On Tuesday night, the three major broadcast networks omitted from their coverage on the Islamic group ISIS a report that President Barack Obama has received briefings on the terrorist organization “for at least a year before the group seized large swaths of territory over the summer.” ABC, CBS, and NBC all led their evening newscasts with multiple segments on the gruesome murder of American journalist Stephen Sotloff at the hands of ISIS in a propaganda video released on Tuesday afternoon. Over on the Fox News Channel (FNC), Special Report with Bret Baier, Catherine Herridge cited “a former Pentagon official” who said that what the President received in the President’s Daily Brief (PDB) on intelligence matters was “strong and ‘granular’ in detail” regarding the threat ISIS posed.
On Monday’s Morning Joe, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski felt sorry for President Obama and all the crises overseas that he is currently facing: “You look at just the President, and the incoming on foreign policy crises, I think it’s possibly unprecedented, except for extreme times of war.” Moments earlier, the morning newscast played a montage of video clips looking back at all the tumultuous events from the summer. Joe Scarborough expressed his disbelief at the amount of chaos, while Brzezinski replied to the mash-up by setting up her lament for the chief executive.
Some of the country’s biggest newspapers avoided highlighting Barack Obama’s “we don’t have a strategy” comment in their headlines on Friday. The President made the remark in response to questions about how he will deal with Islamic militants in Syria. Yet, although this seemed to be the main takeaway from Thursday’s news conference, the New York Times chose this bland headline: “Obama Urges Calm in Face of Crises in Ukraine and Syria.” USA Today opted to focus on Russia with the banner headline. Regarding the Middle East, the paper redirected: “Poll: Amid foreign crises, more Americans support U.S. action.” A smaller box off to the far left read: “No Strategy Yet in Syria, Obama Says.”
Letting a nine-year-old fire an Uzi, a firearm whose kick was clearly too much to handle for someone of that age, was a terrible decision that led to the death of an Arizona gun instructor. Responsible gun owners, like the National Review’s Charles Cooke, recognized it as an easily avoidable tragedy. But to Geraldo Rivera that tragic accident was an excuse to go after everybody’s gun rights, even responsible citizens, as he attacked the Second Amendment as “blind and stupid.”