A family spokesman for an American who was beheaded in Iraq appeared on CNN, Monday, and slammed the Obama administration's handling of the deaths. Barak Barfi accused the White House of playing a "game of bureaucratic infighting and Jim [Foley] and Steve [Sotloff] are pawns in that game and that's not fair." On Tuesday, ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today showed no interest in the condemnation of the Obama administration.
On Tuesday, ABC's Good Morning America and NBC's Today, offered mere seconds on President Obama's approval rating hitting "near record lows" amid his reluctance to aggressively combat ISIS terrorists. CBS This Morning skipped any mention of the dismal poll numbers for the commander-in-chief.
On Good Morning America, after touting broad public support for the kind of military action against ISIS that Obama would likely announce in a Wednesday night address to the nation, co-host George Stephanopoulos noted: "It comes at a time when he's facing some real popularity problems. We see 56% of the country disapproving of how the President's handling foreign policy." [Listen to the audio]
In the midst of discussing the president's handling of the ISIS insurgency in Iraq and Syria on his Monday evening edition of Hardball, MSNBC's Chris Matthews railed against President Obama's use of the term "homeland" to describe America's home soil. But numerous presidents have used the term "homeland" in speeches, including Matthews's former boss, Jimmy Carter.
"When this administration is falling apart, the media should give it the exact same coverage they gave to George Bush," Media Research Center founder and president Brent Bozell told Fox News Channel substitute host Stuart Varney on the September 8 Your World w/Neil Cavuto. But as a new MRC study shows, they most certainly are not.
On Monday's New Day on CNN, Jonathan Martin of the New York Times and Bloomberg's Margaret Tavel ran to President Obama's defense over his handling of ISIS. Martin hyped that "the President is in a tough spot here....these two beheadings of journalists...have really outraged a lot of folks....and the President is forced to act. But again, there is not any appetite in this country to put ground troops back in that region. And so, the President is somewhat handcuffed."
After attending the NATO summit in Wales, President Obama only managed to convince 9 of the 28 member nations to join the U.S.-led effort to combat the ISIS terror network in Iraq and Syria. Despite such a failure to gain support from America's allies, on Monday's NBC Today, new Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd emphasized how the President wanted "to make this coalition against ISIS...look like the coalition that George H.W. Bush, back in 1990 and '91...put together to go after Saddam Hussein." [Listen to the audio]
Todd never mentioned how far short Obama had fallen of that goal, but asserted: "They don't want like some small coalition of two or three nations where it really is just the United States and a couple of symbolic countries."
After Cosmopolitan magazine announced it would begin endorsing political candidates in the 2014 midterm election, Friday's CBS This Morning eagerly brought on the publication's left-wing editor-in-chief Joanna Coles, who proceeded to push liberal agenda items and bash Republicans. [Listen to the audio]
Co-host Gayle King touted the magazine "going political" and planning to "cover the midterm campaigns with a laser focus on issues it believes are crucial to women." Moments later, Coles made it clear those issues would all be from the left: "...there are two in particular that we feel really strongly about....equal pay for equal work, which you would think in 2014 would be an issue that would already be done....and also access to great health care and to contraception."
“President Obama has undoubtedly gotten a little more gray since the start of his presidency...so now, one late night show tracked down a company looking to cash in,” FNC’s Bret Baier noted on August 27 in setting up a comedy clip from CBS’s Late Show with David Letterman.
MRC president Brent Bozell appeared on The Kelly File on Fox News Channel on Friday night to address how State Department deputy spokesman Marie Harf whacked Fox star Bill O’Reilly on Twitter.
After O’Reilly knocked chief State press aide Jen Psaki as out of her depth of Fox, Harf tweeted that Psaki "explains foreign policy w/ intelligence & class. Too bad we can't say the same about @oreilly factor."
What's a sign that a liberal media outlet has made a disastrous hire? Having fellow Keith Olbermann publicly lambaste you for doing so. The former MSNBC anchor, now on ESPN, assailed Huffington Post for hiring a 9/11 conspiracy theorist to cover national security. An outraged Olbermann quoted the tweets of former football player Donte Stallworth, including this one: "No way 9/11 was carried out by dying bin Laden, 19 men who couldn't fly a damn kite. Still have no evidence Osama was connected, like Iraq."
Olbermann noted that, despite dismissing his own tweets as something that he doesn't believe anymore and that occurred five years ago, Stallworth was tweeting 9/11 truther propaganda nine months ago. The sports anchor mocked, "So, your supposed news website just hired to cover national security a still theoretically active NFL player with no journalism experience, who is a 9/11 truther, supposedly reformed about being a 9/11 truther, but lying about when he reformed."
Despite a combined eight hours of available time, NBC's Today, ABC's Good Morning America and CBS This Morning on Friday ignored a bombshell new book claiming that a CIA official delayed a rescue attempt for the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi. Instead, the networks devoted 66 minutes to the death of Joan Rivers. Two of the co-authors of 13 Hours, men who were on the ground in Benghazi, appeared on Fox News, Thursday and insisted that the delay was deadly.
Bret Baier talked to Kris Paronto and John Tiegen, CIA security operators who told him that a CIA station chief told them to stand down from a rescue attempt for at least 30 minutes. Baier asked point blank: "If I gave you that 30 minutes back, would Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith be alive today?" Paronto responded, "Yes, they would still be alive."
On Friday's CBS This Morning, Jan Crawford spotlighted the latest gun control push by Moms Demand Action. Crawford touted the "striking images" in the group's new ad campaign, which she labeled their "most aggressive attempt yet...to draw attention to what they say are weak gun control laws."