Wrapping up a panel discussion on Tuesday's NBC Today about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie poking fun at his weight during a David Letterman appearance, co-host Willie Geist argued the issue was a major political obstacle to Christie: "I think if he didn't weigh what he weighed right now, he'd be talked about as the shoo-in to be the nominee next time. But that's a real problem that people have to think about if they want to cast a vote for him, is his health." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]
By Matthew Balan | | February 6, 2013 | 5:50 PM EST
On Wednesday, Poynter.org's Andrew Beaujon spotlighted NPR's new targeted ad campaign in four cities: Dallas, Indianapolis, San Diego, and Orlando. Beaujeau noted that the "ads on billboards, trains, in print and online....[are] NPR's first-ever such effort...Funded by a $750,000 grant from the Ford Foundation".
The online writer also pointed out an eyebrow-raising ad campaign from WBEZ, Chicago's public radio station:
Kirsten Powers: Liberal Media 'Don't Really Care About Human Rights' Unless 'It Helps Them Politically'By Noel Sheppard | | February 6, 2013 | 5:45 PM EST
It's been nothing less than astonishing watching the media cover for Monday's leaked Department of Justice memo making the legal case for drone attacks against Americans.
Exposing the hypocrisy of this Wednesday was one of Fox News's liberal contributors Kirsten Powers who said of her colleagues on the left, "They're clearly hypocrites. They clearly don't really care about human rights. They only care if it helps them politically" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
By Matt Hadro | | February 6, 2013 | 5:25 PM EST
After a man shot a security guard at the Family Research Council (FRC) last summer, the organization claimed it was targeted because the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) listed it as a "hate group."
The shooter has now revealed that he indeed used that SPLC map to find his target. And CNN has not only promoted this list of "hate groups" in the past, but after the shooting it re-affirmed the FRC's place on the list as "hate spewing hate."
By Scott Whitlock | | February 6, 2013 | 5:09 PM EST
The CBS Evening News on Tuesday completely ignored the revelation, uncovered in a leaked government memo, that the Obama administration claims the power to legally kill al Qaeda terrorists, even if they're American citizens. ABC's Good Morning America on Wednesday allowed a mere 42 seconds to this rather important topic. ABC's World News, NBC's Nightly News and the Today show all covered the story. Of the six evening and morning shows, however, only three featured the liberal American Civil Liberties Union decrying this move by a Democratic president.
World News reporter Jon Karl at least pointed out the obvious contradiction of liberals who railed against supposed torture by George W. Bush, reminding, "As soon as he became President, Barack Obama stopped CIA tactics like wateboarding that he considered torture. But this justifies outright killing a suspected terrorist." The journalist added, "How does dropping a bomb on an American citizen without any judicial review, any trial, not raise any human rights questions, or more human rights questions than something like waterboarding?" (Or, one might also wonder, putting a catepillar in a box with a terrorist. Under George W. Bush, ABC labeled this "torture.")
FRC Shooter Pleads Guilty, Admits He Was Inspired by Left-wing Website; WashPost Ignores That Critical DetailBy Ken Shepherd | | February 6, 2013 | 4:42 PM EST
Update (18:53 EST): The Post article in question was updated at 6:35 p.m. to reflect the SPLC connection (see below) | The man who critically injured a Family Research Center security staffer in a shooting last August pleaded guilty on Wednesday to, among other charges, "committing an act of terrorism with the intent to kill." the Associated Press and ABC affiliate WJLA today are reporting. What's more, the suspect in question admitted he was inspired to strike out at the FRC after visiting a liberal website which declared them an anti-gay hate group. That fact,however, was omitted by the Washington Post in their write-up on the story.
Floyd Lee Corkins, "who had been volunteering at a center for gay, lesbian and transgender people" was apprehended with a handgun, two extra magazines of ammunition and sandwiches from Chick-fil-A, that latter of which he "intended to smear... in the faces of his victims to make a statement about gay rights opponents, [Corkins] acknowledged during a hearing Wednesday," WJLA.com reported on Wednesday afternoon.
By Noel Sheppard | | February 6, 2013 | 4:05 PM EST
In today's "You've Got To Be Kidding Me" segment, a group of kids from Newtown, Connecticut - some are students that attend Sandy Hook Elementary School - will be performing Carly Rae Jepsen's hit song "Call Me Maybe" at Sunday's Grammy Awards.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday evening:
By Matt Hadro | | February 6, 2013 | 4:03 PM EST
CNN's Piers Morgan invoked the death of Trayvon Martin to support his case for gun control, but the brother of Martin's accused shooter George Zimmerman had a retort ready on Tuesday's Piers Morgan Tonight.
"You would accept, would you not, that if your brother had not gone out armed with a gun that day, Trayvon Martin would be celebrating his 18th birthday today," Morgan first pressed Zimmerman. [Video below the break. Audio here.]
NBC Frets Over Sequester Taking 'Butcher's Knife' to Budget; Promoted 'Bold' Trillion-Dollar StimulusBy Kyle Drennen | | February 6, 2013 | 3:35 PM EST
On NBC's Wednesday Today, White House correspondent Peter Alexander wrung his hands over the possibility of sequester budget cuts happening next month: "If you think of the federal budget as a t-bone steak, the sequester is like a butcher's knife loping off a big piece, roughly a trillion dollars worth in defense and domestic spending. What experts call the worst way to deal with a budget." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump]
In contrast, back in February of 2009, when President Obama was pushing the nearly trillion-dollar stimulus package, Today co-host Matt Lauer grilled former Bush advisor Karl Rove about Republicans daring to oppose the massive government spending: "Doesn't it seem that quick and bold action was necessary?...216 Republicans [who voted against the stimulus] seem to have placed a bet on failure. Isn't that safe to say?"
By Mike Ciandella | | February 6, 2013 | 3:09 PM EST
Marking the hundredth anniversary of the 16th amendment which made way for the federal income tax, MRC Vice President for Business and Culture Dan Gainor appeared on The Blaze TV's "Wilkow!" to discuss wealthy journalists who push for higher taxes.
"Ten million, fifteen million they make, you know, a couple million ... and I'm OK with it, that's the free market. But then don't turn around and use the platform that you get making that money, to try to make you and me to pay more taxes," Gainor said.
By Ken Shepherd | | February 6, 2013 | 1:08 PM EST
Check out this photograph snapped recently in northern Virginia. [h/t MRC's Ed Molchany; posted below page break]
The license plate blurred to protect the guilty. You'll notice this fellow has both an Obama-Biden bumper sticker and a Media Research Center (MRC) "Don't Believe the Liberal Media" bumper sticker. Cognitive dissonance? A family with divided politics? Or is it possible for the liberal media to be too liberal for even some Obama voters' tastes?
By Scott Whitlock | | February 6, 2013 | 12:29 PM EST
The journalists of Good Morning America offered, perhaps, a preview of 2016, highlighting Chris Christie's weight and what "could be a major campaign issue." After playing clips of the New Jersey governor talking to David Letterman, guest co-host Amy Robach scolded, "He's going to have to lay off the doughnuts."
Co-anchor George Stephanopoulos lectured, "[Christie] knows it. If he wants to run, he is going to have to lose some real weight." Reporter Dan Harris found a medical expert. The correspondent related, "Former White House physician Connie Mariano, who helped President Clinton lose 30 pounds in office, said she cringed when she saw Christie eating that doughnut and that she's worried about him dying on the job." [See video below. MP3 audio here.]
By Matt Hadro | | February 6, 2013 | 12:13 PM EST
CNN anchors dropped journalistic integrity and went into full attack mode against supporters of the ban on gay Boy Scouts on Wednesday morning.
When the Family Research Council's Tony Perkins questioned why the Scouts should change their long-standing policy, anchor Soledad O'Brien blurted out "Because it's discriminatory," before adding "Because they think it's discriminatory." She then asked "My final question for you, do you worry you are on the wrong side of history on this?" [Video below the break. Audio here.]
By Noel Sheppard | | February 6, 2013 | 11:07 AM EST
Rather predictably, many of last Sunday's Super Bowl ads have been criticized for supposedly being racist.
On NBC's Tonight Show Tuesday, host Jay Leno marvelously asked, “When will advertisers learn the only stereotype nobody gets mad at is white guys making fools of themselves over beer?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
By Noel Sheppard | | February 6, 2013 | 10:20 AM EST
While Hollywood liberals such as Jim Carrey mock gun owners in the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut, massacre, Bruce Willis on Wednesday strongly came out in support of the Second Amendment.
Speaking to the Associated Press, Willis said, "I think that you can't start to pick apart anything out of the Bill of Rights without thinking that it's all going to become undone."