Latest Posts

By Tom Blumer | | November 4, 2012 | 10:57 AM EST

How lame was Washington's "Million Puppet March" yesterday? So lame that I couldn't even find a story about the event at the Associated Press's national web site.

Planning for the event began several weeks ago after GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney said in the first presidential debate that despite his love for Sesame Street's Big Bird he would not advocate further public funding of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Oddly, an unbylined AP story at the Washington Post written sometime earlier this week which was apparently not treated as a national story gave readers the impression that the idea for the march had only come up a few days earlier (posted in full because of its brevity and for fair use and discussion purposes):

By Brent Baker | | November 4, 2012 | 10:48 AM EST

Former Newsweek Washington Bureau Chief and Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas saw an upside if Mitt Romney does manage to win the presidency, but Democrats continue to hold the Senate.

On Inside Washington, Thomas avowed “that would allow Romney to tell the crazies in his own party ‘I have to make a deal with the Democrats.’ It would free him a little bit from the Tea Party.” In other words, he’d be able to agree to a tax hike.

By Noel Sheppard | | November 4, 2012 | 9:43 AM EST

CNN's Candy Crowley got a tremendous amount of criticism last month when she defended Barack Obama during the second presidential debate.

On Sunday's State of the Union, she appeared to compensate by saying "President Romney" in a question to Ohio's Rob Portman (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Tim Graham | | November 4, 2012 | 9:23 AM EST

In 2007, when The New York Times granted MoveOn.org a special discount it wasn't entitled to so they could slam David Petraeus in a full-page ad as "General Betray Us," NPR reported on the ad, but never on the Times cut-rate controversy.

But NPR is sometimes very sensitive about the "independence" of media outlets -- when it seems compromised by Republicans. On Tuesday's All Things Considered, they granted air time to KUOW reporter Sara Lerner in Washington state to discuss how the Seattle Times outrageously used their own free ad space for an favoring the Republican running for governor, and how 100 of the paper's journalists were protesting:

By Noel Sheppard | | November 4, 2012 | 8:36 AM EST

Will Ferrell really wants people to re-elect the President.

In a new Obama campaign video, the actor/comedian said, "If you vote I'll eat anything you tell me to - garbage, hair, human toenails, underpants, whatever, I'll do it" (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Tim Graham | | November 4, 2012 | 8:19 AM EST

On Friday's Bill Press radio show, several "objective" journalists agreed with Press that Hurricane Sandy is a big boost for Obama's election hopes. " Looking at Bloomberg’s endorsement and other factors would you have to say that if there were a political winner out of Sandy, it’s President Obama. " This was early Friday morning, before the negative press coverage really began to kick in.

Joining Press in his sanguine assessment were his guests Margaret Talev of Reuters and Susan Page of USA Today. He told Talev:

By Tim Graham | | November 4, 2012 | 7:48 AM EST

Liberal journalists are gearing up the narrative than a win for Mitt Romney is a win for white racism. In Saturday’s Washington Post, black columnist Colbert King audaciously framed Obama as Abe Lincoln and Mitt Romney as his impeached Tennessee successor, Andrew Johnson.

“What would be the consequences for race of a Mitt Romney victory? A Romney takeover of the White House might well rival Andrew Johnson’s ascendancy to the presidency after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865.” King lamely offered the protest that “I am not asserting that in the unlikely event President Obama loses, the result could be chalked up to his being black.”

By Tim Graham | | November 3, 2012 | 10:51 PM EDT

If Romney wins on Tuesday, CBS political analyst John Dickerson has already prepared the media spin: “The secret of Romney's success: Ignore conservatives?” Even when the GOP wins, conservatives should be ignored.

“If Mitt Romney wins the election, it will be because he ignored conservatives,” began Dickerson.

By Tim Graham | | November 3, 2012 | 10:10 PM EDT

Here’s a story you won’t see from Brian Williams on NBC News. Andrea Peyser of The New York Post slammed actress Debra Messing, a star of NBC’s Broadway-musical drama “Smash,” for appearing at a fussy Halloween event in a Marie Antoinette costume – as they were still making rescues from Superstorm Sandy.

Peyser unloaded: “Celebrity twit Debra Messing and various heartless other stars proved beyond doubt that some fabulous New Yorkers don’t have hearts beating in their cold, dead chests.”

By Ken Shepherd | | November 3, 2012 | 8:27 PM EDT

Parkmobile, a company that runs an app by which smartphone users can pay for on-street metered parking, recently found itself bullied by a powerful liberal Democratic senator, simply for exercising its freedom of speech. The company found itself on the receiving end of Sen. Dick Durbin's wrath for having sent an email to its users in which it chalked up an increase in its transaction fees to "increased costs triggered by recent federal legislative reform enacted by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act's Durbin Amendment." 

According to the Washington Post's Dina ElBoghdady, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) shot off a letter to the company hitting the claims as "grossly misleading." On top of that, Durbin sent another letter to Washington, D.C. Mayor Vince Gray, complaining that the company, which has a contract with the federal city's government to do business, "offer[ed] up incorrect, unsolicited legislative analysis while hiding behind poorly reasoned excuses for their own price hikes." 

By Tim Graham | | November 3, 2012 | 8:18 PM EDT

The nation’s leading newspapers really didn’t want to highlight the unemployment rate going back up to 7.9 percent. On the front of Saturday’s Washington Post, the headline was “Report shows Oct. job growth.” The New York Times wouldn’t even put the news on the front page. Up front was a tiny headline, “Job Growth Tops Estimates.”

The Times shifted the story to B-1 with the headline “U.S. Adds 171,000 Jobs, More Than Estimated.” Online, the headline was “Latest Jobs Report Shows Persistent Economic Growth.” You couldn’t even find this story by Catherine Rampell on the Times home page on Saturday, despite its happy pro-Obama tone:

By P.J. Gladnick | | November 3, 2012 | 8:00 PM EDT

I have remembered how to seem. ---King George III in "The Madness of King George."

This is a tale of two stories. The first story was an article your humble correspondent read in today's Miami Herald. The news couldn't be better for Mitt Romney because it reported that the Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald poll of likely voters showed the former Massachusetts governor leading Barack Obama in Florida by a comfortable 51 to 45 margin. However in the same edition of the Miami Herald there is also an Associated Press story stating that Obama "seems" to be leading in early polls in key states. Based on what? Apparently based on pixie dust since virtually no real proof is offered.

First the Miami Herald report chock full of facts which shows Romney with a solid lead:

By Mike Bates | | November 3, 2012 | 6:12 PM EDT

"A lot has changed in just four years" is the headline of a piece written by Carol Marin, political columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times.  In it, she writes:

Unemployment in 2008 was 6.7 percent. Today it’s 7.9 percent
 
The federal deficit was $1 trillion. It still is.

And later:

By Noel Sheppard | | November 3, 2012 | 6:04 PM EDT

CBS Late Show host David Letterman took a humorous swipe at MSNBC's Chris Matthews Friday.

In a recurring segment riffing on Zogby polls, Letterman said that 51 percent of people supporting Mitt Romney are doing so because they "Want to see Chris Matthews cry like a baby" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | | November 3, 2012 | 3:39 PM EDT

Cher and Kathy Griffin on Friday released a campaign video accusing Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney of wanting to turn back time on women’s rights.

I guess these two brainiacs haven’t gotten the message that the White House’s phony Republican war on women has failed and failed badly (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):