NBC's Lauer Grills Bob Gates on 'Dangerous or Dishonorable' Criticism

January 13th, 2014 9:18 AM
During a live interview with former Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Monday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer suggested that criticism of President Obama in Gates's new memoir was endangering American troops overseas: "As this criticism is leveled by you in the book of the commander-in-chief, the acting commander-in-chief, at a time when some 40,000 U.S. troops are in harm's way, do you think that…

Networks Play Up Robert Gates's 'Devastating Critique' of Obama, Biden

January 8th, 2014 7:36 PM
ABC, CBS, and NBC ballyhooed former Defense Secretary Robert Gates's attacks on President Obama and other high government officials on their Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning newscasts. NBC's Brian Williams and CBS's Norah O'Donnell also trumpeted the former Cabinet official's "devastating critique" of the President in his upcoming memoir. All three networks also played up Gates's self-…

NBC: Ungrateful Bob Gates 'Blindsided' White House With 'Blistering Ne

January 8th, 2014 3:52 PM
At the top of Wednesday's NBC Today, co-host Matt Lauer portrayed former Defense Secretary Robert Gates as an ungrateful and disgruntled ex-employee: "Blindsided. President Obama's former Defense Secretary Robert Gates takes on his old boss – the man who awarded him the Medal of Freedom – in a blistering new memoir. This morning, what may have made him turn?" [Listen to the audio or watch the…

WashPost's Cillizza Dutifully Spins Robert Gates's Damning Revelation

January 8th, 2014 3:15 PM
Former Bush and Obama Secretary of Defense Robert Gates generally speaks warmly of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in his forthcoming memoir. But there is one passage in which he expresses his dismay at Clinton admitting that the reason she opposed President Bush's troop surge in Iraq was strictly political rather than based on a genuine disagreement with the policy. But fear not,…

MSNBC.com Article Omits Gates Criticism of Hillary in New Book

January 8th, 2014 1:49 PM
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates recently wrote a tell-all book that slams Congress, President Obama, and several members of the Obama administration. Over at msnbc.com, Sarah Muller highlighted some of Gates’ criticisms in a Tuesday article. However, Muller did not mention Gates’ major criticism of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In fact, Muller outright lied when she wrote…

Former Defense Secretary Gates Recommends 'Some Check' on President La

February 10th, 2013 10:08 AM
Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday that there should be "some check on the ability of a president" to launch a drone strike on Americans. Speaking on CNN's State of the Union, Gates recommended "a panel of three judges or one judge or something that would give the American people confidence that there was, in fact, a compelling case to launch an attack against an American…

CBS's Rose Lets Axelrod Forward White House Denial on National Securit

June 11th, 2012 2:27 PM
Charlie Rose deferred to Obama campaign adviser David Axelrod on Monday's CBS This Morning regarding the controversy over several recent national security leaks. Axelrod repeatedly denied that the leaks came from the administration. Rose didn't challenge his guest's talking point, even though former Defense Secretary Robert Gates indicated that White House officials went "out in public with…

CBS's Rose Fishes For 'High Marks' For Obama From Robert Gates

May 16th, 2012 12:40 PM
Charlie Rose desperately tried to find confirmation from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates on Wednesday's CBS This Morning on whether President Obama is a good commander-in-chief: "You can answer this question as well as anyone I know....do you give President Obama high marks in the national security arena?" Gates exposed Rose's pro-Obama tactic when he laughingly replied, "If I don't, I'm…

Juan Williams Spars With Chris Wallace Over Public Support For Afghani

June 12th, 2011 10:49 PM
Fox News haters love to advance the myth that the network pushes exclusively conservative views and the anchors surround themselves with right-leaning yes men who never question them. On the latest installment of "Fox News Sunday," liberal political analyst Juan Williams challenged host Chris Wallace's view of the public's support for the war in Afghanistan leading to a humorous exchange (…

Newsweek's Evan Thomas: Obama Administration a 'Headless Horse' on Lib

April 1st, 2011 6:28 PM
Newsweek's Evan Thomas on Friday took a swipe at the White House's handling of its operation in Libya. As the subject was raised on PBS's "Inside Washington," Thomas said, "In this case, it’s always hard to know what the Administration is doing because it’s sort of a headless horse" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Chris Wallace Scolds White House for Not Scheduling Clinton and Gates

March 27th, 2011 6:43 PM
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert Gates were featured guests on all the broadcast network Sunday morning shows with the exception of the one on Fox. Host Chris Wallace was clearly unhappy about this, and let his viewers know (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Meet The Press: Hillary Big-Foots Bob Gates

March 27th, 2011 10:58 AM
Was Hillary Clinton defending the Secretary of Defense . . . or jerking him back into line? It was a stunning power play.  On Meet The Press this morning, after Defense Secretary Bob Gates conceded that Libya is not a "vital interest" of the United States--but before he could complete his comments--Hillary cut him off.  She launched into a minute-and-forty-second monologue seeking to justify…

Is a Libyan No-Fly Zone As Difficult As Obama Team Protests It Is? Not

March 9th, 2011 12:24 PM
Calls for a U.S. or NATO-imposed no-fly zone over Libya to aid the fledgling rebellion against dictator Muammar Qadhafi have been met with protests by Obama administration officials that it is a logistical nightmare requiring careful planning and forethought. While that's something to that argument, fears of Libya's air force are way overblown, some retired Air Force officers argue, according…

Matthews: Obama Should Replace Rahm Emanuel With Bloomberg, Gates With

September 3rd, 2010 7:54 PM
Chris Matthews must really be getting tired of watching the man that used to give him tingles up his leg continue to get crushed in the polls, for on Friday he recommended a serious shakeup in the Obama administration.First, he want's Defense Secretary Robert Gates to be replaced by Hillary Clinton."With her at the Pentagon, he would forge confidence in Middle East policy," said the "Hardball"…