On Thursday night, the major broadcast networks ignored a new development in the IRS scandal that the agency erased 422 backup tapes and in turn destroyed 24,000 e-mails of embattled former official Lois Lerner. With ABC, CBS, and NBC on the sidelines, the Fox News Channel’s Special Report offered a full report on Thursday’s House Oversight Committee hearing concerning the multi-year scandal. Bret Baier informed viewers that there was “new information about thousands more e-mails in the IRS targeting scandal destroyed during the investigation.”
By Tom Blumer | June 25, 2015 | 11:58 PM EDT
Though such instances are quite rare, especially from conservative and Republican office-holding politicians and bureaucrats, we've been told time and again by the left that it's people on the right who demonize and dehumanize their opponents.
Well, I don't recall George W. Bush, anyone in his administration, or any Republican congressman or senator serving at the time of his tax cuts or during the Iraq War characterizing their political opposition as not being "normal people." (Considering the out-of-control conduct of and statements made by many opponents, the temptation to do so must have been nearly overwhelming.) Readers can be sure that if they had, outfits like the Hill and the Assocated Press would have reported it. So why did those two news organizations ignore what they heard from EPA head Gina McCarthy at a White House climate change summit earlier this week?
By Curtis Houck | June 25, 2015 | 11:23 PM EDT
Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling in favor of President Obama in the ObamaCare subsidy case, the “big three” of ABC, CBS, and NBC were out in full force during their Thursday evening newscasts to cheer the “historic ruling” and labeled Chief Justice John Roberts as a “conservative” after having “saved” ObamaCare “from a devastating blow.” CBS anchor Scott Pelley assured viewers in an opening tease that “[m]illions of Americans will keep their health insurance as the Supreme Court today saves the President's signature law.”
By Tim Graham | June 25, 2015 | 11:01 PM EDT
Wesley Smith at Lifenews.com pointed out that the Associated Press is modifying its Stylebook to show some sensitivity to the “assisted suicide” lobby.
The AP Stylebook account on Twitter issued these instructions: "A new entry [in the Stylebook] covers suicide in news reports – 'committed suicide' should be avoided except in direct quotes from authorities."
By Clay Waters | June 25, 2015 | 10:24 PM EDT
Surprising precisely no one, the New York Times greeted the launch of the presidential campaign of Bobby Jindal, conservative Republican governor of Louisiana, with an almost wholly negative story, portraying the governor as an unpopular failure: "Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is Louisiana’s first nonwhite governor since Reconstruction but whose popularity plummeted as the state struggled with a $1.6 billion shortfall...." He's certainly no Bernie Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont whom the Times greeted far more favorably when he entered the race, for "injecting a progressive voice into the contest."
By Brad Wilmouth | June 25, 2015 | 9:46 PM EDT
A week after CNN's New Day aired a pair of pre-recorded segments focusing on an allegedly balanced group of New Hampshire voters who ended up displaying political views stacked heavily in the liberal direction, this week's batch of voters -- this time from Charleston, South Carolina -- appear even more slanted to the left in spite of suggestions of a balanced sample with equal numbers of Republicans, Democrats and independents.
By Curtis Houck | June 25, 2015 | 9:30 PM EDT
Touting how “over ten million people have now signed up for health insurance under the ObamaCare law,” NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt on Thursday night trumpeted “the ObamaCare law now directly effecting so many families who say it’s been quite literally a lifesaver.” Chris Jansing delivered heartwarming anecdotes about people who have benefitted and only, at the very end of her report, did she squeeze in a brief mention of how some have been hurt.
By Randy Hall | June 25, 2015 | 6:41 PM EDT
During a reception at the White House on Wednesday to celebrate June as “Gay Pride Month,” a speech by Barack Obama was cut off by an "undocumented" transgender activist who shouted: “President Obama, release all LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer) immigrants from detention!”
Not long after Jennicet Gutierrez -- a Latina member of the Not One More Deportation immigrant organization -- was removed from the event, she wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Blade gay newspaper, asserting: “There is no pride in how LGBTQ and transgender immigrants are treated in this country."
By Curtis Houck | June 25, 2015 | 6:23 PM EDT
Despite getting a favorable ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court on the ObamaCare case King v. Burwell, MSNBC’s Now host Alex Wagner couldn’t help but take issue with Justice Antonin Scalia as a Justice and the “bitterness and the vitriol” he employed in his dissent. She lamented that it “revealed a deeply emotional, partisan core that informs Scalia's decision making.”
By Ken Shepherd | June 25, 2015 | 6:16 PM EDT
The Supreme Court's opinion authored by Chief Justice John Roberts in the King v. Burwell case was classic conservative judicial philosophy, argues the Daily Beast's Jay Michaelson.
By Tom Johnson | June 25, 2015 | 5:35 PM EDT
In the lead-up to the King v. Burwell decision, not a few liberals claimed that most Republicans secretly wanted the Supreme Court to uphold certain Obamacare subsidies because quashing them would have caused major political hassles for the GOP. The SCOTUS ruled Thursday morning, and before noon we had examples of the updated conventional wisdom: Republicans are happy with the decision, which will spare them harm in the 2016 elections.
One post in this vein came from Steve Benen, a producer for MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show and the main writer for the TRMS blog. Benen asserted that chief justice John Roberts, who wrote the majority opinion, “did the GOP an enormous favor -- had the court created systemic chaos, and scrapped benefits for millions of red-state families, Republicans would have confronted an incredible mess they were woefully unprepared to clean up. Worse, there’s a big election coming up, and the GOP was poised to be on the hook for hurting a lot of people out of nothing but spite.”
By Matthew Balan | June 25, 2015 | 5:12 PM EDT
As of Thursday morning, ABC, CBS, and NBC's morning and evening newscasts had yet to report on Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's Wednesday rant against the American flag at Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, D.C. Conservative talk radio station WMAL recorded Farrakhan's diatribe, where the radical figure called for an end to that national symbol: "We need to put the American flag down, because we caught as much hell under that as the Confederate flag."
By Connor Williams | June 25, 2015 | 4:21 PM EDT
Following Bobby Jindal’s Tuesday announcement that he is seeking the presidency in 2016, he has received heat from several mainstream media sources. They have argued Jindal is not a true Indian-American. NBC News continued this trend in an article on their website which suggested that many Asian-Americans and Indian-Americans are skeptical of the Louisiana governor. Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, argued that Asians and Indians reacted with “jokes, embarrassment, critique, and for a few, pride.”
By Javier Zurita | June 25, 2015 | 4:15 PM EDT
If you want to get a better idea of where Univision’s liberal bias comes from, just take a look at some of the sponsors behind the network’s programming. This became apparent once again during Univision’s recent televised “town-hall” meeting aimed at examining the predicament both President Obama’s executive immigration actions and the targeted beneficiaries of those actions currently find themselves in: Deferred Action on Childhood Arrival & Deferred Action for Parents of Americans, respectively.
By Ken Shepherd | June 25, 2015 | 3:58 PM EDT
"Fox News has officially dropped 'The Five' co-host Bob Beckel from the network, saying the show could no longer be held 'hostage' to his personal issues," Dylan Byers of Politico reported earlier this afternoon, citing initial coverage by Mediaite.