CNN hired Michelle Kosinski – primarily seen on NBC’s Today – as their new White House correspondent, alongside Jim Acosta. “Kosinski’s vast experience covering both domestic and international affairs will be particularly valuable as she covers the administration,” said their press release.
But Kosinski’s beat was usually light and airy like a morning show demands. Working out of London recently, she was on beats like the "Royal Baby Watch."
For any media critic keeping score on whether NBC is cutting corners to be kind to help their Russian hosts, the sports-journalism blog Deadspin reports that International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach made a statement during the Opening Ceremonies that included a not-so-veiled punch at the Russians and their speech-squashing “gay propaganda” law, telling the athletes it’s possible to live together in harmony “with tolerance and without any form of discrimination for whatever reason.”
“Viewers worldwide heard the statement; NBC viewers in the U.S. did not, because the network edited it out.” Bach said in part:
Billionaire David Rubenstein recently announced he was donating $1 million to PBS superstation WETA (based in Arlington, Virginia). WETA is telling its members that this should be considered "Patriotic Philanthropy." Rubinstein is a lifelong Democrat who served four years as a domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter.
"I think all philanthropy in many ways is to be thought of as patriotic because generally when you're helping your fellow man, you're helping your country," Rubenstein said. No one considered what a dramatic clash that is with leftist bilge on PBS, like Bill Moyers asserting in 2003 that wearing U.S. flag pins reminds him of communist China:
As a proud Texas Democrat--OK, as a proud conservative blogger living in Texas--I am subscribed to the email list for Wendy Davis' campaign for governor. I received the campaign's latest missive this morning, from campaign manager Karin Johanson.
The email was entitled "What Karl Rove said about Wendy." Can't fault the fundraising strategy behind the headline. Include the name of the left's favorite Texas bogeyman. Check. Suggest lurid details designed to lure the reader in. Check. There was just one problem: the message never states "what Karl Rove said about Wendy." It claims that Rove is "attacking her," that he's part of an effort "to drag Wendy through the mud," that Rove "doesn't care" about women's stories. And of course the email asks for $$ to help fight these "attacks." But when it comes to stating "what Rove said"? Nada! View the email and more after the jump.
Labor Secretary Tom Perez appeared on NPR's Diane Rehm Show on Wednesday and spent most of his hour defending Obamacare. Rehm suggested there was staunch opposition to Obamacare, which may not be based on facts: "this is a question that doesn't so much have to do with facts as impressions. Why do you believe Republicans and some Democrats have been so opposed to the Affordable Care Act?"
Perez said denying "self-sufficiency" to uninsured people is "not America," then went on to slam conservatives -- and Ronald Reagan in particular, twice -- for being on "the wrong side of history," just like they were on Medicare.
What do you mean "us," Kemosabe? If Howard Dean wants to push a job-killing agenda of higher taxes and other redistributionist claptrap, that's his business. But could he please spare us the faux populism?
In an email Dean sent out earlier today touting the "Inequality For All" house parties his DFA group is organizing [and what sounds like more fun than getting together to gripe about what other people have?], Dean wrote [emphasis added]: "These 'Inequality for All' Watch Parties are just the kind of action we need to start leveling the playing field between the 1% and the rest of us." After the jump, view the record of just what a member in good standing of the 1% Howard Dean really is.
Via JimRomenesko.com, two journalism students in Boston have created a game called "Journalist Guest Speaker Cliche Bingo" full of repetitive phrases they're tired of hearing. Kyle Clauss Kyle Clauss wrote: “My roommate [Alex Reimer] and I are students at Boston University’s College of Communication. We’ve listened to our fair share of self-righteous, out-of-touch journalist guest speakers, so we created this bingo board. Thought you and your readers might appreciate it.”
These include some liberal classics: "Lame jab at Fox News," "Bemoans corporatization of media," and "How many of you read The New York Times? GOOD."
Of all the stories written about the tragedy of the life of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman being cut short by heroin, the most bizarre has to be the article written by Lee "Sockpuppet" Siegel at the New Yorker. Unbelievably Siegel has actually found an upside to Hoffman's heroin addiction. He claims that it helped Hoffman's performances. I kid you not.
Here is Siegel coming close to glorifying substance abuse: "...the brute, ugly fact might also be that the poison was his elixir." If you think this quote was taken out of context, here is the entire paragraph which almost sounds like a paean to the artistic advantages of battling the demons of drug addiction:
Jerry Seinfeld forged a stand-up career by avoiding R-rated routines, preferring observational gags to F-bombs and sexual puns. He didn't push anyone's buttons. He just made people laugh.
Yet the Seinfeld star said something so politically incorrect Monday that it could have reverberations across the comedy landscape. He answered charges that both his signature sitcom and his new online series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, don't feature enough comics of color.
Liberals have become obsessed with raising the mandated minimum wage, the better to divert attention from the minimal competence of the Obama administration.
Appearing yesterday on Ed Schultz's radio show, Ruth Conniff, political editor of the Progressive magazine, apparently forgot that her remarks would be broadcast over the airwaves when the two were discussing the left's most recent flailing attempt to change the subject.(Audio after the jump)
New York Times columnist Ross Douthat could hardly be considered a conservative in the mold of, say, a Ted Cruz. Most often he has reflected the "conservativism" of fellow New York Times columnist David Brooks who last summer came out in strong support for the Senate immigration bill.
Therefore it was a very pleasant surprise that Douthat broke with his fellow "conservative" columnist by recently denouncing the Republican establishment push to pass an immigration bill this year as "perverse":
John Merline at Investor’s Business Daily reported Monday that the hot media topics of income inequality and immigration are “are wildly out of touch with the American public, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll.”
When asked which should be a top priority of the president and Congress, 49 percent said the economy and jobs. Another 16 percent picked the national debt, and nine percent named national security. Just 6 percent picked either immigration or income inequality:
TV Newser reported that Hillary Clinton got into the act of mocking Fox News in a Super Bowl tweet at 8:44 pm on Sunday night. Poor Hillary can't stand there's a news channel that holds Democrats accountable for their scandals and their botched attempts at "health care for all."
The tweet said, "It’s so much more fun to watch FOX when it’s someone else being blitzed & sacked!" This is a little too football-hip for a woman that's more a fan of NOW than the NFL.
A reporter for The Daily Texan, the student newspaper for the University of Texas, got it right when calling abortion supporters what they are – “pro-abortion” – five times in an article about a counter-demonstration held during the annual pro-life Texas Rally for Life on January 24.
The term even made the article’s headline. [see below page break for image]
Yesterday my colleague Scott Whitlock noted how the CBS This Morning program had sidestepped a controversy in Hollywood regarding the revocation of an Oscar nomination for a song featured in a Christian-produced motion picture titled Alone Yet Not Alone. Academy officials charge it was improperly promoted
But apparently not every liberal media outlet is ignoring the story. Some, like the Daily Beast are covering it in order to revel in the news and to smear the folks who produced the film.
Back in 2005, ABC started the second Bush term by creating a drama called “Commander In Chief” starring Geena Davis as Mackenzie Allen, the first female president. USA Today reported actress Sara Rue summed “up the opinions of the mostly Democratic Hollywood crowd” when she declared: “We all thought of Hillary Clinton when we heard they were making this show. I hope it takes off!" It didn’t. It only lasted one season.
Nine years, later CBS has approved a pilot for “Madam Secretary,” starring Tea Leoni as a “maverick female Secretary of State” who “balances a complex family life.” There’s no word on whether “complex” means wildly adulterous husband. The Hollywood Reporter elaborated:
In 2007, Senator David Vitter was implicated in a prostitution ring involving the infamous “D.C. Madam.” Since then the senator apologized to his wife and family as well as the citizens of Louisiana, who, apparently, forgave him, as attested to their reelecting him to the U.S. Senate.
But that didn’t stop The Times-Picayune from publishing a story recently which selectively quoted from Family Research Council president Tony Perkins -- himself a former Republican member of the Louisiana House of Representatives -- in such a way as to suggest that the "far right" -- their words -- social conservative leader was opposed to Vitter's candidacy.
The PJ Tatler recently reported on the case of Larry Brinkin, for many years an “icon” on the Human Rights Commission in San Francisco: “A former high-ranking San Francisco government employee convicted of felony possession of child pornography will continue to receive his government pension because, according to city regulations, evidence of ‘moral turpitude’ is required to revoke a pension yet viewing violent kiddie porn does not qualify as moral turpitude." (Emphasis theirs.)
Michael Chapman of CNSNews.com also noted shocking racist remarks in Brinkin’s e-mails about "nailing" black toddlers. The media that loves riffing on pedophile Catholic priests have done nothing on this pedophile story. But 25 years ago, Brinkin was hailed as a gay-rights hero for instituting the “domestic partnership” rules in San Francisco.