for a certain segment of the East Coast Dem donor class.
And so it was noteworthy that on today's Morning Joe, Deutsch declared that the string of scandals surrounding Hillary "really, really puts a dent in her candidacy and I really believe people are going to want to turn the page on Hillary Clinton." In contrast, Deutsch depicted Rubio as the candidate that people strongly associate with the future, making his candidacy "easy to manage. All he's got to say is 'future, future, future, future.'"
By Dan Gainor | April 24, 2015 | 8:43 AM EDT
Many historians call the Armenian Holocaust the first holocaust of the 20th Century, a dress rehearsal for the Nazi nightmare that followed. This April 24 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of roughly 1.5 million Armenian Christians at the hands of Turkish Muslims. That mass slaughter has gone virtually unreported by the broadcast networks.
By Tom Blumer | April 23, 2015 | 11:17 PM EDT
The Census Bureau reported today that sales new homes in the U.S. (seasonally adjusted at an annual rate) plunged sharply in March to 481,000 after hitting a seven-year record level of 543,000 in February.
As has been the case so often, AP reporter Josh Boak didn't look past the seasonally adjusted numbers, and as a result gave the "expert" he quoted a free pass to supply sunnyside-up commentary in his mid-day Wednesday dispatch. He also shakily claimed that "winter storms" were a "likely" major impediment to March sales (bolds are mine):
CBS Remains Silent on New Clinton Foundation Allegations; NBC Uses Soros-Funded Expert to Dismiss ClaimsBy Curtis Houck | April 23, 2015 | 9:37 PM EDT
On Thursday night, CBS and Spanish-language networks MundoFox, Telemundo, and Univision continued their silence on the latest controversy involving the Clinton Foundation and claims made in the upcoming book Clinton Cash about donations to the group while a Russian company purchased an American-owned uranium mine. Meanwhile, NBC ended its blackout on the story with a full report on NBC Nightly News, but downplayed the claims by touting an expert with the Soros-funded Sunlight Foundation, who declared that the book’s allegations offer “no smoking gun” regarding Clinton’s behavior.
By Ken Shepherd | April 23, 2015 | 8:48 PM EDT
One week ago tonight, Chris Matthews told his Hardball audience that Florida mailman Doug Hughes should pay for his illegal gyrocopter stunt by being sentenced to community service consisting of Hughes lecturing Congress for an hour on campaign finance reform. Tonight Matthews doubled down on that suggestion and gave Hughes a platform on MSNBC's airwaves.
By Randy Hall | April 23, 2015 | 7:24 PM EDT
While promoting her new book, And the Good News Is … , Dana Perino was a guest on Wednesday evening's edition of The Daily Show, when liberal host Jon Stewart called Eric Bolling -- one of her co-hosts on The Five -- “the dumb guy” on the Fox News Channel's popular program.
After welcoming his guest to "The Two" -- which he stated was a play on The Five -- Stewart admitted that he and his staff are “obsessed” with the afternoon news show “a little bit” and “in a good way.”
The Comedy Central host then discussed the appearance of Perino and her dog Jasper on the cover of Life and Dog magazine.
By Mark Finkelstein | April 23, 2015 | 7:13 PM EDT
Even by James Carville standards, this was bizarre. Toward the end of his appearance on Ed Schultz's show today, Carville called Clinton Cash author Peter Schweizer "this anti-Disney, gay bike bar Glenn Beck or whatever this guy is."
Maybe Carville will come back and explain what he meant. It's true that Schweizer was a contributor to one of Beck's books. And Schweizer is the author of "Disney Betrayed," which criticizes the company for various things including sponsoring "Gay Days" at their parks. But a casual viewer might well have come away with an entirely different understanding of what Carville was implying. Note also the way Carville's voice jumps by a couple of octaves when asked what advice he'd give Hillary's handlers. Jittery, James?
'Are You Being Sarcastic?' Lawrence O'Donnell Says E-Mail Chain Will Absolve Hillary on Russian UraniumBy Bryan Ballas | April 23, 2015 | 5:25 PM EDT
The controversy surrounding the Clinton Foundation’s donations has raised the question as to whether or not they affected the State Department’s decision to approve the sale of a Canadian uranium-mining company to the Russians. MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell expressed optimism on Morning Joe that we will learn the truth because there is likely, “an advisory chain of e-mail in the State Department that can tell us exactly how this decision was made.”
He wasn’t kidding.
By Kyle Drennen | April 23, 2015 | 4:20 PM EDT
In a desperate attempt to spin the escalating Clinton Foundation scandal as a positive for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, The New Yorker's John Cassidy argued in a Wednesday article that bombshell revelations about the controversy in the new book Clinton Cash "could end up benefitting Hillary."
By Scott Whitlock | April 23, 2015 | 4:20 PM EDT
ABC's Blackish on Wednesday night featured a blink-and-you'll-miss-it Sarah Palin joke. In the show, a horrified Anthony Anderson (who plays "Dre" on the show), cringes as his daughter dressed up like the Republican. Marsai Martin exclaimed, "I'm my hero, Sarah Palin. I came within a few votes of the vice presidency. I would have won if not for the liberal gotcha media." Martin can be seen with a familiar red jacket and dark glasses.
By Ken Shepherd | April 23, 2015 | 4:12 PM EDT
This Friday, April 24, will mark 100 years since the beginning of the Armenian genocide at the hands of the Ottoman government in what is present-day Turkey. The Washington Post apparently saw it a fitting occasion to accept a full-page A-section advertisement by an organization which essentially denies the holocaust of millions of Armenians by the Turks.
By Katie Yoder | April 23, 2015 | 4:04 PM EDT
Is Cosmo part of the marketing wing of the abortion industry? Dr. Alveda C. King thinks so.
King, the pro-life niece of Martin Luther King, Jr., attended a Washington, D.C. press conference launching "Cosmo Harms Minors," a campaign by Victoria Hearst and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation on April 22. At the event, Dr. King explained to MRC Culture that Cosmo’s material helps “line the pockets of the abortion industry,” and that, “Planned Parenthood is joining Cosmo” to “lead that girl into an abortion.”
By Matthew Balan | April 23, 2015 | 4:01 PM EDT
CNN's Chris Cuomo did his best to downplay the emerging scandals about the Clinton Foundation on Thursday's New Day. Cuomo asserted that "the Clinton book was widely dismissed – about the money that goes into the CGI [Clinton Global Initiative]. And then...the left is pushing back hard on this book – saying, there's nothing there." He later underlined that the "examples that have come out so far" in the New York Times' coverage of the story were "not that impressive."