Don Lemon spotlighted the racist motivations of Vester Flanagan, the fired journalist who murdered two of his former associates, during a Thursday commentary on Tom Joyner's syndicated radio show. Lemon zeroed in on how the "discussion about Flanagan has mainly centered on mental health....The other, lesser discussion has been whether he was racist." The CNN anchor bluntly contended that "if one objectively looks at Flanagan's actions and history, one can't help but come to the conclusion that both are probably true."
A great many Fox News hosts and contributors publicly criticized Donald Trump’s latest Twitter swipes at Megyn Kelly. This raises a major pot-kettle issue, claims lefty writer Marcotte, in that these high-profile personalities who objected to Trump’s sexism work for a channel that disseminates one sexist message after another.
“The position at Fox News and elsewhere in the conservative media on women who talk back to men, or even just have the power to talk back to men,” wrote Marcotte in a Wednesday column for Talking Points Memo, is that “they are to be put in their place, with a vengeance. Any woman who has been targeted [by] the right wing flying monkeys of Twitter can attest to how well the audiences have absorbed this lesson. Screaming at bitches who don’t know their place is both a sacred cause and just a rowdy good time, in right wing circles…No one should understand this better than the people at Fox News. After all, this is the monster they created.”
On the August 10 edition of National Public Radio (NPR) Boston affiliate WBUR's Here & Now program, host Robin Young made reference to pro-life Republicans as "anti-choice." The reference, which violates NPR's own style manual, came in the midst of a discussion with Princeton University professor Julian Zelizer about Republican presidential candidates' plans to roll back various policy initiatives of the Obama era.
On Tuesday’s installment of The Rush Limbaugh Show, a caller seemed to stun the eponymous conservative radio host when he explained that his wife “works the operating room at Planned Parenthood” in St. Paul, Minnesota and argued that while it’s “rather hard to believe,” the abortion provider “does a lot of good things, and not just, you know, baby killing and now I guess throwing fetuses into bags.”
"How Fox News Made My Dad Crazy" is how The Daily Beast introduced Jen Yamato's profile of Jen Senko's left-wing documentary The Brainwashing Of My Dad, and that's not just headline hyperbole but an accurate summary of a truly wacky documentary. Used her dad as a political prop, Senko's Brainwashing doc purports to show how her loving, "goofy," popular dad became a racist homophobic Republican pig thanks to radio hosts Bob Grant and Rush Limbaugh.
David Roberts has penned a tale of two media, dealing first with how a profusion of conservative outlets has pulled the Republican party to the right -- the subject of a recent Harvard study -- then pivoting to analyze the mainstream media’s belated (and still incomplete) awakening to the GOP’s “radicalism.”
“One of the longstanding critiques of mainstream media on the left,” wrote Roberts in a Thursday article, “was that reporters in the Beltway ‘Village’ failed to grasp modern conservatism and wrote about it in such a way as to sand down and mute its extremity…[T]here are still plenty of mainstream political reporters who cling to the both-sides illusion to this day…But as the far right sends the Republican Party through an ever-more-absurd series of showdowns and tantrums, the illusion is fading.”
In the second part of her 16,000-word Harvard report on the dangerous extremes of "conservative media," New York Times reporter Jackie Calmes offered a skewed history of talk radio, seeing the dark shadow of right-wing hate hovering over its birth, and lamented that "However frustrated Republican leaders are by this piling on from the far right, they have little choice but to pay heed." And popular radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Steve Deace? Why, they're both "college dropouts." And when did Geraldo Rivera become a "conservative" radio host?
As of Wednesday morning, NPR's morning and evening newscasts have yet to cover the second undercover video of a Planned Parenthood executive revealing how the organization varies its abortion procedures in order to preserve the organs of unborn babies for medical research. Instead, Tuesday's All Things Considered spotlighted a March 2014 incident where the adult son of a pro-life activist vandalized an abortionist's office in rural Montana.
NewsBusters readers likely are familiar with the saying “It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.” Conor Friedersdorf thinks Republicans have a propensity for certitude about false beliefs, and that as a result they’re susceptible to “demagogues” such as Donald Trump.
As for why GOPers are frequently mistaken in the first place, Friedersdorf blames, among others, “huckster entertainers like [Rush] Limbaugh.” He also notes that speaking truth to the party base “would be an unpleasant ordeal for most figures in the conservative movement.”
In their headlong rush to remove all public monuments to the Confederacy, its warriors, and the dead-enders who fought on its behalf after the Civil War ended, liberals are curiously overlooking a prime offender -- one of their own.
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh wasn't going to let this pass unnoticed.
On his show Friday, Limbaugh talked about the Memphis city council voting unanimously to move the remains of Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife, along with a statue of Forrest, from a public park to a location still undetermined.
Among the traits that liberals share is a committed aversion to deploying US military power abroad, unless of course a Democrat is president and he's mired in scandal.
Which makes it all the more odd to hear liberal radio host Thom Hartmann suggest it might be time to send American troops -- to the South.
Hillary Clinton's campaign literally encircling reporters with a rope during an Independence Day parade to prevent them from approaching Clinton and asking pesky questions, and the reporters acquiescing -- a scenario tailor-made for Rush Limbaugh to mock.
Limbaugh didn't comment on this during his radio show Monday, saying he didn't want to, uh, "get roped in." But on his program yesterday, Limbaugh compared it to a scene from one of the funniest comedies of the last half-century, and one so persistently incorrect that it could never get made today -- Blazing Saddles.