For their 60th anniversary issue, TV Guide interviewed "Television Visionaries" to assess the current state of the tube. When asked what was missing from TV in 2013, CBS CEO Les Moonves strangely declared "I wish there was more investigative reporting right now."
That's an odd answer, since it's something he could clearly fix -- but CBS shows like "60 Minutes" are presently preferring the sit-down puffball Obama interview. "Modern Family" creator Steven Levitan also wants a crusading Edward R. Murrow figure to move public policy to the left:
Lou Dobbs, on Tuesday's edition of Lou Dobbs Tonight, highlighted the MRC's report on how ABC, NBC and CBS have ignored recent ObamaCare setbacks.
The Fox Business News host announced: "You know our viewers have known from the very beginning about this ObamaCare nightmare, but any one tuning into the Big Three networks isn't getting access to these facts. The Media Research Center looked into it and here are just some of their findings." (video after the jump)
Just my impression but it sounded like the man said this without a trace of irony.
Singer/songwriter and political activist Stephen Stills appeared on Stephanie Miller's radio show yesterday and succeeded only in reinforcing my long-held disdain for hippies. (audio clip after page break)
Chris Matthews on Monday admitted he and others at his network are not journalists but instead are advocates and activists.
Speaking with Al Sharpton on Politics Nation immediately following President Obama's speech in Hartford, Connecticut, Matthews said, "I don’t think there’s any problem with taking sides" (video follows with transcript and commentary):
On his well-titled 1988 solo album “Viva Hate,” the British pop star Morrissey sang “Margaret on the guillotine / Cause people like you / Make me feel so tired / When will you die?”
Twenty-five years later, Thatcher has died, and Morrissey’s hate is still going strong. Tina Brown’s Daily Beast website provided a forum for Morrissey proclaiming Thatcher was “a terror without an atom of humanity.” He began by mocking the “Iron Lady” nickname:
While most regular people don’t really know or care who he is, Rupert Murdoch is among a small handful of individuals who is most despised by the far left in this country. Unlike many others, he also has the great distinction of being loathed by exponents of socialism worldwide.
After reading (or watching) the speech which he recently gave to an Australian think tank called the Institute of Public Affairs about the moral superiority of free markets, it’s not hard to see why those who would enslave markets because they believe them to be based on greed would despise Murdoch, especially since he has the absolute temerity to dare to own newspapers, movie studios, and television channels across the globe.
During the highly publicized exchange between Bill O'Reilly and Laura Ingraham on gay marriage, O'Reilly made this statement: "There are Bible thumpers, and all they do is say, 'I object to gay marriage because God objects to it.' You don't win a policy debate in America with that."
Of course Hillary is running. I’ve never met a man who was told he could be president who didn’t want to be president. So naturally, a woman who’s told she can be the first commandress in chief wants to be.
Try to watch the following video without crying. I dare you. I double dare you.
On Saturday, at the conclusion of a spring college football game at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a seven-year-old boy named Jack Hoffman, who's struggling with brain cancer, ran for a 69 yard touchdown.
Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher has died according to reports from several news sources.
"It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning," former adviser Timothy Bell told the press.
Thatcher, the first and only woman to serve as prime minister, held the office for longer than anyone else in the 20th century. She was a key ally of U.S. president Ronald Reagan in his battle against the Soviet Union and a believer in the power of free markets to lift people out of poverty and to drive economic progress.
As the ratings for Fox News shows continue a grip on the top 13 or so shows on cable news (including the 11pm "O'Reilly Factor" repeat), Dominic Patten at Deadline Hollywood reported that MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” at 8 pm and CNN’s tryout of “The Point” (a ripoff of “The Five”) at 10 pm were not impressive.
“With a four-day average of 684,000 viewers and 199,000 in the demo, All In was down 24% from what the Ed Show had in total viewers for April 2-April 5, 2012, and it was down 13% in adults 25-54,” Patten reported. It’s a good thing MSNBC will likely let this show attempt to bloom and grow.
"If he’s not assassinated or not overthrown in a coup, he’s going to be in power for 40 years, and he is going to wed those atomic bombs to those missiles, and he’ll be able to threaten South Korea and Japan and U.S. bases in Asia.”
So said Pat Buchanan about North Korea's Kim Jong Un on PBS's McLaughlin Group Friday.
Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner reported that in speaking to David Gergen at Harvard's Institute of Politics on March 27, former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau said "it's a lie" the way the news media portray President Obama as "purely cynical" and pursuing selfish political interests.
Does Favreau watch the networks? They love offering Obama the mantle of idealism whenever they can. But he insisted: