With the help of research materials from Newsbusters and the Media Research Center, the National Center for Public Policy Research (disclosure: my employer) today challenged Disney chief Robert Iger over media bias at ABC News at Disney's annual shareholder meeting.
National Center Free Enterprise Project Director Justin Danhof asked Iger why, as revealed by the MRC, ABC News devoted only 128 seconds to coverage of the IRS scandal from July 2013-January 2014, even though 53 percent of Americans believe the IRS broke the law and even Democrats, by a 2-1 margin, believe a special prosecutor should be appointed.
Lest there be any doubt, Amanda Marcotte really hates pro-lifers. In a two-part rant posted March 14 and 17 on Raw Story, the morally challenged feminist writer attacked pro-lifers as “consummate liars,” “anti-choice kooks” with “boring,” “half-baked nonsense” and “shit arguments.”
But Marcotte’s hate doesn’t stop at pro-lifers. It extends to the babies they want to protect.
Is it possible that some mischievous conservative created the Ban Bossy campaign to lampoon liberal hypocrisy (as well as liberal preoccupations)? The new initiative claims that championing young women’s leadership begins with banning the word “bossy.” But while Diane Sawyer was calling it “the powerful movement to change one word,” entertainment TV aired the word “bitch” 50 times last week.
And then there’s Beyoncé. As the campaign launched last week, the singer signed on, and made headlines for announcing, “I’m not bossy. I’m the boss.” Possibly the boss of “bitch.” Beyoncé uses that other B-word nine times on her most recent, self-titled album released last December. Mostly, she uses it to tell other women they’ll never be as good as her. Take a look at her “***Flawless” lyrics for example:
The New York Times is allowing anonymous sources in politics to slime a political leader. But this time it’s Barack Obama.
In a Saturday story by Jonathan Martin and Ashley Parker on “new urgency about the need to address” Democratic prospects, an anonymous “Democratic lawmaker” said Obama was becoming “poisonous” to the party’s candidates.
Liberals love to hate Rupert Murdoch. The federally funded Kennedy Center in D.C. even imported an Australian play that fervently imagines Murdoch’s powerful life on stage. Andrew Beaujon at Poynter Media Wire reported at the Thursday performance he attended, “applause broke out on my right and left when one character criticized Republicans.”
For all of the ardor liberals muster against Murdoch’s tabloid newspapers and Fox News and their grasp of the facts, is it surprising that this play doesn’t restrict itself to the facts? Director Lee Lewis explained the play is a “fantasia” against the right-leaning media baron:
This week, Politico media reporter Mackenzie Weinger revealed a powerful new tool in the Left’s social-media sandbox: the website Upworthy.com, founded in March 2012 by former MoveOn executive director Eli Pariser and former Onion managing editor Chris Koechley (also a MoveOn veteran).
Touting itself as “social media with a mission,” Upworthy has “drawn big traffic – about 53 million visitors in February — with sharing-friendly content. And it does its news aggregation with a point of view that is decidedly progressive and left-wing.”
Political prognosticator Charlie Cook at National Journal is seeing a Republican tilt in the congresssional midterms. While he thinks the Democrats should see some gains in the gubernatorial races after a tough 2010 campaign, that’s the only silver lining. It looks like a “really bad year” in the Senate races.
“Looking at this November's midterms, then, the wind certainly appears to be blowing in favor of Republicans. The main question is whether it is a light, moderate, strong, or hurricane-force wind,” he wrote.
In a conflict that pits two politically correct minority "victim" classes against one another, which one will win out? That's a fun parlor game to play, and today across the Pond it seems the answer is observant Muslims when the conflict involves the aforementioned and gays, even if the gay person in question is, himself, a Muslim.
Breitbart London managing editor Raheem Kassam has the story of how BBC Three refused to entertain discussion of a gay Muslim drag queen's question -- "[W]hen will it be right to be Muslim and gay?" -- during a forum for the program entitled, I kid you not, Free Speech (emphasis mine):
Americans overwhelming identify themselves as Christian – 75 percent call themselves “Christian” or “Catholic.” Yet every year the government, law enforcement, the court system, and educators across the country dismiss citizen’s religious rights and punish them for living to their values. Fox News columnist Todd Starnes tells dozens of these true stories in his new book, “God Less America” to be released May 6.
In the book, Starnes consults studies by Tony Perkins of The Family Research Council and Kelly Shackelford of Liberty Institute that detail “more than 600 recent examples of religious hostility.” And much of that hostility comes from the top of government. “The Obama administration is trying to force religious organizations to provide insurance for birth control and abortion-inducing drugs in direct violation of their religious beliefs,” Starnes writes.
Team Obama’s plan to rally the “Millennials” to sign up for Obamacare by pushing less-than-intellectual celebrities in their face hit a snag on Wednesday when Lance Bass, a member of the lapsed boy band N-Sync, tweeted the wrong Web address to his 300,000 followers on Twitter, sending them to “Healthcare.org.” ABC News said he went to the White House to "lend his voice to President Obama’s ongoing efforts to encourage young people to sign up for health care through the government exchange."
After mockery ensued, Bass went to Twitlonger to tell the haters to “grow up,” as if grown-ups always mangle Web addresses? “Private citizens” like Bass are trying to prevent the youngsters from saying “Bye, Bye, Bye” to Obamacare:
Kat Timpf over at Campus Reform has another great story out today exposing loopy leftism in academia.
It turns out words that you and I think are perfectly innocuous, like "crazy" and "you guys" are insulting to the mentally ill and women, respectively, according to Minnesota's Macalester College (excerpt below page break; emphasis mine):
MRC's Tim Graham, the executive editor of NewsBusters, appeared on TheBlazeTV show "Wilkow!" on Tuesday on the hot topic of Sharyl Attkisson resigning from CBS News.
Tim professed amazement with the idea of CBS claiming they were "concerned about her sort of stretching into advocacy journalism, when really what we’ve known from CBS in the Obama years is kiss-up interviews on ‘60 Minutes’ with Obama, and CBS hiring Gayle King, Oprah’s best friend, both of whom go to Obama parties, both of whom just partied with Michelle over the holidays in Hawaii. This is where CBS News is going." See some video below:
CNN anchor Jake Tapper went on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Tuesday, and naturally the 2016 presidential race came up as a discussion topic. Referring to the battle for the Republican nomination, Tapper proclaimed, “[I]t is a wide-open field, and there is no one, literally no one I would discount.”
The veteran political journalist then rattled off a few GOP hopefuls he would not discount – Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Rob Portman. He wouldn’t even discount New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, in spite of the current bridge controversy. But then Hewitt’s co-host, Jamie Weinstein of The Daily Caller, asked, “What about Joe Scarborough 2016?” [YouTube video embedded below the break.]
As an embarrassed Joe Scarborough said, Mika Brzezinski didn't have her "filter on" this morning. On today's Morning Joe, Brzezinski broke out a lurid tale of how as a young woman she had been held "hostage" by the son of the President of Lebanon, who apparently had hijinks on his mind.
Scarborough had just teased Mika with a variation on his running joke of how she vacations in the south of France. Joe jibed that in retaliation for France's sale of warships to Russia, Ukraine notwithstanding, Mika would be imposing personal sanctions on France by cutting back her weekend trips there from 26 to 23 yearly. In response, Brzezinski described how 25 years ago, the son of the President of Lebanon held her "hostage" in the south of France, took her to porn flicks, and bought her bikinis "with only one piece." View the video after the jump.
Dan Joseph of MRCTV attended the DNC's Winter Meeting a few days ago and asked them how much of the opposition to President Obama's agenda is based on honest disagreement with his programs and how much of it is simply racism?
He found plenty of suspicion that half or more of Obama's opponents are resisting him primarily because he's African-American, or because they might be a bit conservative, but they're a lot racist:
Variety reports that actor Nicolas Cage became a bit whiny at the South by Southwest festival in Texas: “I'm not complaining, but it really sucks to be famous right now.”
It’s unfair that film critics mention the personal problems of actors in movie reviews – just like it’s unfair to mention a president’s affair with an intern – as if it had nothing to do with his work life (or his testimony under oath for sexual harassment):
Here was the Morning Joe panel bemoaning Ted Cruz's supposed incivility at CPAC in allegedly insulting war hero Bob Dole, when up pops Mike Barnicle to ask "what does it say about CPAC, where the most popular speaker they had, the one who received the most rousing reception is a moron, Sarah Palin?"
A bit later, Mika Brzezinski piled on, calling Palin a "multi-million dollar moron." When Joe Scarborough challenged her, saying "you don't think that, right?", Mika didn't retract her slur, saying only that Palin is "savvy in selling a message that makes a lot of money." View the video after the jump.
The organizers of CPAC let left-wing crazy man Charles Pierce of Esquire wander the halls and “report” his findings.
Pierce poured out an entire bucket of contempt on Sarah Palin: “McCain should pay a heavy price for unleashing this ignorant, two-wheeled bilewagon on the country's politics. If you think she's a legitimate political leader, you're an idiot and a sucker and I feel sorry for you.”