McLaughlin Group

By Geoffrey Dickens | September 9, 2014 | 10:00 AM EDT

In the 2003 run-up to the Iraq war Eleanor Clift mocked George W. Bush’s 39-nation strong “coalition of the willing” as the “bullied and the bribed” but fast forward to today and The Daily Beast reporter is taking a much different tone with Barack Obama’s 9-nation grouping.

By Geoffrey Dickens | May 12, 2014 | 1:13 PM EDT

Eleanor Clift stunned the McLaughlin Group panel over the weekend when she shockingly claimed that Ambassador Chris Stevens “was not murdered” in the Benghazi terrorist attacks.

The Daily Beast contributor, in full White House spin control mode, gallingly spewed: “ I would like to point out that Ambassador [Chris] Stevens was not murdered. He died of smoke-inhalation in the safe room in that CIA installation.”

Fellow panelists Susan Ferrechio and Pat Buchanan, not surprisingly, let Clift have it.

By Noel Sheppard | January 4, 2014 | 1:21 PM EST

On Thursday, the New York Times called for the Obama administration to enter into a plea bargain or offer clemency to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden in order to bring him back to the United States.

On PBS’s McLaughlin Group Friday, syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan observed during a discussion about this issue, “There is an inherent conflict of interest between journalists and so-called whistleblowers” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | November 9, 2013 | 5:38 PM EST

“If there’s anything like 76 million healthcare plans voided, not only is ObamaCare dead, there’s going to be guillotines set up at Farragut Square.”

So said syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan on PBS’s McLaughlin Group Friday.

By Noel Sheppard | October 5, 2013 | 5:50 PM EDT

Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan and the Daily Beast’s Eleanor Clift got into quite a heated debate about the government shutdown on PBS’s McLaughlin Group Friday.

At one point, Buchanan said Obama “wants to maximize the pain in order to maximize his political gain…It is a sinister and sadistic tactic” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | September 29, 2013 | 1:29 AM EDT

Media mogul Mort Zuckerman had some harsh words for the President's signature piece of legislation Friday.

Appearing on PBS's McLaughlin Group, Zuckerman said, "88 percent of the jobs that have been created this year are part-time jobs. A large part of the reason for that number of part-time jobs which is unprecedented in American history is because people are apprehensive about the impact of ObamaCare on and the costs of ObamaCare on full-time jobs."

By Noel Sheppard | September 14, 2013 | 7:15 PM EDT

Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan had a rather shocking observation about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s comments about American exceptionalism in his New York Times op-ed last week.

Appearing on PBS’s McLaughlin Group Friday, Buchanan said, “He’s not only appealing to the people of the world. He’s appealing to that half of the United States to whom Barack Obama himself was appealing.”

By Noel Sheppard | September 8, 2013 | 11:52 PM EDT

The Obama-loving media refuse to report the metaphysical certitude that the President's healthcare reform legislation is destined to end the 40 hour work week.

On PBS's McLaughlin Group this weekend, media mogul Mort Zuckerman predicted, "Part-time employment is going to grow from 25 percent of the workforce to close to 50 percent of the workforce in part because of the problems of healthcare obligations."

By Noel Sheppard | August 24, 2013 | 5:26 PM EDT

You can’t swing a dead cat these days without hitting some prominent African-American claiming race relations have worsened since Barack Obama became president.

Count MSNBC political and legal analyst Michelle Bernard among them, for on PBS’s McLaughlin Group Friday, she said, “The country has become more race conscious in terms of color and in terms of ethnicity since he was elected” (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | August 24, 2013 | 12:59 PM EDT

Syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan made a statement Friday guaranteed to make liberal media members' heads spin.

During a discussion about Affirmative Action on PBS's McLaughlin Group, Buchanan said, "Whites are the only group that you can discriminate against legally in America now" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | August 11, 2013 | 8:30 PM EDT

Media mogul Mort Zuckerman wins this weekend’s funniest line on a political talk show.

Asked by the host of PBS's McLaughlin Group why successful billionaires would invest in a dying business such as newspapers, Zuckerman replied, “Because they no longer wish to be billionaires” (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):

By Noel Sheppard | July 27, 2013 | 5:07 PM EDT

There was a very funny moment at the end of Friday's McLaughlin Group on PBS when the entire panel unanimously predicted that Anthony Weiner would drop out of the New York City mayor's race.

This included syndicated columnist Pat Buchanan, the Economist's David Rennie, U.S. News & World Report's Mort Zuckerman, host John McLaughlin, and quite surprisingly Newsweek/Daily Beast's Eleanor Clift (video follows with commentary):