NewsBusters Weekly Recap: May 12 to May 18
After Rosie O’Donnell leaves "The View" next month, where will Americans go for bizarre 9/11 conspiracy theories? On Monday, the comedienne reiterated her theory that fire couldn’t possibly melt steel. The ABC host also agreed that she has a "cult personality." A few days later, O’Donnell was at it again, comparing the United States to terrorists. Liberal co-host Joy Behar also found a Republican presidential candidate she can finally embrace...Congressman Ron Paul.
"This Week" anchor George Stephanopoulos displayed his usual high level of objectivity when he assumed that the only racists who would have a problem with Obama are Republicans (and they wouldn’t vote for a Democrat anyway). Yes, it’s a good thing that liberals don’t use cheap generalizations.
Many people found GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s jibe, that Congress spends money "like John Edwards at a beauty shop," to be quite witty and amusing. Not Chris Matthews, however. He described the comment, uttered at a Republican presidential debate, as "stupid," "embarrassing" and "pandering." He also assailed the "negative campaign" of the GOP front-runners. If only they could be like those cheery, happy media types.
You may have heard the evolving media myth that the press acted as a lapdog for President Bush prior to the Iraq war? Well, this theory has the unfortunate aspect of not being true, as the MRC’s Rich Noyes pointed out. Don’t expect members of the media to stop reciting it, however.
So, who does CNN bring on to discuss the death of the Reverend Jerry Falwell? Well, it seems as though the network decided that angry atheist Christopher Hitchens would be the right man. He proceeded to label Fallwell a "bully," a "fraud" and an "ugly toad."