On Tuesday's CNN Newsroom, Carol Costello treated Planned Parenthood's own talking points about "three percent" of its services are abortions as "facts." Costello emphasized that "$500 million in federal funds goes to Planned Parenthood. None of that money...pays for abortions....Planned Parenthood says only three percent of their services are dedicated to abortion. The group says 97 percent of its services are for things like...breast exams...cancer screenings and contraception."
By Katie Yoder | September 29, 2015 | 1:30 PM EDT
Funny how sometimes those in the pro-choice movement condemn themselves more than the pro-life movement could ever hope to.
Late Tuesday night, liberal actress and comedian Margaret Cho took to Twitter in a rage against the call to defund Planned Parenthood. After she shared a picture of herself wearing Planned Parenthood apparel she insisted that “God created abortion” and insisted that a “child” was really just a “bunch of cells.”
By Alatheia Larsen | September 29, 2015 | 1:11 PM EDT
Billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer has taken to doctoring his own biographical history to make himself seem more genuine.
In a Sept. 28, interview on MSNBC’s All in with Chris Hayes, Steyer told Hayes that his climate “conversion” happened a full ten years earlier than it actually did. Unfortunately for Steyer -- but fortunately for everyone who cares to know the truth -- he told a very different story in June 2014.
By Kristine Marsh and Matt Philbin | September 29, 2015 | 12:45 PM EDT
If you’re a certain Democratic presidential frontrunner and desperate for good press, look no further than Hollywood to meet those needs.
Hillary Clinton sat down for an interview (and took some “we”fies) with “hardline journalist” Lena Dunham (Girls) recently and the gushing that ensued would make even the biggest fangirl blush.
By Jeffrey Meyer | September 29, 2015 | 12:29 PM EDT
On Tuesday, ABC’s The View hosted Republican presidential candidate Senator Lindsey Graham and co-host Paula Faris desperately attempted to get him to smear his fellow Republicans in Congress. After Graham outlined why he refused to drop out of the presidential race despite his low poll numbers, Faris asked “don’t you feel that Republicans are sabotaging their own party right now?”
By Brad Wilmouth | September 29, 2015 | 11:58 AM EDT
As Representative Daniel Webster appeared as a guest on Tuesday's New Day on CNN to discuss his intention to run for Speaker of the House of Representatives, substitute co-host John Berman pressed the Florida Republican to vow to work against a government shutdown in the face of calls by some GOPers to defund Planned Parenthood.
By Scott Whitlock | September 29, 2015 | 11:41 AM EDT
All three networks on Tuesday hyped Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards appearing before Congress, insisting the pro-abortion leader will “staunchly defend” her organization in the wake of the sting videos. During the news briefs, ABC and CBS didn’t show any of hidden videos.
By Mark Finkelstein | September 29, 2015 | 11:00 AM EDT
Our NewsBusters readers are a prescient bunch. On an item posted earlier this morning about Nicolle Wallace calling Hillary a "terrible" candidate, one reader commented "Nicolle is pretending to be conservative again. Not to worry, she'll be back to her normal liberal self soon."
And sure enough, just seven minutes later, Wallace was letting her bleeding-heart side show. Discussing the news that Joyce Mitchell—the accomplice who helped two convicted murderers escape—had been sentenced to prison, Wallace said "I feel bad for her. Can't she just wear an ankle bracelet?" Nicolle even threw in an empathetic "awww" for the plight of "romancer" Mitchell.
By Jeffrey Meyer | September 29, 2015 | 10:22 AM EDT
Amidst the ongoing controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server, on Tuesday NBC’s Today rushed to promote former President Bill Clinton’s efforts to defend his wife from criticism. News reader Tamron Hall introduced the segment by touting “Hillary Clinton is dispatching her not so secret weapon, her husband and former president to help her weather the e-mail storm” and then turned to White House correspondent Kristen Welker to continue to tout the former president’s actions.
By Tom Blumer | September 29, 2015 | 10:15 AM EDT
August's seasonally adjusted Pending Home Sales Index value contained in the related press release from the National Association of Realtors was the lowest in the past five months, and 2 percent below April's level.
Disclosing the size of the recent slump apparently wasn't considered important at the Associated Press, aka the Administration's Press. What was news at AP, whose Josh Boak essentially copied NAR's release and added standard boilerplate about job growth instead of engaging in informative journalism, is that the index is up by over 6 percent from a year ago, even though that increase ended several months ago.
By Mark Finkelstein | September 29, 2015 | 9:54 AM EDT
Vladimir Putin probably had to wait 20 minutes for an elevator. Yeah, that's the ticket . . .
Josh Earnest, Barack Obama's spokesman, has excused Vladimir Putin's snub of the President of the United States, in which the Russian strongman turned up 20 minutes late for their lunch at the UN yesterday. On today's Morning Joe, Earnest lamely defended Vlad's tardiness: "anybody that's been around the UN during the General Assembly knows it's total chaos inside that building, so people ae running late quite frequently. " Right. And if you believe that, we've got an oceanfront condo in Moscow to sell you.
By Mark Finkelstein | September 29, 2015 | 7:36 AM EDT
Good ol' Mike Barnicle dutifully carried Dem water this morning, maintaining a straight face while calling Hillary Clinton a "strong" candidate. But also on the Morning Joe set was Nicolle Wallace, who reported that "Democrats think she's terrible. I hope [Biden] doesn't run, because he's better than her."
For good measure, Mark Halperin opined that Biden might want to wait until February, on the theory that if Bernie Sanders beats Hillary in Iowa or New Hampshire, "there'll be panic," or as Wallace put it, "pandemonium."
By Curtis Houck | September 29, 2015 | 7:22 AM EDT
Filling in for Anderson Cooper on Monday’s AC360, John Berman chided Carly Fiorina spokeswoman Sarah Isgur Flores over Fiorina’s outspoken criticism of Planned Parenthood in the wake of their aborted baby parts video scandal with the CNN host imploring Flores to consider admitting that her boss “is getting it wrong” about the content of the videos.
By Karen Townsend | September 29, 2015 | 4:25 AM EDT
CBS' "Life in Pieces" was off the wall again this week. So many clichés and tired narratives, yet only thirty minutes in which to squeeze them all. Grams and Gramps having sex on the family room sofa? Check. Explicit breastfeeding complete with throwback hippies called lactation consultants brought in to help new parents? Check. Promotion of the demand that new moms avoid using baby formula? Check that one off, too.
By Brent Baker | September 29, 2015 | 2:23 AM EDT
On the Monday night debut, with a new host, of Comedy Central’s Daily Show, Trevor Noah didn’t display previous host Jon Stewart’s obsession with the Fox News Channel, but he did continue Stewart’s liberal politics. Noah, who promised at the top of the show that he would “continue the war on bullshit,” soon delivered a line favorably comparing socialist Bernie Sanders with the Pope before offering very unoriginal ridicule of “radical conservatives” over the departure of House Speaker John Boehner.