In September 1987, Joe Biden quit the race for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination, in large part because he’d been caught plagiarizing a speech by British politician Neil Kinnock. A Tuesday Daily Kos post seemed to suggest that Biden should have dropped out back then even if it’d been his wife, Jill, exposed as a high-profile plagiarist…or maybe David Nir has a different standard for Republicans. “Melania Trump’s stunning plagiarism at the Republican National Convention should by all rights be fatal to her husband’s campaign for president, not merely because she plagiarized but because of who she plagiarized from,” declared Nir, who noted that Melania “stole from none other than Michelle Obama, whose family has been the target of the right’s most bitter hatred and ridicule for a decade now.”
By Brad Wilmouth | | July 19, 2016 | 5:00 PM EDT
As Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus appeared as a guest on Sunday's Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd pressed him on the GOP platform, at one point fretting about the plank that makes a statement in favor of each child having both a father and a mother to raise them. The NBC host worried that the plank was "implying that somehow children of same-sex couples are more likely to be addicts, to engage in crime."
By Katie Yoder | | July 19, 2016 | 4:49 PM EDT
Celebrities frequently take to Twitter to attack political figures, and Melania Trump is not exempt. Celebrities bashed Melania Trump’s speech Monday night at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio for its similarity to first lady Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
By Sarah Stites | | July 19, 2016 | 3:44 PM EDT
A new play by the “1 in 3 Campaign” seeks to end the stigma associated with abortion by dramatizing the real life stories of post-abortive women. Entitled “Remarkably Normal,” the production stars a pro-choice minister, an abortion doctor, a Planned Parenthood sex educator, a Southern teen and a woman with a high-risk pregnancy.
By Remso Martinez | | July 19, 2016 | 3:20 PM EDT
In the midst of the RNC convention, CNN New Day host Chris Cuomo became unhinged during an interview with three conservative commentators as he pounced on the current GOP reluctance to discuss accusations of plagiarism against Melania Trump.
By Tim Graham | | July 19, 2016 | 3:16 PM EDT
But GQ basketball writer Bethlehem Shoals (real name: Nathaniel Friedman) took the liberal ardor to a new low on Twitter on Monday night, after grieving Benghazi mom Patricia Smith spoke to the Republican convention.
By Karen Townsend | | July 19, 2016 | 3:12 PM EDT
At the beginning of “Ambush,” Lifetime’s UnREAL warned last night’s episode contained imagery and dialogue related to gun violence, race, and law enforcement. After claiming the network’s “hearts are with those families affected by gun violence,” Lifetime proceeded to run an episode of UnREAL, a show about the fictional behind-the-scenes workings of a reality show similar to The Bachelor, that exploited a situation involving the show’s black “suitor” and white police officers.
By Kristine Marsh | | July 19, 2016 | 2:24 PM EDT
The majority of the panel on Tuesday’s The View were furious about former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s speech defending police officers at the RNC last night. Panelists Joy Behar, CNN’s Sunny Hostin, ABC’s Sara Haines and Whoopi Goldberg blasted the Mayor for his tone and message, calling him “nutty,” “berserk” “lunatic” and “divisive” while FNC’s Jedediah Bila was the only panelist to defend Giuliani’s speech.
By Kyle Drennen | | July 19, 2016 | 1:54 PM EDT
On Tuesday, all three network morning shows worried over the Republican convention being too conservative and throwing “raw red meat” to the party base. On NBC’s Today, co-host Savannah Guthrie fretted: “Okay, let’s talk about the tone of last night. There was a lot of red meat for the base. Is that good strategy? Is this going to be a base election?”
By Tim Graham | | July 19, 2016 | 1:34 PM EDT
PBS covered the Republican convention for three hours of prime time on Monday night, in association with its pubcasting buddies at NPR. But they were allergic to showing any Hillary-scandal films that were offered on the convention floor. As a mini-documentary ran about Benghazi, PBS anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff clumsily talked over it, and NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson had a wide-eyed freakout at what she claimed was a historically “intense animus” against an opposing candidate.
By Geoffrey Dickens | | July 19, 2016 | 1:15 PM EDT
Charlie Rose, in an interview aired on Tuesday’s CBS This Morning, let Hillary Clinton rant against Donald Trump as he set-up Clinton with questions like “Do you believe Donald Trump is dangerous?” and “Donald Trump with his finger on a nuclear bomb would be a threat to civilization?” The co-anchor didn’t challenge Clinton’s slams on Trump but merely repeated her attacks on him back to her, so she could re-assert them.
By Mike Ciandella and Rich Noyes | | July 19, 2016 | 12:42 PM EDT
The morning after the first night of the 2016 Republican National Convention, all six broadcast and cable network morning news shows pounced on the fact that Melania Trump's much-touted speech shared similar phrasing with Michelle Obama's 2008 speech to that year's Democratic convention. The flap over Mrs. Trump's speech swamped all other convention topics, especially on cable.
By Maggie McKneely | | July 19, 2016 | 11:16 AM EDT
Meet Mr. and Mr. McBride, Nickelodeon’s first animated gay couple. The network, known for producing popular cartoons such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Rugrats, and Avatar: The Last Airbender, announced that the show The Loud House will feature a gay biracial married couple on Wednesday night’s episode.
By Katie Yoder | | July 19, 2016 | 10:43 AM EDT
The media are out of touch with “regular folks,” according to Duck Dynasty star and CEO Willie Robertson. The reality TV star addressed the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio Monday in support GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump.
By Kristine Marsh | | July 19, 2016 | 10:40 AM EDT
On Good Morning America Tuesday morning, ABC characterized the Clinton camp’s repeated attacks against the presumptive Republican nominee as simply a “bold move.” Anchor Robin Roberts noted, “Hillary Clinton’s bold move addressing the NAACP” as Republicans “hold their convention right down the road” was typically “a time when opposing candidates usually tone their attacks.” Instead of spinning this in a negative way like they would with a Republican candidate, ABC portrayed Clinton as a trailblazer instead.