Matt Lewis of AOL's Politics Daily is defecting from AOL in the wake of their purchase of The Huffington Post, and AOL's plans to put leftist Arianna Huffington the czarina in charge of all content. Right-leaning Lewis will leave for the Daily Caller in a few weeks since he felt uncomfortable about Arianna the "far-left liberal" curtailing his freedom to express himself once he's affiliated with "an overtly left-of-center (sometimes activist) outlet."
I've met Ms. Huffington exactly once -- on the set of "Nightline's" election night coverage. She could not have been kinder. Additionally, I have even authored an article or two for her site (on tech issues) over the years. This is all to say that I have no personal issue with Ms. Huffington, and that I am not a "Huff-hater."
However, writing a guest post is different from working for someone, and it occurs to me that AOL has vastly underestimated the public perception (I would argue the accurate impression) that Huffington is a far-left liberal.
On the eve of the late Ronald Reagan's 100th birthday, the panel at Fox News Channel's "Fox News Watch" discussed the bias the mainstream media exhibited against the 40th president during and after his term in office. Panelist Jim Pinkerton even made a passing reference to the Media Research Center's special report on the media's anti-Reagan bias, "Rewriting Reagan."
"I didn't need to look at any of it [the study], because I remember, I was there in the '80 and '84 Reagan campaigns and the White House in between, and the media clobbered us," Pinkerton observed.
For the full segment, watch the video embedded below:
A few days ago, Dante Atkins at the Daily Kos accused pro-lifers of being the "American Taliban" for trying to curtail taxpayer funding of abortions. On Sunday, Atkins went at it again, in a blog entitled "The Rapeublican Party." It began: "To take a page from Senator Harry Reid's book: if you're a woman anywhere to the left of Fred Phelps, I don't understand how you can in good conscience vote for the Republican Party."
Atkins acknowledged that Rep. Chris Smith backed away from language that would seek to deny taxpayer subsidies for abortion in cases of statutory rape (where a child gives consent, but is below a state's age of consent). But like many advocates of abortion, Atkins wants to insist that pro-lifers are all about "punishing women for daring to have sex" instead of protecting unborn children from being ripped apart in the womb:
Is Chris Matthews going crazy? He has really gone off the rails of late attacking, more viciously than usual, Rep. Michele Bachmann, and comparing the Tea Party movement to Egypt's Islamofascist group the Muslim Brotherhood.
While we at NewsBusters are more likely to ascribe these knee-jerk attacks to Matthews's intense partisanship, others have their own theories. FreedomWorks chairman Dick Armey, for one, thinks Matthews might be losing it. "I'm kind of sad for Chris," Armey "Fox and Friends" host Brian Kilmeade on Monday. "[H]e just seems to be slipping out of touch with reality" (video and transcript below the break).
ESPN host (and former longtime Washington Post sports columnist) Michael Wilbon had a thrill up his leg over being invited to the Super Bowl party at the White House with a couple of hundred Obama friends. In a column for ESPN, Wilbon boasted "Obama's capacity for, passion for, and range of knowledge" on sports is greater than any other recent president. He also said "tough spit" on any conservative talkers who'd try to find anything scandalous in the East Room event:
If you're looking for that TMZ moment, a revelation of Charlie Sheen getting drunk and turning the East Room into a piano bar or Tareq and Michaele Salahi slipping past security and sitting next to President and Mrs. Obama, stop reading right now. There wasn't even a confrontation between the Steelers and Packers fans, nothing salacious or awkward or anything worthy of YouTube. And if the conservative talking heads don't believe that when they take exception to whatever they think went on, as they inevitably will, tough spit.
During a Monday morning recap of the Super Bowl, "Morning Joe" co-host Joe Scarborough asked, tongue-in-cheek, if "right-wing, talk radio conservatives" would blame President Obama for the ghastly national anthem performance by four-time Grammy winner Christina Aguilera.
Amidst the light-hearted banter, Scarborough turned serious and asked "when we talked about what's driving the week – will conservatives, will conservatives – right-wing, talk radio conservatives – blame Barack Obama for Christina Aguilera defacing the national anthem?"
Time magazine's Mark Halperin, and co-host Willie Geist played along. "Glenn Beck's got the chalkboard going right now," Scarborough continued. "With the dotted line," Halperin added. "He's ready," chimed in Geist.
As Americans all across the country celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth, it's worth remembering when the 40th President honored the centennial of the man who took on FDR.
On September 06, 1987, NBC Nightly News anchor Garrick Utley recounted Reagan's visit to Topeka, Kansas to recognize the 100th birthday of Alf M. Landon. In 1936, the then-Kansas governor ran against Franklin Roosevelt and lost every state but Vermont and Maine. But, as Utley asserted, "Landon survived defeat well."
An apparently liberal theatre group in Madison, Wisconsin, is playing victim in response to pushback they’ve gotten for putting on a play that has liberal grad students murdering “right-wingers.” Hey, we take jabs at the Left, too, or so goes the claim.
The brewing controversy over Planned Parenthood officials being caught on video trying to help cover up potential sex crimes is being tamped down by one Stuart Schear, their vice president for communications. On CNN, he kept denouncing pro-lifers for being "very extreme" and opposing "health care" for women.
It may surprise no one, but Schear is a veteran of the liberal media, having spent five years as a producer for Jim Lehrer at the PBS NewsHour and a year at NBC News. He also spent a year on the Bill Clinton White House staff. From the Planned Parenthood press release last year:
The potentially democratic developments in Egypt inspired geopolitical musings from Rosie O'Donnell on her Sirius/XM radio show on Thursday. Predictably, what most offends Rosie in the current environment is her usual emphasis: America should never lecture about democracy and so on, because we aren't better than anyone else:
When we only judge other nations about their human-rights violations and don't really look at our own, when we don't spend the time on the news talking about the problems in American culture and what the results of them have been on our children, on our society...Things like the homeless rate, the divorce rate...corporate corruption...what we are guilty of here. We only look at someone else and say, 'Look at what's wrong with their culture'...I think it puts us in a really ethnocentric blind spot.
Rosie O'Donnell is now listing divorce and homelessness in the category of "human rights violations" -- defining "rights" down to get over our "really ethnocentric blind spot." (Would this make Rosie's "divorce" from Kelly Carpenter a human-rights violation?)
As NewsBusters previously reported, CNBC's Rick Santelli was very disappointed by Friday's jobs report from the Labor Department showing a surprising decline in the unemployment rate to 9.0 percent.
Disappointing is hardly the word I would use for buried inside the numbers was another huge decline in the size of the American labor force that should have economists and government officials fearing for our ability to ever balance our budget or be able to fund our rising expenditures without issuing more and more debt.
As the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Employment Situation Summary stated (emphasis added):
Guess the post-Tucson kumbayah period is officially over. So much for "civility." On his MSNBC show this evening, a vainglorious Cenk Uygur, speaking of conservatives, boasted "I'm going to rip 'em apart."
What set Cenk off, supposedly, was his righteous anger at the right over its criticism of Pres. Obama's handling of Egypt. Whatever.
On Wednesday, the inarguably correct Mark Levin, aided by flashbacks to monologues earlier in the week, laid out in detail the rule of law standoff the Obama administration has created in choosing to defy Monday's federal court decision declaring Obamacare null and void and continuing its implementation as if the ruling doesn't exist.
In the process, he also ripped in to the clear establishment press double standard at work.
Choice excerpts follow (internal links added by me; bolds refer to media-related comments; the rest is important for grasping just how serious this is):
The popular video sharing web site YouTube is threatening to censor a new video that exposes how a Planned Parenthood center in New jersey aided and assisted actors in an undercover investigation with sexual trafficking of minors.
The video has received national attention and more than 230,000 plays at YouTube but the video site claims a “privacy violation” occurred and is demanding that Live Action, the pro-life group that conducted the sting operation, take it down. The group also released a second videoshowing more sex trafficking coverup at a Virginia Planned Parenthood abortion clinic.
All of the videos put out by Live Action on their Planned Parenthood stings are up on Eyeblast.tv right now including the video YouTube is threatening to pull off their site. You can see them all, including the one YouTube is threatening to remove, over at Eyeblast.tv's blog, The Blast.
We've also embedded the edited video of the January 13 sting at the Perth Amboy, N.J. Planned Parenthood below:
Apparently the Fox entertainment network, which will broadcast Super Bowl XLV on Sunday, rejected an ad for LookUp316.com, as in the biblical verse John 3:16, because it "[advances] particular beliefs or practices." [h/t Big Hollywood]
However the ad itself -- see the embedded video below -- doesn't proselytize, it merely depicts a man watching a football game looking up "John 3:16" on his smart phone's Web browser after seeing the verse referenced in a player's eye black.
"LookUp316.com: A Message of Hope," reads the commercial's closing frames.