Fox News' Shepard Smith went way over the line today while interviewing Wall Street Journal reporter James Grimaldi. Actually that's putting it mildly. Smith crashed through the barrier of at least putting up the appearance of neutrality and broke into the realm of flat out bias of the worse sort by charging Donald Trump with racism. If you think I am exaggerating, watch the following video of the exchange for yourself and you be the judge.
Conservative strategist Lisa Boothe appeared on Fox News Channel’s MediaBuzz and called out liberal media for their bias in favor of defending Hillary Clinton. “The problem is the media should be adept enough to be able cover [Donald Trump], while simultaneously covering the stuff Hillary Clinton has,” argued Boothe, “You should be able to walk and chew gum at the same time.” And throughout all of her bashing of the liberal media she backed it up with studies conducted by the Media Research Center.
News broke Tuesday that Democratic Representative Chaka Fattah, of Pennsylvania, was convicted of a laundry list of federal corruption charges. According to Politico, the list includes, “bribery, racketeering, money laundering, bank fraud, mail and wire fraud, and filing false statements.” The elaborate scheme included Fattah lobbying the president or an appointment for one of his co-conspirator. All of this and the networks ignored it on their evening newscasts.
On Sunday, even after the FBI hinted the presence of a link to radical Islam, the panel on ABC’s This Week blamed the terrorist attack at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida on heated election rhetoric and guns in America. “I think we all ought to pause with what happened in Orlando today,” stated ABC’s Matt Dowd when asked if third party candidates could gain supporters, “And if we understand that all of the hateful thoughts become hateful words become hateful actions.”
In just over the last 24 hours, the Media Research Center fetched two mentions on both CNN and the Fox News Channel (FNC) with the latter network devoting a segment to a study by MRC Culture’s Katie Yoder comparing network coverage of the Cincinnati gorilla shooting versus the latest violence in Chicago.
On Sunday's MediaBuzz on FNC, host Howard Kurtz devoted several minutes to the controversy around Katie Couric using a deceptively edited trailer for her pro-gun control documentary in which the trailer makes several pro-gun activists look dumbfounded and unable to answer a straightforward question.
Kurtz took time to show viewers a clip of the trailer in question, and then played audio of how the members of the Virginia Citizens Defense League immediately answered Couric's question about whether convicted felons should be allowed to purchase guns without background checks. CNN's Reliable Sources skipped the controversy, instead focusing on a liberal angle: speculating whether Rush Limbaugh's radio contract is in danger.
On the first Sunday morning political talk shows since the Facebook trending topics scandal broke, the major network Sunday shows and CNN's State of the Union (with NBC's Meet the Press preempted for a Barclay's Premiere League game) failed to cover or debate this reported suppression of conservative stories by the social media behemoth.
With Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee of the GOP the liberal media has finally decided to do what they neglected to do during the nomination process, vet his past. With the release of the so called “Trump Tapes,” audio recordings that purport to show Trump pretending to be his own publicist, it’s clear the media has taken a much greater interest in his dealings than those of Hillary Clinton. On Fox News Sunday pundit Brit Hume scolded the media for their bias.
As CBS News veteran Lesley Stahl appeared as a guest on FNC's Media Buzz on Sunday, host Howard Kurtz might have almost gotten her to admit to liberal personal biases among her colleagues as she seemed to hedge on the issue of whether there is a liberal pro-Hillary Clinton bias. After initially denying Kurtz's suggestion that "the liberal press wants Hillary Clinton to win," claiming that President Ronald Reagan received more favorable press than President Jimmy Carter, she then seemed to back off a bit when Kurtz pressed her.
Imagine John Kasich being nominated. Is that too tough? Okay, try this. Imagine a John Kasich campaign ad featuring his imaginary nomination. See, much easier. And also much more mockable which is exactly what Red Eye did on the Fox News Channel last night.
In the first of two Super Tuesday 4 editions of FNC’s The Five, co-host Juan Williams sought to admit the obvious that much of the media has become obsessed with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, but he didn’t employ such a term and instead awkwardly asserted that “[w]e’re all attracted to Donald Trump.”
In a break from the more traditional post-debate analysis routine, the Fox News Channel chose to award the cast of The Five its sole post-Democratic debate hour on Thursday and, of course, it featured humorous quips from co-host Greg Gutfeld. The quirky Gutfeld opined that, among many spit takes throughout the hour, the debate was more along the lines of a “wild kingdom” instead of “a country bear jamboree” in which “Hillary didn’t just take off her gloves” but “wanted to take off [Bernie Sanders’s] head.”