The Daily Kos founder and publisher argues that the recent jump in Obama’s approval rating shows that Obama should have governed as a staunch liberal “from Day One, instead of wasting years of his life trying to make nice with an intractable and hostile Republican Party…Republicans are on a holy war to destroy everything that is good and noble about government. They have no interest in peace.”
By Kyle Drennen | January 21, 2015 | 12:02 PM EST
In a softball interview with Joe Biden on Wednesday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer fretted over there being "more tension than normal" during Tuesday's State of the Union address with Republicans in control of Congress and slammed GOP reaction to a line in the speech: "...the President was talking about having arguments that are worthy of the body and the country, and then he said, 'I've run my last campaign,' and there was a smattering of applause, maybe even laughter from some Republicans and the President shot back. Did you see that as a moment of disrespect? Was it a symptom of the very pettiness that the President was referring to?"
By Melissa Mullins | January 21, 2015 | 11:41 AM EST
On his HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher on Friday night, the host addressed the students who protested his invitation to give a University of California commencement address in December: "You have to tell me, where do I go to protest you?"
Maher also went on to say that he’s bothered by the “extreme bullying” techniques used to define free speech so speech doesn’t offend them (how is it free speech then?).He said he was far more troubled by liberals who cannot tolerate speech that challenges their ideas, and referenced groups that want conservative talk show hosts, such as Rush Limbaugh, off the air.
By Scott Whitlock | January 21, 2015 | 11:37 AM EST
Joe Biden appeared on all three morning shows, Wednesday, to tout the President's call for new taxes. ABC and CBS both quizzed the Vice President on the process of getting new laws passed, but didn't offer much analysis on the tax hikes. Instead, CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King found time to wonder about football.
By Jeffrey Meyer | January 21, 2015 | 11:33 AM EST
On Tuesday night, President Obama gave his sixth State of the Union address, and on Wednesday morning, ABC and CBS did their best to boost his speech and tout his liberal agenda to their audiences. During their respective broadcasts, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today made sure to play up Obama’s “renewed swagger” by giving an “aggressive speech” to Congress and America. ABC’s Jonathan Karl, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent, went so far as to declare Obama “seemed so confident you would have thought he had just won another election.”
By Geoffrey Dickens | January 21, 2015 | 10:49 AM EST
Debate in the Senate over the Keystone XL Pipeline is expected to heat up this week, but the popular project has yet to pique the interest of the Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network evening news shows.
By Melissa Mullins | January 21, 2015 | 7:11 AM EST
Jesse Watters – the Fox News correspondent whose segment "Watters’ World" is featured on Bill O’Reilly’s O’Reilly Factor -- revealed Monday night that despite having a ticket and appropriate press credentials to enter the “Defend the Prophet” conference in Garland, Texas this past weekend, he was immediately “revoked” by members of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) once he landed in Dallas.
Though other journalists were allowed to enter ONLY the first 20 minutes of the conference, held at the Curtis Culwell Center, Watters was told by organizers (after hours of standing outside the conference center), that they “specifically barred” The O’Reilly Factor from coming inside.
By Curtis Houck | January 21, 2015 | 7:07 AM EST
While NBC News was up to its usual business in praising and defending President Obama both before and after his State of the Union speech, chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel emerged as a rare voice that instead took to the liberal network’s airwaves to condemn the President’s rhetoric on foreign policy as both unrealistic and, in many cases, simply not true.
After being asked by anchor Brian Williams for his thoughts, Engel began dissecting the President’s perceived world outlook: “Well, it sounded like the President was outlining a world that he wishes we were all living in but which is very different than the world that you just described with terror raids taking place across Europe, ISIS very much on the move.”
By Curtis Houck | January 21, 2015 | 2:12 AM EST
During NBC’s coverage of President Obama’s seventh State of the Union speech, anchor Brian Williams remarked how there’s been “change in tone and tenor and ambiance” inside the House chamber from over the past few years and chose to link it to Republican Congressman Joe Wilson (S.C.) telling the President “you lie” during a 2009 speech before a joint session of Congress.
After saying how “some now believe the State of the Union is an opportunity for call and response,” Williams suggested an origin for the change in mood at this annual event: “It may have started this – this era may have started with the 'you lie' comment that was yelled at this President.”
By Curtis Houck | January 21, 2015 | 1:04 AM EST
At the conclusion of President Barack Obama’s 2015 State of the Union speech, CBS News chief Washington correspondent and Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer offered plenty of praise for the President’s address by proclaiming it as “the best speech he’s made in awhile” with “soaring rhetoric” and being “uplifting at the end.”
In the moments right after the speech, Schieffer declared that the President’s seventh State of the Union was “the best speech he’s made in a while” and diagnosed him as being “more relaxed and at ease than I can recall in a long time.”
By Ken Shepherd | January 20, 2015 | 11:23 PM EST
The push to repeal ObamaCare is part of a Republican effort to "roll back history," thundered Chris Matthews at various points on Tuesday night during MSNBC coverage. The Hardball host first tried out the line on Republican pundit and former RNC chairman Michael Steele during the evening's edition of Hardball.
Andrea Mitchell Gushes: Obama’s ‘Economic Message’ Is ‘So Politically in Tune With’ the American PeopleBy Curtis Houck | January 20, 2015 | 11:00 PM EST
Following President Obama’s State of the Union address, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell fawned over the President’s liberal economic proposals of tax increases as “so politically in tune with” most Americans.
“[T]he economic message, also, is so politically in tune with where the broad specter of the American people are,” Mitchell proclaimed.
By Scott Whitlock | January 20, 2015 | 10:38 PM EST
During ABC’s preview of the State of the Union, former Democratic operative turned journalist George Stephanopoulos, Jon Karl and Matt Dowd pre-hyped a “triumphant” Obama and his “I told you so attitude” towards Republicans.
By Brent Bozell and Tim Graham | January 20, 2015 | 9:17 PM EST
As President George W. Bush prepared to give his State of the Union address eight years ago, the news media wanted it underlined that he was a lame duck. NBC asked repeatedly if "the country stopped listening to the President." After all, Democrats had captured both houses of Congress, so this presidency was basically over.
Not so, apparently, with liberal Democrats. Today, the same media outlets are announcing that Barack Obama has a spring in his step and a “breeze at his back” as he flagrantly goes around Congress, single-handedly legalizing illegal aliens and opening up diplomatic relations with Castro’s Cuba. They touted his rising approval ratings in the network polls. NBC has him up to 46 percent approval, as if that’s a heady achievement.
Bryant Gumbel: I 'Hate' the NRA, They're 'Pigs' That 'Don't Care About Human Life,' A 'Curse' on AmericaBy Tim Graham | January 20, 2015 | 8:59 PM EST
In an interview with Rolling Stone, HBO host Bryant Gumbel was asked about the National Rifle Association and a segment he did on his Real Sports show about the "Eat what you kill" movement.
Gumbel said "There are a few things I hate more than the NRA. I mean truly. I think they're pigs. I think they don't care about human life. I think they are a curse upon the American landscape. So we got that on the record."