NBC: ‘Has Hillary Clinton Put the Controversy Behind Her?'

October 23rd, 2015 10:37 AM
On Friday’s NBC Today, hosts and correspondents hoped Hillary Clinton had brushed aside her scandals after testimony before the House Benghazi Committee on Thursday. At the top of the show, co-host Savannah Guthrie proclaimed: “Marathon on the 11-hour day on Benghazi....Has Hillary Clinton put the controversy behind her?”

MSNBC’s Capehart Gushes Over Hillary’s ‘Brilliant’ Voting Speech

June 7th, 2015 9:13 AM
On Saturday’s Up w/ Steve Kornacki, liberal Washington Post columnist and MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart heaped praise on Hillary Clinton after she attacked the Republican Party over voting rights. Capehart proclaimed Clinton’s speech “politically it’s a brilliant move. For her base it’s a brilliant move. And also, just as an American, it’s a brilliant move.”

MSNBC Talks Up Socialist Bernie Sanders’ Presidential Announcement

May 26th, 2015 4:45 PM
Contrary to when Ted Cruz announced he was seeking the presidency, the extremist label has hardly been applied to self-avowed Democratic-Socialist Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as he prepared to launch his 2016 campaign with an event in Vermont. While the mainstream press frequently labeled Cruz radical, dangerous, and slimy, no such words were used to describe the Vermont Senator on the May 26 edition…

MSNBC's Kornacki Quite Critical of Hillary's E-Mail Handling

March 17th, 2015 9:06 PM
"[T]he thing that drives me nuts" about Hillary Clinton's response to the e-mail controversy, MSNBC's Steve Kornacki noted on Tuesday's Hardball, is that she won't admit that the public would be better off had she used a State Department e-mail account from day one of her tenure at Foggy Bottom. Instead, the Hardball guest host lamented, Clinton's out there insisting it was simply a "matter of…

Matthews: Boehner Tried to 'Sneak' Netanyahu Into Country

February 18th, 2015 8:21 PM
Railing against Speaker Boehner's decision to invite Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on his concerns about Iran, Hardball host Chris Matthews sneered that the Ohio Republican essentially attempted to "sneak" the Israeli Prime Minister into the country with the president completely unawares, and that all to curry favor with "crazy right-wing" evangelical Christians. But of course the facts…

Fineman: Some Disapproving Amnesty Probably Think It's Not Far Enough

November 20th, 2014 7:40 PM
Wildly spinning a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showing just 38 percent support President Obama's planned executive amnesty while 48 percent oppose it, Huffington Post's Howard Fineman offered that it's possible "some" of those opposed are against it from Obama's left, thinking it doesn't go far enough.

Even MSNBC Won’t Support Controversial Wendy Davis Wheelchair Ad

October 12th, 2014 10:59 AM
Last week, Wendy Davis, the Democratic Party candidate for governor of Texas, aired a controversial ad attacking her opponent, Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, depicting him as an empty wheelchair who had turned his back on disabled people in Texas. Despite MSNBC doing everything it could to promote Ms. Davis, her latest attack ad appeared indefensible for the “Lean Forward” network. On…

Karen Finney: Wendy Davis Abortion Will ‘Resonate With Moderate Women'

September 7th, 2014 4:15 PM
It seems as though MSNBC is still trying to find a weekend use for Karen Finney after canceling her show. Finney, former DNC communications director and board member of NARAL, appeared on Up w/ Steve Kornacki on Saturday, September 7, to comment on news that Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis had an abortion 18 years ago.    The former MSNBC host insisted that Davis’ abortion story could…

MSNBC's Kornacki Clams Up as Guest Calls Michael Brown Death 'Murder

August 23rd, 2014 9:55 AM
Dial MSNBC for Murder . . . The Lean Forward network is the place to go if that's the way you want to hear the death of Michael Brown described.  On August 12th, NB'S Ken Shepherd noted that Chris Hayes didn't utter a peep of protest when a Missouri state senator called Brown's death an "execution-style" killing.  Three days later on MSNBC, Luke Russert called Brown's death "murder" before…

'Hardball' Panel Carps About 'Blame Obama First' GOP for Whom Politic

July 21st, 2014 8:50 PM
During the Bush era, the Left were wont to remind us that "dissent is patriotic" and being intensely critical of the president was a hallmark of a vibrant democracy, especially on matters of foreign policy and national defense. But in the Obama Era, especially in a crucial midterm election year, well, not so much. On the July 21 Hardball, guest host Steve Kornacki brought on Mother Jones…

Bob Costas Slams NBC For Insisting Donald Sterling Represents Larger R

July 6th, 2014 10:16 AM
Bob Costas, liberal sportscaster for NBC, had some harsh words for his own network’s handling of the Donald Sterling controversy earlier this year.  Costas appeared on MSNBC’s Up w/ Steve Kornacki on Saturday, July 5 and mocked the idea that there was widespread debate over the appropriateness of Sterling’s racist comments. The NBC sports anchor argued that “when people say, well, this is an…

Typical: 'Hardball' Features GOP Strategist Warning Party It Risks Los

July 1st, 2014 8:46 PM
You may recall how, on Monday's Hardball, guest Michelle Bernard held forth with her view that the Hobby Lobby ruling would help Democrats rope in massive numbers of women voters in the 2016 presidential cycle.  Well, tonight, perhaps to build on that theme, guest host Steve Kornacki moderated a discussion segment featuring Democratic pollster Margie Onero and McCain presidential campaign…

MSNBC Contributor Michelle Bernard: Hobby Lobby Ruling Will Drive Wome

June 30th, 2014 9:35 PM
The Hobby Lobby ruling will be a blessing in disguise for Democrats, possibly this November but most certainly for 2016. That's the argument put forward by two MSNBC contributors on Hardball this evening, Washington Post columnist Melinda Henneberger and Michelle Bernard of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics, & Public Policy. "I see this ruling as, definitely on the political front,…

MSNBC Guest: When Black People Vote For Republicans, 'Tea Partiers Get

June 26th, 2014 11:15 AM
On the June 25 edition of Hardball, fill-in host Steve Kornacki and his guests discussed the implications of Thad Cochran’s surprising upset of Chris McDaniel in the Mississippi GOP Senate runoff. The panel mocked the Tea Party’s outrage at Thad Cochran over his courting of Democratic voters in the primary. Kornacki laughed off Chris McDaniel’s assertion that the outcome was unbecoming of…