Radio

By Matthew Balan | August 19, 2013 | 6:14 PM EDT

On Monday's Morning Edition on NPR, Minnesota Public Radio correspondent Elizabeth Stawicki featured Karen Pollitz of the Kaiser Family Foundation during a report about ObamaCare, but failed to mention the left-leaning political affiliation of the organization. Stawicki merely labeled the foundation "non-partisan".

The public radio journalist also failed to mention that Pollitz is an alumna of both the Obama and Clinton administrations, and previously worked for two Democratic politicians.

By Noel Sheppard | August 19, 2013 | 11:30 AM EDT

NewsBusters reported Friday that counter to claims by the liberal media, conservative talk radio host Sean Hannity fired the Cumulus network due to his concerns about how the owners are managing their stations.

Data obtained by NewsBusters show that Hannity is actually right, and that in the key demographic of people aged 25 to 54, Cumulus has lost roughly 50 percent of its listeners since buying the stations in September 2011.

By Jack Coleman | August 16, 2013 | 4:25 PM EDT

Hillary Clinton is so dreamy to Ed Schultz. More accurately, Hillary Clinton is so dreamy to Ed Schultz ... now.

The braying left-wing radio host and MSNBC weekend parolee is surely hoping that Clinton has a short memory. Clinton and her lesser half are many things, but they aren't possessed of short memories. With speculation already on the rise about the 2016 campaign, Schultz is wasting no time declaring that Clinton's the candidate for him. (Audio clips after the jump)

By Matthew Sheffield | August 15, 2013 | 11:09 AM EDT

After decades of submitting to biased questioning from liberal journalists in their presidential debates, the Republican National Committee is now considering allowing conservative media figures like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin to host such affairs.

This move is now being considered in light of the ongoing media campaign that RNC chairman Reince Priebus has been conducting against two films about likely 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The chairman has called on NBC and CNN, the producers of the two films, to cancel them or risk not being allowed to host debates at all.

By Jack Coleman | August 14, 2013 | 5:35 PM EDT

Al Sharpton veered into unintended hilarity on his radio show yesterday when he unveiled what he surely considers clever framing for the current state of race relations in America.

Too many African-Americans, the Rev. Sharpton informs us, are afflicted with a pernicious form of "battered race syndrome" comparable to that suffered by victims of domestic abuse.

By Jeffrey Meyer | August 14, 2013 | 3:01 PM EDT

Media liberals have been up in arms since the Supreme Court decision that Congress should revisit the Voting Rights Act. They’re also upset about North Carolina, which on Monday, August 12, passed sweeping new voter laws including the use of state issued ID cards in all elections starting in 2016.

On the August 13 All Things Considered on NPR, reporter Dave DeWitt of North Carolina Public Radio mostly channeled the view of unlabeled “voting rights advocates” like the NAACP, who presented a sympathetic 92-year-old woman who was allegedly being denied the right to vote by Gov. Pat McCrory: [Story continues after page break.]  

By Jack Coleman | August 13, 2013 | 9:40 PM EDT

Left-wing radio host and MSNBC weekend denizen Ed Schultz made it abundantly clear yesterday that he is fed up with "phony Christians" in the Republican Party who "hide behind their plastic Jesus."

Schultz also touted himself as a Christian before questioning the born-again faith of GOP Senator Ted Cruz, thereby demonstrating that religious hypocrisy is not the exclusive province of those he was criticizing. (Audio clips after the jump)

By Tim Graham | August 13, 2013 | 6:55 AM EDT

If President Obama were following his 2012 media strategy, his latest appearance with Jay Leno on the Tonight show would have been his last "press conference." But since he was going on vacation, he decided to lower himself to a few questions from the White House press corps.

He did not call on NPR's Ari Shapiro on Friday -- but on Thursday's Morning Edition, Shapiro offered a typically one-sided story almost celebrating how in today's media, "the White House can avoid the [media] filter altogether." He can show up on Leno, or on the real-estate website Zillow, anywhere no one's asking about a "phony scandal" or two:

By Jack Coleman | August 9, 2013 | 11:55 AM EDT

Given this man's track record when it comes to spewing hate, he's hardly in a position to judge when he perceives it coming from others.

Attorney and "Ring of Fire" radio show co-host Mike Papantonio has been filling in for Ed Schultz this week and wasting no time demonstrating that he can be just as over the top as Schultz. (Audio after the jump)

By Tom Blumer | August 4, 2013 | 6:50 PM EDT

If ever a story had the earmarks of being agenda-driven from the get-go, Mackenzie Weinger's writeup at the Politico on Glenn Beck published Saturday morning fits the bill.

Weinger's premise is that Beck will never be as influential as he once was as long as he doesn't have a cable news program and continues to branch into entertainment-related ventures consistent with his beliefs. Excerpts, evidence which easily refutes Weinger's wishful thinking, and further commentary from yours truly follow the jump.

By Jack Coleman | July 31, 2013 | 6:45 PM EDT

All this time I thought Ed Schultz epitomized a warped brand of bellicose buffoonery. Turns out he exemplifies abject hypocrisy as well.

The weekend MSNBC parolee and left-wing radio talker has barely contained his fake glee over news that major broadcaster Cumulus Media may drop Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, the two most popular radio hosts in the country, from dozens of stations at the end of the year. (Audio clips after the jump)

By Ken Shepherd | July 31, 2013 | 1:27 PM EDT

As I argued yesterday, the unanimous state court ruling in New York blocking Mayor Mike Bloomberg's ban on fountain soda cups larger than 16 ounces in capacity would be portrayed in the liberal media as a setback to a well-meaning public health effort and a boon to big business. True to form, taxpayer-subsidized NPR is peddling this spin to readers of its website while completely ignoring how the ruling is a win for consumer choice or how continuing to litigate this in courts may be a waste of taxpayer money.

Here's how Eliza Barclay dealt with the ruling in her July 30 blog post at NPR.org's food blog, "The Salt," headlined, "Despite Legal Blow, New York To Keep Up Sugary Drink Fight" (emphasis mine):