On Wednesday night’s The Kelly File, Fox News hosts Megyn Kelly and Howard Kurtz took the media to task for literally chasing down Hillary Clinton’s campaign van in Iowa earlier this week. Kelly joked that the reporters running after Clinton reminded her of the recent video of Arizona police chasing after escaped llamas: “[t]he police did their best to try to capture and elusive subject, and the reporters did the same. Not comparing the subjects to one another, I want to underscore that. But these reporters, how embarrassing.”
By Scott Whitlock | April 16, 2015 | 11:35 AM EDT
Fox News anchor Sean Hannity grilled Univision's Jorge Ramos on Wednesday about the double standard applied to America when it comes to immigration, citing the tough laws of Mexico and other countries. Hannity lectured, "Let me throw up on the screen a couple of laws for you, okay? I'll throw up the Australian immigration law, which is no exceptions, no temporary, no permanent protection, visas granted to anybody who arrives in Australia by boat without a visa until further notice. That applies to families, children, unaccompanied children, educated, skilled. No exceptions."
By Mark Finkelstein | April 16, 2015 | 10:09 AM EDT
Mary Anne Weaver appeared on today's Morning Joe to discuss her New York Times Magazine cover article "Her Majesty's Jihadists." On the one hand, Weaver paints a striking portrait of the radicalization of young Muslims in the UK, reporting for example that there are more British jihadists than there are Muslims serving in the British military. But when asked what could be done about the problem, did Weaver criticize the radical clerics preaching a poisonous strain of Islam? Nope. She pointed her finger at the West 1. criticizing insufficient "integration" of Muslims into British society; 2. criticizing a new security law in the UK clamping down on people joining jihadist groups; and 3. saying that Muslims feel they are "under attack" from "indiscriminate bombing led by the US," in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.
By Jeffrey Meyer | April 16, 2015 | 10:00 AM EDT
On Thursday morning, NBC’s Today ignored the latest revelations in the controversy surrounding the Clinton Foundation’s practice of accepting donations from countries with questionable human rights records. In contrast, CBS This Morning devoted a full 2 minutes and 32 seconds to the Clinton Foundation whereas ABC’s Good Morning America gave it just 60 seconds but bundled the story in with Chris Christie’s recent stop in New Hampshire in an attempt to downplay its significance.
By Katie Yoder | April 16, 2015 | 9:32 AM EDT
Ferguson the play’s focus was almost as dark as the walls surrounding the stage: the media’s twisted narrative.
On April 15, Washington D.C. hosted the first public reading of excerpts from Ferguson the play on April 15 in a dramatization of the Michael Brown shooting. The Atlas Performing Arts Center performance starred D.C. lawyers as Grand Jury attorneys, and debunked the media’s “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative. There wouldn’t be a need for the play, writer Phelim McAleer announced at the event, “if journalists had done their job.”
By Tim Graham | April 16, 2015 | 8:44 AM EDT
It’s a little amazing how journalists will swoon over the Clintons’ remarkable ability to survive in politics, failing to recognize that they survive with a huge scoop of assistance from mouth-breathing reporters who love them.
This New York Times headline caught my eye on Twitter on Wednesday: “You Don’t Have to Tell a Clinton Twice.” Jonathan Martin explained that when Gov. Bill Clinton lost his re-election bid in 1980, he told the voters in Arkansas “My daddy never had to whip me twice.” So how does that match Clinton's decades of adultery and sex harassment charges?
By Melissa Mullins | April 16, 2015 | 7:11 AM EDT
MSNBC’s Ed Schultz can’t seem to stop the partisan doubletalk spewing from his big mouth. Last week, Schultz had the audacity to say that Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul has an “issue” with female reporters (after all, as Ann Coulter pointed out recently, Schultz is very well known for how he treats the ladies -- ask Laura Ingraham).
But on Tuesday Schultz was declaring that the left’s leading lady “doesn’t have to answer questions right now” from the press, male or female.
By Curtis Houck | April 16, 2015 | 3:12 AM EDT
In response to the far-left and union-led protests nationwide on Wednesday for a $15 minimum wage for fast-food and retail workers, NBC Nightly News applauded the protests with a glowing report that felt more like a campaign commercial. Disguised as a segment on the broader topic of income inequality, interim anchor Lester Holt and correspondent Stephanie Gosk led the way in offering no opposing viewpoint and largely downplayed the political motivations behind the event.
By Tom Johnson | April 16, 2015 | 12:10 AM EDT
Lefty pundit Michael Tomasky is no populist, at least when it comes to the Republican party. He gives props to GOP politicians like Marco Rubio who have “serious and unorthodox ideas,” but expects that Rubio, et al will soft-pedal said ideas during the presidential primaries since “you can’t be a smart candidate in a party that wants to be stupid.” In a Wednesday column, Tomasky asserted that “the 800-pound gorilla of this [Republican] primary process is…the aging, white, very conservative, revanchist, fearful voter.”
By Curtis Houck | April 15, 2015 | 11:12 PM EDT
On Wednesday night, ABC and CBS continued to ignore the latest development in the Hillary Clinton e-mail scandal while NBC moved on to instead ask Republican Governor Chris Christie (N.J.) if “your moment” had “passed” as the Republican front-runner for the 2016 presidential nomination due to the Bridgegate scandal.
By Bryan Ballas | April 15, 2015 | 10:30 PM EDT
Marco Rubio’s leap into the Republican presidential race has provoked a variety of reactions, but the most unhinged Rubio backlash goes to Donny Deutsch, who reduced himself to a mess of inconsistency by claiming Rubio isn’t qualified for job, while defending the even less experienced President Obama.
(This is the same Deutsch that infamously insulted Rubio as a "coconut" -- brown on the outside and white on the inside.)
By Curtis Houck | April 15, 2015 | 9:21 PM EDT
Wednesday's CBS Evening News hyped Jon Stewart’s successor at The Daily Show with a glowing profile of Trevor Noah. Scott Pelley gushed in the lead-in to foreign correspondent Debora Patta’s report: “It's no supernova. It’s Trevor Noah.” Teasing the segment earlier in the broadcast, Pelley invoked Noah from the Bible to declare that the man set to takeover for Stewart is “the Noah who is about to drop anchor on late night television.”
Chris Matthews's 'Snake-Charmer' Dog Whistle?; Will Leftists Complain About Racist 'Microaggression'?By Ken Shepherd | April 15, 2015 | 8:23 PM EDT
MSNBC host Chris Matthews loves to slander Republicans as often speaking in code or blowing racial "dog-whistles." Of course, doing that could open him up to charges of the same when he speaks carelessly.
By Mark Finkelstein | April 15, 2015 | 8:05 PM EDT
This was ugly. On his MSNBC show this evening, Chris Matthews criticized Jeb Bush, who will be speaking at Liberty University, for "stooping" to "that evangelical crowd"
Let's play some political madlibs and imagine that instead of "stooping to that evangelical crowd," Matthews had criticized a candidate who spoke at an Islamic center for "stooping to that Muslim crowd." Cue the cries of religious bigotry!