Matthews to Dem Candidate: I Hope Your Party Gets Organized and Wins T

September 2nd, 2010 6:55 PM
It's no secret that Chris Matthews once flirted with the idea of running for Senate in Pennsylvania, but since he didn't throw his hat into that race, the Hardball host, on Thursday night, did everything he could to help Joe Sestak beat Republican Pat Toomey, as he urged: "I hope your party gets organized up there, because the Democratic Party of Ed Rendell and you and all those other guys…

Time's Grunwald on Sestak Job Offer: 'Criminally Stupid, Not Criminal

May 27th, 2010 11:57 AM
Imagine if, in 2004, Karl Rove had offered then-Rep. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) a cushy administration post if only he dropped his primary challenge of then-Republican Sen. Arlen Specter, whom the Bush White House was backing for reelection. Surely the media would merely smell "stupid politics" rather then the stench of corruption and complain that Democrats making hay of the matter were…

Time's Newton-Small: 'Toomey/Sestak Race Starts Ugly

May 20th, 2010 3:34 PM
The general election campaign for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania between Republican Pat Toomey and Democrat Joe Sestak has started "ugly," according to Jay Newton-Small. In her May 20 Swampland blog post, the Time magazine staffer offered as evidence the former's press conference yesterday in which:[H]e spent much of the speech blasting Sestak. In his 7-minute opening remarks he said “I”…

CNN’s Sanchez on the Concept of Freedom in Specter Aftermath: 'What

April 28th, 2009 5:17 PM
Leave it to CNN host Rick Sanchez to unintentionally give us a moment of comedy in an afternoon cable news broadcast. On "CNN Newsroom" on April 28, Sanchez interviewed Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., about the departure of Sen. Arlen Specter, Pa., from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party. He asked the senator from South Carolina if Specter was correct in his analysis that the…

CNN Story About Specter Attack Ad Fails to Mention Embarrassing Recall

April 8th, 2009 10:02 PM
Welcome to the Political Reporting 101 class, boys and girls. Please break out your notebooks because today we will be covering examples of poor political reporting. And the first such example is this report from CNN. It is about the Senator Arlen Specter campaign which is so worried about their prospects in next year's primary election that they are already running attack ads against someone who…