On Sunday, Governor Bobby Jindal (R-La.) sat down with Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd and was repeatedly hit from the left over his refusal to expand Medicaid as part of ObamaCare. Todd began by asking Jindal: “But obviously, expanding Medicaid coverage, you’d have more people off of the uninsured roles in Louisiana if you did it. Why aren’t you doing it?” That contrasted with how he approached HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, lamenting the lack of public appreciation for ObamaCare: “The uninsured rate has dropped by 25 percent. The average premium has gone down for 2015. There’s Medicare solvency has increased. So a bunch of good news. And yet the public’s opinion about the healthcare law hasn’t changed one bit. Still more people think it’s a bad idea than a good idea. Why is that? Why hasn’t success translated?”
It took nine days, but ABC and NBC finally covered the controversial videos of ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber making disparaging remarks about the American voters. Since the first video surfaced, CBS had been the only “big three” (ABC, CBS, and NBC) network to cover the Gruber video, but on Sunday, November 16 ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos and NBC’s Meet the Press briefly mentioned the videos. However, as of this writing, ABC and NBC’s morning and evening newscasts have yet to mention the Gruber controversy once. During an interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd appeared almost apologetic at having to ask his guest about the Gruber videos.
As of Saturday afternoon and a full eight days after the first video of ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber surfaced, major broadcast networks ABC and NBC and the Los Angeles Times have persisted in keeping their audiences in the dark on this story. Over the course of Friday evening and Saturday morning, news outlets that previously had ignored Gruber arrived on the scene included the Associated Press (AP), the print edition of The New York Times, and the online site of USA Today. The New York Times posted a second entry on one of its blog sites (known as The Upshot) and published its first print story on A12 of Saturday’s newspaper.
The blackout of Jonathan Gruber and his ObamaCare deceptions continued on ABC and NBC, Friday morning. CBS allowed a scant 13 seconds to the highly embarrassing videos of the health care law architect’s mockery of the “stupidity of the American voter.” This Morning anchor Charlie Rose relegated the latest on Gruber to the “Eye Opener” segment, a 90 second round-up of what’s happening in the world.
During her Fox Business Network (FBN) show on Friday afternoon, Melissa Francis told viewers that she “was silenced” by executives at CNBC when worked there after she criticized ObamaCare on-air and told viewers that the “math of ObamaCare simply didn’t work.” Speaking in regards to what ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber said about relying on the “stupidity” of voter and the need for lying to get the law passed, Francis opined that while: “It is shocking, but it actually doesn’t surprise me because when I was at CNBC, I pointed out to my viewers that the math of ObamaCare simply didn’t work. Not the politics by the way, just the basic math and when I did that, I was silenced.”
When it comes to political prognosticating, Chuck Todd in 2014 erred repeatedly as he imagined Democratic victories and Republican missteps with conservative legislation. On August 1, the Meet the Press host appeared on MSNBC and speculated, “If November comes and goes and Democrats hold the Senate and break even in the House, I think we’re going to look back at the month of July as the month Republicans lost their shot at the Senate.”
In a scathing article for the Los Angeles Times on Sunday, reporter Robyn Dixon slammed Australia as “The adolescent country. The bit player. The shrimp of the schoolyard.” She contemptuously added: “For Australians it’s not so bad – most of the time – to be so far away, so overlooked, so seemingly insignificant as to almost never factor in major international news. The lifestyle makes up for it.” What garnered the nation so much scorn from Dixon? It’s conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott, whom she accused of creating “an awkward, pimply youth moment so embarrassing” at the recent G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia that it supposedly left a “sting” for all Aussies.
As ABC and NBC continued to censor any mention of the disparaging comments made by ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber from their Thursday night newscasts, CBS aired second story on Gruber with this one (and the other coming from Thursday’sCBS This Morning) airing on the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley. While the report by CBS News national correspondent Wyatt Andrews covered what Gruber said, how Democrats and Republicans have responded, and that he was a paid White House adviser on ObamaCare, Andrews did not attempt to point out the contradiction House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi created Thursday when she denied ever having heard of Gruber when she had in fact praised him in 2009.
In a softball interview with Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy on Thursday, MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell teed up the Obama administration official to dismiss legitimate Republican criticism of the President’s climate deal with China: “I wanted to ask you of course about this major breakthrough with China. And the criticism already from many Republicans….What are you facing as you approach climate deniers…now that you have, you know, the Republicans in charge?” McCarthy predictably defended the agreement as “a big step forward” that was “the result of the leadership of this administration to recognize the need to take quick and prompt and aggressive action on climate.”
All three networks on Thursday covered the abrupt reversal of the United States Senate on the Keystone XL Pipeline. In the wake of the devastating midterm losses last week, Democrats are allowing a vote. NBC’s Today, unlike ABC’s Good Morning America and CBS This Morning, ignored the fact that the vote is a transparent attempt to save Senator Mary Landrieu, currently struggling in a Louisiana runoff election. On Today, Natalie Morales noted that there could be a vote “on a bill to build the controversial pipeline.” After explaining that Barack Obama may still veto it, she added, “The pipeline has been stalled for six years over environmental concerns.” In contrast, GMA’s Amy Robach relayed, “Democrats are no longer blocking the bill. They’re trying to help their colleague, Senator Mary Landrieu win her runoff election.”
At the top of her 12 p.m. ET hour MSNBC show on Wednesday, host Andrea Mitchell cheered President Obama “achieving a landmark climate agreement” with China to restrict carbon emissions: “I know this is going to take place over a long time, but – there are a lot of obstacles ahead, but this still marks a very big change from the stalemate between the U.S. and China…” NBC chief environmental affairs correspondent Anne Thompson could barely contain her excitement: “Absolutely, this is a huge step forward in the transition to a low-carbon economy, Andrea….[it] sends a powerful signal to the business world and the rest of the world….very, very big developments in the battle against climate change.”
During Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News, NBC’s chief environmental affairs correspondent Anne Thompson enthusiastically promoted the global warming agreement between the United States and China that was announced on Wednesday, but fretted that Republicans were “already putting up roadblocks if congressional action is needed.” Anchor Brian Williams hyped that it was “[a] surprise announcement” and “a history making deal” that will “greatly reduce carbon emissions.” Those generous descriptions segued into Thompson’s report as she mentioned that deal between the two nations that were responsible for “producing 39 percent of the world’s greenhouse gases last year.”
All three networks on Wednesday offered excited descriptions about a global warming deal struck with China by the Obama administration. According to Good Morning America’s Jim Avila, the President’s Asian visit was supposed to end with “toasts to the landmark global warming agreement.” In a follow-up story, Amy Robach parroted the President’s claim that it is a “breakthrough climate deal with China.” On CBS This Morning, Norah O’Donnell hyped, “President Obama will arrive in Myanmar this hour after striking a major deal with China on climate change.”
Major broadcast network NBC broke its silence and joined fellow networks ABC and CBS on Wednesday night in covering the news that the Alaska Senate race has been called with Republican challenger Dan Sullivan being declared the winner over Democratic incumbent Senator Mark Begich. NBC Nightly News aired a 23-second news brief on the election result, which gives the GOP at least 53 Senate seats in the next Congress, with a 54th seat possible if Republican Congressman and challenger Bill Cassidy defeats Democratic incumbent Senator Mary Landrieu in the runoff election on December 6 in Louisiana.
ABC, CBS, and NBC’s evening newscasts on Wednesday glossed over the radical left-wing ideology of the Turkish protesters who assaulted three U.S. sailors in Istanbul earlier in the day. ABC’s Martha Raddatz reported that the “the attackers [are] members of an ultra-nationalist group called the Turkish Youth Union, angry at what it calls ‘American imperialism.’” NBC’s Brian Williams underlined that “these were apparently the actions of a fringe group.”
During a discussion on MSNBC’s The Cycle about the disparaging comments ObamaCare architect Jonathan Gruber made about the law’s passage and the “stupidity” of voters, New York Times writer and substitute Cycle co-host Josh Barro sought to defend him by blasting the expectations that Americans have about health care as “completely incoherent” and lying was the only solution to make them happy. Barro told fellow panelists and guest Lauren Fox of National Journal that “what drives me crazy about this story” is “Jonathan Gruber was right. Public opinion on health care policy is just completely incoherent.”
Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director and moderator ofMeet the Press, appeared on NPR’s Diane Rehm Show on Tuesday November 11, to promote his new book The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House. During his appearance, the NBC host defended Obama’s 2008 speech in which then-candidate Obama claimed “bitter Americans” “cling to guns or religion.” Todd argued that Obama’s “just observing the way an anthropologist would observe a society.”
Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director and moderator of Meet the Press, just released his latest book The Stranger: Barack Obama In the White House chronicling the Democrat’s first six years as president. While much of the book details the numerous political battles the administration was engaged in, three excerpts from the book are quite striking. Not only does Chuck Todd concede that MSNBC is openly leftist, the NBC host writes that “perhaps most frustrating to Team Obama was that even their allies weren’t always allies.”
On Monday, the White House announced that President Obama would award the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former NBC Nightly News anchor and current special correspondent Tom Brokaw – among other 2014 recipients. Today news anchor Natalie Morales touted the announcement on Tuesday, noting: “Obama said in a statement, these citizens have made extraordinary contributions to our country and the world.” Brokaw has repeatedly taken the opportunity to boost or defend Barack Obama throughout his presidency. That made it no surprise that the commander-in-chief would want to reward such a loyal media supporter.
Despite the Republicans dramatically retaking the Senate, increasing their majority in the House and upping the number of GOP governors, veteran NBC journalist Tom Brokaw on Tuesday night insisted, “I don’t think that this was a big, ideological election, as much as it was ‘we want to change the team.’” The ex-NBC Nightly News anchor put the responsibility on Republicans: “Will [voters] fall out of love with Republicans that they have elected to office? That all depends on how the Republicans take control of the Senate now and the Congress.” Sounding a bit cranky, Brokaw continued, “Does [Mitch] McConnell back away from repealing, for example, Affordable Care? Will we not hear about Benghazi again for a while and all the other issues that have been coming up?”
Appearing on MSNBC, Tuesday night, for election returns, anchor Andrea Mitchell angrily denounced Republican ads on Ebola as “scary” and “non-factual.” Hardball host Chris Matthews lamented that ISIS terror attacks had dropped off as an election issue: “How did that cease to be an election issue?” This prompted Mitchell to blast Republicans for their Ebola ads: “But it’s not a substantive argument. It’s a scare tactic…by the Republican opponents of Democratic incumbents who tried to focus on ISIS and Ebola in the scariest, most non-factual ways to take the, you know, the eye off the real, the real issues, which were the economy.”
CNN’s Carol Costello hyped how “Republicans have managed to use fear so successfully in these midterm elections” during interviews of two former governors on Tuesday’s CNN Newsroom. Costello contended that “Republicans may be on the verge of winning Senate control – thanks, in large part, to a campaign of fear. If you examine the political ads that many Republican candidates have put out, they don’t extol ideas – but Democrats say they do exploit fear.”
Despite the Republican Party taking control of both houses of Congress as well as winning additional governors races, ABC’s Good Morning America made sure to throw some cold water on the GOP victory. On Wednesday morning, co-host George Stephanopoulos and ABC News Political Analyst Matthew Dowd pushed the line that despite the GOP’s midterm victory “the Republican brand is still very damaged.”
During NBC News’s 10:00 p.m. Eastern midterms elections coverage, NBC News political director and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd emphasized that the 2014 midterms were not a Republican wave, but changed his mind within the hour to stating the possibility that it may indeed be a GOP wave. At 10:04 p.m., Todd told Brian Williams in response to his request to walk through “how the Republican plot line” for the evening has unfolded thus far: “What I would say is that everybody is holding serve. Ok? It’s a good Republican night, but it’s not a wave.” Then, at 10:49 p.m., Todd said this about the current state of affairs of the midterm elections: “I think we’re bordering on calling this a wave election. You have an historic number in the House of Representatives.”
Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Tuesday morning, Politico’s Jim VandeHei absurdly claimed that Republicans would be in big trouble if they took control of the Senate in the midterm election: “…even if Republicans win, I think they’re going to be in a hell of a jam. In that they’re not going to be able to get anything done.” VandeHei predicted Senators like Ted Cruz would be “breathing fire” and that “ultraconservatives” would control the party: “… and it’s what’s gonna make governing almost impossible over the next two years. This happy talk that things can get done is nonsense if you look at the history of the last four years in terms of how these House Republicans want to vote and what the base of the Republican Party responds to.”
Early Wednesday morning, liberal CNN political commentator Cornell Belcher groaned during CNN’s midterms elections coverage that the Democratic Party’s top campaigner in President Barack Obama was unable to defend attacks against his record and help Democrats on the campaign trailer because he “was basically locked away in the White House.” During a panel discussion about how the election results panned out and how it all went wrong for the Democrats, Belcher complained: “The problem for the White House has been this – arguably the best campaigner our party has was basically locked away in the White House and, in fact, when they were leading attacks against the President, the President was never able to really come out of the White House and defend himself[.]“
The liberals on MSNBC have already begun to pre-spin the reasons behind a possible Democratic disaster in Tuesday’s midterms: It’s because the party didn’t tout Barack Obama’s “accomplishments.” Host Ronan Farrow on Monday complained: “But, if these Democratic candidates are just flouting the President and at a time when he faces a tough environment on the hill already, sort of adding to his woes, do they risk alienating Democratic voters with that kind of divisiveness?”
On Monday night, NBC continued to doubt the real possibility of the Republicans taking over control of the U.S. Senate following the midterm elections on Tuesday. Both NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and NBC News political director and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd expressed reservations during the program’s opening five minutes, as Williams led off by describing the election as a “cliffhanger” with “several big races” that “have perhaps tightened.” Todd then followed with a segment reporting that “voters are conflicted” on who to vote for and, when added to their disgust with Washington, has created a situation where “eight of the most competitive Senate races are within four points and a whopping half of the nation’s 36 governors races are also too close to call.”
Appearing on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports on Monday, NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw was already urging Republicans support liberal agenda items if they win control of the Senate in Tuesday’s midterm election: “The question then is, what are they prepared to give to the Democrats to meet them in the middle ground? What are they going to do about immigration? What are they going to do about the minimum wage?” Brokaw complained to fill-in host Peter Alexander: “Things have not been done in the last couple of years, in part, because both parties have staked out positions at either end of the spectrum and refused to meet in the middle.” However, Brokaw never wondered what Democrats were “prepared to give” to Republicans.
Considering that ABC’s World News Tonight failed to cover the midterm elections from September 1 to October 26, one might think the network isn’t interested in a possible Republican wave. ABC journalists are reinforcing that belief by promoting election night coverage: Seven hours of coverage. But six of those hours will be online only. Despite this, George Stephanopoulos hyped on Monday’s Good Morning America: “We’re covering this election more deeply than ever before.”
Monday night on HBO viewers heard one of their stars call Rush Limbaugh an “idiot” and charge “he’s a liar and a hatemonger – makes me want to puke.” But it wasn’t Bill Maher. It was actress Frances McDormand in the second half of the pay network’s two-night Olive Kitteridge mini-series about the later years of life of a woman living in a coastal Maine town.
On Thursday, Charlie Rose invited singer-songwriter Neil Young on his PBS show to promote his latest album and played a clip of the Woodstock-generation singer’s first single – basically an anthem against Big Oil called “Who’s Gonna Stand Up?” In the clip Young calls for the end of fossil fuel and fracking. Rose never once asked the environmental activist if he felt guilty about all the fossil fuels he’s used in his cars or his painting. Rose also never mentioned all the fossil fuels used in the promotion of Young’s over 50 year-long career in the production and transport of his vinyl records, tapes, CDs.
NBC News political director and Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd accepted the premise of Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu’s charge that anti-Obama racism is behind opposition to her re-election in Louisiana, relaying how she “told me” of the underlying reason for his low standing, which is “more acute here in the South and it was something that” Landrieu “told me has more to do with than his policies. Take a listen.” Viewers the heard her charge: “To be very, very honest with you, the South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It’s been a difficult time for the President to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.”
The broadcast network blackout of Hillary Clinton telling an audience that corporations and businesses don’t create jobs ended on Thursday night as the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley brought it up during a segment that continued the liberal media’s hammering of New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie for confronting a heckler at an event on Wednesday. While CBS deserves some credit for finally mentioning this, they just as easily lost it when anchor Scott Pelley and CBS News political director John Dickerson rationalized away what she said as an attempt to please the Democratic base.
As of Thursday morning, both ABC and NBC have ignored the latest rift in the relationship between the United States and Israel as “a senior Obama administration official” told Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was nothing more than a “coward” and “chickens***.” Both the Wednesday evening and Thursday morning newscasts on ABC and NBC made no mention of this story, which further cements the chilly reception Netanyahu and President Obama have shared when in contact throughout Obama’s presidency.
On Thursday’s NBC Today, while scolding New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for his handling of a heckler, correspondent Kelly O’Donnell declared: “Christie’s week has been a lot like a series of battle rounds, from tangling with nurse Kaci Hickox over [Ebola] quarantine conditions….to the verbal towel snap Christie delivered in a live Today interview when Matt referred to the nurse’s lawyer as talented….to federal health officials who loudly criticized his rules but recommended their own.” O’Donnell then touted a profane attack from the media’s favorite liberal host: “Add the latest pop culture judgment from Jon Stewart.” A soundbite played of Stewart ranting: “Why does Christie have to be such a d**k about everything?”
Good Morning America’s Jon Karl on Thursday couldn’t help but contrast Chris Christie and Hillary Clinton as “lashing out” vs. the “softer side.” Featuring the two possible 2016 contenders, George Stephanopoulos chided, “We’re going to turn to politics now and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie lashing out on the stump.” An ABC graphic underlined, “Caught on Camera: Chris Christie Lashes Out.”
On Thursday night, ABC and NBC continued to make no mention of a damning report byUSA Today that the Obama administration covered up the release of illegal immigrants from prisons who had committed numerous violent crimes, including rape and murder. At the conclusion of the morning newscasts of the major broadcast networks, ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today had no coverage while CBS This Morning mentioned it in a news brief that lasted for just 21 seconds. By the time the evening newscasts had aired, ABC’sWorld News Tonight with David Muir and NBC Nightly News followed their morning counterparts and said nothing about the report.
ABC and NBC on Thursday ignored a shocking new report from USA Today that the Obama administration has covered up the release of illegals involved with rapes and murders. Only CBS This Morning covered the story, managing a mere 20 seconds. Co-host Charlie Rose explained, “The White House told Congress that 2,200 people released from immigration jails last year had only minor criminal records, but records obtained show some of them face charges of kidnapping, sexual assault, and homicide.”
Talking to a Canadian member of Parliament on Thursday, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell wondered about the threat of bigotry in that country’s reaction to a terrorist shooting. Comparing Canada to the United States, she worried, “But do you fear, do you worry that there is going to be this reaction as, frankly, we had after 9/11?” Except, that’s not what happened after 9/11, at least in regards to Muslims.
After being “roundly criticized” for laughing at audio of Bristol Palin’s account of being assaulted by a man and thrown to the ground, CNN’s Carol Costello issued an apology to the Palin family. On Thursday, Politico.com posted the apology sent from Costello: “Over the past few days I have been roundly criticized for joking about a brawl involving the Palin family. In retrospect, I deserve such criticism and would like to apologize.” On the October 22 edition of CNN Newsroom the anchor initially said of the audio: “I’m just going to come right out and say it. This is quite possibly the best minute and a half of audio we’ve ever come across…Sit back and enjoy.”
On Thursday’sSquawk Box on CNBC, host Joe Kernen cited the Media Research Center’s latest study showing the Big Three network evening newscasts have barely noticed the anti-Obama midterm election of 2014 but provided wall-to-wall coverage in 2006: “…they breathlessly reported the Democratic takeover of Capitol Hill in the anti-Bush election of 2006….the coverage of this current situation, 6 to 1 disparity. There were 159 stories about the Democrats taking over in 2006. There have been 25 on the Big Three this [year].” The business network’s chief Washington correspondent John Harwood quickly tried to dismiss the finding: “Well, look, I don’t know what data they were using for that….2006 was an election where you had a dominant overriding issue, and that was the Iraq war. Which was extremely controversial, in everybody’s face. This is an election where there isn’t a dominant issue. You’ve got a whole bunch of little issues.”
Liberal View co-host (and 9/11 truther) Rosie O’Donnell wasted no time on Thursday in taking the shooting in Canada and spinning it into a plea for gun control in America. The comedienne cited a comment from model Chrissy Teigen. On Wednesday, Teigan tweeted, “Active shooting in Canada or as we call it in America, Wednesday.” O’Donnell raved, “I thought it was brilliant.” The co-host compared, “But 86 people are killed a day are killed in America with guns. And you know what, that is terrorism here.”
“Disobedience is the true foundation of liberty. The obedient must be slaves.”~Thoreau