During a live interview with Carly Fiorina on Wednesday, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell fretted over the Republican presidential candidate’s attacks on Hillary Clinton: “You were really the breakout star according to all reports from Iowa last weekend, the biggest crowds, especially when you went after Hillary Clinton. Is that because you’re the only woman in the Republican field, that you feel enabled to go after her?”
By Melissa Mullins | May 27, 2015 | 4:38 PM EDT
It looks like ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos isn’t the only one affected by his Clinton Foundation donation scandal. His wife, author and actress Ali Wentworth, is cancelling appearances to promote her upcoming book Happily Ali After and Other Fairly True Tales.
Tweeting excitement just days before her scheduled appearance on Bravo’s goofy-barroom late-night show Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen, Wentworth bailed at the last minute, forcing the show to find another replacement. Her excuse? She wanted the interview to coincide with the launch of her book on June 9, not because of her husband’s recent scandal. Sure.
By Tom Blumer | May 27, 2015 | 3:57 PM EDT
The Associated Press and Stephen Braun did all they could to cover for the Clintons yesterday.
First, the wire service attached the most boring headline imaginable to Braun's story about Bill Clinton's shell company shenanigans: "Bill Clinton company shows complexity of family finances." The message to subscribers, particularly the broadcast networks: "This is boring and time-consuming. Don't waste your time reading this, let alone using it." As Scott Whitlock at NewsBusters noted early this afternoon, "All three networks on Wednesday ignored the latest questions to hit the Clintons and their foundation." So if there was a strategy, it worked. Braun's story was seemingly designed to induce a MEGO (my eyes glaze over) reaction:
By Matthew Balan | May 27, 2015 | 3:39 PM EDT
TBS host Conan O'Brien took a new comedic shot at Hillary Clinton in a Wednesday post on Twitter – specifically, six-figure speaking fees that the former first lady charges; and, along with her husband's speaking engagements, has netted the couple $30 million in 16 months. O'Brien wrote, "I'd love to have @HillaryClinton as a guest on the show, but I can't afford her speaking fee."
By Brent Baker | May 27, 2015 | 3:31 PM EDT
New on May 26: MSNBC’s Chris Matthews compared Hillary Clinton to FDR, hailing how FDR “was very secretive and manipulative” and was “probably the best President we ever had,” so “if Hillary Clinton is secretive...”
By Matthew Balan | May 27, 2015 | 2:54 PM EDT
Wednesday's New Day shut out social conservatives from a panel discussion on Senator Marco Rubio's Tuesday remark that "if you do not support same-sex marriage, you're labeled a homophobe and a hater," and that "the next step is to argue that the teachings of mainstream Christianity – the Catechism of the Catholic Church – is hate speech." Instead, the CNN morning show brought on a Republican and Democrat – Ana Navarro and Donna Brazile – who both blasted Rubio for his warning.
By Connor Williams | May 27, 2015 | 2:36 PM EDT
The cheering section for Bernie Sanders (I-VT) at MSNBC is growing with each passing day. Last night, Rachel Maddow was upbeat about the self-described socialist’s chances in the 2016 presidential election.
By Katie Yoder | May 27, 2015 | 2:01 PM EDT
If you want to learn how horrendous abortion is, go straight to the source: abortion clinic workers with a media platform.
In a May 24 story for Salon, Florida-based writer Amy Beeman wrote that “Working at an abortion clinic challenged my pro-choice views — and confirmed them.” In her piece, she wrote about her former job at a “women’s clinic” where she first saw “tiny arms and legs floating" in a pan. As time passed, she embraced her work’s mission of “removing unwanted growth” to learn the “bonds between all women” and discover that “grace can be found in the unlikeliest of places.”
By Scott Whitlock | May 27, 2015 | 12:24 PM EDT
All three networks on Wednesday morning ignored the latest questions to hit the Clintons and their foundation. The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that "newly released financial files on Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton's growing fortune omit a company with no apparent employees or assets that the former president has legally used to provide consulting and other services."
By Alatheia Larsen | May 27, 2015 | 12:17 PM EDT
Apparently Tom Steyer knows his Bible better than he knows math. Or perhaps he just hasn't had a heart to heart with his accountant in several years.
Liberal climate change activist and political donor Tom Steyer likened himself to David, fighting against the "Goliath" of conservative political donors, in a May 26 interview with PBS NewsHour. He lamented, "when you look at the relatie dollars, it really is a David and Goliath situation, and we're very definitely the small shepherd boy with five rocks and a sling."
By Kyle Drennen | May 27, 2015 | 11:52 AM EDT
In November of 2014 all three broadcast networks hailed President Obama’s executive order granting amnesty to illegal immigrants. However, following Tuesday’s decision by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to refuse lifting a stay on the controversial order, NBC and ABC both ignored the ruling, with Wednesday’s CBS This Morning providing a mere 17 seconds of coverage.
By Connor Williams | May 27, 2015 | 11:33 AM EDT
Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul stopped by for a visit on the May 26 edition of the Daily Show, where host Jon Stewart attacked the Kentucky senator for his position on religious liberty. Stewart argued that Christians already serve sinners anyway, so serving gay weddings shouldn’t be any different:
By Tom Blumer | May 27, 2015 | 11:22 AM EDT
Associated Press reporter Sarah El Deeb and Abu Bilal al-Homsi, the person she now describes as a "Syrian fighter," have had a long acquaintance.
Sarah's and Abu's long-term relationship culminated in a Tuesday afternoon story which AP condensed into 140 characters on Twitter as follows: "Marriage, honeymoons and welfare: @AP exclusive shows Islamic State membership has its privileges." A great deal of justified outrage has followed the release of El Deeb's dispatch for "romancing the Stone Age" by glorifying the advantages accruing to an Islamic State jihadist. More attention needs to be paid to her history with al-Homsi, and her "reporting" in general.
Lefty Bloggers: Supreme Court Case Against Obamacare ‘Idiotic,’ ‘Preposterous,’ a ‘Con,’ and an ‘Ideological Farce’By Tom Johnson | May 27, 2015 | 11:03 AM EDT
Tuesday’s New York Times piece on how the problematic phrase “established by the state” got into and stayed in the Affordable Care Act provoked a great many blasts from lefty bloggers at the plaintiffs’ case in King v. Burwell. Two especially heated posts came from MSNBC’s Steve Benen and Esquire’s Charles Pierce.
Benen, a producer for The Rachel Maddow Show and the primary writer for the show’s blog, claimed that almost no one believes there’s any merit to the plaintiffs’ case: “There are effectively two competing factions: those who acknowledge that the litigation is hopelessly insane, and those who know the case is hopelessly insane but pretend otherwise for the sake of appearances...The case [conservatives are] pushing…is based entirely on a lie.” Meanwhile, Pierce charged that the "preposterous" case emerged from a conservative “alternate universe” sustained by “wingnut welfare."
By Katie Yoder | May 27, 2015 | 10:51 AM EDT
Yes, on America’s college campuses, liberal commencement speakers outnumber conservatives (it would be shocking if they didn’t.) But not by the margin CBS would have viewers believe.
During CBS Evening News on May 26, host Scott Pelley played different clips of university commencement speakers offering advice to the class of 2015. Beginning with Bon Jovi and finishing with Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” Pelley’s segment showed only one conservative speaker out of ten liberal speakers: former president George W. Bush.