House Dem Sues IRS in Bid to Clamp Down on 501c4 Groups; WashPost Does

August 21st, 2013 7:02 PM
Former Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee chairman Rep. Chris Van Hollen is filing a federal lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service, alleging that IRS guidelines for 501(c)(4) organizations distort federal law and thereby encourage 501(c)(4) "social welfare" groups to heavily engage in political speech, contrary to statutory requirements that a 501(c)(4) exist solely…

CBS Hypes 'Millions...Harmed By the Sequester Wondering What Washingto

April 29th, 2013 12:58 PM
On Monday's CBS This Morning, Chip Reid forwarded the talking points of "some Democrats [who] say less vocal victims of the budget slashing have been left out in the cold ". Reid asserted that "millions of Americans harmed by the sequester [are] wondering what Washington plans to do for them" after Congress expedited the passage of a bill that ended the furloughs of air…

Ed Schultz Suckered by Bogus Story That Tagg Romney Owns Voting Machin

October 25th, 2012 6:35 PM
My condolences, Ed. I know how much you wanted to believe this was true -- how much you needed to believe it's true. Not only that, you claimed on your radio show that it was accurate, and more than once, only to learn -- from a political ally! -- that it wasn't. Such are the seldom-felt joys of slogging through left-wing media. (audio clips after page break)

CNN's O'Brien Gushes Over Raddatz, Defends Boorish VP Biden

October 12th, 2012 5:08 PM
On this morning’s edition of CNN’s Starting Point, host Soledad O’ Brien praised vice presidential debate moderator Martha Raddatz for her “commanding” performance last night.  A performance that demonstrated that she too is in the running for the Vice Presidency of the United States. It took O’Brien less than five minutes to compliment Raddatz’s…

Chris Matthews Slams Paul Ryan Budget as 'Screwing' Needy People

August 11th, 2012 8:45 PM
On a special Saturday edition of Hardball, MSNBC host Chris Matthews twice claimed that Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's budget "screws" needy people. During a segment with Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen, as he asked what it was like to work with Rep. Ryan as his colleague, the MSNBC host asserted that the plan "really screws the people who desperately need Medicare and programs…

In Dem Budget Infighting, No 'Civil War' Labels From Media

April 13th, 2011 1:16 PM
This week marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. But there's another "civil war" of sorts on the horizon, this one between the ultra-liberal wing of the Democratic Party, which has thus far steadfastly refused to accept cuts to entitlement programs in the name of fiscal solvency, and the party's more moderate members (which include, amazingly, President…

Schieffer Scolds McConnell for Claiming Obama Isn’t Serious About Bu

March 6th, 2011 9:47 PM
Bob Schieffer on Sunday scolded Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) for saying President Obama wasn't serious about the budget. Two weeks ago, the "Face the Nation" host made the very same observation in a discussion with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) (video follows with transcripts and commentary):

Matthews to Democrat: What Percentage of Republicans Would You Put In

July 12th, 2010 7:04 PM
Chris Matthews, on Monday's Hardball, brought on his own personal congressman, Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen, to review how his party was going to distinguish themselves from the GOP in the midterms with Matthews asking the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee head if they were focusing on all the "crazy" Republicans, or in other words "nut collecting." Matthews, …

Former FEC Commissioners: Free Speech Under Politically-motivated Assa

May 19th, 2010 1:34 PM
Eight former Federal Elections Commissioners today blasted proponents of a Senate bill that would "blunt" the Citizens United v. FEC Supreme Court decision, which allowed unions and corporations to spend freely on political advertisements.Writing in the Wall Street Journal, the Commissioners called the bill "unnecessary, partially duplicative of existing law, and severely…

Another Media Double Standard: Dems Also Use 'Target Maps' for Electio

April 1st, 2010 2:55 PM
As we've reported here at NewsBusters, the mainstream media has been in a tizzy over Sarah Palin's potentially violence-engendering "target map" for the upcoming midterm elections.Of course, what the liberal media isn't telling you is that the Democratic Leadership Council used similar "target maps" in the 2004 election. Verum Serum blogged about this yesterday morning (h/t…

Chris Matthews Accuses Republicans of 'Criminal' Incitement

March 24th, 2010 6:27 PM
Does Chris Matthews want Republican congressmen arrested? On Wednesday's Hardball he actually posed that possibility to Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen, as he blamed GOP rhetoric for causing vandalism of Democratic offices as he asked Van Hollen: "Would you say that this incitement, from the Republican leadership is criminal?" After relaying reports of Democrats receiving death…

ABC Dismisses the Idea That 2010 Will Be Trouble for Dems: 'A Tempest

February 16th, 2010 12:56 PM
Good Morning America on Sunday derided the idea that Democratic retirements in Congress spell bad news for the party in 2010. John Hendren, a day before Evan Bayh announced he's leaving the Senate, dismissed, "But, for now, despite all the passionate, anti-incumbent tea parties, the math suggests limited changes on Capitol Hill. A tempest in a teapot." [Audio available here.] Democratic…

Gregory to Obama Rep: Isn't It Risky To Raise Taxes

October 28th, 2008 8:58 PM
Jeff Cohen, founder of FAIR—a self-described progressive media watch group—now a professor of independent media at Ithaca College, invited me to address his class of student bloggers this afternoon.  Asked to name some of the fairer MSM journalists, I included David Gregory on my short list.  That could understandably come as a surprise to those who remember Gregory from his days as NBC's chief…