In an interview with Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus on MSNBC’sThe Daily Rundown on Thursday, host and incoming Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd proposed a cause for the GOP’s difficulty in attracting women voters: “…do the arguments about contraception end up…putting the party on mute with those same women voters who may like your economic proposals but say, ‘You know what? There’s just too many crazy white guys who have crazy theories about my reproductive system and I’m not listening.'” Priebus rejected the notion: “No, I don’t think that’s the case at all.” Todd continued, this time imagining the thoughts of Hispanic voters: “And Hispanics, same thing. Hispanics who maybe on some social issues would be with you, but the immigration talk says, ‘You know what? I can’t trust because they’ve got a whole bunch of crazy guys that talk crazy on immigration.’ Isn’t that an issue?”
Appearing on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on Thursday afternoon, Jeanne Cummings, Deputy Managing Editor for Bloomberg News, decided to attack the GOP over their supposed problem with female voters. The Bloomberg reporter argued that the GOP has “moved the abortion debate into birth control. This is a huge step where women — that’s a threshold issue for women. That’s about birth control, controlling your life. This is being in control of your life. And they want to talk about taking that away? That’s a whole different conversation than abortion.”
Ed Show Guest: Former NFL Coach Mike Ditka Was a ‘Segregation-Era’ Player Who Dictated ‘His Will’ to ‘Black Players’
To close out his MSNBC show on Thursday, Ed Schultz invited on a Native American social activist to discuss the push by liberals and sympathetic members of the sports media to force the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change their name. In discussing recent supporters of the name in Sarah Palin and former NFL coach and player Mike Ditka, author and Native American activist Gyasi Ross smeared Ditka for being a “segregation-era football player who became, appropriately, a coach of – of a team – a team – an NFL team that was comprised largely of black players that he could dictate his will to.”
Despite a Thursday New York Post report that President Obama’s upcoming Labor Day weekend fundraising junket would shut down airspace across the northeast and hurt business for local pilots, neither NBC’s Today nor ABC’s Good Morning America covered the controversy. CBS This Morning offered a mere 18-second news brief on the topic. This Morning fill-in co-host Vinita Nair informed viewers: “…the FAA is forcing no-fly zones beginning Friday. That includes grounding sea planes from the Hamptons to Nantucket. One company says it is a major hit on their busiest weekend of the year.”
As reported on Tuesday night, two of the three major broadcast networks covered a new report from the Office of the Inspector General at the Department of Veterans Affairs on the scandal-ridden agency and its Phoenix VA hospital that led to a nationwide investigation of delayed wait times and secret waiting lists. While the coverage was mixed with ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer completely omitting the story, the coverage in print and online sources such as Politico, the Associated Press, and The Washington Post completely missed the boat.
World News anchor and long-time ABC journalist Diane Sawyer signed off for the last time on Wednesday night. The host’s final show included a music montage as she offered a behind the scenes look at how the program is created. Sawyer praised World News as “the flagship broadcast of ABC where Peter Jennings created a signature of such curiosity and courage.” Talking to viewers, Sawyer said of the people behind her show: “Determination and the certainty of purpose: They’re doing it for you.” Sawyer joined ABC in 1989 and if there’s been one constant during her long career, it’s been fawning, credulous reporting on dictators.